The Cellardyke Echo – 11/1/24 – Issue 425


A-girl about four years of age, daughter of Mr Alexander Brown, Shore Street, Cellardyke, was severely burned on Monday afternoon, her dress having become ignited in the absence of her mother.

STEAMER ASHORE ON THE FIFE COAST. SAFETY OF THE CREW. Early yesterday morning the Newcastle steamer, Kate Thomson, bound from Dundee to Leith, light, went ashore about mile east from Cellardyke. She left Dundee the preceding day in charge of Mr Easton, the captain, John Henderson, Anstruther, was ill. She was caught on the rocks thirty yards to the east of the Hynd and about a hundred from high-water mark. The crew of ten abandoned her about 11 a.m., there appearing no of getting her off. A large hole was pierced in the bottom. She will be nearly dry at low water, but lies in so critical a position that little hope is entertained of saving her. The Kate Thomson was launched last summer, and insured. Lloyd’s agent arrived later in the day to make inquiries.

ln the Town Hall on Saturday evening, the Young Men’s Christian Association gave their annual entertainment to the old women of Cellardyke There was a large attendance, and after tea suitable addresses were delivered by various gentlemen. A very pleasant evening was spent.


INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC FOR CELLARDYKE PARISH CHURCH.–Intimation was made from the pulpit of the Cellardyke Church on Sunday that the Session had resolved to introduce an organ into the church, and were at present negotiating about one, and asking any members who objected to the same to lodge objection on Sunday by putting a slip into the box along with their collection.


At Anstruther Burgh Court last Friday, before Provost Anderson and Bailie Darsie, James Martin (Gardener), fisherman. Cellardyke, was charged with molesting Constable Wright while in the execution of his duty on the middle pier, Anstruther harbour, on the 2nd instant, and also with assaulting him by pushing him on the chest. He pled not guilty.

A Horse nearly strangled. —Early last Friday morning, the attention of George Kirkcaldy, butcher, Tollbooth Wynd, was called to a horse and cart outside his shop door. The horse had left Bonerbo the previous night without anyone in charge and had carried a cart of coals along to Blacklaws and down by Kilrenny. Some of the harness had apparently got loose for the horse was hanging in the air, and would very likely have been strangled had not Kirkcaldy gone out at the time he did. The coals were all at the back of the cart. The horse was released, and was found to be none the worse. The driver of the horse turned up in the comae of the morning and took away the animal and cart.

The storm which broke out in the middle of last week, put a stop to fishing operations. On Wednesday afternoon, when the gale first began, several of the liners were outside in various directions, and the most were obliged to run for shelter to the nearest ports. One was as far north as Wick. another at Burghhead, while others steamed for Granton and Leith. A number of Cellardyke and St Monans fishing boats were also obliged to go to Granton where they remained over the Sunday, the heavy seas running across the bar at Anstruther making it a matter of great risk to come into Anstruther harbour. One or two of the crews made the attempt, notably the William Tennant, and succeeded in getting in all right. One or two of the crew sustained some very slight injuries.

Bankruptcy Examination on Fishcurer. —Mr David Thomson, fishcurer, sole partner of the firm of Messrs David Thomson & Co., fishcurers, was examined bankruptcy before Sheriff Henderson at Cupar yesterday. Mr K. J. Davidson, solicitor, acted for the trustee, Mr William Scott Bonthron. fish salesman. The bankrupt deponed that he commenced business as fishcurer eight or nine years ago in West Forth Street, Cellardyke, but he had no capital. In 1893-94 he acquired the fishcuring yard which formerly belonged to Messrs Sharp & Murray for £450. He got of that sum £300 from Mr Oliphant, banker; £100 from Mr Robert Cook, fish salesman ; and £50 from Mr David Keay fisherman, his brother-in-law. He did not grant an acknowledgment to Mr Keay, but the titles of the property were in hie own name and Mr Keay as security. He had no money of his own when he bought the yard. By the help of borrowed money he had always managed until recently to keep the yard going. He borrowed money from Mr Alexander Keay and from Mr David Keay, who was successful fisherman, and who resided with him until last February. David kept his money in his house, and when bankrupt had not much money as pay the fishermen, David told his wife to take his money for that purpose. David was a creditor for 7s 6d. He had borrowed small sums from him, but he could not tell the amounts. A note was never taken of these. Fishing, a rule, was unlike anything else. The men were paid in a loose way, and when they met them on the pier they gave them the money. He had not repaid Mr David Keay any sums. He borrowed money from Mr A. B. Thomson, fishcurer, different times, and paid him back in December £20. He kept a ledger only. The only one who kept a set of books was Mr Bonthron. As a rule they never kept books in the trade. When he bought 70 or 80 tons of fish he expected them to turn out well; but sometimes they did not, and realised no profit out of them. The fish had not turned out well this year. The ice in the fish had swollen them, and that, in his opinion, accounted for their not turning out well. He took no note of his transactions, as he was so disgusted at what he was losing. That was the way he had given the whole thing up. He had seven of a family, four of whom were home. They were not of an age to do anything. He had employed three men and two boys. The men were paid £1 a week and the boys 6d, They were in his employment until lately. His state of affairs showed that his assets were £414 and his liabilities £765, the deficiency being £350. How is it you have fallen so much behind? Because I had to pay up that borrowed money. He would never have given the thing up if he had not been losing, but he got disgusted with it altogether. He would rather and take a pick and shovel , than remain in it. No one the trade from ‘ Yarmouth to John o’ Groat’s was any better. The bankrupt was requested to come back Friday to sign his statement.

