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Newsletters

The Dunbar Harbour Trust issues a regular newsletter with the latest soundbites from the website and announcements of upcoming events and activities. You can receive the newsletter in your email box by enterering your best email on the right of this page.

 

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Harbour Master Quentin takes a glorious opportunity each summer to keep his skipper’s and yachtmaster’s qualifications up-to-date. Far from Dunbar he sails upon an uncrowded sea and among Scotland's unforgettable isles. You can sail with him as a citizen-scientist, see: https://hwdt.org/silurian

“The Hebridean Whale Trail is a network of fantastic whale-watching and whale-heritage sites across the west coast of Scotland that showcases the amazing wildlife, landscapes and history that make this area so special. The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) https://hwdt.org/ is a marine conservation charity that takes action through a unique programme of community-based research and education. This two-pronged approach ignites strong, local, stewardship and supports meaningful change for the conservation of Hebridean cetaceans and marine life.

We are change agents; 

  • Conducting the research that underpins the future safeguarding of whales, dolphins and porpoises. 
  • Training up volunteers to become citizen scientists on our research boat trips as well through our sighting networks.
  • We also provide educational experiences in our dedicated Discovery Centre, on our boat Silurian and by visiting schools around the whole of the Hebrides.“

One Of Quentin's citizen-scientist passengers, David de la Haye, shares his astonishing underwater sounds with Scotland Outdoors: The Underwater World of Sonic Explorer David de la Haye. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08rk6nc 

Have a listen to David's remarkable recordings of seal harems howling, underwater vocalizations by hydrophone, seals clapping their flippers, bizarre sounds of shrimps, dolphins communicating, birds, surf, and much more. It will open your ears to weird, ethereal and beautiful sounds.

Note: The yacht’s name Silurian refers to marine fossils commonly found throughout the Silurian period which include trilobites, graptolites, conodonts, corals, stromatoporoids, and mollusks. So now you know!

Photos from the HWDT website. Click <<READ MORE>> for photo 2

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Robin Hamilton’s Bridge Report:

McScott Bond MSB together with McTaggart Scott MTS, their sister company, carried out the annual service on the lifting bridge on Wed. 6th Jan. The key contact from MSB is retiring shortly and it has been agreed MTS will take over service and repairs in future subject to a satisfactory performance. 

Following the service of the bridge, hydraulic pumps, electric control, rams, pivots, gearing etc. the contractor has recommended further operational advice is needed for bridge users on the best method of raising/ lowering the bridge.

"Dinnae touch yon control buttons while A'm doon here, noo." Photo by Kenny Maule

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UK supermarkets generate 800,000 tonnes of plastic each year. A truckload of plastic ends up in our oceans every minute. Let's make sure the ocean of the future is filled with fish, not plastic. Please watch and share the Oceans of the Future video - https://act.gp/2HguJ9T

From Greenpeace: “I’ve just signed a petition calling on UK supermarkets to go plastic-free, and it would mean a lot to me if you’d add your name too! From turtles entangled in six-pack rings to whales with stomachs full of plastic bags, the effects of plastic pollution can be devastating. UK supermarket Iceland has announced its own-brand packaging is going plastic-free. By ditching plastic packaging, supermarkets have the power to lead the way in dramatically reducing the amount of single-use plastic produced. Please join me in calling on UK supermarkets to ditch throwaway plastic packaging.”

Please sign the petition >> https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/plastic-free-supermarket-ef

Photo from Greenpeace

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At the end of March 2021 there will be seven vacancies with three Directors seeking re-election.
Closing date for applications is 12th March 2021.
 

Dunbar Harbour Trust is a charitable body charged with running and developing the harbour for the benefit of its users and the wider community. The Trust supports equality of opportunity. The board is seeking to appoint individuals with a keen interest in Dunbar Harbour and its surrounding areas who feel they could make a contribution to help care for, and utilise, this important property. Applicants with a legal background, or specific skills in project management, engineering, surveying, fundraising or accountancy will be assets to the Board. These positions are voluntary and are normally for an initial period of three years.  

How to apply, first read: http://www.dunbarharbourtrust.co.uk/index.php/about/information-for-candidates/730-information-for-candidates-prov-2

then the APPLICATION FORM:  Application Form for Candidates 2021-1 --  complete in dark ink. 

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Callum Thomson’s creels are impressively  lined up. There’s 240 creels in this photo. Callum transported them from Aberdeen, in total he has 600 --- not bad for a one-man operation.

