The Cellardyke Echo – 18/7/24 – Issue 450

1890

ACCIDENT TO A CELLARDYKE FISHERMAN AT ABERDEEN. Between ten and eleven o’clock this forenoon Robert Murray, skipper of the herring fishing boat Morning Star (KY. No 9), got his left leg broken while the boat was leaving the harbour, It appears that the Morning Star had got as far as the entrance channel, when a Torry boat which was returning to Point Law came along-side. The boom upon which the rope was hanging was lying over the bow of the Torry boat. As the crafts were passing each other, Murray who was standing with a fender in his hand allowed one of his legs to get entangled in the rope of the stranger boat with the results that the jerk he received broke his leg, He was taken ashore and removed to his residence at 4 New Pier Road, Torry.

ARBROATH – Fishing Boat Ashore – Shortly after nine o’clock this morning, while the fishing boat, Gem of the Ocean,  No, 1953 KY, of Cellardyke, David Reid, skipper, was proceeding to the herring fishing, she went ashore on the rocks at Danger Point. Several local boats went to her assistance, but as the tide was ebbing she remained fast. Her nets and other fishing gear were brought ashore. It is expected that the boat, which appears to be uninjured, will float with the next tide.

1891

The Missing Cellardyke Fisherman. On Friday the body of a man was espied by two children at play on Largo sands. It was that of a sailor or fisherman much decomposed. It was identified by his widow as that of the missing Cellardyke fisherman, Robert Ritchie, who sailed on a yawl for Leith on 21st April. The yawl was found stranded next day, with her sail up, not far from the spot where the body was found, thus leaving little doubt that the poor mariner had fallen overboard and perished in the night. The remains were conveyed for interment on Monday to Kilrenny churchyard. Ritchie was at one time a leading Cellardyke skipper, and much sympathy is felt for his wife and family. He was about 50 years of age.

LAUNCH  OF THE STEAM TRAWLER.—On Saturday evening a fine screw steam trawler was launched from the shipbuilding yard of Messrs John Scott Co. Kinghorn. She is built to the order of Mr S. Williamson, M.P., and is intended to aid the Anstruther fishermen in the deep sea fishing. On leaving the ways she was named the Faith. The launch was a complete success, but the vessel on entering the water curved to the east, and before the anchor could be dropped she struck a submerged rock and stuck fast. Though launched with steam up, the engines were unable to move her from her position, and when a tug arrived about eight o’clock the vessel had heeled over considerably. Fortunately the sea was calm, and on Sunday morning about six o’clock she was got safely off, her screw and shaft being slightly damaged. The Faith is a hundred feet in length, with an engine of 50 horse power. Her cost is said to be £5700.

1893

NOTICE AS TO A FIFE SENTENCE. Mr Anstruther will to-day ask the Secretary of Scotland whether he has received a petition from the inhabitants of Cellardyke and district, signed by upwards of 1500 persons, praying for modification of the sentence of six months’ imprisonment passed upon Robert Ritchie Sheriff in the Sheriff Court at Cupar Fife on the 12th of June 1893, whether he has also received a petition in the signed by the whole of the jurymen in the case to the same effect; and whether he can state if he is willing to give effect to the prayer of these petitions. ( He had been charged with assault and attempt to ravish, the latter case was not proven, and he was found guilty of simple assault – the Secretary of State for Scotland did not see sufficient reason to interfere with this case and the sentence stood )

1894

OLD WOMAN FOUND DEAD.—Yesterday morning an old woman. upwards of 70 years of age, named Janet Freebairn, was found dead in bed in her house in James Street. Cellardyke. Heart disease was found to be the cause of death.

CELLARDYKE FISHING BOAT IN COLLISION. —The boat Margaret Morris, Skipper James Moncrieff which is No. 78 of the K.Y. (Kirkcaldy) district, now engaged in the herring fishing at Aberdeen. had her rudder and stern post carried away on Tuesday morning by the steam trawler Crown Prince. The trawler was making out of Aberdeen Harbour as the Margaret Morris was entering, and the latter was endeavouring to get clear when the mishap occurred. The Crown Prince at once stopped and lay by to see whether the boat had been seriously damaged, but as it appeared that the mischief was not great the trawler proceeded to sea. The boat was towed into the harbour by the tug John McConnochie.

ACCIDENT AT THE HARBOUR. -On Saturday, while a Cellardyke man named Alexander Morris (Dickson) was working at the Steam Liner Edith, he took a fit to which he is subject, and fell against the liner. Before the bystanders could get hold of him he dropped between the liner and the pier. It was with some difficulty that be was extricated. He was considerably shaken, but on being conveyed home he recovered.

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The Cellardyke Echo – 4/7/24 – Issue 449

1875

CELLARDYKE. GOOD TEMPLAR FUNERAL.— The late William Muir, fisherman, being a member of the order of Good Templars, his funeral on Friday last was attended by a large proportion of the brethren composing the Guiding Star and Union Lodges. The brethren first met in the Town Hall, where a short service took place, and afterwards proceeded to the house of the deceased, where a procession was formed. The members of the order, who had a piece of crape on their arms, walked four abreast in front of the hearse, and on arriving at the churchyard formed a circle round the grave with joined hands. Here Bro. James Brown, the district deputy, read the ritual composed for such occasions; and the body having been lowered into its last resting-place, a hymn was sung, and the assemblage dispersed. The deceased was only 36 years of age, and leaves a widow and six young children.

THE HARBOUR WORKS – A meeting of Cellardyke fishermen was held in the Town Hall of Cellardyke on Wednesday evening. There was a good attendance, and Bailie Watson was requested to take the chair. It was explained that the meeting had been called in order that the fishermen might consider what steps, if any, should be taken in reference to the present unsatisfactory harbour accommodation at Anstruther. A draft petition, which had previously been circulated among the owners of boats, was then taken up, and gone over seriatim. The discussion which took place showed that the fishermen as a rule continue to hold an opinion, which they have expressed all along, against the entrance to the old harbour being closed. Only one man at the meeting was in favour of that being done, but all the others present were so unanimous in favour of the entrance being only narrowed that he subsequently signed the petition. The memorial, which was drawn up and printed by Captain Rodger of Glasgow, a gentleman who continues to take an active and practical interest in his native place, was adopted with some alight alterations, and is in the following terms : We, the fishermen of Cellardyke, learn with regret that there is little prospect of the entrance to the old harbour of Anstruther being either closed or narrowed this season. Since the opening was made between the old and new harbours, the former has become more unsafe for boats or vessels than before in stormy weather. In proof of this, several of the boats and their moorings, and the vessels that were in the harbour during the storm of last November, were very much damaged, partly in consequence of this opening. We consider that, however desirable it may be to have another winter’s experience before closing or narrowing the old entrance, the consequences may be very serious indeed if the old harbour is left for another winter in the present very unsafe condition. We would approve of the entrance being narrowed so that boats or vessels would enter or leave the harbour in any weather; and if the ends of the old piers were so placed that booms could be used if necessary, the old harbour would then be perfectly safe in all kinds of weather. But the accommodation in it is very limited, and not at all suited for such a large fishing community. It will be seen that our reason for wishing the old harbour made safe as soon as possible strengthened by the fact that there is no safety in the new harbour in stormy weather except side the west breakwater, and that only in easterly winds. Neither is there any accommodation of any description for boats or vessels loading or discharging even in the finest weather, except at the east pier, and that only when the day is fine; and unless the entrance into the harbour is made acts safe than it is at present, we would prefer running up the Firth for safety, rather than run the risk of attempting to enter even in a moderate southeasterly gale. We take the liberty of making these statements, so that your Honourable Board may know our true position. At the same time, we trust that you will take the interests of this large community, so far as harbour accommodation and safety are concerned, into your serious consideration, and would respectfully urge that something should be done before another winter sets in.’

Sixty fishermen signed the memorial at the close of the meeting, and during the course of yesterday as many more submitted their names, the great majority being skippers. It will be forwarded in a day or two to the Fishery Board, and as that body have hitherto shown a desire to meet so far as possible the wants of the fishing community, it anticipated that the memorial will be productive of some action in the way of providing what they wish.

