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Jacob's Ladder
American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial
S. Harbor Blvd. at W. 6th St., San Pedro, CA 

 

jacobs ladder

The bronze statue depicts two merchant seamen climbing a Jacob's ladder after making a rescue at sea. The  designer of the statue was the Wilmington, California sculptor, Jasper D'Ambrosi. 

His creation of the original design  was finished and accepted in early 1986. Sadly,  D'Ambrosi died on August 1 of the same year before starting the clay model. The enlargement was done by his sons, Marc and Michael as a tribute to their father. 

Jacobs Ladder was cast in bronze at the family foundry in Tempe, Arizona in 1987. The memorial was donated by the City of San Pedro while $700,000 for the project came from private donors. The statue sits atop a large fountain and is surrounded by a plaza encompassing a long stretch of sloped seating which includes beautiful  marble and plaques.