The Cellardyke Echo – 3/6/2022 – Issue 341


On Sunday forenoon the annual church parade of the local company Territorials took place to Cellardyke Parish Church. The Territorials were under the command of Lieutenant Maxwell. Lieutenant Mackintosh was on parade. The Territorials were accompanied by the local troop of Boy Scouts and by the Anstruther branch of the National Reserve. the “Terriers” looked very smart in their red tunics and tartan trews, while the Boy Scouts were a picturesque company. Rev. J. Ray, Chaplain to the Company officiated, and preached a powerful sermon from the test “A good soldier of Jesus Christ ” On returning to the Drill Hall after the service, Lieutenant Maxwell expressed hie pleasure that the parade had been attended by members of the National Reserve, while he also complimented the Boy Scouts on their smart appearance and for the manner in which they had marched.


HOLIDAY RESORTS. ANSTRUTHER & CELLARDYKE.—Most Bracing Fifeshire Seaside Resort. Good Bowling Green, Tennis Courts, and Golf Course. —For further information, apply to Secretary, Merchants’ Association.

PRESENTATION TO YOUNG CELLARDYKE HERO. In presence of the Town Council, David Black (15), son of Mr George Black, baker, Cellardyke, was presented with silver watch from the Carnegie Trust, Hero Fund and the parchment of the Royal Humane Society for saving, on 21st April, rescued nine-year-old lad from drowning. Provost Black, uncle of the lad, presided, and Mr Hugh H. Souter, depute town clerk, made the presentation.

ANSTRUTHER. More Local Soldiers Wounded, Further details are now to hand regarding the fighting in France on the 24th instant, in which our local men took part. Unfortunately, the casualties are heavier than was at first reported. Private Robb, who was stated to be seriously wounded, has succumbed to his injuries, and his fellow soldiers will deeply regret his loss. Private Alex. Boyter, son of Mr Thomas Boyter (Smith), Cellardyke, was seriously wounded in the head and face, and now lies in an hospital in Birmingham. The other local casualties are that of Private Adam Lowrie, also of Cellardyke, whose wounds, however, are not regarded as serious, and Lance-Corporal Anderson, son of Mr Alex. Anderson, baker, who was hit in the head.

Off to the East.—The crews of the drifters Camperdown, Lily, Maggie, and Andrewina left last night. It is understood that the destination of these craft is the Mediterranean, “somewhere west of Suez.”


DANDELION IN WAR TIME The gathering of sphagnum moss for the manufacture of dressings for the wounded has been patriotically undertaken by many school children and others, says a correspondent. Sphagnum moss is not to found in every district, but it would seem that an exceedingly common plant that of special value in war time could easily collected in huge quantities those who are able to spare even a few minutes for the work now and then. This is the dandelion. In Cellardyke the school children have gathered a large quantity of dandelion roots, and these, after being cleaned at the school, will sent to an Edinburgh chemical establishment to be used in preparing dressings for the wounded. If the dandelion is of value for this purpose, it should not be difficult to provide an almost unlimited supply. It would appear that all along the dandelion has been treated with unmerited contempt in this country. In France the leaves are commonly eaten in salads, and form cheap and exceedingly wholesome addition to the food supply, especially during the hot days of summer. Under its other name of taraxacum, the dandelion has played and still plays its part in medicine. It is very old remedy for dyspepsia when associated with torpidity of the liver. The milky juice of the flowed stalks was often prescribed as sovereign remedy for warts. The word dandelion itself corruption the French “dent de lion,’’ lion’s tooth—an allusion to the shape of the leaves. Nathaniel Paterson, D.D.. in his genial work on horticulture. has some notes the dandelion which are evidently “wrote sarcastic.’’ He concludes by advising the amateur horticulturist to “leave no piece of ground without first scrutinising every inch for this delicate salad herb order that its roots may carefully gathered and stored—in the bottom of the dunghill!”

CELLARDYKE STOKER ON INVINCIBLE IS BELIEVED TO BE AMONG THE LOST. James A. Moncrieff, son of the late Mr David Moncrieff, fisherman, and John Gardiner, Forth Street, Cellardyke, was stoker on board the Invincible. In reply to a telegram of inquiry, the Admiralty stated it was to be feared Moncrieff was among the lost, his name not being included in the list of survivors. Moncrieff was among the first to join the colours shortly after war broke out, and was engaged in the naval battle off the Falkland Islands. was home on leave a month ago. Previous to enlisting he was engineer on a trawler. He was 22 years of age, and his stepfather, Mr John Gardiner, is on patrol service. His brother, David, is in the Flying Corps in France.


WEDDING AT NOTTING HILL June 2nd ab Sb John’s Church Notting Hill very pretty wedding was celebrated by the vicar. The bridegroom David Doig Pratt Lieutenant Highland Light Infantry second son of late Alexander Pratt Cellardyke Scotland to Minnie Elizabeth youngest daughter of Thoman Hayman of Devon and 61 Wallingford Avenue North Kensington W.

The bride (one of the company of the light opera “Young England”) wore a dainty dress of cream crepe-de-Chine trimmed with orange blossom wreath and veil and carried sheaf of lilies; she was attended by four bridesmaids. Lieutenant W E Ward acted as best man The presents were numerous. The reception was held at the bride’s home in Kensington after which the happy pair departed en-route for the honeymoon.


Prisoners of war

Pte. Alex. Stevenson, Black Watch, Cellardyke; also wounded in the arm.



Cellardyke skippers of drifters returned from the fishing grounds at the end of the week to report the presence of large number of floating mines in the North Sea. As many as five were seen by the crew of the drifter Maggie, which caused the skipper to alter his course.

 Honours won on the Field of Battle

DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL. ……….. 290604 Pte. J. Birrell, 14th. Bn. Royal Highlanders, T.F. (Cellardyke);

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It is now eight weeks since the district was plunged into grief over the disaster which befell the yawl “Morning Star,” which sunk off Cellardyke harbour on the evening of 30th March last, taking with her four of her crew of 6ve. It will be remembered that the skipper’s body and that of the younger Hughes were recovered with grappling irons the day following the accident, while the body of the elder Hughes was brought up by a diver a few days later. The widespread grief then expressed was re-echoed when it became known that, after a lapse of eight weeks, the remaining body that of William Muir (17), had been washed ashore at Methil. It appears that, on Monday morning, while three men were on their way in a small rowing boat from Methil dock to the hand-line fishing, and when about two hundred yards from the outer head of the fairway leading to the dock, they observed the body of a man floating at some distance from them. Rowing toward it they passed a rope round it, and brought the body to the wooden jetty at the dock. The police were informed, and Sergeant Clydesdale along with Constable Moyes, proceeded to the dock and examined the body, which from the nature of the clothing appeared to have been that of a fisherman. It was suggested that the body might be that of one of the victims of the disaster, and the relatives being communicated with, they proceed to the mortuary at Methilhill cemetery, where they had no difficulty in identifying the body as that of William Muir. The body was taken in charge by the relatives and brought back to Pittenweem. It is understood that the funeral is to take place tomorrow, Friday, to Kilrenny churchyard.

The disaster, it may be recalled, took place off Cellardyke, one quiet evening when the yawl suddenly foundered under the heavy draught of herring. One man succeeded in swimming ashore, his companions sank.

Local, drifter in collision off St Abbs Head

Thick fog prevailed at sea at an early hour on Tuesday morning, and the navigation of vessels was very much hampered on this account. The drifter Glencona of South Shields, which has been hired by a Cellardyke crew under skipper Alexander Wood for the ensuing herring fishing, was on her way from Shields to Anstruther to eat on board the gear, etc. The vessel had reached off St Abbs Head when a large trading steamer, which turned out to be the Dwina, of Leith, crashed into them, striking the Glencona with considerable force on the starboard bow, smashing the upper part of the stem and the planking. Fortunately the damage was above the water line, and the Glencona steamed for Anstruther, arriving in the early morning. The Dwina was apparently undamaged and proceeded on her voyage. The drifter has been surveyed, and will have to be repaired before she leaves for the fishing.


DAVIDSON & CO. James Street. CELLARDYKE. We have received another Delivery of SEMITRIMMRD HATS, suitable for the Term. TRIMMED and UNTRIMMED HATS. A Nice Assortment of CORSETS. Try our 1s 11 1/2d For Strength and Durability nothing to beat them. SERVANTS’ CAPS and APRONS. BLOUSES and UNDERCLOTHING. DRESS GOODS and PRINTS. Gent’s CAPS, TIES, MUFFLERS, and BRACES. BOYS’ and YOUTHS’ SUITS. DAVIDSON & CO.

Failing To Obey and Attendance Order

At a Burgh Police Court on Saturday Provost Morris and Bailie McConnell presiding James Blunsden, cleekmaker, was charged with having failed to obey an attendance order granted 10th June 1910 for the attendance of his sister-in-law, Dora Wood, aged 13, at Cellardyke School. The respondent pleaded guilty. Mr D. Murray, solicitor, who appeared for the School Board, pointed out the irregular attendance of the girl both before and since the granting of the order. Respondent, in extenuation, said that the illness his wife and his inability to pay for outside help to do his housework, was the cause of the girl’s absence. Provost Morris, in pronouncing sentence, pointed out that what accused had said was no excuse, and the Bench were very lenient with him in letting him off with 7s 6d of fine, seven days, and 20s modified expenses. Accused asked for time to pay the fine, and was allowed one month.


On Sunday forenoon, the local company of Territorials, under the command of Captain Murray, held their usual annual church parade to Cellardyke Parish church. There was a fair muster of men, who presented a very smart appearance in their scarlet tunics, tartan trews, and spats. Rev. Mr Ray officiated, and preached an appropriate sermon from the text Romans 12th chapter and 5th verse “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”


It was reported that the recent examination conducted by Captain Harvey, of Board of Trade for fishermen attending the navigation classes Cellardyke and Monans, thirty had qualified, and of that number the following had passed: —Extra skippers, two; skippers, fourteen; second hands, eight.


