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The Clifford Priest Bench

Clifford Priest was a decorated World War II veteran and an engineer at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Mr. Priest had a warm spot in his heart for the Albacore and for the Park. He was a frequent visitor to the Park and often would bring family members along on his visits.

After his death in June of 2011, the family generously requested that any donations in Clifford's name be sent to the Friends of Albacore for the betterment of the Park.

Recently, the family took another step to honor Clifford. They have placed a granite bench in the Park alongside Albacore. The new bench, while set apart from three other benches, enjoys some of the same shade from trees on Albacore's port side.

We thank Clifford's family for adding to the beauty of the Park.

The benches

The Priest bench

The bench dedication