Paula’s black and white Sunday this week is ‘Traces of the Past’.
This bronze by Jill Watson was commissioned by the people of Berwickshire to commemorate the women and children left by the East Coast Fishing Disaster of 1881.
The small bronze figures are the wives and children of Charles Purves, James and William Thorburn, three men lost at sea in 1881 from the fishing village of St Abbs. In total 189 men from the east coast of Scotland perished on that fateful day.
33 thoughts on “Lost at Sea”
A very moving scene, Jude. The B&W is perfect to get the mood of hopelessness across to the viewer.
No conversion necessary either. It was a grey kind of day. The bronze does have some green in it, but not in this particular shot.
I also have B&W photos that were taken in colour. 🙂
Magnificent. I teared up before I read anything about these figures. ❤ ❤ I like this photo is not in color, too. 🙂
This has made me go all cold and gooey.
Very moving. The fog just adds to the emotion of this photo.
Great capture, Jude. Just the right mood for this work. We saw the sculptures two years ago and met Jill’s husband who told us about the assignment.
They are beautiful sculptures – has she done more then around the coast?
Yes, altogether 3 memorial commemorating the widows and children left behind.
We were very impressed with the sculpture above the harbour in Cove, close to St.Abbs.
Cove harbour belongs to her husband, that’s where we met him and he told us Cove lost 11 of 21 fishermen.
Each sculpture by Jill Waston symbolises how many were lost in that particular community.
I wish I had known that, we might have gone to see the others. Such poignant work.
It’s a very moving sculpture, isn’t it, and made all the more moving by the fog I think.
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