We have received a copy of the Binghamton Press of May 2nd which contains a page account of the 32nd anniversary of the firm of Messrs Fowler, Dick, and Walker. It is illustrated by photographs of the large new premises erected, and of the head of the firm, Mr George Fowler, a native of Cellardyke. Mr Fowler Is a son of the late Mr George Fowler, fisherman, and a cousin of Mr R. A. Fowler, grocer, Cellardyke. He sorted his apprenticeship with the firm of Sharp and Murray, General Merchants, Cellardyke, atter which he emigrated to the United States, where he has been very successful. The following extract from the Binghamton Press will doubtless interest a considerable number of our readers in Cellardyke, many of whom will remember Mr Fowler, and who will welcome the details of his successful business:

“The opening of the new Boston Store last evening was a triumph. For four hours thousands of men women and children trooped through the three entrances thronged the wide aisles and feasted their eyes on the magnificent spectacle that had been prepared in honour of the event. The store is the fruition of a lifetime of vigorous effort. The assemblage of people was a tribute to one of the men who have made Binghamton—George Fowler. Every employee of the great establishment shared in the honors of the evening. from the newest “bundle boy” to the men who, under Mr Fowler, bear the brunt of the active management—Archibald Whitelaw and Archibald MacArthur.

From Wilkesbarre came William MacWiiliam in former years manager of the Binghamton store, and now of the firm in the coal city, and with him was his associate there, Mr Burnside. They too, shared in the congratulations that were showered on the men whose energy and and sagacity have made the Boston Store the magnificent success that it is today.


 The firm of Fowler, Dick & Walker founded their Binghamton wore 32 years ago, locating next to the corner of Court and Chenango streets. Beginning with very small capital and with only six clerks, but with a vast amount of pluck, perseverance, energy, good judgment and executive capacity, the members of this firm, gradually, but surely, broadened their scheme of operation, until they bad built a substantial foundation for their present extensive business. The firm remained only a year at the Court Street stand, removing to Washington Street, where the establishment served a constant, growing patronage for 18 years, each year to some extent enlarging their lines of stock.

During the last 18 years the store at Court and Water streets has been the seat of an enormous volume of business. New departments have, from time to time, been added and old ones extended to fill the demands made by the city’s growth and the Boston Store’s constantly growing patronage.

Last June Mr Fowler decided to make the large addition just completed, to improve all departments and general system under which the business is conducted. New ideas have from time to time, during the process of the work, been considered and evolved all helping to give the store its present metropolitan character and magnitude. Always ready to listen to the suggestions of his employees and to act upon them whenever they seemed practical, Mr Fowler has been able to keep alive the interests of his responsible assistants, and with their help to work out many improvements in the various departments in an incredibly short time.

Probably one of the most Important elements in the success of Fowler, Dick & Walker has been their readiness to engage their employees to profit by the firm’s prosperity. It is a common occurrence for a worthy employee to rise from the rank’ of clerkship to a responsible and remunerative position The helpers are always considered when improvements are made to the firm’s buildings or brought about in the arrangements of departments, or in the methods of operation. In consequence of this practice there is a spirit of mutual interest which benefits employers and employees, while it helps the growth of business.


CELLARDYKE. TIMELY ASSISTANCE —While playing about the Shore at the east end of the Town on Friday, a young lad Mason, son of Mr Mason, Kilrenny Mill, fell into the sea, and was swept seawards for some distance when his plight was observed by Mr Thomas Watson, a cooper in the employment of Messrs Melville & Son. Mr Watson immediately jumped into the water and got a grip of the lad. The rescuer experienced considerable difficulty in landing. but with further assistance both were pulled ashore in a rather exhausted condition. But for Mr Watson’s plucky rescue, there is no doubt Mason would have been drowned.

Few people seem to be aware of the fact that Mr David Allan, shipbuilder, Granton, took in the building and working of what I consider were really the first. successful steam drifters that operated on the Scottish coast. In the year 1878 that gentleman built and equipped two very tidy steamers, purposely for the prosecution of the herring fishing. During the fishing season of that year both of those crafts fished at Aberdeen, and were engaged to work at that port for the whole season. They were named the Forward and the Onward. The former fished for the firm of Messrs James Methuen and Co. of Leith, and the latter for Messrs Sharp and Murray, Cellardyke. For a number of years the Onward continued to fish at Aberdeen for the Cellardyke firm. Those crafts appeared at Aberdeen four years before steam trawling was commenced at that port, and there is little doubt but what they were the first steam fishing craft that operated there.

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In an article about the History of Sewing Machines.

…Nor is the Kingdom Fife behind in the march of progress; it can boast in the East Neuk a Blake Sewing eight of which only are used in Scotland. Do not be astonished, or become incredulous, when I tell you it can sole 200 pairs of boots in a day! I don’t know if Leslie is as far famed for bootmakers as Markinch is for cabbage, but if our friends the shoemakers are not up and at it, Cellardyke, for that’s where the Blake Machine is used, will cause them blush.

Cellardyke Police Commission – This board met on Monday, but the chief matter up was the appointment of a scavenger, Donald Ross, at one time connected with the Lanarkshire Police force, but for some years resident as a day labourer in the locality, being chosen at a wage of 20s a week. The duties are of a miscellaneous nature, bat the wages give a significant illustration of the rising nature of labour in the neighbourhood, the pay of the scavenger and lamplighter having exactly doubled of late years.

(Scavenger being the street cleaner, which in those days would also have to deal with slops, horse manure and sewerage type waste on the streets)


Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners Royal Benevolent Society

…The Committee having heard through their honorary agents that the towns of Cellardyke and St. Monance, in Fifeshire, had lost in 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.

TO FARMERS. OFFERS are WANTED for the LIME as it comes from the Purifiers of the Anstruther and Cellardyke Gas Company’s Works, for the year from 1st July 1876 to 30th June 1877.

Offers to state the Price per ton, and to be lodged with John Adamson, the Manager, on or before 15th June next.

ESTIMATES WANTED for the MASON, JOINER, PLASTER, PLUMBER, and SLATER WORK of a HOUSE and SHOP to be built in Cellardyke. Plans and Specifications are in the hands of Mr John BROWN, Cunzie House. Anstruther. with whom Estimates must be lodged on or before 8th June. The lowest or any Offer may not be accepted.

EAST OF FIFE MUTUAL INSURANCE BOAT CLUB. THE Directors are prepared to receive PROPOSALS for Policies. Applications to be made to Mr George Sharp Merchant, Cellardyke, Secretary and Treasurer.

Extraordinary Large Take of Fish.

The Largest capture of fish for this season has been landed at Anstruther Harbour, and was secured by the crew of Skipper James Brunton, belonging to Cellardyke, who had been at the deep-sea fishing. The catch comprised 54 saithe, 39 ling, 101 halibut, 130 skate and 600 cod; total 925 fish all in prime condition. The Halibut alone sold for £39 and the whale catch realised the goodly sum of £63 (approx. £7,745 today)


DERELICT FOUND BY FIFE FISHERMEN. The week before last some of the Cellardyke fishermen noticed a waterlogged vessel of Norwegian build in the North Sea, but the distance from land was so great that no attempt was made to secure the derelict, which was being stripped of her materials by French fishermen. Last week, however, she had drifted to about seventy miles from the May Island, the crews of two of the boats took her tow, and succeeded bringing her into Anstruther harbour on Friday. The schooner herself is only fit for breaking up, but she has a large and valuable cargo of fir staves, which are being landed for the purpose of being sold by public roup. As the stern of the derelict is completely gone, her name cannot be ascertained.

FATAL BURNING ACCIDENT. —On Friday last, a little girl two and a half years of age, granddaughter of and residing with George Anderson, ploughman, Tolbooth Road, was playing with another child about the fireside when a pot full of boiling water lying on the hearthstone by some means was overturned. The poor girl fell among the water, and was so severely scalded that although every remedy was applied, she died next day after twenty hours’ intense suffering.

Our obituary_ this week records the death of Mr Andrew Keay, late of the Customs Office here. Mr Keay, who was a native of Cellardyke, was laid aside from duty last November, and since that time has suffered greatly from cancer in the stomach, from which he died on Wednesday. The deceased, who was in hit sixty-sixth year, was appointed to the Customs in 1833, and after acting hero for 16 years, occupied similar positions in Leith and in Wales, subsequently returning to Anstruther in 1866. He was invariably a zealous and faithful servant, and in the execution of his duty travelled the district in all kinds of weather, which many younger men would have delayed until the conditions were more favourable. Mr Keay, who was altogether 38 years in the Customs, was superannuated only in February last. He leaves a widow and a grown-up family, one of his sons being in business in Constantinople.


John o’ Groats Journal

At the opening of a bazaar in Anstruther, for the establishment a new church at Cellardyke the Rev. Dr Phin, who received a cordial greeting, said—l am very much gratified by the remarks which have been made by excellent friend Professor Christie, and it gives me extreme pleasure to be here to-day in compliance with his request. I may mention that recollections of Cellardyke are not of yesterday. In my early life I lived in the house of my father, who was minister of Wick, and as far back as my memory stretches Cellardyke fishermen were in the habit of coming down to Wick to prosecute the herring fishery. I recollect of their attendance at father’s church, and I have pleasure in mentioning the good conduct they displayed in the midst of the other fishermen.


Shetland – All the South Country boats have now left here except the two Cellardyke boats which have been remarkably fortunate all through the season.

