The Cellardyke Echo – 22/09/2022 – Issue 357


WALKS IN FIFE; , The Travels of Timothy Tramp …………. Nether Kilrenny, is situated on the shore, and is the largest and most populous village in the parish of Kilrenny. Besides other schools there is an infant school there. The name of Cellardyke is said to derived from the cellars built there for the storing and preserving of fish. Like most fishing villages, the houses are closely packed together, and, it is not remarkable for cleanliness. The fishing population are a hardy, adventurous, and industrious race, often exposed to storms and tempests while engaged prosecuting their calling on the world of waters, and dexterous in the management of their little vessels. In some years the take of herrings has amounted to 25,000 barrels, besides large quantities of cod, haddocks, and other kinds of fish, which are cured and exported to London, Liverpool, and other large towns. The value of boats, fishing-tackle, &c., belonging to the village, has been estimated exceed £12,000. The harbour, however, is small for such an important fishing station, and not very safe during storms from the cast, but is now to be” improved, which will be of great advantage to the village. A successful herring fishing to the fisherman what an abundant corn harvest to the farmer, but this season it has been very unfavourable.

Cellardyke, East Anstruther, and West Anstruther, form one long town, divided from one another by two small streams. The Burgh of Kilrenny consists of two villages, namely Upper Kilrenny and Cellardyke. At one time it sent a member to the Scottish Parliament. From the Union to the time the passing of the Reform Bill it joined with four of the neighbouring burghs sending a member to the British Parliament, and since then is conjoined with six other burghs for this purpose. Kilrenny was disfranchised in 1828, and now governed by three managers appointed the Court of Session. At the census taken this year the burgh contained inhabited and 4 uninhabited houses, and one house building, and had 435 separate occupiers; while the population amounted to 1860 persons, 878 being males, and 982 females.

………. Behind me, lay the little village of Kilrenny, with its church and spire, its woods and beauteous fields of ripening grain; on my right, a school-house stood the most prominent object on the brow of the bank; while below lay Cellardyke, with its long narrow street and fish-smelling lanes, seldom disturbed by the broom of the scavenger. The harbour was crowded with boats.; while on the street that stretches from a dirty-looking runnel which divides the village from Anstruther on the west, to the haven on the east, numbers of fishermen, with scaly jackets, loose flowing trousers, and glazed hats, or Kilmarnock night-caps, were gathered together in groups, talking of the failing fishery, while their dames, with creel-bearing backs that need bran-filled bustles to bulk and bunch out their healthy frames to fashionable prominence, or increase their embonpoint, gave full scope their loquacious propensity, so that their tongues may not fail for want of use. Before me lay the deep blue sea, calm and beautiful, whose little wavelets rippled and murmured among the rocks, while, a little distance from the shore, some French vessels lay gently rocking their watery cradle. At length the sun sunk beneath the horizon, and the beacon light of the May appeared like a ruddy planet, guiding the watchful mariner how he might eschew the rocks, shoals, and dangers of the deep. The moon, too, rose red and round, and shed its luminous effulgence on the tremulous bosom of the sea, and made the waves gleam, as it were, with a fiery glow. How bright and beautiful was the scene! and as slowly wended my way along the brow of the brae, seek a resting-place for the night among the houses, lanes, and streets that stretch along the shore from the harbour of Cellardyke to the dark rocks of Billow-Ness….


One day last week, while a number boys were amusing themselves angling for small fishes in the harbour of St Monance, one of them fell over the pier, and sank to the bottom. As the water was deep when the accident happened, the little active fisher must have infallibly perished but for the intrepid conduct of lad named Tarvit, belonging to Cellardyke, who, perceiving the imminent danger in which the boy was placed, instantly plunged into the water, and, having dived to the bottom, he succeeded in catching hold of the unconscious sufferer, and holding him with his teeth while he plied his physical energies swimming, till he landed his captive safety on terra firma. This disinterested manifestation of intrepid humanity is  highly commendable, and justly entitled to the approbation of the humane public, as well as the sincere gratitude of those parents whose son was thus rescued from premature death.


ELlE.—About ten o’clock on the dark stormy night of Wednesday last week, the inhabitants of South Street were alarmed by cries of distress, which proceeded from the crew of a Cellardyke boat, laden with coal, who, trying gain the harbour, had got among the breakers. The boat having filled and settled down, left the poor creatures clinging to a small portion above water, while the waves made a fair passage over them. They remained a considerable time in this perilous situation, but were ultimately landed in safety. The boat has become total wreck.


Anstruther – The fishing now ended for a season is the heaviest on record this district Total catch, 75,132 crans, from 338 boats, fishing at the following places, viz. : —Anstruther and Cellardyke, 115 ; Pittenweem, 50 ; St Monance, 56 ; Buckhaven, Methil, Largo, Crail, &c., 117.


The total produce on the Fife seaboard (exclusive of the winter catch) may be roughly estimated amounting to 17,700 crans, against 75,132 last season, showing a deficiency this year of 57,432 crans. The following is the average of crans per boat at the four principal stations, compared with 1855


Anstruther and Cellardyke, 319

Pittenweem, 293

St Monance, 200 ½


Anstruther and Cellardyke, 55 ¼  

Pittenweem, 82

St Monance, 80


CELLARDYKE. Theft. —On Wednesday last, Mr Robert Watson, fisherman, discovered that £2 had been abstracted from a sum of money which he had by him locked up inn drawer. His suspicions rested upon a young woman named Christian Dingwall, who had been in his employ as a house servant for a few weeks past. Although destitute of any evidence of her guilt, or even grounds for his suspicions, except unaccountable irregularities in her conduct lately, he nevertheless gave information of his loss to the police constable, who, with a decision and  acuteness for which we think he deserves a more substantial acknowledgement than mere empty commendation took up the complaint, and traced her movements in such a manner  as to lead to a conviction of her guilt, and had forthwith lodged in Cupar Jail to await her rial. This is the third case within a short period while the guilty parties would have escaped detection had it not been for the energy and promptitude of the constable at present stationed in this district.


CELLARDYKE. MARK OF RESPECT.—Miss Grieve, the teacher of the Female School here—and who has conducted that seminary with great efficiency, and to the satisfaction of all classes for the last ten years—having been removed from her situation, a number of the inhabitants of Cellardyke, entertaining feelings of the deepest sympathy for Miss Grieve on account of this treatment, and as a small mark of their respect and esteem, subscribed and presented her with nine sovereigns before she had left the district; and this donation was accompanied with a sincere expression of regret that the community should have been deprived of the services of one who has always conducted herself with the most exemplary propriety, and whose qualifications and attainments as a teacher have been so long known and established.


Alexander Martin, fisherman, Cellardyke, pled guilty to stealing a hen, and was sentenced to IS days imprisonment

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On Friday last, a foreign vessel having entered the nth, put up a signal for a pilot. A boat put off from Cellardyke for the vessel, but before it reached her, one of the crew, Andrew Robertson, fell overboard, and rose again at a considerable distance; oars, &c. were thrown out to him, but he was unable to catch hold of them. The boat drifted to a distance, and was unable to reach the drowning man before he sunk to rise no more. He has left a widow and four children to lament his loss.


At three o’clock afternoon on the 24th current, while a fleet of Cellardyke boats were returning from Eden-water with mussels for bait, one of them, the Olive, Davidson master, went down between the Carr Rock Beacon and the Isle of May, when the boat and six of the crew were unfortunately lost. One of the boats in company succeeded in saving the seventh, or only other man onboard. The man saved, named Davidson, has to lament the loss of two sons, a brother, and a brother’s son.



It is painful to be obliged to state, that this season a dangerous, and fatal distemper, broke out among the Cellardyke fishermen in Pultney. One man is seized by a fever; his friends and relations visited him of course, the disease spread, and besides those who were sent home sick, three men belonging to Cellardyke, and one man belonging to Crail, have died. Our informants attribute the origin of the disease to the great quantity of cod heads, fish guts and fulzie of every description, which according to their statement, lie in health destring, wasteful, and disgraceful profusion in that quarter.


The Cholera – At Cellardyke we understand, two cases occurred on Sunday which have both terminated fatally, and another individual it has been said has taken ill.


On the 24th Inst, a boat’s mainsail was picked up at sea opposite Slaines Castle, near Peterhead. The owner will receive it back by applying to James Anderson, boatskipper, Cellardyke Fifeshire.


Anstruther…The herring fishing at this port this year has been highly successful, and bears out our former statements that this is decidedly an excellent station. The herrings have hitherto been, upon the whole, of the finest quality; the prices given for them would, at the northern stations, have been reckoned extravagant, the average for the last five weeks being about fourteen shillings per cran, and the quantity taken has been great, each boat verging upwards of two hundred barrels. One boat belonging to Cellardyke, after completing her compliment of 250 barrels at Helmsdale, delivered here previous to the 30th ult., no fewer than 103 barrels taken at the Old Haiks, off Kingsbarns, a place from time to time frequented by immense shoals of fish. The herrings continued at it three or four days without shifting ground, and were taken at all times day and night, in great numbers. The demand by the cadgers, who have come from all quarters occasionally kept pace with the supply, and the prices were accordingly high, varying from 12s. per cran to 20s per Cran The lowest price given by the curers has been about 8s.


SCOTCH HERRING FISHERY. CELLARDYKE, —The take of herrings yesterday and to-day is quite unprecedented here; nothing like it has occurred in the memory of the oldest inhabitant. Some of the larger boats have gone off to the fishing ground, distant about half a mile from Anstruther harbour, twice within the last twenty-four hours, and have returned with between sixty and seventy cran each trip. The boats, numbering ninety, now average 350 crans each; and the price, owing to the small number of curers here, is uncommonly low; yesterday it was 4s., and to-day it is only 3s. per cran.

Toll gates and Toll Dues –

…. Notice is also given, that authority will be applied for at the said Meeting to place a CHECK-BAR upon the Road leading from Kilrenny Bridge put the Manse of Kilrenny to Cellardyke. HENRY BERWICK, CLK. St Andrews


ANSTRUTHER. The Take of Herrings at this station is quite unprecedented, nothing like it being remembered by the oldest fisherman. The average for the season is now 360 crans per boat, and there is no appearance of any falling off. Today the fishing was general, and the boats were well loaded; the price was 9s, per cran. The regular and proper mode of net-floating is again resorted to, and the fishing ground is between Crail and Cellardyke at no great distance from the shore ,

Thursday. This morning the boats have come in well fished, having upwards of 50 crans. Several boats have returned from the north country drave, and, after making up their compliment of 200 trans there by six weeks’ labour, have come to a fresh harvest at their own doors. One of these, after pulling ashore his chests and baggage, went and and set his nets near Crail, and returned next morning with 70 crans. Several vessels have arrived with salt and barrels, and more, we understand, are on their passage for Anstruther; the price is still 9s. One boat has now killed the amazing quantity of 600 barrels, and many are above 500.