1876

An Unruly Norlan -Alexander Mackay, a native of Sutherland but for some time employed in the fishing at Cellardyke, was charged before Kilrenny Magistrates on Friday with assaulting Mrs James Watson in her public house near the Tolbooth, and also with a breach of the peace at the same time and place, Sandy repelled the charge of assault, when evidence was led, in the course of which Mrs Watson, Mrs Murray, and Margaret Fowler detailed the circumstances of the case. From these statements it appeared that Mackay had refused leave the house, when Mrs Watson threatened expel him with the poker, of which, however, she had been summarily disarmed by the brawny clansman After hearing parties the Magistrates found the charge not proved, but sustained that of breach the peace, and sentenced the panel to a fine of 10s 6d.

1877

CONVICTIONS BEFORE THE MAGISTRATES. Another batch of offenders came before the East Anster Magistrates on Friday. The first was the adjourned case of furious driving by Alexander Smith, in the employment of Mr Watson, fish merchant, Cellardyke. The panel again pleaded not guilty, but on the evidence of Mr Farmer, Balmonth, Mrs Russell, Ovenstone, and Mary Jane Watterston or Lindsay, was found guilty, and fined in the sum of 10s. Two ploughman in Airdrie, named Robert Bell and John Cumming, with Alex. Wood, joiner, Cellardyke, were convicted for drunken and wranglesome conduct in the High Street on Saturday night. The two plough men were each fined in the sum of 7s 6d, but Wood being convicted for the second time had the sentence of 10s, or ten days’ imprisonment passed against him. At Kilrenny Court, also on Friday, Betsy Watson, whose case was called the previous day on a charge breach of the peace, was brought up, and fined in the sum of 5s.

1878

Yesterday afternoon about four o’clock John Montadore owner and skipper of the boat Jacobines , No.1378 , from Cellardyke , while assisting to set the jib sail , fell backward over the gunwale into the sea , and although the crew did everything to assist him to escape , he sank and was drowned. The deceased was about 26 years of age and leaves a widow and four children.

The New Mission Church Cellardyke— Description of the Plan, &c—The designs for this interesting new place of worship have just been submitted to the friends of the movement in the locality. The church, which we may remind our readers, to be erected on a sunny site on the Powcauseway Road, immediately opposite the new Public School, is in the form of cross, and in the pointed style of architecture. The front or west elevation exhibits a massive circle, some thirty-eight feet breadth and rather more in height, pierced a handsome three light window, and surmounted by the sacred emblem of our blessed faith. The gable is flanked on the north by well-defined porch, and on the south by a lofty tower, showing clock face on its three open sides, and with spire and weather vane springing from the embattled parapet, forty-five feet from the ground, the whole elevation being over sixty feet. The tower is also utilised as an entrance door and as stair to the gallery. The south wall, which is to be skirted by a new roadway, is relieved by the gable of the transept, pierced like the wall with pointed windows. The vestry is in the rear of the church, where there is also provision for a large hall or class-room for congregational work. Coming now to the interior, we find the pulpit on the east gable with the transepts —measuring between seventy and eighty feet from north to south—on either side, and having the spacious nave and gallery in front. From this point the fabric will have a decidedly imposing appearance, enhanced by the open timber roof, which like the more salient carpenter work has been treated with subdued but masterly taste. There are sittings for 800—650 on the floor, and 150 in the gallery. The architect is Mr Johnstone, of Dundee, and altogether the design seems admirably suited to the end view, namely to accommodate a large congregation so to participate with comfort and satisfaction in the services of the sanctuary. In all this Mr Johnstone had to regulate his pencil to a given outlay, but however fettered in respect of decoration, he has evinced a thorough appreciation of the resources of his noble art, not only in the treatment of details, but in the general outline, which is pleasing and even picturesque, though we trust, in justice to the design, that provision will be made in the contracts for a higher elevation, if not to the gable, at least ” to the heavenward pointing spire,” so as to save such after regret as that in the case of the Memorial Church St Monance, in which an otherwise happy imitation of brave old St Mary’s, of Northampton, has been so sadly ruined. As will have been seen from our advertising columns, another bazaar is to be held -Elie in aid of the building fund of the Cellardyke church, which will be in progress as soon as the preliminary arrangements can be concluded. The estimated expense, we may state, is about £2600. The Rev. Christie, Professor of Church History, has now removed to Aberdeen, but he and his amiable partner continue to take the same deep and unwearied interest in the scheme, which has been hitherto fraught with such signal encouragement and success.

1879

Burgh Court. —James Muir, fisherman, Cellardyke, was convicted before the Magistrates of Kilrenny on Friday for assaulting another fisherman, William Anderson, and was fined in the sum of 10s. The same panel was called to answer a similar charge, also on William Anderson as complainer, before the magistrates of East Anstruther. The one court followed the other, but failing to appear at Anstruther warrant was granted for his apprehension.

CELLARDYKE. BURGH COURT. —On Friday last a burgh court was held, when all the Magistrates were present. A boy named Alexander Tarvit was accused of annoying and assaulting a lad named Hector McLean on the public streets, and being convicted on evidence, he was dismissed with a reprimand, the Provost, in passing sentence, saying that the practice of annoying imbecile persons on the streets seemed to be greatly indulged in, and was likely to lead to serious consequences, the Magistrates were determined to put a stop to such conduct, and would in future severely punish the offenders.

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The Cellardyke Echo – 27/6/24 – Issue 448

1870

THE LATE MR ROBERT PRATT.—Early on Monday morning, before the rest of the town had awaked from their slumbers, an old man passed calmly and almost imperceptibly to his long rest, who deserves more than the usual brief obituary notice. We refer to Mr Robert Pratt, sailmaker, whose death will call up many old remembrances to his numerous friends and acquaintances in all the towns along the coast. Mr Pratt’s early life was a more than usually adventurous one, and the following particulars, for which we are indebted to the kindness of his brother, Mr John Pratt, himself an old whaler, will perhaps not be unacceptable to our readers. He was born in 1789, and at the early age of eleven years he went to serve in the ” Prince of Wales” excise cutter, commanded by Captain Henderson, whose tombstone may be seen on the east aide of Anstruther Church. At that time the duties of the cutter, which cruised about the Firth, were more arduous than fall to their lot now, smuggling going on at every suitable place with great activity. After being four years on board the cutter, Mr Pratt went to Dundee, from which port he sailed on board the ” Mary Ann,” to Greenland to the whale fishing. On returning to Dundee, and thinking to escape the numerous press-gangs which then infested the country, he went to Leith, where he got in as mate of the smack ” Hope,” a trader between Leith and London. His efforts to escape being impressed, however, proved unsuccessful, for he was seized and had to join the ” Ardent” guardship, lying in Leith. He was taken on a Friday, and on the Monday his brother Alex, who had been on his second voyage, singularly enough was brought face to face with him, having been taken out of his ship by the press-gang at the Hynds near Arbroath, and conveyed to the guard-ship. While on board the “Ardent,” Robert was rated boatswain’s mate, and also managed to get married to a woman belonging to St Andrews. Three weeks after being impressed, he succeeded in making his escape from the ship, by jumping on to the rigging of the ferry boat crossing to Burntisland. On getting to the shore, he made his way inland as quickly as possible, and travelling round by Kellie Law, arrived in Cellardyke on a Sunday night. After this he went to St Andrews, from which port he sailed to London, where he was again pressed while going up the river, and taken on board the Thetis. He did not remain long, however, for five weeks after being impressed, along with a companion also belonging to Cellardyke, named Thomas Watson, the frigate being about a mile and a half off Greenwich, he dropped into the sea through the hawse-hole, and attempted to swim ashore. Pratt managed to get near enough the shore to touch the ground with his feet, but he had just succeeded in getting a foothold when he heard his companion, who was some distance behind him, exclaim, ” Oh, Lord God, have mercy on me!” and turning round, saw him sink. To have attempted to rescue Watson in his exhausted state would have been madness, and therefore he wended his sorrowful way to the land, where he fell in with a company of sweeps. Gathering a large quantity of sticks, they quickly lighted a fire, at which he got his clothes dried, he having tied them round his neck before leaving the ship. At Greenwich, he got into a whaler, and made another voyage to Greenland. After coming home, he joined the transport service, and was in the ” True Love,” carrying troops from Flushen, for about five years. Leaving this, he went to Shields, and got into a brig going to Falmouth with coals. On the voyage, they were captured by a French vessel, and taken to France, where they were confined in a prison. Mr Pratt often related this portion of his history to his friends, graphically describing the sufferings and hardships which he, along with his companions, underwent while confined there. After being five or six weeks in prison, they managed to punch out the iron bolts in the windows by means of a small marlinspike which had escaped the vigilant search of their captors, and Mr Pratt and 18 others got out by the window, by tying their blankets together, and dropping to the ground. Their prison, however, was situated far from the shore, and before they could get out of the country they had to travel a long distance without food or the means to procure it with. Travelling all night, Mr Pratt lay all day, covering himself with snow to prevent discovery. To procure food, he took the mother of pearl buttons which were on his coat, and sold them to the villagers for food. After these were all gone, he cut off his hair, which at that time was worn very long, and with the money obtained from this, and any food which he could obtain on the way, he supported himself till he arrived at the sea coast. He was not long there before he was fortunate enough to get away in an English vessel. Shortly after arriving in Britain, he went away to the whale fishing, and made no less than 37 voyages in succession to the Greenland whale fishing. On his last voyage he was struck by a whale, and so much hurt that every bone in his body seemed broken. He was brought home, and during all the next winter was laid up by the injuries he had received. After this he settled down in Cellardyke, and having been learnt by his father, along with the rest of his brothers, to sew – a very necessary accomplishment to a sailor he began sailmaking, and continued up till last year at that work. About the New Year, his strength began to fail him, and he had to take to his bed, from which time he was gradually sunk, till on Monday morning, as stated above, he breathed his last, at the age of 81. Mr Pratt was a quiet, sober man, and was much respected by all who knew him. He was well known along the coast, and also in Dundee and Aberdeen, from having sailed so often from these ports.

