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After completion of the new Maintenance Bay it’s instantly in use by the fishing boats. The concrete base was laid over several days interrupted by tides, then A.G.Thomson installed seven oak timbers to allow protected access to boats which need work underneath the hull.

A depth gauge will be added for skippers to assess the available depth according to their boat’s draught; oh, and some new branders are coming soon to protect the ladders.

Photo by Kenny Maule


The Ridge, another wonderful Dunbar organisation, has given our Fishermen’s Monument three rejuvenating coats of limewash. After trying various modern options, we have found that the method of our forefathers, the annual limewash, is the most successful. We hope that you enjoy your visits to Cromwell Harbour this summer.

Many thanks to Andy Stockdale and his team.

Photo by Alasdair Swan.

Rowan Davies was awarded “Young Fisherman of the Year 2022” at the Fishing News Awards on May 12th in Aberdeen.

Says Rowan, seen above receiving his award, “Well, what can I say? I am still in shock I can’t believe it young fisherman of the year out of the whole of Britain, thank you to everyone who voted and to everyone that has supported me so far and the biggest thanks goes to my grandad (also Robert Davies) without him I would not be doing this as a career.”


You’ll see Rowan working hard on his family’s prawn trawler, big, yellow, ‘Spitfire’, built in Dunbar (yay!).

Video 1:47sec, fast forward to 1:10 sec Rowan, Winner

See more on FB: FB, more photos

PS: this is the only time you’ll see Rowan wearing a tie.

An ode to appreciation of the beauty of the sea:--

You need a discerning eye and a contemplative soul to enjoy coastal life. Since the first lockdown I have paced almost every morning along the beach, the pier and the hills close by. Each day brings new variety to my photo collection of my walks. The sea has a wonderful translucence in still weather, and an invigorating turbulence during gales. The tide sets a different scene every day. The sky has infinite patterns according to mist, fog descending, fog clearing and, of course, clouds that linger or scud. Stand on the glassy-wet beach when the tide is out, and you can see sunrises under your feet as well as stretching above your head.

By Yvonne Williams, Ryde, Isle of Wight, a heartfelt letter

Photo of Ellie Coyle’s painting, snapped by her mum.

In Broadhaven, resting after being placed by its mum.

Still whitish but looks darker in the water.

Photo at Dunbar’s Broadhaven, taken from FB.




BlueWild organised Thalassa's 5-year stability, inflation and swamping tests on a sunny Sunday, 27th of March. Thalassa is an 8.4m cabin rib with an internal 315hp diesel engine. Following a full inspection of paperwork and an 'out-of-water' structural survey two weeks ago, an MCA appointed surveyor had come from Inverkip Marina to oversee the flotation tests.

Thalassa's owner, Alan, had asked on social-media for 10 volunteers to be passengers with a regulation average-weight of 75kg pp. Alan kitted us out with brand new lifejackets straight from the packet and we all sat patiently aboard.

The tests involve checking all safety kit, then measuring the height of normal freeboard. With passengers all moved to starboard, all three tube compartments on that side were completely deflated to measure the resultant height above water and the angle of list. Key to the design of a 'Rib' (Rigid Inflatable Boat) is that it can sail as a normal boat even if all the tubes are deflated.

After that, 50 buckets of water are flooded into the centre-area footwell to simulate swamping before the bilge pump is activated. The surveyor observed closely and was clearly a difficult man to please but left satisfied that all tests had been successfully passed.

As a ‘thank you’ the volunteers were offered a complimentary tour around the Bass Rock early in the season which starts on 1st April. BlueWild Nature Boat Tours

“Hey, sit still youse doon there, nae jigglin’ aboot, ye can jiggle when Ah gie the orders.”

Photo by Kenny Maule

Coastguard, dramatic video:

Watch the video: Safety kit saves life of fisherman

This is the story of a life saved because the fisherman was wearing a lifejacket (PFD) and a locator beacon (PLB).

They are life savers .
Get the kit and WEAR it.
Live to tell your story too.

What had started out as an ordinary working day for commercial fisherman Paul, turned into his worst nightmare when he went overboard from the Sidney Rose, miles from land.

Paul says: “I’m very glad it turned out well, you hear the stories and know it doesn’t always. My message to other fishermen is simple: Wear a lifejacket. I did and it saved my life. They’re only small, they don’t get in the way when you’ve got them on, you get used to them, and if I didn’t have mine on, I wouldn’t be talking to you now.”

Photo from vessel owner Ben and man overboard Paul.

On behalf of the Harbour Trust, Yvonne Wemyss and Kenny Maule attended a two-day Oil Pollution training course intended for local councils and other ‘related’ authorities who would expect to be involved in the more ‘hands-on’ supervision of beach clean-up operations and protective booming operations.

The Harbour Trust has added Oil Pollution procedures to the Harbour Manual for the harbourmaster’s reference to more detailed actions.

First action if you see serious Oil Pollution: dial 999, ask for the Coastguard.

… then please inform our harbour master soonest 07958 754858.

Photo by Yvonne Wemyss

Here are shags with their springtime mating crests erect. They look like one mythological beast with two heads.

(In mythology, a double-headed eagle is linked to dominance over both East and West)

Photo by Kenny Maule, at the harbour entrance.




James joined the Trust in 2022. He has been an active fisherman at Dunbar for many years and currently operates three boats out of the harbour. He serves on the Harbour Management Committee where he has been active for over a decade. In recent times James has stood in voluntarily for the harbourmaster where necessary. He is Chairman of the Dunbar Fishermen’s Association. James’ wife, Cheryl, runs the Kittiwake Cafe at the harbour.





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