The Cellardyke Echo – 7/7/2022 – Issue 346


THE LATE ACCIDENT AT SEA. — The subscriptions for the widows and families of the Cellardyke fishermen who lately perished at sea now amount to about £150, which, by the resolution of the relief committee, are being distributed in the proportion of 2s to each widow and 1s to each child unable to make any provision for its own support. We understand that according to this scale the sum in hand will suffice for the next three years, but kind friends, it is hoped, wilt yet strengthen the fund.


We understand that the half of the twin-house in Rodger Street, now in course of completion by Mr Thomas Brown, has just been sold to Mr John Watson (Lyall) for the price of £320. These houses are models what fisher homes ought to be, with every convenience required to indurate and store away the fishing gear. Area and garden are also attached, and every twin house is so far self-contained for four families, they, at the present rate of interest, afford most inviting facilities for ” every man being his own landlord.” The dry and airy locality likewise contrasts most favourably with the damp and closely built lower part of the town; and it is not surprising to those who know the spirit and self-reliance of the fishermen of Cellardyke, to be told that very extensive building operations are expected to progress here in the course of another season.

Fatal Result of an Accident. -The son of Mr Alexander Watson (Murray), Cellardyke, who had his head severely injured by the fall of a mast on Wednesday fortnight, succumbed to the effects of his injuries on Sabbath morning. He was a lad of fine promise, an only son, and had all but entered on his 19th year.


There have been times when the manning of the herring fleet, like the manning of the royal ships, has entailed no end of sacrifice and trouble; but it is far otherwise today with the cry of little work and less wages all over the country.  About eleven hundred men are needed to assist the mariners of the coast from St Monance to Cellardyke, and the ” berths” are already so well filled up that scores have had to turn away to begin the search elsewhere, after a long and weary journey, in which perhaps the last shilling was exhausted. We may almost conclude, in fact, that this is no exceptional circumstance. Any one may see at the railway station and omnibus stand how pocket after pocket has been turned out with doubtful and uneasy glances over the result in order to settle the fare, and with the exchequer in this forlorn situation at the end of a fruitless errand, what, of course, can the poor strangers do; but betake themselves as many are nightly doing to the nearest cart shed or outhouse, or even to the open fields, for the bed which misfortune will not refuse to the penniless traveller. Our half-dealsmen flow into us from many channels. Some were busy but yesterday, with the stone-breaker’s hammer, or the builder’s barrow. Others, as you can guess from their pallid faces, have just risen from the shoemaker’s stool, or the tailor’s board, or mayhap have to-day emerged from the dark galleries of the coal or iron mine in the hope that like his boat mate from the steam factory, may draw “health and wealth” from the silver sea. These, however, are but specks scarcely seen in the picture as compared with the men from the Western Highlands and the Isles- Duncan, or Sandy, or Donald, who have just quitted the ” sheiling ‘ on the hillside with the double object of repairing the past and bridging the future – that is to be able on his return to face the factor and buy the few necessaries which in addition to the “potatoes and salt” are needed round the pent fire in the course of the winter. As a rule, however, they are big, well-knit men, with all the native courtesy of the Celt, and at the same time with his deep and inborn reverence for the venerable truths of religion, and as to their fitness and conduct, it is enough to say that not a few have sailed in the same boat or under the same skipper, not for one, but for several consecutive seasons.


Mr James Seaton Hairdresser Begs to intimate to the inhabitants of Cellardyke and surrounding districts, that he has opened those premises, 22 James Street, Cellardyke as a shaving and haircutting saloon, and hopes by strict attention to business to merit a share of the public support.

All kinds of Ladies Work done on the shortest notice. Combings &c,. made into plaits. Gentlemen waited upon at their own residences. All orders shall receive prompt attention.

Business hours from 8am till 8pm, Saturdays 8 till 10

Razors Ground and set.


