On Friday last, while the crew of a fishing boat here was in the act of setting one of their masts, previous to going to sea, the rope slipped from the half suspended mast, which fell, and struck the skipper Robert Moncrieff, upon the head, by which he was seriously cut, and rendered for a long time insensible. Two medical gentlemen were soon in attendance, and had the wounds dressed, and, we understand he is in a fair way of recovery.
Prize essays by working men.. Prizes awarded by the Rev A L Gordon Kent.. on ‘The British Workman, his wife, their social, Intellectual and religious elevation; the obstacles thereto; and the means of removing them’ second prize of £15 to Thomas Brown ( I believe this to be the post master) Cellardyke.
A pleasing instance of large hearted sympathy occurred here on Thursday by an invitation to a ‘neighbours’ union from Cellardyke friends to the Moray Firth fishermen now storm stayed in Anstruther harbour. These worthy fathers of the sea Bailie Brown, and Messrs Charles Carstairs and Thomas Cunninghame, took upon themselves the interesting task of in visiting the strangers, between 120 and 130 in number. The meeting took place in the Forth Street hall in Cellardyke, where exchanging their dingy cabins for beautiful surroundings of this noble room, they were entertained to an excellent an substantial service of tea, to which ample justice having been done, the company were addressed on various interesting and important subjects by the friends present. There was no programme to the meeting, indeed the outcome of a kindlt wish to breathe something like sunshine amongst the strangers as captives of the storm… as time wore on the meeting took a more devotional tone…
Death of veteran skipper. Mr Robert Cunningham, one of the best known skippers of Cellardyke died here on Tuesday morning at all but the allotted span of Three score and ten. Mr Cunningham belongs to a family second to none on the coast for their courage and heroism on the sea, He had his own part in the heritage and was one of the most successful in his class, especially in the days of the Firth drave when he has once and again landed upwards of four hundred crans in a single season. The opinion is not new that the fishers of fife are descended from the old Scandinavian sea kings….. his was one of the most fearless of the fearless keels that ploughed the azure waters of the North sea, where the veteran had also his share of the perils of the deep as on that memorable night when his boat lay buried and broken …. ‘ This is the end noo, but let us dee like men’ was his calm resolve, ‘askin the blessin o the king tae bie wi wife and bairns’ …. ( there is no mention of how he was recused from this predicament!)
A navigation class for fishermen has been started in Cellardyke by Captain Wood, Dundee, under the auspices of Fife County Council.
There was launched from the shipbuilding yard of Smiths Dock, North Shields on Thursday 3 finely modelled steel steam herring drifters of the following dimensions. 82ft by 18ft.3 in by 9ft 1in. ……. Named Emily Reaich, Nina (Peterhead) and Vanguard III (built to the order of Martin Gardner and sons, Cellardyke)
The new Pipe organ which has been obtained for Cellardyke Parish Church has been put in the building and will be used for the first time on Sunday first. The organ an exceedingly handsome instrument and cost a fully £600. The half of the total cost is to be borne by Mr Andrew Carnegie. (n.b My house in west Forth Street sold in 1901 for £300)
A public meeting was held in Cellardyke Town hall for the purpose of presenting Mr Robert Brown, Cellardyke, a cheque for £5 from the trustees of the Carnegie Hero fund in recognition of his bravery in saving a young lad’s life in the harbour in June last.