The Cellardyke Echo – 6/7/2016


Anstruther, Tuesday a fleet of about 50 vessels left the harbour yesterday with a nice favourable breeze….. the principle fishing grounds were 40 – 50 miles east-south-east, the best takes were New Kate, Shamrock and Ina Cook , Cellardyke 30 Crans, True Vine, Cellardyke, 28 Crans and Prestige and Aber, Cellardyke 25 crans


A sad drowning accident took place at Cellardyke today, while some boys were fishing at a place known as the Slunk, one of their number, David Dick, son of Alex Dick, fireman, 9 years of age, missed his footing and fell into the water.

As the place is very deep, his companions were unable to help him out, and ran for assistance. The body was thereafter fetched out, and respiration tried for about an hour, but all efforts failed.

3000 Crans of herrings were delivered by a fleet of 200 boats at Fraserburgh yesterday…… the total catch realised over £5000. Among the best fished vessels was the sailboat Pride of Fife manned by a Cellardyke Crew. The boat grossed £60 for the nights work.

Intelligence has been received of the loss of the Shields drifter Roamer manned and skippered by a Cellardyke Crew., near Wick.

The Roamer which was engaged at the herring fishing, sprung a leak and made water so rapidly that the pumps became chocked. Fortunately the Chance of Wick another steam drifter was near and succeeded in saving the crew and their gear. The chance towed the Roamer a considerable distance but the latter was making water so rapidly that the crew of the former had to abandon their attempt at saving the boat.

The Roamer was skippered by Charles Gen, Cellardyke, owned by the Roamer Fishing Co , North Shields


At a meeting of Kilrenny School Board, Mr Ronald Mackenzie Munro, M.A. Kirkcaldy High School was appointed headmaster of Cellardyke School. There were 146 applicants for the situation. The salary is £200 with an annual rise of £10 to £250. Mr Munro is a native of Dingwall. He succeeds Mr John Barbour, who has been headmaster for 36 years, and who is retiring under the age limit regulation.

Mr Barbour was presented with a purse of sovereigns from his former and present pupils and friends. Provost Black, chairman of the board presided and Mr Alex Watson, a former pupil and at present member of the school board made the presentation in presence of a large gathering of pupils and friends. Mr Barbour was also presented with a handsome watch by Mr Maxwell Clerk to the school board.


Alex Simpson Middleton, Cellardyke, skipper of the Daisy Rose was fined for having fished in prohibited water on 17th June.


Cellardyke school medallists

Silver medal for dux, Girl –  Agnes Swinton. Silver Medal for Boy – George Birrell, sports championships for girls-  Margaret Boyter, boys-  James Smith. The Rev James Lee was also pleased to notice that at the distribution of prizes at the closing ceremony of the Waid Academy all the medals with the exception of one, came to old pupils of Cellardyke School.


The closing exhibition at Cellardyke public school took place yesterday when a large number of parents and friends assembled to witness the presentation of prizes..

Mr R.M. Munro in his report stated that the school savings bank had collected £213, which greatly exceeded the previous year. The total amount of War Savings certificates purchased since it was started was £2700 (applause).

The Principle prize winners were, Dux Girl – Lizzie Smith, Dux Boy James Brunton. Sports medallists Lilias Gardner and David Carstairs.


The deep sea line fishing is practically finished as far as the fleet of steam drifters is concerned. A few might have been kept at the great lines but prices for all classes of fish have fallen so much that a change to the herring fishing has been forced upon skippers.

As an Instance the Cellardyke Drifter ‘Agnes Gardner’ Skipper John Gardner may be cited. This vessel arrived at Anstruther on Saturday from Shields, where a catch of over 100 score of all kinds of fish were landed.

The Market proved disappointing, a generally recognised valuable shot only realising a little over £100.

Considering the running expenses of a ten days trip to and from the fishing grounds, it will be seen that the crew are not too well paid often for their hard and, for such a small craft as those engaged in that method of fishing are, dangerous work.


Sheriff Sandeman has issued his decision in an action at the instance of James Tarvit, share fisherman, 22 Fowler Street, Cellardyke, against James Carnegie Motor mechanic Perth.

Pursuer sued defender for £40 for loss of earnings and personal injuries sustained through the negligence of defender in running him down on the High Rd between Pittenweem and St Monans on 20th June 1925.

Sheriff found that the defender was guilty and awarded the pursuer £39 of damages with expenses.


Erring Motorists fined at Cupar

For offences with regard to brakes …… James Tarvit, Joiner 29 Rodger Street Cellardyke, was fined 15s.

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