Lost at Sea

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.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

33 thoughts on “Lost at Sea”

    1. 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.

  1. 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.

      1. 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.

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