The Cellardyke Echo – 7/04/2022 – Issue 334


There were no new applications before the Licensing Court on Tuesday. All the existing licenses were renewed, including 4 grocer’s licensee, and 2 public house certificates. The number of licensed homes is one less than last year.


The Late Mr Cormack.—The remains of Mr Cormack were interred last Friday in Kilrenny Churchyard amid many signs of public sorrow. The boats in Anstruther and Cellardyke had flags all hoisted half-mast high, while all the shops in Cellardyke were closed for two hours. There was a very large attendance of mourners, the funeral being one of the largest ever seen in Cellardyke. A short service was conducted in the house by the Rev. Mr Smith, and at the grave, Rev. Mr Ray read a few passages of Scripture and offered an appropriate prayer. The coffin was covered with wreaths, one being from the fishermen with the inscription printed on it: —`A token of respect from the fishermen of Cellardyke.’ Large numbers of people witnessed the funeral procession on the way from Cellardyke to Kilrenny. In several of the Churches on Sundry, allusions were made to the loss sustained by the district in Mr Cormack’s death.

At a Burgh Court on Saturday, before Provost Anderson and Bailie Darsie, William Wallace, labourer, was charged with having on the 21st March, assaulted Andrew Montador, Cellardyke, to the effusion of blood, and seizing hold of him and dipping him into the sea. Accused pled guilty under great provocation. Robert Montador, the father of the boy, said that when he came in from sea on the 21st, he found his boy in bed. Restoratives were being applied by hot water and by stimulants. The boy was very much exhausted when brought home. He learned that Wallace had dipped his boy over the head in the harbour at the west pier, and held him in the water for about two minutes. A fisherman said he saw Wallace take hold of the boy and dip him into the sea three of four times. He held the boy by the legs and put him in head first. The Fiscal craved a conviction. It was a very dangerous prank for any man to play, and accused must be taught that he must not take the law into his own hands. Accused said the boys had given him great annoyance, and had destroyed his boat. He warned them an hour before this happened. The Provost—irrespective of any provocation which you may have received, you must consider that you did a very rash, unwarrantable, and dangerous thing in acting towards that boy in the way you did. Nobody is entitled to take the law into their own hands, whatever the annoyance they receive For all that you knew, a boy of tender years like that might have been suffering from some disease whereby the shock might have caused death, and this would have been very serious indeed. We feel to put a sufficient fine on you as would mark the gravity of the offence, and therefore taking the circumstances into account we have made the fine as small as possible, not because of the trifling action oil your part but in consideration of your means. But we must show our disapproval of such conduct as this which might have resulted in very serious injuries indeed. At the same time, I would like to warn boys from annoying people, and hope this will be a lesson to take care and not go on board yawls and destroy things. The fine is 2s 6d or three days.

The School at Cellardyke was built in 1878, and at that time afforded along with an Infant School still in use sufficient accommodation for all the children in Cellardyke district. The price of the school still forms a burden on the rates, and will do so until 1918.

Lent week was a blank so far as the Cellardyke sailing boats were concerned, only one crew (Skipper James Moncrieff) being at sea by Monday, and getting the market, when £43 was grossed. The rest of the crews had dropped the nets, and were fitting out for the great-lines in earnest, their programme including the necessary outfit to tide over a spell at Scarborough or other English ports. 37 boats left with this intention on Monday, and as up to the present none have returned it is evident the skippers have not seen reason to alter their course. The fleet will distributed between Scarborough, Shields, Hartlepool, and Aberdeen.


SUDDEN DEATH KILRENNY. —Last Saturday morning, Mr Leslie took suddenly unwell while in bed. On medical assistance being called in, it was found that he had had a shook of paralysis. He lingered on in a comatose state until the evening, when he expired. Being an old and respected member of the St Ayles Masonic Lodge upwards of 20 members attended the funeral on Tuesday to Kilrenny Churchyard. The members met at their Hall in Shore Street, and marched to Kilrenny. Rev Mr Anderson conducted the masonic funeral service at the grave. Mr Leslie was a grocer in Cellardyke, and was well known throughout the district.

CELLARDYKE. Mr George Watson, second eon of Skipper George Watson, Cellardyke, has passed the Board of Trade examination at Dundee as master.

FISHERMEN’S INABILITY TO SWIM.—In holding inquiries in Dundee on Tuesday, under the Fatal Accident Inquiry Act, Sheriff Campbell Smith, in reference to the death by drowning of the skipper of a fishing boat, expressed regret that all fishermen did not learn to swim. It was a question whether fishing boats ought not to be compelled to carry preserver.

MALICIOUS AT THE BOOTERY. —More than a week ago a barrel containing 40 gallons of ink was lying in a backshed in the premises of the K.Y. Bootery in West Forth Street. The barrel was all right when the workmen left in the evening, but next morning Mr Mackintosh discovered on opening the works that the crane had been opened and the ink allowed to run away. The barrel was completely empty. The mischief is supposed to have been the work of a person who had entered the premises during the night. The police are making investigations into the affair, but as yet have no clue. The value of the ink was 60s.

