Our latest Curiosity of the Week is an unusual and touching sculpture, commemorating the 1881 fishing disaster known as ‘Black Friday’.
This intricate bronze sculpture, found in the Scottish coastal town of Eyemouth, depicts the families of fishermen caught up in the tragic events of 1881.
On 14th October 1881, a storm hit the south-east coast of Scotland, with tragic consequences for the fishing communities along the stretch of coastline. A total of 189 fishermen died, 129 of whom were from Eyemouth. A massive loss to the families and the community.
The Eyemouth Sculpture
The Eyemouth artwork features the 78 widows and 182 bairns, who lost their husbands and fathers in the tragedy. The piece was unveiled in October 2016 to commemorate the 135th anniversary of the disaster.
The sculpture is one of four that are located along the coast. The others can be found at St Abbs, Burnmouth and Cove. The sculptures have been placed in the communities where the victims and their families were from. Each sculpture represents a real person affected by the tragedy, making it all the more poignant.
Where to find the sculptures
These unusual and moving works of art were created by sculptor Jill Watson, who is herself from Cove. The Eyemouth sculpture can be found at the Bantry on the sea front.
For the sculpture at Cove, follow the signs for the village and follow the road to the end where the car park is situated. You’ll see the small bronze piece facing towards the sea.
At St Abbs, head towards the harbour and stop next to the visitor centre. There you’ll find the sculpture, wives and children gazing out to sea. Do pop into the centre whilst you’re there, it’s worth a look if you’re interested in the local area.
The Burnmouth sculpture can be found in the harbour wall, so you’ll need to head down to Lower Burnmouth, or follow the coastal walk which takes in all of the sculpture locations.
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