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On Wednesday forenoon, Thomas Cunningham, pilot, Cellardyke, seeing a schooner entering the Firth with loss of foretopmast and jibboom, got his boat manned and went off, and found her to be the Jean McCole, of Glasgow, bound from Grangemouth to Memel, with coal and machinery. The captain stated that on the previous day, when about 50 miles to the eastward of the Island of May, he lost his jibboom and foretopmast, and two hands who were on the jibboom at the time. He declined any assistance, and proceeded to Granton. The vessel was not insured.


Kilrenny Town Council. —At a meeting of this Council on Saturday—Provost Martin presiding—the Chairman read a note received from Mr Ellice, M.P., who enclosed a communication he had received from the Post Office authorities, intimating that the telegraph would be extended to Cellardyke immediately. The Clerk read a petition from the inhabitants of the village of Kilrenny requesting the Council to take steps to provide a supply of water for domestic purposes, the former source having become impregnated with oil and other impurities from the Paraffin Oil Works at Pitcorthie. The lessee of these works, Mr A. G. Yool having promised a subscription towards defraying the expense making a well, the meeting appointed the Magistrates as a Committee to inquire as the most suitable site, and have the grievance remedied as soon as possible.

THE MUSSEL SCALPS. For some time back regular warfare has been going on between the St Andrews fishermen and the parties authorised by the Town Council to sell the mussels at the scalps on the south side of the Eden. A good quantity of the mussels have been taken away by the fishermen without being paid for, though is said they offered 6d instead of ls the basket, and on the refusal of this sum “helped themselves.” We believe a number of them will shortly appear before the Court in Cupar to answer to a charge of theft. …………. We know it is urged that boats from Cellardyke and other places are able to pay the 1s; but then it must be remembered that these are large boats, and the mussels are only got for the purpose of catching other bait for the deep sea fishing; consequently they only need bait once a week, while our fishermen require it daily. may be urged that our fishermen should also get large boats and go to the deep-sea fishing, but then the question of the risk with these large boats, and harbour like ours, comes in to nullify that suggestion.

CELLARDYKE. BURGH COURT. -At a burgh court held on Saturday—Provost Martin and Bailies Sharp and Watson on the bench—David Brown, carter, Anstruther, was charged with having committed a breach of the peace on Monday 1st inst., and also with malicious mischief, by breaking a window in the house occupied by Thomas Pringle, cooper. He pled not guilty, and the evidence of two witnesses was adduced. It appeared that Brown had on the night in question indulged a little too freely, and in that condition had resolved to pay a visit to his “lady fair.” The stair which it was necessary to ascend, before reaching her domicile, however, proved too much for him, and the noise which he made in attempting to get to the top having aroused the landlord, that person at once proceeded to persuade him to leave, the argument used being a poker. Brown resented the interference by smashing two or three panes of glass, and then raising a disturbance. The Bench found the charge proven, and he was sentenced to pay a fine of 10s. 6d., or suffer 10 days’ imprisonment.

Furious Driving. —At the Burgh Court of West Anstruther on Monday—Bailies Darsie and Dougal on the bench—David Brown, who was convicted on Saturday in Cellardyke, was charged with furious driving to the danger of the lives of the lieges on the High Street on the evening of Wednesday last. He pleaded guilty, and after receiving a suitable admonition from Bailie Darsie, he was sentenced to a fine of 5s, or eight days’ imprisonment.


CAPTURE OF A WHALE BY A FISHING YAWL. Some excitement was created in the town last Saturday morning by the landing of a whale which has been captured in the nets of a yawl belonging to Mr James Gardner, Cellardyke. Mr Gardner had been prosecuting the salmon fishing in the Firth, his brother Mr John Gardner, being along with him in the boat, and they were in the act of pulling in their nets when they first discovered the animal. Steps were immediately taken to secure it by fastening a rope round its tail, which was only effected with considerable difficulty. They then proceeded to tow the whale towards the shore, but the resistance of the animal was so great as to break the rope. They succeeded, however, in hooking it by the mouth, and got the rope fastened once more, but before they had got much further it was again broken. While engaged in making the rope fast, Mr John Gardner had a narrow escape from receiving some injury. The whale had made a sudden movement and striking its tail out of the water almost touched his forehead. The yawl reached the harbour about three o’clock in the morning, and the whale was immediately thereafter pulled up on the slip at the east quay. While lying there, it continued to blow until the tide receded, after which it lay high and dry for several hours upon the slip, where it was visited by a large number of people, drawn to the spot by the somewhat unusual spectacle. The only sign of life was a frequent quivering over several parts of body, and it was thought incapable of further exertion. In this, however, the onlookers were mistaken, for about ten o’clock the animal, to the astonishment of the spectators, made a last desperate struggle, and threw itself over the slip into the harbour, striking and moving a yawl in its fall. It was purchased by Provost Todd for 45s. The whale was a specimen of the minor or smaller Rorqual, (Physalus Boops) which was first well described by the late Dr Knox. The name Rorqual is derived from a Norwegian word which signifies the whale with folds, in allusion to the deep longitudinal folds which these of our readers who witnessed the whale would observe along, the under jaw and a considerable portion of the lower parts of the animal. It was a female, and measured about 17 feet in length, and 8 feet in circumference. The animal lay in one of Provost Todd’s sheds until Monday, when Mr Millen Coughtrey, M.B.C.M., Edinburgh, late assistant to Professor Turner, and who had come down specially to view it, examined and cut up part of the fish, and took minute notes concerning it, with a view to make the most of it for science. The stomach of the whale was found to be empty, so that no light was thrown upon the nature of its food, which is supposed to be chiefly small living creatures which can be retained by the whalebone. According to Wood’s ‘lllustrated Natural History,’ a whale of this species haunted the Firth of Forth for a period of 20 years, and was popularly recognised under the name of the ‘hollie pike,’ on account of a hole through its dorsal tin, which had been perforated by a musket. The same writer save: —’The bulk of this animal is greater than that of any other whale, as many specimens have known to attain the length of more than 100 feet, and one or two have reached the extraordinary length of 120 feet. By inexperienced whalers it is sometimes mistaken for the Greenland whale and harpooned, but is very seldom killed, for the creature is so remarkably active and fearless that in many cases the aggressors have paid dearly for their error by a crushed boat and loss of several lives. On one occasion a Rorqual started off in a direct line and at such a speed that the men lost their presence of mind and forgot to cut the rope that connected the whale with the boat. Making directly for a neighbouring iceberg, the Rorqual shot under it, and drew the boat with all its crew beneath the ice, where they disappeared for ever from the gaze of mankind. Owing to the persevering manner in which the Rorqual follows its prey to our shores, it is more frequently stranded upon the British shores than any other true whale. One of these animals that was thus captured was 95 feet in length, and weighed 249 tons. The skeleton of this magnificent animal was preserved and mounted, and after the bones were dry, their united weight amounted to 3 tons. (This more commonly known as a Fin or Herring Whale)


“Willie Thomson.” – No little sensation was neighbourhood on Wednesday last week by the appearance of a swarthy, haggard-looking man, clad in a rough moleskin jacket, and with his bare toes protruding through the points of his shoes—who, notwithstanding an eighteen years’ absence, was quickly recognised as “Willie Thomson,” or more familiarly as “Daft Willie,” who was tried at the Perth Autumn Circuit of 1855 for a criminal assault on a girl of about seven years old the daughter of Duncan Macdonald then a farm servant at Coalfarm, on the 16th of May of that year and being of weak intellect was ordered by the Court to be confined as a dangerous lunatic. Willie was for many years an inmate of the lunatic ward of Perth Penitentiary, but was removed to the Retreat at Springfield, from which, however, he took the first opportunity to escape to the Central Prison, where he had become attached to the officials had shown no inclination to stray till Tuesday morning when something akin to home sickness had tempted him to take the road to Cellardyke. The poor creature was soaking wet with the heavy rains and famishing with hunger; but though his mental condition was not to be disguised, his behaviour in every respect sedate and harmless, and he showed a vivid recollection of the neighbourhood as he had known it some twenty years ago. Poor Willie was soon the centre of a large and interested group, and many a kind word fell upon an ear albeit seldom used to tones of compassion and sympathy. “Do you ken me, Willie?” asked veteran skipper “Aye fine,” was the ready response, ” your auld Davie Strauchan.” “Do you mind o’ that house?” inquired another. “Hoo can I no,” answered the poor waif with a tear, “it was aince my mither’s;” but with childlike simplicity so characteristic of his class, nothing appeared to interest him so much as the improvements that came under his notice. “I’d like tae stop at hame,” he said, “aside sae mony -bonie new hooses.” In the meantime, however our Poor Inspector— Mr Thomas Brown—had by the agency of the telegraph, obtained the secret of Willie’s unexpected arrival in Cellardyke; and it may furnish the best illustration of his quiet and docile character that he  at once accompanied Mr Brown to the station , from which he was at once conveyed under the same humane keeping by the one P.M train to Springfield Asylum. Willie, who is now over 50 years of age, was long the “Davie Gellatley” of the East Neuk . His mother was a strong limbed fish wife of Cellardyke, that besides her ‘haddie creel’ also trafficked in loaf-bread about the cottar houses taking eggs and butter in exchange; indeed, her maxim was that of the famous Tam the Gallanter who took anything for everything from his customers ” but their bare word. “Martha, the black witch” as the country children called her, brought up her illegitimate child, Willie, who was a half-wit from his cradle, to her wandering avocation, and as he grew up a powerful muscular fellow, he was able to carry a giant’s load from farmstead to farmstead, though ever wayward, he would, ten times a day throw his his “big sheetfu'” to the ground and refuse to stir a foot till bribed with “anither cookie” by his indulgent mother. Willie was likewise an artist in his way, and painted sea views innumerable, in all of which however, his favourite French fishing luggers were sure to be the leading figures in the picture, though his passion for colours came to be divided by his enthusiasm for the little trim steam packet, “Xantho” which he watched night and day as devotedly as if it had been a living thing. Like the ill-fated “Daft Jamie” of Edinburgh, Willie was known to everybody about the shore, and about twenty years was frequently employed in porter work about the steamer and to run errands for Mr John Todd and other fish merchants, and though often the sport of the young and foolish was looked upon as simple and harmless, till the attack upon the poor child which has consigned him to lifelong confinement. His mother so far held a firm hand over him, but when she fell victim to the cholera visitation of 23 years ago, he was left as it were to the mercy of the stranger, and though always treated with much indulgence by some of the leading inhabitants of the district, there can be no doubt that his wants have been better seen to in Prison than if he had been at liberty.


