Sea Shanty Town

Nautical Treasury

Bournemouth Sea Fret

Bournemouth Sea Fret © Graeme Walker / The Pebble Museum 2019

Fret (n.)
A heavy mist, arriving from nowhere, esp. from the sea. (Bruber)

Referred to as a fret because it makes people worried, this sea-fog was captured in Bournemouth in the 1950's by Amelia Grithithiths, whilst on holiday with her pet snake. A quick thinking citizen-scientist, Amelia tipped the contents of her bottle of oregano into a red and white striped paper bag, laid the bottle on its side over a rotting piece of wood as the fret slowly approached. Once inside the bottle, she quickly corked it to prevent its escape, placed it in a seagull's nest and shipped the whole thing to the Meterological Society based in Poole. When the Met Soc folded in 1995, our museum received many of their more interesting artefacts, including this one.