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Did you watch ‘Saving Lives at Sea’ on BBC 2, 20th Oct. at 8pm? It’s still available on BBC’s iPlayer for 27 days til 15th Nov.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000np57/saving-lives-at-sea-series-5-episode-5?fbclid=IwAR0uiIx6fXd4ta8X4887XP8jq9nAEhs6CMbwF-PpWcPFy7EKMxRkXYj5wFY

Photo from the BBC.

Dunbar Harbour Trust has installed a network of CCTV cameras around the harbour. The purpose of the CCTV is not just for crime prevention and monitoring the security of DHT premises and harbour users' property, it also provides additional safety cover for harbour users and visitors alike and enables the monitoring and adherence to DHT’s environmental policies.

Many thanks to Paul Ingram for researching, planning and commissioning this complex system, aided by Davy Brady, who had the task of making sure all the cameras had suitable power supplies.

The cameras themselves are by Hikvision, a leading manufacturer of CCTV equipment, chosen for their excellent low light capability and were installed by VWS from Cumbernauld, who have a wealth of experience installing CCTV equipment for local town and city councils and coincidentally the Seabird Centre in North Berwick, who have a camera in Dunbar looking at the Kittiwake colony that nests in the Castle walls at the western end of Victoria Harbour.

The CCTV is fully compliant with the current Data Protection legislation. So the area covered by the cameras is limited to Harbour Trust property, with any peripheral coverage of adjacent buildings being incidental and from such a distance that it does not interfere with the privacy of local residents.

The system is also registered with the Information Commissioners Office and details of the network and its coverage have been given to the local Police should it help them with any of their enquiries.

For more information Dunbar Harbour Trust can be contacted by email using: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Future plans for the network include a live web-cam feed from some of the cameras giving selected views of the main harbour and harbour entrance, which will be incorporated into the Trust’s web-site.

Photos by Kenny Maule:

photo 1: Technician installing,  photo 2. Click <<READ MORE>> below, for photo 2: Davy Brady (LHS) and Paul Ingram (RHS)

Above, 'Davy Jones' is trying to attract your attention. He asks you to correctly dispose of your gloves and other nautical litter.

During the recent slipway extension, the small amount of mud excavated contained 100+ rubber gloves. These gloves are used mainly by fishermen and sometimes by yachtsmen. The mud also had plastic, glass and metal; some was obviously historical but I'm sure we can all try harder in future to please 'Davy Jones'.

Photo by Kenny Maule 

Let's consider the poisonous problem of people idling their vehicles (and boat engines!) and we are all breathing in these noxious fumes. 

On Clean Air Day, Thursday Oct. 8th., you may see the Harbourmaster giving CAD-branded bandanas (face coverings) to people around the harbour who are idling their engines. Let's all support clean air and switch off our engines whenever possible, from now and forever, and encourage others to do the same. Children (and adults) will thank you.

Most walkers have admired the 8 cygnets at the Biel Burn, tended by their parents. 

After about five to six weeks, the cygnets start to grow some proper feathers. These appear to first develop in the region of their growing wings, on their shoulders and then in the vicinity of their tail; after that, their belly and sides. Over the next few weeks, their entire body will moult the rest of their fluffy down and replace with feathers. The last place for the feathers to appear is on the head and neck.

This great photo was taken by Elaine Porteous. 

Click <<READ MORE>> for Kenny Maule's photo of a family dinner for 10! 

Carioca, the late Bill Taylor's yacht, sailed from Dunbar for many years. She then sat on the 'hard' at Cromwell for 3 years, being recently sold to a new owner. The photo shows her being loaded onto a trailer: destination West Wales.

And in answer to your question: Carioca means an inhabitant of Rio de Janeiro, and is also the local dance.

Photo by Kenny Maule

Both Anstruther lifeboats were recently tasked by the Coastguard after a call was made by someone in Anstruther who spotted a windsurfer in difficulty south of the May Island. The eagle-eyed caller saw him whilst looking through a telescope from home in Anstruther.

After a short search, the windsurfer was located 10 miles from Anstruther and still a further 6 miles from his destination of Dunbar. The decision was made to take him to the safety of the closer Dunbar harbour which launched the ILB to assist with the entry into a narrow and blustery harbour mouth. The crews even managed to retrieve the windsurf-board!

Anstruther's Shelley Watson said: "We would like to praise the efforts of the caller who not only spotted the windsurfer in difficulty but dialled 999 and asked for the Coastguard."

Photos by Kenny Maule, Click <<READ MORE>> for photo 2, offshore rendezvous as darkness approaches.

Belhaven Lobsters:  "You catch one blue lobster and another one comes along two weeks later!! Slightly more vivid than our last one, this bluey has been donated to @lobsterhatchery at North Berwick. Their names are Cobalt and Sapphire. Blue lobsters are rare. There are other rarer lobsters such as the yellow lobster and the albino or crystal lobster, which occurs in only 1 in 100 million lobsters."

The lobster's blue coloration is a result of a genetic defect that causes the lobster to produce more of a certain protein. Blue lobsters occur about one in every two million lobsters. Once cooked, the blue lobster would taste the same as the other red lobsters.

Blue lobsters might not be the most unusual, but they are undoubtedly the prettiest to look at. 

Feeling hungry? Contact:  tel: 07833 770059,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Fisherman’s Stores, Victoria Harbour, Dunbar, EH42 1HX.

Photos from Belhaven Lobsters. Click <<READ MORE>> for photo 2 of Belhaven Lobster.

Members of the Harbour Volunteers, who do many tasks to keep the harbour area tidy and maintained, re-seeded the worn grass at the Battery. Much watering has been carried out, due to the drying sun and wind.

  • Members also repaired the theatre planking damaged twice by youngsters trying to access the electricity.
  • Additionally a badly-damaged, vandalised interpretation panel is being welded.
  • Please, would everyone keep an eye out for misbehaviour and act accordingly.

Photo by Yvonne Wemyss

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