This statue depicts a family of European emigrants. They are waiting at port for a ship to take them to a new life in America. The sculpture was made by Utah-based Neil Hadlock and designed by artist Mark de Grafenreid.
The statue at 18 Gun Battery was presented to the city of Portsmouth by Sea Trek 2001 to commemorate the emigration of European Mormons to the US. Apparently similar statues were also presented to Greenock, Liverpool, Oslo, Hull and New York.
Easily missed whilst walking around Old Portsmouth, at first glance the statue may appear unremarkable. Closer inspection reveals a lovingly crafted piece of work that finely illustrates the character, thoughts and emotions of the family members as they anticipate leaving familiar surroundings to begin their new lives far far away. It is a testament to the undying faith of the early American settlers, the fervent religious pioneers.
Portsmouth, Hampshire, October 2017