The Cellardyke Echo – 20/10/2022 – Issue 361


Mr Jarvis,( the boatbuilding yard next to the lifeboat shed) we may also observe, is busy with a singular experiment – that is, in recasting an old clinker boat into a carvel one, it is being executed on Cellardyke Green, and is at the instance of Mr James Dick.  We hear with unqualified pleasure of certain long-term improvements about to be fulfilled in an order entrusted to Mr Alexander Cunningham. This boat we hear will be the largest of her class, being three and fifty feet in length, and is to be rigged not at a lugger but as a ketch or dandy, so as to obviate the deadly hazard, as tearful eyes will tell you in Cellardyke, of dipping the sails in the midnight storm.

CURIOUS ACCIDENT IN THE HARBOUR. — AS the steamer Diamond, trading between this port and Leith, was edging her berth in the ebb of Monday, her propeller struck so violently on a piece timber fixed in the mud as to snap the shaft. A steam tug bad to be telegraphed for Leith to tow the disabled vessel thither for repair. The stray log, the cause of so much mischief, was part of a raft consigned many weeks ago to Mr Cormack, of the Steam Mills, Cellardyke, but the question damages over the accident will all probability be discussed early meeting of the Harbour Board.


UNRULY COOPERS at the Bailie Court of Kilrenny on Friday— Provost Watson presiding—four coopers employed in Cellardyke, George Lawson, David Dun, John McLeod, and William Blyth, were charged with assaulting Mr David Muir, fisherman, at the harbourhead on the evening of Saturday week, and also with a breach the peace on the same time and place. All the panels appeared except Blyth, who is in the meantime at Yarmouth. They pleaded not guilty, but the evidence of several of the neighbours brought home the charge in the opinion of the court, and they were each fined 7s 6d, or ten days in jail.

Eyemouth Disaster

We understand that the Cellardyke Magistrates have held a conference with a view to raise a relief fund for the widows and children rendered destitute in consequence of the lamentable loss of life on the Berwickshire coast. As all the fishermen are at present absent on the Norfolk coast, it was deemed advisable to postpone the calling of a public meeting until next month.


Agnes Lindsay or Moir, widow, residing in Cellardyke, sued Peter Montidore, fisherman, there, for the aliment of an illegitimate child. The pursuer’s mother explained that he was absent at his calling in Yarmouth; but she also took exception to the summons on the ground that the child had been born two years ago, and yet this was the first time the claim had been raised. Here the Sheriff quashed the case, as one, he said, not for the Small Debt, but for the ordinary roll, seeing that the paternity of the child was still undetermined in court.

WRECKAGE ON THE FIFE COAST. At daybreak yesterday a large quantity of stores, American provision casks, with several bags flour, were cast ashore in the East of Fife. At such points as the currents set at Crail, Cellardyke, and Anstruther the stores were gathered by hundreds. Several pieces of timber supposed to be part of a ship’s bulwarks were also picked up, and the waifs at Cellardyke include a hat, almost new. Various miscellaneous articles are likewise reported, and this circumstance has led to the opinion that the wreckage was cast overboard, or has floated away from the Hartlepool steamer Preston, which went ashore on Friday night on the Goswick Sands, near Berwick, while on the voyage from New York to Newcastle. Yesterday the gale and sea continued, with the result of adding largely to the quantity of wreckage cast the shore.


HERRING-CURING YARD TO BE LET AT SANDHAVEN, With entry at Martinmas, 1893. That Large CURING YARD, with Cooperage, Salt Cellars. Smoke Houses, Cutting Shed, and extensive storage, presently occupied by Messrs Sharp & Murray, Cellardyke. Apply to Mr Shives. Bank Agent, New Pitsligo.

THE TRAWLING COMMISSION. (To the Editor of the East of Fife Record.)

