The Cellardyke Echo – 15/4/2021 – Issue 282

1910

NO FURTHER CONCESSIONS. A deputation of Scottish fishermen had an in interview with Mr Tennant, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade, in London on Thursday with reference to the operation of the new regulations issued by the Department relating to certificates for skippers of fishing boats. The districts represented were Cellardyke, Anstruther, Pittenweem, the Firth of Forth, and the Moray Firth. The deputation was introduced Mr Duncan Miller, M.P., and accompanied by Mr Sutherland, M.P.; Captain Waring, M.P.; Mr Leicester Harmsworth, M.P.; and Mr Munro, M.P.

The regulation to which the members of the deputation directed special attention was the following—A fisherman who has served as skipper or second hand for a year’s fishing in a steam sailing liner or drifter of tons gross and upwards, and can produce evidence as to his genera good conduct, may be granted authority to act skipper or second hand on liners or drifters. For the purpose of obtaining an authority only one man can recognised as skipper and one second hand on each liner or drifter during any particular fishing year.

It was urged by the spokesmen of the deputation that the second hand on board fishing vessels had never been recognised by the Scottish fishermen. The crew of a fishing vessel which had sailed for a season or two stood on equal terms, and were considered equally capable of taking charge of a liner or drifter if the skipper was disabled. The concession they asked the Board of Trade to grant was that a second hand on a fishing boat should not be recognised as having any higher authority than any other member of the crew with the same experience. It was further pointed out that, if a skipper should happen to sell out his share a fishing vessel to the second hand, the latter was not granted an authority to act as skipper without going for an examination. This was held to be great hardship to many experienced fishermen who might not have the necessary education to pass the examination, but who were perfectly well qualified to navigate a vessel

The views of the deputation were expressed by Skipper Murray of Cellardyke; Mr J. Ogilvie, Pittenweem; and James McNaughton, of the Moray Firth Fishermen’s Association, and others.

Mr Tennant, in reply, said the anxiety of the Board of Trade was to safeguard the fishing industry, stimulate it, and foster its interests to the best of their ability. He believed the action which had been taken by the Department would be of lasting benefit to the whole of the marine interests of this country. Safety was the main consideration which they had in view the regulations which had been issued by the Board of Trade.

There had been one or two misconceptions with regard to the effect of these regulations. With the desire of meeting the fishermen in the fairest possible spirit, the Board had made very considerable concessions, and very large alterations in the regulations. With regard to second hands, they had made concession to the effect that man who had been acting in that capacity could come up for examination after he had served six months in a capacity subordinate to the skipper. They had relaxed that regulation further, and said that those men who had five years’ service and who were over 21 years of age .should be allowed come up for the examination at any time after the five years. The examination was of the simplest kind, and should have no terrors for men so well educated as their own countrymen were. The examinations were such, he believed, they could pass with ease. The “authority,” which was granted by the Board of Trade, was authority for a man to act in the capacity in which he had been acting. They could not expect the Board to give a man authority to act in a capacity in which he had not been acting. It was not possible demand to make that they should give authority to act as skipper to a man who had only acted in subordinate capacity. If he had acted in the capacity of skipper the position was changed at once, and the regulation provided that a man who had acted skipper and who passed the simple examination would be entitled to an authority from the Board of Trade. ….

BRIDE’S TRAGIC DEATH, sad story of the tragic fate of a bride elect comes from Cellardyke. Early yesterday morning a young woman, Elizabeth Thompson, 31 years of age, left her bed her father’s house, and, wrapping some clothes around her, walked the beach, and was later found drowned. On the family rising she was missed, and her body was found some hours afterwards. She was to have been married on Friday, and all the preparations had been made. On Monday she was busy making arrangements for the wedding, and was in spirits. No reason can be assigned for the act.

1911

MOTOR ENGINES IN FISHING BOATS. Year by year the chance of the sailing drifter in the herring fishing has decreased. They have been cut out by the steam liners, so that only the winter herring fishing has been left to them. In no business at the present day can a living be made upon an uncertain harvest of a few months in twelve. It pays no one for valuable boats to be laid up for the greeter portion of the year. It has long been recognised that the oil engine, or as more popularly described “the Motor” would eventually give these sailing boats a new lease of life. Anstruther has seen several attempts at applying the oil engine or motor to the sailing drifter, and owing to the very qualified success obtained a few years since the fishermen have been somewhat backward in trying the more recent engines, which undoubtedly have developed in a marvellous manner. The fact that something had to be done, and the success attained at other ports seem to have at last stirred and awakened the Anstruther and Cellardyke fishermen to realise the capabilities of the motor, and that by its adoption the sailing drifter need no longer play second fiddle to the steam drifter, at least so far as sharing out money is concerned. The Sunbeam, ML.16 takes the lead at Anstruther, as the first boat to be fitted with the modern motor, and to Messrs R. & W. Anderson of Cellardyke, as owners of the boat, belong the credit and enterprise of taking a step that will have an immense effect on the well-being and future of Anstruther as a fishing port.

A first run with the motor was made with their boat on Thursday, which partook somewhat of the nature of a holiday excursion. It says much for the motor that although it had been turned round for the first time for half an hour only the previous day, a good run was made to the May Island and back, with what must have been a record in number of passengers. By a misunderstanding the oil fuel supplied to run upon was of a class that had not been previously used with the engine. Indeed up to a year or so ago, such oil was considered quite unsuitable for the motor. In several respects it required different adjustments to the American and Russian oil usually used. Owing to this the full power of the engine was not available. To those who were not aware of the circumstance this was disappointing, while on the other hand it demonstrated very clearly that it took a 1 lot disarrange the motor’s digestion, and that whatever you gave it in the shape of oil it would make the best of it. On Friday another run was made with a strong wind blowing, and s bit of a sea running, in fact the movement was sufficient for one man who boasted of being a blue water sailer succumbing, and being a sadder and for the time a less talkative man. It was a day to thoroughly test the motor, and as the skipper said just out of harbour he was going to do it. The motor came through in flying colours, the boat travelling at a speed that ensured it being well up to the guarantee of 7 ¼  knots in smooth water. In fact notwithstanding the sea and wind and the heavy use of the rudder, the speed of the boat was very much over that of the previous day in a quiet sea; and some of the crew were heard to say, “As fast again.” it was made evident that when the Scotch oils particular requirement were known, and the engine adjusted accordingly, there would be no difficulty in using this oil. The Sunbeam being a very heavy, very full fore, and in fact a bad boat to drive, the trial must be considered eminently satisfactory.

The engine, which is a “Parsons’ Fisherman” with the machinery was supplied and fitted by P. E. Weyman of Pilgrim House, Newcastle on Tyne, who first introduced the motor to Eyemouth boats, and who has probably put in the majority of motors in the east coast drifters so far. It may be of interest to say that the Annie Mearns of Montrose recently fitted with a similar motor made the journey in a heavy sea and wind from Blyth to Montrose at an average speed of over 7 miles as taken by the log and confirmed by the distance, the course being outside the Farne Islands, it being too rough to go inside. Two more Cellardyke boats are being fitted with the same motor, the Harvest Home and Jasper.

1912

On Saturday afternoon a test was made of the new pipes recently laid between Balmonth reservoir, and the foot of the March. All seemed to go well at first, but on Sunday forenoon a burst occurred at the top of the March, near the St Andrews road, which occasioned a considerable flooding in the March ground and surrounding fields. Fortunately, the burst was soon discovered, and the supply screwed off at the reservoir.

1913

YARMOUTH COLLISION CASE. Captain A- Wood. J.P., nautical assessor in the Technical College, Dundee, has just issued his decision collision case off Yarmouth on 29th October, 1912, between two Cellardyke drifters, Carmi III and Guerdon, which were insured in the same company. Both vessels claimed for loss of fishing, and the company offering £135 lie money, left the two skippers to settle who was at fault in the collision. To determine this, the skippers agreed to refer the case to Captain Wood, who after hearing evidence, found that the Guerdon alone was blame for the collision.

1914

At a meeting of Kilrenny School Board last night, a letter was read from Mr Barbour, Headmaster of Cellardyke School, resigning his position, owing to the operation of the age limit. Mr Barbour has been in Cellardyke School for 36 years

Addressing the annual meeting the Cellardyke branch East Coast Fisheries Association on Saturday Mr. Bertram. Central hon, secretary, severely criticised the fishery authorities’ for spending so much on what was called scientific research. They had spent £150,000 on scientific research, and a greater farce one never heard of. Such research might be an educative force for those engaged in it, but it did absolutely nothing to promote the interests of the fishermen. There were too many scientists on the Fishery Board and too few practical men. During the past ten years the number of fishermen in Scotland had decreased by about 7000, and, in face of that, scientific research was of mighty little use. What they required was not scientific research, but definite legislation to protect the vital interests of the fishermen.

The Cellardyke Echo – 8/4/2021 – Issue 281

1900

RESIGNATION OF THE PARISH CHURCH ORGANIST.—Mr Pattison, the organist of the Parish Church, has sent in his resignation on account of want of time to attend the practisings. A successor is being advertised for.

The measles continue to spread, and a number of new cases have broken out this week. Kilrenny School was closed for a week on Friday, the attendance having been affected to a slight extent by the epidemic. So far there has only been one fatal case in Cellardyke, one little girl having died last week with it.

Last Friday evening, while a young boy, the only son of Mr Downey, George Street, was playing at the harbour, be fell over the pier on to the concrete. He seems to have been unconscious for some time before he was discovered. On being taken home, and medical assistance procured, it was found that he had sustained concussion of the brain, but no outward wound. He remained unconscious for some time, but gradually recovered, and is now all right again.

The annual social meeting of those attending the bible class and prayer meeting in connection with the Parish Church, took place on Thursday evening of last week in the Town Hall. There was a very large gathering present, the hall being well filled. After an excellent tea, the Rev. James Ray delivered a short address, in which he stated that the subjects of study at the bible clams meetings during the winter were the books of Esther, Ruth, and Jonah, and that a pleasing feature of the session was the presence of a larger number of the young men of the congregation than they had had for some years back. The busy winter fishing and other causes had latterly hurt the attendance at the prayer meeting, but on the whole he had great reason to be thankful, and his earnest prayer was that God would bless his labours among them. Thereafter a long programme was proceeded with. The bible class choir, under the able leadership of Mr John Hepburn, rendered several part songs with much taste and fine expression.

1901

The annual Licensing Court was held on Tuesday at 11 o’clock forenoon—Provost Thomson and Bailie Butters presiding. The Clerk read a hates from Inspector Maiden, St Andrews, reporting that he had made a careful inspection of the licensed premises in the burgh. Those of Mrs Gardiner, John Street, consist of a dwelling house of 2 rooms about 12 feet square, with a fixed bed in each room, and a washing house and cellar underneath, which could be reached by a hatch door in one of the rooms and by a trap door from the lobby. He found no groceries, and Mrs Gardiner informed him that she had not kept any groceries for several years. The excisable liquors in the house comprised 7 pints of porter, 12 pints of beer, several bottles of whisky, and a jar containing a small quantity of whisky. A son and daughter reside with her. The continuing of this license when no pretence was made to carry on the business of a grocer or general dealer called for the serious consideration of the Magistrates.

Mrs Gardiner was asked what she had to say to the remarks of the Inspector, and replied that she did not keep groceries, and lived in the house where she sold her liquor.

The Provost —The Magistrates, including Bailie Williamson, who is unable to be present, have considered this report, and are unanimous in deciding that unless you make such alterations on your house as will meet the requirements of the Court, and also keep groceries, your license will be withdrawn.

Mrs Gardiner said it was as old house, and was not worth repairing. She had been in it 6 years, and no alteration made in that time.

The Provost- It is quite out of place to have a dwelling house used as licensed premises, and it is for you to say whether you are to agree to make the necessary alterations.

Bailie Butters – l suppose we cannot grant the license to be used as a dwelling house at the same time as a licensed house.

The Provost – No, it must be pure and simple a shop where the business is carried on. The dwelling house may be above, but you cannot occupy the premises used as a place of business as a dwelling house. It becomes a question whether the house is to be repaired or her license renewed.

Bailie Butters – She would require to gut out the place downstairs, and fit is up in a modern style. As Mrs Gardiner said she could not alter her premises and would not keep groceries the license was withdrawn.

She then left the Court, but shortly afterwards returned and said she could make arrangements for living upstairs, but she could not make any alterations or keep groceries.

Bailie Butters – Without the alterations the premises would not be suitable.

The Provost— In addition you must keep groceries. As she would not make this promise, the Magistrates adhered to their decision. The other four licenses, one public house and three licensed grocers, were renewed, the report of the Inspector being of a very satisfactory character.

1902

The boys of this Company were dismissed for the session on Tuesday night. It was decided that the annual trip would take place next month if forty or more boys expressed their willingness to attend. There are 49 boys on the roll and on Tuesday night 22 were present.

Rent your gas Cooker 1902

1903

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that any DOGS found straying in Fowler’ Park, Back of Cellardyke, will be SHOT. This has been rendered absolutely necessary on account of Sheep having been worried.

