The Cellardyke Echo – 18/8/2022 – Issue 352


GREAT LOSS OF FISHING NETS—The heavy hauls of herring this season have frequently involved the fishermen in loss by the breakage of nets. On Thursday the boat 337 KY., of Cellardyke, fishing at Stonehaven, had almost its whole stock sunk. The nets were very heavily laden with herrings, and when the crew commenced to haul them in the float ropes parted from the net, leaving them with their heavy shot of fish to go to the bottom. Forty-five nets were thus lost, only five having been recovered.

THE MISSION CHURCH CELLARDYKE —The contractors are proceeding so well with their several engagements for this handsome church, that opening service is expected to take place by the of the boats from the Yarmouth fishery. The last stages of the plaster work are present having the benefit sunshine and breeze; but, even at this point, the tasteful proportions of the church can be seen to telling effect, and fully sustains the estimate of the finest addition of recent years to the architecture of the coast. The friends of the Mission will be interested to hear that the trusteeship now includes the well-known name of Philip Oliphant, Esq., who was elected by his colleagues, Messrs Brodie, Nicholson, and Martin Gardiner, and in whose zeal and devotion there is doubtless one of the best auguries of the ultimate success of the scheme. This, in fact, is already apparent in the very hopeful prospects of the early endowment of the church. We hear of one venerable native who was born almost under the shadow of the brave old Saxon steeple of Kilrenny, that is to give handsome instalment—of another, also allied to the parish, who is to be still more liberal, while others are so acting the good precept to “go and do likewise,” to bear out the wise forecast of the Rev. Christie, and that, too, when the Mission Scheme of Cellardyke was all but overwhelmed in doubts and difficulties that endowment would be an easy and short step compared to the erection of the church. As we have already stated it is a cruciform structure the early Scottish style, capable of holding congregation of over 300, and with the scheme fully matured is to new parish of Cellardyke, formed by separating the town to the westward of Urquhart Wynd with the contiguous fields and barony lands of Anstruther from the old parochial division of Kilrenny.


WRECK OF A VESSEL ON THE FIFESHIRE COAST. Yesterday the Marie, of Sandyford, bound to Bo’ness with pit props, went ashore about a furlong to the eastward of Cellardyke harbour. It occurred at an early hour, when the coast was shrouded in mist and rain. The crew had espied the Bell Rock, but failed to see or distinguish the May lights, and the first intimation that they had of their whereabouts was the tremendous crash with which the vessel went upon the rocks. It was a stiff east wind with a chopping surf, but being about high water the crew were comparatively safe until their vessel was left dry by the receding tide. Her berth was then seen to be an eminently precarious one, as the crazy old hulk lay between two high rocks, which in the case of the stern had destroyed the rudder and steering gear.  The craw landed their chests, as the incoming tide was more than likely to complete the work of destruction. The brigantine is about two hundred tons burthen, and is said to be insured. Treasurer Doeg, of Crail, Lloyd’s agent for the district, was I on the spot.


Sudden Death. —Mr Thomas Fowler, merchant, Forth Street, Cellardyke, died very suddenly on Monday night. He was in ordinary health, and watched during the day with natural interest the fitting up of fine new shop for his growing trade; but towards eight o’clock he was seized with a violent haemorrhage, which was almost instantly followed by the closing scene. He leaves a widow and family to mourn his loss.

The Storm – The Fife boats by of their great offing were amongst the heaviest sufferers by the gale. One Cellardyke boat, the Medium, lost as many as 40 nets, and another, the Goldie, lost 23. Great anxiety was felt in Cellardyke for the safety of the Floral Star, which was known to be out in the storm, until a telegram from Aberdeen stated that she had arrived there.


An accident of a most alarming character, but , fortunately unattended with loss of life, occurred on the Aberdeenshire coast yesterday afternoon. About three o’clock, as the herring fishing fleet was proceeding to Aberdeen against a light wind, the Cellardyke boat KY. No. 841 (Watson, master), came into collision with a north country boat, and sustained serious damage, filling almost entirely and nearly disappearing under the surface of the water. The other boat at once hove to, and with a considerable difficulty the crew of the disabled craft was got on board safely. The accident, which occurred about five miles south east of Aberdeen, was observed by the crew of the boat Village Maid, KY. 1699 (Warrender, skipper) who soon afterwards ran alongside, and, having ascertained the nature of the incident, proceeded to the port of Aberdeen, where the intelligence occasioned considerable excitement and alarm. One of the harbour tugs steamed out to render assistance to the two boats which still lay alongside, and to endeavour, if possible, to save the damaged vessel, together with the nets and gearing, but up to an- early hour this morning no further tidings were obtainable, the vessels at that time not having put in an appearance. The boat which sustained the damaged through -the-collision was engaged fishing at the port of Aberdeen by Mr George Watson, fishcurer, Point Law.


