The Cellardyke Echo – 2/02/2023 – Issue 374


Letter – We have been requested to publish the following in reference to what was stated by a Cellardyke fisherman at Mr Ellice’s meeting here on Thursday last :—We, the undersigned, do hereby certify that we were never called upon to pay any fee to the Board of Trade for taking deposition for loss of fishing boat ‘Rose-in-June,’ of St Monance, lost at Elie in December of year 1872, and that the statement made at a public meeting in Cellardyke, and which appeared in last week’s local papers, setting forth that a charge had been made, and paid for said deposition, was utterly false.— Alexander Davidson, owner of the boat. Mrs Andrew Davidson, widow of the deceased skipper. St Monance, 28th January 1874.’ We have also received the following letter referring to the same matter : ‘With reference to a statement made by George Moncrieff at the meeting which Mr Ellice had with the electors at Cellardyke on Thursday last, and which has been reported in the newspapers—to the effect, that immediately after the loss of the boat at Elie which belonged to the late Andrew Davidson, application was made to his widow on behalf of the Board of Trade for payment of L1 for reporting the occurrences I beg to say that the statement is entirely untrue. Neither Mrs Davidson nor anyone else was ever called upon by the Board of Trade to pay anything in connection with that calamity.—l am, &c., A. Keay, deputy receiver of wrecks.

Aberdeen – In the case between James Skinner, brick manufacturer and grocer, Cellardyke, Fife, Petitioner, against R. & W. Matthew, millers and carters, Sclattie, Auchmull, and Robert Matthew and William Matthew, the individual partners of said firm, Respondents, the Sheriff has reversed the finding of the Sheriff-Substitute


A woman died in Cellardyke last week at the good old age of 93 years.  Her husband, who is still able to walk about, is 86 years old, and they had been married for the long space of 63 years.

David Ossler, carter, Cellardyke, was charged with assaulting Robert Cordner, and with using offensive expressions at the same time and place. He pled guilty, and was fined 13s, the Provost remarking that there was a gang of young boys who went about and did mischief at night.—David Spittal, shoemaker, Anstruther, Robert Angus, boatbuilder, Cellardyke, and Thomas Small, cooper, Cellardyke, were charged with committing a breach of the peace in the Commercial Hotel, on the evening of the 16th instant. The complaint stated that on being served with some ale, the panels had refused to pay for it, broken a tumbler, and when at the bar of the hotel had used offensive epithets to Mr Mcintosh and his wife. They pled guilty. Spittal, against whom two previous convictions were recorded, was fined 21s, and Angus and Small 10s each. The Court was nearly filled while the cases were being disposed of.


SAVING LIFE AT SEA AND RELIEF TO SUFFERERS FROM SHIP WRECK. At the meetings of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, held at Hibernia-chambers, London-bridge, in the months of December and January……. The committee having heard through their honorary agents that the towns of Cellardyke and St. Monance, in Fifeshire, had lost at one blow 37 of the flower of their sea-going men. leaving 19 women widows and 72 children orphans, and that a local fund was being raised to help these destitute ones, resolved to head the list of contributions with £150.

FOR SALE, A First-Class CARVEL-BUILT BOAT, 44 feet long, and fitted up on the most approved principle. For particulars, apply to J. A. MILLAR, Boatbuilder, Cellardyke.

NARROW ESCAPE AT SEA. —During the night of Friday last, an alarming accident happened at sea. While the Cellardyke fishing boat owned by Skipper Thomas Carstairs was lying near the May, the nets of the crew being in the sea, a boat under full sail was suddenly seen making straight in their direction. Cries were immediately raised to alarm the stranger, but it was not until the boats were almost in collision that the helm was put about, and even then a mast, the end of which was extended out from the boat, was struck down. One of Carstairs’ crew, named Keay, was struck by the mast as it fell, and received several severe bruises on the leg. The boat which was so recklessly steered belongs to Pittenweem, and it is stated that all the crew with the exception of one man on the look-out and another at the helm were in bed at the time of the occurrence, which, it is alleged was due to the man on the look-out having left his post for a few minutes to enter the bunk. It is but right to add that the skipper of the Pittenweem boat was so alarmed and annoyed when he knew what had, happened that he has disbanded his crew.


The Lifeboat –

On the motion of the chairman, a vote of thanks was awarded to the subscribers during the past year. Bailie White moved and Mr Oliphant seconded the re-election of the committee. It was reported that Skipper Robert Ritchie had been appointed as coxswain in room of Mr George Carstairs, and it was remitted to the crew of the late Skipper Andrew Henderson to nominate his successor. Skipper John Pratt wished to resign his office as coxswain, but at the request of the meeting he agreed to act for another year. On the motion of Mr Mackintosh, a vote of thanks was accorded to Mr William Parker for the time and attention he had devoted to collecting the subscriptions and to looking after the lifeboat and house. Mr Oliphant stated that with five exceptions, three of whom had promised to pay, the whole of the Cellardyke crews had contributed 3s per crew in aid of the funds. Skipper Robert Wallace agreed again to collect the subscriptions from the fishermen, and said last year he had difficulty in doing so. As it was only at the rate of 5 ¼ d a man, the want of it was never felt. Votes of thanks to the coxswains and the Chairman terminated the proceedings.


An Account Restricted. —  Alex. Lawrie, Cellardyke, objected to 8s for a boy’s moleskin vest and 25s for a suit of clothes. After being sworn, he deponed that he had only got one boy, for whom he got one suit of clothes in 1877. He did not get more than one. His son was between six and seven years of age, and never wore a moleskin vest in his life. The Sheriff then gave decree for the admitted balance of £6, but as defender had made no offer before coming to the court, he granted expenses to the pursuer.

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