1846 –The Total Abstinence Society of Anstruther and Cellardyke presented Mr John Mc Dougal, preacher of the gospel with a Hebrew Bible as a small testimony of their esteem as over the past two years he has zealously supported the abstinence cause by a series of valuable lectures.
1859 – Cellardyke boats had been prevented from going to sea all the early part of week, on Wednesday however the storm abated considerably, and on Thursday the fleet put to sea, but before they had done with the fishing the wind again freshened. And continued to increase all the early part of the day, during which they had to make their way homeward over a cross sea, in which numerous hairbreadth escapes were made, from the waves breaking over their undecked vessels and nearly filling them. One of the boats less fortunate was suddenly engulfed in a huge wave, and over whelmed in an instant. Another boat about a stonecast distant, succeeded in saving one of the crew, named Daniel Fleming. But the rest perished. Their names are William Birrell, skipper, married, David Birrell, his son, Thomas Birrell his nephew, William Wood, married and James Reid lately married. The destitution resulting from this sad event although sore enough to the bereaved families is perhaps not as great as sometimes arises from such disasters. As near as we can learn 12 Children and 5 widows are deprived of earthly support. It may be interesting to note that over the last 30 years 8 boats involving 50 lives belonging to Cellardyke, have been lost in prosecution of the fishing.
Buckie – the fishermen of Cellardyke with their letter to Mr John Caldwell Fishery Officer here enclosed the munificent sun of £37 3s as their contribution to the destitute widows and fatherless children of Buckie and Portessie.
St Andrews – Marriage of Peter Muir Fisherman Cellardyke to Margaret, eldest daughter of David Davison Fisherman there.
A most exciting scene was witnessed at Anstruther in consequence of the fishing boats making for the harbour in the face of a severe storm. … one of the Cellardyke boats of which Mr Brodie Nicholson is skipper sustained some damage in her rudder by which she was forced to return to the shore. In the attempt to enter the harbour the boat grounded on the outside of the west pier and could not be floated off… the boat was drawn into the harbour by means of ropes on the next flow of the tide. Many boats were in danger and three of the coxswains of the Lifeboat Admiral Fitzroy, Thomas Birrell, Andrew Henderson and John Pratt decided to launch, and this was done with a voluntary crew under the charge of Skipper Birrell as coxswain, was pulled to the entrance of the harbour so as to be in readiness of an emergency.
Cellardyke Fishing boat Lillias Scott KY 1 , John Gardiner, Skipper was going south to the Lowestoft fishing when they observed a boat floating full of water at a distance from the Isle of May. They boarded it but it was impractical to take it in tow, so they took away the mast and sail (which was painted LH 96) and oars branded JCCN. They were advised at Lowestoft to bring them to the receiver of wrecks for the district when they returned to Anstruther.
The first class fishing boat Polar Star as owned by Alexander Watson recently drowned at Lowestoft, was sold at auction at Anstruther beach recently. The upset price was £250 but the first and only offer was £230 at which she passed into the hands of Martin Gardener. The Jacobina was offered for sale under the same melancholy circumstances as the Polar Star, her owner John Montadore having perished last Lammas in the offing off Stonehaven. Her upset price was £140 but no sale was effected
Stephen Doig, Cooper, Cellardyke was charged with assault to the effusion of blood and serious injury to James Birrel Christie a mariner Kilrenny. He pled guilty and was charged 7s 6d, he was again placed at the bar with a similar charge on Alex Ogilvie fisherman Cellardyke but he pled not guilty and the charge was found not proven.
Skipper John Carstairs was appointed to a delegate to the East Coast Fishermen’s Conference to be held at Aberdeen. The delegate was instructed to vote for the close time of herring fishing from the end of April til the 10th July. Skipper Gardener held it high time the fishermen of Scotland were uniting to prevent everything being taken from them.
Launch – Mr Fulton launched from his building yard a large sailing liner built to the order of John Watson (Salter), Cellardyke. The craft which is named the Pride of Fife is 68 feet long and for design and finish has few compeers. Fitted up internally in the most modern style for trade requirements and for the comfort of the crew. She is also to have the new indispensable steam winch (capstan) for the hauling in of gear &c