This wooden plaque, now in Rochester Cathedral, was dedicated to the Freeman of the River Medway and recognises the links between the Cathedral, old City of Rochester and the Rochester Oyster and Floating Fishery.
The plaque was commissioned in memory of Stephen Trice, a Freeman, following his tragic death at sea in February 2013.
The plaque was carved from oak salvaged from vessels used on the River Medway and depicts a traditional bawley under full sail in Tower reach with the iconic Rochester skyline of the Cathedral and Castle in the back ground.
During his dedication speech, the Canon noted that despite the river Medway being fundamental to the establishment of the City and hence cathedral, there was no formal recognition of this fact evident but it was hoped that this plaque would help to acknowledge the relationship between the city, the river and the trades plied upon it.
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