Early on Monday morning, some fishermen discovered a steamer ashore a little to the east of Cellardyke Harbour, at Anstruther, and on approaching the spot she was made out to be one of the General Steam Navigation Company’s vessels, the Heron, Captain Wilson, from London for Granton with goods and passengers. Very thick weather had been experienced during the voyage, and the vessel was being steered WNW. when she went ashore, between twelve and one o’clock yesterday morning. An attempt was made to get her off when the tide was full at noon. bat was unsuccessful, and the whole of the passengers, among whom were several soldiers of the “Black Watch” were afterwards landed and left by rail for their destinations. The steamer lay in a favourable position, and was floated off with the night’s tide without assistance. She sustained no damage and arrived safely at Granton at three o’clock on Tuesday morning.

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On Sunday afternoon, funeral services were conducted in Kilrenny Church and in the Forth Street Hall, Cellardyke, for the men who perished in the late storm. In Kilrenny Church there was a crowded audience, many having to stand during the service. Rev. Mr Anderson chose for his text, 2d Samuel xiv., and 14 verse :—” We must needs die.” He concluded as follows: My friends and hearers—l need not say why I have selected this subject to-day. The reason is well known to you all, and I believe you are at one with me regards the fitness of it for the occasion. I have the concurrence of the nearest relations of those whose loss we mourn, for this funeral service. There is an awful sadness and solemnity surrounds the whole circumstance which has been filling our minds for the past ten days—the loss of a brave and a good crew. Cheerful and happy they left their houses, for each one of that crew was more happy and cheerful than another in his natural disposition, but alas! we were to see their faces no more. We see yet, as it were, that brave crew composed of all ages, from the grey hairs down to the youth of 16, who made his first but ill-fated passage to the deep sea, and among them were men who had only turned the years of ripe manhood and, humanly speaking, had reason to look forward to many years of comfort and support to their wives and families……………

Speaking in the Forth Street Hall, Cellardyke, to a large congregation, Rev. Mr Macalpine concluded as follows :—And now, brethren, I enter upon a most painful and pathetic part in our service this afternoon. Frequently in this hall, on week-days and Sabbaths, have we rendered such grateful acknowledgement as we could command to our gracious and sovereign Lord for the singular immunity from disaster and loss of life which this community has enjoyed. In recent years other neighbouring towns on the sea-board have been called upon to mourn the loss of brave and gallant men. Now, however, a dark and mysterious providence has overshadowed us, and to-day we can scarcely describe our feelings when we sorrowfully acknowledge that our congregation and town are so much poorer by this disaster, By a pleasing consensus of opinion it appears that the crew of the “Garland,” from their weight of character, the consistency of their life, their readiness to oblige, their assistance to and interest in your Y.M.C. A., and their devotion to personal religion, may be considered on the whole, one of the best crews in our fleet. All the men I did not personally know, but four of them—two belonging to a sister church and two belonging to this congregation—l knew intimately and well. The aged man—Adam Watson, was one of the fruits of the great revival of 1859, and bore during these years a life of consistency, although it might be a life that did not come much before the public view. Such a splendid trait in that life to find the old skipper not ashamed to own his Lord, and taking his crew with him to a throne of grace at evening prayer. Another of the crew belonging to a neighbouring congregation, David Watson, was a man whose uprightness and activity are known to all. His life was a burning and shining light. In nearly; every Christian agency in the town his presence was felt. Latterly in the Y.M.C.A., in the Mission School, and at open air meetings he seems to have possessed premonition that his grave wee to be a watery one. Three times before this sad gale has he been overboard- on one occasion nearly 40 minutes in the water, and do not some of you think that declaration “should I die in the next storm I am perfectly reedy,” was spoken on the lip of his watery grave? And can, you men, specially you young men, not recall his tender messages of God love and his earnest appeals for your salvation? Sorely “he being dead yet speaketh.” I have been told by a sorrowing relative that constantly he prayed for a revival of God’s grace upon our town. However, now that he has entered through prayer into praise, we believe his prayers mingling with ours may yet secure the blessing for which he and we so much long. A third we all knew and loved much. He was a member of the working committee of the Y.M.C. A. In all its services he was a hearty and helpful member. His simple and earnest prayers you cannot forget, and his modest and unassuming manner you could not despise. He was a close reader, a man with a clear head and a warm heart. One day in speaking with him on personal religion, I was surprised to hear him ask my opinion of Matthew Arnold’s phrase-” religion is morality touched with emotion;” and after explaining that this was the phrase of modern religious philosophy he said, ” Well I neither ken nor care, but the kind of religion I believe in is a morality made and sanctified by the Spirit of God.” So spoke that bright and happy Christian-James Salter. With another we were very intimate. And certain am I that many can bear-witness to the fact that of all the obliging men none was more obliging than our friend John Brown. His conversion took place in a neighbouring church a few years ago. His goodness was unobtrusive, his piety was unaffected, and his delight was to listen to addresses that were evangelistic. Just four weeks tonight, after our services he said “That’s what I like, an address that strikes and sticks.” With the other members of the crew I was not personally acquainted, two of them young men, and one a nice lad whose experience is deeply touching. Several times he asked his father’s permission to accompany the “Garland” in its deep trip, twice his father quietly refused, but yielding to his son’s solicitations, permission was granted, but poor boy his first trip was to be his last. Thus today we grieve for the loss of men in the morning, noon, and eventide of their days. And what I have said of the Christian worth and moral excellences of the men, as well as what you know of the character of the others, lead me to say further that our community can ill-spare such a fine, noble, manly, Christian crew. However, the Lord has need of them. In closing may I invite this very large audience to witness two scenes. The one is away across these tossing waters. You see seven men battling with wind and wave, doing everything that ingenuity and forethought could devise, until in despair they betake themselves, it may be, to their cabin, calmly awaiting their fate. They are fearing, hoping, sighing, and commending each other to the care of him in whose hands the sea is. And shall we say that, although no human eye saw their fate, the angels of God were present, surrounding the weather-driven boat, and cheering the brave men whom they were so soon to bear across the rushing flood. For surely the pathway to heaven is as safe and as short by sea as by land, and experience as sweet through the raging sea as through a raging fever. Methinks you hear them saying, “Good night” in the midst of the shrieking storm, but do you not hear them saying “Good morning.” on the threshold of glory. To different Christian denominations they belonged on earth, in different sanctuaries they worshipped, but today we lift our tearful eyes and see them in the one temple, in the one home, in the one Heaven, singing with one voice and with one heart “Unto Him that loved us and washed us from our sins in his blood.” The other scene is to cast a passing glance at the homes draped in gloom. It would be indiscreet were I a privileged visitor, to draw aside a veil so secret and so sacred as woman’s sorrow. But I may say, could you but see the pallid cheeks, the startled looks, and witness the strong womanly effort at a patient submission you could not grudge your sympathy and prayers. Finally. To all the lesson is painful as it is impressive. The old men who have weathered many storms may yet lie in a grave where no one but the eye of God may see; the young men dare not dream of old age, and the young may take but one step from the threshold of manhood to the portals of death. Therefore, the lesson to one and all be—” Be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, of Man cometh.

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DOCTOR KILLED IN FIFE. Dr J. R. C. Mackintosh. Anstruther, met his death while doing his calls at Cellardyke. Dr Mackintosh was taking a turn on his push bicycle, when he was met by a handcart on Tollbooth Wynd coming uphill. It supposed that in order to avoid a collision the doctor pressed his front brakes too sharply and was thrown to the ground, turning complete somersault. He was carried unconscious to his residence at Laurel Bank, Anstruther. His skull was fractured and he died in few hours. A native of Kilbarchan, in Renfrewshire. Mackintosh was educated and graduated M.B., Ch.B., Glasgow University. Only 35 years age. He is survived by a widow and two infant children.


CRAIL SHAREHOLDERS VOTE ON QUESTION, The proposed amalgamation of the Anstruther and Cellardyke Gas Co. with Crail Gas Co. was under consideration at a meeting of the Crail Co. shareholders held in Crail Town Hall. Mr John Duncan of Kirkmay, a director the Company, presided. Both Companies, it will be recalled, have come to an arrangement regarding amalgamation, but the Town Council of Crail agreed a majority resist the amalgamation of the Companies, and a motion by Provost Milne that the Council ask conference with the Company directors in order to discuss the prospects of purchasing the Crail works by the town was carried. At the shareholders’ meeting there were only 13 present, and the initial vote, on the motion the Chairman, “that the policy the Directors of Crail Gas Co. be adopted.” was carried by 8 votes to 5.

 Provost Milne, representing Crail Town Council as shareholders, moved an amendment “that the meeting of shareholders of Crail Gas Co. be asked to drop all further negotiations with Anstruther Gas Co. regarding amalgamation, and that they continue carry the undertaking entirely as at present.” “Votes by proxy” were then counted, the motion being carried 366, against 277, hardy half of the number on the list of shareholders. Crail Town Council at their next meeting in view of the majority that voted against amalgamation at previous meetings, will no doubt consider what further steps are to be taken in the matter.