1905

RUN DOWN BY A GUNBOAT.

INQUIRY INTO FIFE FISHERS’ DEATHS.

CELLARDYKE AND CRAIL MEN DROWNED. Sheriff Armour and jury at Cupar to-day heard evidence in two fatal accident inquiries, one on the sinking of a fishing boat in the North Sea by H.M.S. Speedwell. This was the first case, and the evidence led showed that Robert Smith, fisherman, 43 James Street, Cellardyke, Anstruther, while engaged fishing miles east of Crail in the boat Cornucopia, of Cellardyke, about four o’clock the morning of Saturday, February, was accidentally drowned in consequence of the boat having been run into and sunk by His Majesty’s ship Speedwell. The second inquiry was connection with the death Andrew Cunningham, junior, fisherman, 34 Shoregate, Crail, who was accidentally drowned while fishing on board the fishing boat Ten Brothers, of Crail, the Firth of Forth, half a mile from the harbour at Crail. He was accidentally washed overboard by a wave which passed over the boat. In both cases formal verdicts were returned.

1906

Major Scott Davidson of Cairnie inspected the Cellardyke Boys Brigade on Friday night last week, and was made the recipient of a silver cigarette case by the Brigade for the kindness be had shown them.

Mr John Mackay, Cellardyke, has been appointed skipper of the motor boat Pioneer, which is again been fitted out for the herring fishing on the west coast at Barra, to which she is to sail at the beginning of next month.

FOR Sale, the YAWL, 18 feet long, the Glanner, lying on Slip at Cellardyke Harbour. The Boat and Fittings are all in good order. Apply to ROBIRT WEBSTER 34 Rodger Street, Cellardyke.

1907

The trial trip of the steam drifter The Maggies, belonging to the Messrs Gardner Cellardyke, took place from Anstruther on Monday afternoon when a crowd of 200 people had sail round the May Island and Bass Rock. The drifter maintained speed of ten knots, and the owners were highly delighted with her.

Launch at Anstruther.- Mr Miller yesterday afternoon launched a steam drifter to the order Skipper George Anderson, Cellardyke. This is the fifth vessel launched since last August, and another three are to be built. The drifter was named the Integrity by a niece of the owner. The dimensions are the same as the others – 85 feet length, 18 feet beam, and depth of hold 9 feet. The engines are being made by Messrs Cran, Leith.

The annual treat of the old people of the town took place in the Town Hall on Saturday night, there being a very large attendance. The gathering was under the auspices of five Associations, the Young Men’s Christian Association, Gospel Temperance, Good Templars, and the Christian Endeavours of the Parish and Baptist Church.

1909

At North Shields on Monday, the Smiths’ Dock Co., Ltd., launched a steel drifter to the order of John Gardner (Ritchie), Cellardyke. The drifter which is built to 100 A1 at Lloyds, is 82 ft. keel, by 18 ft. 6 ins. beam, and 9 ft. 6 ins. moulded depth. She is designed for the line and herring fishings, and is fitted up with all the latest improvements. The boat presents a handsome model, and, on leaving the slip, was gracefully christened the “Lily and Maggie ” by Miss Elsie Harvey, adopted daughter of Mr and Mrs Arthur M. Reid, North Shields. The drifter is expected to be engined and ready for sea in about ten days’ time.

The Cellardyke Echo – 1/4/2021 – Issue 280

1935

ANCHORED AT MAY ISLAND

Port Seton Skippers Fined

FATHER AND SON CHARGED

The trial took place at Cupar Sheriff Court yesterday of Thomas Donaldson , skipper of the motor fishing boat Cockenzie Lass , and Thomas Donaldson , jun ., his son , skipper of the Mary , both residing at 9 Seton Place , Port Seton , They were charged that between 7 . 30 p.m. and 9.45 p.m., on March 7, about one hundred yards east of May Island , being within the exclusive fishery limits and on ground where net fishing was actually going on ( 1 ) They anchored their boats ; ( 2 ) placed the boats in such a way as to interfere with fishermen who had already commenced their operations and caused damage to the herring drift nets of the boat Winaway in the charge of John Muir Gourlay fisherman , 14 East Forth Street , Cellardyke; ( 3 ) the boats , being under 150 feet in length and anchored , they failed to exhibit the regulation white lights visible all around the horizon for a distance of one mile . Evidence was led at length and in the course of the examination of the first witness the Fiscal dropped the third charge. The first charge was found proved and each accused was fined £3. The Sheriff said the second charge involved a conflict of evidence as to the cause of the damage to the nets, and had not been proved.

DRIFTED TOWARDS RING-NET BOATS

Gourlay, in evidence, said he was part owner and skipper of the Winaway. He had shot his herring nets, and drifted towards the ring-net boats. He came so close to them that he had to shout, “Get ahead out of our way, and let us haul in our nets.” He thought the ring-net boats were working, and he called out, “You know you can’t ring there when we are hauling our nets.” One of the ring-net boats was anchored down and the other boat was made fast to it. Witness’s nets were fouled by the anchor rope. He cried to the ring-net boat to slip their anchor, and they replied, “If we slip it we will lose it.” “Better lose your anchor than destroy my nets” he said.

The ring-net boats were showing navigation lights. He had 12 nets destroyed, costing £11, 7s. 6d. Captain J. Wright, Fishery Board officer, said the Cockenzie Lass and the Mary had no right to be anchored where they were.

Cross-examined, he said he would not like to say that there was a-feud between ring and drift-net fishermen. There was certainly a lot of feeling between them, and on the 16th of next month an inquiry was to be held into the matter. He was certain the damages to the nets was done by the Cockenzie Lass and the Mary.

“TRESPASSING”

For the defence, Thomas Donaldson, sen ., said he heard the Winaway say , ” Wellspring, ahoy, you are tearing our nets .” The Wellspring replied, “You are tearing your nets yourself. They are fast to the ground. “The Wellspring lifted her anchor and the nets were round her anchor chain. If he had known that there were any drift-net boats about he would not have anchored. Cross-examined, he said he never had a net over that night. He never thought the Winaway’s nets were so close to the May Island. Most of the damage was done before the nets came to him. He put down his anchor in order to have a cup of tea, intending to start if anything were doing.

Sheriff Dudley Stuart-Did it ever occur to you that you were trespassing?—No. I thought it was anchorage ground there. Are drifters forbidden to fish there? Donaldson said he could not answer. Wm. Thomsonone of the crew of the Cockenzie Lass, said the nets came upon them “that quick that we could do nothing.” No damage was done to the nets by his boat’s anchor. Thomas Donaldson jun. said there were about 30 ring-net boats anchored at the-May that evening.

Sheriff Dudley Stuart, in announcing his decision, said he did not propose to take-any notice of the controversy between ring-net and drift net fishermen. ‘

(The start of the enquiry a few weeks later)

SEINE-NET FISHING INQUIRY FIFE SKIPPERS’ EVIDENCE

A public inquiry for the purpose of ascertaining whether or not the byelaw; relating to the seine net fishing the Firth of Forth should be confirmed by the Secretary of State for Scotland was continued today in Parliament House, Edinburgh. The inquiry is conducted by Sheriff R. H. Maconochie, K.C. The case for the fishermen who support the byelaw is being conducted by Mr W. A. Murray, K.C., and Mr T. P. McDonaid, instructed by Alexander Morrison & QC, W.S., Edinburgh, and G. Martin Gray, solicitor, Aberdeen. The ring net fishermen, who object to the byelaw, are represented by Mr R. Morrison, advocate, instructed by Allan McNeil &- Sons, W.S., Edinburgh, and Mr David Chapel, solicitor, Arbroath. When the proceedings resumed to-day the courtroom was again well filled with fishermen.

William Watson, skipper of the motor boot Sunbeam, in examination, said he was fishing within three miles’ radius at Fife Ness last month. He put out anchor nets and went ashore. When he returned the following morning he found eight buoys left out of 23. The buoys were stabbed or cut. He said was quite possible for ring net fishers to keep clear of anchor nets during the night, as they had good enough lights to see the nets were there.

“Willful Damage.”

In his view the damage was wilfully and maliciously done.

David Smith, of Cellardyke, skipper of the Violet Star, said while the ring nets caught all sizes herring, the drift net caught only the mature herring. In his view was not possible for drift net fishing and ring net fishing to be carried on together without causing damage. If continued the result would be that the drift net fishing would be cleared out of the area.

The ring net boats fished only in fine weather, and then they caused a glut the market and prices came down.

Alexander Doig, Cellardyke, master of the motor boat Orion, his evidence stated that some of his anchor nets were damaged by ring-netters in the bay at the east end of Cellardyke. He lost. 18 nets, and it would take £40 to replace them. There was no doubt, he said, that the damage was done by ring-net fishermen who took off the buoys and allowed the nets to sink.

Skipper James Hughes, Pittenweem, of the motor boat Economy, said that ring nets usually fouled the drift-nets. Both types of nets were used in the Forth, and, as far he was aware, prosperous returns could not made on either.

1936

ANSTRUTHER HARBOUR RULE BROKEN FISHING SKIPPERS’ CONTRAVENTION

Entered Port Against Flag Signal

Fishing skippers from Fife and northern ports were charged before Sheriff Dudley Stuart to-day with breaches of the regulations pertaining to Anstruther Harbour.

The charges against them alleged that they failed to regulate their vessels (steam drifters and motor boats) which had a draft exceeding seven feet according to the direction of the Harbourmaster at Anstruther in bringing them into harbour on various dates in March at flood tide when the red flag was showing on the West Pier Lighthouse.

The prosecutions were under the Harbour Docks and Piers Clauses Act, 1847.

Accused were John Muir, West Forth Street, Cellardyke; Alexander Muir, John Street, Cellardyke; Joseph Wilson, James Street, Cellardyke; Charles Foreman, skipper of the Peterhead drifter Renown; George Anderson, skipper of the drifter Lemnos; George Herd, skipper of the steam drifter Cloverdale; John Sutherland, skipper of the motor fishing boat Benison, and James Brunton, James Street, Cellardyke. Pleas of not guilty were advanced on behalf of Alexander Muir and Charles Foreman and their cases were continued until 5th May.

Warning to Others.

Mr R. C. Davidson, solicitor, Cupar, who conducted the prosecutions on behalf of the Anstruther Harbour Commissioners, said that he did not ask for a severe penalty and suggested that the expenses should be paid the accused. Those prosecutions were being brought as a warning to others. The regulation was enable smaller boats to get into the harbour first, congestion occurring when all the boats tried to get in at once to land their catches.

Those who pleaded guilty were each ordered to pay 25s expenses. Similar charges against John Donaldson, skipper of the motor boat Daisy; Joseph Campbell, skipper of the motor boat Fountain; Andrew Anderson, Abbey Wall Road, Pittenweem, were withdrawn.

John Muir said that there were a lot of boats going before him, and not one of them was pulled up, and they thought that they were entitled to go in as well them. He said that at all the ports he had been if the flag was against them no boats could get in. He then asked if the harbourmaster had any right to “cry” in any boat. Joseph Wilson said they were all coming in with the red flag up. They did not know how they were working with the harbourmaster.

“Pushed Into Harbour.”

Then the case of Charles Foreman was called, his Lordship read a letter From foreman, which was to the effect that he was pushed into the harbour by the weight other boats. Accompanying this letter was medical certificate stating that Foreman was unfit to appear. His Lordship reminded the Court of his comments on such a certificate a week ago, and said “Again I say that this certificate is not according to form. It is not on soul and conscience.”

He treated the letter as a plea of not guilty, and continued the case until 5th May, along with Alexander Muir. On behalf of George Anderson, Mr David S. Shaw, solicitor, Cupar, said that all the other boats were doing it, and this man also did it. Mr Shaw commented that the man who broke the rule and got into the harbour first got his catch away early. It was the custom most harbours to hoist flags indicating the depth of the water in the harbour. The exception was at Anstruther, where only a red flag was hoisted when no boats could come in. A similar explanation was advanced Mr Shaw on behalf of Herd, and, referring to Sutherland’s case, Mr Shaw said that he was close into the harbour and did not have sufficient time to stop his boat.  He drew up at the harbour mouth, lay there for an hour, and watched other boats coming in against the red flag. He saw a man whom he was sure was the harbourmaster signalling him in, and then came into the harbour.

1939

The Boat Tavern had been up for sale in 1938 and in 1939 John Wilson Spirit dealer 16 John Street Cellardyke was granted the licence for the public house at 14 John Street.

The Cellardyke Echo – 26/3/2021 – Issue 279

FIFE COAST WRECK

TRAWLER ASHORE OFF MAY ISLE – CREW RESCUED BY ANSTRUTHER BOAT

A plucky rescue was effected early on Saturday morning the skipper and crew of the Anstruther motor fishing boat Winaway.

The Aberdeen trawler Ethel Crawford, owned by R. W. Lewis, went ashore on the North Ness, May Island, and was badly holed.