Friday morning. – At the time we write., none of the boats have come in to Anstruther harbour for want of water; but some have arrived at Cellardyke with 30 and 35 barrels. Many of the boats are observed working up deeply laden.


Wick – Seldom has there been such an irregular fishing as this year, for while some boats do not exceed 20 cran.

The Brothers of Cellardyke, James Murray, Master, has this year been the most successful boat employed in the herring fishery on the Wick station- having reached, on the 22nd (Aug) , the amount of 349 crans, procured in 14 shots.

There is a week of the season yet to run, and it is to be hoped a full fishing may be made here. At no other station, except Stronsay, in Orkney, is there anything like the same quantity caught as last year; and it is much feared that a considerable falling off will be the result at many places this year. “



On the 7th ult., Bailie James Tosh, grocer, Pittenweem, to Miss Euphemia Young, Cellardyke.

CELLARDYKE. Herring Fishing.—For two days in the of this past week, a few of our boats attempted the now neglected herring fishing, and were, so to speak. wholly unsuccessful; ten crans the one night and three the other being the highest catches. the fishermen may now count their costs, as this successful Lammas drave may now said have come to a conclusion. Well may it, when a boat load of herrings could scarcely repay the toil and labour of the crew, from the extreme cheapness at which they were sold. At the commencement of the herring fishing this year, lowering prospects were entertained by those who were connected with it, that it would come to a very unsuccessful termination. But about the beginning of August the prospect began to brighten and to assume a more pleasing aspect. Then it was that the hearts of the fishermen, and all the herd of nameless scavengers who are connected with, and who gain benefit from a prosperous fishing, rejoiced. Then it was their hopes and expectations expanded with the pleasing. prosperous circumstances of the times, and they longingly looked forward to a complete realisation of their most sanguine expectations. But, unfortunately, one of the portions of this strange, and complicated piece of machinery, the horizon of their prosperity began to darken and grow misty, in the shape of a monstrous decrease in the price of the herrings. The  fishermen who the first and chief procurer of this “general good,” as it has been termed, had to moil and toil with the sweat of his brow, in bringing ashore the treasures of the deep and selling them at infinitely reduced prices to the fishcurers, who are very backward in purchasing them until there has been reduction in the price; while their hirelings, and  all others connected with this heterogeneous composition of humanity striving to earn daily bread, suffer diminution of their wages; neither will the fish curers make one sacrifice beyond common, to share little profit with the hard wrought fisherman. No, selfishness is an ingredient too firmly fixed in the nature of man to expect such a boon. We allow that the large quantities of fish that were caught might, in some measure, help to make a large reduction in the price; but not to that enormous extent which it fell, namely to 2s 6d„ 2s., and in one instance to 1s. 3d. per cran. We have ourselves seen as successful if not more successful fishings; and we can safely say, the cran of herrings reached not such a shamefully low price. However, notwithstanding the extreme cheapness at which their herrings were latterly sold, the most of our fishermen can boast their having procured good draves; and they are now making the usual preparations for again commencing the white or haddock fishing.

Cholera.—This fearful malady has at length made its appearance within our town. Situated as Cellardyke is in a low nook on the shores of Fife, with its close narrow street, and densely populated houses, and, moreover, judging from the fatal fierceness this disease, when it first made its appearance within this town, in the ever memorable year 1832, we feel justified in supposing that its ravages will be more fierce here than any of the towns in the vicinity, that are at this moment under its malignant influence. Hoping that such predictions will prove false and altogether illusory, we would take the liberty to warn the managers to use that magisterial power which they possess with firmness, in keeping the streets clean and quelling violent brawlers who are opposed to such overcleanness merely because it is a novelty. And we would also hope that the inhabitants will cordially join with the managers in doing all in their power to avert the impending danger. There have been four cases since Thursday last, two of have been fatal. The other two are in a fair way of recovery.

One week later

CHOLERA. This awful scourge has broken out with great virulence in the fishing village of Cellardyke. The deaths during the last fourteen days have been 17. Taking the small population of the place into account (about 1500.) it is very serious. Among those who died this week was a stout able woman, mother of Willie Thomson, who is well known in the locality. This woman earned a living by working among and selling fish, and to all appearance was in poverty, but did not owe a penny to anyone. When dying, she told her son that there was money in an old chest, which on being searched was found to contain, in gold, silver, bank notes and copper, the sum of £152 5s. 6d., rolled up among clothes, and concealed in different parts of the chest. The money has been placed in the bank for her son’s maintenance. (this could be the equivalent of £7 400 today)

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About twenty of the Cellardyke crews have already returned from the stations on the north-east coast, and have given up the Lammas fishing for the season. The whole of these have fished the compliment of 200 crans, and many have landed considerably over that quantity. So far as can be learned, the great majority of the Cellardyke boats have grossed £200, and while others only require a few crans to complete their complement, a few are mentioned as having only caught about 100 crans. Skipper Andrew Henderson, who returned home on Wednesday, will almost to a certainty be the ‘ King of the Fishers’ this summer, the sum realised by him and his crew amounting to the handsome figure of about £400. Next to a successful fishing at home, the success of the fishermen elsewhere is the most gratifying news for the people in this district, and it is to be hoped that those crews who have not yet fished their complement may yet do so before the close of the season. The fishermen who have returned will be occupied during the next fortnight in preparing for the herring fishing at Yarmouth and Lowestoft, whither nearly all the crews speak of going this autumn.

SUPPOSED LOSS OF THE CREW OF BANFFSHIRE BOAT. —Last night the Cellardyke fishing boat Janet, Mr John Salter, skipper, arrived here from the north, and the crew reported that between four and five o’clock on Wednesday afternoon, and while about 14 miles off Buchanness Light, they passed a fishing boat with masts gone and full of water. The nets were on board, but no person could be seen. The boat was marked B.F., No. 773, and there is every reason to fear that the crew have been drowned during the storm which raged in the beginning of this week. The weather was so boisterous that Mr Salter did not deem it prudent to risk going alongside the damaged boat, or the nets would have been recovered.

Suicide of a Young Man.— On Friday afternoon a young man named James Imrie, residing at 34 James Street, Cellardyke, committed suicide by hanging himself in a stable. He was 24 years of age, and for some time has been the sole support of his parents. No cause can be assigned for the rash act


Only one boat has entered the harbour in the end of last week. It was that of Skipper John Dickson, Cellardyke, who landed 45½ crans on Friday last. Yesterday forenoon, the first Cellardyke boat to reach home from the fishing arrived in the harbour. Skipper James Wilson and his crew were engaged to fish at Aberdeen, but were unfortunate in the early part of the season in losing the greater portion of their nets. After new ones had been got, however, they met with fair success, and up to Wednesday had landed about 260 crans. The crew now intend to prosecute the fishing from this port, and as there was a good fishing at Dunbar this week, they will probably be joined by other boats as they arrive from the north. Another boat, that of Skipper William Brown, arrived in the afternoon with 20 crans of herrings.


FISHERMEN. JOHNSTON’S FLOATS are best Quality, Shape, and Size, are Edged and Nicked ready to put on Nets. Sold only by WATSON & Co., and A. MARR. Cellardyke, who also supply LIFE BUOYS and CORK JACKETS, &c., without which Fishermen should never hazard the tempestuous South Fishing. Largo Cork Factory, September 1877

Burgh Court – At a sitting this court on Friday last, Lilias Reid or Dick with committing a breach of the peace the 13th August, but after hearing the evidence the Magistrates found the complaint not proven.


Two versions of the tragic accident.

Fatal Accident. —Anstruther shore was the scene of melancholy accident about five o’clock on Friday afternoon. At that time a number of children were amusing themselves about some travelling booths in the woodyard, when they suddenly sprang out on the street, on which were several passing vehicles. Unfortunately, however, one little foot slipped—that of a fine girl verging on five summers, the daughter of James White, master of the screw lighter Retriever, and unable to recover herself she fell in front of a bread van. Mr Bayne, baker, Cellardyke was himself the driver, but before he could draw up or even observe the prostrate child one of the wheels had passed over her head, causing death almost on the instant, so that it was only left for Mr Bayne, the innocent cause of the unhappy tragedy, to bear home as a melancholy burthen the bright young existence, singing and dancing but a few seconds before in the beautiful sunshine. The afflicted mother had arrived from Dundee but a few hours before to find the family full of the joy of her coming, but thus soon and darkly to see the scene reversed in suffering and death, for which, we need scarcely say, the profoundest sympathy has been excited throughout the neighbourhood.

FATAL ACCIDENT. —Last Friday evening an accident occurred in Shore Street whereby a girl named Jessie White, aged 5 years, daughter of James White, muter of the S.S. Retriever, lost her life. It appears that a number of children were playing in front of a caravan stationed on the Folly ground, when a young man of weak intellect belonging to Cellardyke, who had been annoyed by someone crying names, commenced to throw stones. To escape from these, the girl White ran across the street right in front of a bread van driven by Mr William Bayne, baker, and after either falling or being knocked down the wheel went over her head. The poor girl died almost instantaneously.

Yesterday – Before Provost Watson and Bailies Brown and Sharp, John Harrow, fishcurer, Crail, was Charged with having committed a breach of the peace in Tolbooth Road on the previous evening, with having kicked Police-constable Black while he was being taken to the lock up. He pleaded guilty, and was fined 15s, with the alternative, of fifteen days’ imprisonment. Fine paid.

OPENING OF THE NEW SCHOOL -The new school erected in Cellardyke was opened without any formality on Monday, when Mr Barbour, the head teacher, was introduced by Bailie Sharp, chairman of the School Board. The building, which was designed by Mr Currie, architect, Elie, has been erected according to plans approved of by the Education Department, and will accommodate about 240 scholars This week the pupils who have been enrolled number upwards of 140, which is regarded as highly satisfactory for the first week of the session.


THE GALE. A VESSEL IN DANGER. GALLANT RESCUE OF THE CREW. At daybreak on Tuesday a small smack rigged vessel was observed at anchor flying a flag of distress, between the Isle of May and the mainland. The gale was blowing hard, but as craft of all kinds were bearing about in every direction, and more especially as one of the big Aberdeen steamers and a Leith tug boat were seen to hail the smack, no attempt was made to reach her from the shore till about two o’clock, when a Cellardyke boat, with a volunteer crew, went out, under close-reefed sails, to her assistance. On coming alongside Pilot Cunningham sprung on board, and shipped the chain and cable, thus leaving nothing to be done but another dexterous stroke of seamanship, to take the smack in tow, by which means she was safely run into Crail harbour. She proved to be the coasting smack Trader, of Buckie, bound in ballast to the Forth, where she had been overtaken, as we have seen, by the heavy gale from the westward. Nor was the rescue too soon, her crew, consisting of two men and a boy, were all but overcome with anxiety and fatigue, while the rickety old craft, which was leaking badly, seemed ready founder in every recurring wave.

