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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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From Cherrytrees: "Cherrytrees Nursery graduation has been happening for several years and we try to have a theme as afterwards we have a garden party. The theme this year was the Greatest Showman, previous years have been super heroes and Alice in Wonderland

We had 14 graduates this year but not all could attend because they had left for holidays. Graduation used to be in the parish church hall, but we thought the Battery was a perfect place to try having a graduation. Parents/carers and grandparents have really enjoyed coming to the Battery. We would love to continue this tradition, fingers crossed the sun will always shine on Graduation Day."

At Cherrytrees Dunbar we welcome children from 6 weeks to 12 years, offering 81 full- and part-time places. We are open from 7.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday."

Cherrytrees Dunbar have completed stage one of East Lothian Council’s Healthy Schools Award, walking to and from school with our children and growing our own vegetables. We also take our Pre School and Out of School Club children to swim each week at Dunbar Leisure Pool and regularly visit local amenities such as the John Muir Country Park. Such outings are precious opportunities for language and social development.

photo by Kenny Maule

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Lifeboat Fete, Saturday July 13th.

Jodi Fairbairn, daughter of Coxswain Gary Fairbairn, was crowned Dunbar Lifeboat Queen at the harbour's popular, family event on Saturday afternoon, 13th July. There was a quick shower of rain but the day was mainly 'fair'. Queen Jodi was joined by her Attendants Ellen Mackay and Ashley Arthur, Herald Sam Mailer and Flower Girl Mirren Ross. The children were selected as they have a family connection with the harbour. 

Everyone was delighted to see ex-RNLI lifeboat The Douglas Currie, a Solent-class lifeboat which travelled all the way from Fraserburgh, an 11 hour transit, and stayed over Friday night. She sat alongside our Trent in the harbour, both open for tours, providing an excellent opportunity to see, and compare, lifeboat equipment past and present.

There was a stall from EDF Renewables, showcasing the future Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm project, plus many food and fun stalls, children's activities, and a performance from the local 'Strictly' dancers. See you all next year!!!!

photo 1 by RNLI

photo 2 by Kenny Maule

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Events coming soon: https://dunbarbattery.org.uk/topics/events

  • June 29 -- 30, Theatre company - "Mary, it began with a lass..."
  • July 3rd, 11---3pm, ENVIRONMENTAL OPEN DAY. Free event for all ages.
  • July 6 & 7, Theatre company - "Mary, it began with a lass..."
  • July 13, 1:00 -- 7:00 pm.  RNLI Lifeboat Day
  • August 17;  2-- 6:00 pm. Sparkling Dunbar: Live Music and stalls. Family fun.
  • August 24, 7:00--9:00 pm CAPTAIN HORNSWOGGLE AND SON, music
  • August 25, 7:00 --- 9:00 pm.  THE VIBRATING ECSTATIC NOW: PASSIONATE ONES
  • September 6 & 7,   Hemelvaart Bier Cafe Ayton‎Hemelvaart Rocks Festival
  • September 13th 7.30--8.30pm,  The Soldiers of Dunbar 1650
  • September 28th, 7--9pm,   Pix in the Stix
  • .... and more to come.......
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At midnight on June 6th, the spectacular 'new' moon descended past the Castle, watched by an admiring seagull. You can also just see the faint part of the moon, illuminated by the light reflected off the Earth.

The harbour is always worth a visit: day/night, good/bad weather.

photo by Kenny Maule



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A 'cooncil' crew painted the upper railings of the North Wall in 'harbour' blue. It's surprising how quickly paintwork is attacked by seawater, salt, and bird-droppings, leaving corroded ironwork. 

Please click "READ MORE" to see the crew hard at work!

 photos by Kenny Maule

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Pirates of the East Coast Sponsored Walk – Sun 26th May 2019

Whoop, Whoop... Our pirate walk is complete. Ten pillaging pirates walked from North Berwick Harbour to Dunbar Harbour. A gruesome 14.2 miles along the John Muir way, raising funds for equipment for our Sparkling Dunbar Harbour Festival – The Dunbar Harbour Trust’s free annual community event.

