One of the worst fishing disasters in Scotland will be remembered at a special commemoration in Wick next weekend.
A total of 94 lives were lost after 30 herring boats foundered in a storm on August 18, 1848.
In Wick Bay alone, 37 fishermen from Caithness, the Western Isles and Orkney perished after their vessels were pitched onto the rocks and piers due to the ferocity of the gales combined with the low tide.
The anniversary of Black Saturday will be marked in a poignant ceremony featuring a flotilla.
The vessels, led by 129-year-old Wick-based fifie The Isabella Fortuna, will set off from Wick harbour and head to the bay where a memorial wreath will be cast into the sea.
Those present will then observe a two-minute silence followed by a reading of the names of those who lost their lives in the disaster.
Individuals wishing to pay their respects onshore are being invited to do so on the Braehead, the North Head and on the north and south river piers, depending on the weather.
Flags on the boats and those onshore will be lowered to half mast.
Among those behind the event is the Seafarers Memorial Group, which was set up last year to raise funds for a memorial at the town’s Braehead in memory of seafarers from the Wick area lost at sea.
Following the 1848 tragedy, an inquiry was held which led to a series of important safety improvements, including a deeper harbour, partly decked boats and the provision of a barometer in every Scottish port.