The Cellardyke Echo – 13/4/2016


William Deas of no fixed occupation, Cellardyke, was brought before Sherriff Armour on a charge of having (1) on 24th March on the North Platform of Anstruther Station, assaulted George Oliphant Jnr, apprentice draper, Kilrenny and (2) at a shed situated in New Rd Street, Anstruther. Assaulted Geo Oliphant. Accused who was said to be weak of mind was unable to plead.  On accused’s father giving an undertaking that he would do his best to keep the lad from committing similar offences, the fiscal withdrew the charge against him.


The drowning of Robert Smith fisherman, Cellardyke in the North Sea, consequent on the Cornucopia, the boat on which he was employed, being run into and sunk by HMS Speedwell, formed the subject of an enquiry under the Fatal Accidents Act at Cupar yesterday. Sherriff Armour presided.

The crown evidence was supplied by the crew of the Cornucopia, (Captain) Alexander Watson, Robert Anderson, James Smith, Alexander Brunton and James Page, and the story they gave was that at ten minutes to four o clock on the morning of the 25th February last they were engaged un hauling in their nets about two miles off the North Carr Lightship when the Speedwell crashed into their port quarter. Smith and Anderson sprang at the Speedwell’s cable, and hung on there as long as they could, while the others leaped into the sea. Lines were thrown from the speedwell, but the efforts made to haul Smith and Anderson on board failed, and some time elapsed before a boat was launched and the survivors taken on board. The Cornucopia sank before the fishermen were got aboard, Smith’s body was never found. The Fishermen all stated that no officer was aboard the Speedwell at the time of the collision, and that the delay of the rescue was due to a small number of men – six- that were assisting them. The fishing boats had all their lights burning brightly.

Lieutenant Edward Alexander Thomas, said he was a lieutenant of the Sapho but was in command of the speedwell which was acting as a tender for the Sapho. He had left the Speedwell in charge of Lieutenant Henson and had gone down below during the night. He had done duty for a full spell before he went below. He did not undress when he went below so as to be ready for any emergency. At the time of the collision the ship was about ¾ a mile off the North Carr lightship. She was steering a safe course at the time. He was coming up the ladder when he felt the impact of the collision.

q. How many seamen were on watch at the time of the collision – ten men

When he went on deck the watch were throwing lines over to the men on the boat. The lifeboat had been called out. The boat could not be manned until the fishermen had been fixed to the lines. It took about 5 minutes for the lifeboat to be launched. Which was longer than usual as the watchmen were on the forecastle getting lines over to the fishermen. It would have taken too long to call other sleeping members of the crew. It takes 4 men to launch the boat and 6 to man her. As the other crew were turned in no advantage would have resulted in calling out the rest of the crew. The skipper and crew were put ashore at Leith.


Mr and Mrs James Cunningham, John St, celebrated their golden wedding this week. Mr Cunningham who has been an elder of Chalmers Church for 25 years and a Sunday school teacher for 60 years was presented with a purse of sovereigns from the church elders and managers. The aged couple still enjoy best of health and it is only recently that Mr Cunningham stopped going to the line fishing.


A distressing case of suicide occurred at Cellardyke yesterday. Elizabeth Thomson, 31 years of age, second daughter of Alexander Thomson, fisherman, James Street Cellardyke committing suicide by drowning herself.

It is believed that about 2 o clock in the morning the unfortunate woman rose from bed and left the house. Later in the morning her parents discovered her absence, and a search was begun, the result of which was that the body was found about two or three hundred yards from the beach in a stretch of water. The body was removed to the parent’s house and medical aid was soon forthcoming but life had been extinct for several hours.

 The affair is particularly pathetic in view of the fact that the deceased was to have been married on Friday first, and on Monday night was given a presentation by the members of the Christian Endeavour Society.  She had been in good spirits making arrangements for the wedding and no reason could be assigned for the act.


Capt A Wood J.P nautical assessor has issued his decision in a collision course off Yarmouth on 29th Oct 1912, between two Cellardyke Drifters, Carmi III and Guerdon, which were both insured by the same company. Both vessels claimed for a loss of fishing and the company offering £135 lie money, left the two skippers to settle who was at fault in the collision. The Skippers agreed to refer to Capt Wood who decreed the Guerdon was alone to blame for the collision.


Mr Malcolm M Macfarlane, Second Master in Cellardyke School has secured an appointment by the Church of Scotland as a teacher in Ichang China.

Mr Barbour headmaster, Cellardyke drew attention to the Kilrenny School board that he, having reached the age limit was to retire at the end of the session.


David Reid, 13 Dove Street tendered a plea of not guilty to a charge of failing to obey two notices served upon him under the Military service act.

His defence was about six months ago in Shore Street in Anstruther, he was told by a recruitment officer that he was of no use to the army as they wanted men with perfect eyesight. He wore glasses and his sight was bad. He got the notices but did not consider it worthwhile going to Kirkcaldy just to be sent back again.

Capt. Walker, said that although accused may not be of much use for fighting with a rifle in the trenches there were labouring corps in which he could serve. The trial was fixed for Thursday next with the accused being committed to the prison of Dundee.

Eight skippers from Pittenweem, Cellardyke and St Monans admitted today having fished with lines in the prohibited area of the Firth of Forth. Mr Davidson stated that the skippers had set their herring nets within the hal mile limit and had gone into the prohibited water for the purpose of fishing for a few white fish for themselves. They had had a rather hard time of it over the winter…… George Wilson Buttars who had two previous convictions was fined 30s or twenty days imprisonment. Thomas Jack of the yawl Expert was dismissed, he had just returned home and knew nothing of the regulations..


David Birrell one of the best known of the fishing fraternity has passed away at the age of 93, for a long time he took an active part in public affairs, being a member of the parochial board and chairman of both Fisherman’s society and the hearse Society. He was also one of the first coxswains of the local lifeboat and on one occasion when a yawl was driven ashore at Cellardyke he was instrumental in saving 4 of the crew.


Shipbuilding Company for East Fife. The East Fife Shipbuilding Company Ltd (Private Company) capital £2000 in £1 shares, has been registered as a joint stock company. The Subscribers are Lawrence Bruce Boatbuilder Cellardyke, and Alexander Farrell tinsmith Cellardyke.

The Cellardyke Echo – 6/4/2016


5th April

According to the latest accounts five boats crews are still missing, sailing from Arbroath, Cellardyke, Pittenweem, Lossiemouth and Johnshaven, and the worst fears are entertained as to their fate. The Arbroath boat, The Ellen and Jane had a crew of six men, four married. The Cellardyke boat is the Snowdrop Skipper James Martin. She left Anstruther last Tuesday and has not been heard of since. There were seven men on board, five of whom were married and leave large families. The Pittenweem boat is the Sisters, her crew numbered seven. The Lossiemouth boat is the Invincible, the crew numbered eight hands four of whom were married. The Johnshaven boat is the Martha which was found abandoned and towed into Berwick, she had six hands altogether. It is a moderate computation to state that from 70 to 70 lives have been lost in this storm.


