The Cellardyke Echo – 7/12/23 – Issue 421


Missing Fifeshire Boats. —All hope has now been abandoned regarding the missing Fifeshire boats. Two boats from Cellardyke are now supposed to have been lost in the late storm, also two boats from St Monance, in addition to one washed ashore on the Norfolk coast. Thirty-seven fishermen belonging to St Monance and Cellardyke have perished during last month, causing a painful gloom over the east of Fife. Sir Robert Anstruther, M.P., has taken means for the purpose of raising subscriptions for the widows and the destitute.

The Beautiful Star memorial in Kings Lynn. Commemorating the loss of 5 East of Fife boats – Thane, Quest and Beautiful Star of St Monans, Janet Anderson and Vigilant of Cellardyke


INTIMATION. JAMES HORSBURGH takes the present opportunity of thanking the Inhabitants of Cellardyke, Anstruther, and Neighbourhood, for the liberal patronage bestowed on him since commencing and begs to inform them that he has transferred it to Mr WILLIAM DUNCAN, his Son-in law, hoping that he shall receive a continuance of their favour.

WITH reference to the above, W. D. hopes, that from his practical knowledge and experience, and supplying Goods of the best Quality at Moderate Charges, to merit a share of the public patronage so long bestowed on his Predecessor. Cellardyke, 20th Nov. 1876.


More Saturday night rows – Anstruther – A Burgh Court was held on Friday last, when all the Magistrates were present. David Ostler, labourer, Arncroach, was charged with having committed a breach of the peace in the public house in Shore Street occupied by Robert Atkins on the night of Saturday the 24th ult. He pleaded not guilty, when Police-constables Black and Forsyth deponed that there was a great disturbance in the house, and on going in they found the panel and John Gardner in grips on the floor, and both bleeding apparently from cuts in the face and the worse of drink. Ostler in defence said he was having some refreshment at the bar when Gardner came up threw him down on the, floor, and kicked him until he became insensible. Having no witnesses present to corroborate this version of the affair, he was found guilty and fined 10s 6d. Gardner was included in the same charge, but as he did not appear a warrant was granted for his apprehension. William Montodore, Alex. Montodore, and Andrew Robertson, fishermen, Cellardyke, were next charged with a similar offence committed in Shore Street on Saturday, the 17th ult., a previous conviction being recorded against Alexander Montodore. Robertson pleaded guilty, but the Montodores alleged that they were only trying to persuade Robertson to go home. Both the constables stated that they saw William Montodore strike Robertson, and that all three appeared to be wrestling and quarrelling. The panels were found guilty, and each fined 10s 6d.


Entertaining Strangers.—A pleasing instance of large hearted sympathy occurred here Thursday by an invitation to “neighbour’s” union from Cellardyke friends to the Moray Firth fishermen, now storm-stayed at Anstruther harbour. These worthy fathers of the sea, Bailie Brown and Messrs Charles Carstairs and Thomas Cunninghame, took Upon themselves the interesting task of inviting the strangers, between hundred and twenty and a hundred and thirty in number, who evinced the most lively and grateful appreciation of the kindness of the men of Fife. The meeting took place in Forth Street Hall Cellardyke, where, exchanging their narrow and dingy cabins for the beautiful surroundings of this noble room, they were entertained to excellent and substantial service of tea, to which ample justice having been done, the company were addressed on various interesting and important subjects by the friends present. There was no programme—the meeting, indeed, was only the outcome of kindly wish to breathe something like sunshine amongst the strangers as captives of the storm ; but the time wore on, and heart answered to heart, to speak, the meeting assumed a more devotional tone, until the closing addresses were exclusively confined to the goodness and mercy of the Heavenly Father, whose watchful care had been so often and signally displayed amidst the darkness and the storm. John Martin, Esq., of St Ayles Crescent, presided, while several Christian friends connected with the Cellardyke Mission, whose instance the invitations were issued, took part in the interesting and delightful proceedings, which appeared highly enjoyed by the strangers, as well as by the other friends who were privileged to be present.

Hairbreadth Escape of a Fishing Craft.—Last Wednesday morning, as the white fishing fleet were weathering the Forth, they were beset by what described as the most bewildering fog of recent years. One of the Cellardyke boats in particular had most providential escape. This was the “Abeana,” Adam Watson, master, which was standing in on the port tack with foresail and mizzen spread full to the land breeze, when a passing rift in the cloud disclosed the white breakers immediately under the weather bow. The cry, “hard up,” had been scarcely given when the boat struck with headlong force on a towering rock. The boom snapped like a dry reed, and the stem was crushed into splinter wood by the collision, which for the moment overpowered the stoutest heart; but taking courage from the fact that the boat was making little or no water the crew pushed from the rock, which proved to be the gullet on the south-east side of the Isle of May, known as ” Willies Hole.” Deliverance from such peril might well be regarded as the act of Heaven, and with thankful hearts Skipper Watson and his crew bore up for the shore, which they gained before daylight. On examining the damage stem and keel told unmistakably of the extreme hazard which had been encountered, and which, but for the fidelity of the builder, must have ended in the loss of the boat, if not of the precious lives of her crew.


CELLARDYKE. BREACH OF THE PEACE.—At a Burgh Court held here on Saturday last, Bailie Brown on the bench—Thomas Jack, labourer, Kilrenny, was charged with assault and breach the peace, and David Ramsay, Cellardyke, with breach of the peace, near the old toll-house, between the 17th and the 18th ult. Both pleaded not guilty, and after evidence had been led the charge against Ramsay was withdrawn. Jack was found guilty, and sentenced to pay or suffer twelve days imprisonment. The fine was paid.

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