Last week Messrs Sharp & Murray of Cellardyke purchased by private bargain the fishcuring premises situated at the east end of East Green Street, lately belonging to Mr Walter Ireland at the price of a little over £600. The erection of these premises a few years ago, cost, we believe, about £1200.

1871

THE TELEGRAPH.—The arrangements for supplying the inhabitants of the East of Fife with telegraphic facilities are being rapidly carried out, and in a short time the wires will be in all the Post Offices in the district. In addition to the wire which has been in operation here for a considerable time, a new wire has lately been erected between St Monance and Anstruther, which is to be extended to Cellardyke and Crail. The head office for the district is Anstruther, where all messages for any of the neighbouring towns are first transmitted through the direct wire, and then forwarded to their destinations by the other wire.

WARNING TO PERSONS KEEPING DOGS WITHOUT LICENCES. —A Justice of Peace Court was held here on Wednesday. William Murray, Esq., Provost Todd, and Bailie Darsie on the bench, and John Smith, Esq., acting as assessor. After the disposal of two or three small debt cases, Wm. Pattie, carter, Cellardyke, was charged at the instance of Mr William Webber Sparke, officer of Excise, with keeping a dog without a licence, whereby he was liable in a penalty of £5. He pled guilty awl was fined in the mitigated penalty of 25s. James Watson, fishcurer, Cellardyke, pled guilty to a similar charge, stating that he had inadvertently neglected to take out the licence and was fined 25s. James Salter (Carstairs), fisherman, Cellardyke, was fined 25s for the same offence. In the cases of David Brown and Thomas Tarvit, fishermen, Cellardyke, who did not appear personally, the service of the summons was sworn to, and no defence being set up, a fine of 25s each was inflicted. At the instance of Mr Stephen Youden, officer of Excise, West Anstruther, Alexander Watson, fisherman, Cellardyke, was charged with the same offence. Mr Sparke, who appeared fur the Crown, said in this case the defendant had been keeping a dog for two years and five months without a licence, and he submitted that a heavier fine ought to be inflicted. Watson having admitted the charge, their Honours sentenced him to pay a fine of 35s. The fines were all paid.

The ship “Adriatic’ Capt. Webster (a native of Cellardyke), has just arrived at Leith from Quebec, having made the voyage in twenty-three days less two hours, being the quickest passage between these ports this season.

1872

Skipper George Smith, of Cellardyke—landed what is believed the best take of fish on the east coast of Scotland. It consisted of upwards of 100 splendid halibut, with several fine turbot, or the famous ‘bannock fluke,’ and about thirty-six score of fine cod, besides many ling and skate ; and with her noble freight, the large boat had all the appearance of a creer gunwale deep with herrings, This princely ‘shot’ was discharged at Cellardyke, and when spread out on the bulwark the singular sight attracted much curiosity and attention, and more than one old grey- beard was heard to wonder over it as ‘ the biggest tak’ he had ever seen .’ It was purchased at £25; but in Lent, or at a time when ‘mother sea’ was less fruitful, it might have had a value of nearly £100

CELLARDYKE. THE BOAT STANCES AT THE HARBOUR.—A question has arisen as to the proprietorship of the vacant ground in front of the harbour. For several years hack, the tacksmen of the tiends have let the ground for boat stances, and have realised a rental of £12 to £15 a year from it. In reading over the charter of the burgh, however, Provost Martin found that the harbour and all the vacant ground belonged to the town, while from the minutes it was discovered that it had been let fur fishcuring premises by the Ballies in office before the disfranchisement of the burgh, and afterwards by the Managers. There would therefore seem to be little doubt that the ground belongs to the burgh, and that revenue derived from it ought to go into the town’s funds. It may be a consideration whether the money thus obtained should not be expended on the harbour, but this part of the question will doubtless be satisfactorily settled at the first meeting of the Town Council, at which the matter is to come up.

DEATH OF THE OLDEST FISHER IN FIFE. On Friday morning last, Mr Robert Anderson died at Cellardyke in the 87th year of his age, and who, there is reason to believe, was the oldest fisher in Fife. Natives of Cellardyke have wandered far by sea and shore, but old Robert has died in the bed where he was born; still it is at once curious and instructive to look back on the experiences of such a life, and mark the changes with which it is more or less associated.

When only fourteen years of age he lost his father, who perished by a melancholy accident at the entrance of Cellardyke harbour, when only one of the crew of eight was saved This sad accident conveys a suggestive idea of the perils of the old fishers when seeking shelter in the rugged creek of “Skimfie,” where in the olden times many a distracted fisher wife has seen a husband or son perish at her feet. Even when moored under the lee of the stone pier, the boats were only saved by being dragged upon the street which occasionally was done at all times and seasons; and perhaps there are greybeards yet who can remember the thundering noise one Sabbath forenoon at the church door of Kilrenny, as the little rascal voices shouted high above the solemn cadence of the psalm —”Come awa’, men, jist the noo ; the boats are gaun to spunks—come awa’, come awa’.”

But there were other dangers besides the storm or their rock-girt creek which used to strike terror to the hearts of the old fishers of Skinfasthaven. When old Robert was a boy every mouth was full of the exploits of Paul Jones or the notorious Captain Fall, who attacked, with his pirate ship the towns of Arbroath and Dunbar, and stole every sheep from the Isle of May; but these things had happened a few years before he was born, though in his time the French privateers watched, like a cat for a mouse, for Scottish fishing boats, in the hope that once captured, the crews might be bribed to serve as pilots in Napoleon’s famous scheme of invasion ; but to encounter a British Cruiser in these “pressing” times was only like going “from the frying pan into the fire”

The then Parliamenter, Sir John Anstruther, took a great interest in his constituents, and in this way the fishermen were freely provided with ”protection papers;”’ but even with this safeguard, Cellardyke has often been besieged by the ruffianly pressgang, who, in the dead of night, would burst into the houses, and, heedless of the screams of terrified wives and children, would, cutlass and pistol in hand, and  with the most savage oaths and threats on their lips, search for their victims. However, the gang had usually to go away as they came, as a daring leap from a window, or a quick retreat to the  secret hiding place. with which in these troubled times every old house in Cellardyke, like an ancient  castle, was, or is provided, kept the hardy fishers out of their clutches. It is a matter, however, for honest pride for the inhabitants of Cellardyke, when the appeal was made to them, the seafaring community rose as one man to strengthen the “wooden walls of England;” and in particular it was the ready service of the fishermen that enabled the British Government to execute so successfully the seizure of the Danish fleet.