Rescue from Drowning. —With the instinct so natural to the shore—several urchins were busy with their little fishing lines on board an outlying boat in Cellardyke harbour on Monday afternoon, one of their number, a lad about seven years old, the son of Skipper James Watson (Coull) tumbled into the water. It was full tide, and the poor child seemed to drop like lead to the bottom, thus intensifying the excitement of his little playmates who could only give vent to their terror in cries of despair which almost on the instant filled the shore with a distracted crowd of women and children, who with the men at the fishing ground could only swell the tumult and confusion the scene. At this critical moment or rather by a striking providence, it so happened that Trinity pilot, Alexander Cunningham, was within bearing of the cry for help, and only waiting to divest himself of his jacket, he plunged in to the rescue, and happily succeeded in tearing the helpless and all but lifeless boy from the bottom. Restored, however, to his mother’s arms, and with the usual kindly appliances he soon recovered from his long and dangerous immersion. We understand that this the third time that Captain Cunninghame has saved life at the hazard of his own at Cellardyke harbour. On three occasions also his services were no less heroic at St Monance, and he was also the happy instrument of deliverance, in some fifteen or twenty cases of shipwreck in various parts of the world to which duty has from time to time led him; yet strange to say in the face of all that he has suffered and sacrificed in the cause of humanity, his services have never once been recognised by a vote of thanks, not to speak the gold or silver medal which has been seldom bestowed on one so worthy of the award.

We understand that our townsman, Captain Alexander Cunningham, has just obtained a certificate as deep-sea pilot from the Trinity House, Leith. In referring to this gallant sailor, we may not inappropriately give an extract from the letter of an old sea captain at Fraserburgh with regard to the exploit in which he and his fisher friend took part last week. It is as follows: —” That was a noble act done by that veteran skipper, James Murray. I am proud to hear of such a man. I would have willingly enlisted under his command (although I have spent 41 years of my life at sea.)  I might have shared in Cunningham’s honours. It was nobly done, and the warmest wish of an old tar is, that the whole crew may be long spared to be Murray’s and Cunningham’s, on such errands of mercy.

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Pilot Boat Found.

Yesterday afternoon, two men from Cellardyke found a boat bottom upwards drifting up the Firth with the tide. As it was too large for them to take in tow, they informed Mr Keay, the Custom House officer, of the matter, at whose instance Mr William Parker, along with several others, went out in a boat fur the purpose of endeavouring to bring it ashore. On reaching it they took it in tow, but slow progress was made, until it was found that an anchor was hanging down from the submerged boat, which frequently caught the bottom. After some time occupied in sweeping for it, they succeeded in getting up the anchor, and after a hard pull brought the boat into the harbour. It seems to have been a pilot boat, and has, painted on it “Wide-awake” on the one side, and ” BO. No. 24″ on the other. The stern has been knocked in either by striking against some rocks, or being run into by some vessel.


What the Good Templars Have Done and are Doing.—As it is now year ago since the Good Templar movement was introduced into the eastern district Fifeshire, we, as outsiders, have so far opportunity of judging of what it has done, and thereby of what it may possibly achieve in the future. When the Total Abstinence Society was instituted in 1840, its first year was one singular triumph and promise; but subsequently, with an occasional flaring up,” it did not realise the sanguine hopes its friends, and with this fact before them many people predicted just such another future for Good Templar enthusiasm. Curiously enough, the principle on which the first temperance crusade was carried on was exactly similar to that of to-day. There were the same regular meetings the same heartfelt brotherly sympathy, mutual fellowship, and earnest striving to reclaim the outcasts; and so long as these were the mottoes on their noble flags, the sons of temperance really achieved wonders ; but there came time of change, when, as other individuals came the front, like army under unskilful generals, the organisation fell to pieces. All this progressive and expansive force, however, was only the outcome of accidental policy; but in the case of the Good Templars it appears to as it were the basis and key keystone of the movement; and as the world is stranger to the strength these sterling motives,  it can scarcely be doubted that so long as the Good Templars are true to themselves they must continue to make themselves more and more felt as a power for good amongst their neighbours. The Good Templars, like the Free Masons, keep a strict guard over the proceedings which take place the Lodge, but though we are not at liberty to estimate what is said or done within the mystic precincts, yet at public meetings the most abandoned and debauched—the very pariahs society, so to speak, men and women whose salvation was thought impossible-” have stood up respectably clad and in all respects seemingly quite reclaimed and have borne testimony to the happy agency, which, in the good providence of God, has been instrumental in plucking them verily, as brands from inevitable destruction. These trophies in the way of Good Templar triumphs, must claim from every benevolent mind the best wishes for its onward progress as one of the best recognised influences for the amelioration of the crying evil of intemperance. Though not forming, strictly speaking, a constituent element of the movement, we hear that the Good Templar Lodge of Cellardyke have, with enlightened and exemplary regard for the benefit the community, organised a special committee, whose avowed business it is to arrange for the amusement and instruction of its members, with the ulterior view of providing such approved means of popular entertainments as penny readings, lectures, concerts, &c. This idea, so praiseworthy to those with whom it has originated, has also been adopted in the Anstruther Lodge, and in the same happy spirit it is proposed,we hear, to obtain the able services of the best and kindest of music teachers, Mr Wm. B. Watterston, so organise and instruct a choir in connection with each lodge between Crail and Elie ; and as the beautiful hymns form one of the most distinguishing, and the same time one of the most attractive features their ordinary meetings, this arrangement bids fair to command the support and co-operation of all concerned.


On Thursday evening ten boats arrived here with takes ranging from five to fifty-one crans, which had been netted the “White Spat.” The most fortunate crew was Skipper Duncan McRuvie, but his townsman, Skipper George Corstorphine, was only one cran behind him —the total quantity landed the ten crews being 300 crans. The first herrings, with the exception two takes which sold at 12s, realised from 18s to 19s a cran. This was the best fished day of the season, and great hopes are entertained of a good yield in the ensuing week.

A few days later

About fifty Cellardyke boats returned this week from the stations on the north east coast at which they have been fishing during the season. These have all completed their complements of 200 crans, and many of them have considerably exceeded that quantity. Skipper Peter Murray and his crew have landed about 400 crans, and is the best fished boat that we have heard of this season. A good many of the crews were settling up their accounts and dividing the proceeds of their labour yesterday, and several of the half-dealsmen have already left for their homes. One or two cases of drunkenness were observed yesterday, but we are glad that this method of getting quit of their hard-won earnings appear to be much less resorted to than in former years.


ENORMOUS TAKES OF HERRING OFF MONTROSE. Our Montrose correspondent writes –

The shoal herrings which the boats struck on Tuesday had been something enormous. William Mearns who is so well known as an experienced and enterprising fisherman, declares that he “never saw the like of it'” His boat had 42 nets. He hauled 22, and threw 30 crans overboard, and brought 55 crans ashore. He hailed James Watson, Cellardyke, No 68 and gave him 20 nets’ fishing, with probably fifty crans in them. Altogether this would give a great total of 135 crans, which in other words, out of single shot, would give high a season’s average. The saving of the nets is a matter of vital importance, and James Watson of Cellardyke is highly to be commended in at once telegraphing that he had saved his brother fisherman’s nets, and would restore them to him. This unbought police of the sea, it is to be hoped, will continue to regulate the conduct of all our fishermen.

 (KY 68 may be the “Integrity” which was registered in 1869, but by the 1880s the number belonged to Fergie Hughes’ “Magdalene Hughes”)

LAMMAS HERRING FISHING. Another week of the season has gone, and by the time of our next weekly issue the Lammas fishing of 1874 will be at an end. In the end of last and beginning of this week, thirty of the Cellardyke boats returned from the stations on the north-east coast. The whole of these had completed their complements, and as a number of the crews had caught considerably more than the 200 crans engaged for, the average sum realised by the thirty crews will be upwards of £200. As a rule, the Cellardyke fishermen have been very successful, and although there are this as in every season one or two instances where the sum realised will not much more than clear expenses, yet the average over the fleet will be considerably higher than for some years past, and will at least reach the sum of £150. ( N.B Cellardyke had over 170 boats fishing this season)

The Cellardyke Echo – 25/8/2022 – Issue 353


A casualty of a serious nature was reported at Aberdeen on Friday, in which it is feared seven lives have been lost. The boat 1480 KY., left Aberdeen on Wednesday afternoon for the fishing ground. She was last seen at sea when the gale sprang up by a boat belonging to Torry, and she was at that time very heavily fished. having upwards of ninety crans of herrings. She was then about sixty miles off the coast, and a neighbouring Torry boat relieved her by taking charge of four of her nets, it was then believed that she made for the port, but as no further accounts were heard of her, hopes for the safety of the craft were given up. On Saturday afternoon a water cask belonging to the ill-fated boat was picked by a Cellardyke boat. The boat had a crew of seven including a boy.

Anstruther –  It was on Tuesday evening that the largest quantify was brought in. No less than 35 boats, mostly belonging to Cellardyke, arrived with big shots. Which were readily purchased by the local curers, whose energies were taxed to the utmost to get them cured. The boats were all engaged, and had been prevented by the wind from going to the northern ports. With such heavy shots the prices naturally fell, and were as low as 5s per cran. The skipper of a boat with 50 or 60 crans declined to take the price, and sailed to St Monance. The 35 boats landed 986 crans.

T. THOMSON & SON, Boot and Shoe Manufacturers,

HAVE always a Largo Stock of BOOTS. SHOES, and SLIPPERS, At Very Low Prices.

Ploughmen’s Strong, Water-tight, Tacketty Boots from 9s 6d to 14s.

Gent’s, Lorne and Lacing Shoes from 6s 6d to 13s 64.

Ladies’ Boots, Shoes, and Slippers in the newest Styles.

Boys’ and Girls’ School and Dress Boots in great variety.

T. T. & Son have always a Large Stock of SEA BOOTS, KNEE BOOTS, WELLINGTONS, and BLUCHERS, at their Warehouses, 34 James Street, Cellardyke, AND 14 and 16 Shore Street, Anstruther. All Repairs done on the Shortest Notice. whether sold by us or not. Every inducement given for ready cash.