The crew of the damaged vessel drew attention to their plight by burning their bedding, and clever seamanship on the part of the Winaway’s crew resulted their rescue.

They lost all their belongings.

The crew of the Ethel Crawford were: —George Baxter, skipper; John Baxter, mate; Redvers Sim, second fisherman; John and Edward Taylor, deck hands; John Stephen, chief engineer; John Riddoch. second engineer; Jas. Fyfe and Jas. Stewart, firemen—all Aberdeen; and Andrew cook, Buckie.

 STRUCK A REEF.

The Ethel Crawford left Granton about halt-past one on Saturday morning for the  fishing grounds at the Shetlands. While endeavouring to keep clear of the Anstruther fishing fleet the vessel went too near the Isle of May, and struck a reef on the Nor’ Ness.

She was badly holed, and, realising the seriousness of their plight, the crew immediately sent up signals of distress by burning their bedding as flares.

The Winaway answered the signals, but was unable to come alongside the trawler owing to the heavy seas.

A line was thrown from the Anstruther boat to the Ethel Crawford, whose small boat was then launched and the crew transferred to the Winaway, three at time.

LOST EVERYTHING.

The crew were unable to rescue their clothes and lost everything. Great credit is due to the seamanship the skipper and crew of the Winaway, who left their nets and went immediately to rescue of the trawler’s crew.

The crew of the Ethel Crawford were landed at Anstruther and taken to Mr A. N Cunningham, who, in turn, brought them to Mr H. Watson, joint hon. secretary of the local branch of the Shipwrecked Fishermen’s and Mariners’ Society.

The crew were fed, and those who were in need of clothes were also provided for. Some of men had no boots. They were also given railway passes to take them to their homes in Aberdeen and Buckie.

MODEST SKIPPER.

In an interview with a “Courier and Advertiser” representative, Mr John Gourlay, 14 East Forth Street, Cellardyke, the skipper of the Winaway, was inclined to make light of the gallant part he and his men played in rescuing the stranded crew.

Modestly he remarked “We only did what any other boat would have done in the circumstances.” Skipper Gourlay said noticed the distress shortly before four o’clock.

“The first indication we got that anything was wrong,” said, “was when we saw huge flare.

“At first I thought it was a boat on fire, but I saw steam rising I assumed it must be the trawler which we had noticed previously. We were about three-quarters of a mile away, but within a short time were near enough to take off the crew.

DEEP IN WATER.

“The Ethel Crawford’s stern was deep in the deep water, and the crew had no time to rescue their belongings. Most of the crew were in their bunks; they had to come away in whatever they were wearing.

“One man had working suit and a good suit of clothes lying beside, him. In his haste he grabbed at one of the suits and happened to be the working suit.

“One man had an oilskin coat with him and another a cap, and many of them needed fresh clothing.” It is feared the Ethel Crawford has become a total loss.

BUCKIE MAN’S STORY OF WRECK

“Awakened by Grinding Shock”

Andrew Wilson, the cook of Ethel Crawford, interviewed the “Courier and Advertiser” at his home in Buckie, where arrived on Saturday night, described the wreck and the rescue.

“About one o’clock on Saturday morning the trawler left Granton for the fishing grounds,” he said, “and the crew went to bed. We were rudely awakened by a grinding shock which brought us on deck to find had run upon the tail of May Island.

“We were the weather side of the island, and heavy seas were breaking.”

Mr Wilson went on to relate how they burned flares of bedding and paraffin till they got an answer, half hour later.

The vessel was making water rapidly, the level in the engine-room rising to the fires.

“Three Anstruther herring boats were seen approaching. These boats had cut adrift from their herring nets and rushed the rescue.

“One boat, the Winaway, venturing as near as was safe, managed to cast a line aboard the trawler, which enabled a stout rope to be passed between the two vessels.

“One small boat was then launched, and were transferred three a time to the Winaway. We abandoned the trawler just as we stood,” concluded Wilson.

1931

FISHERY BOARD FOR SCOTLAND -CELLARDYKE MAN’S APPOINTMENT

Official announcement has been made of the membership of the reconstituted Fishery Board for Scotland consequent upon the death of the chairman, Mr D. T. Jones, and other changes.

The King has been pleased, on the recommendation of the Secretary of State for Scotland, to approve the appointment of Mr George Hogarth, secretary to the Fishery Board for Scotland, to be a member and chairman of the Board during His Majesty’s pleasure, in the place of Mr D. T. Jones, C.8.E.. F.R.S.E., deceased.

His Majesty has also approved the appointment of the following to be members of the Board for a period of five, years from January 21, 1931:

Mr William Lyon Mackenzie, K.C., Sheriff of Ayrshire (legal member and deputy chairman):

Mr D’Arcv Wentworth Thompson, C.8., M.A., D.Litt., F.R.S., Professor of Natural History, St Andrews University (scientific member);

Sir Malcolm Smith. K.B.E.. Leith;

Mr William W. Carstairs, Cellardyke, Fife;

Mr W. J. Merson (fishcurer.), Provost of Buckie; and

Mr George Slater, C.B.E. (fishcurer), Aberdeen.

The last three are new members. The New Chairman. Mr George Hogarth, who has been selected to succeed Mr Jones, is a native of Edinburgh, where he was born in 1879. He was dux of the Royal High School, and entered the Civil Service as a member of the staff of the Estate Duty Office in 1899. In 1912 he was transferred to the Fishery Board for Scotland with the appointment of chief clerk. Since 1920 he has acted as secretary to the Board, a position to which he was promoted when Mr Jones, the former secretary, was appointed chairman.

No intimation has been made as to the appointment of a new secretary to succeed Mr Hogarth.

Bailie William W. Carstairs. Anstruther, is sole partner in the firm of John Martin & Co., manufacturers, Cellardyke. The son of a Cellardyke fisherman, he entered John Martin & Co.’s employment in minor capacity, and has now become sole proprietor of the business, which gives employment to about 180 workpeople. Bailie Carstairs recently designed a new motor drifter which contains many novel features, and in which an exceptional interest has been taken by the fishing industry. It is claimed for this new boat that her cost is much less than a new wooden or steel drifter, while she can carry the same fleet of nets.

1932

HOUSING SCHEME AT CELLARDYKE

At the monthly meeting of Anstruther Town Council, Bailie Cook, convener of the Housing Committee, submitted plans of the proposed new housing scheme Fowler Street, Cellardyke. The scheme consisted of two blocks of four houses each and two blocks of two houses. The committee recommended that two-roomed bungalows be substituted in place of the cottage type proposed previously. The Council approved of the plans. With regard to the fencing round the gardens it was resolved to obtain estimates the cost of the erection of a wire fence and a brick wall and consider the alternative prices next meeting. The Council agreed to install gas boilers instead fire places in the small bedrooms of the flatted houses.

1933

WHIST DRIVE AND PRESENTATION AT CELLARDYKE. Under the auspices of Gardner’s Motor Service. Anstruther, whist drive was held in Cellardyke Town Hall, when Mr Hughes, Pittenweem, and  Miss Jeanie Smith, West Anstruther (both employees), were presented with a mantelpiece clock on the occasion of their approaching marriage. The presentation was made by Mr T. Gardner.

The cardmaster was Mr W. Brown, and the prizes were handed over by Mrs T. Gardner to the

The East Neuk’s Grand Old Man of the Sea By MRS A. R. ROWLANDS

When ye see the May Licht a abune the tap o’ the highest wave ye’re safe to mak’ Anster harbour”  was the storm-lore imparted by an old-time mariner to his son now a well-known Cellardyke skipper.

Nowhere on the coast of the Fifeshire peninsula is there such a dangerous rock bound shore as that washed by the Forth, and lying between Fifeness and Kincraig Point, Elie.

 Hence the reason for one of earliest lifeboats relegated to “The Kingdom” being stationed at Anstruther.

It has fallen to Mr John Jack, James Street, Cellardyke, to have this unique experience of spending eighty three years of life in connection with the district lifeboat ,he has he proudly asserts served on three such boats,  and it is now his sole ambition to assist at the launching of the fourth, the new motor lifeboat which is shortly to supersede the present sailing-vessel.

In 1880 Mr Jack “signed on” as one of the crew of the Admiral Fitzroy. This vessel was succeeded by the Royal Stuart which in turn gave place to the present vessel the James and Mary Walker.

The Launch of the last-named boat was unparalleled in the annals of lifeboat history, for she slipped from her cradle with sails unfurled and billowing in the breeze. Contrary to the expectations and outspoken criticism of the spectators, she took to the water as gracefully as one of our “sea maws.”

Anster’s Four Coxswains

Anstruther’s lifeboats, from their earliest have proudly vaunted their four coxswains who hold simultaneous office. These four concurrent appointments were made so that, though the others might be absent at the various “fishings, one man at least, should be at home to “carry the boat.”

During the winter herring season only were the four coxswains together available for duty. To prevent friction arising during this period, a superintendent coxswain was appointed to take full control of the boat.

A rock-bound coast and lee-shore upon which the south-east wind vents its full and direct fury renders the waygoing of the lifeboat a peculiarly difficult and dangerous venture. Before reaching the open sea, she must accomplish the well-nigh impossible task of crossing the harbour bar, and rounding the point of a pier hidden by clouds of spray.

She must then tack round and approach the distressed vessel from the weather-side, that is with the wind in her favour.

A lifeboat is destined for the preservation, not for the casting away of lives; it is the prerogative therefore of the coxswain to determine whether or not he shall risk the safety of his boat and crew in going to the rescue of a doomed vessel. Should the crew volunteer along with him, then he puts out to sea, and it stands to the honour and credit of the lifeboat crews that no man ever withdraws. It is indeed only after repeated attempts at rescue that any of our lifeboats have ever failed in their objective.

Beating Berwick to it

An example of coxswain and crew’s persistence and daring was given many years ago when a local vessel, the Providence, while making for the home harbour, was caught in a sudden stupendous gale. Disabled by a broken mast, and with her anchor caught on the Isle of May cable, she was cast on the rocks of the Billow Ness, where, buffeted by the breakers, she was in imminent danger of being dashed to pieces.

At half-past one in the morning the James and Mary Walker responded to the warning gun; but so high were the Cellardyke mountainous seas that the harbour bar became an insurmountable barrier. Thrice the lifeboat essayed to reach the open Firth, and her third attempt was almost disastrous, for she was caught the grip of the waves and dashed to the back of the pier.

The report hereafter arose that the North Berwick lifeboat, launched from a weather shore and having in consequence a following wind, was proceeding to the scene.

“Gin the Berwick lifeboat taks aff thae men, it’ll be slur on Cellardyke fishermen a’ their days,” commented a bystander on the pier.

“Wha’ll volunteer along wi’ me, an’ I’ll gang fourth time!” bawled the coxswain above the storm.

In response the crew once more manned the lifeboat. This time she succeeded reaching the stranded vessel; “standing by in case assistance was needed.

The gale, however, somewhat abated its force, and the Providence having rigged a jurv-mast, and having also fortunately cleared her anchor, made Anstruther harbour in safety.

Her encounter with the back o’ the pier cost the James and Mary Walker four holes her hull

“ . . . an’ a Newfun’lan’ Dug “

“It’s gey queer,” commented the old fisherman, “that when the gun roars out its warning call to the lifeboatmen, it’s either the mirkest oor o’ the nicht. or else the tide’s at its lowest ebb.”

It was in the ” wee sma’ oors ” of the morning that the summons came to rescue a steamer cast ashore on the rocks below St Monans’ Kirk. In extreme haste the boat was launched, and sore was her strain against the storm before she drew alongside the trapped vessel.

It was with much gusto that Mr Jack related how, during her hurried launch, the boat caught the side of her carriage and almost ripped off her rudder, ” but,” he finished with evident pride, “they took aff eighteen men an’ a Newfun’lan’ dug. We jaloosed, ye ken, that there wis something wrang wi’ the boat, but we jist keepit her gaun; when we got hame we had look at her, an’— her rudder wis nearly a’ torn awa’.”

Mountainous seas driven by furious gales against a lee-shore; piers and seadykes hidden by the spume and spray of the breakers; handful of weatherbeaten fishermen, and a gallant boat turning a determined bow to the elements, setting out to quest her way amid the tumultuous billows—these are the scenes recalled by an old man’s tales.

Eyes dimmed by eighty-three years’ vigil sparkle once more, and the voice resumes its old-time timbre as the veteran relives past days.

Always Second Cox.

Many speeches of congratulation have been made, and many messages sent to our Grand Old Man of the Sea but none has given him more pleasure than the letter sent by our member for East Fife, Mr J. Henderson Stewart.

“An’ it’s in his ain haund o’ write,” said the recipient as he fondled the cherished missive before handing it over again to the safe keeping of “the wife.”

“But I never was coxswain,” was the conclusion of Mr Jack’s narrative.

“Ay,” he added slyly, nodding at his beaming consort on the opposite side of the hearth, ” I wis aye on the lifeboat, jist the same as I am at hame, second cox.” JOHN JACK

1934

CELLARDYKE FISHERMAN’S DEATH INQUIRY.

