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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!". 

Please click "READ MORE" to see the photo 2

photos by Christine Mincher

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Since summer(?) commenced, usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays weather allowing, Big Blu and Fizz Bar visit the Battery area and dispense the essentials of life: pizza, salad, prosecco cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks.

 

Check their future visits on facebook.

Please click "READ MORE" to see the Fizz Bar.

photos by Kenny Maule

 

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The old tidal gauge has been damaged over the years and has now been superseded. Careful skippers can check this gauge before crossing the submerged bar at the harbour entrance.

 photo by Kenny Maule

 

 

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Gasp at Danny somersaulting the bridge, leaping off the cold-store, transiting the walls, cycling along our famous Propeller and going crazy in the Battery. This video is a promo for Danny's partnership with Adidas and it shows how interesting the Harbour area has become with recent improvements.

Paste this into your browser (select full-screen and volume up.):--

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=danny+macaskill+welcome+to+the+family+your+tube&&view=detail&mid=B020DF085FEE3E60AB5AB020DF085FEE3E60AB5A&&FORM=VRDGAR

Do try this at home by falling off your own shed, but NOT in our Harbour-area. This performance by Danny was fully risk-assessed, well-practised and he had first-aid available! It ended safely, phew!

Everyone who met Danny and his crew agreed they were good fun and respectful of our harbour area, as requested.

Please click "READ MORE" to see him cycle along our Propeller.          photos from Danny's video

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 Brian Sinclair, who crews on Arcturus, caught this halibut off Dunbar. "It must weigh about 15kg," Brian reckons.

"Aye, we'll get a few good steaks out of that."

photo by Susan Brown via FB.

 

 

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Naturally you've all been avidly following previous installments of our of 'Tales of the Harbour Bridge'. The bridge, over the years, has developed some movement and chatter in the bearings. This has caused the Harbour Trust much concern because the bridge's condition is critical for boat-passage and visitors, and expensive to maintain. The bridge-shafts have eight bearings, four on each shaft, all having white-metal bearings, just like the big-ends on a giant crankshaft. In early-June, mechanics from AG Thomson inspected one of the bearings as recommended in the audit. There was no apparent wear on lining, or axle, and they managed to tighten the loose bearing cap. Then they released the other 'end' bearings, cleaned, re-greased, and re-tightened them; now they have some good news. "The motion is much-improved and the bridge should give many years service. The final two 'middle' bearings will be inspected when tides allow."

Future servicing will involve two-monthly re-greasing, re-tightening and hydraulic inspections. Yippee!

Please click "READ MORE" to see the bearings 'in situ'.

photos by Kenny Maule

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Skiff Black Agnes, following the Pipe Band, carried the Royal Court in the Civic Week parade from the Leisure Pool, along the people-lined streets, to the Bleachingfield Centre. This year the skiff, up on her trailer, raised Dunbar's 'Royalty' much higher and thus more easily seen.

From the DCC: "Good people of Dunbar, thank you for coming out to support Civic Week! A HUGE THANKS to our volunteers and helpers who were the road and parade marshals, plus the fun day and music volunteers.

Also, to all the local groups and clubs which helped make it all happen – THANK YOU!"

 photos by Fraser Stewart and Christine Mincher (please click "READ MORE" )

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You wait years for a photographer who uses the wet-plate collodion process to come along and then suddenly there are two in the same place on the same day.

Alastair Cook was running four days of workshops to raise funds for Dunbar Harbour Trust as part of Civic Week. Several of his students learned this 'arcane' art which shows character and timelessness in the faces of the subjects.    http://www.blipfolio.com/alastaircook

ALSO   Jack Lowe is travelling the U.K. and Ireland to all 238 RNLI stations, during an 8-year journey, creating many stunning images on glass. https://lifeboatstationproject.com/

Wet-collodion process was an early photographic technique invented by Frederick Archer in 1851. The process involves adding a soluble iodide to a solution of collodion (cellulose nitrate) and coating a glass plate with the mixture. The process was valued for the level of detail and clarity it allowed.

Subjects must be in the shade, not sun.  Two second exposure:  "Fur heavens's sake, NAE FIDGETIN', BOYS!!!

Photos by Kenny Maule

1) Alastair Cook 'poses' with his students

2) Jack Lowe 'captures' the RNLI. (please click "READ MORE" )

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