The Cellardyke Echo – 13/6/24 – Issue 446


BURGH OF CELLARDYKE. To be Sold, THE large HOUSE and GARDEN on the South side the Street, and the OLD WALLS and GARDENS on the North side of the Street CELLARDYKE, adjoining the East Green Anstruther, belonging to Andrew Waddell, Esq. Hermitage Hill, near Leith. For farther particulars, application may be made to Mr Conolly, Town Clerk Anstruther; or Messrs Nairne, Writers to the Signet. Picardy Place, Edinburgh, either of whom have power to sell June, 1824.


One of the labourers at Cellardyke harbour got the fore lith of his thumb completely taken off by the chain of the crane on Monday night: he was not otherwise hurt, and is doing well.

On Tuesday week, as one of the Aberdeen steam boats was putting out her passengers, the day being very boisterous, the small boat got under the stern of the steamer, when one of the passengers, sitting in the stern the small boat, by the great swelling the waves, was squeezed up with such violence against the steamer, that he got his collar bone broke, and was otherwise much injured. He was taken into harbour, and immediately conveyed to Pittenweem in a chaise, where he was going on visit.

We’re happy to find that there is an uncommon prospect of herrings on our shores this season. On Monday night a small, boat from Cellardyke, with only three men, went off, and returned next morning with about five hundred excellent herrings. Such prognostications, it hoped, will encourage our respectable fish-curers to engage a number of the boats to remain on the shores of the Kingdom of Fife, instead of sending our industrious fishermen to-spend part of their hard-earned money in the counties of Sutherland, Caithness, Banff, &c. when their own dear Fife folks are in much want of the needful as either the other counties.


Perth – This market has been occasionally supplied of late with large quantities of fine white fish, at very moderate prices, by boats from Cellardyke and other fishing stations on the east coast. The price to the public might be still less, were it not for the heavy rates charged under the present scale of navigation dues—and a committee has been equalizing these with the view of bringing a corrected scale into operation under the new act, we should hope this will be attended to. The dues charged each of these boats amount to about seven shillings each—being nearly sevenfold the impost at Dundee or Leith. By the bye, is there is not a municipal officer whose duty it is to take care that no fish of a bad quality should be exposed for sale? If there be, we think that on some occasions lately his services were requisite.


St Andrew’s— On Wednesday se’ennight, about three o’clock the afternoon, whilst our fishermen were at sea drawing their nets, they saw a sloop standing to the southward, and which had apparently sailed from the Tay, suddenly capsized by a squall of wind. A Cellardyke fishing boat, which was not far off, immediately bore down upon the vessel, and arrived at the spot just in time to rescue the crew from a watery grave, for she had so rapidly filled, that her bows were already under water, and the crew perched upon the taffrail, from which they escaped into the boat. We have not heard the vessel s name, but we learn she belongs to Alloa. She had square topsail, and appeared to be in ballast trim.


Crail – THE SCOONER SYLVANUS OF KINCARDINE. —This unfortunate vessel, which was brought in here by the Cellardyke fishermen, still remains keel up. Several unsuccessful attempts have been made to cant her over without discharging her cargo. which, together with her taking the ground and the weight of the cargo upon her deck, has damaged her very much. At low water she remains nearly dry. The master having entered her cabin with a light, succeeded in getting out his watch and clothes. The forehatch was also entered, when the body of the seaman, who happened to be below when she capsized, was got out. He had a napkin over his mouth. A coffin was got ready. The body was carried to the grave attended by a great number of the inhabitants, the kirk-session paying all the necessary expenses as is customary in such cases.

Magistrates of Pittenweem. -Andrew Wilson. St Monance, George Mitchell, Airdrie, David Smith, Anstruther, and Jamess Simpson, Cellardyke. for having dogs running with their carts without being chained, were not fined, the Justices thinking it Proper to dismiss them on this occasion, with a caution to attend to the road regulations in future. This, we hope, the public will keep in view, as it is absolutely necessary to put a stop to the evil complained of, from the damage and annoyance occasioned to farmers and others through the loose practice of dogs being permitted to go at large on the turnpike roads.

HERRING FISHING.—The boats of Cellardyke and other places—which, we are assured will muster 250 intend to commence the fishing on this coast in the beginning of next month. Never were there before such preparations for that event. For example, in this place (Pittenweem) alone we can state. From authentic information, that the curers have at command stork to cure, in the beat condition, at least 30 000 barrels. Double that number will be done in Anstruther, besides Crail. St Monance &c We hope to be able to give both satisfactory and faithful amounts of the progress of the fishing after it commences. In the meantime we understand the fishermen of Cellardyke have caught seven’ thousands of herrings within these few days by the jigs or hooks on their lines—an excellent omen, while the quality of the fish caught is most delicious.


