NH8857 : Bust of the 'Nairn Fishwife'

taken 8 years ago, near to Nairn, Highland, Great Britain

Bust of the 'Nairn Fishwife'
Bust of the 'Nairn Fishwife'
There is one feature in the harbour that is very easily overlooked despite the fact that it is of a person and is life size. This is the Nairn Fishwife in bronze and based on an actual person, Annie Ralph, one of the last of the Nairn fishwives. The statue was erected as part of the Highland Year of Culture 2007. There is a creel on her back and a basket at her feet and she is holding fish in her hands and it is so lifelike you would think she would suddenly reach out and offer you some fish. In the heyday of the fishing industry in the late 19th century the fishwife would have played a major role apart from being responsible for caring for house and family. Before the men went out in their fishing boats the fishwife would gather bait, sometimes having to walk some distance at low water, and then they would bait all the lines. Stories of them carrying their men to the boats has often been discussed and sometimes just not believed. It is likely to be true however as if the men went out wet to their boats they never dried off. The fishwives gathered derkins (pine cones for smoking fish) and when the fish were caught the fishwives prepared and smoked them and then carried the creels for miles around to sell the fish. [Extract from LinkExternal link ]
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 7 October, 2009   (more nearby)
Sunday, 11 October, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NH 888 572 [100m precision]
WGS84: 57:35.4816N 3:51.6917W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NH 888 572
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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