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News

There is a lot happening in Dunbar Harbour, so we will keep you informed with our news articles and newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter on the right of this article and come back to this news page often to read more. If you have news related to Dunbar Harbour then please send us a message using the form at the bottom and we will publish it here.

 

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Photo:  Aspire II, KY1000, looks superb, with fresh anti-fouling and newly-painted topsides. A lot of work means a well-maintained and serviceable boat, ready for the season. 

 

 

Click “READ MORE” for Dunbar’s cleanest boat: the Volunteer rowing skiff.

(photos by Kenny Maule)

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Celebrated local author has 'Books for Sale and Signing'! (note: cash only). Roy will set up stall, 2--4pm, starting the first Saturday and Sunday in June until end of September at weekends, weather permitting, and except during other significant events.

Bibliography:

  • A History Of Dunbar
  • Wingate Pasha: The Life Of General Sir F R Wingate
  • The Killing Fields Of Scotland
  • The Deil’s Ain: The Witch Hunt In Scotland
  • The White Rose & The Thorn Tree: A  Novel About The 1745 Jacobite Rebellion

 

 Booklets

  • Dunbar: A Famous Castle & The Story Of Black Agnes
  • Dunbar: An Ancient Royal Burgh
  • Dunbar: A Garrison Town & Casualties Of Three Wars
  • Dunbar: Three Harbours, Fishing & Sea Trade
  • Dunbar: A Kirk Chronicle
  • Dunbar: The Battles Of 1296 & 1650
  • Dunbar: Famous Visitors
  • Dunbar: The High Street Closes

Note: Cash Only Accepted

Roy also conducts foot tours of the High Street and the Harbours and gives talks to local history societies.  He has recently been historical adviser for the USA film company ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’. You can see Roy on TV (Sky) and again on steam TV in Britain soon.

(photo courtesy GWS Photograpy)

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A huge heartfelt thank you to all the energetic volunteers from Big Blue Ocean cleanup, including primary school children, who were all at Dunbar Harbour. They picked up so much that the forklift was used to move it into storage. The litter they collected will be used as material for the Littoral Art project taking place during Civic Week. It is a real sad state of affairs that so much litter had to be cleared by volunteers, so we will be taking some measures over the next few months to address the littering behaviour in the first place.

Follow our Dunbar Harbour FB page for updates and in the meantime take a look at www.bigblueoceancleanup.org

A Message from Harbour Master Quentin Dimmer of Dunbar Harbour     

“Dear Harbour User,  As Harbour Master I write to ask that we no longer discard any waste material into the sea or onto the quaysides. The type of waste includes all single-use plastics, rope and net cuttings and any other waste material we find dumped in the harbour such as car batteries and please take away food and drink containers. It is time our community steps into the modern world and changes our behaviour for the better. On a number of occasions, I have discussed with the Harbour Management Committee about the environmental policy of DHT and the possibility of introducing fines, however before that becomes necessary your cooperation would be greatly appreciated by me and the wider community.”

Click “READ MORE” to see the ‘team’.

(photos courtesy Quentin Dimmer)

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Noel, above representing the glamour people, is showing the World how balmy the weather is on the ‘Costa del Dunbar’.

Maggie is more realistic.

 

(photo by Kenny Maule)

 

 

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Bob Clunas has returned briefly to Dunbar, fettled his ‘fifie’ Marean and then set sail on the afternoon of May 17th to cover 330 miles to his new home in Helmsdale, crossing Scotland twice using three Scottish canals.

 

 

Route: The North Sea, Firth of Forth, Forth-Clyde canal, Firth of Clyde, Sound of Bute, Crinan canal, Firth of Lorne, Loch Linnhe, passing Ben Nevis, Caledonian canal, the Moray Firth, finally completing his voyage on the North Sea to Helmsdale. Farewell Bob, make us a cuppa when we visit.

(photo of his final departure by Kenny Maule)

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The Chick family are travelling ‘Round the UK on a Tenner a Day’ – not only for the great experience, but to raise money for CatZero and they are doing it all in their 1968 Morris Traveller. They stopped at Dunbar on May 12th and received a warm welcome from harbour-users who offered a hot shower and dinner BUT the Royal Mac had already offered the same! They were bowled over.