The intelligence from the Cellardyke boats at Shetland shows that the fishing there has been very poor, and some of the crews have done little or nothing. One boat is stated to have taken only five crans for the season, while another has landed ten, and so on. There are a number that have done fairly well, but not what was anticipated. Several of the boats have now left Shetland for the north stations, where the fishing has been moderately successful.

CELLARDYKE. WATER SUPPLY – A special meeting of the Police Board was held on Friday evening to consider the complaint of Provost Skinner, in reference to the drain in course of construction at the Culdee burn. Alterations, he said, could not be avoided in the nature of the work; but scavenger Roes, who was in charge, refused to obey his (the Provost’s) orders: so that he wished the Board to relieve him of the duty which he had imposed upon himself in the absence from home of the rest of the committee. He also held it was bad policy, especially at a time like the present, when every care ought to be had of the public health, to take the scavenger away from his proper duties. As an instance in point, he referred to the filthy or unsatisfactory state of more than one part of the town. Bailie Martin declined to bear the complaint unless it was made in such a way as to allow the scavenger to be heard in his defence. Councillor Morris said that, if only from his experience Ross ought to be continued at the drain. After some further remarks in a like tone it was agreed to appoint Councillor Williamson inspector of the drain. Beyond all question, however, the most interesting episode of the night was in reference to the water supply. Bailie Martin, as convenor of the committee, reported that the arrangements were still in the same deadlock with the agents of Mr Irvine of Grangemuir. Councillor Sharp observed that to him the one way for Cellardyke, as well as for Anstruther, to escape from their present dilemma was to unite in a joint scheme to take the Lochty supply by way of a grand reservoir at Balmonth to the coast. That remark found an approving echo at more than one side of the table.


In the course of the week no fewer than forty poor householders in Cellardyke had a ton of coals put down at their door by their townsman, Mr Peter Murray, now on a visit to the old home, Mr Murray, who is the son of the late Bailie Thomas Murray, emigrated some thirty years ago to Australia, where he has since developed one of the meet extensive stores in Williamston. “Whatever ye gie, gie weel “is an old Fife saving, and one that imparts special value to Mr Murray’s considerate gift.


The Anstruther and Cellardyke Homing Pigeon Society flew a race from Glasgow. Distance 80 Miles, open to fanciers within 4 miles. 27 birds were liberated by the station-master, who wired. Birds up at 10.18 a.m. The first bird to arrive home was that of Robert. Fowler, Cellardyke. It winged the distance in 2 hours 37 mins. The following is the result: —1 R. A. Fowler, Cellardyke, velocity per min., 890 yds. ; 2 D. Gullan, Cellardyke, velocity, 891 yds. ; 3 J. Woodward, Pittenweem, velocity, yds. ; 4 D. Gullan, Cellardyke, velocity, 809 yds; 5  G. M. Black. Cellardyke, velocity, 804 yds 6 J. Lindsay, Pittenweem, velocity, 759 yds.

Peterhead – A football match under Association Rules was played on the Links, on Friday night between eleven of the Peterhead Rugby Football Club and a like number of the Bluejackets, Cellardyke, who are at present engaged in the herring fishing here. There was a large crowd of spectators chiefly composed of fishermen who evinced the liveliest interest in the game. At the very outset the Bluejackets proved themselves to be the superior club, and very early in the game secured a goal, which was followed by a second just before the end of the first half. On changing sides, however, the Peterhead men showed some dashing play, and repeatedly carried the ball into their opponents’ territory, but only managed to get the hall once between the posts. The game thus ended in a win for the fishermen by two goals to one. A return match will be played soon.



“It’s use, there’s naething in the sea,’ growled the veteran as he left the pier on Thursday night. He was not alone, but there was another light the scene when the bulwark rang next day with the cry ” The herrin’s in the mill bay.” It appears that the little fleet, including the Expert, of Crail, the Reliance, of Cellardyke, &c., had been induced to set to in the kindly bit of sea known as “Kellie ower the kirks.” By and by the lint was siller white, so much so that the Reliance fished 13 crans with twelve nets, but the Expert had 24 with this number. Being gunwale deep the skipper gave the remainder of his drift, viz., seven nets, to the crew of the Helena, of Buckhaven, who drew 16 crans out of five, but the other two sank, as of old, with the multitude of fishes. How the garret was ransacked to east to west for net and raip, but the gale so rose that most of the yawls, if they shot at all, returned by midnight. In meantime the shoal shifted to the east. Maggie, of Newhaven fished 300 on Monday, but the Beaulah, of Crail, had 15 crans this night near the Hirst, but the weather has more or less interfered with the success of the week- Some fine hauls have also been, landed from the reefs. The same tale comes to from the north- The telegram was every lip how this and that crew had £100 at a shot, while scores who had shared in the toils and perils of the night “didna always see coin,” as they say at the Granary End. This was conspicuously the case at Aberdeen. It’s the lucky chiel that gets them,” says the old skipper as the Express crossed the bar with 90 per crans, worth as many guineas, and the Amanda as gunwale deep to sell at 19s per cran. The cry, “Eh, sic bonnie herrin’,” also drew quite a crowd round the tidy Dawn of Cellardyke. The telegrams from the Dee are in a hopeful tone about the chances of the “Bennie hie ground,” as the famous bank is called some three or four leagues to seaward of the river- The Fife boats were caught in the gale on the Buchan coast, but luckily one and all escaped to land. Several of the Aberdeen fleet, and others fishing at the white spat, also bore away to the fine shelter in the Forth. The old fishers are of opinion, from the porpoises playing about, that a considerable shoal is on this side of the Hirst. It was while fishing here that the eccentric old minister of Crail, Peter Glass, prayed one Sabbath that the herring net might be so blessed as to load the boats over the “thole pins,” when James King, afraid that the good man might be taken by Heaven his word, cried from his seat in the weavers’ loft, ” Na, sir, no jist sae mony, or ye ken we’ll be whomilt.” Peter, or Patrick, Glass, died in spring of 1787, in the 43d year of his ministry.

The ensuing week will be a busy one in the East of Fife, with the return of the wives and families from the north. The crews will follow on an early day, though, perhaps, a rule they will be at sea in the event of any encouragement over the first, not the second, week of September. Several, however, are to proceed at once to Scarborough; but, as usual, the month will be devoted by most of the neighbours to the outfit for Yarmouth- Every period of the year has its own share bereavement and sorrow, but this season it has been exceptionally so. Thus, the relatives summoned from the north on the last errand to fewer than three open graves on the one day in churchyard of St Monance. Cellardyke has also had its own share in the death roll in the course the last eight days, the toiler on the sea being called home for the little blossom and the aged pilgrim, all but at the end of her journey of threescore and ten.

In consequence of the gale the fishing was all in the Forth on Wednesday, but as it began to lull twenty to thirty boats set to in the offing. Let the Newhaven veteran tell his own tale. ” The Wilsons and we sailed in and out hopes of seeing indications of the shoals, but all to no purpose. The skipper of the Maggie, however, shot as of old, as a mere peradventure, and got nine crans ; so like’ wise did James Logie for four crans. Ay,’ continued the veteran, ‘ it’s queer puzzle to the best of us.” The takes in question sold in the one case at 21s, and in the other at 27s 6d per cran. In the course of the afternoon the horizon was dotted with sails from the Stonehaven, if not from the- fishing grounds. Skipper Watson says that he sailed from the first named bay about noon on the previous day. There was a light northerly wind. gradually freshened into gale at midnight, when, though not without an arduous pull some five-and twenty miles sea, they saved their gear and bore away to land. There were only a few crans amongst the wind bound fleet. As some of the Fife boats are to continue the net fishing at Scarborough, they are expected home on early day, unless the prospect is all the brighter in the north. The families are also expected to return in the course of the ensuing week, but many, if not most of the crews, will hold to the chances of the first week in September.

The Cellardyke Echo – 18/8/2022 – Issue 352


GREAT LOSS OF FISHING NETS—The heavy hauls of herring this season have frequently involved the fishermen in loss by the breakage of nets. On Thursday the boat 337 KY., of Cellardyke, fishing at Stonehaven, had almost its whole stock sunk. The nets were very heavily laden with herrings, and when the crew commenced to haul them in the float ropes parted from the net, leaving them with their heavy shot of fish to go to the bottom. Forty-five nets were thus lost, only five having been recovered.

THE MISSION CHURCH CELLARDYKE —The contractors are proceeding so well with their several engagements for this handsome church, that opening service is expected to take place by the of the boats from the Yarmouth fishery. The last stages of the plaster work are present having the benefit sunshine and breeze; but, even at this point, the tasteful proportions of the church can be seen to telling effect, and fully sustains the estimate of the finest addition of recent years to the architecture of the coast. The friends of the Mission will be interested to hear that the trusteeship now includes the well-known name of Philip Oliphant, Esq., who was elected by his colleagues, Messrs Brodie, Nicholson, and Martin Gardiner, and in whose zeal and devotion there is doubtless one of the best auguries of the ultimate success of the scheme. This, in fact, is already apparent in the very hopeful prospects of the early endowment of the church. We hear of one venerable native who was born almost under the shadow of the brave old Saxon steeple of Kilrenny, that is to give handsome instalment—of another, also allied to the parish, who is to be still more liberal, while others are so acting the good precept to “go and do likewise,” to bear out the wise forecast of the Rev. Christie, and that, too, when the Mission Scheme of Cellardyke was all but overwhelmed in doubts and difficulties that endowment would be an easy and short step compared to the erection of the church. As we have already stated it is a cruciform structure the early Scottish style, capable of holding congregation of over 300, and with the scheme fully matured is to new parish of Cellardyke, formed by separating the town to the westward of Urquhart Wynd with the contiguous fields and barony lands of Anstruther from the old parochial division of Kilrenny.


WRECK OF A VESSEL ON THE FIFESHIRE COAST. Yesterday the Marie, of Sandyford, bound to Bo’ness with pit props, went ashore about a furlong to the eastward of Cellardyke harbour. It occurred at an early hour, when the coast was shrouded in mist and rain. The crew had espied the Bell Rock, but failed to see or distinguish the May lights, and the first intimation that they had of their whereabouts was the tremendous crash with which the vessel went upon the rocks. It was a stiff east wind with a chopping surf, but being about high water the crew were comparatively safe until their vessel was left dry by the receding tide. Her berth was then seen to be an eminently precarious one, as the crazy old hulk lay between two high rocks, which in the case of the stern had destroyed the rudder and steering gear.  The craw landed their chests, as the incoming tide was more than likely to complete the work of destruction. The brigantine is about two hundred tons burthen, and is said to be insured. Treasurer Doeg, of Crail, Lloyd’s agent for the district, was I on the spot.


