On the 21st December 1900, four boats from the Delting area were lost, and twenty two men lost their lives when they were caught in a severe north westerly gale while haddock fishing 20 miles from shore.
The boats were :
The Kate of Swinister, Skipper L. Nicolson with six onboard, the Christina of Firth, Skipper P. Nicolson with six onboard and the William John of Toft, Skipper J. Laurenson with five onboard. The name of the fourth boat, from Nashion, and of her Skipper, also with five onboard is not recorded.
The memorial which stands near the Mossbank junction bears the names of the men lost,
|Charles Nicolson Jnr.||Firth||29|
|Laurence Nicolson Jnr.||Swinister||20|
The enscription at the bottom of the memorial reads:
"You see dey wirna mine, Da Loard gae dem tae me fir a time and dan he took dem back ageen"
Attributed to the widow of Charles Nicolson.
The memorial also bears this poem:
Oh! why should the spirit of mortal be proud?
Like a swift-fleeting meteor, a fast flying cloud,
Like a flash of the lightning, a sweep of the wave,
Man passes from life to rest in the grave.
youthful companions whom we tenderly loved,
Are from our affections forever removed,
Death numbers them now with the things that are passed,
They fled like the snowflakes that whirled in the blast.
Tis the wink of an eye, 'tis the draught of a breath,
From the bossum of health to the paleness of death,
From the gilded saloon to the bier and the shroud,
Oh! why should the spirit of mortal be proud!