But time has done as much for the comfort as for the security and safety of the fishers of Fife. Sixty years there were only seventeen white fishing boats belonging to the town—the biggest being scarcely thirty feet long, and unprovided with cabins, or decks, or even with fires ; and yet without any of these elements, or rather essentials of comfort, the hardy fathers braved the storms of the Bell Rock in the dead of winter, or even fished for herrings at Caithness or the Orkney Islands. Burntisland now-a-days is only heard of as a great ferry or watering-place, but seventy years ago or 80 it was the greatest herring emporium in all Scotland. Old Robert would be sailing his child’s boat by the beach when an old main-sail, which which was being washed in the offing of Aberdour, drew up some herrings from the teaming sea. This lucky discovery was not lost on the of the fishers of the East Neuk, for in a few years it became the most profitable part of their calling, and the success of the fishing may be gathered from the fact that for the year 1802, nearly 15,000 pickled, and 12,000 red herring barrels were cured at Burntisland.

Old Robert lived to see as many changes in the fishing tackle as in the size and outfit of the boat, and even without his own vocation his recollection was no less significant of progress of the times; in particular he could well recall the alarm caused on the coast of Fife one autumn morning, fifty-seven years ago, by the appearance of the first steamer in the Firth, which everybody supposed to be a ship on fire. But let for a moment at more particular changes.

The present church of Kilrenny, so far as architecture goes, is as dull and common place as any old Seceding meeting house, but while in his “teens ” this worthy octogenarian well knew the brave old basilican church with its double row of massive Norman arches, and doubtless behind one of the ponderous piers of those very arches has made love signals to some blooming maiden, in those days joyous and happy as a lark in the spring time, through long years ago past before him amongst the peers in the old church-yard. His memory could also carry him back to a time since which five ministers have filled the pulpit of Kilrenny church, and in this way he has heard from his own lips the elegant and metaphysical sermons of William Beat, and as a matter of course he would be still more familiar with his successor, James Forrester, who is remembered for nothing so much as his big wig and long sermons, and to him they were as yesterday. The unobtrusive Joseph Duncan, with his one grand theme of Nabal and evil of worldly riches; the eloquent and impassioned James Brown, and the mild and fatherly hearted George Dickson, who, but a few months ago, preceded him to the place appointed for all living.  It was truly interesting to hear this worthy old. man recall the many and varied incidents of his long life, and hear his quaint and pithy remarks on the customs of modern times; but though a shrewd and keen observer he had a large and sunny heart, and retained his cheerfulness if not a juvenescence of spirits to his last. He was well known and deservedly respected, and the name of old Robert Anderson will be long and kindly remembered in the East Neuk.

1873

The Herring Fleet of 1873 According to the preparations now so actively begun, the present season will see the largest herring fleet ever sent afloat from the East of Fife. Cellardyke promises to contribute about 175 of the finest and largest boats to the Scottish herring squadron, and Pittenweem can muster over 50, while Monance, in that true spirit of progress which distinguishes her, soon will be able, if required, to send 105—making a total for the three stations of 335 first-class boats.

Besides our own hardy sons of St Peter, about a thousand men are required for the herring boats of Cellardyke, Pittenweem, and St Monance. Not a few of our Fife labourers and tradesmen are to be found so employed, but the large proportion of the men are Highlanders and Islesmen, with a good sprinkling of the sons of St Patrick, who, to use a rather favourite saying, “like to tak’ sea hold for the benefit of health and the purse.” In these days, however, of high wages, some may doubt the prudence of leaving work on shore for risk on the sea ; but then, on the other hand, the prospects of the herring fishery were never so encouraging, and halfdealsmen especially had never the same chance of success as at the present time. ” Och, its blessed release from the slow murther of the factory,” exclaimed an Irishman rejoicing one day in the fresh sea breeze, while many cautious Highlandman will tell you he buttons his pocket on the nine or ten sovereigns, or perhaps more, he may have earned by the season, ” It’s just a Godsend for the rent and the cauld winter,” and apart from mere gain we know many a decent and intelligent villager worn to the bone by the toil and sweat of the summer field or crushed and cramped by unhealthy labour, who has recruited for years both his strength and spirits ” by six weeks at the drave.” Under these circumstances, and with every expectation of abundant season from the immense shoals descried at sea, there is little doubt that a sufficient number of men will be though it is very much to be hoped that all that purpose to ” reap the harvest the ‘ sea” will, the season is early, be soon the ground, and thus prevent any chance of delay and disappointment in filling up the berths.

1874

FOR SALE, Smack GEORGES, of Cellardyke ; carries 25 to 30 tons. Would be answerable for a Fishing Smack or other purposes Ha new spars, sails &c – Apply to John Robertson. Ardgowan Buildings, Greenock.

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The Cellardyke Echo – 20/6/24 – Issue 447

1848

CELLARDYKE. -A gentleman in this neighbourhood had business lately at Balgonie, and set off on his journey at 11 o’clock, evening. He mistook his road at Pitcorthie Dykes, and travelled toward Newton of Balcormo, where, having  some misgivings as to whether he was right, knocke, straught on ,” was the answer, and a•ay .he , V>d at the door of a house and enquired if he was on the road to Largo? “Aye , Straught on”  was the answer, and away he went eastward. On reaching Ovenston his suspicions began to trouble him, and to make sure work, rapped at a door and enquired if this was the “richt” road to Largo. “Aye. Straught on” was the reply. Off again he set to the east and reached Anster instead of Largo at daybreak

1849

AN OLD STORY. Old grandmother Lothian, who was born at Cellardyke ln 1714 and died in 1804, aged 90 yean, used to relate the following; curious occurrence, which happened in Kilrenny Kirk one Sabbath afternoon while she was there :-

A sailor named John Smith, who had been long on board a Man-of-war, came home and got married to a gay young lass, who, before twelve months had fled brought him a fine boy. At that time, as at the present day, it was customary to take the child to the Kirk to be baptised. John was proud of his young son, and invited several of his neighbours in Cellardyke to the christening-. The whole party went up to the Kirk with the child, and when the ceremony was to be performed, the young woman who carried the child, not being properly initiated, placed its head on the wrong arm. John held up his first-born bravely, having no suspicion that there was anything amiss. When the Minister looked over the pulpit and saw the mistake, he told John to change its position. John, not understanding what he meant, only moved the child a little to one side, when the Minister said, ” That will not do yet, John.” The seaman looked up to his Reverence with an air of surprise, and inquired- “What, then; shall I capsize it, or turn it end for end?” Minister-“None of your sea phrases here, John.” ” Odds bodken,” said John,” if you have any objections to the job, I will put him in a hankerchief and go to Crail,- I know the road.” Fortunately, the midwife was among the party, who had experience  in that way, saw the mistake, and placed the infant in  the proper position on John’s arm , when all went on smoothly

1852

Cellardyke – Mr Alexander Nicholson, contractor for repairing and improving the harbour of this place, finished work on Saturday Last. The improvement will be of great benefit to the fishermen and others having to load or unload goods at the harbour.

1853

More Departures for Australia

The greatest number of emigrants that left this neighbourhood since the commencement of the “Exodus” was on Saturday last. A gentleman who witnessed their departure informs us that, between old and young he counted fifteen on the deck of the Xantho Steamer, on their way to Glasgow. Among them were – George Duncan, baker, wife and two children from Crail. George Brown Ploughman, wife and three children, from Kingsbarns; William Watson and John Brown, fishermen from Cellardyke. The greater part of the above are to embark on board the ship Ivanhoe, Captain William Henderson which is advertised to sail this week.

