A witch cursed a fishing boat but the skipper was told how to break the spell.
Thomas Tait was the skipper of a sixareen [six-oared boat]. He told the following as a true story. The rest of the crew complained that a crew member called Miller was too old, so Tait replaced him. The man's wife, Maggie Miller, put a spell on the boat and they caught nothing, although their ranksman [companion boat] was laden with ling. A woman told Tait about Maggie's spell and warned him that Maggie might sink the boat by witchcraft. To break the spell he had to pull trows' spindles [horsetail] from an enchanted knoll and tie bunches of the plant to the steids [stone sinkers]. This was done, and the boat caught more fish than any other. At the end of the season Tait made a present of groceries to the woman who had advised him.