Sudden Death. —Mr Thomas Fowler, merchant, Forth Street, Cellardyke, died very suddenly on Monday night. He was in ordinary health, and watched during the day with natural interest the fitting up of fine new shop for his growing trade; but towards eight o’clock he was seized with a violent haemorrhage, which was almost instantly followed by the closing scene. He leaves a widow and family to mourn his loss.

The Storm – The Fife boats by of their great offing were amongst the heaviest sufferers by the gale. One Cellardyke boat, the Medium, lost as many as 40 nets, and another, the Goldie, lost 23. Great anxiety was felt in Cellardyke for the safety of the Floral Star, which was known to be out in the storm, until a telegram from Aberdeen stated that she had arrived there.


An accident of a most alarming character, but , fortunately unattended with loss of life, occurred on the Aberdeenshire coast yesterday afternoon. About three o’clock, as the herring fishing fleet was proceeding to Aberdeen against a light wind, the Cellardyke boat KY. No. 841 (Watson, master), came into collision with a north country boat, and sustained serious damage, filling almost entirely and nearly disappearing under the surface of the water. The other boat at once hove to, and with a considerable difficulty the crew of the disabled craft was got on board safely. The accident, which occurred about five miles south east of Aberdeen, was observed by the crew of the boat Village Maid, KY. 1699 (Warrender, skipper) who soon afterwards ran alongside, and, having ascertained the nature of the incident, proceeded to the port of Aberdeen, where the intelligence occasioned considerable excitement and alarm. One of the harbour tugs steamed out to render assistance to the two boats which still lay alongside, and to endeavour, if possible, to save the damaged vessel, together with the nets and gearing, but up to an- early hour this morning no further tidings were obtainable, the vessels at that time not having put in an appearance. The boat which sustained the damaged through -the-collision was engaged fishing at the port of Aberdeen by Mr George Watson, fishcurer, Point Law.


On Thursday Cellardyke boat No.1249, William Smith, skipper, fishing for Messrs Sharp and Murray, curers of that place, arrived at Aberdeen harbour with her sails split. The crew report having experienced very heavy weather, and about one o clock Wednesday afternoon, when they were about four miles off the Isle of May a sudden gust tore down foresail into shreds.

Police Court Peterhead

David Parker, fisherman, from Fifeshire, failed to appear for striking a labourer, opposite the Commercial Inn several blows on the face and head, and forfeited bail of 7s 6d

DRUNK Thomas Stewart, ” Goss,” fisherman, from Cellardyke, failed to appear for being drunk and incapable, and forfeited bail of 5s

ACCIDENT TO A HERRING FISHING BOAT. This afternoon an accident occurred to one of the Kirkcaldy herring fishing boats while making for the harbour, but fortunately no one was injured. The boat to which the accident happened was the Margaret Morris, belonging to Cellardyke. she had full sail set, and was coming in the bay towards the harbour at a rapid rate, there being a strong breeze blowing from the north. When a short distance out from the Gridleness a squall suddenly struck the boat, causing it to stagger and breaking the main mast at five or six feet from the top. The broken portion of the mast with the sail attached fell into the sea. There was six of a crew on board, and several them were in the vicinity of the mast when the accident occurred, it is a fortunate circumstance that the gale carried the sheet with the piece wood attached overboard. A flag was at once hoisted as a signal that assistance was required, and the crew set about getting the tackle hauled in. In a short time, the steam tug Britannia arrived on the scene, and a tow rope having been made fast to the craft, it was brought safely into the harbour.


Thunder storm,

The belfry of Cellardyke Church was struck at the cope, as if ball of fire, which, after stripping a double row of slates and blackening the timber, escaped the apex, doing no further damage than this way opening the gallery to the rain. Here, also, Mr David Bruce of the Post Office had a marvellous escape. He was sitting the opposite side of the office, when a loud explosion proclaimed the wreck of the telegraph machine, but this was not all, for the fire bolt melting the pipe kindled the gas, which thus-added a new and potent ally to the terrors of the hour. Mr Bruce, with singular presence of mind, and heedless of all risk to himself, succeeded in quenching the flames, and happily so—for, looking to the neighbourhood, the consequences would inevitably have been most serious.

FISHERMAN DROWNED ABERDEEN. Last night, about eleven o’clock accident occurred at Point Law, Aberdeen, which resulted in the death by drowning of a young man engaged in the herring fishing at the port. The unfortunate fisherman, who was named John Muir, and was a native of Cellardyke Fifeshire, had been standing on the deck of a boat at the time mentioned, conversing with some men on the quay, and, while in the act of stepping to another craft slipped and fell into the water. The splash was heard those on shore, but it being very dark at the time, Muir could not be seen. Several attempts, however, were made to save him, by throwing ropes and buoys into the water at the spot where he was supposed to have gone down. Unfortunately, none of these means of rescue could be taken advantage of by Muir, whose body was not recovered till a considerable time afterwards, when life was found to be extinct. The drowned man, who was 26 years of age, was one the crew the Snowdrop, KY 1568, and was unmarried. It is believed that the heavy sea boots which he wore had the effect of keeping him from making much effort to save himself. The corpse was taken to the Cunnigarhill Deadhouse this morning.

Mr William Smith, harbour engineer, Aberdeen. Has received instructions to fence the portion, of the wharf facing old bed of the river Dee on the reclaimed Land and at Point Law at the places where it is recognised that danger life exists. The body of John Muir, the unfortunate fisherman who lost hie life there on Friday night was conveyed yesterday by train to his native place Cellardyke, Fifeshire. The Cortege that followed the coffin to the railway station consisted of upwards of 100 fishermen.

The report that John Muir was crew of the Snowdrop was incorrect he was skipper of the Conqueror

The Cellardyke Echo – 11/08/2022 – Issue 351


MarriageWILLIAMSON—SMART. —At Kitchener Avenue, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on the 18th July, by the Rev. A, Maksfty, George. youngest son of Robert Williamson, Cellardyke. to Aggie, eldest daughter of James Smart, Guardbridge.



THE MISER OF CELLARDYKE. If there was humours in the characters of old Fifeshire there was also eccentricity. This was certainly the case with John Ramsay, the miser of Cellardyke, who died early in the last century. For the greater part of his life he was engaged in building dykes in the various estates in the vicinity, work for which the remuneration was very poor. The best contract which he assisted was the erection the mausoleum over the grave of General Scott in Kilrenny Churchyard, and for this his wages were only twenty pence a day. When John fell ill a young surgeon from Kennoway informed him that the only suitable medicine was Holland gin. I’se gaun tae the fountain heid, tae the kintry itsel’,” he replied, and although his neighbours laughed, he trudged to Kinghorn and took the ferry in the hope of finding boat at Leith which was about to make the journey. As luck would have it, the first person he encountered in the port was an Anstruther skipper on the point of leaving for the Maas. skilfully did the miser plead his case that he was taken board, although his belongings were only a bag oatmeal and a little salt. He remained in Holland until the boat returned, and while he contended afterwards that he had gained new vigour, he was really prematurely old, and gradually passed in misery to the grave. But his secret had been well kept, and even the aunt with whom he resided did not know until after his funeral that he had left £450. (that’s the equivalent of £57 700 today)


A foolish prank that nearly resulted in serious consequences was committed by two young Cellardyke girls on Monday afternoon. While a motor lorry, conveying a number of Territorials, was passing through Kilrenny, they stupidly threw a handful of gravel into the face of the driver, who was suddenly blinded by the sharp stones. The lorry was nearly wrecked, but the driver managed to draw up quickly before the vehicle had run into the side of the road. The driver was removed into a house, but it was some time before the gravel and small bits of glass were successfully removed from his eyes. His companions promptly searched for the girls, but they hid in the Churchyard and there escaped the just wrath of the Terriers. Had they been caught, they would undoubtedly have been severely punished for what was a most dangerous assault,

Before Provost Oliphant and Bailies Burd and McConnell on Saturday, Wm. Palmer, labourer, of no fixed residence, and John Woodward, marine engineer, 65 James Street, Cellardyke, were charged with having fought each other and created a breach of peace in Rodger Street on Friday evening. Both the accused pled guilty. The Fiscal stated that the police observed a crowd about 10.30, and on approaching, noticed the accused fighting. They were separated, and Woodward at once stepped aside and created no further disturbance. Palmer, however, attempted to reach Woodward, and was then removed to the cells. The Fiscal considered that an admonition would suffice in Woodward’s case, but asked the Court to inflict a penalty on Palmer, who was the cause of the trouble. The Magistrates adopted this view, and Woodward received a warning from the Provost not to interfere in street brawls. Palmer was given the option of paying 15s or undergoing ten days’ imprisonment. He went to Dundee for the ten days.

CELLARDYKE FISHERMEN AND THE WAR. A large meeting of fishermen was held yesterday Cellardyke Town Hall to consider as to whether any steps could be taken utilise the steam drifters, which would give employment to the fishermen whose ordinary occupation has been interrupted by the war. The men were addressed by Sir Ralph Anstruther of Balcaskie and Mr H. T. Anstruther, ex-M P. for St Andrews Burghs. Mr Anstruther submitted communications from the Admiralty to the effect that at the present the steam drifters could not be utilised for defensive purposes. Mr Anstruther submitted details of the terms of service in the Royal Naval Reserve, and about 30 young fishermen indicated that they were prepared to join this force.


The late Robert Watson, fisherman, 65 John Street, and the late Henry Stevenson, retired fisherman, West Forth Street, left £1181 14s 10d and £1040 14s respectively.

Funeral of the Late Mr Wm. Birrell. On Sunday, the remains of Mr Wm. Birrell, baker, James Street, whose tragic death we chronicled in our last issue, took place to Anstruther Churchyard. The funeral was very largely attended, the Special Constables of the three burghs, of whom the late gentleman was a member, holding a special parade, and marched in front of the hearse, one of their number carrying a wreath, while eight acted as pall-bearers up to the grave. Other floral tributes had also been received. The’ Rev. James Ray conducted the nervier at the house, and the Rev. A. Urquhart at the graveside.

Golden Wedding. Many congratulations have been received by ex-Provost and Mrs Thomson, who this week celebrated their golden wedding. With the exception of a son and a daughter, who are at present abroad, all the family were with their parents over the week-end, and a happy family re-union was the result. Mr and Mrs Thomson were married in Largo in 1865, but have spent most of their life together in Cellardyke. In his time, Mr Thomson has identified himself with the public life of the town. He was Provost for several years, and also chairman of the School Board. The hope of their many friends is that many years of life together lie ahead of Mr and Mrs Thomson.


Twice Wounded It is reported that Private A. Lowrie. Black Watch, who is a son of Mr And. Lowrie. fisherman, has been wounded in action for the second time, and is in a base hospital.