CELLARDYKE. ACCIDENTAL DEATH. —Last week a boy of about four years old. named Jack, while amusing himself in the Tollbooth Wynd, got jammed between a wall and the cart of Robert Cruickshanks, when the end of the axle fractured his skull. The child became blind and died in a day or two afterwards. No blame can be attached to the driver, who is a sober steady man. The horse is said to be of rather restive habits


CELLARDYKE BOAT LOST—DISTRESSING CASE OF WIDOWS AND ORPHANS. At midnight on Thursday the 16th May. the boat ” William” of Cellardyke in the parish of Kilrenny, Fifeshire, George Smith, master, was swamped in a sudden squall of wind from the north-east, while at the white fishing, about twelve miles south-east of the Bell Rock light-house, and all on board unfortunately perished. The crew consisted of eight persons, six of whom were married, and have left widows and families. The whole of the families being in very destitute circumstances, it has been resolved to open a subscription for their relief, and a few of the inhabitants have consented to act as a committee for procuring subscriptions and seeing the funds properly laid out for the widow and orphan’s behoof. The Rev. Mr Dickson, minister of the parish of Kilrenny, has consented to act as chairman of the committee; and we sincerely hope that they may be able to obtain some relief for the benefit of these destitute individuals.

Enormous Fish. — A fish of the halibut species was on Thursday exhibited in Dundee market, which attracted the attention of hundreds. It measured six feet length, three feet across the broadest part of the body, and was eight inches in thickness. It’s weight was two and a half cwt. and it required five men to haul it into the boat at the deep sea fishing. David Keay, Cellardyke, fisherman of fifty years’ standing, declared, that in all his experience he had never witnessed such an enormous fish.


St Andrews. —The infant school here having become vacant, consequence of the late teacher’s having left for another situation, Miss Orrick, teacher in Cellardyke, was appointed on the 22d ult. as the individual who is to fill the situation. From the various favourable reports that we have previously observed in your valuable paper regarding the abilities of Miss Orrick, and of her success as a teacher, there cannot be the least doubt but that here she will also give the utmost satisfaction.


Arbroath – Fish-Curing.—A new fish-curing establishment has been erected here, in consequence of which we are almost daily visited by fishing craft from Cellardyke, St Monance, and various places the Forth.


NOTICE. All Persons having CLAIMS against said SEA BOX requested to Lodge the same with the Treasurer, Mr Andrew Young, Cellardyke, on before the 1st of August next, as the affairs of the Society will shortly thereafter be finally wound up. Cellardyke, 16th June 1848.


CELLARDYKE – The Weather and weather for the past week has been uncommonly beautiful; summer has now indeed arrived, with all its delightful concomitants. The wind throughout the past week has blown gentle breezes from the westward. There have been very few boats at the great lines, owing to the success attending on the small line fishing, and  more especially owing to the ravages of the dog-fish, which have now made their appearance on our coasts, and are committing terrible havoc in their line of  march. Our fishermen can hardly get fish, especially the cod and ling, drawn, even when caught on the line, but what is eaten the bone. However, the takes varied from three to six scores of Cod, from five to eight scores of skate, from fifteen to one score of ling, and from ten to thirty halibut, at inferior price. The small line fishing has been very successful, the takes varying from twelve twenty-four hundred, at moderate price.

Extract from a letter – 3 Cellardyke boats and 2 St Monans were paid to try and start fishings in the communities of the West Coast –

I am glad to observe that your correspondent gives a decided and spirited contradiction to the story that the West Islanders are so lazy as refuse working for good wages, under the guidance of certain missionary fishermen from Cellardyke, on the coast of Fife. They were not likely to be palatable instructors to the clansmen. There fusion amalgamation of races—the language, the habits, the very nature, physical and mental, of the Saxon and the Gael, interpose insuperable obstacle to their working in rather to the latter succumbing under an alleged supremacy of the former. Each of them has great and good qualities, but they were not made for mixing. stalwart frames, persevering industry, the blunt and rather uncouth manners of the Southerns, are not likely to assimilate kindly with the spare, sinewy, agile figures, the ardent but less continuous exertions, the courteous manners, quick doubt to take offence, but exceedingly sensitive of kindness, and grateful for it, which characterise the Northerns. The one will make incapable teachers, the other inapt and unwilling scholars. The Highlanders and Islanders have been of late years too much maligned, partly by proprietors seeking to promote emigration and to consolidate small farms into large ones; but chiefly by Cockney and suchlike urban commissioners, despatched by the Press,

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