PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Two new plaques now hang in the lobby of Portland's famous DiMillo's on the Water restaurant, one of which is dedicated to the five Maine Maritime Academy graduates who lost their lives on the El Faro.
The Portland Propeller Club is made up of mariners dedicated to growing commerce in the port. Saturday morning, club members commemorated two plaques; one in memory of Captain San Juan "Sandy" Dunbar, a long time pilot in Portland. The other plaque honors the crew of the ship El Faro. Saturday is the one year anniversary of the sinking of the El Faro. The cargo ship went down in a hurricane as it was traveling from Florida to Puerto Rico on October 1st, 2015. President of the Portland Propeller Club, Bill York, says it's important for Maine's maritime community to remember the crew members lost.
"This loss was so overwhelming," said Portland Propeller Club president, Bill York. "It's nice to have a place where you can come and look at this plaque and honor these people for their dedicated duty."
The Portland Propeller Club holds regular meetings at DiMillo's and approached management with the idea of the plaques. Manager Steven DiMillo says his family's ties with maritime culture run deep, and that the plaques were a welcome gesture.