Cellardyke Black Watch men “Gassed.” It is reported that Private Andrew Dick, Black Watch, son of Mr Jas. Dick (Henderson). fisherman, East Forth Street, has been “gassed” in action in France, and is undergoing treatment in a base hospital. Private David Barclay. also of the Black Watch, was also gassed recently. but after being in Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, he is now able to he home convalescent. He is a son of the late Mr Stephen Barclay (Galletly). fisherman.

The Late Private Cunningham.  – From the Chair of the Y.M.C.A., Cellardyke, Mr Wm. Carstairs made the following reference to the late Geo. Cunningham:-

Over there in France where our minds and our thoughts so often are, amidst the din and noise of battle strife, has happened an incident carrying with it the tragic and sorrowful. Last Sabbath after the actual fighting had been accomplished, and to that extent a certain degree of danger had been safely passed, a wounded and fallen comrade required his aid, and ready as he ever was, unthinking of himself. to give assistance where he could, it was in the act of succouring this comrade that death’s shaft found him. So that to-day this Society is immensely the poorer in, his being taken from us. He was Secretary of this Society, and Treasurer of our sister Society. the Gospel Temperance Union, when he joined the Army; and no one ever brought to the duties of these offices a deeper interest or a more ungrudging service. We have lost in him one of the best types of members, and to-day we honour his memory and his! courage.

The Norwegian Consul-General under yesterday’s date :–

In your issue for Saturday last I find a paragraph headed ” Norwegian Steamer helps Submarine.” According to the paragraph the skipper of the herring boat Prestige had stated that he saw a German submarine obtaining supplies from a Norwegian steamer. Feeling certain that the statement was not correct I asked the Norwegian Vice- Consul at Methil to make inquiries, and I have today received from him the following telegram:– ” In accordance your wire of last Saturday have now seen skipper Watson Smith of herring boat Prestige at Cellardyke. Skipper states he did not see German submarine obtain supplies from Norwegian steamer and declares he has made no such report as imputed to him in newspapers.” I should like to add that even if the skipper had seen a vessel carrying the Norwegian colours close to a submarine this might well have been a ship just captured by the submarine, or a vessel disguised as a Norwegian one.


D.S.M. FOR CELLARDYKE MATE. Mr David Lowrie, Shore Street. Cellardyke, who is mate of one of HM. boats, has awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for auxiliary patrol duty. He has been active service for about three years. His son, Adam Lowrie, Black Watch, has a done his bit for his country, and having been twice wounded has now received his discharge.

Tobacco and Drink – It appears that one evening last week an elderly Cellardyke fisherman named John McRuvie went into the cream shop in Shore Street, and demanded an ounce of tobacco, for which he tendered 6d. On being told that the price of it was  6 ½ d took exception to this, stating he could get it elsewhere for 6d. The shopkeeper then told McRuvie he had better go there for it, upon which he conducted himself in a disorderly manner and challenged a fight. A sequel to all this was that McRuvie was brought before Provost Readdie at a Police Court on Friday, when he was charged with having conducted himself in a riotous and disorderly manner, the offence being aggravated by eight previous convictions being recorded against him. On being asked by the Provost if he had been drinking, the accused stated he had “a wee drop: not much.” The Provost said that the shopkeepers must be protected against such disturbances. especially in time of war. such must be put down. As accused had a bad record of previous convictions, he imposed a fine of 10s with the alternative of ten days’ imprisonment. The fine was paid.

SLIDERS DON’T KEEP OVERNIGHT. Giovinni Brattesani, ice cream vendor, at Cupar to-day was fined 10s, or five days, for selling three sliders to Cellardyke girls after eight o clock Mr T. W. Davidson, solicitor, Cupar, stated that the assistant who sold the sliders thought it pity to waste Them. The Sheriff—Do sliders not keep over night? Mr Davidson I believe not in consequence of sweetening mixture that is now used instead of sugar.

ON THE SEA. FIFE FISHING BOAT DISASTER IN NORTH SEA, Quite a sensation was caused In Anstruther and Cellardyke on Tuesday when it became known that the motor boat Jane, of Eyemouth, had been blown up a mine explosion, and that all the crew had been lost. The boat was manned by Andrew Henderson, his only two sons (Alexander and Andrew), Thomas Boyter, and James Wilson (Wallace), all Cellardyke men, who were married and leave families. Andrew was one the best known and most esteemed of fishermen in the district, and he was owner of the boats Cromorna and Ina, Cook. He had another boat building at Eyemouth, and this was to have been his last voyage with the Jane, which he had on hire. It left Anstruther on Monday afternoon, it seems that in shooting the nets they got tangled in the mine, with the result that the boat, was blown up.

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A former Cellardyke man, Mr John Boyter Tarvit, Port Dover, Ontario, Canada, has died after a brief illness following an operation. He was 31 years of age. Tarvit was very popular in Port Dover. During his six years’ residence there he made many friends. At the time of his death he was employed on the tug Alva W. At the funeral many beautiful floral tributes were received, and there was a large attendance. A member of Port Dover Post 158, Canadian Legion, full military honours were accorded deceased. Sincere sympathy is extended to his aged parents and brother and sister in Cellardyke.


Mr Robert Hunter, a promising student of Andrews University, has died suddenly at his home in Cellardyke. Mr Hunter, who was the only son of Mr and Mrs J T Hunter, The Schoolhouse Cellardyke, had been attending a course in Edinburgh in connection with the O.T.C. when he became ill. He returned home, but his condition became worse, and he died on Saturday. Deceased was educated at Madras College, St Andrews, and Waid Academy, Anstruther. He continued his studies at St Andrews University, and recently took his B.Sc degree. He was intending to research work in chemistry, and for that purpose remained at the university in order to secure honours.

He was a prominent member of the University O.T.C and was in cam0p with them at Silloth a few weeks ago. He was a fine athlete, and was one of the best forwards in the University Rugby team. Unfortunately, an injury kept him out of the game for a great part of last season.

He had a very fine nature, and was most popular with his fellow students. Mr Hunter was only 21 years of age. His father who is headmaster at Cellardyke Primary School, was previously first assistant in St Andrews Burgh School.


Skilled Craftsmen

Cellardyke is noted for its craftsmen skilled in the art of making model sailing ships. Among these is a member of Anstruther Town Council, Councillor Bett, and the art has also a worthy exponent in Mr Shireff, George Street, Cellardyke.

In window in George Street, first-class specimens of their work is exhibited, and they are constant source of interest, not only to visitors but to everyone in the district. Many years ago Mr Shireff was made the recipient of a model of the Golden Hynd, which also may be seen in Cellardyke. The Golden Hynd was one of the scouting ships which was believed to be the first to sight the Spanish Armada. It was also thought to be the first vessel to double Cape Horn.

The older fisher folk of Cellardyke have clear recollection of the days, 40 or 50 years ago, when the sailing of model ships used to be a very popular diversion among the young people of the district, but from that time until recent years practically no interest was taken in sailing ships. This was due to the advent of the steamship. Now Cellardyke craves for the return of the sail— so far as it is practical under modern conditions—in the form of model yachting.

Cellardyke Swimming Pond

The swimming and model yachting pond which is at present being built at the shoals Cellardyke, by R Terras, builder, East Wemyss, is expected to be completed within fortnight or so. The original idea was to build a small boating pond, but the Cellardyke Putting Green Committee and the Improvements Committee decided to put their funds together so as to enable them to embark on a larger undertaking. A pond which also provides facilities for swimming has resulted. The funds of the committees’ have been exhausted in the scheme, but the pond promises to be a very serviceable one. The deepest point, six feet, is at the middle, and the water grows gradually shallower towards a sandbank each end where children will be able to play in safety. There is unfortunately no retaining wall, but this addition may be provided at some future date.


FIFE PROVOST’S CRITICSM County Council ” Backstair Methods “

A letter was submitted at Anstruther Town Council from the clerk to the Council with reference to the classification of the loop road leading from Toll Road to Cellardyke, through the burgh to the foot of Rodger Street, Anstruther Easter. Provost Carstairs, who presided, recalled the circumstances under which road was classified. The Town Council of the united burghs. he said, after a proper census of the traffic on the road had been taken, applied to the Ministry of Transport to have the road classified on the ground that it was a main loop road largely used by heavy motor traffic coming from outside the burgh. The Ministry of Transport agreed to classify the road, but the County Council objected because they had not been consulted. A new census of traffics was accordingly taken, followed by a public inquiry at Anstruther, which was conducted by one of the chief officials of the Ministry of Transport. The outcome was that the County Council representative, sir Thomas Erskine. agreed to recommend to the County Council to agree to the classification if the Town Council improved the corner at Caddies Burn. The Town Council agreed to do so, and submitted a plan to the Ministry of Transport, which was passed as satisfactory. Th e result of the census and official inquiry was that the Ministry of Transport had again decided to classify the road when the alterations to the corner were completed.


East Fife Couple Wed St Andrews Church Ceremony

The wedding took place in Hope Park Church, St Andrews, this afternoon of Miss Ina Caird Murray, only daughter of the late Mr A. C. Murray and of Mrs Murray, George Street, Cellardyke, and Mr Alexander Watson, elder son of Mr and Mrs R. Watson, Craigholm, Anstruther. The officiating clergymen were Rev. J. R. Lee and Rev. Mr Mclvor, St Andrews.

The bride, was given away by Mr James Bett, Cellardyke, wore charming dress of ivory crepe and halo headdress fine net and orange blossom, from which flowed long veil of Brussels net. She carried a bouquet of harrisii lilies and white heather. The bridesmaids. Miss Margaret Murray and Miss Gracie Watson, Anstruther, those white chiffon dresses patterned with pink flowers. They also wore crinoline hats, and carried bouquets of pink sweet peas. Mr James Watson, brother of the groom, was groomsman. Mr W. R. Small, Anstruther, was at the organ. Fifty guests were present at the reception which” followed in Macarthur’s Cafe, St Andrews. For going away the bride chose a speckled fawn and brown coat, with collar edged with sable squirrel, and a halo hat.



“May Island Gone; No Hope; off Shetland; Good-bye”


“May Island on the Flugga Rocks.”

This dramatic SOS followed by ominous silence was picked up by an Aberdeen skipper off the island off Unst in the Shetlands, when the Leith trawler went to her doom in a fierce gale on February 18 with her crew of ten men.

A bottle containing the despairing message: ” May Island gone; no hope; off Shetland; good-bye,;’ was also picked up near Thurso. An inquiry into the loss of the vessel was held at Lerwick, when the jury returned a formal verdict. A twenty-nine-year-old widow identified a petrol pipe lighter which had belonged to her drowned husband. She is Mary Blaikie, wife of John Blaikie, of Terrace Road, Cockenzie.