A formal verdict was returned at Cupar yesterday in an inquiry into the death of Thomas Anderson, fisherman, 7 Dove Street, Cellardvke, who on 7th February fell overboard from the fishing boat Just Reward in the Firth of Forth, about a mile north of May Island.

It was stated that after Anderson had fallen overboard he was seen in the water 25 yards away, but he disappeared, and, despite the fact that the searchlight was put and a life-belt thrown, there was no trace of the deceased. The vessel searched for about an hour.

DUNDEE OFFICERS HONOURED RESCUES FROM BURNING LINER

Awards from French Government

Awards for gallantry to Dundee, Monifieth, and Cellardyke ship’s officers are announced.

At Liverpool Town Hall this week the Lord Mayor presented diplomas and medals behalf of the French Government to Captains Kershaw and Owens of the Liverpool steamers Mahsud and Contractor, and to officers and members of the crews.

The awards are in recognition of their gallantry in rescuing over 260 persons from the new French liner Georges Phillipar when she was destroyed by fire on 16th May 1932.

Among recipients of the awards are:— Third Officer J. S. Richardson, of the Mahsud, who resides Penninah, Monifieth (diploma and silver medal first class); Mr T. M. Gardner, of 18 Fowler Street,. Cellardyke (diploma and silver medal of” second class);………………….

The Cellardyke Echo – 18/3/2021 – Issue -278

1860

ESTIMATES WANTED, FOR ERECTING a CHAPEL and VESTRY at East Green, according to Plans and Specifications which will be shewn James Fowler, Cellardyke ; by whom Offers will be received to the 20th inst. Information will also be furnished by Mr J. Hall, Architect, St Andrews. Anstruther.

The next article appeared in Local Papers, The Scotsman and this version was extracted from “The Star of Gwent” Cellardyke hits the news in Wales.

Some excitement is at present occasioned in the small town of Cellardyke, in the East Neuk of Fife, by the breaking out of the revival movement. Meetings are held every night, which are protracted to late hours, and at which all the signs of the revival movement are exhibited. At these meetings there have been various instances of prostration, and wailings and moanings are heard proceeding from the audiences, who assemble in small groups in the various corners of the room, each group engaging separately in devotional exercises, which are in instances conducted by mere boys and girls who have been suddenly “converted.” One or two of the clergymen in Anstruther, the adjoining town, are encouraging the movement; but others are trying to put down all exciting meetings. While an improvement is admitted to have taken place in the habits of a portion of the population by the movement, it has been apparently attended by the same painful effects as have been observed in other quarters. One girl is said to be permanently affected in her mind, and scenes have occurred on the streets which are by no of a creditable character, such as small groups of girls going about the street telling those persons they met that they had “found peace noo,” and ethers singing with great vehemence matches of hymns

A few days later

The Revival Movement. – The religious awakening in this place, which we noticed last week, still continues, though in a somewhat subdued degree. Meetings still continue to be held every night in every available place, and during the day clergy and some others go through the different houses to impart religious knowledge. The evening meetings are all presided over by some of the ministers, and the greatest caution has been taken to keep down all undue excitement, though we question the policy of the plan adopted at some of the meetings of allowing some of the “new converts,” as they are called, to address the audience and relate their religious experiences. The readiness and zeal with which these individuals step forward to address their fellow sinners is somewhat remarkable, as also the prayers they will offer up in the presence of some hundreds. New-born zeal is always impetuous, however, and we only sincerely hope that the light they confess has been imparted to them will be of abiding nature, and bring forth fruit. It cannot be denied that much good has been done, and there is a great apparent reformation in the lives and conduct of some who formerly held quite different character. Since the movement began, there has been marked increase in the attendance at all the churches, and apparent attention to the teachings of the ministers. Another pleasing feature in it is its catholicity, for in the same meeting were to be found Established. Free, U.P., Baptist, and E.U. ministers and elders, all labouring for the same end, and each in turn taking part in the proceedings. We are sorry to learn, however, that a schism, or rather inclination to inculcate sectarian views and doctrines, has arisen among the clergy themselves, to the grief of those who looked upon the movement favourably. It is a pity that such should be the case, when so much apparent good was beginning to appear. During the first of this week, a great number of strangers have paid the place a visit, to witness for themselves the working of a religious revival; and some of the fishermen themselves have gone as deputations to other towns, far and near, with a view of exciting them to a similar demonstration. One practical proof of the good that has been done, we cannot help relating. A certain man, now in business on his own account, has, since the revival-commenced, paid the employer with whom he learned his trade a visit, and refunded the sum of 30s which he said, he had appropriated in small sums to his own use while an apprentice, and the reason given for this “confession of the conscience” was, that could not now remain a Christian until he had it off his conscience.

1861

The Herring Fishery.— The following letter has been addressed by Mr Methuen to the Secretary of the Board of Fisheries: Leith, 13th March, 1861. Sir, —The illegal destruction of herring fry is as great this morning at Newhaven as usual, since illegal nets have been permitted by the Hon. Board of Fisheries Regulation of 3d Jan., 1861, whereby millions of young herring fry have been, and are being, destroyed. I find it is of no use requesting the members of the hon. Board to go to Newhaven any morning to see the destruction of young herring fry and herrings of all sizes in myriads, this illegal destruction still continues under the cognisance of yourself, the hon. Secretary of the Board, and of your two commanders and forty armed men. With twenty-six officers of the Fishery at your beck, and with all this force, which you keep lying snugly in Granton Harbour, or cruising without orders, instead of enforcing the Acts of Parliament, our valuable fisheries are being destroyed. If you, the appointed secretary and protector of the herring spawn and fry, and seizer of all illegal nets, give liberty to fish contrary to the Acts of Parliament, I ask you and the hon. Board how the fisheries can be expected to produce full-grown herrings to Crown brand at 4d per barrel, to pay your expenditure of about £14,000 per annum? And, the branding system is expected to be self-supporting, by 4d per barrel charged on full-grown herrings, I ask it can be expected to do so when you make regulations to destroy the young herrings (and by this you scatter and disperse all other fish) ? This morning, I am told, an Edinburgh fishmonger has bought all the cod brought into Newhaven at 5s to each. I recollect, when no garvie herring fry fishing was allowed, I cured thousands of cod at 3d and 4d each, caught between Burntisland and Kincardine, on which ground not a cod is now to be got; and at the great cod emporium of Cellardyke, the cod fishing, instead of three score for a boat’s fishing, has dwindled down to about half a dozen cod; and as to haddocks, your permissive destruction has driven the haddocks from their usual haunts —insomuch that the patience of the fishermen from Berwick-on-Tweed to Caithness put to the severest test by poverty and want that ever existed (exclusive of the towns in the Forth, who are benefited by illegal fishing, and the large herrings also having been driven from their usual haunts.) I do not wonder at your being still to learn, as it appears— by your going in the cutter trawling for herring spawn, instead of seizing Illegal nets, by which myriads of young herrings have been daily destroyed under your very eyes—you have forgot the lesson you ought to have learned years ago, by trawling spawn off Ballantrae ; so that you seem never to have got practical knowledge of our fisheries. We have the highest authority for stating that any house thus divided against itself cannot stand, I am, &c., James Methuen. Hon. B. F. Primrose, Secretary, Board of Fisheries, Edinburgh,

1862

On the evening of Saturday last a concert of vocal and instrumental music, under the patronage of the officers of the Third Fifeshire Volunteers, was given in the Infant Schoolroom, Cellardyke, by the brass band of that corps and other local amateurs. Shortly before the proceedings commenced the band promenaded the town, playing a number of lively airs, which excited quite a sensation, and added in no small measure to the interest of the occasion. The programme consisted of a judicious selection of humorous and sentimental songs and popular tunes of the day; and its several pieces were given with much taste and spirit, and appeared to be very gratifying to the very numerous auditory, which, of course, was mostly composed of the seafaring portion of the community. It were invidious to particularise where all were entitled to the warmest commendation, both on account of the disinterestedness of the performers and the excellence of their performance. We may mention, however, that the duet of ” Row well, my boatie,” by the Messrs Williamson, was received with marked favour, and encored. Several songs Messrs Hay, Thomson, and Bertie, were also greeted with hearty approbation.

1863

On Friday last week, Cellardyke boat landed here a shark, which they had caught on their great line. It measured nine and a-half feet in length, and was nearly five feet in girth. It was purchased by Mr Todd, fishcurer, for 10s—being only valuable for its liver. On the previous day, another Cellardyke boat captured one much larger. It also had become entangled in the lines, and was brought to the surface of the water and secured with considerable difficulty. The crew, however, were unable to take it on board of their boat; and after extracting two basketfuls of the liver, the carcase was abandoned. They were both of the blue species, rarely found in the Firth; but which, at the distant fishing ground now resorted to by our boats are not unfrequently met with.

1864

As one of the Cellardyke boats, of which Mr George Barclay is skipper, was prosecuting the great line fishing last week, large shark of the blue species was captured on the hooks. With some difficulty the “scourge of the seas” was taken on board the boat and landed our harbour on Saturday last, when it excited very general curiosity. It measured 9 feet inches in extreme length, and weighed 5 ½  cwts. The fishermen received 15s for it from Thomas Cormack, fish-curer, Cellardyke, who purchased it for the liver, which yields oil of considerable value.

1865

James Christie, carter, from Cellardyke, was charged with having, on the 10th February, assaulted Andrew Anderson, flesher, near Anstruther Easter, with a walking stick, to the effusion of his blood, and serious injury his person. The accused pled not guilty, but after proof had been led he was found guilty, and sentenced to pay a fine of 30s, or prison for twenty days.

Cheap Loaves.—An extraordinary spirit of competition present exists amongst the bakers here and Cellardyke, in consequence of which the fine 4lb. loaf was reduced Wednesday week from 5d to 4½d, and the following day from the latter rate to 4d. We understand the object of the party who was the first to move in the matter, is to suppress the retail trade, and bring the baker into direct connection with the consumer of his bread. With the lowest quotations of flour at 31s 6d per sack, it is not, however, to be presumed that the public will long enjoy the benefit with which they are in the meantime being privileged.

The Anstruther Harbour Commissioners Clerk reported that Lieutenant Bainbridge, of the Coastguard, had had an interview with the Cellardyke fishermen in reference to procuring a life-preserving or Manby’s Apparatus at this harbour, but that the Board of Trade, in answer to their application, had intimated that, these apparatuses being supplied at Elie, Fifeness, and St Andrews, they deemed the supply sufficient for the coast. The Lieutenant advised the fishermen keep on board their boats a sufficient number of life buoys and cork jackets, as being most serviceable in cases of danger, and being more use them than Manby’s rockets, which, in the case of fishing boats, might turn out lather disadvantageous than otherwise to them. The fishermen appeared concur the recommendations made them.

1866

FIFE. IN CONSEQUENCE of the Short Hour Movement, and the rise in Journeymen’s Wages, the Master Tailors of Elie, Monance, Pittenweem, Anstruther, and Cellardyke, have agreed to Raise and Equalise the Price of Garments they make up from ten to twelve per cent., on and after the First Day of March, 1866.

WANTED, a few JOURNEYMEN SHOEMAKERS to Rivet and do Pegged Work Apply to John Gilchrist Cellardyke, Fife.

TO WOODCUTTERS. WANTED, ESTIMATES for Cutting Down and Dressing a few Acres of Wood at Lochty in the Parish of Carnbee. Fifeshire. The Wood may be seen on Monday, April 2nd, on application to Mr David Gibb, Farmer, Over- Carnbee; and Offers must be sent in not later than Friday, April 6th, to Thomas Cormack, Anstruther. Cellardyke Saw Mills,

1867

At Burgh Criminal Court held here on Monday—Provost Todd and Bailie Brown on the bench -James Gardiner, boat skipper, Cellardyke, was charged with having caused, along with Michael Trainer, an Irish labourer, and James Dick, fisherman, Cellardyke, disturbance in Mrs Forrester’s inn on the evening of Saturday. the 23d ult. The panel pleaded not guilty. When evidence was called for the prosecution, Mrs Forrester, the keeper of the inn, deponed that at the time and place in question, James Gardiner entered her house and caused a disturbance with Trainer, who had been previously sitting perfectly quiet. William Pattie, carter, and John Driver, mason, gave evidence that a brawl had taken place between Trainer and Dick, the former saying that all the Cellardyke fishermen were “rogues;”’ but that Jas. Gardiner no way conducted himself in improper manner. Other two witnesses were called, but they failed to make an appearance. The bench, therefore, held that the indictment was not proved, and the panel was accordingly dismissed from the bar. The result of the trial appeared to give great satisfaction the large audience, as it called forth a general burst of applause, which, of course, was immediately suppressed.