Sir, —The enquiry going on about trawlers has brought to my mind what a respectable old fishermen of Cellardyke told me about 40 years ago. He had used a trawl for a year or two, but gave it up, as he saw that although very profitable for a short time, he was ruining the herring harvest to which he and most of his class looked forward to pay old scores. He told me that he had pulled to the surface in the Traith about two tons of herring spawn at one haul. Of course this would stop a small sailing boat, and he would be obliged to bring the net to the surface to empty it, but the power of a steam trawler is so great that she could go ahead with more than that, and smash it so small that it would be always escaping from the net as he went on, to make room for more, and being thus let loose would be tossed up and down with the strong tides in the Firth and never could come to life, and he would in a day or two destroy more herrings than are caught on the whole Scottish coast in a season.

Our townsman, James Henderson, is likewise giving the finishing touch to the eastern section Rodger Street, Cellardyke, in handsome block which has been by that practitioner, Dr Flaxman.


It gives a pleasing idea of the unslackened energy in the herring trade that Messrs Duncan & Black’s net factory in Cellardyke is busy, in the meantime, by night as well as by day. There are at present 16 machines in motion, hitherto, as elsewhere, by the fair sisters of the coast; but in the course of the week a party of young men arrived by rail to work the night shift, so as to enable the spirited firm to overtake the orders thus early in hand.


SHOP TO LET., that CORNER SHOP in Rodger Street, Cellardyke, recently occupied by Dr Flaxman. Apply James Henderson Anstruther;

The ENCLOSURE OF CELLARDYKE PUBLIC SCHOOL PLAYGROUND.  Mr Clark reported that Mr Sharp and he had conferred as to the enclosing of the playground at Cellardyke School, and came to the conclusion that it would be best to enclose the ground with an iron railing. He had made some enquiries as to the cost, and that it could be done for £72. The present wall and the coping were not suitable, and would have to be taken down to the bottom, as it was much too light. The cost included that, two iron gates, and a wooden gate at the top for the entrance of carts. The estimate included exactly a similar railing to that round Cellardyke Church. Mr Sharp said he would have some dubiety as to a wooden gate at the top, as the Cellardyke boys had a confounded practice of cutting and carving at doors, and he was afraid they would soon cut at it. Mr Clark replied that an iron gate would cost £10. If the wall and the coping had been suitable the cost would have been a great deal less, but it was not heavy enough to carry any weight. Mr Thomson thought the railing would be an improvement so far as looks were concerned, but the question was would it be effective in keeping their property from being destroyed. It was a very expensive matter to carry out. Mr Clark—if the boys get over the railing they will be easier caught. The railing itself only coat £28 with the gates. The height is to be 6 feet 3 inches over all, including 3 feet of a stone wall. I think it is not possible to go into the matter just now without more consideration, as the expense was serious. The Chairman suggested that the Committee should make out specifications, and submit them to next meeting, which after some discussion was agreed to.

THE OVER-ATTENDANCE AT CELLARDYKE PUBLIC SCHOOL The Chairman called attention to the large attendance at Cellardyke School, and said the teacher had stated that he was not to admit any more pupils. The accommodation in the school was for 225, and he thought the Board should see that the average attendance did not exceed that this year. They could not expect to get off as easily as before. The number on the roll was now 275, and the average attendance 250. The question was whether the teacher had not already taken in too many pupils. Mr Clark—l thought there was an understanding that he was not to exceed a certain number at the conference we had with him last year. The Chairman—There was nothing definite agreed to. Mr Clark— Well he should be at once instructed to take in no more. The Chairman—l would be disposed to have stopped short with 20 lees than he has. I think he has too many. Mr Clark—it appears to me that we are in the same mess as last year. It is most unsatisfactory that this matter should crop up again after the discussion we had about it last year. How are we to weed them out Mr Sharp—Leave it to Mr Barbour. I don’t think he will run the risk of getting something taken off his grant. On the suggestion of the Chairman the Clerk was instructed to write Mr Barbour, asking him not to take in more pupils or new names without the consent of the Board

THE BREAKING OF THE WINDOWS IN CELLARDYKE SCHOOL. It was reported by Mr Clark that 21 panes of the windows in Cellardyke School had been broken, and an account was presented amounting to £2 for putting them in again. Mr Clark thought it was absurd that two panes should have been mended only two days before the school closed to be broken shortly after the schools vacated. He refused to initial the account for payment. The account was ordered to be paid, as were some others. The Clerk stated that he had received no reply from the father of the boy who was known to have broken a number of the windows, in answer to his request to pay the damage, but that as soon as he came home from the south fishing he would be again requested to pay.