The Barque – Margaret Poynter, is advertised to sail from the Clyde for the same destination on Tuesday the 7th inst, and it is somewhat remarkable that the whole of her commanders are East of Fife men, – Captain Walter Nichol is from Cellardyke, Thomas Waterston, the first mate, belongs to East Anster and James Thomson second mate, is from Pittenweem; we believe the two fishermen named above go by the Margaret Poynter

The Messrs Murray who left Anstruther last week, take with them a two story iron house and shop, which was built for them in Glasgow, and can be taken down and screwed together and a very short time.

1854

Cellardyke – We understand that Mr David Fowler, merchant, is about to join his friends in Adelaide, South Australia. A letter recently arrived from Mr James Fowler jnr, which speaks very highly of the climate, general appearance, and future prospects of the country

1855

Cellardyke – on Saturday last a chimney took fire, the sparks from which ignited the thatch of two houses in the neighbourhood, and at one time the fire assumed a serious appearance; but fortunately, a number of men were at hand with a plentiful supply of water and the fire was speedily subdued. This ought to be a warning to those who are foolhardy enough to risk what little they possess rather than pay the annual sum of about 5s. which would insure their properties against fire to the sum of £100

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

1824

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

1830

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

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

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

1834

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

1837

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

1840

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

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

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

1841

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

1844

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

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

1845

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

1846

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

1848

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

1849

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

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

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

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The Cellardyke Echo – 6/6/24 – Issue 445

1925

Queer memorials – Monuments to Animals and Fish

The fact that a site has now been fixed provisionally for the erection, in Hyde Park, London, of a memorial to animals and birds which played their parts on active service during the Great War, draws attention to one of the strangest of memorials. The Hyde Park memorial will consist of a bronze group of a wounded horse and dog, and it is also intended to commemorate the carrier pigeons which di(k invaluable work in the war. This monument, however, will not be by any means unique. Animals have been thus commemorated in many lands and in almost every age.

Very Quaint and Interesting are some of the memorials of this type to be found in different parts of the world. At Cellardyke, in the East of Fife, a great whale’s jawbone, built into a wall and towering high above it, marks the period when whale fishing was one of the staple industries of this old-fashioned town on the shores of the Firth of Forth.

PRAISE FOR ANSTRUTHER GAS WORKS. VISITING DELEGATES’ TOUR. Tributes were paid to Anstruther and Cellardyke Gas Company by members of the Eastern Section of the Scottish Junior Gas Managers’ Association when they met at Anstruther for the first time in their history for their annual summer outing. In all forty delegates were present, representing Dundee, Perth, Kelty, Cowdenbeath, Markinch, Cupar, Leslie, Granton, Leven, Wemyss, and Kennoway, the secretarial arrangements being carried through by Mr E. L. Farquhar, Largo. During the forenoon the party, headed by Bailie Cook, chairman of the Gas Company, were received the gas works by Mr D. Campbell, manager, who conducted them over the works.

They then paid a visit to Cellardyke Oilskin and Knitting Factory at the invitation of Messrs John Martin & Co., and were loud in their praise of the up-to-date arrangements.

At luncheon the party were guests of the Gas Company. Bailie Cook presided, and was accompanied by Dr Wilson and Messrs T. S. Laverock and W. S. Bonthron. directors. Replying to the welcome from the chair, Clark, Perth, president of the Association., congratulated Anstruther and on the efficient and up-to-date condition of their works. Up till that day, he said, the Association had regarded Markinch, Leslie, and Cupar gas works being hard to beat, but they had hesitation now awarding the palm to Anstruther.

1929

NEW FIFE VENTURE – HERRING BAULDIES FITTED OUT AS TRAWLERS

Bailie Carstairs, Cellardyke, Fife is the pioneer of a new fishing venture. His sister bauldies Onaway and Winaway each 53 ft long and driven by the latest crude oil engine have been fitted out for trawling. For working the trawl special steam-driven winches have been installed A wireless receiving set is also on board The venture is being regarded with much interest in fishing circles as trawling by bauldies is a novel enterprise

1931

CELLARDYKE ROAD NAMED Provost Readdie presided at the monthly meeting of the Town Council of Anstruther Easter, Anstruther Wester, and Kilrenny. A motion which Councillor Mitchell had put before the Council at a previous meeting with regard to the desirability of having a single name for the stretch of road between Toll Road, and Fowler’s shop, Cellardyke, was considered. Besides ” Toll Road.” other portions were named ” Tolbooth Road,” and ” Williamson Street” making three names altogether. In support his motion Councillor Mitchell said that so many different names for a piece of road which was not really very long was ridiculous. If they could get one name for the whole stretch would be handier. The Council agreed to make the name for the whole stretch “Toll Road,” and Mr C. C. Henderson, burgh surveyor, was instructed about the renumbering of all the houses.

When the Swedish steamer Estrid arrived Dundee yesterday she had a Fife man aboard who had been transferred from a drifter in the North Sea as he was in need of medical attention The fisherman was Henry Carstairs. of Burnside Terrace, Cellardyke, and while cleaning fish last Friday aboard the steam drifter Menat, of Kirkcaldy, which was fishing in the North Sea, about 200 miles south-east from Aberdeen, he sustained a punctured wound on the palm of the right hand caused by a fish bone.

On Tuesday Carstairs was suffering severe pain and he was transferred to the Estrid which arrived at Dundee Harbour about eleven o’clock last night. He was conveyed to the Royal Infirmary and after attention allowed away to the Sailors Home Dock Street. The Estrid entered Camperdown Dock shortly before midnight. She carried the first timber cargo for the season. She loaded at Kasko (Finland).

Stonehaven Personality. Although a native of Crail, and actively interested in the public life of Fifeshire more than of the Mearns, the late Mr Thomas Swinton, who died at Invercarron Cottage, Stonehaven, this week, was a popular figure in the county town. Mr Swinton retired to Stonehaven after a career in the bakery business which started with an apprenticeship at St Andrews. Later he took a business of his own at Cellardyke, where he became a prominent citizen and a member of the Town Council, Harbour Board, and School Board. It is ten years since he came to Stonehaven. Mr Swinton, who was predeceased by his wife some years ago, is survived by nine of a family out of thirteen.

1932

Mr Alexander Caird Murray, of Murray House, Cellardyke, retired merchant,, who died on 22nd March last, left a personal estate in Great Britain valued at £3902.

HOUSING SCHEME AT CELLARDYKE At the monthly meeting of Anstruther Town Council —Provost Readdie presiding Bailie Cook submitted a report the proposed housing scheme at Cellardyke. approved of two-roomed bungalows, with attics, being built, but in accordance with Board of Health regulations they would only be allowed to build two such houses, the estimated rental being £16 10s. The Council agreed that Bailie Cook and Provost Readdie should consult the Board of Health on the matter. Mr Haxton, architect, reported that tenant in one of the housing schemes had complained of some defective joiner work. The Council agreed to prosecute a claim against the Methil joiners who were responsible.

1933

Alexander Fowler Butters, grocer, 9 John Street, Cellardyke, was charged with having, 21st April, in Crail Road, Anstruther Easter, driven a motor car without due care and attention, and crossed the road with the car front of car driven by Thomas Dunsire, jun., bank apprentice. St Ayles Crescent, Anstruther, without signalling his intention to do whereby the cars collided and were damaged. Mr R. N. Robertson, solicitor. Cupar, tendered a plea guilty and said accused had looked round before he drew out from a petrol station to cross the road and saw nothing coming. had gone only 30 yards when the other car collided with him. The damage to his car was repaired for a shilling and he understood the damage to the other car was even less. He was fined 20s.

SWIMMING NOTES. A new pond is being opened at Cellardyke on Saturday, June 17th, and several members of the Step Rock Club are to be present to give display.

