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 live in the UK, but when I was younger I spent several years travelling the world followed by a period living in South Africa. I 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. 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 …

  1. 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. 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.

  2. 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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