The Late French Fishing Exhibition.—ln compliance with the general invitation which was issued to the fishing interests in this country by the promoters the International Fishery Exhibition Boulogne-sur-Mer in 1866, for specimens of British cured fish, fishing implements, gear, 4c., Messrs .Sharp & Murray, general merchants and manufacturers, Cellardyke, sent thither samples their fishing lines and cotton nets. In the course of the last few days this enterprising local firm have had the satisfaction of receiving an official communication from M. Paillard, the president of the commission, announcing that articles transmitted them to the Exhibition had obtained honourable mention, and at the same time paying handsome compliment to the superior quality and make up both the lines and netting. This flattering recognition and acknowledgment of the excellence of the Cellardyke specimens is the more gratifying from the fact that those specimens were not, as is usually the case, specially made for the Exhibition, but were simply fair average sample of the fishing gear commonly supplied Messrs Sharp & Murray, and which is so deservedly in the highest requisition the leading stations on the east coast.

Daring Cases of Burglary.—On Tuesday morning two places of business in Cellardyke—the one the shop of Mr John Gilchrist, shoemaker, the other being the extensive mercantile premises of Messrs , Sharp & Murray—were discovered have been broken into during the night some party or parties in most daring and deliberate manner. In both cases a similar method was adopted to obtain entrance, from which, with other circumstances, it would appear that the same individuals, or it might be the same gang, had been the perpetrators. Mr Gilchrist’s shop, which contained a large and miscellaneous stock of groceries well as of boots and shoes, is on the middle flat of the building, but is level with the street in front. The burglars, however, had without much difficulty climbed up the windows of an apartment communicating with the shop, when they had obtained an entrance by lifting the under sash, the bolt or fastening of which they had removed by smashing in pane of glass. Once inside the thieves appeared to have made a deliberate survey of the premises, of course, with the view of obtaining money, but fortunately, with the exception of three or four shillings worth of coppers, in the till all the money had been removed when the shop was closed on Monday evening. The burglars, however, were resolved not go away empty handed, for besides emptying the till they also carried of about six pounds of tobacco and three pairs of women’s boots, least so far as Mr Gilchrist or his employees are aware. In breaking the pane of glass one of the thieves would appear to have cut his hand severely, as marks of bloody hand were left on various parts of the shop-fittings and floor. The fact that the shop had been broken into was first discovered about six o’clock in the morning by Peter Campbell, the foreman of Mr Gilchrist’s shoemaking establishment, who gave the earliest notice of the occurrence, for although Mr Gilchrist resides above the shop, on either side of which there are also dwelling houses, nothing whatever was seen or heard of the thieves. One thing however is certain, and that is they must have been familiar with the locale of the premises, for their first attempt to enter the shop was made forcing open the insecure door of a cellar, which communicates with the flat above by trap door, but which they found impossible to open from some casks being piled upon it.

In the case of Messrs Sharp and Murray’s premises the thieves obtained entrance, as we have said, in a precisely similar manner. They likewise showed here familiar knowledge with the neighbourhood, by selecting part the building where they were least likely to be detected. Their point of ingress was one of the west windows of the large southern wing, which runs parallel with the west pier of the harbour, and which they found easy ascent from the roof of adjoining outhouse. To still a greater extent than in the former case the thieves were disappointed in carrying off money booty, for as the door leading to the front shop was firmly fastened up, they were unable to find their way beyond the store. Their attention appears to have been drawn to some bottles of vinegar, which they had no doubt eagerly seized at first, in the belief that they were brandy, but in finding out their true contents they left them behind. Three or more large cheese, however, proved more tempting, and these, with a tin of marmalade, were carried off. The cheese would seem to have been sufficient burthen for the thieves, for after consuming about two pounds of the jelly, they cast the tin away about two hundred yards from Messrs Sharp and Murray’s door. The police constable was communicated with as soon possible both cases, but notwithstanding the most careful inquiries no clue can found as to who are the guilty parties. Indeed, beyond the marks the blood in Mr Gilchrist’s shop, and tracks of heavy boot, with hob nails in the sole, in the neighbouring ground, no other trace would seem to exist of the burglars, except the loss they have occasioned.

1868

Industrial Exhibition – Wick

Fisheries …. Mr Charles Bruce showsthe only samples of oil clothing manufactured in Wick. Messrs J. Ireland & Son, Buekhaven, Fife have forwarded some of their nets for exhibition, and Mr John Martin, Cellardyke, shows a large number of lines, twines and samples of oil clothing

The Board of Trade Barometer.—We understand that an official notification has been received, to the effect that the barometer which was supplied to this place some years ago by the Board of Trade through the Board of Fishery, will be removed soon as the barometer which has been presented to the Cellardyke fishermen by the lady donor of the lifeboat is erected in the gable of the lifeboat-house. The intimation giving the notice of the removal of the barometer states that these instruments are simply given “loans.” and not as gifts, by the Government, and that they fall to be removed as soon any locality in possession of them comes to have another by private donation or otherwise, the object of the authorities in removing the barometer in such case being that it may be fitted in a locality not as yet provided with them, in order that meteorological observations may be as extensive and complete over the coast possible. As this barometer is acknowledged to be one of the best of its class, it is much to be regretted that the locality should lose the benefit of it, and this is more especially the case when it is considered that if a site had been selected for the new barometer accordance with the wishes of its benevolent donor and the feelings of the Cellardyke fishermen, to whom the gift was made, no such unfortunate issue would have taken place. It only remains to be hoped that effort will yet be made by our fishermen to have the barometer placed, in Cellardyke, and so retain the present one in Anstruther.

1869

Registering of Fishing Boats. – During the week the fishermen of Cellardyke have made considerable progress in registering and numbering their fishing boats, as required by the recent order of the Board of Trade. In this novel and therefore embarrassing duty, the fishermen have found a valuable friend in William Gillis, Esq., fishery officer, who has most kindly given his experience and help in filling up the forms required by law. The changes caused by the new system are somewhat curious, as instead of beginning at Buckhaven, as was the case before, the first numbers have been issued for Cellardyke boats, when K.Y. No. 1 is to appear on the boat of Skipper John Gardiner, and where advanced number like 651 is to be replaced by a primary 5. About 100 Cellardyke boats have been already numbered, and we trust that no time will be lost by the fishermen in complying with the order, as no boats in the case of neglect will be allowed to sea after April.

The Cellardyke Echo – 11/03/2021 – Issue 277

1896

CELLARDYKE. ROYAL NAVAL RESERVE.- During the past few months a new arrangement has been made with reference to the enrolment of fishermen and sailors in the Royal Naval Reserve. Before that time, men applying for enrolment were sent by the Registrar of Naval Reserve at Methil to the drill ship, H.M.S. “Durham,” at Leith, but owing to the bad train service ???? was caused and much loss of time entailed on the candidates. Candidates for the Reserve are now sent by the Registrar to the chief officer of H.M. Coastguard at Dysart and the naval agent at that station. There are several vacancies for firemen and 2nd class Reserve men in the Methil district register, and some dozen men have been enrolled from the district within the last three months. Three years’ service at the fishing is required before a fisherman can be enrolled as a 2nd class man. The candidate must be 19 years of age. After two years’ service in the 2nd class a reserve man can get promotion, if sufficiently qualified, to the 1st class. 1st class men get pensions of £12 a year after 15 or 20 years’ service. A fireman must have two years’ service as fireman. He has the same retainer and pension as a 1st class man. The new candidates came from Buckhaven, Anstruther, Elie, Dysart, and Methil. Each year a reserve man has to put in one month’s drill, for which he is well paid. The annual retainer for 1st class men is £6; 2nd class, £3 5s ; fireman, £6. The Methil Reserve District extends from Fife Ness to Buckhaven.

During the height of the carting traffic to the Western Station, the trench for the new drainage system at West Anstruther was the scene of strange accident. A horse belonging Mr A. Blyth, Cellardyke, was being driven past the Port, when it reared and shied, the swerve causing it to fall into the cutting, when it was once strangled, life being extinct before it could be extricated.

Anstruther harbour Commission.

A letter was read from David Doig, Ellice Street, Cellardyke, stating that as a few old men had commenced the line fishing in a yawl fully 30 feet in length, they hoped that the Commissioners would see their way to reduce the dues to 6d. They were paying is the same as the boats. They hoped that something might be done for them in their present circumstances. The Chairman said this yawl might be an exception, but there might be other boats two feet above the 30 and the owners may come and ask for a reduction as well. Mr Cunningham said it was all very well to hold to the letter the law, but it was never the spirit of the law to charge these yawls, for they were yawls the same as a big fishing boat. It was decided to charge this and the Zulu yawl, the Silver Cup, at the rate of 6d, from now until the 1st of October, but that they were not to form a precedent.

St Monance – Launch of Fishing Boat.- On Monday night a first-class fishing boat, built to the order William Stewart & Sons, Cellardyke, was launched from the building yard of James Miller. As the craft left the ways she was named the Unity by a daughter of one of the owners. She is 62 feet long, a splendid model, and is to be fitted up on the newest principle, with steam engine for hauling nets, and will be available for all the branches of the fishing.

1897

To Let- That Shop 60 James Street lately occupied by A Gardyne, rent £5, or said shop with back room upstairs at £7. Entry Whitsunday Apply H.B Mackintosh Solicitors, Anstruther

SCOTTISH DIVORCE CASES. THE CARTER AND THE WIDOW. Lord Kyllachy, the Court of Session to-day, heard evidence in an action for divorce by Margaret Keith or Brown, 3 West Forth Street, Cellardyke, Anstruther, against her husband, Peter Brown, 9 Earl Street, Peterhead. Pursuer (34) reply to Mr A. M. Anderson, said she was married to the defender in 1880. The defender was a carter. Three children had been born. Two years of the married life were passed happily enough, but the defender’s drinking habits got worse and worse. Sometimes he was from home for months. In May, 1884, he went away without saying where he was going, and she had not seen him since. She discovered his address and wrote him, but he never replied. She knew that he was now living with a widow Peterhead as husband and wife. Further evidence having been led, Lord Kyllachy granted of divorce. Custody of the youngest child was given to the pursuer.

1898

On Wednesday last week, Mr Donaldson, baker, Cellardyke, was under the necessity of having his leg amputated above the knee. Dr Black of Anster was the operator, who applied chloroform in the usual way, and the patient was unconscious of pain during the operation.

K. Y. BOOT FACTORY EMPLOYEES SOCIAL AND DANCE. —The second annual social meeting and dance in connection with the above was held on Friday evening, and proved a grand success. Mr Leslie, chairman of the Directors, presided, and was accompanied on the platform by Provost Porter, West Anstruther; Bailie Williamson and Councillors Clark, Cellardyke, and Messrs Smith and Mackintosh. After an excellent tea, purveyed by Mr G. M. Birrell, in splendid style, the chairman, in a short address welcomed to their social, and in the course of his remarks said he believed that the K. Y. Boot Factory had come to stay among them. Provost Porter during the evening also contributed a humorous speech, remarking that the only thing that could beat Cellardyke leather was Cellardyke women. A capital programme was submitted and creditably performed, consisting of songs, dances, part songs, etc., by the following ladies and gentlemen :—Misses Wood, M. Keay, Bella Jack, Hepburn, and Campbell; and Messrs Williamson, Wood, and Watson. Mr Mudie gave an exhibition of Indian Clubs which was highly appreciated. Bailie Williamson and Mrs Williamson kindly favoured the company with songs which were also highly appreciated. The Bailie also made a few remarks. The concert all through was a decided success, and reflected great credit on the management of Mr Mudie and his committee. After the concert a dance was engaged in, Mr Higgins contributing the music, while the duties of M.C. were satisfactorily discharged by Mr Mudie.

ln the Town Hall, Cellardyke, Saturday night Rev. Mr Turnbull, St Monans, deliveied a lecture, illustrated with limelight views, on the fishing ports of Yarmouth and Lowestoft, to which the fishermen go every year. The attendance was good and the lecture heartily appreciated.

CORNER SHOP, 34 James Street, Cellardyke to Let, suitable for any business, with counter and fittings. Apply Alex Keay.

1897

SCOTTISH GIRLS FRIENDLY SOCIETY. LECTURE BY DR WILSON, ANSTRUTHER. On Monday evening, Dr Wilson, Anstruther, delivered a lecture on ” the care of the body,” to the girls, associates, and friends of the Anstruther and Cellardyke branch of the above Society in Cellardyke Forth Street Hall. There was a large audience. Among those present were Mrs Wilson, Elm Lodge, Misses McLaren of Innergellie, Mrs Tosh, St Ayles, Misses Cook, Spence, Finlayson, Rennie, &c. Mrs McVean, the President, presided, and in introducing Dr Wilson, said that she was sure they would all heartily agree with her that it was extremely kind of Dr Wilson to give so much time to them that evening, ant more especially, after a busy day’s work. The best way they could show their appreciation of the Doctor’s lecture was by giving him an attentive and interested hearing. Dr Wilson, who was heartily received, intimated the subject of his lecture, and said there was great need, of women especially, learning a few facts in regard to the principles and theories of the supplying of good clothes, good food, fresh air, and sunshine. Speaking of the latter, he said the benefits of fresh air and sunshine, why these things were essential to life and vitality, were what lie wished to impress on them. He briefly described the lungs. ……………………………. To live we must have fresh air, and in house and closed spaces the air must be periodically renewed, that is to say we must have VENTILATION.

