The Cellardyke Echo – 30/09/2021 – Issue 307


During the hurry and confusion at the departure- the boats in the intense darkness and rising wind of the early tide of Tuesday the deep sea going boat. “Olive Branch” Cellardyke, Skipper Thomas Smith, while leaving the pier under canvas, was struck in the bow by another south bound boat which was also steering to sea. The collision excited little attention and less alarm, for thinking all secure the crew the Olive Branch” went with their duty as their gallant craft flew like an arrow before the whistling breeze till some two miles the offing, when, if guided by Providence, two three the hands had an errand to the cabin or bank in the forepart of the boat. Here their attention was at once arrested the by the sound of water rushing through the splintered planks,  when, acting with the promptitude which belongs to a situation of life and death, the crew hastened to stop the rent they best could and the same time tack the boat for the harbour. Happily, their endeavours were not in vain, and the boat reached the shore in safety, when, from the appearance of the leak, was seen that in all human probability but for the timely discovery the boat and her precious freight must have gone to the bottom. The Olive Branch had been driven back to Anst’er harbour after weathering the Farnes the previous Friday, but  with undaunted courage the crew made the third attempt as soon “Chips” could mend the broken planks.

WANTED, a Stout Active GIRL as a Servant. Apply to Mrs HENDERSON, Tolbooth Road, Cellardyke.


Sale of Fishing Craft – Two of the Cellardyke herring boats have just been sold for the English coast, which, for the last year or two, has been the destination of many of the large boats of the East of Fife. The boats are the Ebenezer of Anstruther, and the Garland of Cellardyke, one which has been bought by Mr Henry Freeman for Whitby, and the other by our “old big fish friend.” Mr Davis, for Hartlepool, where, on the Norfolk coast, the smart light-timbered Scotch boats have been found even by the prejudiced English fishermen much more serviceable than the heavy luggers or primitive cobles for the successful prosecution the herring fishery. Our local fleet, however, has been increased by the arrival of a fine boat from Boddam. This the craft which opportunely came into the hands of Skipper William Watson after his disaster at Peterhead, but at the close of the fishery she was purchased by Skipper Thomas Anderson for fully £100. She is named the Prince, and as in the case of the two boats sold for Cellardyke, the will measure about thirteen tons register.

FOR SALE BY PUBLIC ROUP, DWELLING HOUSE AND YARD IN CELLARDYKE. There will be SOLD by Public Roup, within the Town Hall of Cellardyke, on SATURDAY the 23d day of September 1876, at 12 o’clock  Noon, ALL and WHOLE that DWELLING HOUSE and YARD, lying on the South Side of the High Street of Cellardyke, presently possessed by David McRuvie, and belonging to Mr John Murray, Williamstown, Australia. For further information apply to Philip Oliphant, Solicitor, Anstruther, in whose hands are the Title Deeds and Articles of Rocco. Anstruther, 1st September 1876.


The whole of the fishermen have this week been occupied in the hauling up of boats and in fitting out their gear and craft preparatory to leaving for Yarmouth and Lowestoft to prosecute the autumn herring fishing. The number of boats to be engaged from this port will be between 65 and 70, being the largest number that have yet gone south, and as each carries at least seven men, adding the representatives of the curers, there will be a total of 500 men from Cellardyke and Anstruther employed in that enterprise. The favourable weather has allowed the preparations to be rapidly advanced, and it is expected that a considerable number of crews will be ready to leave in the beginning of next week.


An accident of an alarming nature occurred on Cellardyke beach on Monday afternoon. The big herring boats were being drawn to the green, and, as usual, the traction engines were busy with the wire ropes. Preliminary to these, however, the boats are lashed to the carriage wheels which had been done in the case of the “Star of Peace” by an active young fisherman named Alex Murray. The task over he had resumed his place on the busy beach, and the signal “haul away” had been given when one of the lashings snapped, and the boat at the same instant heeling over, the mast was jerked as it were from the “mitch.” or support to the ground. ” The men’s killed,” shouted a dozen voices but, providentially, the large spar fell clear of the bystanders, though the recoil struck the young fisher just named with such a dreadful blow on the right leg as to fracture the limb in two places. After an unavoidable delay in the absence of Dr Macarthur on the round of duty the fractures were adjusted, but the poor sufferer has been seriously affected by the crushing nature of the blow. On the same afternoon, while Mrs David Keith was superintending some operations in the fish-curing premises occupied by her husband the East Green, her foot slipped and she fell to the ground. No one being present a considerable interval elapsed before Mrs Keith could obtain assistance, when her leg was found to be broken above the ankle, the occurrence being rendered more distressing by the splintered bone having torn its way through the skin.


Mr Bennet and the Fishermen.— ln this locality, as in the other districts of the Forth, the great question of the hour is the use of the trawl, which in one form or another threatens to interfere, if not to annihilate, the old industries of the shore. In this way a feeling seems to have originated that in the prospect a Parliamentary election one and all of the candidates should be specially waited upon with regard to this grievance. With this view arrangement was made for some of the leading fishermen to meet with Mr Bennet in the Free Masons’Hall, which has been secured for him as a committee room. The idea originated in seafaring circles, but, unfortunately, it was not acted upon, perhaps owing to every man being busier than his neighbour on the very eve of sailing for the English seas. So far, however, the views of the community were submitted to Mr Bennet in the course of an interesting and exhaustive conversation with Skipper James Beat, who explained the nature of the trawl and how it affected the fisheries —first, pursued on the great herring haunt in the offing of Pittenweem; second, in the so-called sprat or garvie fishing near Queensferry; third, steam trawling in the Forth; and last, but not least, its effects on the herring fishery on the coast of Northumberland. Mr Beat also urged the erection of a lighthouse or some improved signal on the dreaded reef of the Carr, and gave some striking instances of the perils of the rock on which more disasters have occurred than any other point on the Scottish coast. Mr Bennet’s sentiments on the occasion were stated by himself at the public meetings subsequently held at Cellardyke and Anstruther, but on the following day he had an opportunity of exhausting, we may say, the general feeling of the district by meeting some of the leading fishermen in Cellardyke and elsewhere, whose sentiments were exactly in unison with those referred to in his public meetings.

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