'Nae a good start as oor poor pirates got drooned' at North Berwick Law from an unexpected downpour and the last leg tested all with high winds. But not to be defeated, and with some intermittent sunshine, the jolly crew smashed the walk!

Our pirates were few and included two pesky pirate children aged 11 and 10 – young troopers who made no complaint and chatted along the way to keep the aged villains going! PS: Cap'n Jack Sparrow doesn't work with children and animals. He's a big fearty.

Raising a phenomenal £875.75, we are grateful to Yvonne Wymess and all who participated, helped organise, made cakes (£130 from bake sales) and supported us on the day but most of all the wonderful, generous people who sponsored us! Thank you!

photo by Frazer Macdonald Hay

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Dunbar’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched Sunday afternoon, 9th June, to assist with an injured person just south of Dunbar.

A shore angler had slipped and was suffering from a suspected broken leg, the volunteers prepared their medical equipment and were making way to Skateraw just five minutes after the pagers had initially sounded. The crew were able to assist with the safe extraction of the angler, over some extremely slippery rocks.

Thankfully the angler had a means of calling for help as well as being with friends at the time of the accident. This incident offers a sharp reminder of how dangerous our coastline can be.

Remember to let someone know if you are exploring the coast alone, the time you expect to return, and always carry a means of calling for help.

Crew: Gaz Crowe, Alan Blair, Jamie Forrester, Andrzej Hajduk

photo 1 courtesy RNLI, Dunbar.

photo 2, by Kenny Maule (please click "READ MORE" to see the ILB starting up.)

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May 23rd, 1pm: Marine Traffic 'radar': Can you spot the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier leaving the Firth of Forth heading towards the bridges? She was initially being towed, then was disconnected, later speeded up to 9kt and accelerated again to 17kts when passing Dunbar. Her destination was reported as Portland Bill.

Three boats accompanied her until she 'left the premises': Bugsier 3, Hopetoun, and Craigleith.

Ship's details: HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, Combat Vessel

Gross Tonnage: 65,000,  Length Overall x Breadth Extreme: 282.9m × 69m

Year Built: 2013,  Status: Active.

photo 1, overview from 'Marine Traffic'

photo 2, by Kenny Maule Please click "READ MORE" to see her offshore, passing the Battery

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The much-heralded re-opening of the canal took place on the weekend of May 24--26. Over three days the boats transited the Falkirk Wheel, onto Auchinstarry, ending at Southbank Marina, Kirkintilloch. The Wheel slowly rotated and we had our 'wee go' at 5.30pm when the steamboats went into their gondola, then our gondola opened and in went all the 'rowing skiffs'. Just imagine, 8 boats in a rotating gondola. Halfway up, the Wheel was stopped and the skiffs gave an oar salute, the steamboats tooted and Bob's dragon belched his steamy breath.

The Rowing Club's Bob Fleet was, appropriately, the fleet-organiser for the boats:-

coastal skiffs, steamboats, Clyde puffers, narrowboats, and even a dragon (yes, really!) - the Canal Carnival 2019 was EPIC! Everyone helped celebrate the re-opening of the canal to coast-to-coast traffic (with thanks to the additional funding from the Scottish Government).

Drone video: https://scottishcoastalrowing.org/2019/05/30/canal-festival-featuring-scra-skiffs/

Saturday dawned fine; it was a great opportunity to see the boats with bunting and their crews in fancy dress. Then we set off to music and ballyhoo with a long, straight row into the wind. Parts of the canal are SSSIs and there are reed beds and lots of nesting sites so our birdwatchers twitched as we rowed along. After several locks and bridges and 4 hours rowing, we were in Auchinstarry Marina; not much room for the 70-odd boats arriving. A prize-giving, hog roast and ceilidh in the marquee finished the evening. Many boats continued during Sunday's downpour, onto Southbank Marina, Kirkintilloch. "Well done, everyone!". 

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photos by Christine Mincher

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