The Cellardyke Echo – 25/4/24 – Issue 439


During Saturday there was a good deal of grumbling among the fishermen at the uneven state of the ground in the inner harbour, which they assert is damaging their boats. About a dozen skippers refused to pay their rates, and a hastily summoned meeting was held in Cellardyke Hall in the evening. The attendance was not large. There was unanimity of opinion as to the necessity of something being done to the harbour, but several thought that before they took the extreme step of refusing to pay their dues they should lay their grievance before the Harbour Commissioners. A number, however, held to their decision not to pay the boat rates until the harbour was sorted, with the result that eleven out of the 40 odd skippers held back their dues. About 30 paid their rates as usual declining to be parties to the arrangement until the Harbour Commissioners had refused to remedy any grievance laid before them, and unless there was united action among all the skippers.


Death Notice – At St Ayles Crescent, Anstruther, on the 24th inst., Agnes M. Martin, aged 43 years, wife of James Leslie, manufacturer, Cellardyke. Funeral on Saturday 27th at 2 o clock, All friends emitted please accept this invitation.


SCOTCH FISHERMEN AT SCARBOROUGH.—During the last week or two no fewer than 20 Scotch fishing boats have been engaged in line fishing out of Scarborough, and on Sunday about 100 men were in the town. The boats chiefly hail from St Monance, Anstruther, Aberdeen, Cellardyke, Banff, and Peterhead. So far, the Maggie Scott (Cellardyke) heads the list, with 50 score of cod and ling for her two trips during the past week. The Paragon (St Monance) comes next, with 45 score, which realised £40. For this large catch the Paragon shot 28 lines, equivalent to 80 English lines. The Ruby (Cellardyke) also arrived with a large catch, the fish realising £33, the result of one night’s fishing. The average catch for the week of the Scarborough and Filey sailing boats was from four to six or eight score. The Scotchmen, however, have the advantage over the Englishmen, inasmuch as they use their own fresh bait (chiefly whole herrings), which they catch themselves. They also have machines for hauling the lines aboard, and use much larger hooks. Several of the Scotch boats landed 17, 18, and 20 score for a single catch last week, and the prices have ranged from 15s to 17s per score. When on shore a great number of fishermen visit the Fishermen’s Self-supporting Club and Institute, which is maintained chiefly through the energy of Mr Tudor James, the manager and owner of the building, A football match between the Scotch fishermen and the Scarborough Magpies (a junior eleven) caused a large crowd to assemble on the plateau on the Castle Hill, neatly all the fishermen in the town being present The Scots eventually left the field the winners its follows:—Scotch fishermen, 3 goals; Magpies, 1 goal.

FATAL ACCIDENT AT METHIL DOCKS.—Another of those heart-breaking accidents which in a moment throw whole communities into gloom, occurring as they do at moments when apparently all is going well and to men in the prime of life, happened at Methil docks on Tuesday evening. The night squad, which goes on at six o’clock, had been at work for about an hour and a half, . when suddenly Alexander Pattie, a stower, was crushed between two waggons and killed on the spot. He was engaged at No. 1 hydraulic hoist, where for the time the men were obliged to push forward the waggons to the turning table owing to some hitch in the working of the hydraulic capstan for pulling forward the waggons. Four men were pushing at the leading waggon, which was evidently a stiff one, while a second was uncoupled and pushed down behind. It overtook the first, and Pattie, who had his breast to the buffer of the latter, was caught between the two and struck with a force which crushed his chest. When released he fell back dead, a low moan being all that escaped from his lips. His companions carried him under shelter and summoned Dr Crole, the examination being however formal, death having been instantaneous. The sad news was broken to the bereaved family, after which the remains were conveyed home. Deceased, who resided in Greig’s Row, Leven, was a native of Cellardyke, being a son of the late Alexander Pattie. He was 32 years of age, and leaves a widow and four young children. He was very popular amongst his fellow employees, in this as well at former work in which he has been engaged.


