On Friday 14th October 1881, a violent European Windstorm struck the South East coast of Scotland. During the next few hours, 19 fishing boats were lost, foundered at sea, or smashed on rocks while trying to gain safe harbour. In all, 189 East coast fishermen lost their lives that day.

This poignant memorial at the head of the track to Cove Harbour at Cove Hamlet, in the Berwickshire area of the Scottish Borders was sculpted recently by Jill Watson, to commemorate the surviving widows and children of the 11 out of 21 fishermen from Cove who lost their lives along with 3 of the harbour’s 4 fishing boats.

Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm

Three bracketed RAWs Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.2.


Featured in : THE GROUP : 23 May 12

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  • Sandra Lee Woods
    Sandra Lee Woodsover 2 years ago

    Very good as always and a wonderful History lesson.

  • Thank you so much Sandra, I really enjoy the history …

    – Tom Gomez

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 2 years ago

    Great find and a lovely shot Tom.

  • Thank you my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 2 years ago

    beautiful image

  • Thank you dear Tina …

    – Tom Gomez

  • biddumy
    biddumyover 2 years ago
    A poignant and wonderful image Tom plus history!!!
  • Thank you so much Evelyn …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallover 2 years ago

    A fitting tribute for a terrible tragedy. .

  • Thank you kindly Lilian …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Kevin Skinner
    Kevin Skinnerover 2 years ago

    Very poignant, Tom. I think that the sculpture shows how the families suffered as they look out to sea. Amazing piece of work!

  • Chees Kevin, their are 4 of these monuments, each slightly different. I have a few shots of the one at St Abbs which I may post soon …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 2 years ago

    A sad story, and a memorial that shows them waiting for eternity for their return, this is lovely Tom great find

  • Thank you Trudi, it must have been devastating for the families …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 2 years ago

    Smashing shot mate..What an awful story..

  • Chees mate, it really is so sad …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 2 years ago

    Lovely shot Tom – a poignant reminder of the power of nature!

  • Indeed it is Bob, cheers …

    – Tom Gomez

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