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. Beautiful and touching work, Jude. I am trying to figure out how small they are. Thank you for this entry. It is special.

        1. Yes. It gives the impression of looking out to a sea that they cannot see. I have some nice foggy photos of the harbour that I will post once I return home and have better wifi connection. Can’t visit your site (I think the hub here is set up to only accept https:// sites)

        2. I made some photos of the three scultures by Jill in glorious sunshine and it doesn’t tell the story like your foggy one. Great job, Jude. Very happy to see this.My Mac had a crash and I lost my photos … Maybe on the way to Hebrides next year …

  2. Very poignant and unfortunately not an unusual scenario for these coastal towns. The somberness of the statues is accentuated by the fog – very fitting.

  3. Perfectly orchestrated by the fog! Love it, Jude 🙂 How goes the onward journey? I texted but you probably don’t have a signal.
    ‘There was a signal, a Scottish signal, who wandered far away and signaled far away…’ Goes rather well, doesn’t it? 🙂 🙂

    1. I did reply to the text, but maybe it is being bounced around the mountains a bit? Forest walk today and now feeling very sleepy. Glamis tomorrow I think.

    1. It is such a small sculpture too, but I was instantly drawn to it. The front view is lovely too, but of course seeing them from the back, searching into the fog is what makes it such a powerful image.

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