THE LATE REV. JAMES RAY – Work at Cellardyke and Portobello

The Rev. James Ray, M. A. who died suddenly on Saturday from heart-failure whilst on holiday at Harrogate, was a native of Paisley. He was educated at John Neilson’s School and the University of Glasgow, and was licensed by the Presbytery of Paisley in 1880. After serving as assistant at Kilbarchan and North Leith, he was ordained in 1883 first minister of the parish of Cellardyke; whore he built up a large and attached congregation. In 1916 he was translated to St James’s Chapel, Portobello, and during his seven years in ministry there he raised the chapel to the status of a quoad sacra parish and trebled the congregation. He retired in 1924 after a serious illness. Mr Ray was an interesting and attractive preacher ana a diligent pastor He is survived by his widow, a daughter of the late Philip Oliphant, solicitor, Anstruther, and his eldest son. His second son, who was in the R. F. C., fell in the Great War.

1934

CELLARDYKE. SWIMMING POND IMPROVEMENTS – The members of Cardinal’s Steps Amateur Swimming Club, Cellardyke, are looking forward to a successful season this year. Galas have been organised for various dates in June, July, and August, and invitations extended to neighbouring clubs. During the winter about £200 has been spent on improving the pond. An additional diving board and cement platform have been provided, and the diving pit, 29 feet in radius, has been deepened to 8 feet 9 inches. At the outer wall an extra sluice has been constructed, making it possible to empty the pond in less than two hours.

WRECKED EVERY JUNE, SCOTS SEAMAN’S THREE YEARS’ RECORD Cellardyke Drifter Saves Trawler Crew Charles Dick, second engineer on the Granton trawler James Evans, has been shipwrecked every June for the past three years. The James Evans was lost 160 miles off Girdleness on Tuesday, the crew being picked up by the Cellardyke drifter, Pilot Star. They arrived in Aberdeen from Lerwick yesterday. In June 1932. the trawler on which Dick was serving, the Gowan, of Granton. was lost ten miles off the May Island, with no loss of life. In June 1933, he was on the Strathurie, also of Granton, when she was lost off the Fame Islands, again with no loss of life.

Mr Dick is also a survivor of a wreck that was one of the most tragic in Britain’s history. He was on the lolaire when she was wrecked early on New Year’s Day 1919. outside Stornoway Harbour. Over 230 Lewismen were lost, fewer than 60 being saved.

The loss of the James Evans was due to a leak. The crew took to the small boat and stood by the trawler until she sank. When she disappeared there was no other vessel to be seen, and with the small boat leaking, and the sea rising, the crew’s plight was serious. Oil was poured on the water, while the crew baled with buckets and tins. Then the third engineer. James M’Allister, had a ” brain wave.”

Rubbed with Margarine

Several pounds of margarine had been included in the boat’s provisions, so he rubbed the leaking seams with the margarine, and reduced the inrush of water to less alarming dimensions. For eight hours, soaked the skin and numbed with cold, the crew kept their boat afloat until help appeared in the shape of the Pilot Star, which had seen the boat’s distress signal, a blanket fastened to an oar. Despite the fact that the sea was running fairly high, the skipper of the Pilot Star, David Parker, went skilfully alongside and took all the occupants of the boat on board. The crew of the James Evans were loud in their praise of the manoeuvring of the Pilot Star. They were given a hot meal, and sent to the crew’s bunks while their clothes were drying. After the drifter’s lines were hauled they were taken to Lerwick.

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The Cellardyke Echo – 30/5/24 – Issue 444

1921

FIFE TEACHERS AND THEIR SPARE TIME. AUTHORITY’S DECISION TO BE RESISTED. Reference was made at the annual meeting of the Fife branch of the Educational Institute of Scotland held in Kirkcaldy Saturday—Mr P. Donald. J.P., Thornton, presiding—to a resolution passed by the Fife Education Authority that headmasters should not be allowed to hold any public remunerative appointment. …….. on the motion of Mr R. M. Munro, Cellardyke, it was unanimously agreed that the branch refuse to accept the decision of the Fife Education Authority, which soughtto prevent teachers from spending their spare time in whatever way they thought proper, and that the secretary be instructed inform all the headmasters in the county to refuse to acknowledge the communication received from the Authority.

1922

LOOTERS AT FIFE FACTORY FIRE FINED. Looting at the recent oilskin factory fire in Cellardyke was responsible for the appearance in Cupar Sheriff Court on Tuesday of a father and son—Joseph Butters Ritchie, restaurateur, and Robert Ritchie Anstruther were charged with having broken into the factory at Windmill Road. Cellardyke, occupied by Robert Watson and Co., and stolen eight oilskin coats and two coat hangers. Both pleaded guilty to theft

Mr George Brander, Fiscal, stated that the value the goods taken by the accused was £6 10s. The owners had lost about £160 worth through looting. Sherriff Dudley Stuart imposed a fine of £5, with the alternative of thirty days’ imprisonment, on each.

1923

SELF-HELP EFFORT AT CELLARDYKE. Swelling School Sports Fund.

The interior of Cellardyke Public School presented a gay appearance on Saturday afternoon, when a cake and candy sale was held in aid of the school fund for sports and to meet the expense of converting part of the playground into tennis court and netball court. The large infant room was crowded at the opening ceremony, which was performed by Mr Henry Watson, Anstruther. Introduced Rev. J. R. Lee, convener of Cellardyke School Sub-Committee, Mr Watson, in declaring the sale open, said he was very reluctant to appear in the limelight, but Munro (the headmaster) persuaded him to come there that day. They all knew why they were there. The object of the sale was to raise funds fully equip the playground for sports. It was very essential to have sound mind and a sound body, and their sale was a means to that end. (Applause.) Councillor W. W. Carstairs called for and received a hearty vote of thanks to Mr Watson. The stalls, five in number, were neatly arranged around the room, and each boasted a large assortment of eatables and articles. Teas were served in an adjoining room, while other rooms were utilised for games and competitions, outstanding in which was a monster fishing pond. Three concerts were given during the afternoon pupils of the infant, middle, and upper classes respectively, and at the close of each performance the Empire messages of the King and Queen were heard on the gramophone. The stalls and conveners were:’—Cake Stall—Misses Clarke and Candy— Misses and Dewar; Pound—Miss Elizabeth Gardner-Produce—Miss Euphemia Gardner; Work—Misses Elder and Nicolson; Teas—Misses Mitchell and Shepherd. each stall number of pupils and friends assisted, while those in charge of the competitions were Messrs James Gardiner, Alexander Gardner, and James Smith.

KILRENNY COUNCIL CHANGES. New Provost and Junior Bailie. At the monthly meeting of Kilrenny Town Council Bailie Mitchell was unanimously elected Provost in succession to ex- Provost Black (resigned). The new Provost has a long record of service on the Council, and his appointment is a popular one. Mr W. W. Carstairs, Cellardyke, was appointed Junior Bailie. Bailie Carstairs is a strong believer in amalgamation of the three burghs, and gave notice of motion “that the Council expresses its willingness to explore the possibilities of amalgamation of the burghs of Anstruther Easter, Anstruther Wester, and Kilrenny. and that four of its members be appointed as committee to attend any conference with may be arranged with representatives of the other burghs and report. Bailie Carstairs said the question of amalgamation was one which met them at every turn, and recently it had taken a more violent form in the agitation for a new golf course for the district. The motion is to be considered next meeting.

1924

CELLARDYKE BOOT SHOP IN FLAMES. DAMAGE ESTIMATED AT ABOUT £200. Cellardyke Fire Brigade was called out last night to an outbreak of fire which occurred in the premises tenanted by Mr A Gourlay, bootmaker, James Street. The boot shop was burnt considerably, and all the stock of boots and shoes practically destroyed. The stock understood to be covered by insurance, and the estimated damage is £200.

CELLARDYKE Missions Organiser.— Rev. David Dick, M.A.. B.D.. who for fourteen months was student assistant in Clepington Parish Church. Dundee. leaves this week take duties minister the Presbyterian Church. Pera. Constantinople. In addition to his work as pastor Mr Dick has been appointed by the Joint Committee of the Church Scotland and U.P. Church for Jewish Mission in Constantinople to act as their organiser there—a post for which his special studies in Oriental languages eminently fit him. Mr Dick is son of Mr and Mrs .John Dick. Swanston Cottage. Colinton. Edinburgh (late of Cellardyke). His early education was carried through Waid Academy. Anstruther, and Greenock High School, being dux of the latter school in 1914.