On Thursday Cellardyke boat No.1249, William Smith, skipper, fishing for Messrs Sharp and Murray, curers of that place, arrived at Aberdeen harbour with her sails split. The crew report having experienced very heavy weather, and about one o clock Wednesday afternoon, when they were about four miles off the Isle of May a sudden gust tore down foresail into shreds.

Police Court Peterhead

David Parker, fisherman, from Fifeshire, failed to appear for striking a labourer, opposite the Commercial Inn several blows on the face and head, and forfeited bail of 7s 6d

DRUNK Thomas Stewart, ” Goss,” fisherman, from Cellardyke, failed to appear for being drunk and incapable, and forfeited bail of 5s

ACCIDENT TO A HERRING FISHING BOAT. This afternoon an accident occurred to one of the Kirkcaldy herring fishing boats while making for the harbour, but fortunately no one was injured. The boat to which the accident happened was the Margaret Morris, belonging to Cellardyke. she had full sail set, and was coming in the bay towards the harbour at a rapid rate, there being a strong breeze blowing from the north. When a short distance out from the Gridleness a squall suddenly struck the boat, causing it to stagger and breaking the main mast at five or six feet from the top. The broken portion of the mast with the sail attached fell into the sea. There was six of a crew on board, and several them were in the vicinity of the mast when the accident occurred, it is a fortunate circumstance that the gale carried the sheet with the piece wood attached overboard. A flag was at once hoisted as a signal that assistance was required, and the crew set about getting the tackle hauled in. In a short time, the steam tug Britannia arrived on the scene, and a tow rope having been made fast to the craft, it was brought safely into the harbour.


Thunder storm,

The belfry of Cellardyke Church was struck at the cope, as if ball of fire, which, after stripping a double row of slates and blackening the timber, escaped the apex, doing no further damage than this way opening the gallery to the rain. Here, also, Mr David Bruce of the Post Office had a marvellous escape. He was sitting the opposite side of the office, when a loud explosion proclaimed the wreck of the telegraph machine, but this was not all, for the fire bolt melting the pipe kindled the gas, which thus-added a new and potent ally to the terrors of the hour. Mr Bruce, with singular presence of mind, and heedless of all risk to himself, succeeded in quenching the flames, and happily so—for, looking to the neighbourhood, the consequences would inevitably have been most serious.

FISHERMAN DROWNED ABERDEEN. Last night, about eleven o’clock accident occurred at Point Law, Aberdeen, which resulted in the death by drowning of a young man engaged in the herring fishing at the port. The unfortunate fisherman, who was named John Muir, and was a native of Cellardyke Fifeshire, had been standing on the deck of a boat at the time mentioned, conversing with some men on the quay, and, while in the act of stepping to another craft slipped and fell into the water. The splash was heard those on shore, but it being very dark at the time, Muir could not be seen. Several attempts, however, were made to save him, by throwing ropes and buoys into the water at the spot where he was supposed to have gone down. Unfortunately, none of these means of rescue could be taken advantage of by Muir, whose body was not recovered till a considerable time afterwards, when life was found to be extinct. The drowned man, who was 26 years of age, was one the crew the Snowdrop, KY 1568, and was unmarried. It is believed that the heavy sea boots which he wore had the effect of keeping him from making much effort to save himself. The corpse was taken to the Cunnigarhill Deadhouse this morning.

Mr William Smith, harbour engineer, Aberdeen. Has received instructions to fence the portion, of the wharf facing old bed of the river Dee on the reclaimed Land and at Point Law at the places where it is recognised that danger life exists. The body of John Muir, the unfortunate fisherman who lost hie life there on Friday night was conveyed yesterday by train to his native place Cellardyke, Fifeshire. The Cortege that followed the coffin to the railway station consisted of upwards of 100 fishermen.

The report that John Muir was crew of the Snowdrop was incorrect he was skipper of the Conqueror

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