The Cellardyke Echo – 21/07/2022 – Issue 348


PRESENTATION TO A NATIVE OF CELLARDYKE IN SOUTH WALES. The “Glamorgan Free Press” of last Friday contains a long report and photo sketch of Mr W. W. Pratt. electrical engineer to the National Collieries, Wattstown, and who is leaving that district to take op an appointment in Western Canada. Mr W. W. Pratt is a son of the late Mr David Pratt, Cellardyke, where he was born. The Free Neel says: —Mr Pratt is a Scotchman typical of hie race, a clever young engineer. and when he came down from Scotland live or six years ago on construction work for his firm, he immediately made a number of friends, and when it was learnt that the popular Scot had been offered and had accepted a position as electrical engineer at, the collieries the news was received with delight. The predominant feeling, now that he is leaving, is one of sincere regret. Mr Clissold presented Mr Pratt with a handsome case of instruments. It was, he said, to him a pleasant duty, as he would have considered it a reflection on them if Mr Pratt had been lamed to leave without some recognition. (Applause.) On behalf of his friends and admirers in Wattstown and Porth he had pleasure in handing him the present subscribed for, and he hoped it would be a source of delight to his family when he came to have one. (Laughter and applause.) Mr Pratt, on rising to reply, was loudly cheered. When he first thought of leaving Wattstown he intended to go away quietly as he came. But his friends had other views, and when he heard that they were arranging to give him a send-off, he had never anticipated that he would be treated like this. When you come to leave a place you find out who, after all, are your real friends, and that they are substantial friends. (Hear, hear.) He thanked them all from the bottom of his heart for the way they had treated him. He would never forget It. The memory of it would live with him always, and his thoughts would often stray back to the friends he left behind.

NOTES AND COMMENTS Apropos of our note the other week on the necessity of securing deeper water at Anstruther Harbour, a Cellardyke fisherman writes: —”l heartily approve of your remarks on the best plan for getting deeper water in Anstruther harbour. I have long maintained, and many more in Cellardyke besides myself, that the most practical way to obtain seven to ten feet of extra water, is to excavate, and have the same depth at the Folly and foot of middle and west piers as at the pier head. Everyone can see what an enormous advantage this would be to the harbour in developing the fishing industry very considerably, and increasing the prosperity of the district. Let the Harbour Commissioners employ an engineer to draw up plans and give a probable estimate of the expense of this scheme, including of course the blasting of the rocks on the outside of the east pier, westwards and southwards. I think it is better to go in for deepening rather than extension, for if we had deeper water to enable boats and drifters to get in at all states of the tide an extension scheme could be resolved upon as the necessity for such made itself felt. You have, wisely, I think, urged the need of the Harbour Commissioners to lodge a claim with the Development Commissioners, as you call them. Then why not consult their engineer at once, and send his report and estimate with their claim to the Commissioners as soon as possible. I suppose all the members of the Harbour Board admit the great need there is for deeper water. Well, let them stop thinking and speaking, and take action. They may have a chance of getting something by sending in a claim, but if they sit still and do nothing, they cannot expect any grant of money. They have our new member of Parliament anxious and willing to do all in his power to assist them, and his powerful support ought to be taken advantage of.



SMITH WATSON. —A t Yonkero, New York, U.S.A., on the 23rd of June, by the Rev. Paul Stratton, George, fifth son of Thomas Smith, fisherman, Cellardyke, to Lilias, eldest daughter of the late William Watson. fisherman, Aberdeen.


MELDRUM. —Ate Skinningrove Hospital, the result of an accident, on board the fishing boat Golden Rule, of Cellardyke, John Meldrum, aged 40 years, son of John Meldrum, shoemaker, West Anstruther, Also their eldest son, James Gerard Meldrum, who died August 5th 1900, from the result of an accident on H.M.S. Charybdis, aged 35 years, and is interred in St John, Newfoundland. Mr and Mrs Meldrum desire to return their sincere thanks for the many kind expressions of sympathy received by them in their recent sad bereavement. Elizabeth Place, West Anstruther. July 10th 1911.

CELLARDYKE. Water Shortage— Owing to the prolonged drought the Cellardyke authorities have restricted the water supply to Cellardyke and Kilrenny to twelve hours, the water being shut off each night at six o’clock until six o’clock the morning. The reservoir Balmonth is down nearly 14 feet, and as there is very little inflow, the supply has to be conserved as much as possible.


FIFE-MANNED STEAM DRIFTER IS LOST, BUT CREW ARE SAVED. Intelligence has been received of the loss of the Shields drifter manned Cellardyke crew and skipper, near Wick. The Roamer, which was engaged the herring fishing, sprung a leak, and made water so rapidly that the pumps choked. Fortunately, the Chance, Wick, another steam drifter, was near and succeeded 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, skippered by Chas. Gen, Cellardyke, was owned by the Roamer Fishing Company, Ltd., North Shields.

WEST ANSTRUTHER. Cycling on Footpath. —A young Cellardyke lad pled guilty before Provost Porter and Bailie Menzies last Friday to having ridden a cycle on the footpath along Pittenweem road. He paid a fine of 5s in alternative to 3 days imprisonment.

CELLARDYKE CREW’S FIND. On Saturday while the steam drifter Capella (DE. 131) skipper, Thos. Boyter, Cellardyke was returning from the herring fishing to Anstruther, and while about sixteen miles east and south from May Island, the crew picked up a toy balloon. On the outside was a printed Liverpool newspaper, while inside was a slip of paper with an intimation that the finder, on returning the same before 3rd August would receive» £1 Needless to say, Skipper Boyter lost no time on his return to the harbour in sending on the document.



MOTION —TAWSE—At Elbow Park, Calgary Canada, on June 20th by the Rev, A.D. Archibald, Knox Church, William, third son of the late Wm. Motion, to Janet Anderson, only daughter of the late Alexander Tawse, Cellardyke. –

McMURRAY – CLARK – At Chicago. Illinois, on the 27th June, by Special Licence, to Christopher R. McMurray to Davina Mackie, daughter of John Clark, Parkview, Cellardyke.


SMART GIRL wanted for Boot Department. Apply JOHN BUTTERS, Cellardyke.

WANTED experienced Cock General, for Leeds, good wages. Apply Comely Bank, Cellardyke, before August 4th.

The friends of Mr Robert Ray, Lecturer in Zoology in the South African College, Cape Town. will be pleased to learn that he has been elected a Fellow of the Linnaean Society. It may be mentioned that the Linnaean Society was founded in London in 1788 in memory of the celebrated Swedish botanist Linnie, commonly called Linnaeus, for the promotion of the study of all departments of botany and zoology, and that most of the leading scientists of this country are Fellows of it.

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