The Karl Schmidt Memorial is an architectural landmark commemorating a Dutch sailor who drowned in 1930 trying to save the life of a girl. It is located at Elliot’s Beach in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The monument is presently in a derelict state.
According to historians, the Dutch sailor, who had gone to the beach, saw an English girl getting into the water who soon started struggling. In a successful attempt to save her life, he lost his own. The English girl, who Schmidt saved from the sea, attended a ball the following evening as though nothing had happened. The then governor, who was apparently angry with her, built the memorial to mark Schmidt’s gallant act.
According to experts, the structure, which was built using bricks, lacks a stone foundation. The uneven base and the sea water have caused damage to the memorial over the years.
The memorial is the only heritage structure on Elliot’s Beach. The memorial stone in the memorial reads, “To commemorate the gallantry of K A J Schmidt who was drowned near this spot on December 30, 1930 while helping to save the lives of others.”
In March 2013, the Corporation of Chennai announced that it would restore the memorial.
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