 

The family had departed Hull Marina on April 30, to travel the coastline of the country in ‘Mo’ their campervan, living every day on only £10 (£5 for food, £5 for fuel). They aim to raise thousands of pounds for CatZero. Mum is Jem, dad is Dave and then there’s Gracie, 15; Evan, 13 and Irys,11.

“This adventure will certainly be a challenge,” says mum Jem “being squashed into a tiny space, for possibly up to eight months, wearing the same clothes, eating a lot less than we’re used to, and never quite knowing what’s round the next bend. But we’re up for it.” They all agree.

“We have set ourselves the target of raising £49,000 which will put fourteen young people through one of CatZero’s 12-week programmes,” said Jem.

Click “READ MORE” for 'Mo' Morris

(photos by Kenny Maule)

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While you were all watching TV the coastguards and RNLI were out on the slippery, dark rocks of Dunbar.

 

Reports of a missing person in Dunbar resulted in the Emergency Services being immediately alerted. Both Dunbar's lifeboats, inshore and offshore, several coastguard teams and a search-and-rescue helicopter were ‘scrambled’ after a call at about 9.40pm on Sunday May 19th.

They conducted a coastline search from the sea and over the rocks, by illuminating the area using several bright flares. Local persons heard the noisy launchings and saw these incandescent flares as they drifted over the East Beach area. The missing person susequently made themselves known to police, and the search finished near midnight.

Photo above, the Cox'n awaits the returning crew. The new ramp is already useful at low water.

Click “READ MORE” for the photo of the night recovery

(photos by Kenny Maule) 

 

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The world-famous Danny MacAskill and his video team were filming for three days recently around Dunbar Harbour. As forecast, Sunny Dunny’s weather was benign and bright: Hollywood-style. Filming went well and many people saw his stunts however everyone was discouraged from sharing videos until Danny has officially published this new video on Youtube.

Quoting Santa Cruz Bicycles: “Danny MacAskill's roots stretch all the way back to his beginnings in Scotland on the Isle of Skye. He began his life on two wheels as a bike mechanic but realized that wrenching was quickly getting in the way of challenging time on his trials bike, so he ditched the shop life to hone his riding full-time. Since that decision he's been featured in television ads, published Youtube videos that earned millions of views, and gone on tour to show people around the world new ways to showcase riding a bike.”

Danny’s profile has soared. His current viral success totals over 350 million views on YouTube alone. Danny is also a live show favourite, consistently drawing huge crowds, desperate to see some of his best known tricks in a live environment.  http://www.dannymacaskill.co.uk/

Photo shows Danny doing a forward somersault as the bridge opens. Please don’t attempt any of his stunts; the Harbour is not a skate park!

Even stunt cyclists with the best tyres get punctures! Click “READ MORE” for proof.

(photos by Kenny Maule)

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Lots of lochs and locks: the Club rowed from Corpach, near Ben Nevis, into the Caledonian Canal, up Neptune’s Staircase Locks, along Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and Loch Ness and thence to Inverness. The Caledonian Canal is approximately 60 miles in length. 22 miles of this is man-made, with the remainder being formed by natural fresh-water lochs. Consisting of 29 locks and 10 swing bridges, this coast-to-coast link cuts through the spectacular Great Glen; a stunning location for boats in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

Photo above: Neptune’s Staircase Locks

Click “READ MORE” for a photo of the stalwart crew at Lochend on Loch Ness.

Photos by Kenny Maule 

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As part of the Marine Scotland grant for Harbour Repairs an audit of the lifting bridge was recently carried out by specialist consultants on moving structures. Trust directors Robin Hamilton, Alasdair Swan, Eric Robertson, also Harbourmaster Quentin Dimmer plus others, were closely involved in this project.

The audit is like a car MOT and looked at each component of the bridge. It identified and detailed further investigation into bridge bearings and hydraulics, also it advised on controlling the opening and closing of the bridge. This bridge is vital for fishing boat access to Cromwell Harbour and traffic access to the Battery and North Wall.

The photo above shows a corroded main axle: salt + sand + damp = corrosion!

(photo from the audit team)

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