By Gallantry of Captain and one of crew.

The fishing boat True Love left Anstruther Harbour for the West Coast fishing last night. While off the Billowness one of the crew named Martin Tarvit, fell overboard and narrowly escaped drowning. The man had been a minute or two in the water before he was missed, but when he was observed Skipper Anderson and one of the crew named Fleming at once plunged into the sea with a rope attached to them, and brought the man on board, not, however, before he was unconscious. The boat was immediately turned back to Anstruther, where Tarvit was medically attended. The boat belongs to Pittenweem, and Tarvit resides in Cellardyke.


Mr David Lister, organist, and Methil Parish Church choir excelled themselves on Sunday evening, when they submitted their monthly musical programme. Also greatly appreciated were the solo items by Bailie Carstairs, Cellardyke.


Mr Alexander Gourlay, fisherman, of 6 Dove Street, Cellardyke, who died on 11th February last, left personal estate valued at £1091.


Mr J. Duncan Millar at Cellardyke

Mr J. Duncan Millar, K.C., prospective Liberal candidate for East Fife, addressed a well -attended meeting in Cellardyke Town Hall last night. Provost Mitchell was in the chair.

Mr Millar who was chairman of the Scottish Liberal Federation’s committee of inquiry into the fishing industry, dealt with the recent report of committee. Its proposals were, he said, calculated to form the basis of a distinctive Parliamentary programme applicable to the Scottish industry, and, at the same time supply a fighting policy for the Scottish fishermen.

Many harbour authorities found themselves burdened with debts accumulated during the war. Where regular revenue rates could not levied he advocated the remission of those debts by State grants. In the repair and proper equipment of harbours the Government could find a means of absorbing a big section of our unemployed.

“The reopening of the Russian market is the most important step in the reconstitution of the fishing industry,” declared Mr Millar. He advocated the removal of the political and commercial deadlock which existed today and the renewal of trade with Russia. On the authority of Mr George Hall, of Aberdeen, one of the trade delegates in Russia, he said that an enormous herring trade could be done with that country.

Referring to trawling and policing of fishing boats, he said that his committee were in favour of protecting inshore fishermen. Seaplanes and fast motor boats should be introduced for patrolling. The meeting was also addressed by Mrs Helen Barton, Prestwick.

Daffodil Day in Anstruther and Cellardyke realised £12 12/8 ½

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WANTED guardian for female patient. Apply Inspector of Poor of Kilrenny, Cellardyke. Fife.


St Andrews

Golden Wedding. —Mr and Mrs George Corstorphine, 40 North Street, have been celebrating their golden wedding. They were married at Cellardyke on the 4th April 1873 by the late Rev. Christie of Kilrenny Parish Church. They have had nine children, three of whom are dead, and they have also 18 grandchildren to honour them in their old age. The old couple, who are still hale and hearty, have received gifts from their family and other friends and also many congratulations on the occasion of the happy event. Mr arid Mrs Corstorphine belonged Cellardyke, and when 18 years old Mr Corstorphine took to the fisherman’s life. He continued at the fishing at Cellardyke till 1890 when he came to St Andrews. He went, the fishing at St Andrews for six or seven veal’s, but with the decay of the fishing industry here he found carrying clubs at the Links provided better livelihood, especially for a man who was getting up in years. Mr Corstorphine is of opinion that the seine net has destroyed St Andrews Bay as a fishing ground, but the steam trawler is one of the chief causes of the decay of the fishing industry here. In his younger days Mr Corstorphine went to the distant herring fishing grounds and for some time was skipper of a boat Stonehaven. Altogether he was 35 years at the fishing, he is one of the best typos of caddies at the Links, and though he is now 74 years of age he can do his two rounds day quite comfortably.  He has been an elder of St Leonards Parish Church for 16 years, and he was church officer for ten years. The minister, elders, and number of members of the congregation of that church have given him a handsome present the occasion of his golden wedding. Mrs Corstorphine is 75 years of age, and does not enjoy quite so good health as her husband. It is the sincere wish of their friends that the interesting old couple may be spared for many years to come.

At the invitation of Lodge St Ayle (No. 1 95), Anstruther, over 200 Freemasons attended Divine service in Cellardyke Parish Church. The brethren assembled in the Masonic Temple, where they were welcomed by Brother D. Birrell, R.W.M. of the Lodge. Lodges represented included St Adrian (No. 185), Pittenweem ; St Andrews (No. 25), St Andrews ; Lindores (No. 106) ; Balcarres (No. 1240), Colinsburgh ; Leuchars (No. 1292) ; and St John (No. 26).

Headed by St Andrews City Silver Band, the brethren marched in processional order via Shore Street, Anstruther, and James Street, Cellardyke, to the church, where the centre pews were reserved for them. The Rev. J. R. Lee. B.D., Chaplain of Lodge St Ayle, officiated, and preached a very appropriate sermon from the text— ” The stone which the builders refused is become the headstone of the corner.” The praise was led the choir, with Miss Oliphant as organist. A special collection was taken on behalf of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and the Sick Children’s Hospital, during which the choir rendered the anthem, Beloved, if God so loved us.”

Returning to the Lodge, congratulatory remarks were made the R.W.M., on the excellent manner in which the service been conducted by the Chaplain, who in reply thanked the brethren for  their attendance and close attention to his remarks, which he hoped would help them carry out the principles of their Order. The visiting brethren were thereafter entertained to tea in the Lower Town Hall.  Brother T. M. Anderson acted as Steward, and the wives and lady friends of the office bearers of Lodge St Ayle assisted at the tables.


Cellardyke Victim of Storm. During the stormy weather which raged in the North Sea on Saturday morning George Jack, fisherman, member of the crew of the steam drifter Breadwinner (KY 253), fell overboard and was lost.

The occurrence was reported by the skipper on the arrival of the vessel at Anstruther on Saturday. The Breadwinner left North Shields for home on Friday evening, and when approaching St Abbs Head, about 12.30 a.m., very stormy weather was encountered. A heavy sea caught the vessel, and Jack, who was on deck, clutched a lifebuoy to save himself. Unfortunately, the lifebuoy came away in his hand, and in the next plunge the drifter made Jack was thrown into the raging seas.

Endeavours the skipper to locate the man was impossible owing to the darkness, and after cruising about in vicinity for a time the vessel was headed for home, and arrived at Anstruther about 5 a.m.

Deceased, who was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs W. Jack (Doig), Burnside Place, Cellardyke, was 36 years age, and leaves a widow and three young children to mourn his loss.


Retiral on Account of Ill Health

Member of the Town Council for twenty five years and Provost of the burgh for twenty-two years is the unique record of Provost Black, Cellardyke, who, in a letter to Kilrenny Town Council, last night intimated his decision to retire from public service owing to ill-health.

Bailie Mitchell, who presided, said that they would miss Provost Black very much. He had been for twenty-five years member of the Town Council and for twenty two years he had served as its head. But it was not only in matters regarding the Town-Council that he had given his services; for fifteen years he was Chairman of Kilrenny School Board, and had also been a member of the Parochial Board. For thirty years he had been a member of Anstruther Harbour Commissioners. Truly, that was a remarkable record of public service.

He (the Chairman) trusted that Provost Black would have an early recovery from his illness, and that he would be able to go out and in amongst them for many a long day yet. He moved that they put record in the minutes the Council’s appreciation and thanks to Provost Black for the time, labour, and thought which he had given in the service of the community (Applause.) Bailie Bett, Councillors Munro, Carstairs, and Downey, and Mr D. Bruce (treasurer) each added quota of appreciation; and the Joint Town Clerk (Mr J. Gordon Dow) referred to the association between the Provost and the Town Clerks, Mr C.H. Maxwell and himself. He used no idle words when he said that the Joint Town Clerks received Provost Black’s resignation with great regret. The appointment a successor is to be considered next meeting.


Thomas Melville, jun., motor driver, 37 John Street, Cellardyke, was convicted of having, at Burnside Place. Cellardyke, driven a motor lorry recklessly and a speed dangerous to the lieges. A young lad, who was waiting on his change at the back of a butcher’s van when the lorry came round the corner, said would have been killed had he not jumped into his gate. A fine of 30s was imposed.

The large fishing boat, Useful ML 6, of Cellardyke, Fife, sprang a leak and foundered off the May Island on the Firth of Forth coast. The crew are safe.

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There were no new applications before the Licensing Court on Tuesday. All the existing licenses were renewed, including 4 grocer’s licensee, and 2 public house certificates. The number of licensed homes is one less than last year.


The Late Mr Cormack.—The remains of Mr Cormack were interred last Friday in Kilrenny Churchyard amid many signs of public sorrow. The boats in Anstruther and Cellardyke had flags all hoisted half-mast high, while all the shops in Cellardyke were closed for two hours. There was a very large attendance of mourners, the funeral being one of the largest ever seen in Cellardyke. A short service was conducted in the house by the Rev. Mr Smith, and at the grave, Rev. Mr Ray read a few passages of Scripture and offered an appropriate prayer. The coffin was covered with wreaths, one being from the fishermen with the inscription printed on it: —`A token of respect from the fishermen of Cellardyke.’ Large numbers of people witnessed the funeral procession on the way from Cellardyke to Kilrenny. In several of the Churches on Sundry, allusions were made to the loss sustained by the district in Mr Cormack’s death.

