Hurkar Rocks, Eyemouth – Watercolour

I’ve “done”this a few time in the past as the history fascinates me. The scene is the rocky shoreline of the east coast fishing port of Eyemouth where, on 14th October 1881 a hurricane sprang up while the fleet was at sea. The boats tried to reach safety but many were wrecked on these rocks which are just a short distance from the shore. 129 local men died while 189 in total were lost from the surrounding community. Things get sadder when it was realised that the fishermen felt obliged to go to sea despite the forecast being foul. Bad weather had confined the boats for some weeks so risks were taken when one boat went out, the rest felt honour bound to follow.