When I first saw the statue of the fisher woman and her daughter looking out towards the sea on facebook I immediately thought of a story I was told by my father many years ago.

My Grunnie bade in Gt Stuart St more well known as the “Burnie Streetie” doon in Roanheads, once in a while she would go missing and neighbours and friends became anxious to her whereabouts afterall she was elderly, fortunately when my father came home he was able to tell a,body, its o.k. I know where she will be.

He then went down to the bottom of the Burnie Streetie and found his mother standing in a trance like state by the sea wall looking out to the sea, he didn,t shout or disturb her but gently took her arm and led her home where she came back to normal in a short time.

Everybody at that time knew the story and the tragedy my Grunnie went thru losing her husband and 3 sons when the Motor Herring Drifter Olive Branch was lost Nov 1936 at Great Yarmouth with all hands. Nobody can really describe losing someone to the sea unless they have experienced the tragedy first hand.

This statue at Cairnbulg is aptly situated at Cairnbulg because most Fisher families in the North East can trace their origins from St Combs, Rattray etc and through the generations I would doubt if there,s not a family that hasn,t been touched by tragedy in pursuit of the sea,s bounty. A very poignant reminder of those who were lost but also to them that were left…….the Widows and Orphans……

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Below is my story a aboot my first 20 years, the escapades etc o growin up in Peterheed 1947 – 1967 

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