DISAPPOINTED VOYAGERS. —Yesterday morning a large number of folks in Anstruther and Cellardyke were early astir with the object of accompanying the new liner, Kilrenny, on her trial trip. She had a goodly complement of passengers on hand, and the order was given to go ahead when the keel touched bottom in the cut. The firemen had not prepared for this contingency, and there was not sufficient steam generated to force her over the bar and in the rapidly ebbing tide the she was quickly grounded. The postponement of the trip was a source of great disappointment to the company, amongst whom the early rising had been one of the novelties of the day.


The reopening of this public school took place yesterday by Dr Dunn, Her Majesty’s Inspector. There was a large attendance. Bailie Thomson, the chairman, explained the circumstances which led the Board to enlarge the school to accommodate 600 scholars, and said the cost had amounted to £2500. Dr Dunn congratulated the School Board on its enterprise and public spirit in erecting such a handsome and commodious building, and strongly urged parents to keep their children as long at school as possible, and not to entertain the popular delusion that a child’s education was completed when he passed the Fifth Standard. There never was a greater mistake, and it was in the interests of the child’s future life that he should be kept longer than to pass Standard Five. Mr J. Ritchie Welch St Andrews; Mr Barbour, headmaster; Rev. Mr Murray, and others, delivered addresses. Dr Dunn was awarded a hearty vote of thanks, and congratulated on the recent academic honour bestowed on him by St Andrews University. Dr Dunn and others were entertained to lunch in the Town Hall, when a number of appropriate toasts were proposed. In the evening a successful concert took place in the Town Hall.


A BRAVE CELLARDYKE CAPTAIN IN AUSTRALIA. The “Geelong Advertiser” the other month had the following: —On Sunday morning, about eight o’clock, while the Earl of Hopetoun cutter, was moored under Swan Island, it blowing a strong gale of wind and rough sea, the master of the cutter observed a vessel apparently aground and the Pile lighthouse lying signals for help. Captain Alex Cunningham late of Cellardyke, at once slipped his moorings, and under three-reefed mainsail and reefed staysail, set out to the ship. After a good scud, he found the barque, Elizabeth Graham, was hard and fast on the north-east end of the West Channel. The cutter dropped anchor to windward of her port quarter and sent her boat down alongside the vessel with a line, and as no one was sick or hurt and the cutter was in great danger. Captain Cunningham slipped his anchor and cleared his sails, getting the worst of it. This is about the 36th time that Captain Cunningham has rescued life and property at sea in rescue work. This case has cost the owner of the cutter six hours work, besides having to go back and pick up the cutter’s anchor and moorings, and repair sails, etc.


ADDITIONAL TRAWLER. —We understand that Mr Stephen Williamson has just purchased the Grimsby trawler, Monarch; and that Mr Michael Doig, late of Cellardyke, is to skipper the same. He is succeeded in the office of skipper the Faith by his brother James, who has been along with him the Faith for some time.

For Sale – A QUANTITY of FISHING GEAR, belonging to Michael Doig  junior., consisting of Nets, Bows, Messenger Rope, Great Lines, &c., will be Sold by Public Roup on Saturday, 8th April, at 38 West Forth Street, Cellardyke.

Mr W. Baird Laing, the engineer, read a long report on the drainage of Cellardyke, and submitted accompanying plane. On account of the level nature of James, John, George, and Shore Streets, it was found impassable to arrange the drainage system so as to have one outlet only, the average level of the streets being only about 16 feet above high water mark. In addition to this the amount of cutting it would have involved would have been large, and as very hard rock is found at a depth of even 18 inches in some places below the surface, the cost would have been considerable. This has necessitated the adoption of a system of sewers as close to the surface as possible so as to dispense with rock cutting, and in cases of this sort the pipes, in order to prevent breakage by heavy traffic, will have to be bedded in concrete. All the sewers throughout the burgh are to run in straight lines both in direction and level from manhole to manhole. No manholes are to be at a greater distance apart, with two exceptions, than 100 yards, so as to allow of cleaning at any time when there is obstruction. The gradients are all of a very satisfactory character, the flattest for 9-inch pipes being in West George Street where the gradient is 1 in 109, while 1 in 98 is the minimum, but as there is a good fall from Dove Street this will be quite sufficient to flush this section of the sewer. The flat gradient is caused through the rock being so near the surface, and through having the sewer trench as shallow as possible. In West Forth Street, the present 10- inch pipe will have to be removed from Ellice Street westwards for a distance of 59 yards so as to give a better run, as at present it is constantly being obstructed. The report then dealt with the construction of the sewers, pipes, manholes, and outlets, which were to be of iron pipes, sunk as much as possible into the rock so as to prevent the force of the sea breaking them, and at the outmost end they would he fitted with flap valves. The drainage he proposed to divide into four sections with different outlets. The first includes the west end, the second John Street to the Urquhart Wynd, and a portion of George Street, the third Dove Street, Shore Wynd, a small portion of Shore Street, and the eastern section of George Street, and the fourth the area from which the surface water from Shore Street alone has to be drawn off with the addition of the sewage from the houses. The cost of the construction of the scheme was estimated at £1073, but engineers fees, and inspector’s wages, &c., would bring up the total cost to £1300. After the report had been read and explained, the Council met in private to discuss it.

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