It is thought the Snowdrop might have been stripped of masts and sails and be drifting out to sea. . This opinion being generally entertained, Mr Mair, The Fishery Officer, telegraphed for a government cruiser to be sent in search of her and yesterday the cruiser left the Forth for this purpose. There are seven men aboard. Skipper Martin Married, 2 children, William Martin his brother unmarried, George McRuvie married no family. David Corstorphine, unmarried, Hugh MacDonald married no family, James jack married no family and David Murray, wife and 5 children. The Pittenweem boat Sisters, Skipper William Finlay is also missing and almost all hope has been given up for her crew of seven men.

6th April

 The Missing boat Snowdrop arrived at Anstruther yesterday, the crew had been in the vicinity of the English coast and had no experience of the storm.  

The East of Fife fishing boats encountered a severe thunderstorm on Thursday afternoon (The Boat Alexander of Ferryden was struck by lightning. The flash seems to have struck the ring on the top of the mast and running down hit Charles Coull and William Coull. The Injuries of the later were most serious. His clothes on the right hand side were entirely burned off him, his whole side and face were much discoloured. His sea boots had to be cut off and his stockings were found much singed. The whole crew was affected and in their confusion mistook the lights of Cellardyke houses for that of Anstruther harbour lights. As a result the boat ran ashore on the rocks to the west of Cellardyke Harbour, where she will become a total wreck.

(Charles Coull, had been conveyed to the House of John Morris the baker adjoining Cellardyke harbour, a Circular hole about the size of a penny on the shoulder of his oilskin showed where he had been struck, his shirt and underclothing burnt to a cinder.  He was in a delirious sleep all night and Dr Thomson was called., Charles died after severe suffering. On the 7th April. His corpse was conveyed to Ferryden by boat, and the whole of the Cellardyke fishermen, dressed in their blue clothes to the number of between 400 and 500 attended the mourning procession to Anstruther Harbour walking four abreast.  Charles Coull’s father expressed his thanks for the kindness which he had experienced on every hand in Cellardyke)

The Sophia also of Ferryden was struck by lightning in the same storm on the, one of the crew David West (Tarvit) who was standing near the steel tie, was thrown senseless to the deck. This boat also bore up on Anstruther which was safely reached about an hour after sunset. David was taken to the house of his father in law Skipper James Tarvit in Cellardyke and next morning was so far revived as only to complain of numbness, with a dull, stinging pain in his right arm.

The Reindeer of Cellardyke was also struck at sea, but providentially Skipper Muir and his crew escaped unhurt. St Monans boat John and Agnes arrived at Shields with the loss of four of her crew, washed overboard. One man Robert Cameron has survived the loss of his own boat the Grace Darling when it was run down by a German steamer only weeks before.


The well-known Skipper Thomas Birrell, left on Thursday en route on a new enterprise – viz, to develop the crab and lobster fishing of the Moray Firth. It is not the least interesting feature of the ‘spec’ that the veteran is, with the agency of the railway and the telegraph, to send his own catch from day to day to market


A Cellardyke fishing boat, Alaska, put into Elie today and reported the loss of one of the crew – Alexander Falconer. The boat was riding at the nets 40 miles east from the May Island, when a heavy gales suddenly arose and a big wave washed Falconer overboard, Falconer belonged Cellardyke and was 20 years of age. The other members of the crew were in such jeopardy that they were unable to render any assistance. There were grave doubts for a time as to whether all the boats would weather the storm.

Little hope is now entertained of the safety of the Cellardyke fishing boat Garland, and it is supposed that she must have foundered at sea in the gale of Tuesday 8th April. She Sailed from Anstruther on Monday Morning for the deep sea fishing and was last seen riding at the nets 55 miles east from the May Island on Tuesday night. No trace of her has been seen since and unless she returns today all hope will be abandoned.

Adam Watson, Skipper, 65 grown up family

James Salter, son in law, 34, married

John Brown son in law, 30, married

David Watson, 39, Married 4 of a family

Alexander Smith, 28, married two of a family

Robert Brown, 22, unmarried

Robert Watson, 16, unmarried


Steps are being taken to organise a steam fishing fleet in the East Of Fife, The initiative is by the right man in the right place as we may say of the energetic young salesman at Anstruther, William Bonthron.. The idea, is to begin with a pioneer vessel to coast £1800, subscribed for in so many shares at £10 each, a second and thirds or rather any number of vessels, will be added as the enterprise may succeed. Of this however, there cannot be a question, in view of the fact that the S S Petrel with her Cellardyke Crew has earned £700 in the stormiest four months of the year. The vessel is to be a model of her class, 75 feet in length and to steam at 9 knots per hour, so as to be able in fishing weather to scour the seas with net and line. She will land the big fish catch at Anstruther, but it is possible that she may take up her station at Aberdeen or Peterhead in the coming drave…. Statistics tell you that a third of the herrings landed on the Scottish Coast are over days fish, a circumstance not to be avoided in the vicissitudes of the weather – a calm day today and a gale tomorrow – but it is otherwise when you can steam to a pier as to be in time with the clock for the early trains….


The Cellardyke boat Glengarry ran ashore near Sunderland of Friday but was floated off with slight damage.


The reopening of Cellardyke School is to be an event of some importance. Dr Dunn, Her Majesties School inspector is to declare the School open tomorrow. It was on his recommendation that the extension was begun, and this has been dine according to plans by Messrs Dewar Architects Leven. The entire school has been remodelled and accommodation doubled. The roof was formerly an array of pinnacles has been taken off and a more substantial air imparted to the erection by the addition of another storey, and a wing in the west gable, the roof being surmounted with 5 exhaust ventilators, while three gables form the main feature. The difference in colour between the old and new stonework has been met by the redressing of the former. The interior is splendidly finished. The accommodation on the ground floor is one large classroom 39ft x 33ft for infants, holding 160 pupils; another 33ft x 20ft holding 66; and other two 26ft x 21ft, for infants holding 60 each. At the back will be two large cloakrooms 17ft x 16ft and the entrance to the staircase to the upper floor. On the first floor there will be five large classrooms for an average of 60 pupils, it also contains two large cloakrooms and a staircase at the back., The playground has been enclosed with a wall and railing.


Methil – On Saturday night Alexander Wood Melville (24) a miner, fell off the gangway from the deck of the S.S. Amaranth, struck the quay wall and fell in to the dock. He never rose again, and about half an hour elapsed ere the body was recovered by grappling irons. He had made the acquaintance of the crew of a steamer lying the other side of the Amaranth and was accompanying them when the party found the vessel had swung into the middle of the dock. He invited them home and they were returning when the accident happened. Melville was a native of Cellardyke and leaves a widow and two of a family.


We understand that Mr Stephen Williamson has just purchased the Grimsby trawler Monarch; and that Mr Michael Doig, late of Cellardyke is to be Skipper. He is to be succeeded in the office of skipper of the Faith by his brother James who has been along with him in the faith for some time.

The Cellardyke Echo – 1/4/2016


Skipper Alex Davidson, of Cellardyke and his young companion, the son of Skipper William Watson Jack, had a narrow escape on Thursday, for while scudding past the romantic cliffs of St Abbs a violent squall struck the sail and nest instant threw the yawl on her beam ends filling her at the same terrible juncture gunwale deep with water. Providentially a friendly boat was soon alongside, and the gear and nest were saved, but the yawl named ‘Nil Desperandum’ was totally lost. William Davidson was landed at Burnmouth, where he purchased another yawl, and has once more sailed to resume the fishing at the Tyne.


