Commemorative Bricks Recognize Seafarers, Family, Others


August 2014


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The union-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education in Piney Point Md., last year launched a multi-stage waterfront restoration project designed to add to the aesthetic value of the school and improve facilities for students and their families.


In addition to benches and gazebos, commemorative engraved bricks constitute a noteworthy part of the restoration endeavor. Offered as a means through which individuals, groups and organizations within the maritime community can be honored, the bricks line the entire park including a walkway leading to and from what arguably is the park’s most prominent attraction, a distinctive miniature lighthouse.


Seafarers, their loved ones and the companies that employ them now have the chance to donate these bricks and engrave them with text or logos of their choosing. The donation of a brick also comes with an entry in the project’s name-the-park contest.


The possibilities are practically limitless when it comes to what the bricks can be used to commemorate. They can be engraved to honor any person, group or organization – regardless of any affiliation to the SIU or Piney Point school – and will have a permanent place within the maritime community. The bricks could be used to celebrate everything from a beloved Seafarer or a memorable crew, to a remarkable instructor or a heroic rescue.


Rebecca Gorris is one of many individuals from around the country who so far has taken advantage of the opportunity the brick donation program offers. She donated a brick in memory of her late son, Recertified Steward Chuck Curley (who died in a car accident in early 2013). Gorris and her husband Norman recently visited the waterfront park.


“It brought back so many memories,” she said. “I just loved the park and I know Chuck would have been so proud of it. He always liked going to Piney Point.”


She added that when she saw the brick with Chuck’s name, “I was touched. It really meant so much to me.”


The bricks come in two sizes and may be ordered online at:


The sizes include a traditional-sized brick (4 x 8 inches x 2.25) with three lines of engraving for a donation of $125 and a larger brick (8 x 8 inches x 2.25) with six lines of engraving for a donation of $250. The larger version also may be ordered with a corporate logo and up to three lines of text (subject to space limitations based on the logo) for a donation of $300. If submitting a logo, please note that it cannot be sent through the online order form. Logos (either in EPS, AI, PDF or high-resolution JPG, BMP or TIF format) should be emailed to Please include your contact information.


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