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At the RNLI's crew Christmas dinner, Dunbar RNLI honoured two long-serving lifeboat volunteers: Kevin Keillor (left in photo) and David Koch each received badges for 20 years service. Both have served on the all-weather (ALB) and inshore (ILB) lifeboats.

Kevin, 37, who was 17 when he joined the crew, said: “It was something I always wanted to do, having spent time on fishing boats since I was 10 years old.” In May 2007 he received a medal certificate for his part in the rescue of a couple from a yacht stranded 37 miles out to sea in a force eight wind and seven metre waves.

David Koch, 48, a director for Dry Fusion, hadn’t been a volunteer for long when he was part of the crew tasked to a report of a plane crashing into the sea near Torness. “It turned out it was a Tornado jet and the pilot and navigator ejected before it crashed but it was a scary moment before we discovered that.”

photo by Nick Mailer

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There was a good turnout at the Annual Meeting for our harbour users, held on 5th December at Bleachingfield. These meetings are designed to review matters of significant interest to the harbour’s stakeholders and this year included discussions on:---

  • the need for toilets at the harbour,
  • our sea defences,
  • plans for improved security for our boats ,
  • campaigns to keep the harbour tidy.
  • for Minutes, see:--


photo by Kenny Maule

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Always good to welcome a new arrival: Girl Jean (originally Bonnie Lass) is currently sitting in Cromwell Harbour being modified.

Details:  Built 1973, reg. LH73, wooden, a bit less than 12 metres, beam 4m, 30 tonnes. She'll be a prawn trawler, with 2-3 crew: Owner John Fairgrieve Jr. with son Dean crewing. Until recently she was in Arbroath for 5 weeks for maintenance and MCA.

Go down and 'have a gander', but don't interrupt John; he's busy!

photo by Kenny Maule


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Harbour users are reminded that  applications for Moorings, 2020 season, need to be returned to the Harbour Master by the end of December. Moorings will be allocated from the first week in January. The form can be downloaded from www.dunbarharbourtrust.co.uk

Forms are also available from the Harbour Office or from the Harbour Master or in McArthurs store (Thursday mornings)

The Harbour Master (Quentin)  07958 754858, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Deputy Harbour Master (Denholm)   0758 346 3991.
So, "stake your claim, skippers", put your Application Form in soonest while stocks last!
photo courtesy George Robertson
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Dunbar Harbour Trust have a meeting room available at McArthur’s Store, the fishermen's historic store building at Cromwell Harbour.

The facility is available for groups, organisations, and companies interested in meeting in a unique and memorable atmosphere.

The room has seating capacity for 12/15 people and large tables.

For booking enquiries please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Coming Events:

The annual Harbour Users’ Meeting has been advertised and booked for 5 December at 7 p.m. in the Gibb Rooms at Bleachingfield. All those with an interest in the harbour are invited

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Sometimes we all need reminding about safety in the harbour.

photo 1: A jet-ski appeared unannounced with his 'rocket-man' attached. After zooming around trying to get airborne, he succeeded for short periods. This is a tricky operation in a harbour with many boats, SUPs, kayaks etc. Under the correct conditions this can be safe and indeed he may be invited to appear at a future harbour event under 'controlled circumstances'. He has now agreed to liaise with the Harbourmaster for permission.

07958 754858 • Mobile  &   07583 463991 • Deputy

photo 2:  A day-boat tried this manoeuvre (a.k.a. voluntary decapitation) without opening the bridge. He hit his superstructure with a crunch as the swell lifted him. Not a great idea, most boaters think to check the tides beforehand; this would be quickest, easiest, and safest.

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If in any doubt then ask the Harbourmaster, he is around during the day, and available on 07958 754858 • Mobile  &   07583 463991 • Deputy

There are many people who have the bridge keys: the Harbourmaster, fishermen, the RNLI, many yachtsmen and other 'harbour people'.

both photos by Kenny Maule

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A 120-year-old Danish lighthouse has been put on wheels and rails to move it away from the North Sea, which has been eroding the coastline of north-western Denmark. The 'Rubjerg Knude' lighthouse is 23-metre tall and used to be 200 metres away from the coast before sand shifting and erosion put it in danger. The 80-metre move cost £580,000. When it was first lit in 1900, it was roughly 200 metres from the coast; now it is about only six. This lighthouse has the same make of lens as most of our Scottish lighthouses (lens by the French Fresnel brothers in the 1820s)

Navigators --- be careful when taking a bearing on moving lighthouses.

photo courtesy The Guardian newspaper (from Henning Bagger)


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Look out for these busy, little, noisy birds. Redshanks need to feed along the waterline for shrimps, snail and worms and skitter about nervously, in and out of the wavelets.

Here, in our harbour, their only opportunity is near low tide in Broadhaven; pretty birds with a distinctive, shrill, piping call "tew, tew". You'll see them in winter and summer.

photo by Kenny Maule

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You may not remember the 'Beast from the East' but storms remember you!

Winter Resilience handout   https://www.readyscotland.org/

Here is a ‘Winter Resilience’ handout with some useful tips and links to help you plan for the forthcoming weather conditions over winter. The best community resilience plan is to ensure that we are prepared ourselves but that we are also aware of any neighbours who may need support if the weather suddenly gets bitter or there is a power cut.  

Do you know who your neighbours are? Are some old or frail or single with small children?

We wish you a warm winter!

photo by Kenny Maule

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