About dusk on Sabbath the German galiot Anna was stranded on the rocks near Anstruther Harbour, when the vessel became a total wreck, but the crew were rescued by the gallant services of the lifeboat. The unlucky craft was on a voyage to Burntisland for the loading of coals, and, wafted before the freshening sea breeze all went well till the master, Captain William Rinck, mistaking, as he says, the Isle of May for that of Inchkeith, and the red light of Anstruther for that of his port of destination, steered his schooner stern on to the shore. The wild misapprehension was seen all but too late, for though the anchor was dropped, the surf rolling in from the North Sea drove the schooner on the dangerous ridge known as the West Gatt, where bewildered and frantic by finding their frail hulk at the mercy of the foaming breakers, they gave vent to their feelings in wild and heart rending cries for assistance. These, however, were not in vain, for in quick response to the signal gun at the lifeboat house, crowds of hardy fishermen left their firesides in Cellardyke, or betook themselves in their Sunday clothes, just as they were returning from church, to the scene of action, where a hundred willing hands lost not an instant in the dragging of the boat over the rugged basin of the new harbour. It was dead low water on the shore, but the long pull was effected without pause or rest, when a volunteer crew with Skipper John Pratt as Coxswain, having sprung to their places, the little craft shot out into the darkness and the storm on the errand of deliverance. It was a critical task, for on nearing the wreck the utmost skill was demanded for to preserve the boat from being dashed against the thickly set skerries and detached rocks on every side of the galiot, and on which the boat, notwithstanding every precaution more than once struck her keel. Eventually, however, a rope was thrown from the vessel, and the lifeboat being steered through an open chasm in the rocks, the four men composing of the crew dropped from the jib boom, when a few minutes sufficed to land them at the new sea pier on their way to a place of shelter for the night…. The disaster is only to be explained by the ignorance of the master of the navigation of the coast, and he is also reported to have mistaken the time of high water… she is well covered by insurance…. The sea wind and heavy surf during Tuesday reduced her to driftwood…


Alexander Keith, carter, Cellardyke pleaded guilty to assaulting James Jack on the 10th Instant on the public road between Anstruther and St Andrews by striking him a number of severe blows on his head with his fists.. 30s or 21 days imprisonment.


Fears are being entertained in Peterhead for the safety of the ‘Progress’, belonging to that port. It is now over three weeks since she left Cellardyke for the Baltic, and several vessels leaving after her have reached their destination.


At St Monance on the 27th, by the Rev Gabriel Smith of Anstruther, John Trainer Fishcurer to Isabella youngest daughter of the Late John Nicol, Merchant Cellardyke.


Just published.  Fisher Life, or the The Memorials of Cellardyke and the Fife Coast by George Gourlay


On Wednesday Morning as the Cellardyke boat Southern Cross, Alexander Fowler, master was running home from the great lines she was struck with a tremendous sea, while crossing the Murray Bank, some ten leagues or so from the Isle of May. Two of the crew Andrew Fleming, who was at the helm and Andrew Brown who was standing on the hatchway, were washed overboard and drowned. Thomas Keay was also severely crushed between the spars, which had been cast loose by the same fatal sea. Skipper fowler with great presence of mind cast loose the sheet on the boat, or one and all would doubtless have been engulfed in destruction. Fleming leaves a widow and five children, and Brown a widow and two children, all of whom are more or less helpless and dependant.

Another melancholy disaster occurred on board the Cellardyke boat Onyx, Robert Meldrum master. The onyx like the Southern Cross was homeward bound, and while close reefed in mid ocean she was struck by one of those treacherous billows only too well known in the navigation of the North Sea. At this instant one of the crew, Andrew Muir, was swept into the sea, and though for a time he sustained an unequal struggle with the storm, he perished before the boat could beat up his rescue. Another of the crew David Wood, was severely cut on the forehead, through a blow dealt by the heel of his lost comrade, while in the clutches of the sea, which threw him over the gunwale. Muir leaves a widow and five helpless children.



At sea on the 16th January in his 56th year on his passage home from Calcutta to Liverpool, Captain James Webster of the ship Mary Stenhouse, a native of Cellardyke. His body was consigned to a sailor’s grave. He served his time as a carpenter in Dundee before taking to shipboard.


The haddocks have been seldom so plentiful, in particular a Cellardyke yawl landed 50 dozen of the sea dainties the other morning, the lines having been cast with skellie to St Ironic, a haddock haunt famous in the fishing annals of Fife  for the last 3 centuries. Seven boats forming the Cellardyke squadron this season sailed on Friday.


About seven o clock this morning a collision between the Gleaner, No 1800 belonging to Cellardyke, and the yawl Flowery land of Arbroath, by which the former was so seriously damaged she sank. Skipper of the Gleaner, David Corstorphine left Cellardyke on Monday morning for the great line fishing and arrived about 33 miles east of the bell rock about 3 in the afternoon. About 12 o clock last night they got their lines hauled and when about 7 miles off the bell rock bearing west by south they were run into by the Flowery land, which struck her between the foremost timber and stem with such a force that the Gleaner filled and sank within minutes. The crew were taken aboard the Naomi of Arbroath. The skipper of the Gleaner states that although he saw the Flowery land he was unable to alter his course in time to avoid the collision. It appears that the crew of the Flowery Land did not notice the Gleaner until they struck her, and they asked why the Gleaner crew did not cry out and give them a warning. The Gleaner was lost with all tackle, lines etc and none of the crew was able to save anything. Neither the boat nor gear was insured and the loss will fall upon the captain whose property she was.. The crew are Skipper David Corstorphine, George Corstorphine, William Watson, George Doig, David Moncrieff, John Moncrieff and William Falconer.



Captain George Barclay at Liverpool native of Cellardyke, in his 75th year. His first cruise was as one of the 80 young fishers on the season on board the Greenland whalers. Resolving to be a sailor, he studied navigation with so much success that after once and again crossing the line as mate, he obtained a command of his own, but at the very moment that the highest honours of his profession were lying like an open door to his hand he was seized with an alarming ailment, which compelled him to forsake all and live ashore. He was invited by the late Provost Tod to superintend the fish business built up by the lifelong labours of Mr William Davidson. In this way he was induced to move from the East of Fife to Liverpool where in private as well as commercial circles he won the esteem and confidence of all whom he had to do with. He is survived by a widow and three sons, one of whom is a partner in the well-known firm of Lindop and Barclay.

The Cellardyke Echo – 23/3/2016


The haddock fishing at Cellardyke never was so abundant as at present; they are smoked there in large quantities by the fish curers, for the Edinburgh and Glasgow markets.



High Court of Justiciary – John Sutherland, skipper of the boat ‘Johns’ of Cellardyke, Fifeshire, was tried on a charge of culpable homicide, inasmuch as he went out to the Isle of May, in July last, in his boat with 65 persons on board, and from a swell the boat was driven among the rocks, and 13 persons were drowned. It appears from the evidence that the number of passengers was not greater than usual; that everything was done judiciously; that Sutherland had a good character. The crown gave up the case, and Sutherland was dismissed from the bar with his character untainted.


