Lyddell Sawyer, In Erwartung des Dampfbootes Waiting for the Boats, 1891
Waiting for the Boats is taken on the fish quay at North Shields, a short distance from where Sawyer was born. The women (“fish wives” as they were known locally) are waiting for the days catch, ready to gut and process the fish. If you look carefully at the sky above the shed on the right you can see a tall tower emerging from mist, this is the High Light which has to be aligned with the Low Light to make a safe entry from the sea into the River Tyne. 2.