Schmidt Memorial

The stone structure at Elliots Beach looks differently at different points of time. The structure looks majestic. Amidst the sea and sand the structure looks lonely. It is like a dream in moonlight. Its like a painting during sunset. There is an inscription on the structure KARL SCHMIDT

The structure is Schmidt Memorial.

I became curious to know who is this Schmidt for whom the Memorial is constructed. In which year this was constructed ? Who was instrumental in constructing this memorial ?

Beach Scene

A view of Schmidt Memorial at Elliots Beach

I searched in the web. I found that the memorial is for Karl Schmidt, a Dutch Sailor who lost his life in rescuing a drowning swimmer.

Sunset at Besant Nagar Beach

Schmidt Memorial and Sunset

Closer look at the Memorial was not possible as the Memorial also doubles as a resting place for many. Planning to go and find out any visible marks are there on the Memorial regarding the time of erection of this memorial / more details of Karl Schmidt.

Can any one throw light on Karl Schmidt, the Dutch Sailor?

3 Comments so far

  1. Keerthivasan (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 9:35 am

    2nd Photo – Kalaasal mamey !

  2. arun (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 11:18 pm

    i have nothing more abt on schmidt but the inner wall of the monument does have a plaque that says why it was put up..something about him rescuing children (or that might have been my own imagination at play) i remember someone giving it a fresh coat of paint once in a while. i have a vague memory of seeing it in pastel green or yellow

  3. Rads (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 12:56 am

    Donno about Schmidt, but love that piece of lone architecture on the sands. I remember this making an impression in one of the movies of late 80’s. Mani Ratnam’s some production…

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