At a Burgh Court on Saturday, before Provost Anderson and Bailie Darsie, William Wallace, labourer, was charged with having on the 21st March, assaulted Andrew Montador, Cellardyke, to the effusion of blood, and seizing hold of him and dipping him into the sea. Accused pled guilty under great provocation. Robert Montador, the father of the boy, said that when he came in from sea on the 21st, he found his boy in bed. Restoratives were being applied by hot water and by stimulants. The boy was very much exhausted when brought home. He learned that Wallace had dipped his boy over the head in the harbour at the west pier, and held him in the water for about two minutes. A fisherman said he saw Wallace take hold of the boy and dip him into the sea three of four times. He held the boy by the legs and put him in head first. The Fiscal craved a conviction. It was a very dangerous prank for any man to play, and accused must be taught that he must not take the law into his own hands. Accused said the boys had given him great annoyance, and had destroyed his boat. He warned them an hour before this happened. The Provost—irrespective of any provocation which you may have received, you must consider that you did a very rash, unwarrantable, and dangerous thing in acting towards that boy in the way you did. Nobody is entitled to take the law into their own hands, whatever the annoyance they receive For all that you knew, a boy of tender years like that might have been suffering from some disease whereby the shock might have caused death, and this would have been very serious indeed. We feel to put a sufficient fine on you as would mark the gravity of the offence, and therefore taking the circumstances into account we have made the fine as small as possible, not because of the trifling action oil your part but in consideration of your means. But we must show our disapproval of such conduct as this which might have resulted in very serious injuries indeed. At the same time, I would like to warn boys from annoying people, and hope this will be a lesson to take care and not go on board yawls and destroy things. The fine is 2s 6d or three days.

The School at Cellardyke was built in 1878, and at that time afforded along with an Infant School still in use sufficient accommodation for all the children in Cellardyke district. The price of the school still forms a burden on the rates, and will do so until 1918.

Lent week was a blank so far as the Cellardyke sailing boats were concerned, only one crew (Skipper James Moncrieff) being at sea by Monday, and getting the market, when £43 was grossed. The rest of the crews had dropped the nets, and were fitting out for the great-lines in earnest, their programme including the necessary outfit to tide over a spell at Scarborough or other English ports. 37 boats left with this intention on Monday, and as up to the present none have returned it is evident the skippers have not seen reason to alter their course. The fleet will distributed between Scarborough, Shields, Hartlepool, and Aberdeen.


SUDDEN DEATH KILRENNY. —Last Saturday morning, Mr Leslie took suddenly unwell while in bed. On medical assistance being called in, it was found that he had had a shook of paralysis. He lingered on in a comatose state until the evening, when he expired. Being an old and respected member of the St Ayles Masonic Lodge upwards of 20 members attended the funeral on Tuesday to Kilrenny Churchyard. The members met at their Hall in Shore Street, and marched to Kilrenny. Rev Mr Anderson conducted the masonic funeral service at the grave. Mr Leslie was a grocer in Cellardyke, and was well known throughout the district.

CELLARDYKE. Mr George Watson, second eon of Skipper George Watson, Cellardyke, has passed the Board of Trade examination at Dundee as master.

FISHERMEN’S INABILITY TO SWIM.—In holding inquiries in Dundee on Tuesday, under the Fatal Accident Inquiry Act, Sheriff Campbell Smith, in reference to the death by drowning of the skipper of a fishing boat, expressed regret that all fishermen did not learn to swim. It was a question whether fishing boats ought not to be compelled to carry preserver.

MALICIOUS AT THE BOOTERY. —More than a week ago a barrel containing 40 gallons of ink was lying in a backshed in the premises of the K.Y. Bootery in West Forth Street. The barrel was all right when the workmen left in the evening, but next morning Mr Mackintosh discovered on opening the works that the crane had been opened and the ink allowed to run away. The barrel was completely empty. The mischief is supposed to have been the work of a person who had entered the premises during the night. The police are making investigations into the affair, but as yet have no clue. The value of the ink was 60s.

DISAPPOINTED VOYAGERS. —Yesterday morning a large number of folks in Anstruther and Cellardyke were early astir with the object of accompanying the new liner, Kilrenny, on her trial trip. She had a goodly complement of passengers on hand, and the order was given to go ahead when the keel touched bottom in the cut. The firemen had not prepared for this contingency, and there was not sufficient steam generated to force her over the bar and in the rapidly ebbing tide the she was quickly grounded. The postponement of the trip was a source of great disappointment to the company, amongst whom the early rising had been one of the novelties of the day.


The reopening of this public school took place yesterday by Dr Dunn, Her Majesty’s Inspector. There was a large attendance. Bailie Thomson, the chairman, explained the circumstances which led the Board to enlarge the school to accommodate 600 scholars, and said the cost had amounted to £2500. Dr Dunn congratulated the School Board on its enterprise and public spirit in erecting such a handsome and commodious building, and strongly urged parents to keep their children as long at school as possible, and not to entertain the popular delusion that a child’s education was completed when he passed the Fifth Standard. There never was a greater mistake, and it was in the interests of the child’s future life that he should be kept longer than to pass Standard Five. Mr J. Ritchie Welch St Andrews; Mr Barbour, headmaster; Rev. Mr Murray, and others, delivered addresses. Dr Dunn was awarded a hearty vote of thanks, and congratulated on the recent academic honour bestowed on him by St Andrews University. Dr Dunn and others were entertained to lunch in the Town Hall, when a number of appropriate toasts were proposed. In the evening a successful concert took place in the Town Hall.


A BRAVE CELLARDYKE CAPTAIN IN AUSTRALIA. The “Geelong Advertiser” the other month had the following: —On Sunday morning, about eight o’clock, while the Earl of Hopetoun cutter, was moored under Swan Island, it blowing a strong gale of wind and rough sea, the master of the cutter observed a vessel apparently aground and the Pile lighthouse lying signals for help. Captain Alex Cunningham late of Cellardyke, at once slipped his moorings, and under three-reefed mainsail and reefed staysail, set out to the ship. After a good scud, he found the barque, Elizabeth Graham, was hard and fast on the north-east end of the West Channel. The cutter dropped anchor to windward of her port quarter and sent her boat down alongside the vessel with a line, and as no one was sick or hurt and the cutter was in great danger. Captain Cunningham slipped his anchor and cleared his sails, getting the worst of it. This is about the 36th time that Captain Cunningham has rescued life and property at sea in rescue work. This case has cost the owner of the cutter six hours work, besides having to go back and pick up the cutter’s anchor and moorings, and repair sails, etc.


ADDITIONAL TRAWLER. —We understand that Mr Stephen Williamson has just purchased the Grimsby trawler, Monarch; and that Mr Michael Doig, late of Cellardyke, is to skipper the same. He is succeeded in the office of skipper the Faith by his brother James, who has been along with him the Faith for some time.

For Sale – A QUANTITY of FISHING GEAR, belonging to Michael Doig  junior., consisting of Nets, Bows, Messenger Rope, Great Lines, &c., will be Sold by Public Roup on Saturday, 8th April, at 38 West Forth Street, Cellardyke.

Mr W. Baird Laing, the engineer, read a long report on the drainage of Cellardyke, and submitted accompanying plane. On account of the level nature of James, John, George, and Shore Streets, it was found impassable to arrange the drainage system so as to have one outlet only, the average level of the streets being only about 16 feet above high water mark. In addition to this the amount of cutting it would have involved would have been large, and as very hard rock is found at a depth of even 18 inches in some places below the surface, the cost would have been considerable. This has necessitated the adoption of a system of sewers as close to the surface as possible so as to dispense with rock cutting, and in cases of this sort the pipes, in order to prevent breakage by heavy traffic, will have to be bedded in concrete. All the sewers throughout the burgh are to run in straight lines both in direction and level from manhole to manhole. No manholes are to be at a greater distance apart, with two exceptions, than 100 yards, so as to allow of cleaning at any time when there is obstruction. The gradients are all of a very satisfactory character, the flattest for 9-inch pipes being in West George Street where the gradient is 1 in 109, while 1 in 98 is the minimum, but as there is a good fall from Dove Street this will be quite sufficient to flush this section of the sewer. The flat gradient is caused through the rock being so near the surface, and through having the sewer trench as shallow as possible. In West Forth Street, the present 10- inch pipe will have to be removed from Ellice Street westwards for a distance of 59 yards so as to give a better run, as at present it is constantly being obstructed. The report then dealt with the construction of the sewers, pipes, manholes, and outlets, which were to be of iron pipes, sunk as much as possible into the rock so as to prevent the force of the sea breaking them, and at the outmost end they would he fitted with flap valves. The drainage he proposed to divide into four sections with different outlets. The first includes the west end, the second John Street to the Urquhart Wynd, and a portion of George Street, the third Dove Street, Shore Wynd, a small portion of Shore Street, and the eastern section of George Street, and the fourth the area from which the surface water from Shore Street alone has to be drawn off with the addition of the sewage from the houses. The cost of the construction of the scheme was estimated at £1073, but engineers fees, and inspector’s wages, &c., would bring up the total cost to £1300. After the report had been read and explained, the Council met in private to discuss it.

The Cellardyke Echo – 31/03/2022 – Issue 333


FOR SALE, Two BOATS, “Mary Anderson,” 57 feet long “May Queen,” 50 feet long Apply Robert Monatdore, Cellardyke.

Four Cellardyke lads were fined yesterday for stealing money from the house of an old woman in Kilrenny last week.

The hundred thirty deep sea boats of the East of Fife are being equipped for the long race east of the May to net the early shoal for bait, and then to ply the long line, so as to be back to the pier, say, by Thursday or Friday, with their hauls of cod, ling, &c. Herrings are still being netted in the Forth, but the supply is now precarious. In the meantime, in view of the large outlay for tackle, the fishing reached a crisis without parallel during the last ninety years. It is calculated that over 150 men have laid aside net and line between St Monans and Cellardyke.


On Thursday forenoon, while Mrs John Wilson, residing in James Street, was emptying a bucket of ashes over the garden wall on to the beech the gate suddenly gave way, and she fell on to the rocks below. On being picked up it was found that her shoulder blade had been dislocated, and her face cut and smashed.