The members of the Anstruther and Cellardyke Total abstinence society have been accustomed for some time past to hold social meetings in the Town hall (Anstruther), when several members delivered lectures and read essays upon different subjects, and others enlivened the company with songs, and thus the evenings were spent in social and comfortable manner, everyone conducting himself with proper decorum. These meetings gave the members an opportunity of exercising their abilities, and at the same time tended to instruct and inform the illiterate. We learn with regret, therefore, that the magistrates have resolved not to give the Society the use of the hall in the future. It is hoped there can be little difference of opinion that the Magistrates have done very far wrong in discouraging the holding of these meetings, because it is a well-known fact that this society has reclaimed many men formerly the pests of society, and have thus lightened the labours of the magistrates in their judicial capacity. It is to be trusted that the Bailies will recall their decree.


Highland Destitution – On the afternoon of Thursday week several fishing boats arrived at Granton Pier, from the Fife fishing villages, on their way to the West Highlands, for the purpose of instructing the natives in deep sea fishing. There were three large boats with their crews, amounting to twenty four men, from Cellardyke, and two large and two small from St Monance. They were engaged by Captain Ross, of the Edinburgh committee, and are to proceed to Skye and Wester Ross. The men are fine hardy looking fellows, and their boats are in first rate order, and well supplied with fishing materials of all kinds. In each boat there was a smart attractive woman, for cooking, and baiting the lines, who are to initiate the highland women into the art. Early on Friday Morning, they all assembled at Granton Pier, and, after having been inspected by Mr Skene, the secretary, who addresses a few words of encouragement to the men, they departed in high spirits for their new field of enterprise.


Cellardyke – On Saturday afternoon as two of our crews were returning from the herring fishing, when within two miles from the shore between Anstruther and Cellardyke, they came in collision, and the consequence was, that one of them sunk almost immediately, leaving the crew just time to save themselves by leaping on board the other, which was also considerably injured. It was with difficulty that the two crews kept her afloat until they reached Cellardyke. The nets of the sunk boat were nearly all saved, having buoys upon them. The boat and other materials were lost. The crew of the sunk boat say they were in the act of tacking, and had not the command of their boat; in all probability the dispute will have to be settled by law. The name of the lost boat was Hamilton; the skipper’s name is smith. The name of the other skipper is Morris. The weather was very stormy when the accident occurred; wind blowing from the westward.


Stonehaven – Though fishermen lead a comparatively hazardous sort of life they are often rewarded for their hardihood in prosecuting their calling….. On Friday last week two south firth boats landed on our quays, something like 100 scores of cod, skate, turbot, ling &c value between £80 and £90 and the other day there came to our harbour a boat laden from the Coder Bank, but the price offered here not suiting the idea of the crew, they set sail with the same tide for Montrose.. Why don’t our fishermen use the bank? Why do they turn their large boats upside down for nine months of the year. The ground is as open and free to them as the Cellardyke fishers.


We learn after the divers have completed the raising of the cargo of the Temora, and effort will be made to recover the engines and boilers &c of the steam tug Robert Scott, which sank in the offing of Cellardyke about nine months ago.

Lieutenant Bainbridge of the coastguard had had an interview with Cellardyke Fishermen in reference to procuring a life preserving or Manby’s apparatus in this harbour, but that the Board of Trade, in answer to their application had intimated that, these apparatuses being supplied at Elie, Fife ness and St Andrews, they deemed the supply sufficient for the coast. The Lieutenant advised the fishermen to keep on board their boast a sufficient number of Life Buoys and cork jackets, as being most serviceable in cases of danger, and being of more use to them than Manby’s rockets, which in the case of fishing boats might turn out rather disadvantageous than otherwise to them. The fishermen appeared to concur in the recommendations made to them..


 A large Shark was landed at Anstruther Pier by the Cellardyke Deep-sea going boat belonging to Skipper John Pratt. It measured 14 feet long, and was singularly large for girth; after the liver, which filled a barrel and a half, had been extracted, the carcass weighed almost 11cwt. The fishermen had been drawing in their great lines on the previous night when the shark was found to have become entangled in the lines, which snapped with the sudden strain upon them.  This induced the crew to wait until daylight, when owing, probably to the fish becoming exhausted by its own struggles, they succeeded in drawing it to the surface of the water. Here the difficulty of taking it into the boat seemed to be insurmountable, but by passing a strong rope round its shoulders and using their capstan, the crew at length succeeded in hoisting it on board, where before it was killed it showed the deadly voracity of its kind by seizing the boat’s chains between it’s terrible teeth. On being landed here, it was bought by Mr Cormack, Cellardyke for £3.

The Cellardyke Echo – 16/3/2016


A serious accident occurred in West Anstruther on Monday night, when George Fergusson, butcher, Cellardyke sustained severe bruises. He had been at the goods station removing a cattle beast in a float to Cellardyke, and in attempting to jump on to the vehicle he missed his hold and slipped between the horse’s heels and the float. The axle of the float crushed him when he fell to the ground, but fortunately the horse was stopped in time.


The Royal Humane society yesterday awarded a bronze medal to William Wilson, fisherman, Cellardyke, for his heroic action on February 11th whereby four lives were saved. Shortly after midnight the fishing boat ‘Triumph’, in attempting to enter Anstruther harbour, was driven on the rocks by a heavy sea running. The only hope of rescue was for someone to swim ashore with a line, and this Wilson volunteered to try and do. Clad in thick clothing and wearing heavy sea boots, he took a line, and plunging into the boiling surf succeeded, after a hard struggle, in reaching land. His four comrades being got to shore in safety.


Charles Christopher Gen, Toft Terrace Cellardyke, at Cupar today was tried on a charge of contravening the Anstruther Harbour Order by failing to remove his boat, The Roamer of North Shields, in Anstruther harbour on the order of David Davidson Harbour master.

David Davidson stated that Gen refused to take up his berth in the middle of the harbour.

Mr Maxwell, Solicitor –Are you aware the fishermen understand a boat cannot be ordered out of the harbour for a month?

Davidson – I don’t think they have a month’s grace.

Sherriff Hannay- Did you give an order to remove from the harbour?

Davidson – I told him to remove this boat from the top of the pier to the centre of the harbour but not to go out of the harbour.

Maxwell – are you aware every order has to be put in writing under the Harbour act

Davidson – I don’t know that

Maxwell – after Gen’s boat left the berth he had at first taken up , the steamship Eva came in and took the berth occupied by the Roamer. The Eva had come in to get repairs for the deep sea fishing.

Did the Roamer not come in for repairs?

Davidson – No

Maxwell said the Roamer was a Shields boat and it was not fair to give other boats a preference

James Jack (Carstairs) one of the crew of the Roamer, stated that the harbour master had asked Gen to tie up at the Pottie Pier

Maxwell, did the harbourmaster tell Gen to lie up in the middle of the harbour.

Jack – The harbourmaster said I do not know where to put you unless at the Pottie Pier.

The Sherriff came to the conclusion that he had no alternative but to convict. There was no evidence to support the suggestion that had been made that the order was given out of motives of local bias. The question was, had accused got a reasonable order from the harbourmaster, and did he disobey that order? He had come to the conclusion that he did. His lordship dismissed the accused with an admonition.


