The Cellardyke Echo -6/10/2022 – Issue 359


The fishing boat Alaska, Skipper Peter Muir, left Anstruther on Monday for Yarmouth, and arrived there after a remarkable quick passage of 30 hours, the lowest on record.

Mr Daniel Cormack, Cellardyke Public School, has passed the recent July examination for admission into the Training College, Moray House, Edinburgh, and gained a scholarship of £230.

The Lammas herring fishing at Anstruther has been the poorest on record, but the Cellardyke boats which were engaged at Fraserburgh, Peterhead, and Aberdeen have done well. Some 120 of these boats are now prosecuting the fishing off Scarborough, Yarmouth, and Lowestoft, with every prospect of success, and is hoped this will neutralise the poor returns obtained at home.


About six o’clock yesterday morning, as Charles Tulloch, labourer, residing in Lodge Walk, was walking along the south bank of the River Dee, discovered the dead body of a man lying in a foot of water about fifty yards south the Victoria Bridge. The body was at once removed to the Police Office, Torry, here was identified as that of David Corstorphine (50), fisherman belonging to Cellardyke. On the previous night the unfortunate man had been in town along with some companions, and is supposed he had been returning to his lodgings along the river bank, when owing to the slippery nature of the ground had missed his footing and fallen in, and had been unable to extricate himself from the mud. The deceased came to town about fortnight ago, and had been engaged as fisherman on board steam fishing boat. Dr Robertson, examining the body, found that life had been extinct for some hours.

NB – Note from Harry Watson – The age of David Corstorphine was incorrectly reported he was only 19


On Saturday, while some children were playing on board the boats in the inner harbour, one of them, a boy of seven years, son of Mr Alex. Fraser, shoemaker, Cellardyke, fell into the water. His companions gave the alarm, and fisherman, named George Anderson, West Anstruther, immediately leaped in after him. With some trouble, caused by the struggles of the child, he swam to the side of the boats, where others relieved him of his charge. Fraser was unconscious, but was speedily brought round. Anderson was none the worse, but he deserves great praise for his promptitude, and it to be hoped the affair will not be allowed to rest here and suitable recognition made for his gallant conduct, this is the seventh life he has saved within four years.

Burgh Court. —On Thursday—before Provost Martin and Bailie Thomson, Cellardyke–James McGee, vagrant, was charged with breach of the peace and breaking two panes of glass in a dwelling house in James Strut. He pled guilty, and was fined 7s 6d or 7 days. He went north. (Dundee Jail)

Yarmouth fishing – …….The KY boat Hawarden Castle, from Cellardyke, had a collision with another Yarmouth vessel in the harbour, and she also in dock. The herrings caught by the Scotch boats are still small and ordinary quality.

Early on Sunday morning the joists of a house in James Street, Cellardyke, were found to be on fire. The brigade was called out, and the flames extinguished without difficulty, A neighbouring chimney had been on fire the preceding night, and the flames had smouldered till the smoke alarmed the inmates. Little damage was done.


There was still very little done at Islay last week. The weather being fine all the boats were et sea every night. The takes on Thursday were a little more encouraging than the former part of the week. Some of the Cellardyke boats had a few crans, one had as high as 30 baskets, and on Saturday another one had 36 baskets. The prices ranged from 4s to 4s 6d per basket.


The Train Service. —Mr Conacher, the Manager of the North British Railway, has replied to the petition sent to him by the merchants of Anstruther and Cellardyke asking for a continuance of the present morning train service in order secure an expeditious letter delivery in the East of Fife. Mr Conacher regrets that the amount of traffic will not allow the present morning service to be continued. Mr Marr, on behalf of the memorialists, has written to Mr Conacher to state definitely whether the 6.15 and 7.40 a.m. trains are to be withdrawn in November and one substituted at 7.25. No further reply has been received, but the Town Clerk has written to the Post Office authorities to send down an official to make inquiries into the unsuitable and inconvenient arrangements of last winter, by which a letter took nearly 24 hours before it was delivered to towns a few miles away.


On Wednesday last a woman went into a public-house in Cellardyke and drank half a gill of whisky, which being done she discovered that she had no money, and offered the key of her door as a pledge, until she would go home and get it. (How was she to get into her house?)


Sudden death in Castle Street. On Wednesday evening, a very sudden death occurred in Castle Street. Mr Thomas Moncrieff, fireman aboard the Anster Fair, arrived in the afternoon with the liner. He was then in his ordinary health, and continued at his work until the evening. Shortly after nine o clock he went to bed and lay talking with a member of his family. About half past nine, his wife heard him breathing heavily with a curious sound in his throat, and at once called in her neighbours, one of whom ran to Dr Wilson. Before the Doctor reached the house Moncrieff had expired. Moncrieff was 41 years of age and left a widow and several of a family. He belonged to Cellardyke, and served his time as a cooper with Mr Bonthron. Until lately he resided on the English coast. He was well known and greatly respected in the district. The Anster Fair did not proceed to sea yesterday morning but her flag was flying half mast all day out of respect for the fireman.

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