The heritors of Kilrenny have unanimously agreed to retain the services of James Aitchison as grave-digger. The kirk session of Kilrenny wished him removed, but two petitions, largely signed, from Cellardyke and Kilrenny, were presented in his favour, and asking that his services should be retained The heritors have agreed to insert in their minutes an expression of regret that the kirk session should have presented a petition so unwarranted to them, and that had they complied with the request they would have been acting in an oppressive and unjust manner.


On Sunday afternoon the First Cellardyke Company of the Boys Brigade attended divine worship In the Chalmers Memorial Free Church. Fully 100 turned out under Captain Black. The Rev. Mr Macalpine officiated. The collection was the largest the Institution have as yet obtained.


 Mr Martin White and Professor Meiklejohn, who had been addressing meetings at Cellardyke and Pittenweem left Anstruther about ten o’clock on Saturday night in a carriage and pair for St Andrews. The snow was drifting heavily. When they were between three and four miles from Anstruther the carriage entered a snowdrift at the side of the road. It was ultimately found that it would be necessary to send to Anstruther for another machine. This was done, and the two gentlemen returned to the town, where they remained all night.

On Saturday evening a successful musical entertainment interspersed with readings, was given by the members of the Free Church choir and others in the Forth Street Hall, Cellardyke.

This week the yawls in Cellardyke have made a commencement to the crab fishing. Very few as yet have been obtained, but there is the prospect of a good season.


Collison off Cellardyke

At Cupar Sheriff Court yesterday —before Sheriff Henderson—Alexander Elder, fisherman, Pittenweem, master the fishing boat Euphemias, KY 321, and Andrew Innes, St Monans, master of the fishing boat Socrates, KY 2062, were charged with being without coloured lights in the Firth of Forth on 23d January last, about one mile distant from Cellardyke, in consequence of which their boats came into collision, whereby the Socrates was sunk and James fisherman, got one of his legs broken. James Ritchie Welch, who appeared for the accused, stated that the one was going to and the other was returning from the fishing. The boat belonging Innes was sunk with all the nets and fishing gear, with the result that it possibly meant his ruin. The insurance company had given Innes £100, which he did not think would meet the loss he had sustained. Mr Welch further observed that great laxity existed among the fishermen in not attending to the provisions of the Board of Trade in the matter of lights, and technically speaking both these men were guilty of the offence charged. He (Mr Welch) was satisfied that the publicity that would now be given to the unfortunate events would be sufficient to prevent a recurrence of such accidents. He trusted his Lordship would in the circumstances be of opinion that the ends of justice would be sufficiently met by imposing a small fine. Both men had suffered seriously through loss of time. The Fiscal (Mr Renton) said the prosecution was to direct the attention of fishermen to the fact that the Board of Trade regulations regarding the showing of lights in fishing boats would be strictly enforced. Sheriff Henderson, in giving judgment, said that, it was the first case of the kind that had occurred in the county, he was quite prepared to adopt the suggestion made, and he hoped that it would a warning to all fishermen, and he fined the accused each £1, or seven days’ imprisonment.

Mr Robert Williamson, Cellardyke, has secured the contract for the concrete stones to be placed in Dreel Burn in lieu of the present stones. The work is to be proceeded with as soon as possible, and when finished will prove very convenient for those wishing to use this “short cut” to West Anstruther, and vice versa.


A Kindly Act at Sea.—Mr W. Mair, the fishery officer Anstruther, has, on behalf the master (James Watson) and crew of the Cellardyke fishing boat, “Star of Bethlehem,” K.Y. 111, conveyed their sincere thanks to the captain of H.M.S. Galatea for kindly stopping his vessel in the North Sea on Friday last in answer to signal for assistance, and supplying them with provisions to bring them ashore. Fishing boats at this season of the year make short voyages, and are provisioned accordingly. The above crew started for the fishing on Monday, and were unexpectedly becalmed. Their provisions were quite exhausted when the Galatea hove in sight and relieved their necessities.

The Australian papers of February 9th, which have arrived this week, contain notices of the death of Mr A. Watson, jun., son of Mr A. Watson, late of Cellardyke, at the early age of 28 years. He acted as house steward and dispenser at the Maryborough hospital.

A meeting of fishermen was held in the Town Hall on Saturday to form a branch of the Fishermen’s Protection Society. Mr Martin Gardner presided over a small audience. Explanations were given of the aims and rules of the Society which was recently formed in Edinburgh, and it was resolved to form a branch in Cellardyke. A Committee was appointed to try and get many more fishermen to join.

ACCIDENT TO A YOUNG BOY. —Last Thursday night, while a young boy three year’s of age, named Alexander Davidson, was playing at Cellardyke harbour, he fell over the pier. Nobody observed the accident, but his cries attracted the attention of a neighbour, who had him conveyed home. On medical assistance being procured it was found that his collar bone had been dislocated. The tide was out at the time the accident occurred, or else the young fellow might have been drowned.

CONCERT. —Another very enjoyable Concert was given by the choir of Cellardyke Parish Church Bible Class in the Town Hall on Wednesday evening. There was a crowded house, the Rev. James Ray occupying the chair. The programme consisted of part songs, duets, solos violin solos, recitations, dialogues, all of which were rendered in most admirable style. The different performers were Misses Keay, Clark, McRuvie, Wood, and Messrs Fraser, Smith, Dick, and Taylor—Mr Taylor leading the choir in a most efficient manner. The large attendance should prove an incentive to the choir to continue their efforts, and afford the public the opportunity of spending a few more such evenings at such a moderate coat. The usual votes of thanks closed the proceedings.

Football – The Waid Park is to be the scene of what is certain to be an interesting match on Saturday when two sets of fishermen, the Cellardyke Bluejackets and the St Monans Swifts meet for the first time.

Boys Brigade Cellardyke Vs Anstruther. Although Saturday was a blank in junior circles. The juveniles were well to front; teams selected from the Cellardyke Boys’ Brigade representing Cellardyke and Anstruther meeting on the Waid Park, kindly lent for the day by the Rangers. The Cellardyke lads won the toss, and set Anstruther to kick off against the wind up the field. In spite of this disadvantage the latter held their own for a time, and many clever things were done in midfield by both sides. The Cellardyke left, however, got away, and, but for the excitement of the forwards would have scored The Anster lads cleared and had a share in attacking. The odds were too great against them, and a large share of the work fell on the defenders who made a brave show. Neither side scored had by half-time.  A considerable portion of the next stage was fought in mid field, but the plucky attacks by Anstruther at length secured the coveted point The young Dykers were not daunted and by some clever kicking had their revenge and the match ended in a draw of one goal each.

The Cellardyke Echo – 24/03/2022 – Issue 332


FISHERMAN DROWNED. – On the return of the fishing boat Victoria Cross from the fishing ground on Wednesday morning, Skipper John Doeg reported the loss of one of his crew, named David Doeg (Wood.) It appears that they were on their way home with a fresh breeze but calm sea, and when between the Isle of May and Anstruther, a blinding snow shower came on, followed almost immediately by a heavy sea, which swept over the boat and carried Doeg away, the skipper himself only saving himself by seizing hold of the side of the boat. As soon as possible, the boat was put round and steered back to the spot, but by this time no trace of the unfortunate man could be seen. Doeg, who was a quiet, steady, and inoffensive man, was about 50 years of age, and leaves a widow and one grown-up daughter.

Boat Insurance Club. —The recent disasters at sea and consequent serious losses of fishing property have led to the establishment “The East of Fife Boat Club,” the object of which is insure owners of boats against loss or damage by the perils the sea. Upwards of eighty skippers have already joined the club, and at the meeting held in Anstruther Saturday evening, directors were appointed, six being landsmen and six fishermen, chosen from Cellardyke, Pittenweem, and St Monance. The rules adopted provide for premium of 40s per cent., and the directors have power to charge for extra risks, boat is to be insured for more than three fourths her value, fixed by a surveyor. In order to guard against any shortcoming, it was agreed that, in the event boat being lost, only two-thirds of the amount insured should paid at the time, and should the funds permit, the remainder the close of the financial year. (from another article – There are, however, 156 fishing boats belonging to Cellardyke alone, while before the summer herring fishing that number will be increase to 164; and Pittenweem and St Monance furnish another 156, giving a total of 320 for these three parts. – The meeting then proceeded to appoint directors, six of whom by the rules require to be landsmen, and the other six to be fishermen chosen equally from Cellardyke, Pittenweem, and St Monance. Provost Anderson, Provost Martin, Bailie Watson, Messrs Cook, Oliphant, and David Murray were elected as the landsmen directors, and the following fishermen were also appointed :—Skippers Martin Gardner and Thomas Birrell, Cellardyke; William Wood and Robert Watt, Pittenweem; and Robert Boyter and William Meldrum.St Monance.)


A young man named Alexander Keith, carter, residing in Cellardyke, pled guilty to having, on the public road between Anstruther and St Andrews on the 10th inst., assaulted a labourer named Thomas Jack, and was fined 30s, or twenty-one days’ imprisonment.

JOHN BUTTERS, MERCHANT, Cellardyke, has much pleasure in intimating that he has been appointed by D. Mitchell  & Sons, of Aberdeen, SOLE AGENT in this District for the Sale of DAVIES’ WINCH for HAULING HERRING NETS, awl that the Price has been Reduced to £5, exclusive of carriage. Testimonials can be had application.


Fears are being entertained in Peterhead for the safety of the Progress, belonging that port. It is now over three weeks since she left Cellardyke for the Baltic, and several vessels leaving after her have since arrived at their destination.