Mr Sharp mentioned that a part of the zinc of the roof of Cellardyke School had been displaced, and the rain had been coming in to the school, causing great discomfort. He suggested that it should be looked after at once. Mr Clark —That roof has been a perfect humbug to us and a great expense. It is a pity that it was not set fire too, and us to get the insurance. (Laughter.) The Committee were instructed to have the roof repaired. After a long discussion on the question of cleaning the schools and offices, it was agreed to engage, if possible, a suitable man to do the work at a salary of £l2 10s per annum. The Board then adjourned.


ACCIDENT TO AN APPRENTICE BAKER. –On Wednesday morning, while George Fleming, a young apprentice baker with Mr Black, Cellardyke, was loading straw in a cart at Anstruther farm, the horse shied at some object and suddenly ran off, causing Fleming to fall out. When picked up it was found that his left arm bad been broken and severely bruised by the fall. The injured limb was attended to by Dr Craig, and he is recovering as well as could be expected.

THE FEVER EPIDEMIC. Scarlet fever and diphtheria have been very prevalent in the East of Fife during the past two or three weeks. Precautions were adopted to isolate the disease by the Local Authorities and the School Boards, but the number of cases continues on the increase. Dr Craig, the Medical Officer of Health, has at the request of the Board of Supervision prepared a report, in which he attributes the cause of the disease to overcrowding and the want of a proper drainage system and water supply. The cases have mostly been of a mild type, and there have been 103 cases of scarlatina, 21 of diphtheria, and of measles in Cellardyke. He recommends the closing of all the schools, but from the varied nature of the cases hospital isolation would, he finds, be impracticable. The Local Authority are resolved to reply to the Board of Supervision that they have been prevented by a proprietor interested not coming to terms with them from carrying out a drainage system which they had begun. Anstruther have unanimously refused to agree to the recommendation to close the schools, maintaining that there is no necessity for it.

According to the information received from the south, the fishing has this week been a blank owing to the stormy weather. The boats left for sea on Monday, but were forced to return by the severity of the gale. One Cellardyke boat had her mast broken, but fortunately none of the crew were injured. Similar news came from Scarborough, and a number of the boats there will leave for home next week.


THE CELLARDYKE URQUHART WYND WELL. (To the Editor of the Record.) Cellardyke, October 11th, 1888

Dear Sir,—ln finding the report of the meeting of the Kilrenny Town Council, in your last issue, I was amused at the charming simplicity shown by the members of Council in acceding so tamely to the proposal of Bailie Smith, to retain the old Urquhart Wynd well, merely because 3 boilers in that district are supplied therefrom. while all the other fishermen get supply either from their own wells, or from the new water supply, He seems to argue that the new water is unsuitable for barking purposes, while ” ony auld wife ” could tell him that the softer the water the better for that purpose He is also reported, in another paper, to have said, in answer to a question by Councillor Melville, that the fishermen, when in Aberdeen, largely use salt water. (I presume he means because of the softness of the Town’s water.) This is contrary to fact. However, this may be, are the members of the Town Council aware that for every gallon of water drawn from that old well for barking purposes 100 gallons are used for domestic purposes? This is a serious affair, after the Board of Supervision have condemned the water, the Council would do wisely to shut it up altogether. – I am, yours truly, A B

LATE Mr James Murray. —The death is announced of Mr James Murray, Cellardyke, after a short illness of a fortnight’s duration. Skipper Murray was the pioneer of the south fishing, having upwards of 30 years ago been the first skipper who ventured to go to the fishing in Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Having been successful, his example was soon followed by many of the crews in Cellardyke, and has been continued ever since.

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