Remembering All Those Lost at Sea

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

June 3, 2022

From left, Air Force Veteran Donna Archer, the Rev. Mark Hall, Army Veteran Jim Murphy and Navy Veteran Ron Janney say a blessing over the wreath that was then cast into the sea.

The Annual Lost at Sea Memorial Ceremony returned to the Cayucos Pier Plaza May 30 after being canceled the past 2 years because of the coronavirus pandemic. 


Members of the Navy’s Sea Cadets stand at attention at the end of the Cayucos Pier.

The ceremony was dedicated to the late Morro Bay City Councilman and Veteran, Robert “Red” Davis, who died in 2021 and was a member of the Lost at Sea Committee.

Navy Veteran Ron Janney acted as master of 
ceremonies.

A crowd of about 120 gathered at the Pier Plaza for a solemn ceremony that honors all lives lost at sea — military and civilian, as well as the P.O.W./M.I.A. 

Army Veteran Jim Murphy salutes.

Organized by the Lost at Sea Committee, the ceremony was begun in 2000 when Joe “Atascadero Joe” Eyraud pitched the idea to radio host and veteran, Bill Benica, suggesting there ought to be a memorial service for people who were lost at sea, because there is no cemetery or grave site to mark their resting place where family and loved ones can go to mourn. The first ceremony was held in 2002.

Trudy O’Brien of the Commercial Fishermen’s Organization and Red Davis’ daughter, Catherine Davis, carry the laurel wreath and lead the procession down the pier.

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