James Hutt, Fisherman , Chapman Innes, St Monans  and Elizabeth Davidson Hutt, Markinch, registered owners of the steam drifter Lizzie Hutt ML 122, sued John Watson, fisherman Cellardyke the owner of the Steam drifter Pride of Fife for £430 for services rendered on Sept 4th at Eyemouth in a Westerly gale.

The Pride it was contended was in danger of being wrecked on the Hettle Scar rocks. The Harbourmaster of Eyemouth said that Mr Davidson was a very well pleased man when he got safely in the harbour. The value of the vessel was about £2200.

The debate on the evidence was set for 25th Inst.


Kilrenny Parish War memorial, which has been erected on a commanding site on the town’s green, Cellardyke, overlooking the firth of Forth was unveiled on Sunday by Lieutenant Col T D Murray DSO

Previous to the unveiling a memorial service was held in Cellardyke Parish Church when an address was given by Prof Arch Main, Rev J Mc Naughton and Rev James Lee also took part in the service.

At the ceremony a Hymn was sung by Cellardyke Schoolchildren…


Board of Trade exams


Skippers ticket – William Muir 28 James Street, David Parker 19 West Forth Street, David Tawse, 63 George Street, Alex Thomson 24 George Street and James Watson, 9 Burnside Tce,

Second Hand – James Barclay 8 Fowler Street, David Gourlay 9 Dove Street, John Stewart 16 James Street, David Christie 26 Rodger Street, Thomas Corstorphine 41 John Street, Alex Doig 12 west Forth Street, Alex Gardner 20 James Street, David Henderson 51 James Street, Alex McCruvie 20 James Street.


The Cellardyke steam drifter Cromorna KY 73 had the highest shot of 35 crans, prices were from 18s to 24 s 6d per cran.


In the absence of their husbands at the fishing, Cellardyke women, accompanied in most cases by younger members of their family, paid tribute by their presence yesterday at the funeral to the late Rev G S Anderson, minister of the parish of Kilrenny for the last 47 years.

The remains were interred at Kilrenny with full Masonic honours. About 30 brethren and companions of Lodge St Ayle (No 95) of which the deceased was past master and Dreel castle Royal Arch Chapter preceded the coffin, Six brethren and companions representing the lodge and Chapter carried the coffin to the graveside where the masonic service was performed by Bro C H Maxwell RWM assisted by companion R Sime MEZ an Bro Rev JR Lee Chaplain of the lodge. The depositing of a sprig of heather by the brethren completed a most impressive service.

The Cellardyke Echo – 10/3/2016

The Winter herring was a dangerous time…


Everyone can understand that the value of herrings or fish in general very much depends on the expedition with which they can be sent to the market, hence the rush on all sides to overtake the first train. Carters, however, at least, so think the authorities, occasionally exceed direction, and the safety of life and limbs of the lieges, especially when an accident does occur, as it did the other day to a boy named Drummond, who had his foot run over near the Post Office. Thus on Friday last before, the East Anstruther Bailies, Alexander McRobie and David Parker, Carters Anstruther and David Scott, Carter, Cellardyke, were charged under the Lindsay Act with Furious Driving on the occasion of the accident referred to. They severely denied the charge, when three neighbour wives were called to prove the complaint. Accordingly to this testimony, the misfortune of the boy had happened, not through the fault or recklessness of the drivers, but through the shying of one of the horses, and altogether the proof was so confused and unsatisfactory, that the panels were dismissed with a reprimand from the bar.

James Brunton, fisherman, Cellardyke was charged with a breach of the peace, but on evidence being led, the averments of the complainers, George Elder and his father, went to show that the altercation was so much of a family quarrel, in which it was impossible to say who was worse, that the bailies dismissed the charge.


A telegram was received in Anstruther on Monday morning to the effect that a vessel was in distress at Fifeness and calling for the lifeboat. Harbour Pilot Parker, the Coxswain in charge, had the boat at once in gear with a volunteer crew of Cellardyke fishermen, and so dragged by four horses began the journey eastwards. It was an arduous task with the lumbering wheels on the sodden highway, but on appeal being made to Mr Clark at Rennyhill, two horses only waited to be put in harness. The same response was given by Mr Eadie, Carncores, but Mr Fortune of Barnsmuir sent four horses and three men, and thus, with twelve horses in all the rescue party dashed in gallant style through Crail. The launch was made at Balcomie sands, when the lifeboat was pulled to the vessel – a large Norwegian brig – which , however by this time had been abandoned by her crew, and also boarded by some Crail Fishermen, who had ventured through the surf in a salmon coble. The object of those in the lifeboat was now to assist the strangers adrift in the longboat, and a search was consequently made in all directions, but without success. Meanwhile the steam tug ‘Yorkshire lass’, finding it impossible to make the Harbour at Arbroath, was induced to reconnoitre with the lifeboat in the hope of saving the ship, which was riding at anchor on the inner side of the Carr, but she was found in the interval to have struck the reef, and, with rudder gone, was fast sinking to the bottom. Tug and lifeboat then returned to the harbour about 5pm, but in about three hours afterwards the town rang with the glad news that the castaways had also found a safe landing at the pier. The brig is the Oliver of Dramen …..


Advert in Shetland Times

The International Fisheries Exhibition, Edinburgh 1882

Gold medal for Deep Sea Herring Nets

Silver Medal and Money prize for Deep Sea Fishing Lines

Diploma for Excellence of Fishermen’s suits of Oilskins

The Above having Been awarded to – SHARP AND MURRAY, CELLARDYKE

They are now making stock to suit the trade with the very best material. Nets suitable for the Shetland Isles, mounted, barked and ready for sea; as well as great lines, mounted and barked in cane skulls or maunds, ready to bait. Barked Cotton in skeins for mending, in all sizes in fact every requisite required for the fishing Industry, supplied at the lowest possible prices.


Last night the Cellardyke fishing boat, owned by George Watson Smith, which had only left for the fishing ground that afternoon, returned to Anstruther harbour and reported the loss of Thomas Pratt, one of the crew. They had been engaged shooting their nets, and unobserved, Pratt had fallen overboard, the first thing they noticed was his heels as he disappeared beneath the water. He never rose to the surface, and the crew returned to communicate the melancholy intelligence to his parents. Pratt was only 18 years of age.


Yesterday afternoon the fishing boat Eclipse KY 2072, of Cellardyke, put into Arbroath and reported the loss of one of her crew, a young man named Andrew Keay (nephew of the Skipper, second son of Mr Andrew Keay living in John Street)). The Eclipse was engaged at the herring fishing about a mile East of the Carr Rock when she was overtaken by the gale. While hauling in the nets a huge wave struck the craft and carried Keay overboard. The poor fellow was seen floating for some time, but it was found impossible to render him assistance. On Arriving at Arbroath, the news of the unfortunate accident was telegraphed by the crew to the friends of the deceased, who belonged to Cellardyke, was 27 years of age and unmarried.

The Barbara Wood was towed by the Maggie Scott, of Cellardyke in the course of the evening tide into Anstruther. The close reef was torn to 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 un paralled in the Forth.



Anstruther Rangers V Cellardyke Bluejackets

An eleven of the fishermen under this once familiar name gave battel to the Rangers on Saturday. The wind spoiled play, and the Rangers, playing with the wind, rattled through four goals. When their time came the Bluejackets compiled three goals ere the whistle blew.


