Waterproofs for Fishermen.—Messrs Black & Co., Cellardyke, who advertise in our present issue, are, we observe, the possessors of a patent registered design for their petticoat trousers,” which reach to the knees, and are used solely by fishermen, also for their canvas floats, which are rapidly coming to the front as the only ones which fulfil all the requirements of that article. They are made in four pieces of cotton in a shape resembling a cone, being first steeped in a patent mixture in India rubber, linseed oil, etc., then coated on the inside five or six times, turned, and tied or lashed by machinery of Mr Black’s own invention, capable of turning out 30 in an hour. The firm’s patent canvas sea-boots, which keep out water better than the ordinary leather kind, are becoming very popular among seafaring men.
FAILING TO EDUCATE—Skipper David Davidson, Cellardyke, was charged before Provosts Anderson and Duncan on Saturday, with a breach of the attendance order in the case of his two boys—the one having only made 15 and the other 21 out of 40 possible attendances. He was fined 5s with 5s of expenses.
The number of boats fitted out for the Lammas drive has not been so limited for the last 25 years. The Cellardyke fleet does not now exceed 145 boats, while a few years ago it numbered 207. At St Monans the number is reduced to 71, being at least 30 below what it was five or six years ago.
On Wednesday forenoon a couple of children, sons of Mr David Wood, fisherman, Cellardyke, were playing on the middle pier, nearly opposite the signal cannon, one of them fell into the harbour between the boats and the quay. With the exception of the brother, one saw the mishap, and he ran to the west pier to inform his father. A half-dealsman, however, chanced to look into the harbour, and gave the alarm to Skipper Pratt, who managed to catch hold of the lad from the boat’s side. The child had been some time in the water, as one may guess when the father was in time to receive him the pier. A messenger was despatched for a doctor, but in the meantime by following out the instructions of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, which were attended with great success, and the arrival of Dr Ferguson signs returning consciousness were visible. He was then conveyed to the house of Mr Thomas Cunningham, where under medical treatment he was fully restored, and is now little the worse of his adventure.
The number of boats leaving Cellardyke to take part in this fishing is given 152, while 48 leave Pittenweem, and 65 from St Monance. This is a great increase previous years, and it to be hoped that success will attend their efforts. The large number of half-dealsmen are now engaged, and already the town wears its usual look. The half-dealsman Hugh Mooney, who received a severe fracture last Wednesday while leaping from a boat to the quay, died on Wednesday evening after lying a week unconscious. He has some money in a bank, but it will be difficult to get the advantage of it. Mooney was thirty-eight years of age, and a widower. He was buried on Friday in East Anstruther Churchyard.
PROPOSED CLOSE TIME. A of fishermen took place at Point Law, Aberdeen, on Friday, for the purpose of considering what steps should be taken to secure a close time for the herring fishing in future years. Mr Archibald Macpherson, Hopeman, presided. Mr A. CUNNINGHAM, Cellardyke, proposed the following resolution :-” That this meeting, in view of the satisfactory results of the early fishing, when herrings are immature and prices so unprofitable, would strongly recommend to the different Associations that steps be taken at the earliest opportunity to secure a close time for the east coast of Scotland from 1st June to 10th July of each year.” Mr JOHN FLETT, Lossiemouth, seconded. The resolution was put to the meeting and carried unanimously.
The Cellardyke boat Maggie Morris was in collision with a trawler in Aberdeen on Tuesday, but very little damage was done.
Yesterday morning the Cellardyke boat Black Prince reached Anstruther with 7 ½ crans of overday’s herrings. They were sold to Mr Keith for 8s per cran. Some of the Cellardyke boats are doing exceedingly well at the north, especially those at Fraserburgh and Peterhead, and others again have done extremely little. Same have already upwards of £100 to their credit, and one or two others made more than £50 last week. This week the calm weather has retarded fishing operations at the north, and the boats have not been able to get out each night.