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Widows and Bairns
Widows and Bairns
Widows and Bairns
Widows and Bairns
Widows and Bairns
Widows and Bairns
Widows and Bairns

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The sculpture commemorates the widows and children of Cove left behind by Britain’s worst fishing disaster, on 14th October 1881, when a hurricane struck the fleet just outside the town's harbour. A total of 189 men were killed. Many of them drowned within full view of their families on the shore. Eleven men came from Cove. All their named widows and children were individually modelled by the sculptor. Their expressions vary from shock and horror, to despair, resignation and to hope.

Widows and Bairns






H 120 x W (?) x D (?) cm

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Acquisition method

commissioned by the 125 Memorial Association

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125 Memorial Association


125 Memorial Association

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Unveiling date

19th October 2008


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Located at

Unnamed Road, opposite public car park, Cove

TD13 5XD