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Tues 16th April: A family event at Dunbar Harbour and Battery, from 11am-3pm.

A small event with a big impact - our Dunbar Harbour Trust, Environmental Open Day!

What to expect;

- Benches made from up-cycled fishing creels for kids to paint

- Decorating a fishing net with items made by local primary school children

- The impact of waste: information posters made by local kids at Dunbar Grammar School

- A short film on the impact of litter

- A Harbour History Tour (around 1pm)

- Question time ‘Ask your special question about the Harbour’ (around 12 noon)

- Educational/ activity stalls with Marine Conservation Scotland, Viridor and the RSPB

- Live music with Declan Till

- Tasty donuts from Mr Donut Man

Why would you miss this wonderful event in beautiful Sunny Dunny... and guess what, it’s all FREE! (Except the Food) 😃

Watch out for registration details on Dunbar Online.

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Craning-in day is planned for Friday 12th April. First lift at 08:30am.

Wear a hard hat, hi-vis jacket, and follow marshaller's instructions when near the lift-areas.

photo by Kenny Maule

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EARTH HOUR: Dunbar Battery switched off its lights on 30 March 2019 as part of WWF Earth Hour (8:30 pm to 9:30 pm).

Click on READ MORE to see how the Battery looked during this hour.

photo #2 by Kenny Maule


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It was not feasible to undertake the RNLI's ramp construction whilst the North Wall repair work was ongoing. The programme work has thus been pushed until the next set of big spring tides – mobilising on w/c 8th April and starting works w/c 15th April. If this tidal window cannot be used, then the project will have to be delayed until the autumn. The contractor and the Harbourmaster will agree the compound area and appropriate plans as the Craning-In day falls during the above period, on Friday 12th April.

Main items are to be considered:

Programme of works

Arrangements for contractor’s compound

Bridge lifting arrangements

Lifeboat arrangements when ramp is blocked

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Three current Directors, Steve Anderson, Barry Fisher and Alasdair Swan, were re-appointed for a further three years by the appointing committee of Sharon Saunders, Alison Fisher and Elaine O’Brien. Steve and Barry will have have completed the usual maximum of twelve years after that. Many thanks for your continuing service.

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Frazer MacDonald Hay, pictured above, is researching for his coming PHD at the University of Edinburgh, specifically interested in social cohesion. Frazer has joined the Rowing Club to learn and observe how coastal rowing may have supported social cohesion in the community. He has already visited the club's renovation work on skiff Black Agnes and talked to members about the 'group' aspects of coastal rowing, regattas and expeditions.

He says: "Thank you very much for the insight into Dunbar Coastal Rowing – beautiful skies and warm company."

He says: " Many thanks for letting me know the thoughts of several rowing members – I appreciate your openness and trust."

photo by Kenny Maule

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Sea Breeze recently towed Arcturus through Broadhaven into Cromwell Harbour for some engine repair, aided by the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat (ILB). The ILB is using a line on Arcturus's stern to control her heading as her rudder would be ineffective at these very low speeds.

photos by Billy Main and Kenny Maule




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In mid-March the Harbour Trust had a full mechanical, and electrical, audit of the harbour bridge to ensure that the bridge continues to operate smoothly. This was funded by Marine Scotland.

When the results of this work are known it will be possible to estimate the costs of longer-term repairs that may be needed.

photos by Kenny Maule

Click READ MORE to see how we like the bridge to be..........


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In addition to the North Wall repairs, the Marine Scotland grant is also being used for the lifting bridge audit and rock armour for the Broadhaven breakwater.

Further rock armour for the breakwater has already arrived and will be placed when tide and swell allow.

It's not all hard work, click on READ MORE for springtime romance on the rocks.

photos by Kenny Maule


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Repairs to the North Wall continued from mid- to end-March using the Marine Scotland grant of £107.5k with the Trust's Robin Hamilton leading the project.

Tides during this period allowed access to the lower parts of the outer wall where there had been undermining. The swell determined how much could be achieved. As the tide came in, work moved onto the higher parts of the outer wall where the basalt blocks had sheared.

The plan made full use of the spider crane which was on hire and there were options if the weather changed. A.G. Thomson continued repairs to the undermining of the North Wall. Robin stated, "We were been fortunate in that the sea swell had been low sometimes, allowing work to progress unhindered. Each low tide repair involved 9 men from AGT. The amount of concrete used to underpin the toe of the outer wall was a total of 20 cubic metres, placed over 6 locations.

This vital work has been done by Kevin Thomson and his hard-working team during the last five weeks; not the easiest task but this will secure the protection of Dunbar Harbour for many years to come.

photos by Robin Hamilton

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