TO BOOT RETAILERS. THE K.Y. BOOT MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD, CELLARDYKE, FIFE, Hold the Largest Stock, and are the largest manufacturers of SEA BOOTS IN SCOTLAND. They defy Competition in any of their Various maakers of DECK BOOTS, KNEE BOOTS, and LONG SEA BOOTS in Pegged, Hand-Sewn, standard-screwed, and Machine Sewn. Retailers not stocking these well-known Makes of KY Sea Boots do not keep up with the times. All Classes of WELLINGTONS also in Stock. Sample Pairs sent Carriage Paid on receipt Reference with Order.

KY Boot Manufactory IN CELLARDYKE.

The starting of a new industry in Cellardyke in the shape of boot manufactory is now an accomplished fact, and already 40 hands are employed with the prospect of some more being immediately engaged. It is only a few months since a Limited Liability Company was formed with the appropriate name of K.Y.. and the old fish curing premises in West Forth Street secured. Necessarily a great deal of time since then has been occupied in making the needful alterations and for the carrying on of the work, and although everything is not exactly finished sufficient has been done to allow a start to be made. The alterations have been carried through under the personal superintendence of the Messrs Smith and Mackintosh, who utilised all the room available to make the factory alike comfortable to the workers and commodious the work. The labour of having all the different machines erected has been safely accomplished, and for weeks back there have been many visitors to the factory, who expressed themselves pleased with the courtesy extended to them by the managers, the explanations given of the work, and greatly satisfied at the fact of so many people being employed. The contractors for the work were :—Mason work – Mr John Clark ; ,joiner–Mr W. Brown ; and plumber—.Mr Dalzell.

The main entrance to the factory is in West Forth Street, but there is also a cart entrance at the back opposite the Public School where carts are intended to be taken in with the goods and materials to be used in the factory. The building in front has been converted into three flats. In the top storey there are 20 different machines, and already nearly all are fully employed. All are driven by mechanical power supplied by a 6-horse Crossley gas-engine. The machines here are used for eyeleting, sewing the uppers, skiving, and hooking. There is also a rosin machine which puts in a stitch in the leather equal to hand, and also at a much quicker speed. The wax machine is very similar to the rosin one but meant for a lighter class of work. All these are being worked by females, who are very expert at their work. In this room a number of shoemakers are employed as well as the cutters of soft leather, benchmen, and lasters. On the second storey is the hard-leather cutting room with a warehouse and office at the back. In this room the famous K. Y. sea boots are made. A small sewing machine is at work here blocking the uppers to the hand sewn, sea boots. Here also are men engaged in cutting the leather for the long sea boots, while there are rollers used for pressing the leather, instead of the old-fashioned style of putting it on a stone, and beating it with a hammer. The rollers have a ton pressure and do their work very expeditiously. A currier is also at work on this floor, and the rough leather as it comes in is curried by him and made ready for the other departments. A Blake sole sewing machine is also fitted up by means of which three dozen pairs of soles can be sewed on to the uppers in an hour with perfect ease. The machine is an ingenious one, and easily manipulated. In the ground flat, the finishing room, there are 10 different machines, including a heel trimmer, which gives 5000 revolutions a minute ; an edge trimmer; heel scourer with fine and rough sandpiper wheels with a brush attached to sweep away the dust, which is thrown into some bins at the back; edge setter, heated with gas, to give a fine edge to the shoes ; heel burnisher, in which there are two hard brushers and a pneumatic pad; a seat wheel for giving a finished appearance to the heel of the boot; a bottom scourer also with rough and sand- paper wheels to give a gloss to the sole and taking off the rough edges; a screw machine for screwing the sole of a boot together; a ranging machine; and cutting presses with knives of different shapes, formed like the sole of a boot, from a baby’s fives to a man’s 13’s. On this floor the gas engine is placed. It is a 6 horse gas engine by Crossley Brothers, equal to 12 horse power, and accomplishes the work very satisfactorily. At the back premises there are a leather warehouse, drying sheds for the currier, and leather presses with plenty of storeroom. The Company have, in fact, made a very full and complete equipment of all the necessary appliances to carry on the work and turn out articles of first-class quality and workmanship. So far the Company have done well, and when everything gets into proper working order it is expected that the machinery will he kept constantly employed and inure workers engaged


At Cellardyke Burgh Court on Saturday, two brothers, named James and Robert Keith, were charged with their brother Alexander at his own house on the 3rd inst, by striking and kicking him. After evidence had been led, the charge was found proven against Robert, and he was sentenced to pay 30s, or one-month’s imprisonment in Dundee prison. He was taken to prison, but the fine was afterwards paid.



The Factory was opened about two years ago, and the Machinery, and Stock are in first-class condition.

Full particulars can be obtained, on application to the Subscribers, with either of whom Offers may be lodged, marked “Tender for K-Y. Boot Factory,” on or before Saturday, 28th January 1899

 W .T . KETCHEN, W . S .. Methil and H. WATSON, Solicitor Anstruther. Liquidators

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