ln May 1920 a memorial was conceived to be built on the banks of river Hooghly
at Calcutta in the memory of the lndian seamen ( Lascars ) who had died at sea
serving on merchant ships during World War 1. lt was decided by the people of
Calcutta to build the memorial column or obelisk in lndo- Mogul style visible to
the ships sailing along river Hooghly.
The sourthern end of maidan in Calcutta was selected as the site for the memorial to be known as Lascar War Memorial. The memorial was unveiled on 06th February 1924 by the Governor of Bengat Lord Lytton at a grand ceremony.
Untill 1994 this memorial went into oblivion for reason unknown, During the 40th Anniversary of lNS Netaji Subash (earlier known as INS Hooghly) this memorial was adpoted by the lndian Navy under the aegis of Commodore B.K Mohanti, the Naval Officer - in - Charge, Calcutta.
It almost took one year to get the monument back to its pristine glory as the vagaries of weather and no maintenance had taken a heavy toll on the superstructure and interior as well. Finally on 07th December 1994 the memorial was ready fully with illumination and be on display to the people of Calcutta at a grand function in the evening at the Navy House.
"My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow