Cellardyke owned and skippered steam drifters

This is not the complete Cellardyke drifter fleet, if you have any boat photos to add to the list, we will just post one of each boat, and any info to add to the existing photos – please email info@cellardyketrust.org

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Cassiopeia KY 14, 86′ – 97 tons – 43 HP – built 1920 by W H Warren New Holland Lincs as Standard Steel drifter HMD Windrise, Cellardyke owners J B & W Wilson, D Watson and W C Wilson. Later LT 86, PD 34 sank off Peterhead 1952

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Refloresco KY 16, 90′ – 123GRT – 42HP – built 1926 A hall & Co, Aberdeen for J & A Muir. The wooden standard steam drifter Dyker Lassie KY 75 (ex HMD Fogbank) was scrapped to build this vessel and the boiler and engine built into the new drifter. later Feaco LT 201, converted to motor 1955 sold to Ghana 1967. The Refloresco was replaced by Ecksy Muir in 1938 with the Refleurir KY 16 built in Cellardyke by the East Fife Boatbuilding Co ( The last fishing boat to be built in Cellardyke.).

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Spes Melior KY 19, 86′ 2″ – 96GRT- 42HP, built 1919 at Scot & Sons’, Bowling, Dumbartonshire. as standard steel drifter HMD Undertow, later BCK 368, LH 297, Spes Meilor KY 19, PD 397, scrapped in 1952 – owned in Cellardyke by W Moncreiff & Others

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Bene Vertat KY 20, 86’4″ – 97GT – 42HP – built 1921 by Chrichton Thomson of Kings Lynn as standard steel drifter, HMD Morn, became Homefinder LH 282 then Bene Vertat KY 20 then Defensor KY 208, sold to be scrapped in Belguim in 1954. Owned post WW1 by A Reid and I Barclay

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Cosmea KY 21 seen here as Coriedalis, 86″ – 96GRT- 42HP – built 1918 at J Duthie’s yard Torry Aberdeen as standard steel drifter HMD Dusk. later PZ 139 then Cosmeas/Coriedalis KY 21 scrapped 1957. She was the last Scottish Steam Drifter to visit Yarmouth, 1956. She was replaced by the Silver Chord a new motor vessel built at Smith and Huttons, Anstruther, on ther first season at Yarmouth the Silver Chord KY 124 won the Prunier Herring Trophy.

Cosmea was owned and skippered by Jimmy Boyter until his death at the end of WW2, when she was sold and became Coriedalis. Jimmy Boyter’s daughter, Helen married Bruce Smith, brother of Philip Smith of Smith and Hutton, who designed some of their boats including Radiation and Argonaut 2.- Info From David Smith

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Lasher KY 25, 86′ 2″ – 96 GRT- 42 HP built 1920 A Hall & Co Aberdeen as standard steel drifter HMD Lasher. later Lasher KY 25, BF 79, Golden Ring LT 408, scrapped 1954 . Cellardyke owner James Brunton Snr & C Barclay

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Fifeness A522 later KY 27, 85′ 8″ – 97GRT-43HP built by J Lewis and Sons Aberdeen as standard steel drifter HMD Snowdrift, Fifeness A 522, later KY 27, George G Baird PD 256 scrapped 1954, Cellardyke owner E Irvine

KY 34

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Pilot Star KY 48, 86′ 2″ – 96 GT – 42 HP built J Chambers Lowestoft as standard steel drifter HMD Drizzle, Later Pilot Star LT 1060, KY 48, FR 106, PD 200 Scrapped December 1952 . Cellardyke owner D Smith, P Gardner and Provost Carstairs

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Cromorna KY 73, 82′- 85GRT- 37HP – Built of steel, 1910, Smiths Dock, Middlesborough for Andrew Henderson, West Forth Street, after he lost his life in WW1 she was sold locally and the Skiiper was “Cromorna” Bob Gardner. later Lemnos BF 2, PD 141 Scrapped 1950

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White Queen KY 94, 92.85ft – 126GRT- 34HP built of steel by J Duthie and Co, Aberdeen, yard no 187 as a yacht for J Gordon Stewart ( possibly a retired tea planter), in their Footdee yard, launched 1/5/1897. The boat was converted to fishing in 1899 for Thomas Walker as A 59 then in Jan 1905 sold to John Birrell & Co , Cellardyke ( who already owned the Edith KY360), registered as KY 94. Pre WW1 the Skipper was Robert Moncrieff . Robert and his wife Mary Moncrieff lived at 40 West Forth St and later moved to 22 Rodger St, Cellardyke. Owner 1914 J Birrell. Post WW1- A Birrell and A Moncreiff , in 1930 owned by Mrs Jessie Rutherford, Leith. Scrapped 1934

The Engine was supplied by Alexander Hall & Co, Aberdeen and was C2cyl. (11½ & 28 – 18in) 34rhp. 1-Screw. The Boat’s official number was 106549

In Oct 1905 she collided with the St Adrian, A reg, and the PD reg Johanna Petrie on the way into Grimsby docks, she suffered no damage but the St Adrian trapped between the two other boats in choppy weather had her bow and bulwark stoved in and a rent amidships.

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Photo, Alex Watson

Glasgow Herald 3rd May 1897

A Steel steam pleasure yacht, built to the order of Mr J. Gordon Stewart, Essex, was launched on Saturday from the shipbuilding yard of Messrs J. Duthie, Sons & Co., Aberdeen. The vessel is 102ft. in length all over, 18ft. in breadth, 18ft. 3’in. depth of hold, and 130 tons gross register. She was named the ” White Queen ” by Mrs W. Rae. The yacht will be the first vessel of the kind lighted throughout by acetylene gas. She will be in the Royal London 2nd Royal Hirwich Yacht Clubs, and will be registerad at Aberdeen.

Glasgow Herald, 22nd June 1897

The steam yacht White Queen. built by Messrs John Duthie, Sons & Co., Aberdeen, for Mr Stewart, Calcutta, went on her trial trip yesterday. The vessel, which is in command of Captain Wallace, ran the measured mile in Aberdeen, and attained a speed of about 13 knots an hour. The White Queen will sail to-morrow on a cruise-to Norway and Russia .

Aberdeen Press and Journa,l 20 May 1899

The steam yacht White Queen, built in for Mr Stewart, Newburgh, by Messrs John Duthie, Sons. & Co., has been purchased by Thomas Walker, trawl owner, and to be converted into a steam liner. It is in contemplation by Mr Walker to put the vessel to the herring next season order to test how this branch of the fishing would pay if worked by steam.

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Rothesay Bay KY 611 then KY 97, 91’6″- 101GRT- 38 HP, Built as a wooden Steam liner by William Jarvis in 1897 she was sold in 1903 to Aberdeen for £2300. Post WW1 she returned to the East Neuk – owner J Stewart re reg KY97. she was later sold to Cockenzie and scrapped in 1935

1st October 1897

On Monday afternoon Mr Jarvis launched a steam liner to the order of the Bay Fishing Company. The middle pier was lined by a large crowd of spectators, who cheered lustily as the vessel glided very smoothly into the water. Miss Young, Rodger Street, gracefully performed the christening ceremony, the name of the liner being the Rothesay Bay. The boat was brought into the inner harbour and moored at the middle pier, where she will be made ready to be taken to Leith to have the engines fitted on board. The dimensions are exactly similar to the other vessels recently launched by Mr Jarvis, the extreme length being 96 feet, the breadth 19 feet, and the depth 10 ½  feet. The ice and fish rooms are of the ordinary size the latter having the usual moveable shelves, and a drain for carrying away the water. The latest improvements have been effected also in the accommodation for the crew. The vessel was much admired afterwards. Mr Jarvis has no further orders on hand, but last week the member of a Grimsby firm came to Anstruther and made inquiries about the total cost of the liners fully equipped.

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Daisy KY 105, 83’8″-77GRT-25HP, buit of wood by William Geddes and Sons Portgordon as Daisy BF1580 in 1904 later KY 105 then BK66, In 1914 her Cellardyke owner was R Watson, she was scrapped in 1937

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St Ayles KY 122, 84’1″ – 78GRT- 33HP -built of wood 1906 by James Miller’s Anstruther yard – 1914 owner J Stewart, scrapped 1935

17th August 1906

17th August The steam drifter, St Ayles, launched last week by Mr Miller, was taken in tow to Leith on Monday to be engined by Mr Cran. She is expected to return to Anstruther in a fortnight for the trial trip.

7 September

This new steam drifter, which was launched by Mr Miller three weeks ago, arrived at Anstruther on Tuesday afternoon from Leith, where the engines bad been fitted on board by Messrs Cran & Co. In order to test the engines, it was arranged to make the run down to Anstruther instead of a trip up the Forth. The time was taken as soon as she left Leith pier, and on arriving in Anstruther harbour it was ascertained that the distance had been accomplished in two hours and five minutes, or a speed of fully ten knots an hour, the quickest that any similar vessel had done the distance. Skipper Stewart was highly pleased with the speed of his boat, and with the smoothness with which the engines worked all the way down. It is intended to have another run this afternoon.

Dundee Courier 16th Dec 1929

“Help Urgently Required”
The Anstruther drifter St Ayles arrived home from Yarmouth yesterday afternoon. 
In an interview with a Courier and Advertiser representative, Skipper, Mr John Stewart, 16 James Street, Cellardyke, gave a graphic account of the disaster. 
“It was the worst Yarmouth storm, in all my experience”, he said,”and it was really pitiful boats to see some of our boats coming into port. Most of them were very badly damaged in addition to losing their gear. I lost a lot of gear, but fortunately my boat never sustained a scratch.
The Lizzie Hutt, on the other hand had practically everything stripped off her” 
“We went off early on Monday morning. We reached the fishing grounds about eleven o’clock and shot our nets. The storm broke just after dinnertime, and it was very fierce. Some of our boats had wireless but we received the gale warning after we had gone to sea.
Naturally, the people in Yarmouth were in a great state of alarm, and the pier was thick with people when we got back.”
A Few Turned Back. 
“A few of our boats turned before they reached the fishing grounds, one boat, had to turn because the cook, turned ill. Those boats were thereby saved from the fury of the storm. Mr Stewart said there were ten men in his boat. Fortunately, we did not go away with a full gear. We had between 50 and 60 nets, instead of perhaps 70 or 80, he said, but we lost half of our gear easily. There is one man who has come home with only two nets. I had six out of nine either lost or torn.
Mr Stewart said that, had he been able to stay on at Yarmouth, he would have expected to make on an average between £300 and £400. at the fishing,
Thirty nets belonging to his boat have been either lost or torn, representing a sum of almost £150, and as he might have had between £300 or £400 the boat’s total loss is somewhere in the region of £500.
He considered that, as this is just time for the catches to be at their best he would have made  the sum suggested.
Never More Sorry-
“I was never more sorry for anything than having to come away just now” he said “it is the first time I have been home from Yarmouth so early in November for a good many years. Most of the fleet come home near the end of the month and some have returned in early December.
Mr Stewart, sen., said that many a fisherman would have to go back to sea as hired men. That was all they could do. 
” A fisherman needs to have at least twenty nets with him and that costs £100″ he explained.
He stated that help for the fishermen was urgently required, , and said that although the miners had received aid in the past the miners were never  in so sore a plight as the fishermen were now.
Scots boats with good catches –
Although over thirty Scots boats have left Lowestoft for home on a count of their losses of nets and gear in the gale this week, the rest are endeavouring to carry on. They have obtained some nets or patched up their damaged gear and have gone fishing. Already a few have been rewarded for their pluck by good catches, which sold at a fair price …..
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Morning Star KY 128, 87′ 2″- 84GRT – 30 Hp. Built 1906 of wood at William Geddes Portgordon. — David Watson son of Star Jeems Watson. this was the family name for their vessels the last sailing fifie they owned the Morning Star KY 190 was over 70ft, the vessel was scrapped 1937.

East of Fife Record, 17th May 1907

On Saturday morning, an accident of a rather alarming nature occurred in the harbour. The crew of the steam drifter Morning Star, belonging to Skipper David Watson, Cellardyke, made unwelcome discovery on their arrival at the middle pier in the early morning, that during the night their vessel had become submerged at her moorings, where they had left her, as they thought, safe and sound the previous night. The cause of her sinking lay in the fact that an apprentice engineer from Ovenstone, who had been working about the drifter’s engines, had knocked off work, omitting to close the water-cock, with the result that as the tide rose dining the night, the drifter gradually filled and sank. Steps were at once taken to have the water pumped out, and inners’ pumps were requisitioned from local men and also from Messrs Balfour, Ovenstone engineering works. The vessel was soon cleared of the water, and the engines at once coated with oil to prevent them rusting fr, in the contamination with the salt water. The drifter was little the worse for her mishap, and able to proceed to sea early on Monday morning. It was fortunate that there was no one sleeping on hoard, else the accident might have had a more serious termination. The Morning Star is a new boat, and has only prosecuted the fishing about a month.
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Maggies KY 138, 85’7″ – 85GRT- 33HP -built of wood 1907 by James Miller’s Anstruther yard – owner 1914 P Gardner scrapped 1937

8th Dec 1906

8th December, Launch – On Saturday afternoon, Mr Miller Shipbuilder, launched a steam drifter to the Order of the Messrs Gardner, Cellardyke. The vessel was named The Maggies. The dimensions are 85feet of keel, 18 feet 6 inches breadth of beam, and 8 feet 6 inches depth. The engines are to be fitted by Messrs Cran of Leith. Mr Miller has orders on hand for five of the same dimensions, at a cost of £2500 each. For Anstruther alone, about a dozen new steam drifters are being built or on order.

East of Fife Record, 5th April 1907

On Monday afternoon, the compasses of the new drifter, The Maggies, belonging to the Messrs Gardner, Cellardyke, were adjusted, and shortly after a large crowd of people had the pleasure of enjoying a trip round the May Island and Bass Rock. About 200 were on board, and the sail was greatly enjoyed, the weather being fine although hazy. In coming back a speed of 10 knots was accomplished. The owners expressed highly satisfied with the speed and workmanship of the vessel. 
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Scot KY 139. 80′ – 79GRT – 22HP. Built 1903 of steel at Smiths Dock, North Sheilds/ Middlesborough as Scot WK 608. Cellardyke owner 1914 Henry Bett, scrapped 1939

Type:  Fishing Vessel – Drifter
Launched:  27/05/1903
Completed:  06/1903
Builder:  Smith’s Dock Co Ltd
Yard:  North Shields
Yard Number:  715
Dimensions:  79grt, 18nrt, 80.0 x 18.1 x 8.3ft
Engines:  C2cyl (10.75 & 23 x 16ins), 22nhp
Engines by:  MacColl & Pollock Ltd, Sunderland
Propulsion:  1 x Screw
Construction:  Steel
Reg Number:  115104
06/1903  G & D Cormack, Wick
1912  Henry Bett, Cellardyke, Fife; registered at Kirkcaldy
Comments:  1912: Allocated fishing registration number KY139 at Kirkcaldy
 05/1915: Hired by the Admiralty as a net vessel
 Armed with 1 x 6pdr gun
 06/1915: Renamed SCOT II
 1919: Returned to owners & reverted to SCOT
 Still listed in MNL 1936 
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Camperdown KY 160, 84’1″ – 91GRT- 28HP – built 1907 of steel at J Duthie Torry shipbuilding Co, Aberdeen. as BF297 Camperdown, then KY 150/ or 160 BCK 423, INS 54 scrapped 1937- Cellardyke owner 1914 J Muir

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Unity KY 162, 86′- 80 GRT- 24HP, Built of wood by John Robertson’s of St Monans in 1907, – owner 1914 D Corstorphine, Scrapped 1937

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Noontide KY 163 breaking 1960, 86′ 1″ – 95tons – 34 HP, Built 1918 by Colby brothers Lowestoft in admiralty ownership until 1946. First fishing reg KY 6 the KY 163 Owned from 1946 – 1953 by James Brunton, then sold to Yarmouth YH 33 ( there are multiple other photos of the Noontide across this site hensce showning one of her breaking here)

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Primrose KY 163, 86’6″ – 87GRT- 33HP -built of wood 1907 by James Miller’s Anstruther yard, sold to Clyde as a herring carrier 1933 wrecked South Kintyre 1933, Cellardyke owner 1914 R Melville

17th May

Letters were read from the agents of the Buckhaven skipper, who at last meeting claimed for damage done to his boat’s stem when the launching of the drifter Primrose took place, Messrs Wilkie, Youden, & Bruce, stating that their client had given them instructions to prosecute his claim The boat left the harbour after receiving instructions from the harbourmaster, and fouling with other vessels bad to turn back again in order to get into position when she was struck by the drifter, in consequence of which, was unable to proceed to sea that night. The skipper did not receive notice from the harbour master that the launch was to take place immediately, and the necessary care was not exercised. Perhaps Mr Miller who launched the vessel was responsible to some extent. Their client claimed £8 for the stem and £10 for the loss of a night’s fishing. Should the Harbour Commission not settle the claim seven days prosecution would follow. The Clerk said he did not reply to the above, end another letter was received, stating that Mr Miller had disclaimed all responsibility for the accident, and there appeared to be nothing for it but to raise an action for the damage Mr Deas had sustained. No reply was sent to the second letter, and a third communication was sent to the effect, that the skipper was leaving shortly, and it would be inconvenient to raise an action meanwhile. He would be back however, in September, when, unless the account was forthcoming an action would be taken. Mr Mortis said the harbourmaster had allowed the skipper to proceed, but he had turned back on his own responsibility. He should have lain at the east pier till he had a chance to come back again. Be must have known there was to be a launch from the crowds on the pier. The Commission agreed to let the matter alone.

1st June

Trial trip of the S S Primrose

The Steam Drifter Primrose built some time ago by Mr Miller Anstruther, and owned by Messrs Robert Melville & Sons , Cellardyke which has been engine at Leith By Messrs Cran & Co, underwent a speed and sea worthy trial in the Firth of Forth on Tuesday, when in a run from Leith to the Forth Bridge and back a speed of 11 knots was obtained, great satisfaction being expressed by the owners, who brought the vessels down to Anstruther on Wednesday where she is now being prepared for prosecuting the early herring fishing.

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Integrity KY 178, 86’1″ – 86GRT- 33HP -built of wood 1907 by James Miller’s Anstruther yard- later sold to North Sheilds the Eyemouth BK 28 scrapped 1937, Cellardyke owner 1914 G Anderson

3rd April

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

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Agnes Gardner KY 185, 86′ 2″ – 96 tons – 42 HP. built 1920 by Ouse Shipbuilding Co. Goole Yorks as standard Steel drifter HMD Radiation, Cellardyke owners J Gardner, G & T Melville and W Wilson later PD 395 scrapped 1952. When the Gardner family built a 97ft wooden great line vessel at Smith and Huttons in 1957 they named it Radiation A 115 after this vessel.

Skipper John Gardner with his wife Agnes (Nee Stewart) who the Agnes Gardner was named after. The boy standing at the back is Alex Gardner ( big Sam) later to be skipper of the Radiation, and the boy at the front later John Gardner, skipper of the Brighter Hope. Bobby Gardner is in his mothers arms. This photo was taken about 1915. John snr served at Galli[polli – photo and info from Pamela Hughes granddaughter of John Gardner.
John Gardner in front of the wheelhouse hands in pocket, His son Eck in front of the coal similar stance
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Evening Star KY 189, 86’6″ – 87GRT- 35HP -built of wood 1907 by James Miller’s Anstruther yard – owner 1914 R Hughes, Scrapped 1936

14th June

Another steam drifter was launched from the east ways at Mr Miller’s yard at high water on Tuesday afternoon. The vessel, which is the ninth launched by Mr Miller since last August, has been built to the order of Skipper Robert Hughes, Cellardyke. Fine weather favoured the proceedings, and a large crowd of spectators assembled to witness the launch. As the vessel slid gracefully down the ways into the water she was christened the “Evening Star” by Miss Jessie Watson, grand-daughter of the owner. The building of the vessel has been accomplished with the strongest material and best workmanship, her dimensions are as follows:- 86 feet keel, 20 feet beam, and 9 feet depth of hold. Her graceful model has been the subject of much favourable criticism on the part of fishermen and others. After receiving the final touches from the carpenters, she is to be towed to Leith, where she will be engined by Messrs Hawthorn & Co. The next keel to be laid is that of a steam drifter for Skipper Henry Bett, Cellardyke. The Venus, the last drifter launched at Anstruther, was towed to Leith on Saturday to be engined by Messrs Cran. The Integrity, belonging to the Skipper George Anderson, Cellardyke, has been for the past few weeks undergoing her engine fittings at the hands of the latter firm, and is expected down shortly.

Acorn KY 194 photo courtesy of Andrew Gardner
Acorn Mairt, Martin Gardner, photo courtesy of Andrew Gardner

Acorn KY 194 – 86’2″ 96Grt BUilt 1919 by Alexander Hall &Co Aberdeen as Pampero. Later Edalba YH 218. Acorn KY 194, LT 31 Sold to Canada 1954 scrapped 1975.

1924 – Henry Gardner (62), part owner and retired Skipper of the steam drifter Acorn, died suddenly while working on a mizzen sail on the Middle pier in Anstruther.

1933 Mr David Christie, fisherman, 26 Rodger Street, Cellardyke, has been appointed chief coxswain of Anstruther lifeboat in succession the late Mr Martin Gardner. Mr Christie has been member of the lifeboat crew for a number of years, and has acted recently as bowman. He has been connected with the fishing industry all his life, and is recognised as a skilful and capable seaman. . Mr M. Gardner (Thomson), skipper of the Acorn, has been appointed bowman in succession to Mr Christie.


The death occurred at his home, 29 James Street Cellardyke, on Sunday of Councillor Martin Gardner. He was 64 and had been ill for some time. Councillor Gardner., though one of the youngest serving members on Anstruther Town Council was one of the oldest serving, members of the local lifeboat crew., He was a former coxswain and was known and respected by fishermen up and down the country. –

He himself belonged to a fishing family and was a fisherman until his retiral four years ago, when he first entered the field of local government.

As skipper of the Acorn, he put to sea for many years, and his experience was unquestioned among the younger men. He was a member of Anstruther Harbour Commission and a former chairman of Anstruther branch of the Herring Producers’ Association.

He became a member of the Anstruther Lifeboat crew when he was 18 and he was officer and coxswain for 20 years, taking part in many real-life sea dramas and cues. Most stirring amongst these perhaps was the recent disaster of the Arbroath lifeboat. It was largely because of his fine seamanship that the Anstruther boat survived.

He was a Freemason, an elder of Cellardyke Church. and a founder member of the local branch of the British Legion.

Councillor Gardner is survived by his wife, one son and two daughters. The funeral will take place today, and the Town Council will attend.

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Venus KY 199, 86’6″ – 87GRT- 33HP -built of wood 1907 by James Miller’s Anstruther yard, For Smith, Murray, Martin and Barclay – Sunk off Scarborough 1934, Cellardyke owner 1914 W Smith

31st May 1907

Another successful launch of a steam drifter took place on Wednesday afternoon from Mr Miller’s yard here. The weather was ideal, and a good crowd had collected to witness the ceremony, which was carried out at high tide. As the vessel left the ways, she was christened the Venus by Mrs Smith, wife of one of the owners. The drifter was the subject of much admiration, being a good model, and strongly built from the best materials. Her dimensions are—length 85 feet, breadth 18 feet, and depth 10 feet. As soon as her rigging and cordage are fitted on, the vessel is to proceed to Leith, where she will be engined by Messrs Cran & Co. The other drifter, at present pretty well advanced, is to be launched in a fortnight, the owner being Skipper Robert Hughes, after which another two keels will be laid immediately, one a trawler for the Belgian Government, and the other a drifter for Skipper Henry Bett, Cellardyke.

Pride O’ Fife KY 218 – 85′ 7″ x 83 GRT 24 HP , Built By William Geddes – Portgordon in 1907 Scrapped in 1947 – 1935 ownership was recorded as – James Watson , Marine Engineer, Toll Rd, Jessie Cunningham Davidson 34 Rodger St, Alex Cunningham Anchor Lodge Anstruther,

2nd August 1907

ANOTHER STEAM DRIFTER FOR ANSTRUTHER. To the 19 steam drifters already belonging to Anstruther, there has been added another. A successful launch took place at Port Gordon last Thursday, when a new steam drifter, built by Mr William Geddes, Port Gordon, to the order of Skipper John Watson (Salter). Cellardyke, was consigned to the water. The vessel, which is finely modelled and substantially built, was christened the Pride 0′ Fife by the daughter of the owner, and she will be towed to Aberdeen to be engined with compound engines of 160 h.p. by Messrs Lewis & Son, Aberdeen.

Salter Watson son of John Watson (Salter), Skipper of the Pride of Fife, The name board behind his head probably came from one of the earlier vessels called Pride o’ Fife. possibly the 68ft Fifie built by Fultons of Pittenweem in 1900 registered KY200.

23rd August 1907

THE NEW STEAM DRIFTER PRIDE O’ FIFE.— On Saturday, the new steam drifter Pride o’ Fife, built by Mr Geddes, Port Gordon, and engined at Aberdeen, to the order of Skipper John Watson. George Street, Cellardyke, arrived at Anstruther from Aberdeen. Gear and stores were at once put on board, and the Pride o’ Fife left for the fishing grounds on Monday morning with the rest of the fleet.

2nd April 1913

FIFE SKIPPER’S SMART PERFORMANCE SAVES TWO BOATS FROM GOING THE ROCKS AT EYEMOUTH. Sheriff Armour Hannay, at Cupar yesterday, gave judgment in the salvage actions, raised by James Hutt, fisherman, St Monans, skipper of the steam drifter Lizzie Hutt, and others, against John Watson, fisherman, George’s Street, CeJlardyke, skipper of the steam drifter Pride of Fife, and against Robert Davidson, fisherman, Shore Street, Cellardyke, skipper of the sailing fishing boat Guide Me, for £430 and £100 respectively for salvage services rendered in Eyemouth Bay September 4. 1912. The defence was that the services rendered were towage services, customary for Fife fishermen to render to each other when their vessels were in difficulties. His Lordship finds as a matter of law that the services rendered by the Lizzie Hutt were salvage services; assesses the same at £250 in case of the Pride of Fife and £50 in the of the Guide Me respectively; apportions the total sum of £300 as follows:—£150 to be paid to the owners, £50 to the skipper (James Hutt), and £100 to the remaining eight of the crew in equal shares, and accordingly; refuses the motion to apportion the aforesaid sum of £300 between the services; rendered in saving life and those rendered in salving property. Pursuer gets expenses on the higher scale. In the note attached to the interlocutor; his Lordship says:—”Or September 3, 1912,, the sailing fishing boat Guide Me of Cellardyke, was towed into the anchorage at Eyemouth Bay in a helpless oondition with split foresail. She anchored under the lee of the land, but shortly afterwards the rope which was attached to the anchor broke, and she began to drift towards the Hettle Scar rocks. “The steam drifter Pride of Fife, also from; Cellardyke, was coming into the roadstead, and was hailed for assistance. She came, and, with the Guide Me in tow, steamed to the weather side of the anchorage, and both vessels then let go their anchors, this time, Guide Me using a chain. Both began to drag, and by the time the Lizzie passed them they were close to the Scar rocks and in a position of great danger. ” I have accordingly no difficulty holding that the services rendered by the Lizzie Hutt were salvage services, and I would add they seem by the evidence to have been performed in a smart and seamanlike manner by the skipper, James Hutt.” For pursuers—Mr T. D. Murray, solicitor. Anstruther: for defenders—Mr James Brown, Messrs Mclntosh & Watson, Anstruther).

Olive Leaf KY 220 – 86’3″ – 82GRT 25HP – Built by John Robertson of St Monans launched 1907 later named Casimir ML 42 sunk off Yarmouth in 1931. Built for William Smith (Bruce), 6 Rodger St, James Smith Watson 32 West Forth St, David Smith (Cunningham) 28 Rodger St, David Dick (Smith) 6 Rodger St, John Cunningham (Smith) 50 George St.

2nd August 1907
There was launched from the building yard of Messrs John Robertson (Innes) & Co., on Saturday afternoon, a steam drifter built to the order of Mr William Smith (Bruce), and others, Cellardyke. The launch was successfully accomplished at high water. As the craft left the ways she was named the Olive Leaf by Miss Robina Cunningham, a sister of one of the joint owners. Her dimtnsions are—length of keel, 84 feet: 92 feet over all; 18 feet 9 inches beam; and 9 feet 8 inches depth of hold. A large number of people were present and witnessed the launch. The Olive Leaf is a very finely finished piece of work, and is of the most upto-date model. Messrs Robertson (Innes.) & Co. have built several drifters, which have proved very successful, and have given their owners the utmost satisfaction. This is the last that Messers Robertson (Innes) & Co. have on order. The Olive Leaf is to be engined by Messrs Lewis & Son. Aberdeen, who engined the former built by Messrs Robertson Innes & Co., and whose engines have proved most succsesful.

Fishing No. KY220. Official no 126868
Compound. 25hp. 1-Screw. John Lewis & Sons Ltd., Aberdeen

1919 David Black, Pittenweem.
1926 John & David Smith, St Monance. Registered Methil. ML42
04/1015-1910. WW1. Admiralty Service. Net vessel.

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Caliopsis KY 223, 86′ 3″ – 97GT – 42 HP , Built 1918 by Rose street Foundry nverness as Standard Steel drifter, HMD Nacre. Nacre a 410, Sea Toiler BCK 14, Calliopsis KY223, LT 92 scrapped 1955. Cellardyke Skipper Peter Murray, this boat was requistioned in WW2 and on the end of hostilities Skipper Murray refused to have her back as she was “just like an auld baffy” His daughter Mary was a volunteer at the Scottish Fisheries Musuem and published her fathers notes fom this vessel “The Skippers Notebook” .

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Mace KY 224, 86′ 2″ – 96GRT- 42HP – built 1919 by Alex Hall & Co Aberdeen as standard steel drifter Thunderclap. Later Zena & Ella BCK 321, Mace KY 224, GY 115, LT 35 scrapped 1955, Cellardyke owner Martin Gardner Snr and Martin Gardner Jnr

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Norman Wilson, KY 228, 86′ 2″ – GRT 96 – HP 42. Built 1919 by Alex hall & Co Aberdeen as standard steel drifter HMD Tidal Wave. Later Tidal Wave BF 604, Sophie Summers PD 379, Norman Wilson KY 228. scrapped 1956 . Cellardyke owner J Gardner & W C Wilson

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Violet KY 251, 85′ 6″ – 84GRT- 21HP built 1907 of wood at William Geddes of Port Gordon, scrapped at North Queensferry approx 1938. Cellardyke owner post WW1 W Watson and others

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Breadwinner KY 253, 86’5″ – 88GRT- 36HP -built of wood 1907 by James Miller’s Anstruther yard, Cellardyke owner post WW1 Henry and Thomas Bett, scrapped at Fraserburgh 1946

13th September 1907

The steam drifter Breadwinner, just built by Mr Miller, to the order of Henry Bett, Cellardyke, was launched at high water on ‘Wednesday afternoon in the presence of a large number of spectators. Miss Bett, the daughter of the owner, performed the christening ceremony. The drifter is somewhat different in model, and is a little broader than the others the dimensions being;- Length 86 feet, breadth of beam 19 feet, and depth of hold 9ft . All the latest improvements are I being inserted, and after some further work the Breadwinner will be taken to Leith next week to have her engines fitted by and by Messrs Hawthorn & Co. The drifter is to be ready to proceed to Yarmouth by the beginning of October.

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William Wilson KY 293, 90′ 2″ – GRT 118- HP 35. Built of steel, 1929 by Alex Hall & Co, Aberdeen – owner post WW1, J Wilson & W C Wilson, later M90,SH66, sold to salvage work 1966.

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette – 2nd August 1929

DISAPPEARED AT SEA. CELLARDYKE FISHER’S FATE. Letter to Wife Found in Bunk. When the Scottish line fishing boat, William Wilson, arrived at North Shields to-day it was reported that one of the deckhands, David Smith (29), of Cellardyke, was missed on Wednesday morning while the boat was 155 miles N.N.E. of the Tyne. The crew were having breakfast when Smith got up and said he was going deck. Later he could not be found. Smith, who had left a letter in his bunk addressed to his wife, had complained recently of pains. 
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Carmi III KY 300, 86′ – 88GRT – 39HP, built of Steel 1908 by Montrose Shipbuilding Co Ltd. owner post WW1 T Anderson, later J.T Henry BCK 22, BF 42, Scrapped 1951.

East of Fife Record, 8th May 1908 –

 LAUNCH OF A STEEL DRIFTER, on Wednesday night, there was launched at Montrose a steel drifter, built to the order of Skipper Thomas Anderson, Cellardyke. Mrs Anderson, wife of the owner, performed the christening ceremony, the vessel being named Carmi the Third. The dimensions are of the same extent as the Kilmany, launched a fortnight ago. After the launch, a few friends, including Provost Morris, Anstruther, were entertained to a cake and wine banquet by Mr Fletcher, and several toasts appropriate to the occasion were proposed and responded to
Press and Journal, April 1913,
YARMOUTH COLLISION CASE. Captain A- Wood. J.P., nautical assessor in the Technical College, Dundee, has just issued his decision in a 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 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. 

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Kilmany KY 304, 86′ – 88GRT – 39HP, built of Steel 1908 by Montrose Shipbuilding Co Ltd. owner 1914 M Gardner , Later BF 1 scrapped 1938

East of Fife Record, 1st May 1908

On Wednesday afternoon, the Montrose Shipbuilding Company launched a steel drifter, built to the order of Messrs Martin Gardner & Sons, Cellardyke. The christening ceremony was performed by Miss Jeanie Gardner, daughter of one of the owners, and the name given was the Kilmany. The dimensions are—Length of keel 86 feet, breadth of beam 18 1/2  feet, and depth of hold 9 1/2 feet. The engines are to be made by Messrs Ledgerwood & Co., engineers, Coatbridge, and the vessel will be ready for the ensuing herring fishing. The launch was most successful, and the general opinion was that the new boat was a very tine mdel.
Painted by William Moncrieff the painting shows the The Kilmany as a hired drifter in WW1 serving on anti submarine patrols. It has a 6 pounder Hotchkiss gun on deck to be used against surfaced submarines and the other detail is that like all patrol vessels it has been fitted with a wireless, as you can see from the cable strung from the masts. (It is the same detail as on the carving of the drifter on the Cellardyke war memorial.) Info from Kevion Dunion Painting owned by Susan Cathcart grandaughter of the artist crew member ofthe boat.
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Wilson Line KY 322, 94′ 2″ – 116GRT- 36HP, Built By A Hall and Co Aberdeen, she was last steam drifter built in UK, the largest steam drifter built for the East Neuk, owners D Watson and W C Wilson. Later YH105, converted to motor 1959, sold to Greece 1975 last seen in Rhodes 1980s.

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Twinkling Star KY 347, 86′ 2″ – 95GRT-42 HP – built 1920 by Browns Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Co Hull, as standard steel drifter HMD Chimera. later JR Mitchell PD 443, Twinkling Star PD 443, KY 347, Merchant Venturer M49 scrapped 1960

Belfast telegraph 13Dec 1937

DECK HAND’S NECK BROKEN WHEN MOORING ROPE SNAPPED. An unusual death was caused on Saturday when a ship’s mooring rope snapped and broke a deck hand’s neck. The dead man is William M’Bayne, Shore Street, Cellardyke. a deck hand on the Anstruther steam drifter, Twinkling Star. The Twinkling Star was leaving Anstruther Harbour for Methil on Saturday between seven and eight o’clock, when the accident occurred. As the vessel was turning the snap of the mooring rope was heard. Immi:dialefy afterwards M’Bayne was found lying on the deck. On examination by a doctor he was found to be dead, his neck having been broken. His body was removed to his home. He is survived by his wife and two young twins. 
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Rob The Ranter KY 458, 89′ – 90GRT- 34HP Built of wood in 1892 by Willam Jarvis, Anstruther, Cellardyke owners 1914 J Brunton, sold to Peterhead 1917, PD 329 lost 1920

St Andrrws Citizen 30th April 1892

 Launch. —On Tuesday the second vessel the order the Anstruther Steam Line Fishing Co. was launched from the yard Mr Jarvis, Anstruther. There was good display of flags, and large crowds gathered the quay. The vessel was named the “Rob the Ranter” by Miss Cook as she left the stays. The ceremony was performed in a very short space of time, so precise were the arrangements. Her dimensions are feet keel, 94 feet over all, 18 feet broad, and 9 1/2 feet deep. She fitted with a cabin amidships capable of accommodating nine men, and fish and ice room forward, together with best and latest improvements. She will cross Leith in a few days have her engines put in. 

St Andrews Citizen, 17 Dec 1895

ANSTRUTHER. Trawler’s Engineer Drowned. —On Sunday morning, about half-past ten, the body of a man was observed lying beside the drainage pipe to the west the harbour. Several men immediately got a stretcher, and had him hoisted up the wall and carried him to the old steamboat shed. Several fishermen who had come up identified him as John Walton, engineer of the steam liner Rob the Ranter. He was last seen at the Post Office, where he sent off some money to his friends. On being searched he was found to have 1s 0 1/2d, a knife, and a paper bearing a foreign post mark on him. He is native of Newcastle, and leaves a wife and large family, who reside at Shields. 

Aberdeen Press and Journal April 1917

Vessels for sale – Steam Drifter for Sale. There will be sold by public auction on Saturday 14th Aprils 1917 at 2 o clock pm within the Fife Arms hotel at Macduff, the steam drifter Rob the Ranter KY 456, which vessel was built under lloyds special survey by William Jarvis, A struther, and which has all along been maintained in good order. She is at present ready to prosecute net or line fishing, and is provided with steam capstan and steam line hauler. A new tail shaft fitted 1914.    her dimensions are . Length 89 feet, Beam 18feet 9 inches, depth 9ft 5 inches. Gross Tonnage 90 tons. Registered Tonnage 33 tons, Engines by Cran and cO leith, Cylinders 14″ and 23″ stroke 20″ HP 34. The vessel can be surveyed on the slip at Macduff from 6th April til day of sale. For Particulars apply to W S Bonthron, Auctioneer, Anstruther
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Edith KY 460, 69′- 49GRT-17HP, built of wood 1886 at Leith, by any one of these yards A Gifford, J Mackenzie, Morton & Co, or Marr Bros., The Edith was the smallest of the East Neuk steam vessels. A photo exists of her with an open wheel platform rather than wheelhouse, this could be as she was built, many steam trawlers were like this or the photo could just be of the wheelhouse being fitted. Later A 780, she was lost off the May Island in 1924, Cellardyke owners 1914 P Brown and A Watson

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William Tennant KY 472, 89’1″ – 93GRT- 34HP Built of wood in 1892 by Willam Jarvis, Anstruther, Cellardyke owner 1914 D Wood lost off the Humber 1918.

20th January 1892

Launch of the liner William Tennant

Yesterday afternoon the fourth liner built to the order of the Anstruther steam Fishing Coy, was launched from Mr Jarvis’ yard at the new harbour. The dimensions of the vessel are similar to those of the previous two and are. Length of Keel 88 feet, lengthy over all 96 feet, Breadth 18 feet, and depth 10 feet. Several improvements have been effected in the internal fittings. The fish room is in the fore part of the liner, and the shelf accommodation is very large. Plenty of space is left to make and ice room if required at any time. The engines are in the centre of the vessel and the cabin with berths for all the crew is at the stern. It is a large and comfortable room, and replete with every convenience for the men. The ship has been built in the same substantial manner as the other vessels. Yesterday there was a good turnout for the launch. A stream of flags were suspended from the masts which were fitted in last week. People from all parts of the district began to congregate on the middle pier shortly before three o clock. At a quarter past the hour the workmen began to wedge the liner up at the stern, and in another five minutes all was in readiness for the launch. The order was given and the William Tennant glided smoothly into the water, Miss Lumsden, Pittenweem gracefully and successfully performing the christening ceremony. Rockets were sent up and loud cheers were raised as she left the ways. The launch thus passed off without a hitch, and the liner was afterwards brought round to the middle pier. She will be taken to Leith on Monday to have her engines placed.

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White Cross KY 571, 90′ 2″ – 101GRT- 38HP Built of wood in 1896 by Willam Jarvis, Anstruther, – Cellardyke owner 1914 A Gourlay, scrapped 1935

Dundee Courier 4th Oct 1902

NEW JOINT-STOCK COMPANIES. The following new joint-stock companies have been registered in Scotland: The White Cross Steam Fishing Company, Limited, 1 Union Place, Anstruther; capital, £1750, in shares each, which are not offered to the public. To catch, procure, or buy fish, and to sell the same. Signatories: –W. Oliphant, bank agent, 26 Rodger Street; R. Boyter, cabinetmaker, 1 Melville Terrace; A. Parker, merchant, 38 Street; R. Reekie, grocer, 18 Cunzie Street all of Anstruther; W. P. Wilson, teacher, Shore Road, Anstruther Wester; P. Grubb, clothier, 4 John Street, Cellardyke; and Jas. Lawrie, builder, 10 Rustic Place, Anstruther. 

1st May 1896
Considerable progress has been made with the erection of the new liner at the Middle Pier, Anstruther, by Mr Jarvis and his workmen, and the launch of the vessel has been fixed to take place on Wednesday week, the 13th instant, at half-past two o’clock in the afternoon. It may be remembered that some weeks ago it was decided to name the Company the White Star Company, with the name of the White Star to the vessel. On application being made for the registration of the Company it was found that there was a Shipping Company of that name already in existence. The directors thereupon selected the name of the White Cross Company, and the vessel to be launched on the 13th will be christened the White Cross. The liner is similar in model and size to the others built by Mr Jarvis. The length of keel is 88 feet 8 inches; the extreme length 97 feet; the breadth moulded, 18 feet 6 inches; and the depth 9 feet 3 inches. The White Cross is being fitted up with all the latest improvements. At the stem is a roomy forecastle, with an ice room adjoining. The fish room comes next, and every advantage has been taken of the room to give as much accommodation as possible for the stowing away of the fish. All the divisions have been fitted with grooves for the taking in and out of the shelves, on which can be laid out 150 score of fish. The flooring of the fish room has a slope to the centre in order to allow the water to run off, and it passes into a tank, which is emptied by au injector connected with the engine. In addition to the side coal bunkers, a cross bunker the breadth of the vessel has been put in while from the fore end of the boiler to the end of the engine, iron beams have been placed to strengthen the vessel to bear the heavy weight at this particular part. In the cabin at the stern accommodation has been made for nine men, while every attention has been paid to the provisions of ensuring their comfort. The liner is expected to be ready for the fishing towards the middle of June.

12th June
ARRIVAL OF THE WHITE CROSS LINER.—The liner White Cross recently launched by Mr Jarvis, returned from Leith on Wednesday afternoon. Skipper Parker was in charge, and the liner arrived about three o’clock. A good number of people were on the piers, and after she had been moored at the middle pier made an inspection. The skipper was highly pleased with the way in which the vessel made the voyage from Leith. The White Cross is expected to begin the fishing on Monday week. She is at present being rigged out.

East of Fife Record 23rd Feb 1900
A fire occurred on board the liner White Cross yesterday morning off Anstruther Harbour, and two of the crew were severely burnt on the arms and face. Fortunately the fire was soon subdued, and the damage does not amount to very much.

East of Fife Record 31st August 1900
THE RECENT DROWING CASE OFF ANSTRUTHER HARBOUR. FATAL ACCIDENTS INQUIRY AT CUPAR. Before Sheriff Armour and a jury at Cupar on Tuesday forenoon, an inquiry was held into the death of James Smith, fisherman, Cellardyke, who was drowned oft Anstruther harbour on the 4th instant. The jury was composed of seven men. Skipper David Parker was the first witness. He said—l am a fisherman, and reside in West Forth Street, Cellardyke. No one so far as I know represents the relatives here to-day. l am Skipper of the steam liner White Cross, K.Y., 571. She carries a crew of 10 all told. The late James Smith was one of the crew. About 2 o’clock on the afternoon of Saturday, the 4th instant, we arrived off Anstruther harbour. The liner Isle of May was lying outside of us. My son Alexander who is one of my crew went ashore in a small boat belonging to the Isle of May. I got the loan of that boat to save me launching my own. My son returned from the harbour with a box of cutch. He had in the boat with him four small boys. As soon as the little boat came alongside the liner, James Smith went on board and assisted in bringing on board the liner the box of cutch. After this, I asked Smith to go and get two baskets belonging to me from the Isle of May, which was lying about 200 yards from us. When I gave the order, Smith said ” just give me a plug out,” he meant to give a tow. We took him in tow, I giving orders to the engineer to go east ahead. After we had started a minute or two the accident happened. The small boat was just alongside, and she struck the liner, and filled with water. The boys went to the other side, and giving a lurch she capsized and all the occupants were pitched into the water. I never saw Smith after that. The small boat did not sink, but capsized and came up again. My son and others two clung to the boat, but the other three were cast adrift. I did not see Smith rise to the surface again. He had on heavy sea boats and all his oilskins. We suppose he must have gone down. His body has never been found. Q.—What do you think was the cause of the capsizing of the boat. A.—l could not suggest any reason. the Sheriff—Was the boat being pulled alongside the liner. Witness—lt was towing alongside by the quarter. She sheared against the liner, and then filled with water. The occupants ran to the other side, and the boat toppled over, and all were cast adrift. The small boat was 14 or 15 feet in Length. There were 2 men and 4 boys on board. The boys came in the boat from the shore. They had nothing to do on board the liner, but just came out for a sail. The boys were from 10 to 12 years old. All the boys were saved. A Juryman—ls it a wise thing to send a fisherman clothed in oil-skins and wearing heavy sea boots a message in a small boat. The witness—He was not in the boat to the harbour, he just jamp aboard the small boat to assist in getting the box of cutch on board I then asked him to row out to the Isle of May and get two baskets as i had several baskets of herrings to put ashore. He said all right, give us a plug out, and I just sent the liner ahead a little bit when the accident happened. The weather was quite fine. There was no ruffle whatever, or else we could not have done what we did. The Sheriff—l suppose it is a good deal in the option of the crew whether they wear sea boots and put on oilskins. The Witness—lt is for their own protection that they put on oilskins to keep them dry. The Sheriff—But you don’t order to put them off and on when you like. Witness—No, they do it to please themselves and for their own protection. John Anderson, fisherman, Cellardyke, said —I was one of the crew of the liner White Cross. On the 4th of August I assited to got a box of cutch on board the liner. I was siting outside the rail looking at the boat when the accident happened. James Smith, the skipper’s son, and four boys were in the beat. They were to get a pull alongside the liner. They slung out the small rope from the boat, and the liner wad steamed easy ahead. Smith was steering with an oar. The oar broke when the boat struck the liner, and I shouted to stop the engines which was done. When the boat struck the liner she gave a lurch and filled with water, all the boys ran to the other side and held on, it was then that the tow rope broke, and the boat capsized. All were thrown into the water. We saved them all except Smith. I never saw Smith rise when the boat was capsized. Smith threw away the broken oar from him when the boat was going over, and clutched the stern of the boat. I never saw him after that. He must have sunk . The Sherriff—What do you think was the cause of the accident,  Witness – Smith , allowing the small boat to come too near the liner. I cried out to him to give a longer line. It was tied to the quarter of the boat and it either came off there or broke when the accident happened. The liner had just started easy ahead when the accident happened. The Sheriff—ls it not a very unusual accident to happen. Witness—Yes. and it is not often we use the small boats  either. The Sherriff —What length was the small boat was lost—About 16 or 18 feet of keel. This Closed the evidence. The Sheriff did you think the jury would have any difficulty in this case. He suggested that they should bring in the following verdict :—That James Smith, fisherman, abut 3 o,olock on the afternoon of Saturday, 4th August, the course of his industrial-employment as a fisherman on board the steam liner. White Cross, in the service of Skipper David Parker, while in the act of steering a small boat in the Firth of Forth a mile off Anstruther harbour, was thrown into the water in consequence of the small boat capsizing, and was drowned. This verdict unanimously agreed to, and the equiry teminated
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County Of Fife KY 572, 90′ 1″ 114 GRT- 34HP Built 1896 of steel by Hawtorn & Co, Leith , for the Castle Steam Co, Crail, Andrew Henderson Skippered her with record breaking catches and grossings. later YH 514

East of Fife Record June 1896

 LAUNCH OF ANOTHER STEAM LINER AT LEITH. There was launched yesterday at Messrs Hawthorn & Co’s yard, Leith, another of the new Steam liners for one of the local Companies. The boat was built to the order of the County Steam Fishing Company Limited. and is the same dimensions as the Kellie Castle and the ‘lsle of May,’ recently built by the same firm. She was named The County of Fife’ by Miss Sprot of Stravithie. The dimensions are :-90 feet long by 19 feet by 10 feet 6 inches moulded. She will be propelled by O.S.C. engines supplied with steam by a boiler working at 120 lbs. pressure per square inch, also constructed by the builders. She is fitted with all the latest and most approved appliances. Messrs Hawthorn entertained a number of friends to a cake and wine banquet after the launch, and among those present from the East of Fife district were Bailie George Darsie, Chairman of, the Company. Mr Purvis of Kinaldy, Miss Sprot of Stravithie, Mr H. Watson, National Bank, Mr T. Cunningham, manager, &c., &c. Inglis. of Messrs Hawthorn in proposing success to the County of Fife, said that this was the third steam liner for Anstruther which had been launched from their yard within the last few months, and he had learned that they were giving every satisfaction. He had no doubt the boat just launched would prove equally satisfactory. He coupled the name of the toast with Bailie Darsie, who, in thanking Mr Inglis for his good wishes for the success of the County of Fife, said that there was no doubt that steam was the motive power of the future for fishing crafts, and that some of the local steam liners had done exceedingly well. He trusted the County of Fife would earn large dividends and prove a profitable investment both for shareholders and fishermen. He said the firm of Hawthorn were becoming well-known in our district, and the work which they put out was of first-class order. He asked them to drink to the health of the firm, and coupled the toast with the name of Mr Herdman. Mr Herdman replied, and said they were quite prepared to accept orders for other three fishing boats as soon as they liked. A good deal depended on the building no doubt, but a very important piece of business had just been concluded, viz., the successful launching of the vessel, and not the least important part of the launch was the christening ceremony which had been so gracefully performed that day by Miss Sprot, of, Stravithie. He in a neat speech asked the company to drink to Miss Sprot’s health. Miss Sprot in a word thanked the Company, and Mr Purvis in supplementing, said that he had very willingly accomparied Miss Sprot in the unavoidable absence of Major and Mrs Sprot. As the Chairman of the Company had remarked, steam was the power of the future. One at first sight was inclined to feel grieved to think that the days of the old fishing crafts were numbered, but the fishers like others must march with the times. The flail had given place to the steam threshing mill, the handloom had to give way to that driven by steam, the needle to that of the sewing machine, and the pen to the typewriter, and so on in all branches of industry. The fishing was no exception, and he hoped the fishermen in the meantime would not suffer from the transition. He thanked the company for the kind way they had received the toast of Miss Sprot’s health. Mr Watson proposed the health of Mr Cunningham, the manager, and Mr A. Henderson, the skipper, and Mr Cunningham suitably replied.

Rothesay Bay KY 611 – 91.8ft x 19ft x 10.05 ft – Built 1897 by William Jarvis Anstruther for the Bay Fishing Company – later John Stewart, Painting owned by David Barnett Cellardyke

1897 Skippers registered as Thomas and Henry Bett,  1902 Robert Stewart Cellardyke, sold to Aberdeen 14/2/02, On 31st Dec 1910 the papers report her being sold back To Cellardyke.  23/2/1911 owned by – John Stewart 31 Rodger St,  Robt Murray 22 George St,  William Murray 31 Roger St, Thomas Davidson, Fish salesman Aberdeen, Later Thomas Thomson Brown JNR & SNr Edingburgh, & Robert Brown Fishmonger Edinburgh

Fishing No. KY611.
The Bay Steam Fishing Co., Anstruther. 

1903 Thomas Davidson, Aberdeen. A885.
1911 John Stewart, Cellardyke. KY97.

1/11/1915 Ernst Bullock, 28/12/1915
By 1930 John Donaldson, Cockenzie.

10/1915-01/1916 WW1. Admiralty Service. Boom Defence vessel. 

C.2cyl. (14 & 29 – 20in) 38rhp. 1-Screw.  Engine By Cran leith,

Yard No 23 Broken Up  1927

28th September 1897

On Monday afternoon Mr Jarvis launched a steam liner to the order of the Bay Fishing Company. The middle pier was lined by a large crowd of spectators, who cheered lustily as the vessel glided very smoothly into the water. Miss Young, Rodger Street, gracefully performed the christening ceremony, the name of the liner being the Rothesay Bay. The boat was brought into the inner harbour and moored at the middle pier, where she will be made ready to be taken to Leith to have the engines fitted on board ( By Cran of Leith). The dimensions are exactly similar to the other vessels recently launched by Mr Jarvis, the extreme length being 96 feet, the breadth 19 feet, and the depth 10 ½  feet. The ice and fish rooms are of the ordinary size the latter having the usual moveable shelves, and a drain for carrying away the water. The latest improvements have been effected also in the accommodation for the crew.

27 Feb 1907

WRECK AT DEERNESS. The steam liner Kilrenny, of Aberdeen, (A 338, Wm. Summers, master), was wrecked on Skaill Skerry, on the east coast of Deerness, last Tuesday evening, 19th inst. The Kilrenny left Wick about ten o’clock that afternoon for the fishing ground off Stronsay. At that time the weather was clear and there was a light breeze from the west, but as as the Kilrenny proceeded the wind went round to the south-east, the weather became thick, and snow began to fall. The skipper then decided to run to Deersound for shelter, the wind continued to increase and then veered to east and then to north-east. The skipper says that he could not see Auskerry, but he got a glimpse of Copinshay about the time he bore up, and he steered N. by W. till he thought he would be almost abreast of Copinshay and then N.W. Snow was now falling more heavily. Between five and six o’clock he went below to consult the chart, and on coming on deck dimly got a glimpse of land. He at once ordered the engineer to go full speed astern, but before sternway was got on the vessel, she struck the rocks and remained fast. The whistle was blown and flares shown. Owing to the heavy sea it was some time before any attempt could be made from the shore to rescue the crew, and word was sent to the Receiver of Wreck at asking that the Stromness lifeboat be sent. A telegram was despatched to Stromness, and the lifeboat started about 10 p.m. in tow of the liner Rothesay Bay, of Aberdeen. In the meantime, however, two attempts had been made by Deerness fishermen to reach the vessel. The first attempt. made by seven men, Wm. Foubister, merchant ; J. Cumming, Lighthouse, R. Foubister, New Grindigar ; A. Foubister, New banks;  W. Kirkness, Grindigar ; Wm. Kirkness, Grindigar ; T. Kirknees, Grindigar, was unsuccessful, as, owing to the blinding snowstorm, the boatmen lost eight of the vessel’s lights, and were unable to locate her. The second attempt, which was made between eight and nine o’clock was successful. A boat from Sandside, manned by four men—D. C. Matches, Breekan ; Wm. Firth, Crya ; John Taylor, Stove ; and J. Irvine, Sandside, approached the Kilrenny as closely as possible owing to shallow water, and the master then decided to abandon the vessel, over which the seas were breaking and knocking her so heavily on the rocks that there was danger of her breaking up. The Kilrenny’s boat was launched with great difficulty, and by it part of the crew were transferred to the shore boat. The vessel’s boat then returned, took off the rest of the crew, and followed the shore boat to land at Sandside. The crew lost most of their effects. The Kilrenny, which is a vessel of 12 tons register, 38 horse power, was built of wood at Anstruther in 1897. She belongs to the Inver Steam Line Fishing Co., Ld., of Aberdeen, and is partly owned by the master., She is, we understand, insured. Another account says : On Tuesday night, about 6 o’clock, a vessel was thought to be ashore on Skaill Skerry, as she was blowing her steam whistle and using flare-up lights. But it was incessant snow, and at times nothing could be seen. The skerry lies on the east side of Deerness, right off Skaill. It is about half a mile from the shore, and there is deep water between the skerry and shore in which there is a good tide. One boat attempted to make the vessel from Skaill side, but missed their way, as they could not see lights and the vessel stopped her whistle. Another boat went from Sandside. They could at times discern the masthead light, but not knowing exactly where the vessel was ashore on the skerry, and being in such a dangerous place and the sea choppy, they could not go too near the vessel. Wind was at the time from N.E. On coming up to the vessel they saw they could not venture to go too near, but cried, to the crew to launch their own boat, which they did, but the moment it touched the water it capsized. One of the crew bailed her out. After taking some of the crew aboard, they were pulled to the shore boat, when some of them went aboard her. They now went back for the remainder, when they were pulled by the shore boat to the land. By the time they were ready to come they were guided be lights front the shore, otherwise they would not have found their way back. The liner is the Kilrenny. of Aberdeen, A. 388, William Summers, master and part owner, resisting in Torry, Aberdeenshire ; Morrison, John Buthaly, John Hay, John Stuart, James Robertson, John Cromby. engineer ; Chas. Frazer, fireman ; and Andrew Hay, cook. They were taken and looked after by the Deerness people. The men who were in the shore boat were John Firth, Creya ; David Matches. jr., Brecken ; John Tailor, Stove; and Wm. Irvine, Sandside, who are worthy of further recognition for their most willing and meritorious services in rescuing those fishermen in such a night and at such a dangerous place ; and we hope public recognition will be made of this noble act, as this is the second time these first two men, Wm. Firth and D. Matches, have been the means of saving life. The crew of the liner left Deerness next day. The master remained till Friday in the hope of salving some of the material. A few lines and some of the crew’s effects have since been salved. The Kilrenny still remains where she struck. Our Stromness correspondent writes :—Since Tuesday of last week we have experienced very stormy weather, and in consequence the harbour has been almost full of steam vessels all the week. On Friday last upwards of fifty of these vessels were in the harbour. Several of them were caught in the gale and received more or less damage, but happily no loss of life was reported here. The greatest damage seems to have been sustained by the boats carried on these craft, as six at least were holed and rendered useless, and before proceeding to sea other boats had to be bought and put on board. On Saturday evening the weather moderated, and a number of the larger trawlers put to sea, while the smaller craft. remained until Monday, when they sailed for the fishing grounds. On Tuesday evening, the 19th inst., Mr G. L. Thomson, hon. secretary to the Lifeboat Committee, received a telegram asking the services of the lifeboat for a steamer which had gone ashore on Skaill Skerry, Deerness. Mr Thomson immediately summoned the lifeboat crew, who were speedily in their places, ready for any service they might be called on to perform. Meanwhile Mr Thomson was busy making arrangements for a steamer to tow the boat to the scene of the wreck, and Capt. Walker, of the liner Rothesay Bay, readily agreed to take the boat in tow, provided a qualified pilot could be got. That Mr Thomson soon found in one of his lifeboat crew, viz , Mr Alex. Smith. The boat was then launched fully manned, arid shortly thereafter the liner had her in tow and left the harbour. The passage to the wreck was made under favourable circumstances, but almost immediately thereafter a blinding storm of wind and snow came on, and it was found impossible to approach the wreck, though flare-up lights and other signals were used, but to these they got no response, and therefore they resolved to stand by until daylight. The liner then proceeded to Deersound, where the lifeboat crew were taken on board and supplied with much-needed refreshments. As soon as daylight came they again proceeded to the wreck, it had proved to be the steam liner Kilrenny, of Aberdeen. When within a short distance of the wreck it was seen that the crew had been taken off, and the steamer’s small boat was also away. Thereon they decided to return at once to Stromness The Rothesay Bay again taking them in tow, Copinsay was passed about 8 o’clock and Stromness reached about 11 o’clock. Such is in brief the story of the lifeboat, but too much praise cannot be given the lifeboat crew for the very efficient. and expeditious manner in which the boat was got ready for a long night’s trying experience and we cannot but feel sorry that they did not have the honour they so richly deserved of rescuing the crew of the stranded steamer, the long distance from Stromness to Deerness being the principal cause. Capt. Walker and crew of the Rothesay Bay are equally deserving of the highest commendation for their willingness to assist the lifeboat on her mission of mercy, to save the lives on board a vessel in distress. Capt. Walker made no excuses, either for want of steam or anything else, and his crew seemed greatly pleased to face the storm and do a night’s duty, if thereby they could assist in saving life.

Crew of the Rothesay Bay as KY 97 – Photo David Barnett. Peter Murray front row second from right, William Murray his brother to his left

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Vanguard III KY 693, 82′ – 83 GRT – 28 HP – Built of Steel Smith’s Dock, North Sheilds/Middlesborough. Later BCK 419 scrapped 1936 , Cellardyke owner 1914 M Gardner.

East of Fife Record 11 Dec 1903

On Thursday there was launched from the shipbuilding yard of Smith’s Dock Company Limited, North Shields, three finely modelled steel steam herring drifters of the following dimensions: 82 ft. by 18ft. 3 ins. by 9ft. 1 inch. They have been built under Lloyds special survey to obtain the highest class 100 A.1. and sill be fitted with compound engines 12 ins. and 26 ins. by 16ins. stroke supplied by Mr W. V. V. Lidgerwood of Coatbridge, and fitted by the Shields Engineering Company Limited, of North Shields. They have been built specially for the Scotch herring fishing, and will be equipped with all the latest improvements for such vessels. The names of the vessels are the “Emily Roach,” “Nina” and “Vanguard III.” The first two named are built to the order of Provost W. H. Leask of Peterhead, and the latter, which was gracefully christened by Miss Hastie of North Shields, to the order of Messrs Martin Gardner & Sons, Cellardyke
Type:  Fishing Vessel – Drifter
Launched:  03/12/1903
Completed:  03/1904
Builder:  Smith’s Dock Co Ltd
Yard:  North Shields
Yard Number:  739
Dimensions:  83grt, 18nrt, 82.1 x 18.5 x 8.3ft
Engines:  C2cyl (12 & 26 x 16ins), 28nhp
Engines by:  WVG Lidgerwood, Glasgow
Propulsion:  1 x Screw
Construction:  Steel
Reg Number:  117573
03/1904  Martin Gardner & Sons, Cellardyke; registered at Kirkcaldy
1912  Martin Gardner Jnr, Cellardyke
1919  Henry Gardner, Cellardyke
1922  John Hay, Buckie; registered at Buckie
1936  Broken up
Comments:  1904: Allocated fishing registration number KY693 at Kirkaldy
 06/1915: Hired by the Admiralty as a patrol boat & hydrophone tender
 1919: Returned to owners
 1922: Allocated fishing registration number BCK419 at Buckie
 1936: Broken up at Charlestown, Fife 

Cellardyke skippered and crewed but registered elswhere

Redvers Buller

Redvers Buller SN 297 – 91 ft – 99 Grt 33hp built by Millers of Anstruther 1901.

This picture shows her a steel wheelhouse, it is not known if this is the wheelhouse she was launched with. Sher was hired by a Cellardyke Crew in 1912 as seen by this article from the Sheilds Daily News 23rd Jan 1913 – N.B The Baden Powell was also built by Millers of Anstruther and was the first steam drifter built by that company, set up next to the lifeboat shed after William Jarvis’ retiral in 1899.

DAMAGE TO TRAWLERS’ NETS. To-morrow Major will ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether claims have been received from George Keay and crew, of Cellardyke, of the steam drifter S.N. 297 Redvers Buller. North Shields, for £4. and from James Muir and crew, of Cellardyke, of the steam drifter S.N. 268 Baden Powell, North Shields, for £5 10s, for nets or gear destroyed on Thursday, July 18. by His Majesty’s gunboats, about 40 miles east by south of the Tyne, and, if so, whether he can expedite the settlement of these claims, which have been pending for six months.