ROCKLAND, Maine — Hundreds of people turned out Monday evening in a show of support for the family and friends of two Rockland merchant mariners who were aboard the cargo ship El Faro, which is believed to have gone down i n a hurricane last week off the Bahamas.

Large photographs of Dylan Meklin and Danielle Randolph were placed at the front of the Fishermen’s Memorial at Rockland Harbor Park, surrounded by bright yellow fall mums and candles.

Meklin left Rockland last Tuesday for his first job at sea with TOTE Maritime.

Dave Harrison, who attended Rockland District High School with Meklin and later attended Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, was one of many friends who came for the vigil. He said he spoke to his friend a week and a half ago and that Meklin was excited about the job. He said Meklin looked forward to someday working aboard the new diesel cargo ships.

The El Faro was a steam-powered cargo ship. Meklin served as a third assistant engineer aboard the vessel, which was heading from Jacksonville, Florida, to Puerto Rico.

Harrison said he and Meklin were teammates on the football field and the baseball diamond. Meklin was the team’s quarterback, and Harrison was one of his wide receivers.

Meklin’s aunt Deborah Dyer said that her nephew and Danielle Randolph grew up on the same street in Rockland, both went to Rockland schools and graduated from Rockland District High School — Randolph in 2000 and Meklin in 2010. Both then attended and graduated from Maine Maritime.

“We haven’t given up hope,” Dyer said. “Channel all your love and hope so they know we’re here for them.”

Meklin’s parents, Karl and Elaine, his brother Sam and his girlfriend, Jordan Dehlinger, are in Florida awaiting word about the missing crew members.

Dehlinger’s father, Andrew, spoke to the gathering Monday evening, saying Meklin is his daughter’s best friend and a humble young soul.

“They will be picking him up. He will be back,” he said.

He then played a tune on his balalaika.

A poem by Rockland poet Kendall Merriam about mariners was read. The gathering also sang “Amazing Grace.”

The Rockland Fire Department arrived with the city’s fleet of trucks in a show of support.