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Do you know a young person interested in going to sea and not currently in training or education?  If so, this could be very useful.  Please pass it on.

Sea-Going Career?  

You need this qualification!

East Lothian Works and SOSSTA are running a 1 week Sea-going training course starting in October 2019! Covering 4 Accredited SQA Units at Level 2 & 1 Voluntary Unit, the course is an ideal opportunity to obtain the mandatory qualifications to allow you to work at sea, as well as providing an introduction to a range of careers in the Seagoing industries (Sea fishing, Boat hospitality, Engineering, Navy etc.)

  • Course content: hp://www.seafish.org/training/seagoing-training/basic-safetytraining/mandatory-training
  • Unit 1 Basic Stability 9.30-4pm
  • Unit 2 Firefighting 9.30-4pm
  • Unit 3 Sea Survival 9.30-4pm
  • Unit 4 First Aid 9.30-4pm
  • Unit 5 Health & Safety 9.30-4pm
  • East Lothian venue - TBC
  • Criteria: 16 - 21 and not in education, training or employment
  • Resident in East Lothian
  • Genuine interest in the sea-going industry as a career
  • Committed to undertaking practical and classroom based learning
  • To find out more, contact Connie McLaren @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kathleen
  • Renton @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01620 827262 
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It is with sadness that we inform you that sailing-club member Gordon Tait passed away on Thursday evening, 18th July.

Gordon (56), a well-liked Dunbar plumber, was on board his yacht Sanderling in Dunbar harbour when he is thought to have suffered a heart attack. He was brought ashore by the RNLI ILB.

Our thoughts are with his partner Laura, and family, at this sad time.

A funeral service, to which all relatives and friends are invited, will be held at Belhaven Church on Friday 2nd August at 10.30am, followed by interment at Deer Park Cemetery. No flowers please, however donations in aid of the R.N.L.I. (Dunbar) may be given on retiral from Belhaven Church.


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All the enormous rocks have now been moved from the slipway area. AG Thomson’s diggers and JCBs transported the rocks over two days, taking advantage of the low tides to brave the mud and carefully place them on the right-hand-side of the breakwater.

This right-hand-side area receives the greatest wave impact. The left-hand-side has been left lower to allow visitors a good view of the sea and horizon (and to save money; these rocks and work are expensive, you know).


"Why not transport the rocks over the bridge?", I hear you cry.      "Because the bridge has a 3 ton weight-limit, duh.", I reply.

photos by Kenny Maule

Click READ MORE for mud-plugging diggers.

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Remember our article in the June newsletter? -- here's an update. Alastair Cook was running four days of workshops as part of Civic Week. Several of his students learned this 'arcane' art of wet-plate collodion which shows character and timelessness in the faces of the subjects.

Alastair raised £500 for the Dunbar Harbour Trust. "Many thanks, Alastair!"


photo by Kenny Maule



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Keep Our Harbour Tidy Project: Yvonne Wemyss, the main organiser, says "We held our Environmental Open Day at Dunbar Harbour on 3rd July and what a dynamic day it was. The event was well-attended by visitors of all ages. Children and adults alike had glorious fun painting upcycled creels, decorating a fishing-net and contributing artwork for the Viridor mural.

The RSPB and Marine Conservation Scotland joined us with educational stalls full of fabulous information. A short film on the impact of litter and dog-waste on the environment and health, produced by local videographer Fraser Stewart, was shown in the Battery. 

Graced with a super-sunny day, our visitors munched on pizza, Mexican delights and ice-cream, whilst listening to Declan Till playing relaxing tunes.  

One 3-year-old said "I put all my rubbish in the bin. If it goes in the sea all the whales will eat it and die." Let’s all learn from this very smart little one

Many thanks from the Dunbar Harbour Trust to all who contributed, participated and attended." 

photos by Kenny Maule

Click READ MORE to see Declan Till.

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CROWN PRINCESS, a cruise ship, sneaks past the Battery, June 27th. 

Details: Destination Le Havre, Cruise liner, Flag:  Bermuda [BM]

AIS Vessel Type: Passenger, Gross Tonnage: 113561, Deadweight:  13294 t

Length Overall x Breadth Extreme:  288.63m × 36.05m, Year Built:  2006, Status:  Active


photo by Kenny Maule

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Sunday 14th July at 8pm

The RNLI ILB dinghy brought in .........a mystery dinghy, named "Tommy 200". There was nobody aboard (and fortunately nobody had been reported missing!)

photo: Kenny Maule





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Moon: partial eclipse: the 'Half Blood' Lunar Eclipse of 2019, July 16th, photo at 22.30

The deepest part of the shadow is called the umbra. In today's eclipse, the moon is passing only partly into the umbra, so this will be a partial lunar eclipse. 

We still see the magical change of color as 65% of the full moon enters Earth's umbral shadow. It's difficult to predict the colour of an eclipsed moon because the condition of Earth's atmosphere affects it — but with recent volcanic activity spewing dust into the atmosphere, you can see the 'orange' penumbra, a 'half blood moon.'

Amazingly, it happened on the same day of the Apollo 11 liftoff, 16th July 1969, so 50 years later. A great way to celebrate.

photo by Kenny Maule

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Dunbar Coastal Rowing Club wins silver medals at the Skiffie World Championships in the 280+ category (means the total ages of the rowers is 280+ years eg: 70+ years old). Dunbar's 'senior rowers' were husband-and-wife pairings: George and Myra Johnstone, Alistair & Di Mackie, and cox Kenny Maule.

The Skiffie World Championships take place every 3 years with competing teams from Scotland, Ireland, France, USA, Canada, Holland, England, and Australia/Tasmania. This year the event was held in Stranraer, July 7--13th, in the beautiful, protected waters of Loch Ryan with 60 skiffs competing in many age- and gender-categories. There were 100 heats and races over 6 days. This year the special guest was HRH Princess Anne who  presented several medals. The Worlds is a family-friendly event held over 8 days with children's fun, music, ceilidhs, local food and evening entertainment.

Skiff-racing is the only sport in the World where the competitors are expected to build their own equipment: boats and oars. The sport started in Scotland and continues to expand throughout the World with 250+ skiffs made by each clubs' members. 


photos by Pamela Maule

Click READ MORE for the crew with Skiff Black Agnes

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Recently FUGRO MERCATOR (a Research/Survey Vessel) has been 'stooging' around offshore between Dunbar and Skateraw for several days. Looking at the ship's historic track she appears to have been surveying the sea-bed for a future cable 'connection' from the Nng future-windfarm, off the Isle of May, and a place to come onshore near the National Grid.

  • FUGRO MERCATOR, a Research/Survey Vessel
  • Flag:  Bahamas [BS], Gross Tonnage:  360, Deadweight:  67 t
  • Length Overall x Breadth Extreme:  42.35m × 10.25m, Year Built:  2003
  • Area:  UKC - North Sea, Status: Underway Using Engine, Speed/Course:  5.9kn / 118°

photo 1  courtesy MarineTraffic.com

photo 2  by Kenny Maule

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