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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 left behind in Eyemouth 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. Three of the fishermen came from St Abbs. 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.






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

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commissioned by the 125 Memorial Association

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125 Memorial Association


125 Memorial Association

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Unveiling date

14th October 2007


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