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The Cellardyke Echo – 23/5/24 – Issue 443

1915

Reward for Bravery.—The Committee of the Royal Humane Society Wednesday made the following award : Testimonial David Black, aged 10, son of Captain Black, James Street, Cellardyke, for his pluck in saving a younger boy from the sea at Cellardyke on 21st April.

The Partans.–The few local yawls who are prosecuting the partan fishing are meeting with a fair return. Almost every day they land an average of eight barrels, good prices being obtained, as there is a keen demand in the city markets for the crabs.

More Drifters Away.—The local drifters St Ayle, Eva, Venus, White Cross, and the Scot left during the course of last week to act as patrol boats. This week the Vanguard 111 takes her departure for similar duty, making the total of local drifters engaged on this work over forty.

Patrol Boat Service.—Almost every day men are leaving for the Naval Reserve (Patrol Boat Section), and the estimate is that 250 men have gone from the district fur this branch of national work alone. The money is good, and along with the allowance for wives and dependents, totals a very tidy sum per week.

Admirers of Patriotism.—It was decided that the proceeds from the concert recently given by, the scholars of the Cellardyke public school to provide comforts for our local lads at the front, should take some practical form. The suggestion that strong, substantial pocket knives be provided, was agreed upon, and these have now come to hand. The knife has two blades and a corkscrew, the handle is strongly made of white metal, while on one side the following inscription is engraved :—”From the bairns of Cellardyke, admirers of your patriotism. February, 1915.” No doubt, the gift will be appreciated.

Mr Wm. Munro, M.A., Headmaster of Cellardyke Public School, has received’ the following letter in acknowledgment of the gift of knives made by the scholars’ as the result of the recent concert given’ by them.

My Dear Bairns,—l have to thank you in my own name and in the name of the men of my Company, to whom you have sent such a lovely and valuable present. It was extremely kind and thoughtful of you to think of us so far away, and yet not no so far away as a great many more, who are out on the sea and in the trenches, risking, and some have already given, their lives in defence of their homes and ours. We are doing our little bit, just as you are doing, and I know will still continue to do so until this terrible war is ended. If you saw some of the sad sights that I have seen here, when going through the wards of the different hospitals, which we are guarding, I think it would make you determined to save all your pennies, and give them for the purpose of supplying little comforts to the wounded, not only of our country, but also to those of our Indian Empire. There are at present over 3000 here, all Indians, and all wounded, some very badly. One to whom I spoke a few days ago, has been here since December, and being able to speak English, told me he had three children, two little girls and a boy, just like some of you, but, poor fellow, he has lost both his feet, and this is only one of the many thousands I have seen since I came to Brighton. I am sure you will not relax your efforts to still further help in whatever way you can the poor wounded soldiers.

Remember Him who said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it to the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto Me,” and that it may be said of you and us here, long years after the war is over, “They have done what they could.” Thanking you again for your kind gift, I remain, Yours very sincerely, G. M. BLACK, Capt., No.2  Supernumerary Coy, 2/7th  Bn. R.H. Royal Pavilion Brighton, 24th May, 1915.

1916

Valuable Horse Lost. —On Friday, while a horse yoked to a cart was being driven up the hill near Clephanton Farm with a load of gravel from the beach at Cellardyke, it suddenly fell down dead. It was a very valuable animal belonging to Mr James Carstairs, and its loss will be keenly felt.

1917

Killed and Wounded.—Pte. Alex. Windram, the Canadians, has been killed action. is a son-in-law of Mrs And. Muir, Cellardyke, and was on service in Now Westminster, British Columbia. Mr John Guillan, baker, Cellardyke, has been informed that his son-in law, Pte. Jas. Stewart, Black Watch, has been wounded in the chest and leg. He is a native of Lossiemouth.

A Family with a Splendid Patriotic History.—Mr Wm. Watson, 17 James Street, Cellardyke, has received communication from the Admiralty to the effect that his-son, Alexander, has been awarded bronze medal and certificate from the Royal Humane Society for rescuing leading seaman of mine-sweeper which was mined and sunk on 16th February. Though only I9 years of age, he is a leading seaman himself of a mine sweeper, and he has had some remarkable experiences, the first craft he was in having been lost in Scapa Flow, and the second cut through the middle by collision. He was next in an air raid in London. He lost all his belongings each time. Mr Watson has had family of eight sons and two daughters, the eldest son being mate in a Grimsby patrol boat. The second was a private in the Black Watch, and died from the effects of a chill two years ago; the third stoker in patrol cutter; the fourth is Alexander, above-mentioned; while the fifth has almost reached the age for entering upon national service, which he is quite prepared for.

It is also reported that Private W. Gardner, Black Watch, Cellardyke. has been wounded. but he is now sufficiently recovered that he was home on a few days’ furlough last week.

1919

SERIOUS ACCIDENT AT CELLARDYKE FACTORY. A girl named Orr, employed at Martin & Company’s Oilskin Factory Cellardyke, sustained severe injuries while at work on Saturday. Her apron caught in the machinery, and before the workings could be stopped she was carried several times round the shafting, with the result that her clothes were badly torn. When the machinery was stopped the unfortunate girl fell to the ground floor and sustained severe injuries to her head.

CELLARDYKE FISHERMAN FOUND DEAD. Lately demobilised from the navy, Alex. Watson, fisherman. 30 John Street, Cellardyke, was found dead in the garret where his fishing gear was stored. Deceased had been in hospital at Rosyth and Plymouth, and returned home only a short time ago. He had seen about four years’ serving in the navy patrol.

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The Cellardyke Echo – 16/05/2024 – Issue 442

1910

WANTED BOY to attend Cows. Apply SMITH, Dairy, Cellardyke.

LOCAL DRIFTER IN COLLISION OFF ST ABBS HEAD. A 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 get 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 Glaucous 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.

1912

To be Sold by Public Roup on SATURDAY, the 4th May 1912, at WEST PIER, ANSTRUTHER, the SAILING BOAT “TRIAD,” belonging to Mr William Smith, Cellardyke, as she lies on the West Beach. The appurtenances, which will be sold separately, consist of:- Foresail, Mizzen, Gib, Foremast and Mizzen Mast, Beccles Steam Capstan and Boiler (the boiler is in good condition, about 3 years old), Tow Rope, Ropes, Blocks, Anchors, Chains, etc. Sale to commence at 2 o’clock afternoon. Terms – Cash –  WM. S. BONTHRON, Auctioneer.

2 fat pigs for sale, apply 23 John Street, Cellardyke

CELLARDYKE – ANOTHER ADDITION TO THE DRIFTER FLEET.— A comparatively new drifter arrived in Anstruther last Friday to the order of Skipper James Muir, Cellardyke. The Camperdown came from the Moray Firth, where she was built and fully equipped for carrying small branches of the fishing industry. The cost second hand was less than £2000. A considerable number of those interested visited the drifter at the west pier, and admired the model.

1913

DRESSMAKING —Experienced hand or improver wanted immediately. Apply MRS WATSON, 6o James Street, Cellardyke.

A BRILLIANT BUSINESS CAREER. 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 extracts 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 honours 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 MacWilliam in former years manager -of the Binghamton store, and now of the firm in the coal city, and with him was hie 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.

32 YEARS OF GROWTH.

The firm of Fowler, Dick & Walker founded their Binghamton store 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 had 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 constantly growing patronage for 18 years, each year to some extent enlarging their lines of stock.

During the last 18 years the store at Wart and Water streets has been the seat of an enormous volume of basin-es. 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 interest of his responsible assistants, and with their help to work out many improvements in the various departments in so 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 ranks 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.