Competent Seaman

John J. Loston, Newhaven, superintendent engineer to Messrs Thomas Scales and Son, Newhaven, the owners of the May Island, said the trawler was thoroughly seaworthy when she left on her last voyage, and her skipper, James Tarvit, was a competent and experienced, seaman. The trawler was fitted with transmitting and receiving wireless telephony, and was equipped with direction finder, charts and flares. Witness identified part of the May Island’s wireless set which was washed ashore.

Dramatic evidence was given by the only man who heard the last words spoken from the ill-fated trawler. He is James E. Anderson, 3 Middlefield Terrace, Aberdeen, skipper of the Aberdeen trawler Fitzgerald which, with fifty other trawlers, sought shelter on the lee side of Unst during the gale. When watches were changed at 3.30 a.m. on February 18, and Just before returning to his bunk, Skipper Anderson switched on his wireless and heard the SOS “May Island on the Rocks.” Mr Anderson heard this message twice, and then there was silence. The Fitzgerald has only receiving set. and could not ask for the May Island’s exact position.

Coast Searched

The Fitzgerald and other trawlers twice searched the coast unsuccessfully, but did not go as far the south side’ of Lambaness. Skipper Anderson said the red sector of the Lighthouse, which was visible only three miles that night, could not have been seen by the May Island when she was close in on Lambaness. Henry W. L. Hunter and other local witnesses described the great amount wreckage which was driven ashore, detailed the exact spot where the trawler struck, and spoke of four unrecognisable bodies being found. The weather that night was the worst they had ever known.

Message in Bottle

Donald a fifteen-year-old Caithness boy, said he found thirteen miles east of Thurso the bottle message that came from the May Island. The bottle contained the following last despairing message: “May Island gone; no hope; off Shetland; good-bye.” Stuart Tarvit, Cellardyke, identified the writing on this message that of his brother, John Tarvit, the mate of the trawler, who was also brother if the skipper, James Tarvit. Another local witness stated that a high intervening hill prevented coast watchers their station from seeing a vessel close at Lambaness. The jury returned a formal verdict.


SCHOOLMASTER DIES ON HOLIDAY Was to Have Judged Fancy Dresses To-Night

Mr J. Y. Hunter, schoolmaster, Cellardyke, who was on holiday at Crieff, was found dead in bed d Crieff boarding-house this morning. A sad feature was that Mr Hunter had agreed to be one of the judges in a Crieff fancy dress parade to be held to-night. Mr Hunter left home on Friday for a holiday at Crieff. He’ is survived by his wife and a daughter.



 “Join the Army and see the world” is a well-known slogan. We would take the opportunity of altering the phrase to read, “Join the B.B, and have the finest holiday one can get.”

This year the company made its annual summer camp in that most pleasant spot on the Fife coast, namely, Cellardyke, where we renewed the acquaintance of a host of old friends and made quite a lot of new ones. Arriving in Anstruther about 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, we began the trek to our camp, about a mile and a half from the station. Reaching Kilrenny Mill, we discovered everything in perfect order, tents, marquee, and cookhouse erected, and a hot dinner well on its way to maturity. Our advance party had worked wonders, and the company showed their appreciation of the services which they had rendered by making them orderlies for the day. Saturday passed uneventfully, and on Sunday morning we paraded to Kilrenny Parish Church, where we were welcomed by an old friend and former minister of St. Modan’s, Mr Pryde…………… In closing, we would like to thank all our friends, both-in Kilrenny and at home, for their help in making the camp a success. To those “hardy annuals” who, without fail, give the prizes for our camp sports we give thanks most sincerely; to our friends also, who gave us gifts in kind; and to that wonderful chap, our cook, who never lets us down, we are grateful.

Ordeal with Broken Leg

Elderly Fisherman’s All-Night Vigil

A sixty-six-year-old fisherman received a fractured thigh-bone result of fall at the corner of Broad Street and Frithside Street last Saturday evening.

Alexander Bridges, 1 Harbour Head, Cellardyke, Fifeshire, was walking along the pavement when was seen to slip and fall. Several young men who happened to be in the vicinity assisted him on board his boat, the Bene Vertat (KY. 20), which was berthed in the South Harbour. Apparently, the injured man did not go bed that night and was found sitting in the cabin at seven o’clock next morning by member of the crew. Mr Bridges complained of severe pain in his left leg. Dr Wilson was summoned and suspected a fracture of the left femur. He ordered the injured man be conveyed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

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Reported Wounded. Intimation has been received by Mr and Mrs James Smith (Watson) that their son has been wounded at the Dardanelles. Smith was a Naval Reservist, and was called up on the outbreak of hostilities.

Canadian Soldier’s Death. – Lance-Corporal Murray, of the Canadian Highlanders, son of Mr and Mrs Murray (Pratt), who was reported some weeks ago to be lying unconscious in an hospital in Rouen, has now been reported as having been killed on the 22nd April. When Mr and Mrs Murray received a letter from France from another soldier who knew their son, they had hopes of his recovery, but unfortunately this first message has proved mistaken. It is pathetic to think of the hopes and fears of the parents. Eight long weeks elapsed ere they heard of Lance- Corporal Murray’s unconscious condition, but this latest letter, from the stretcher’ bearer who attended their son, leaves no room for doubt that he died on the field of battle, and that the soldier at Rouen must have mistaken the identity of the wounded man he saw in the hospital there. Every sympathy is being extended to Mr and Mrs Murray.

Defective Dairies.

The Medical Officer’s report for the year was read. The question of an increased water supply was one of long standing. The question of boring with a view to augmenting the supply was receiving consideration. A complaint was received in respect of an alleged nuisance arising from the deposits by the local authority at the east end of the town. The refuse site, when visited, was found offensive, but the nuisance was limited to the immediate area of the toom. The local authority are recommended to remove the refuse further afield and to a site where there could be no reasonable grounds for complaint on the part of the public.

The byres and dairies were found in an a very unsatisfactory state. The Burgh Bye-laws are not observed, and as their provisions cannot be regarded as too stringent, it is much to be desired that they be enforced. The dairies at the time of his visit were dirty. They had not received the reasonable bi-annual cleansing, far less a daily one. The cows were dirty, with hind quarters caked with manure. The yards were not clean or tidy. In two instances, the milk houses were clean and well-kept. One of the milk stores was a press partitioned off in a cellar belonging to the dwelling-house- This milk store is in direct contravention of the Bye-laws, and should be abolished. The byre of this dairy is unsuitable for cows and for the production of milk. The dairies in Cellardyke, in several respects, were much below the standard of the Dairies Regulations Act, which came into force sixteen years ago.

Eighteen cases of infectious disease occurred and six patients were removed to the Hospital. There were 36 births, equivalent to a rate of 21.3 per 1000 of an estimated population of 2240. Sixteen marriages gave a rate of 6.6 per 1000, and 28 deaths of 10.5 per 1000.

The Provost It does not seem to be very satisfactory. I thought the dairies were all right.

Bailie Butters – This is the first I have heard of it.

Bailie Marr – There has been no complaint in the years past.

The Provost – Are we to take action, then?

Bailie Butters – Judging from that report, we will need to do something.

The Sanitary Inspector (Mr H. Elliot) – The one he mentions specially is at the east end. The byre was dirty.

The Provost – He says it is not suitable for cows. If it is unsuitable, it cannot be allowed to go on. Mr Elliot –  I was not aware that he made any objection to it while he paid his visit.

Mr Mitchell – If we do nothing just now, We will be forced to take action later on.

The Clerk – l will write and ask the proprietors to make their premises conform with the bye-laws. This was agreed to.


The Veterinary Surgeon reported that he had examined 16 cows, and found them correct.

FIFE SKIPPERS MAKE A SERIOUS MISTAKE. Eighteen skippers of fishing boats from Buckhaven, St Monans, Pittenweem, and Cellardyke appeared before Sheriff Armour Hannay at Cupar on Tuesday on charges under the Defence Act fishing within the prohibited area in the Firth of Forth. Mr T. W. Davidson, solicitor, Cupar, who appeared for the Pittenweem and St Monans men, said after they had set their lines over the line they returned to their proper place, but were driven by the flood-tide and the wind into the prohibited waters. They were all elderly men.

Alexander Lothian, skipper of the fishing boat Thistle, 25 Rodger Street, Cellardyke, who had a previous conviction, was fined £5, or 20 days’ imprisonment, while the other eleven in the dock with him were each mulcted in fines of  £2, or ten days’ imprisonment.


CELLARDYKE MINISTER FOR DUDDINGSTON. The Established Presbytery of St Andrews met yesterday at St Andrews—Principal Galloway moderator. The principal business was a call to the Rev. James Rae, Cellardyke, to be minister of St James’ Church, in the parish of Duddingston.

Mr Henry Watson, Mr Robert Forsyth, Mr William Smith, and Mr David Smith were commissioners from Cellardyke. A hearty tribute was paid to Mr Rae for the work he had accomplished during his long ministry of 33 years in Cellardyke. When he first came there were only 40 names on the communicants’ roll, and now the roll numbers 700. Mr Forsyth specially referred to Mr Rae’s work of maintaining the fishermen’s independence, and of the observance of Sunday. In the social life of Cellardyke Mr Rae had taken a conspicuous part, being chairman of the Waid Academy Governors and of the Parish Council.

Another Cellardyke War Victim.

The supreme sacrifice of devotion to duty is telling pretty hard on the quiet Fifeshire fishing village of Cellardyke, quite a number of families having now lost sons who were in the Army or Navy. The latest victim is Lance-Corpl. John Moncrieff, the Seaforth Highlanders, second son of the late Mr John Moncrieff, fisherman, George Street. Official intimation was received on Tuesday evening that he was killed in action on the 1st inst. The Lance- Corpl. was a promising young fellow of 28 years of age, and after serving his apprenticeship as a cooper with Messrs Melville & Co., was working at his trade at South Shields when war was declared. He shortly afterwards enlisted in the Seaforths, and had seen a good deal of active service. He was home on furlough some time ago. Much sympathy is felt for his widowed mother and family in their bereavement.



Much has been said of the work the drifter patrols, but of the actual part they play in the vast arena of sea warfare little is allowed to emerge from behind the veil of press censorship. Now and then, however, the veil lifted for a moment, and a glimpse is given of a scene as thrilling as any yet described in the annals the war. Thus, incidental on the conferring of well-deserved honours on Skipper David Watson, of the Anstruther drifter, Morning Star, the story is told of a stirring incident of patrol work in which that vessel has been engaged. She was one of the fleet recently attacked by an Austrian cruiser, and the attack is well described in a letter sent by the skipper his father. He wrote; –

“We had a narrow escape when an Austrian cruiser came down and attacked the line. You never saw such a sight, drifters bursting and sinking all around. The drifter ahead of us and astern of us were sunk. He fired three times on us, but we got clear, only few marks of shrapnel on the rail. We were the only boat saved in our group.