He did not wish to go into figures, but what was aimed at was to give each person in a room 3000 cubic feet per hour. The ventilation of rooms takes place naturally by the chimney, doom and windows. There is a natural draught up every chimney, especially when a tire is on, and the fresh air passes in beneath the door, and in at the chinks of the windows. Although natural ventilation was of use to a certain extent, still they require to open windows to purify the room properly, and as all the bad air rose to the ceiling at first all windows should open at the top. It was a great mistake to shut dampers or close up chimneys in houses even if no fires were used. He feared the majority did not appreciate the advantages of fresh air. In many houses the gas was kept burning all night, and by this means oxygen was used up, and carbonic acid was given off, so that the air was contaminated, and with two, three, or even more people sleeping in the room, and the door never open for perhaps 8 hours, the bad air accumulated and acted as a poison on those asleep. The effects of that bad air were often felt in the morning by a feeling of general debility, furred tongue, nasty taste in the mouth, and headache, and often lead to bloodlessness in girls. In going about his work he often thought what a great improvement it would be if box beds and curtains were done away with. In box beds, especially, if the curtains are drawn ever so little, the unfortunate prisoner was breathing and re-breathing the same air over and over again, and poisoning the system. Another point in regard to box beds was, that when illness overtook one, it was a most difficult matter getting the patient moved about in bed, or the clothes on the bed changed. If only some of the young people would start with good iron beds in their own houses, it would be a vast improvement. In. addition to fresh air, every house should have plenty of which was one of the most necessary things they required. Without it, what would the world be like? Take a flower and hide it away from the sunshine, and it very quickly became white and poor in health. The same thing happened to human beings if deprived of sunshine.

The benefits of sunshine were now so much recognised that patients were ordered sun-baths. They sit out all daylong in the sunshine, and the effects was most wonderful, it caused the white colour to disappear, and the blood to increase in quantity and quality. The sunshine also acted as a destroyer of micro-organisms or germs. The organism of consumption and the tubercle bacillus were destroyed and killed by sunshine. That was why in the cure for consumption they got their patients out into the fresh air, to make them breathe as much pure, fresh sir as they could, and be exposed to sunshine as long as possible. Again when the situation for a house was being chosen the side of the street which obtained most sunshine should be adopted. Do not be afraid to have their blinds up, even though it caused their carpets and curtains to fade. Rather lose the colour of the carpets than the colour of their cheeks- When it could be managed try to have their window open by day as well as by night. A chink from the top did no harm to any one, and it ensured that fresh air was always entering the house. ……………

Proceeding to speak of THE SKIN

He referred to the different glands, and said if they wished to avoid cold, they should keep their skins as dry as possible. If any one went out into the fresh air when they were perspiring freely, say after any exertion, such as washing over a tub with hot water in it, where, in addition to the exertion, there was also a moist atmosphere of steam, the result was that the cold air both made the blood vessels in the skin contract and also caused evaporation to take place, and the temperature of the skin was reduce. The blood from the skin was driven inwards, and if the cold was excessive congestion of internal organs was produced which might pass off, and be only temporary. If the cold was still more excessive, however, the effect was that the blood vessels were unable to contract, and there was a very great loss of heat from the skin, and the heat regulating centre might not be able to keep up a sufficient supply of heat, and the individual consequently took a chill, resulting in bronchitis, inflammation, &c. Then if the head was produced too late they got a condition of feverishness, and they might have to bring on perspiration to reduce the fever.

How could they BEST AVOID AND PREVENT COLDS ? First, by training the skin to withstand cold, and this could be done by being in the open air as much as possible. Secondly by wearing substances next the skin which would both keep in the heat of the body and keep the cold out. Thirdly by wearing substances which would keep the body as dry as possible. The substances which kept them warmest were those which prevented the heat of the body from passing out, that was, they conducted the heat of the body badly. They were in order hare-skin, down, beaver skin, new silk, taffeta, sheep’s wool, cotton wool, and flax from which linen was made. The first one which they could get in abundance was wool, which was made up of a large number of fine fibres of animal material, and between the separate fibres of wool they had a great quantity of air, which being a bad conductor of heat, served to keep the heat in. He was speaking of the body heat. As soon as they put on any flannel material they felt warm almost at once. Why? Because the layer of wool next their skin was rapidly warmed, and the heat of the body was very slowly taken away. Wool differed from linen and cotton in this respect, that these two latter, although they got heated fast enough, carried the heat more rapidly away from the skin, and so the skin remained cold for a much longer time, the linen taking longer to warm. Again, woollen garments had this second advantage over linen and cotton, in that the wool had large numbers of air spaces which absorbed water from the body, if it did not get wet with perspiration, and also if the clothes got wet from the outside the water took longer to penetrate. The same weight of wool absorbed twice the quantity of water the same weight of linen did. What he would impress on all was, that everyone, male or female, young or old, should wear flannel or some woollen material next the skin. Why was it that those who lived in Cellardyke always clothed their men in woollen underclothes? Simply because they knew by experience that they were kept warmest by them. They should take just as good care of themselves. He was afraid a great many of the gentler sex did not wear flannel next their skin. Was it because it might make the figure a little less neat? He was only asking for information, Perhaps the second reason they would give was that of expense. If they carefully watched they would find that flannel would last far longer time than either cotton of linen, particularly than that fraudulent stuff called flanellette. He called it a fraud because the name was meant to deceive as there was not a trace of wool in it. Some people complained that flannel made them uncomfortable, but he thought if only they would persevere the discomfort would soon wear off.

One point more in REGARD TO CLOTHING he should like to refer to. Dark material absorbed more of the sun’s rays than light material. Hence they generally wore dark clothes in winter and light ones in summer- He had said enough on this matter, and be would only ask them who did not wear wool next the skin to seriously consider the matter, as by so doing they might save themselves a great deal of ill health, and save a lot of sorrow to their friends. Mothers should see that their children were all clad with flannel next the skin, as they were far more susceptible to colds than adults. In conclusion, he would say that although all these matters he had spoken of seem very small, still life in the majority of instances was made up of small items, and it was only by attending to these little affairs that they could keep themselves healthy and prolong life.

The Doctor was frequently applauded, and the lecture was illustrated by diagrams and views thrown on a screen by a lantern manipulated by Mr James Leslie. At the close, the President proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Dr Wilson for his most interesting and instructive lecture. She hoped they would carry home the many lessons and facts they had heard, and carry them into practice in their lives. (Applause.)

Dr Wilson acknowledged the compliment, and said he ought rather to thank them for allowing him the pleasure of addressing them, for in so doing he had rubbed up old subjects, and no doubt gained fresh information. (Applause.)

A vote of thanks was passed to Mr Leslie for manipulating the lantern and exhibiting the views. It was announced that there had been a local home baking competition of oat cakes and scones, preparatory to a similar competition for the Perthshire division, of which Anstruther forms a part.

The Cellardyke Echo – 4/3/2021 – Issue 276

1890

Forthcoming entertainments – Rev Mr Mursell delivers his lecture in the Town hall, Anstruther, tonight, the proceeds of which are to be devoted to the funds of the soup kitchens in Anstruther and Cellardyke. Mr Mursell has a long experience as a lecturer, and is one of the most eloquent platform speakers at present before the public. His lecture should be highly attended. The hall is to be heated up for the occasion.

CELLARDYKE FISHERMAN DROWNED. The worst fears as to the gale were borne out by the telegram at 5 p.m. last night to the effect that the young Cellardyke fisherman, Andrew Keay, had been washed overboard from his uncle’s boat, the Eclipse, of Cellardyke, which then tacked into Arbroath. He was the second son of Mr Andrew Keay residing in John Street. He was about six-and-twenty. The Barbara Wood, of Monance, was towed by the Maggie Scott, of Cellardyke, in the course of the evening tide into Anstruther. The close reefed sail was torn into ribbons, so that she was drifting like a log at the mercy of the gale when Skipper Gardiner bore up to the rescue. Boat after boat arrived with the tackle, if at all, like tangled threads, so that the loss of gear is unparalleled the Forth.

A second report with additional detail

LOSS OF A FISHERMAN AT SEA The Kirkcaldy fishing boat No. 2072 John Boyter skipper, took shelter in Arbroath harbour yesterday afternoon, and reported that at three o’clock on the morning, when near the North Carr Lightship, the boat was struck by a heavy sea, and, Andrew Keay one of the crew, was washed overboard. An oar was thrown to him, but he failed to catch it and was drowned. He was twenty-seven years of age, unmarried, and resided in Cellardyke with his parents.

LAUNCH – St Andrews – A new fishing boat was launched from the building yard of Mr Miller at the East Bents on Saturday afternoon, and the event was witnessed by large crowd of fishermen and others. The boat is 60 feet in keel, and has many improvements in construction. The boat belongs to a fisherman at Cellardyke. (Andrew Miller was a brother to Miller’s of St Monans, and ran a yard in St Andrews for a number of years. he later retired to Elie and became Provost)

1891

PROPERTIES IN CELLARDYKE FOR SALE. To be SOLD by Public Roup, within the Tows Hall of Cellardyke, on SATURDAY, the 2sth day of March 1891, at 12 o’clock Noon, in virtue of the powers of Sale contained in Bands and Dispositions in Security THE DWELLING-HOUSE and, SHOPS, and others, Nos. 1,3, and 5 John Street, and DWELLING HOUSES, SHOP, BAKEHOUSE, STABLES, STORAGE, and others on East end of Tolbooth Wynd, and below John Street, Cellardyke, belonging or which belonged to John Gilchrist, Shoe Merchant. Apply to DAVID COOK, Solicitor, Anstruther.

MISSING SHIP – ROMAN EMPIRE.- It is now believed that this ship which left Liverpool on the 29th July last year, his foundered with the loss of all her crew of 32 hands. Among those on board were John Parker, sailmaker, belonging to Cellardyke, whose wife resides there, and William Hutton, sailmaker and B.A., belonging to Crail. Much sympathy is being expressed for their relatives. The ship belonged to Messrs George Duncan & Co., of London.

1892

John o Groats Journal – The Cellardyke fishermen have agreed that close time for summer herring on the East Coast should from 1st May till 1st July, both inclusive.

THE LATE BAILIE SHARP, Cellardyke – Another prominent and well known citizen of the East of Fife district has this week been taken away in the person of Bailie Sharp, Cellardyke. His death occurred with startling suddenness at half past ten o’clock on Tuesday night at his residence, Viewforth House, in West Forth Street. For more than a year he had been troubled with a cancerous growth in his throat. Eminent physicians in Edinburgh were consulted, but they could do little or nothing to stop the deadly canker. Since that time, he has suffered more or less, but it was evident to all his friends for some weeks back that the disease was gaining a firmer hold.

On Tuesday, however, he attended to business as usual, and both in the forenoon and afternoon was down the pier at the sales of fish. In the evening at the hour above mentioned he was suddenly seized by a spasm, and died within a few minutes. His death when it became known on Wednesday morning created a painful impression in the community, and the expressions of regret were general at the loss sustained by the widow and large family, and by the district.

 A native of Cellardyke, Mr Sharp was in the 62nd year of his age. When quite a youth he served an apprenticeship in the Commercial Bank, Anstruther, after which he acted, with much acceptance, as accountant for some years. In the year 1859, Messrs James Fowler & Son, merchants, Cellardyke, retired from business, and in December of that year, Mr Sharp, with his partner, Mr David Murray, St Ayles Crescent, Anstruther, opened the establishment. Under the new firm the business soon increased to such an extent that they were led to engage in fishcuring, and in 1862 to build and open a very considerable net and oilcloth manufactory. Every description of fishing gear was made, and the firm attained one of the foremost places in the seafaring enterprise of the coast. They opened branches to different places in Scotland and in England as the necessities arose, in Aberdeen, Balta, and Yarmouth. Further development was made in opening a branch in Australia, to which they have continued ever since to send consignments of their curing establishments. Mr Sharp’s business capacity was soon recognised, and not long after he started business he was induced to take an interest in the affairs of his native town. The burgh was then disfranchised, and had been in that position since the 20’s. It was managed by managers, and Mr Sharp for some years faithfully discharged the duties of the Treasurer. The burgh restored to its full municipal status in 1868, when the Municipal Burghs Act was passed. At the first election for the Town Council in that year, 19 candidates went to the poll, and showing the respect in which Mr Sharp was held, and the gratitude felt for his past services, he was returned at the top of the poll with 149 votes. When the offices came to be filled, he was pressed to become Provost, but he declined to accede to the wish of his colleagues, and chose rather the post of first Bailie. He has continued in that position ever since, a period of upwards of 23 years. During that time he was frequently asked to fill the civic chair, but be always refused. In the business of the Council he took a prominent part, his shrewd common sense combined with his business tact, and his intimate acquaintance with the town, enabling him to discharge the duties in an efficient manner At addition to his work the Council, he was elected a member of the first School Board in 1872 on the passing of the Education Act. He has remained on the Board ever since, and for the period of three years he acted as the Chairman. Two years ago be was elected the representative of the Board to the Waid Governors, but his illness prevented him from attending the meetings as often he desired. Shortly after the passing of the Anstruther Union Harbour Act in 1860, Ballie Sharp was elected as one of representatives of Kilrenny to the Harbour Commission. He took a keen interest in all questions relating to the fishing industry, and he very frequently brought up matters to improve the harbour, and afford better accommodation to the fishermen. He has continued a member of the Commission until now, he was also the representative of Kilrenny to Fife County Council. In these and in many other ways, the Bailie did his best to serve the community. He invariably found time to attend the meetings of the different bodies with which he was connected notwithstanding the heavy claims of his large business. His example in this respect should be a good incentive to others to show their interest in the public work of the localities in which they reside.