1914

KILRENNY SCHOOL BOARD SALARIES. In view of the retiral of Mr Barbour, head teacher, Cellardyke, at the close the session at the age limit, and of Mr Macfarlane, assistant, who leaves for China, the Board; agreed that the succeeding head teacher commence with salary of £200, rising in five’ years to £250 at rate of £10 annually, and the assistant commence at £110, rising to £130 the rate of £5 annually.

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The Cellardyke Echo – 9/5/24 – Issue 441

1885

On Tuesday morning an act of cruel vandalism was discovered at the fine shop being fitted up by Provost Skinner in the west end of Cellardyke —the frame of the plate glass windows being cut and destroyed, seemingly by a hatchet used over night with no sparing hand. In the course of Saturday night some party, actuated by the same cowardly spirit, lifted a superior drill plough, belonging to Mr Cairns of Kilrenny Mill, and threw it over the steep brae or bank at the Golden Strand, where it lay broken to pieces. The police are said to be in the secret of both crimes.

1886

James Keith, a fish cadger from Cellardyke, was fined 2s 6d, with 14s of expenses, for having driven his cart on the road between Newport and St Michael’s without anyone to guide it, he himself as evidence showed, lying asleep io the bottom.

1887

When the water is introduced into Anstruther, a charge will likely be imposed on the Cellardyke fishermen for taking the water from Anstruther wells, and it will only be fair and just that this should be done, since the two communities are to have two separate supplies.

New Improvement on Fishermen’s Overalls . ln addition to the two patents, which Messrs Duncan & Black, Cellardyke, hare taken out for buoys and sea boots, and which have proved a decided advantage to the fishing community throughout Scotland, they have just secured a registered design for the improvement of fishermen’s brooks. Formerly it has always been a complaint by the fishermen that when hauling their lines or nets in stormy weather, they are often drenched into the skin by the water getting in at the side of the trousers. Owing to the construction of the flap, water is admitted freely, and in order to obviate this Messrs Duncan & Black have put on what they term ” flap-guards,” that is a piece of cloth sewed in at the sides, and when the brooks are buttoned up these guards are so placed that any sea water striking a fisherman will at once run off, and thus keep their inside clothes thoroughly dry. The brooks have now been appropriately named ” Keep-me dry,” and a number of fishermen, who have seen them, have given orders for them, and speak highly of the advantages that will accrue to their class by wearing them

1888

Lifeboat Demonstration – Saturday was a gala day at Anstruther, the occasion being the handing over of a new lifeboat which has just been presented by Mrs Howard, of Cheltenham, in lieu of the “Fitzroy,” which was presented to the town some years ago by Miss H. Harvey, whose other gifts to the town at the same time are well remembered. In order to make the acknowledgment of the gift as attractive as possible, an interesting programme of the arrangements was drawn out and publicly notified in the district a fortnight previous, which, backed with fair weather during the afternoon (although the morning was wet and threatening), resulted in one of the largest gatherings, to witness the event in the vicinity of Anstruther harbour, that has been seen here for many years, large numbers being from the adjoining towns in the district. Owing, however, to the absence of number the boats belonging to the district being, engaged at the fishing at other ports, and number of those fishing in the locality having been late in getting away in the first of the week, which prevented their return in time for the ceremony, the attendance the fishermen was not by far so large as would have been. From several prominent positions in the vicinity of the harbour, and throughout the town, as also from the few craft in the harbour itself, bunting was profusely displayed. Shortly before a quarter to three o’clock, the hour fixed for the proceedings to commence (by which time the piers and foreshore around and near to the lifeboat house on the mid pier were crowded), the party selected to carry out the programme, together with the Magistrates and Councillors of the Burgh, and the Provost and Magistrates of the adjoining burghs, the Harbour Commissioners, and Lifeboat Committee, together with Captain Beddoes, R.N., representative of the National Lifeboat Institution, London, &c., assembled in front of the lifeboat shed, when Provost Dairsie, chairman of the Committee, was called upon to preside, who briefly referred to the auspicious occasion, eulogizing on the Christian spirit of the donor of such a gift, which, he trusted, would fulfil all that was required of it on whatever occasion it might be called out in the rescue of the lives of our fellow beings. The Rev. Gabriel Smith, of the U.P. Church (senior minister in the burgh), then offered the dedicatory prayer, followed by a choir, under the leadership of Mr J. Hepburn, singing the hymn, ” Eternal Father, strong to save,” the whole company joining them, which had an imposing effect. Captain Beddoes, after addressing the company, impressing one and all to take a lively interest in the management and maintenance of the boat, and also in that noble Institution which he had honour of representing, an Institution that had done so much for the welfare of their seafaring population, and had been the means of saving many thousands of their fellow beings from a watery grave, said he had now much pleasure in handing over the boat to the charge of the Society in the district. (Great cheering.) Provost Martin, Cellardyke, acknowledged the gift on behalf of the Society. The boat having been made ready for launching, Miss Douglas Irvine, aged 14 years, daughter of Walter Douglas Irvine, Esq., of Grangemuir, then stepped forward, and performed the usual ceremony of christening the boat “The Royal Stuart,” which was then duly launched amidst the deafening cheers the onlookers. The self-righting qualities of the boat were then tested, the boat being turned over in the harbour by the aid of a crane on the pier, which was soon accomplished, and the amazingly short period she took in righting herself was surprising to all. The crew then went on board, and exercised her in various ways, all of which gave entire satisfaction. Sail was then set, and the boat taken out a distance to sea, crew, on their arrival, testifying to the excellent capabilities of the craft. As a further and interesting addition to the proceedings, by the kind permission of the Board of Trade, to whom application was made, the Rocket Brigade, from Elie, with their apparatus, gave a most enjoyable exhibition of the working of this lifesaving means. The apparatus being stationed on the mid pier, near to the steamboat shed, signal rockets were set off. From this point to a flag on a post on the parapet of the east pier, placed as mark, the rocket, with line attached, was fixed, and with so direct aim, which was loudly applauded, that the line fell close to the flag, while the missile went a considerable distance over the outer side the pier into the water. The main line, having been attached, was pulled across the harbour and made fast, and the cradle, with one of the members of the coastguard, who suffered a good ducking on his way, drawn over. The short time that this performance took place surprising, and shows the ready assistance which can now be rendered in such perilous occasions as shipwrecks. This rocket apparatus exhibition over, and the return of the lifeboat, which was smartly drawn -up from the water, closed the afternoon’s proceedings, which were throughout enjoyable, and the large company dispersed. One great drawback was the want of instrumental music to vary the programme. The boat, we may mention, is about 3 feet longer than the old one, and fitted out with every available and necessary appurtenances.

The crew of the Cellardyke boat Maggie Reid had an exciting adventure at sea. While the gale was raging like a whirlwind the big mast snapped by the deck. ‘God be praised’ might well rise on thankful lips for the escape of boat and crew, but as recovery of the spar was the one chance of regaining the land it was anxiously watched by skipper Henderson and his crew, till the storm was so far spent that they were able to hoist it on board. A carpenter and his told were needed, but like the old fathers of Cellardyke, who, when cast away on a desert island, built a boat from the wreck of their ship, and so escaped to a friendly port, the crew in this case, with no better implement than the steerage axe, so fashioned the broken mast to the step that they once again set sail to reach their own firesides on Sabbath.

1889

Fisherman Drowned. — The Cellardyke boat Glenroy landed at St Andrews on Monday and reported that one of the crew, named James Boyter, had been drowned early in the morning whilst fishing twenty-three miles east of the Bell Rock

APPEAL.—The ladies and others associated in the Cellardyke soup kitchen met in the Council Room, on Saturday afternoon, to receive the report of Treasurer Thomson. It appears that in the biweekly relief between the 8th February and the 19th March, there had been 1428 free rations of soup and bread, at a cost of twopence each. 906 had been sold at a penny or half-penny below prime cost. The donations and sales, the report went on to say, amounted to £17 8s, or ½ d less than the expenditure. Provost Martin, who was in the chair, thanked the ladies for the sacrifice they had made from week to week in this labour of love. A very appreciative reference was also made to the services of Treasurer Thomson, when the meeting closed with the usual compliment to the chair.

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