On Monday night a first class fishing boat built to the order of William Stewart & Sons Cellardyke was launched from the building yard of Mr James Miller, As the craft left the ways she was named Unity by a daughter of one of the owners. She is 62 feet long, a splendid model, and is to be fitted up with the newest principle, with steam engine for hauling the nets, and will be available for all branches of the fishing (Interesting that a week later the same launch is mentioned in another paper with the owners as Corstorphine, Cellardyke)


The annual social of the employees of the Kirkcaldy Boot factory was held in Cellardyke Town hall on Tuesday Evening.

In Cellardyke Town hall on Saturday night Rev. Mr Turnbull St Monans, delivered 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.


Crail Union have Cellardyke Bluejackets as their guests in a Martin Cup Tie. The Union are the present holders and ousted the Bluejackets last season 3 -2 in the Semi-final, so that the latter will strive their utmost to turn the tables on this occasion. Mr Cummings of Leven is referee.

(report of the match below, it must have been a draw as a rematch followed in Waid park)

Cellardyke Bluejackets sprung a genuine surprise on Crail, a surprise only equal to that when the Union beat the Rangers in the final last year. The Match was played at Crail before an excited crowd, but it was not a game to criticise.

Starting at first with a firm grip on the players the referee gradually became a secondary figure, and the exhibition was one of a rough and tumble nature.

The Armitage cup defeat by kettle made Crail anxious which accounted for the Union sticking to their choice of ground. The meant to give away no advantages.

Cellardyke’s eleven was a ‘dark horse’ A protest was lodged against one of the Blues.

The Cellardyke Echo – 2/3/2016


On the night of Saturday last we were visited with a very severe gale of wind from the Eastward and the damage done on the coast has been very great. The wind was accompanied by a heavy fall of snow and the roads were for a second time this season blocked up. On Sunday the storm raged with equal violence, and there being a stream tide the sea broke on the shore with great force. The new building on the south pier at Cellardyke Harbour is almost totally destroyed, and several hundred cart loads of stones, which composed the centre part of the pier, are now lying in the middle of the harbour, which is of course unusable. A few years ago about £1700 was expended in improving accommodation for the boats of this thriving fishing station, but we are sorry to say to little purpose, the basin never having been a safe shelter from the sea in any wind, although in good weather the boats were generally moored in it.


We have much pleasure in recording the following instance of hospitality on the part of the lighthouse keepers on the Isle of May.  On Wednesday Three Cellardyke boats engaged in the herring fishing were detained on the island by bad weather all night, and on Thursday no less than ten boats belonging to Cellardyke and one from Fisherrow were forced to leave the fishing grounds in consequence of a strong gale of wind from SW to W, and which veering to W and by S increased to a hurricane, and obliged all the hands to speed tpo the island for safety. There are only two families on the isle, Mr Pithie’s the principle light keeper and his assistant, On the Arrival of their unexpected visitors – of which their number was not small, being 75 persons, Mr and Mrs Pithie and his assistant welcomed them to their dwellings in the kindliest manner, and having lighted fires to warm them , they treated them with the best which their larders afforded them, and in great abundance,  and did everything in their power to make them comfortable. When the storm took off the boats returned to Cellardyke and the fishermen expressed their gratefulness for the hospitality.


On the forenoon of Friday an aged fisherman named Doig, belonging to Cellardyke was proceeding homeward, he was overtaken by two spring-carts following close on each other. The first, jostling against him, threw the unfortunate man to the ground, when the other cart which was heavily loaded almost instantly passed over his body crushing him severely. Surgical assistance was promptly in attendance, and hopes are entertained of his recovery. The case is being investigated by the authorities.


We understand that an amicable arrangement has been come to with respect to the loss of the Cellardyke boat KY 433 by the owner of the barque Danubio 9which ran the boat down) consenting to pay the claim of £160, as compensation for the loss sustained by her owner, Mr John Watson, Cellardyke, with a further sum, said to be 312, to the crew, to make up for the loss of clothing and other effects belonging to them, and which were not saved.


Mr John Gilchrist of the Cellardyke Steam Boot and Shoe Works, is at present erecting a handsome edifice on the celebrated concrete principle on the fine corner opposite the Tollbooth . The novel erection is thirty three feet long, twenty one wide and twenty two high in the front wall, and is to embrace an elegant and commodious shop on the ground floor with neat family apartments above; and as it has swept away the mean and incomgrouse subjects which so long disfigured the locality, Mr Gilchrist’s enterprise has effected one of the most decided improvements ever carried out in Cellardyke..


The coast has been swept by the severe north east gale at the time the fishing is usually most productive…… two Cellardyke boats, those of Skippers James Brunton and James Barclay – were utterly overcome in the endeavour to haul their drift nets, and had to lie at the mercy of the storm with the spray flying overhead in pitiless showers, increasing the chill and damp of the blinding snowflakes till the noon of the following day, when they gained shelter of the shore.


Piracy on the High seas. The other day, as the Cellardyke deep sea going boat ‘Southern Cross’, Skipper Alexander Fowler, was at the cod fishery, some leagues seaward of they may, a strange boat was espied running the same track, and her nefarious errand was only made too intelligible by the irritating discovery that the fishing gear had apparently been raised to the surface by means of small grappling irons, and the deliberately stripped hook by hook, the piracy being ended by taking away about two thousand yards of the gear, which was likewise cast adrift to the mercy of the storm. The matter is at present under investigation by Mr Gilles of the fishery board.


Alexander Myles was brought up on a charge of furious driving in breach of the Lindsay Act. He pleaded guilty and was fined 30s.


A sad story comes to us from the beautiful Island of Manitaulin in the American lakes. It appears that two fine young men, the sons of Robert Boyter, who emigrated from Cellardyke along with his wife , Isabella Robertson a native of Pittenweem, had set out from Ontario, to give a Scottish welcome to the opening year. Other young men were on the same errand; but they were warned that the ice was not to be trusted to. In his self-confidence however, one of these laughed at all fears, and undertook to guide the party home, though after being over seven miles on the way, a companion became so alarmed that he crawled back on his hands and knees to the village. The party in the meantime were heading on; but it soon became a struggle for very life even to reach the nearest Island. One friend fell through the ice, and perished; but his death cry was still ringing in the air when the two brothers were in the same terrible situation. David, the younger, as if by some mysterious help gained the island, but his gallant brother, who excelled as a swimmer, after the most superhuman exertions, sank within five feet of the shore – the party being so faint with cold that they could not raise a finger for his rescue. For a while it seemed as if they had only beeen spared a more cruel death, but they were eventually able to kindle a fire, and to assuage their hunger by the slaughter of a dog till they were relieved by some indian hunters on the third day they were from the Island, A search party being organised, the body of poor Robert was found and buried on the very day that he and his friends had so long fondly looked forward to for the festal song at the old fireside.

The Cellardyke Echo – 24/2/2016


50 men feared lost

There is still no tidings at Aberdeen today of the five missing trawlers including the Hermes of Dundee. A number of trawlers arrived at the port (Aberdeen) this morning; but none of them had sighted any of the vessels, and HMS Jackal, which went in search of the trawlers, is reported to have seen no trace of them. There seems little doubt therefore to their fate. All the vessels were manned by Aberdeen fishermen except the Bernicia, which belongs to Shields and which had a crew of Cellardyke men. The probable loss of life is estimated at about 50 men, each vessel having a crew of nine or ten men.