In politics, Mr Sharp was a lifelong Liberal. He was a strong supporter of the late Mr Ellice, during his long connection with the burghs, and he motioned to give the some strenuous assistance to Mr Williamson, when he was elected in 1880. In religion, Mr Sharp wen a dissenter, sad regularly attended the Baptist Church. Throughout the whole district, Mr Sharp was a general favourite, and had a frank and genial disposition which made him very popular with all classes.

The funeral is to be on Saturday to Kilrenny Churchyard, when doubtless very many will turn out to pay the last tribute of respect to one who was so deservedly respected in the East of Fife.

Boys Brigade – On Sunday afternoon the Cellardyke Boys’ Brigade, to this number upwards of 100, met at their Drill Hall and marched to Cellardyke Church. The Rev. Mr Roy officiated, and preached an appropriate discourse the boys. Large crowds of people witnessed the march to and from the church. The officers present were Captain G Black, Lieutenant J. Watson, Thomson, and A. Black, Piper Jamieson, and Drill-Instructor Trainer,

Saturday night Disturbance.- At Cellardyke Burgh Court on Monday three fishermen and two bakers from Colinsburgh were charged with creating a disturbance in Tollbooth Wynd on Saturday night. The two bakers pled guilty, and said they were walking along the street when the three fishermen attacked them without any provocation. The fishermen ware convicted on the evidence, and were fined 10s each, or seven days, and the bakers 7s 6d each.

1893

 The crew of the Anster Fair have received £5 from the Boat Insurance Company for towing the Cellardyke boat Gratitude into the harbour a fortnight ago during the heavy gale.

Banffshire advertiser – THE fishermen of Cellardyke, Fifeshire, have resolved, by a large majority, that the close time for the summer herring fishing on the east coast should last from the 1st of June to the 10th of July, the close time to include not only the binding but the curing of herring.

1894

A GOLDEN WEDDING.—The Golden Wedding of Mr and Mrs Wm. Watson (Rodger), 22 George Street, was celebrated on Friday last, when they were presented with tokens of friendship sent by friends at home and at it distance. The family includes-1 son, 3 daughters, 13 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

St Andrews – The Storm – A strong gale rose early on Thursday morning from the south by south west, and in consequence the herring fishing fleet from Cellardyke were obliged to make for the harbour for shelter. After repeated tacking,” they were unable to weather Fife Ness, but ultimately arrived safely here. There were about thirty boats altogether. A considerable number of the crews having shot their nets, they continued riding there in spite of the storm. The cold on Thursday was intense.

Cellardyke School – The number on roll was 230, and the averages wore 203, 203, and 204. At the Infant, 250 were on the roll, with the average 187, 160, and 171.

Two applications were received for the female assistantship in Cellardyke School, and it was resolved to appoint Miss McGillivray, Arbroath, and to telegraph asking when she could enter on her duties, It mentioned that many of the slates on the roof of Cellardyke School had been blown off, and it was agreed to ask a practical man to examine and report. Complaint was made of the boys playing football in the playground, and the clerk was instructed to issue handbills warning parties that they would be prosecuted if they persisted in the future.

The Cellardyke Echo – 25/2/2021 – Issue 275

1866

Early Saturday morning, one of the boats belonging Cellardyke was returning from the fishing, through some strange mischance she went ashore among the rocks between Anstruther and Cellardyke, and in a few hours became a total wreck. The statements of the circumstances connected with the case seem to be of a somewhat conflicting character; but the one which receives most credence is that between one and two o’clock in the morning question, whilst the crew were asleep, the man at the helm had occasion to enter the sleeping berth, and being benumbed and stupefied by the cold, he fell asleep by the fire. The boat held her course until the crew were only awakened by the dashing of the boat among the rocks, and the rushing in of the water through a hole which was quickly driven in her bottom. Seeing that to save the boat would be impossible, the men used their best endeavours to save their lives, which happily they were successful.

Another report of the same incident

About midnight on Friday the inhabitants in the neighbourhood of Urquhart Wynd, Cellardyke, were alarmed loud cries from the shore, as if some sailors or fishermen were in urgent distress. This was soon ascertained to be the case, for the night being clear and starry, large fishing boat was observed tossing amongst the rugged rocks about a hundred yards from the land. A crowd speedily assembled, but these were principally women—the fishermen not having yet arrived home—no assistance could be rendered by the helpless and agitated spectators, who could only look on in inexpressible suspense on the jeopardy of the wrecked crew. The anxiety of the people on shore, however, was at length relieved by seeing the men, six in number, suspend a mast between the boat and a high rock, to which by this means they with some difficulty clambered in safety. In the meantime a boat had been launched from Cellardyke harbour and endeavoured to reach the rock, but failed to do so from the heavy surf which was breaking on the strand- A large boat, however, manned by Sir William Muir and his crew, arrived from Anstruther, and undeterred by the peril of the attempt, gallantly succeeded in taking the men off the ledge, from which they must soon have been swept the fast rising tide. The unfortunate boat proved to be the Helen of Cellardyke, owned by the skipper, Thomas Ritchie. The circumstances under which the accident occurred are of somewhat singular nature, and may be briefly stated as follows: The boat had returned from the fishing ground before Anstruther harbour could be entered from the low state of the tide, and until this could be done she was hove to in the offing of the Billowness. The night being fine and no danger anticipated, the crew retired to the cabin, where, weary and cold from the labour and exposure of the night, they all fell asleep. A terrible waking, however, was soon before them. The wind, which had been blowing from the northeast, veered suddenly round to the westward, and this influence with the action of the current, had the effect of driving the unheeded boat upon the shore at the time in the place we have just narrated. The crash of the timbers and the rush of water into their boat were the first signals the sleeping crew received of their danger. Their preservation was due to a higher agency than that of man, for had the mishap occurred on shelving rock few yards the westward their escape could barely have been possible. Soon after being abandoned, the boat went to pieces; but the greater part of the tackling and fishing gear, including the nets, were recovered, although a very damaged state. The boat, which was only about three years old, was in excellent condition, and their loss cannot be estimated at much less than one hundred pounds. ( In May of 1865 a boat also called the Helen, Skipper Henry Bett was lost with all hands)

1867

Witty and Cutting

The other night two young men belonging Pittenweem, who would appear, as the phrenologists say, to have an undue development of number ten or self-esteem, visited Cellardyke, where they attempted to- make bit of a sensation by imitating, like monkeys, the practices and pranks of our neighbours on the south side of the Tweed. Each of them was provided with a huge false beard and whiskers, and under the cover of this disguise they “bounced and flourished” most amazingly, or rather most amusingly, for the good folks of Cellardyke were not long in taking the true measure of the vapouring fools, who thus were the cause of many laugh by their strutting and nonsense. In the course of their walk through the streets they passed a doorway in which several young women were standing; obviously to attract their notice, the fops redoubled their antics, when one the girls called to a friend on the other side the way “Ay, Jean, they’re worth looking at; it’s no often that the sheep’s heids an goat chins are to be seen on the same body. The remark which was made very audibly, had all the effect of a cold bath on the feverish self-conceit of the party, who forthwith bolted out of sight to avoid the merry peals laughter which followed the racy hit the sharp witted Dyker damsel.

Desirable opening – HOUSE, SHOP, GARDEN, AND OILING PREMISES TO BE LET. The heirs of the late Mr John Nicol spirit Denier, and OIL-Cloth Manufacturer. Cellardyke, by Anstruther, being desirous of retiring from the business in that district, in that offer to Let for a period of years as may be agreed on, the House, Shop and Fittings, Oiling Premises, Garden, with the goodwill of business, occupied them. The Business has been carried on successfully for upwards of Twenty Years. Entry immediately offers to lodged with Mrs Nicol, Cellardyke on or before 8th March ensuing.

1868

We also hear of several new dwelling houses that will probably be in progress in the locality—particularly a fine villa residence which will be erected the west end of Cellardyke by George Sharp, Esq. In Cellardyke, we may here notice range four commodious self-contained houses, suitable for fishermen, have been added the new street now almost completed between the Bog Causeway road and the female school.

ANNUAL CLEARING SALE OF DRAPERY GOODS.

Peter Thomson, GENERAL DRAPER. CELLARDYKE, BEGS announce that his ANNUAL SALE Commenced Wednesday 29th January, and will  be

CONTINUED FOR THREE WEEKS,

When, in addition to the present large and well-selected STOCK, which will be submitted at GREATLY REDUCED PRICES. he would call particular attention to the following Special Lots of Goods which, owing to the great depression of trade in the manufacturing districts, has been bought at prices greatly below the original cost:—

Lot First-WINCEYS.

Plain WINCEYS, variety of Shades, 7d per Yard, worth 10d.

ABERDEEN WINCEYS, in variety of shades, 9 ½ d and 11d, worth 1s 4d and 1s 6d.

Lot Second -FRENCH MERINOS.

FRENCH MERINOS, in all Shades, 1s 4d, 1s 6d, 1s 10d, and 2s 2d, worth 1s 7d, 2s, 2s 6d 3s.

Lot Third.- BLUE PILOTS.

Best INDIGO (Twilled) PILOTS, 10s, and 11s 6d, worth 12s 6d and 14s.

Lot Fourth.- SHEETINGS.

LINEN SHEETINGS, 7s and 9s 6d, worth 9s and 12s. Home Made.

COTTON SHEETINGS, 2s 11d per Pair, worth 4s.

Lot Fifth. – FLANNELS.

400 Yards of 4-4 WHITE WELSH FLANNEL, ls 6d and 1s 8d, worth 1s 9 ½  d and 2s.

Lot Sixth.—MUFFLERS.

A great variety of MEN’S MUFFLERS, 1s 4d, worth 2s

P. THOMSON would also call attention to his superior Stock of SCOTCH BLANKETS, now reduced to 9s formerly  11s 6d ; 13s, formerly 16s 6d ; 16s, formerly 18s 6d

 AN EARLY CALL RESPECTULLY INVITED- Cellardyke, February, 1868.

SHARP & MURRAY, general merchants, Cellardyke, WILL CONTINUE THE CHEAP sale OF THEIR GENERAL stock of drapery goods, FOR ANOTHER WEEK greatly reduced prices,  Cellardyke, February, 1868

1869

Sloop Ashore. – About ten o’clock on Thursday morning considerable excitement was caused here by a small sloop, which was afterwards ascertained to be the Maggie Lauder, of Kirkcaldy, having been seen in dangerous proximity to the Billowness rocks. As it was less than two hours’ flood, and consequently a very insufficient depth of water in the harbour, and the strong wind also at the time blowing little short of a gale from the south-west, great anxiety was felt for the safety of the vessel, and this feeling at once prompted the launching of the lifeboat, which was soon manned and in readiness for the humane service, skipper Thomas Birrell, of Cellardyke, being the coxswain on the occasion. In the meantime the vessel had grounded in the fairway about hundred yards from the pier head, and the steamer’s skiff with two men on board had gone to her assistance shortly before the lifeboat came alongside, which, with the skiff, did good service in running out ropes, in order to prevent the stranded vessel from drifting to leeward of the harbour. As the tide made she was gradually drawn into the harbour, apparently but little the worse of her mishap, although being an old vessel she must have been considerably strained while beating on the strand. The Maggie Lauder was bound to Anstruther with causeway stones for the new pier from Carlins Nose, and had sprung a leak, which had induced the master, with the knowledge that there was little water at the time, to run for the harbour.

On Friday afternoon, while the fleet was leaving for the fishing. ground, and as sail was being hoisted the Cellardyke boat owned by skipper Leslie Brown, which had little more than cleared the harbour, she was run into by the steam-lighter Hemaja, employed at the new harbour works. The sharp iron prow of the steamer cut through the gunwale and several planks of the boat, which compelled the crew put back to the harbour, and so lose their fishing for the night. That the vessel was in the fault may be inferred from the fact that the carpenters employed at the new harbour were set to work next day to repair the damage sustained by the boat, but we hear that the claim for compensation for the loss of the night’s fishing, to which the crew consider they have right, is not yet arranged.