PROVOST MARTIN ON CELLARDYKE SCHOOL At the lunch given in the Town Hall in connection with the re-opening of Cellardyke School, Provost Martin was prevented by a slight attack of illness from making the following remarks : Allow me heartily to congratulate you and the whole members of the School Board, in short, all interested in the education of the young in Cellardyke, on the opening of this splendid School. I had the pleasure a few days ago of walking through the School, and I was surprised at the arrangements, both inside and outside, for the comfort and convenience of both scholars and teachers. I was a member of the first School Board when the present School and School house, were first erected, or rather rushed up with the greatest speed. If I remember right the slates of the house were all put the roof on one day. I recall also more than fifty years ago of two Schools, being in Cellardyke, but one of them could scarcely be called a School or hardly had the resemblance of a School. The teacher, however, was an excellent navigation teacher, and not a few of the young men of Cellardyke at that time. turned out to be excellent masters and mates of vessels. This School was situated at the west end of James Street. It was a sort of two storey old fashioned house with an outside stair to the lower storey, where the School was held. The entrance to it was somewhat wide because not only was it necessary to allow the scholars to get into the school but also to let the teacher’s cow get up and down from the byre, which was a little lower down. I have also heard of another, a story which is quite true, because one of the culprits told me after he was an old man. The fire place of the school which was an old fashioned one, had the iron ribs built in, and a building at each side. The master was one day standing before the fire with his hands behind his back. A boy or two were leaning with their elbows upon the sides of the fire places, and putting their hands to fondle the master’s hand. He seemed quite content and pleased. But the spirit of mischief was abroad, and did not the young scamps take up a hot cinder, and put it into the hand of the old man. Instantly there was an explosion. He turned round to get hold of the culprit, but all the boys at the time went off like a shot, over table., and forms, and out at the  door in a moment. But with all his weakness he was a good man, and I knew him well to the close of his life. I again congratulate our whole community on such a splendid school, where their children will get an excellent education. We must all deeply regret that our friend Mr Barbour has been so long laid aside from his duties, but we hope that he may be soon restored now to his wonted health. Mr Barbour, we know is highly respected by all, and we trust he will still be spared long to go out and in amongst us and be a blessing to the commonly at large, as he has been in the past. I think also very great credit is due to the present members of the Board who have wrought so very hard , and in fact many of them have spared no effort, and have done their very best, to make the school almost perfect. Wishing it all continued success, and that it may be a monument in after days of what effort and energy can do, and when many old scholars, are fighting, their way in the world, will look back, with pleasure and satisfaction on the education and training they received at Cellardyke.


On Thursday week, about four o’clock afternoon, while a Cellardyke bread cart was passing through Earlsferry, it unfortunately came in contact with a boy 4 years of age, named Fortune, and broke his thigh bone. The case is undergoing investigation. It is somewhat remarkable that the driver’s name is also Fortune.

FISHING BOAT AND A TRAWLER IN COLLISION. On Monday morning the Cellardyke boat, Vine, Skipper Daniel Henderson, left Anstruther harbour for the fishing. About 10 o’clock, while between 30 and 40 miles off the May Island, the boat ran into one of the Granton trawlers which had only a short time before put down her trawl. The boat was struck on the left side near the bow. So forceful was the collision that one or two of the crew of the Vine jamp on hoard the trawler in case the boat might sink. Shortly afterwards it was found that the damage consisted of the stem being broken through and part of the gunwale torn away, with several of the planks sprung. The trawler refused to take the boat in tow, and the Skipper set sail for home arriving in the afternoon. The boat made very little water on her way back, and has since been under the carpenter’s hands. The damage is covered by insurance. Whether the trawler was damaged in any way is not known.


Last Friday night, while Mrs Alex Rodger was coming out of Mr Bayne’s shop in Fowler Street, she slipped on the pavement and fell. She got up and tried to walk home, but she fell again and had to be carried home. She was attended by Dr Wilson, who found one of her legs broken. The injured limb was set, and she is now progressing.

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