CELLARDYKE BURGH POLICE COURT. —A diet of this Court was held on Friday last—Provost Watson and Bailie Sharp presiding. Malicious Mischief: Christopher Moir, James Moir, two apprentices, and George Moir, sons of Agnes Lindsay or Moir, a widow, were charged with a contravention of the 251st  section of the General Police Act, in so far as, on Sabbath, the 10th  instant, between five and seven o’clock evening, at or near the public school now being erected near West Forth Street, one or more of them did wilfully and maliciously break two fire-clay cans and one fire-clay sewer pipe, the property of Mr Alex. Wallace, builder. The two former only appeared and denied the charge, but after bearing the evidence of Police-constable Forsyth and Mr Wallace, the Magistrates found them guilty, and inflicted the modified penalty of 5s each.

On Saturday last, there was launched from the building yard of Mr Fulton a splendid carvel-built boat for Skipper David Watson, Cellardyke. The boat is nicely modelled and highly finished in every particular. This is now the second boat in succession which has been launched from this yard for Cellardyke owners, and we understand a third one will shortly be laid on also for Cellardyke. Mr Fulton has now commenced to one to be owned by one of our own townsmen.

At the Anstruther Burgh Police Court on Saturday —before Bailies Darsie and White—Thomas Bett and Robert Boyter, fishermen, Cellardyke, were charged with having fought with each other and created a great disturbance near the shop in Shore Street occupied by Mr William Graham, grocer, between nine and eleven o’clock on the night of the 9th inst. They pleaded not guilty, but after hearing the evidence the Magistrates held the charge proved, and sentenced the panels to pay a fine of 10s 6d each.


At Cellardyke, on the 10th instant, JOHN, son of the late David Moncrieff, aged 26 years.

At Cellardyke, on the 20th inst JOHANNA TAYLOR, wife of John Brown, fisherman, in the 39th year of her age.

At the Hospital, Calcutta, on the 20th ult., of cholera, ANDREW THOMSON, of Cellardyke, steward of the ship ‘John o Gaunt,’ a native of Dunbar.

EGGS of Prize Poultry—Duff Cochins, Dark Brahmas, and Spanish Houdans, at 4s 6d. Dyeing Golden and Silver polish, at 2 East Forth Street, Cellardyke.


Just PublishedDemy 8vo, Cloth Gilt, Price 3s 6d

Fisher Life, or the Memorials of Cellardyke and the Fife Coast

By George Gourlay, Anstruther – To be had from the Author


The Scotsman says:- “Mr G. Gourlay, of Anstruther, has brought together, evidently at the expense of considerable labour and research, in these Memorials of Cellardyke, a record of the growth, the calamities, and the successes, of the fisheries on the Fife coast. He tells his story with great simplicity, but with both point and pathos, and his book deserves to have more than local interest, as it certainly has more than local value.”

The Dundee Courier and Argus devotes a column to an appreciative review of the work, in the course of which it says:- ” Mr Gourlay’s daily avocation of newspaper correspondent and bookseller brings him into close contact with the people about whom he writes, and through these acquaintances and friendships he has obtained numerous personal narratives of deeply affecting incidents and stirring events connected with life, which he has here presented clothed in language of fervid and impassioned eloquence. Nothing could excel in intensity of interest and thrilling excitement his descriptions of the many sad tragedies which occur on these shores. . There are racy stories also of another kind, abounding in hairbreadth escapes and thrilling incidents. . To many an earnest worker whose body is buried in the bosom of the ocean this volume is a most appropriate and lasting monument, and the people of the Fife coast owe Mr Gourley a deep debt of gratitude for preserving to them in this substantial and elegant form these interesting memorials, which are sure to be highly prized by them and all those interested in seafaring life, not more for the matter than the skilful and graphic manner in which the work has been done.”

The two Cellardyke pioneers have begun the Shetland venture under the best auspices. Both boats arrived at Lerwick on Saturday, and are now ready to proceed to the haaf, where recent trials, it is said, have been as hopeful as the oldest Scandinavian can remember.


In the grey daybreak of Tuesday a castaway vessel was seen beating about in the storm by some sailors on Crail shore. It was a melancholy sight as the black hull—masts and sails gone —rose every now and then through the foaming water; but the wildest excitement and alarm filled every breast, when one or more of the crew were seen clinging to the wreck. Had the proposed lifeboat been available at the noble harbour of Home, the message of mercy could have been run on the instant, but as it was, Mr Alexander Watson, boatman to the Northern lights, left not a moment in driving to Anstruther, in order that the lifeboat “Admiral Fitzroy” might be sent to the rescue. The signal was only needed when a volunteer crew, with Skipper John Watson, as coxswain, launched away on the gallant service, and though pulling in the teeth of the storm were in little more than an hour alongside the luckless vessel on which a solitary survivor had been seen watching their progress, as one standing on the brink of the grave. He was seemingly overcome with the horrors and misery of the situation, but the strong hand of the intrepid boatman dragged him from his fatal perch into the lifeboat, which was then steered back under sail to the harbour. In the meantime it is impossible to describe the fever of interest and anxiety which filled the shore, and which sent the inhabitants of Anstruther and Cellardyke by one wild impulse to the piers. The popular emotion, however, appeared to have the most painful effect on the forlorn sailor, who at the sight of the crowd believed himself marked out for vengeance, but kind hands were ready to lead him to a place of succour and rest. His appearance was indeed heartrending. Drenched with wet and shivering with cold, his hands and legs bleeding with the chafe of the sea or perhaps by falling upon the torn wreck, he was so exhausted and confused as to be unable to answer or understand the interrogatories which were put to him, but the office of charity continued as unremitting as ever under the care of Dr Macarthur in the house of the harbour pilot, where he at last sank into a refreshing slumber. But while information was still closed from this source, a clue to the wreck was obtained by a scroll book which, with three chests and a quantity of driftwood, was washed ashore near Caiplie, and in this way came into the hands of Mr Flynn of the Coastguard. Startling as it may appear, the vessel was identified as the Norwegian brig ” Dimantin,” of Arendel, bound with battens to Leith, which has been so much before the public in connection with the extraordinary conduct of the captain in the offing of Montrose on Sabbath last. Under the pretext that he had lost his reckoning, he attempted to land with a man and a boy in a skiff, but was only saved from perishing in the surf by the approach of the lifeboat “Mincing Lane.” Subsequently the steam tug ” Bob Chalmers” went out to the assistance of the brig, but the mate, who was left on board with two men, so far repeated the story of the captain, and refused to leave the vessel, which was then tacking to the northward about eight miles from the shore. It had been proposed to put the captain on board of his brig, but night coming on this was not attempted till the following day, when, though a search was made by the steam tug, she could not be seen, in consequence of which the captain and his two men landed and took the train to Leith, in the belief that the ” Dimantin” had proceeded to her destination in the Forth. Such in reality had been the course resolved upon by the mate, but about two hours before midnight the brig struck with a tremendous wave, which threw her on her beam ends, and reduced her to the dismal wreck we have already described. The crash of falling spars and rigging had drowned the death-cry of his two companions, but the mate had been preserved through the terrors of the night by clinging to the surf-beaten wreck, though his sufferings were so great that be almost envied the grave which was rolling in surge and darkness around him. In the course of the afternoon he had so far wakened up as to be able to communicate these particulars to his countryman, Captain Rylestad, of the schooner “Rapp,” which was cast ashore last week near Randerston Castle. The brig “Dimantin” is an old craft of about 100 tons register. The escape of the “steersman,” as the mate is called in these vessels, was truly providential, for while the lifeboat was still on the voyage between the wreck and the pier the brig fairly heeled bottom up, when, if not before, the anchor slipped, and thus by an accident, so to speak, she was saved from being dashed against the rocks. She still held fast about mile from Caiplie caves as night settled on the sea, but the beach was strewn with the timber which composed her cargo. In consequence of the telegram sent to Leith, Skipper Hoyer, who is also the owner of the ship, and Mr Hutchieson, the Norwegian Consul, arrived at Anstruther by the evening train. The unfortunate vessel broke from her moorings in the course of Tuesday evening, and next morning ship and cargo lay as so much driftwood amongst the rocks. Sea and wind had risen more violently than before, and the rotten old craft, which had gone ashore keel up, had rapidly gone to pieces on the rugged strand before Caiplie Caves. The following are the names of the crew :—Johan Hoyer, master; Olaf Rode, mate ; Andreus Rode, cook and steward ; Niels Rode, ordinary seaman; Throe Bodin, ditto; and Niels Neilson, carpenter. The last two have been drowned. The poor survivor gives some affecting particulars of their last moments. Darkness had closed upon the unhappy mariners, when seeing the red lantern of Crail like a beacon of danger to the NE., they slipped both anchors in six fathoms of water. It was about nine o’clock; cold and weary they huddled together in the forecastle till a long lurch sect the mate on deck, when he saw that the waterlogged brig was fast settling on her beam ends. The old carpenter and young Bodin sprang to his call, and the three had just secured themselves on the weather gunwale when the crash came. The frost wind blew fierce and keen, and the sea ever and anon rolled over the miserable craft, so that it was only with the grasp of despair they were able to hold on to the iron stays. Who can wonder, then, that flesh and spirit began to fail ; but after a while the old carpenter seemed to rise in a kind of sacred rapture, and telling him companions that he had made his peace with God by laying hold on Jesus, his hand relaxed and his last secret lay buried in the billows. It was midnight, and the two still clung to the chains, but the young sailor was already all but overcome by the stupor of death. The steersman forgot his own misery in his efforts to save him, but it was all In vain, and also he was washed away by the pitiless surge. Life in such an hour is little to be envied, but the eyes of the poor castaway were soon cheered by the bleated morning light, and hoping against hope, perchance he clung to the stanchions till deliverance came on the very brink of eternity, seeing that the lifeboat had scarcely turned from the wreck when she was rolling keel up in the raging storm—in fact, an escape, so hairbreadth and providential as that of Olaf Rode is scarcely recorded in the annals of the sea.