The Cellardyke Echo – 18/2/2021 – Issue 274

1861

ANSTRUTHER. HARBOUR. The unhappy difference between the Harbour Commissioners and the Cellardyke fishermen, instead of being smoothed down by time and experience, seems to be assuming a more decided attitude with every new phase into which the question enters. For the purpose (as alleged) of presenting as good a revenue as possible, in the prospect of applying for money to proceed with the works, the commissioners have exacted the highest rate of anchorage from fishing-boats, while (with doubtful consistency) they have reduced the rate on all other vessels; and thus, in effect, changing the proportion between boats and other vessels which the Legislature fixed. The fishermen cannot escape from the exaction; and, therefore, it has been paid, with one or two exceptions. But the dues of one penny per barrel on fish unshipped cannot be so easily brought home to them, with apparently the best intentions to do so. They refuse liability on the ground that the fish belong to the purchaser when landed; and. having reported who the purchaser is, they hold themselves free. The fishcurers, who are generally the purchasers before being unshipped, seem equally desirous to evade the impost, and between the two the enforcers of the law are not a little tantalised as to how and where to obtain their dues. A case was brought before the Sheriff last week, which it was hoped would decide the point between these two parties. The pursuers were furnished with ample evidence against the fishermen, but had concluded evidence unnecessary against the curer -(himself a Commissioner too!) — when the case was heard. The curer very adroitly admitted nothing, and the case fell to the ground for want of evidence.

Pittenweem –

The high rates at Anstruther are acting beneficially toward this place, there being a greater number than ordinary of stranger fishermen frequenting the harbour. Among the rest, we observe Cellardyke has furnished its quota. The moderate scale of rates chargeable here, has acted so powerfully upon the Cellardyke fishermen that, we understand, they have been making enquiry after lodgings, for the Lammas drave. If our present harbour is thus drawing fishermen from Cellardyke, we may expect, when the proposed harbour improvement is completed, that they will give the pauper harbour a wide berth, when they can get ample accommodation, combined with moderate rates, in the ‘ good old burgh of Pittenweem.’

Leslie Brown Wilson and Thomas Cormack, fishcurer, Cellardyke, were placed the bar charged by. Mackintosh with contravening said Acts of Parliament so far as the boat “Sivan” having entered Anstruther Union Harbour on the morning of 19th January last, there were, on that same day, and between the hours of seven A.M. and two P.M., unshipped from the said boat, within the limits of the said harbour one cran and one halfcran, or thereby, of fresh herrings, less or more, being the cargo or part of the cargo of said boat, and which cran and one half-cran of herring were delivered then and there to the said Thomas Cormack, who took delivery thereof, and removed them from the premises of the Commissioners of the said harbour, ………….  Wilson nor the said Thomas Cormack did make payment of the rates payable the Commissioners of the said harbour in respect of the said herrings, and both of the said Leslie Brown Wilson and Thomas Cormack had since refused to pay the said rates, which rates amounted to one penny and one half-penny, less or more, and thereby they, one or other of them did evade the payment of the said rates,

1862

Alexander Wood, a fisherman, residing in Cellardyke, was charged with having, on the 11th instant, been guilty of a breach of the peace and assault. The panel pled guilty to breach of the peace only, which plea having been accepted by the Procurators, Wood was sentenced to pay a fine of 255, with the alternative of twenty days’ imprisonment.

1864

Narrow Escape of a fishing boat and crew

On Saturday afternoon during the height of the sever gale from WSW which then prevailed, a large fishing boat which belongs to St Monance of which Mr James Innes is skipper and owner, in attempting to enter this harbour for shelter, struck amongst the rocks a little to the westward of the Fairway – there being at the time only about two hours of flood tide. Fortunately, the movements of the boat had been previously watched with great interest by many of the fishermen, and no sooner did she come contact with the shore than, with characteristic activity, they hastened to her assistance. Two yawls were quickly launched and manned with gallant fellows, by whose efficient help the imperilled crew lightened their boat, by throwing overboard the ballast; after which, by means of strong new ropes (which were kindly furnished by Messrs Sharp & Murray) and hundreds of willing hands, she was soon drawn beyond the threatening waves, and placed in safety upon the beach above high water mark. The boat, which is nearly new, has been very much damaged, and it is estimated that over £20 will be required to complete the necessary repairs. For their prompt and active conduct on this occasion, the Cellardyke fishermen deserve the warmest praise—and to this also the women are well entitled; as, instead of remaining idle spectators, or yielding themselves up to fear and excitement, they seemed eager to do what they could, and. pulling on the ropes, materially helped the efforts of the men.

The fishermen of St Monance have, on many former occasions, been indebted to their neighbours in Cellardyke for kind assistance and hospitality in similar circumstances. We are happy to find that what has thus often been so finely given has not been ungratefully received, and that a friendly spirit and intercourse obtain between the two communities, confirmed by the experience of much mutual kindness, and cemented by frequent intermarriages.  

A Cellardyke crew picked up. about two miles to the eastward of the Isle of May. a life-buoy, painted white, with the name ” Meltia” of Glasgow marked on black letters.

1865

NARROW ESCAPE PROM DROWNING. —On Wednesday forenoon, while a young boy of about seven years of age, son of Mr David Boyter, fisherman, was amusing himself among the rocks ‘ nearly opposite the Town Hall, he fell into the deep water beyond his depth, and was carried and tossed greatly about by the action of the water for about twenty minutes. His perilous condition was fortunately noticed by some neighbours, who immediately got a small yawl manned, and, alter some difficulty, they got him landed in an apparently lifeless state. Dr MacArthur, who fortunately happened to be in the neighbourhood, went immediately to the sufferer’s assistance, along with Dr Jamieson, who used every means in their power to restore animation, and we are glad to say that, after some time had elapsed their efforts were crowned with success. The ‘boy is now fast recovering.

Meeting of Fishermen.-  On Friday evening last, a meeting of the fishermen of Cellardyke was convened by the town crier, and held in the Female School there. Nearly all the fishermen attended, and Mr Alexander Tarvit was elected to the chair, on taking which he stated that the meeting had been called to consider the advisability of having a suitable boat or coble stationed at Anstruther harbour to be ready for use in the event of any emergency. All present appeared to concur in the desirableness of the project, and it was all but unanimously agreed that the sum of 2s should be weekly contributed by each boat now prosecuting the herring fishing, the sum being continued for three weeks, when a total sum of about £18 would be collected — the estimate expense of the boat. A committee was appointed to meet with the Commissioners of the Union Harbour as to the obtaining of a proper place to deposit the boat when not required, and also to solicit them to use their best exertions to have a Manby Apparatus Station at Anstruther —a suggestion which, by the way, we earnestly urged a few weeks ago. In the course of the proceedings, the present by no means unreasonable dissatisfaction of the fishermen, was manifested at the ruinous state of the Anstruther Harbour works. The business then terminated with a vote of thanks to the Chairman. We cannot conclude this notice without expressing our sincere admiration of the praiseworthy spirit of self- help which on this, as indeed on all other occasions, so eminently distinguishes our fishermen; and ‘we earnestly hope that their exemplary conduct will be appreciated as it ought to be by the Union and Harbour Commissioners, and that every encouragement and support will be afforded for the successful carrying out of these most desirable schemes.

The Harbour Commissioners Clerk stated that he had been waited upon by a deputation from the Cellardyke fishermen regarding a site for a wooden house for a coble 29 feet long and 9 feet broad, to be used in eases of emergency; and also that the Commission should use their influence to have a rocket apparatus stationed at Anstruther. The Board unanimously agreed to grant a site at the road leading from the Forth, and contiguous to the back of the East Pier; and the Clerk was instructed to communicate with Lieutenant Bainbridge, R. N., Elie, in order that an application might be lodged in due form with the Board of Trade.

The Cellardyke Echo – 11/2/2021 – Issue 273

1925

OILSKIN FACTORY IN CELLARDYKE – FOR SALE. There will be re-exposed for sale by Public roup. within the Town Hall , Cellardyke , on Wednesday , 11th  February , at 2 pm ., those Extensive PREMISES in JAMES STREET , CELLARDYKE long occupied by Alex . Black & Co. as a NET AND OILSKIN FACTORY , including Drying Floors, Store Rooms, Sewing and Cutting Rooms, Sale Shop, Office, Bootmaker ‘ s Shop, Boiler , Engine. Sewing Machines, &c. Immediate Occupation. REDUCED UPSET PRICE £350. Feu-duty nominal. For further particulars, apply to GUTHRIE & MAXWELL. Solicitors. Anstruther.

John Clark, motor engineer, Cellardyke, admitted having no lights on his motor car, and Mr Ian W. Mclnnes, W.S., Cupar, on his behalf, said he had gone with some people to a dance at Pittenweem. His accumulators were running low, and he switched off the lights when he turned the car into a side street. The police informed him that, the parking place was at the next street, he was fined 10s.

1926

BLAZE IN KILRENNY SHOP.

Tenants Burning Injuries. –

Fire broke out in the premises of Mr William Crease, confectioner, Kilrenny, last night.

The outbreak is supposed to have been caused by an explosion of the carbide plant which Mr Crease installed to supply light to his shop and house.

The village was agog with excitement when the alarm was given, and numerous helpers with pails of water succeeded in quelling the conflagration, the services of the joint fire brigade of Anstruther and Cellardyke being unnecessary.

Mr Crease, who belongs to Crail, was badly injured and was brought to Anstruther suffering from a burnt wrist and a badly scorched face. He was attended to by Dr Wilson. Anstruther, and was later able to proceed home. The stock the front shop is ruined. It was only two years ago that the same building was practically gutted by fire.

DANCE MERRIMENT AT CELLARDYKE.

Badminton Club’s Jovial Gathering.

Over 50 couples accepted the invitation to Cellardyke Badminton Club dance, which was held in the Town Hall, Cellardyke, last night.

With pretty decorations enhanced by electric bulbs a fine effect was obtained. Music was provided by the Olympia Palais de Danse Band, Kirkcaldy, and members of the committee acted as M.C.s.

1927

 Dysart Town Council

WATERPROOFS FOR TOWN EMPLOYEES.

The Council approved minute of the Streets Committee authorising the Burgh Surveyor accept the offer of Martin, Cellardyke, to supply the town employees with six oilproof suits, and one oilproof jacket, at the price of 17s 7d per suit.

Cupar Sheriff  Court

For having carried eleven passengers in excess of the number which his vehicle was constructed to carry, James Stevenson, bus driver, 25 James Street, Cellardyke, was fined £1.

1928

The silver cross of the Imperial Scout Headquarters was presented to Scout Philip Anderson, 56 John Street, Cellardyke, in the Drill Hal. The entire troop of the 1st Anstruther Scouts was on parade, and Bailie W. M. Carstairs presided, and Major Lumsden Tarvit made the presentation. Scout Anderson last summer at the Craigs at Cellardyke rescued a small boy from drowning.

CROWN SALMON FISHINGS-TO LET

THE COMMISSIONERS OF CROWN LANDS are prepared to receive TENDERS for a LEASE of the SALMON FISHINGS in the Sea extending, from the Pier at the southern end of Cellardyke Harbour in the Parish of Kilrenny to Fifeness in the Parish of Crail in the Firth of Forth in the County of Fife , Particulars and Forms of Tender may be obtained on application to the SECRETARY, OFFICE OF COMMISSIONERS OF CROWN LANDS. 1 WHITEHALL, LONDON SW1, tenders to be received no later than 15th March 1928

1929

Property for Salle. FIFESHIRE. ANSTRUTHER.— For Sale, by Private Bargain, that Highly Desirable DWELLING HOUSE known “BRACKNESS,” Lady Walk, Anstruther, belonging to Mr Robert Watson, Manufacturer, Cellardyke, consisting Two Public Rooms, Four Bedrooms, Maid’s Room, Bathroom (H. and C.), and all Modern Conveniences- Garden back and front, also Garage. Annual Value. £33. Feu-Duty, £3. Casualties Redeemed. Early Entry.

For further particulars and Cards to View apply to the Subscribers, with whom Offers may be lodged or before 20th February. MACKINTOSH & WATSON, Solicitors. National Bank Buildings. Anstruther, 5th February, 1929

OFFICIAL NOTICE. PROPOSAL TO CHANGE A SHIP’S NAME. , We – JOHN MUIR Cellardyke and WILLIAM CUMMINGS WILSON Whitley Bay-HEREBY GIVE NOTICE. That in consequence unsuitability have applied to the Board Trade, under Section the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894. In respect of our ship CRAIGHALL. of Kirkcaldy, Official Number 145547, Gross Tonnage 95.4, Register Tonnage 39.44, heretofore owned by Samuel Chapman, Senior; Samuel Chapman, Junior; Frederick Chapman, and Benjamin Chapman. Fish Docks. Grimsby, for permission to change her name to “SPES AUREA,” to be registered in the said new name at the Port Kirkcaldy as owned by John Muir and William Wilson. Any objections to the proposed change sent to the REGISTRAR-GENERAL OF SHIPPING AND SEAMEN, Tower Hill, E.1, within Seven Days from the appearance this advertisement. Dated at Anstruther this Fourteenth Day February, 1929. JOHN MUIR. WILLIAM CUMMINGS WILSON. – the boat was registered KY45