In the industry the trend generally nowadays is to buy pre-made creels, with metal wire inside plastic tubing. Some of you will remember traditional creels made from willow withies on wooden bases. 

Callum’s boat, ‘Boy Owen’, is currently on the hard in Cromwell being fitted with her new engine and a new cabin, for a planned relaunch around Easter and then putting out the creels after the big winter swells have ended.

Photos by Kenny Maule.   Click <<READ MORE>> for photo 2, ‘Boy Owen’.

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Below is a reminder of the message already sent to boat-owners by the Harbour Master. 

“Dear Berth Holders, 
To secure the allocation of your berth for the 2021/22 season please complete an application form before the end of December 2020 (or soonest possible thereafter). The form is available online at the following link, please return it electronically. Alternatively you can print it or collect one from HM and return a hard copy.
http://www.dunbarharbourtrust.co.uk/index.php/port-facilities/mooring-application-downloads
Confirmation of berth allocation will be completed by a moorings committee meeting to be held in January.
Kind Regards,
Quentin. Dunbar Harbour Master, tel 07958754858.
 

See photo above for how crowded it can get! (by Kenny Maule)

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Dunbar Harbour Trust is a charitable body charged with running and developing the harbour for the benefit of its users and the wider community. The Trust supports equality of opportunity. The board is seeking to appoint individuals with a keen interest in Dunbar Harbour and its surrounding areas who feel they could make a contribution to help care for and utilise this important property. Applicants with a legal background, or specific skills in project management, engineering, surveying, fundraising or accountancy will be assets to the Board. These positions are voluntary and are normally for an initial period of three years.  

At the end of March 2021, there will be seven vacancies, with three Directors seeking re-election.
For further information and an application pack please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website at http://www.dunbarharbourtrust.co.uk/index.php and under ABOUT THE TRUST, you'll find 'Information for Candidates':

direct link:  http://www.dunbarharbourtrust.co.uk/index.php/about/information-for-candidates/729-information-for-candidates-2

Closing date for applications is 12th March 2021

Selection of the new Directors will be by interview. The appointing body will be made up by the following three persons –
1. The Chair of Dunbar Harbour Trust
2. A person who is not a Director, considered to represent the interests of one or more of the groups interested in Dunbar Harbour.
3. The chief executive of East Lothian Council or the nominee of the chief executive.

Alasdair Swan, Chairman, 14th January 2021

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A documentary on Scottish poetry filmed at Dunbar Harbour and McArthur's Store, featuring Makar Jackie Kay and local writer-poet, Hannah Lavery.  Don't miss it:  24th January 10 p.m. on BBC Scotland.

Photo by Kenny Maule

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Dunbar Harbour Trust is holding an informal FREE event on Thurs 28th Jan 2021, from 7-8pm, to share our ‘What If’ aspirations.

To join us register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dunbar-harbour-trust-what-if-event-tickets-136288623943

We are delighted to be holding this event to promote the work we do, share our passion to make Dunbar Harbours the ‘go to’ place, and tell you about our ‘What If’ aspirations for the future. You may wish to help us achieve our goals? Join us at this informal event to hear more!

This event is part of sustaining Dunbar’s series of community engagement events associated with the John Muir; Earth-Planet, Universe outdoor exhibition currently on display at the Dunbar Battery. The Trust are grateful to Sustaining Dunbar for their support and for facilitation of the event.

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Davie Kittrick of Dunbar Lifeboat, seen above, was on the BBC News on Sunday December 27th., discussing the bravery of the Dunbar Lifeboat crew – and of one volunteer in particular. The story has been movingly recalled by a survivor pulled from the sea in a force-ten gale 50 years ago. Martin Stephen, now 71, owes his life to the courage of David Brunton who, despite not being a strong swimmer, jumped into the treacherous swell as Martin sank unconscious beneath the waves. Martin had tried and failed to rescue his 11-year-old cousin David Jeffrey who had been swept off the rocks at the entrance to Dunbar Harbour by a freak wave on December 23rd, 1970.

Martin said: “I had been face down in the water for several minutes and was told later that Mr Brunton had dived in fully-clothed as I started to sink.”  Details:https://rnli.org/news-and-media/2020/december/10/50-years-on-survivor-tells-dunbar-lifeboat-crew-i-owe-you-everything 

Photos from the BBC. Click <<READ MORE>> for photo 2, Davie Kittrick, on behalf of the RNLI, accepting thanks from Martin Stephen.

Have any questions? Give us a call 01368 865 404

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