Smart Capture of a Land Shark

Yesterday afternoon William Spice, about 25 years age, said to belong to Sittingbourne, England, was examined before Sheriff Bell, and committed to prison pending inquiries regarding his antecedents, on charge of having, on Tuesday night, stolen from the fishing smack Paine, of Cellardyke, Fife, about, £18 in money, the property of hie employer, the master of the vessel. The smack, in charge of the owner and crew, was homeward bound from thin Irish herring fishing, and lay to at Grangemouth. About nine o’clock Spice left the smack, telling his master he was going to post a letter and would be on board in minutes. A couple of hours elapsed, when the owner of the vessel, going to his cabin, discovered that his trunk had been broken open and about £18 in gold and silver stolen therefrom. Information lodged with Sergeant Ballingall, who instantly commenced a search in Grangemouth and vicinity for the young Englishman, who, up to this time, failed to return from the post office. Finding no trace of him, information was dispatched to Falkirk, the sergeant himself starting for Bo’ness in search of the man. In course of the morning he discovered the Englishman fast asleep in a coffee house in that town, and on his person the whole of the stolen money, minus 7d. The officer deserves credit for his promptitude and success. Spice, who is unknown to the police, has only been in employment of the owner of the smack for the last few weeks.


A number of spirited young men in Anstruther and Cellardyke have organised themselves into a cricket club, in connection with which this delightful game is being played with much enthusiasm. It is a search for pleasure under many difficulties, but the Anstruther players meet on the Billowness. Their Cellardyke friends, however, are so fortunate as to have the verge of the beautiful field beyond the golden strand, for which they are indebted to the kindness and courtesy of Mr Clark, the esteemed factor on the lands of Kilrenny, who in this considerate act has set an example which cannot be too well commended, especially when we reflect that not a single facility for outdoor recreation is open to our young men. Hence the concourse that is so often -and we had almost said unavoidably -to be met with at the corner of our thoroughfares.

On Wednesday, Mr Yool, depute county procurator-fiscal, arrived in Anstruther and took a precognition of witnesses in a case of alleged fraud and wilful imposition. It appears that a man named Robert Tyrel, a sailor, called at the shop of Treasurer Duncan and obtained a guernsey and a Balmoral bonnet, stating that he would go to his skipper and get the money to pay for them. He did not return. The same is man is alleged to have gone into the shop of Mr David Lumsden, watchmaker, and asked to see some gold keeper rings, stating that he washed to give one to his sweetheart. He selected one, and while looking at it gradually edged near the door. He then stated something about going to get the money, but Mr Lumsden said he must leave the ring until it was paid for. The man then bolted, and as there was no assistant in the shop at the time he got away. Information was lodged with the police, and the same day Constable Martin apprehended the man in Cellardyke, who at once gave up the ring, and as Mr Lumsden declined to prosecute, he was liberated. The man, however, was wanted for similar tricks at Pittenweem and St Monance, and the following day he was tracked by Constable Anderson, Pittenweem, and apprehended in Kingsbarns.

The fleet this season includes the finest and largest boats ever fitted out from the East of Fife. Amongst these being notably the dashing clipper Ruby, which was launched the other day by Councillor Jarvis to the order of the old Cellardyke skipper, Mr David Wilson. For the last thirty years boat-building has been carried on with no greater enterprise on the East coast than at the Brae of Anstruther; but the Ruby is beyond question the queen of the fleet. She is longer by a foot than any other built here, her dimensions being – length, 55; beam, 18; and depth of hold, 7 ½ feet; but, in addition to this, she also challenges attention by the fineness and symmetry of her mould. Councillor Jarvis has also contracted, not for a boat, but a regular deep-sea going smack to the order of another Cellardyke skipper, Mr Robt. Cunningham.


Sharp and Murray, NET MANUFACTURERS. CELLARDYKE, have always a supply of Nets—made from Wadkin & King’s Prize Medal Yarn—Barked thoroughly and ready for Backrope or with Backrope, either string or boltrope, all of Best Material and Workmanship. Usual discount. | Cellardyke, 28th June, 1882.



An award of £7 has been granted to James Smith, Cellardyke, and his crew, for saving the lives of five persons from the boat Jessie, of Lerwick, which was, during stormy weather, in danger off Moussa on the 14th April last.


A fisher lad of Cellardyke, John Henderson, was placed at the bar of East Anstruther Bailie Court on Friday, charged with being riotous and disorderly while in drink, to the fear and alarm of the neighbours on the previous Saturday night. He pleaded guilty; but in respect of a previous conviction, he was fined, after a pointed reprimand by the presiding Magistrate, Bailie Darsie, in 15s

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