Launch. A large fishing boat to the order of Messrs D & Leslie Brown Cellardyke was launched yesterday from Mr James Miller’s boat building shed at the harbour. The boat was named Ottoway and is to be fitted out for all classes of fishing.


William Myles, Carter, 22 John Street, Cellardyke pleaded guilty to having, at the steelyard at the fish loading b, A fine of 30s or 14 days in jail was imposed and, Anstruther Wester, assaulted William Thomson Ballantyne, railway constable by striking him with his fists and tripping him up


The Cellardyke herring fishing boat Guiding Star KY 677 at an early hour yesterday morning lost one of her crew, John Moncrieff in the Firth of Forth. The boat arrived at the mouth of the South Esk, off Montrose yesterday afternoon flying a signal for assistance, Pilot Stephen went off, and after difficulty got the craft safely berthed at the jetty where the crew reported the unfortunate affair.

The Guiding Star left Cellardyke to prosecute the herring fishing soon after midnight, and although a strong south west gale was blowing everything went well till about two in the morning. Then the boat was some distance off the May Island, and while the missing man Moncrieff was in the stern the other four members of the crew were engaged in shifting their nets. Moncrieff was never seen after that.

What actually happened will probably never be known but it is supposed that the gale had caused Moncrieff to lose his balance and fall overboard. There was absolutely no trace of the missing fisherman, so that no attempt could be made at a rescue.

The crew had a stiff battle against wind and tide, and ultimately reached Montrose in the afternoon.

 Moncrieff who belonged to Cellardyke was a man of middle age and leaves a widow and four children.


Cellardyke’s first victim of the War

Information was received in Cellardyke on Saturday that Wm Reekie RNR had been lost through the sinking of the Clan McNaughton.

 Reekie who joined the RNR soon after the war broke out, was about 22 years of age and unmarried. He is the first Cellardyke victim of the war.


Evidence was led before Lord Ormidale in court of session on Saturday in the action for divorce, raised by David Hutchison Barclay formerly a fisherman, residing at 17 John Street Cellardyke, and now a private in the Black Watch, against his wife Cecilia Miller or Barclay, 43 Nicolson Street Pultney town Wick.

 The pursuer’s evidence had been taken on commission in France, and was lodged in process.


Throughout the neighbouring communities in the East Neuk yesterday the principle topic of conversation was the remarkable windfall of £200 which Mrs Corstorphine (41) George Street Cellardyke found inside a pillow bought at an auction sale. The Pillow formed part of the household effects of the late Miss Forrester, Rankeillor Street Elie, who died recently. Mrs Corstorphine’s find included four cheques, deposit receipt, War stock bonds and post office savings bank book. Speculation is rife as to how the little fortune will ultimately be dealt with, but meantime the securities are being tended by the police authorities.


Provost Mitchell who presided at the monthly meeting of Kilrenny Town Council, reported that he had received the sum of £15, the proceeds of a whist drive organised by towns people on behalf of a fund being raised for the construction of a bathing pond at Cellardyke

An interlocutor in an action at the instance of James Tarvit, fisherman, 22  Fowler Street, Cellardyke, against Adam Carnegie, motor mechanic, 3 Keithick Place, Feus Road, Perth. Was issued by Sherriff Skinner in Perth Sherriff court yesterday.

 Mr Tarvit sued for £40 in respect of damage which he averred he sustained through being knocked down by the defender’s motor cycle on Saturday 20th June last, while the former was accompanying a young lady home from Anstruther to St Monans. Interim Sherriff Skinner found in favour of pursuer, and assessed damages at £39 with expenses.

His lordship found in law that defender failed to keep to the left side, and failed to slacken his speed, and that he was guilty of negligence. Defender had failed to prove that pursuer was guilty of contributory negligence.

The Sherriff stated that about 50 yards from pursuer defender sounded his horn, but pursuer failed to hear it.

When defender was almost on him pursuer turned or stepped forward, so as to bring him slightly nearer the centre of the road.

The margin of clearance left by defender was so small that in consequence of stepping or turning pursuer sustained a lacerated wound on his left thigh, probably caused by the number plate of the bicycle in consequence of which he was debarred from following his occupation as a share fisherman from 20th June till 27th July.

Defender had failed to prove that at the time of the accident pursuer was ‘larking’ with his companion by stepping backwards and forwards towards the centre of the road.

The Cellardyke Echo – 17/2/2016


It turns out that the first prize, a pianoforte valued at thirty guineas, in the drawing of the freemasons of Arbroath, has been won by Mrs Margaret Myles, or Carmichael, a self-reliant widow, ‘ in a sma’ way of daein’, ” as they say on Borthick side, of a little provision shop which she has conducted for many years in Cellardyke. Margaret has had a lifelong pull against the stream especially after the death of her guidman, many years ago, and her windfall has been naturally hailed with lively sympathy by her neighbours. The ticket, which cost a single sixpence, was one of a lot distributed by Brother Wallace, late RWM of Old St Ayles. Lodge Anstruther.


No little excitement was raised on Cellardyke shore, towards two o clock on Thursday afternoon, by an outbreak of fire in the well-known warehouse of Messrs Sharp and Murray, general merchants. So far as we can learn it originated in a lighted match falling upon some spilt turpentine on the floor of the sunk cellar under the shop. Of course it was a spark to the mine, and next instant the fire was running along the cellar, which was piled with merchandise of all kinds including turpentine, tar, &c, and other substances scarcely less explosive than gunpowder. It was a critical moment, but fortunately many of the fishermen were standing about, and a fire brigade at once active and willing being enlisted on the spot, and, with the flowing tide to draw from, water was poured so quickly and so plentifully into the cellar, that the fire was subdued before it gained mastery, which in a few minutes it must have inevitably done. For a time, however, the clouds of smoke which enveloped the scene excited the liveliest fears of the bystanders, and when the fire was subdued it was found that only less damage had been done by the salvage on the dry goods also stored in the cellar, though but for the cause referred to, the most serious consequences must have happened not only on the premises, but probably to the contiguous street.


During the dense fog of Wednesday morning, the Cellardyke boat ‘Useful’ Thomas Boyter master, was run into by the steam trawler Fredrick James. The boat was riding by her drift, with a regulation light burning, but the steamer was scarcely her own length distant before the cry of the fishermen on the lookout attracted the notice of those on board. The helm was shifted but the sponsoon struck the bows of the boat so violently as to smash in the stem. Eventually the drift was hauled in, when the disabled craft was towed by the Fredrick James to Anstruther harbour,


While off the May island on Saturday Afternoon, the Cellardyke boat Tomasina KY 378 was struck by a fierce gust of wind and her mast carried away. In falling it tore up about 14ft of the deck on the port side and broke a spare yard. The boat was drifting hopelessly when the Cellardyke boat Onward came to her assistance and towed her into Anstruther. The damage is estimated about £12


‘The Scottish Cyclist’

The summer before last there came a company of cyclists, supposed to hail from Dundee, amongst them were some amateur photographers, who took a few snapshots round about, one of the views, being a small fishing yawl lying in Cellardyke harbour, in which a small boy was seated. Last year the lad was lost at sea, and this was the only photo ever taken of him, his bereaved parents are extremely anxious to procure a copy of it and have been trying for some months unfortunately without success. Anyone who can give a clue to the photographer will confer a very great kindness by communicating at once with Mr Thomas Cunningham, Harbourhead Anstruther. We trust that this appeal will be the means of satisfying the boy’s parents.


