The Cellardyke Echo – 8/6/2016


One of the labourers at Cellardyke harbour got the fore lith of his thumb completely taken off by the chain of the crane on Monday Night; he was not otherwise hurt and is doing well.


St Andrews – On Wednesday se’ennight about three o clock in the afternoon while our fishermen were at sea drawing their nets, they saw a sloop standing to the southward, and which had apparently sailed from the Tay, suddenly capsized by a squall of wind. A Cellardyke fishing boat, which was not far off, immediately bore down upon the vessel and arrived at the sport just in time to rescue the crew from a watery grave, for she filled so rapidly that her bows were already underwater and the crew perched on the taffrail, from which they escaped into the boat. We have not heard the vessel’s name, but we learn she belongs to Alloa. She had a square topsail, and appeared to be in ballast trim.


At midnight on Thursday 16th May the boat William of Cellardyke, George Smith, Master, was swamped in a sudden squall of wind from the north east, while at the white fishing about 12 miles south east of the Bell Rock, and all on board perished, The crew consisted of eight persons, six of whom were married, and have left widows and families. The whole of the families being in very destitute circumstances, it has been resolved to open a subscription for their relief, and a few of the inhabitants have consented to act as a committee for procuring subscriptions and seeing the funds properly laid out for the widows and orphans behoof. The Rev Dickson of Kilrenny has consented to act as chairman of the committee; and we sincerely hope that they may be able to obtain some relief for the benefit of these destitute individuals.

A halibut was exhibited in Dundee Market, which attracted the attention of hundreds. It measured six feet in length three feet across the broadest part of its body and was eight inches in thickness. Its weight was 2 ½ cwt; and it required five men to haul it into the boat at the deep sea fishing. David Keay, Cellardyke a fisherman of fifty years standing declared that he had never witnessed such an enormous fish.


Inverness Courier

I am glad to observe that your Skye correspondent gives a decided and spirited contradiction to the story that the West Islanders are so lazy as to refuse working for good wages, under the guidance of certain missionary fishermen from Cellardyke. They are not likely to be palatable instructors to the clansmen, there is no fusion or amalgamation of races – the language, the habits, the very nature, physical and mental, of the Saxon and the Gael, interpose an insuperable obstacle to their working in concert – rather the latter succumbing to an alleged supremacy of the former. Each of them has great and good qualities, but they were not made for mixing. The stalwart frames, persevering industry, the blunt and rather uncouth manners of the Southerners, are not likely to assimilate kindly with the spare, sinewy, agile figures, the ardent but less continuous exertions, the courteous manners, quick no doubt take offence, but exceedingly sensitive of kindness, and grateful for it, which characterise the Northerns. The one will make incapable teachers the other inapt and unwilling scholars. …….


In addition to the number of mentioned in the last Pittenweem register, we understand that no less than 16 Cellardyke fishermen are preparing to leave this town for Australia. Whether they intend to follow the occupation they have been accustomed to on landing I  that country or apply themselves to the ‘diggins’ we have not learned, but it is an uncommon thing for fishermen to emigrate in such numbers , the like never before occurred in Cellardyke.


Mr Smith, writer, discovered a few days since, that his pigeon house had been forcibly entered by breaking open the door, and a number of young pigeons and eggs abstracted. The services of Gordon our Police officer being called into action, we hear that the result of his examination will bring two boys who live in Cellardyke before the Sherriff


A promising young man named Lindsay, a shoemaker in Kingsbarns, came to a lamentable death ion Friday last. After he had got his dinner he preceded to the sea to have a bathe. Shortly after his clothes were found upon the beach by some girls who seeing no owner for them took them to Kingsbarns, where his employer, who had in the meantime been surprised by his absence, identified them at once as Lindsay’s. A search immediately commenced, when his corpse was found in shallow water near where his clothing had been discovered. The body was conveyed in a cart to his father’s house in Cellardyke. He was an expert swimmer, but from a severe contusion upon his left temple, it is conjectured, that when diving he had come into contact with a stone and received the injury which had stunned him; he had been drowned before recovering his senses.

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