SHOTS WHIZING AROUND. “I thought the time had come. He passed us. but never headed us. We were trying to make the land for shelter, but he cut us off.  Shots were whizzing all around us, so I sang out to the to “stick it” to a man, and we might come through, and we did get clear. I think the guardian angel must have been hovering about us. It was a time when a man was tried to his uttermost. We brought in three crews and some dead and wounded men. When the cruiser commenced firing a bird flew to our boat and kept around us during the action. We lost our small boat during action, but she was picked damaged

“There ace 16 drifters sunk and 72 men taken, prisoners, a few killed, and some wounded. Drifters are hardly strong enough for submarines when attacked alone, but when it come, to great cruisers it is all up for drifters.  SOS messages were sent, but no ships of war came in time to save the drifters’’.

Intimation has since been received from the  Admiralty by Skipper Watson’s father – Mr James Watson, 19 John St. Cellardyke-that his gallant son has been offered a commission in the Royal Navy while a letter from one crew of the Morning Star states that his skipper been presented with an Italian medal for valour.

A DONATION of on behalf of the local Red Cross Fund has been received from Mr And. Henderson and the crew of the motor boat “Jane,” Cellardyke. (only one month later Andrew,  his two sons and the other two members of the Jane’s crew were blown up by a mine)


EAST FIFE FISHERMEN ON STRIKE. Serious Situation at Anstruther.

Since the early part of this week there has been a complete stoppage of the fishing industry in Anstruther owing to the demands of the men for better conditions not being conceded by the owners. The harbour is full of drifters, and the men have lifted all their gear from the boats. This serious state of affairs is bound to have a most injurious effect upon the district, and in the interests of the community an early solution is hoped for. The men, it is stated, sent in a request for an eighteenth share and all expenses paid of the gross total. These terms, the fishermen allege, have been in operation in the North for some time, and the men there are now demanding a sixteenth share. At present the fishermen in the Anstruther district are working what they say is nominally a twentieth share, but by the time they pay for their own food, cart hires, &c., it practically amounts to a twenty-seventh share. The owners regard the present terms as quite fair when compared with other ports, but say there was no occasion for the fishermen to take such high-handed action. A further meeting of the men was held yesterday in Cellardyke Town Hall. Mr R. Ritchie presided, and after an address was delivered by Mr R. VV. Clouston. Leith. district secretary of the National Sailors’ and Firemen’s Union, it was resolved to form a branch of the Union. One hundred and twenty-one members were enrolled, and the men have expressed their determination to hold out until their demands are conceded.


The dispute between the fishermen and owners of drifters in Anstruther and Cellardyke still continues, and matters have now reached a deadlock. The Fishermen’s Committee, along with; Mr Clouston, the Union official in charge of the strike, met representatives of the owners and discussed proposals for settlement. These proposals were drawn up by the owners, and asked the fishermen to accept terms on the principle of the twentieth share, eight of which would go to the boat, six to the gear, and six to the crew, no food, cart hires, &c., to be allowed from the gross, total earnings of the boat. The owners also agreed to pay 2 ½ per cent, of the total earnings of the boat to be divided between the crew and gear. These terms were refused by the fishermen, and it was resolved to continue on strike until the original claims put forward by them were conceded the owners. The fishermen’s demands include an eighteenth share, allocated —six to the boat, seven to the crew, and five to the gear. ” We contend,” said Mr Clouston to our representative, “that our claim with regard to the eighteenth share is fairer, as six shares set apart for the boat is ample.” The next step rests with the owners, a few of whom have expressed their determination not to give way. As result of the strike several of the drifters are being offered for sale, while other owners are contemplating beaching them for a time.

 In Anstruther Harbour over 30 steam drifters are lying idle, involving a capital of over £120,000, while the loss in wages for last week, taking the average earnings of each boat at £100, which is a low estimate, amounts to over £3000.

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PRESENTATION TO A NATIVE OF CELLARDYKE IN SOUTH WALES. The “Glamorgan Free Press” of last Friday contains a long report and photo sketch of Mr W. W. Pratt. electrical engineer to the National Collieries, Wattstown, and who is leaving that district to take op an appointment in Western Canada. Mr W. W. Pratt is a son of the late Mr David Pratt, Cellardyke, where he was born. The Free Neel says: —Mr Pratt is a Scotchman typical of hie race, a clever young engineer. and when he came down from Scotland live or six years ago on construction work for his firm, he immediately made a number of friends, and when it was learnt that the popular Scot had been offered and had accepted a position as electrical engineer at, the collieries the news was received with delight. The predominant feeling, now that he is leaving, is one of sincere regret. Mr Clissold presented Mr Pratt with a handsome case of instruments. It was, he said, to him a pleasant duty, as he would have considered it a reflection on them if Mr Pratt had been lamed to leave without some recognition. (Applause.) On behalf of his friends and admirers in Wattstown and Porth he had pleasure in handing him the present subscribed for, and he hoped it would be a source of delight to his family when he came to have one. (Laughter and applause.) Mr Pratt, on rising to reply, was loudly cheered. When he first thought of leaving Wattstown he intended to go away quietly as he came. But his friends had other views, and when he heard that they were arranging to give him a send-off, he had never anticipated that he would be treated like this. When you come to leave a place you find out who, after all, are your real friends, and that they are substantial friends. (Hear, hear.) He thanked them all from the bottom of his heart for the way they had treated him. He would never forget It. The memory of it would live with him always, and his thoughts would often stray back to the friends he left behind.

NOTES AND COMMENTS Apropos of our note the other week on the necessity of securing deeper water at Anstruther Harbour, a Cellardyke fisherman writes: —”l heartily approve of your remarks on the best plan for getting deeper water in Anstruther harbour. I have long maintained, and many more in Cellardyke besides myself, that the most practical way to obtain seven to ten feet of extra water, is to excavate, and have the same depth at the Folly and foot of middle and west piers as at the pier head. Everyone can see what an enormous advantage this would be to the harbour in developing the fishing industry very considerably, and increasing the prosperity of the district. Let the Harbour Commissioners employ an engineer to draw up plans and give a probable estimate of the expense of this scheme, including of course the blasting of the rocks on the outside of the east pier, westwards and southwards. I think it is better to go in for deepening rather than extension, for if we had deeper water to enable boats and drifters to get in at all states of the tide an extension scheme could be resolved upon as the necessity for such made itself felt. You have, wisely, I think, urged the need of the Harbour Commissioners to lodge a claim with the Development Commissioners, as you call them. Then why not consult their engineer at once, and send his report and estimate with their claim to the Commissioners as soon as possible. I suppose all the members of the Harbour Board admit the great need there is for deeper water. Well, let them stop thinking and speaking, and take action. They may have a chance of getting something by sending in a claim, but if they sit still and do nothing, they cannot expect any grant of money. They have our new member of Parliament anxious and willing to do all in his power to assist them, and his powerful support ought to be taken advantage of.



SMITH WATSON. —A t Yonkero, New York, U.S.A., on the 23rd of June, by the Rev. Paul Stratton, George, fifth son of Thomas Smith, fisherman, Cellardyke, to Lilias, eldest daughter of the late William Watson. fisherman, Aberdeen.


MELDRUM. —Ate Skinningrove Hospital, the result of an accident, on board the fishing boat Golden Rule, of Cellardyke, John Meldrum, aged 40 years, son of John Meldrum, shoemaker, West Anstruther, Also their eldest son, James Gerard Meldrum, who died August 5th 1900, from the result of an accident on H.M.S. Charybdis, aged 35 years, and is interred in St John, Newfoundland. Mr and Mrs Meldrum desire to return their sincere thanks for the many kind expressions of sympathy received by them in their recent sad bereavement. Elizabeth Place, West Anstruther. July 10th 1911.

CELLARDYKE. Water Shortage— Owing to the prolonged drought the Cellardyke authorities have restricted the water supply to Cellardyke and Kilrenny to twelve hours, the water being shut off each night at six o’clock until six o’clock the morning. The reservoir Balmonth is down nearly 14 feet, and as there is very little inflow, the supply has to be conserved as much as possible.


FIFE-MANNED STEAM DRIFTER IS LOST, BUT CREW ARE SAVED. Intelligence has been received of the loss of the Shields drifter manned Cellardyke crew and skipper, near Wick. The Roamer, which was engaged the herring fishing, sprung a leak, and made water so rapidly that the pumps choked. Fortunately, the Chance, Wick, another steam drifter, was near and succeeded saving the crew and their gear. The Chance towed the Roamer a considerable distance, but the latter was making water so rapidly that the crew of the former had to abandon their attempt at saving the boat. The Roamer, skippered by Chas. Gen, Cellardyke, was owned by the Roamer Fishing Company, Ltd., North Shields.

WEST ANSTRUTHER. Cycling on Footpath. —A young Cellardyke lad pled guilty before Provost Porter and Bailie Menzies last Friday to having ridden a cycle on the footpath along Pittenweem road. He paid a fine of 5s in alternative to 3 days imprisonment.

CELLARDYKE CREW’S FIND. On Saturday while the steam drifter Capella (DE. 131) skipper, Thos. Boyter, Cellardyke was returning from the herring fishing to Anstruther, and while about sixteen miles east and south from May Island, the crew picked up a toy balloon. On the outside was a printed Liverpool newspaper, while inside was a slip of paper with an intimation that the finder, on returning the same before 3rd August would receive» £1 Needless to say, Skipper Boyter lost no time on his return to the harbour in sending on the document.



MOTION —TAWSE—At Elbow Park, Calgary Canada, on June 20th by the Rev, A.D. Archibald, Knox Church, William, third son of the late Wm. Motion, to Janet Anderson, only daughter of the late Alexander Tawse, Cellardyke. –

McMURRAY – CLARK – At Chicago. Illinois, on the 27th June, by Special Licence, to Christopher R. McMurray to Davina Mackie, daughter of John Clark, Parkview, Cellardyke.


SMART GIRL wanted for Boot Department. Apply JOHN BUTTERS, Cellardyke.

WANTED experienced Cock General, for Leeds, good wages. Apply Comely Bank, Cellardyke, before August 4th.

The friends of Mr Robert Ray, Lecturer in Zoology in the South African College, Cape Town. will be pleased to learn that he has been elected a Fellow of the Linnaean Society. It may be mentioned that the Linnaean Society was founded in London in 1788 in memory of the celebrated Swedish botanist Linnie, commonly called Linnaeus, for the promotion of the study of all departments of botany and zoology, and that most of the leading scientists of this country are Fellows of it.