Robert Keith, carter, West Forth Street and George Moir, carter toft terrace, appeared at Cupar today on a charge of having, on the 4th February, within the shop as 21 John Street, Cellardyke, occupied by Albert Morris, confectioner, committed a breach of the peace, and caused Morris and his wife to run out of the shop in terror, whereupon Keith took possession of the shop, locked the doors and destroyed a quantity of fried fish and chipped potatoes. The complainant further set forth that Keith assaulted Helen Morris, by striking her on the breast with his fist and knocking her down, and that Moir assaulted Albert Morris by striking him a blow on the chest with his fist and knocking him down. Keith pleaded not guilty while Moir admitted the charge and said it was the first time that he had been in court. The Fiscal said that Moir was very much less guilty than Keith. The Sherriff passed sentence of a fine of 15s or seven days imprisonment. Keith’s trial was fixed for Tuesday 24th inst

The Cellardyke Echo – 4/2/2016



Immediately it was known that Cholera was in the port of Fisherrow, Mr Johnston, younger, of Renny Hill called a meeting of the Anstruther Easter, Wester and Kilrenny boards of health, when the unanimously resolved that in every intercourse by sea and land with Fisherrow and other infected places, should be instanter put a stop to. Mr Johnston informed the meeting that he had written to Captain Knight RN to send a boat’s crew here for the purpose of establishing a sort of quarantine guard over the harbours of Anstruther and Cellardyke… it is the duty of everyone to meet the emergency with every energy and prudent foresight, and to apply every remedy for its alleviation, for which soup kitchens have been opened this week in both East and West Anstruther for the supply of the poor with good fresh soup twice or three times a week.



Wanted immediately for a farm on the East Coast

A Strong Active PERSON capable of taking the entire charge of Six or Seven MILCH COWS, and of Rearing twice as many CALVES, one who can COOK plainly will be preferred. To a thoroughly competent person good encouragement will be given. Communications mentioning previous engagements may be addressed to Mr Nichol, Schoolmaster, Cellardyke.  (Obviously a very frugal person, only wanting plain cooking)


The Sloop Nancy from Whitby, for Leith, with alum, was wrecked on the Isle of May. The Master and one of the crew (William Baidland) saved but another (William Hutton) was washed overboard and drowned after the vessel had struck, his body has not been found. A boat managed from Cellardyke at the risk of their lives to the Island of May and took the master ashore.

Herrings have appeared in the Tay in such large numbers, a thing that has not happened for the last thirty years, this has induced Cellardyke fishermen to come and spread their nets in our river. The fishing ground is in the fairway between Balmerino bay and opposite Broughty castle.



Andrew Black, baker write to his father ( Andrew Black, mason) that his brother , Philip has purchased a piece of land four miles from Melbourne, and another about 54 miles distant from that town. He also writes on a subject which we have hitherto been very much in the dark – the fishing in that country. William and Philip Black in company with three Cellardyke men named Boyter, Henderson and another..  had tried fishing in Geelong bay, and were earning from £3 to £5 per day, which leaves the diggings in the shade. The fish caught are thick and short and about the size of half cod. The fishermen there had kept their trade as much a secret as possible, but now, when the East Fife men have got a hold of it, the trade will soon be opened and this occupation will be more congenial to them than diggings.


Early on Friday morning last as the crew of one of the Cellardyke boats were in the act of drawing their nets, one of them observed the mast to be falling down. He at once gave the alarm and his companions who could averted the stroke, but one, named Watson, seated in the stern was unable to move in time, and it consequently fell upon him, crushing him severely. He was immediately brought into harbour, and conveyed to his home in Cellardyke. Dr Macarthur was forthwith in attendance, who pronounced him to have received some sever internal injuries. He at present lies in a very precarious state. The accident was caused by a pin or wedge of the hasp which keeps the mast in its position having come out by the rolling of the boat.


James Walker, fisherman, Cellardyke, was charged with having committed a breach of the peace by quarrelling and fighting with Robert gardener another Cellardyke fisherman in shores street, and also having committed an assault in the said Robert Gardener in East Green on the same evening,. The panel pleaded guilty to the breach of the peace but not the assault when five witnesses were called and examined for the prosecution and two for the defence. After hearing the evidence the bench found the charge clearly proven and sentenced Walker to a fine of 21s or 21 days imprisonment. The before mentioned Robert Gardener was then charged with having committed a breach of the peace at the same time and place, and having pleaded guilty as indicated was sentenced to a fine of 10s 6d or 10 days imprisonment. Both fines were paid.



At Cellardyke, on the 24th ult, the infant son of Mr James Brunton, fisherman

At Cellardyke, on the 26th ult, Marjory second daughter of Mr John Marr, merchant

At Cellardyke, on the 26th ult, Mr Andrew young age 73

Loss of nets… when our Cellardyke crews pick up lost nets, or other sea gear, they never, as a rule make any charge for salvage, but return the articles to the unfortunate owners with as little expense as possible.


On Thursday last the Australian mail was the medium of brining a most interesting and valuable gift to three well known and much respected Sabbath school teachers in Cellardyke, namely the venerable post master, Mr Thomas Brown, and his old associates in the same sacred task, Mr Thomas Cunningham and Mr William Watson, who each received a letter with a cheque for £10 as a token of grateful remembrance and affectionate esteem for their labours in the Sabbath school which he attended in the years of his boyhood from Mr Alex Watson, a native of Cellardyke and sometime Iron monger in Anstruther but who emigrated to Australia about 20 years ago and has latterly been very successful in the gold mines.


One of the oldest inhabitants of Cellardyke died in the ancient house there which she had been born and had uninterrupted passed her long span of fourscore and seven years on Monday last. The venerable inmate was the last survivor of the family of the worthy James Wilson, who, for the long period of fifty six years was town officer and also the beadle of the parish, and who, by a curious coincidence, died at the same advanced age in the early spring of 1830’ it’s a strange thing hoo folk sometime get their ain” is a familiar Scottish saying, true if ever in Isabella Wilson’s case, seeing that the home keeping Cellardyke damsel was woo’d and wed by the young sailor Malcolm McRuvie, all the way from the dukes town of Inverary. This was some sixty years ago when the revenue cutters used to rendezvous in the Forth, when their black snake like hulls and flowing clouds of canvas were the pride of the sea, just as the blue jackets who manned them were to the hearts of the winsome lasses by the green old shore. The peace loving cutterman, however soon quitted the king’s service and cast his lot in with the hardy fishers of Cellardyke, and so a new name which has since spread and prospered, was added to the coast, he was endowed with no little observation and a kindly heart, and many a pleasant night was passed by his friends listening to his curious stories by the ancient hearth, which by the way was the last relic in the East of Fife of the old Scottish ingle, projecting with centre post to the very middle of the floor, and having a huge chasm for a chimney, so open in fact as to have enabled you to study astronomy by the winter fire. But the world is ever changing and years have elapsed since the old mariner went to his rest, where his faithful partner has now re-joined him..