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Memorial in Eyemouth depicting a broken sailing mast made from granite

The Eyemouth disaster was a severe European windstorm that struck the southern coast of Scotlandmarker, United Kingdommarker, specifically Berwickshiremarker, on 14 October 1881. 189 fishermen died; most of them were from the village of Eyemouthmarker. Many citizens of Eyemouth call the day Black Friday.


Some boats that had not capsized were wrecked on the Hurkar Rocks. Two days later, the Ariel Gazelle turned up in Eyemouth; it had braved the storm instead of fleeing.


Memorial at St Abbs, consisting of bronze figures of women and children looking at the sea

A donation-led relief fund was established to provide financial security to families who had lost members to the storm. The response was significant, bringing in over £50,000 (over £4 million in 2005 currency).

See also


  1. New Research Paper 2005 template


  • Peter Aitchison. Children of the Sea: The Story of the People of Eyemouth. Tuckwell Press Ltd, 2001.

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