Memorial fountain in Jacksonville honors lost El Faro crew

El Faro
In this undated photo provided by TOTE Maritime shows the cargo ship, El Faro. The El Faro departed Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 29, 2015 when Joaquin was still a tropical storm. The ship had 33 crew members, and it was headed to Puerto Rico when it encountered heavy seas when Joaquin became a hurricane. The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 that the El Faro has been lost. They are still searching for survivors. (TOTE Maritime via AP)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – A memorial fountain and obelisk have been built in a Jacksonville cemetery to honor the men and women who died aboard a freighter that sank near the Bahamas last year.

The Florida Times-Union reports ( ) that the memorial was unveiled Saturday at Evergreen Cemetery in honor of Lonnie Samuels Jordan and his 32 shipmates.

All 33 died Oct. 1, 2015 aboard the El Faro, a cargo ship that lost propulsion and got hit by Hurricane Joaquin. The ship had left Jacksonville and was headed to Puerto Rico.

Joanna Johnson, Jordan’s mother, says the memorial fountain was built so that she and her son’s family and friends would have a peaceful place to remember him.

She hopes that the loved ones of the other lost sailors will also find serenity there. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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