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Two year old Isla celebrated her birthday at Archerfield Fairy Trail; they all had a lovely day followed by fish & chips and cake!

Spotted later, here for a stroll in the Battery with brothers Ruaraidh and Cal, Mum, Dad, Nana & Gramps. What could be better?

        "Happy Birthday, Isla."      

Sometimes you see a photo and wish you'd been there at the time. This shows one of these moments.

Photo by Kris Bird

Hut@theharbour: JaneR Designs has installed a pop-up shop, showroom and exhibition space in their attractive mobile shepherd’s hut, made from recovered and reclaimed materials. JaneR breathes new life into old things, creating lighting from salvage, restoring and repairing furniture, and creating one-of-a-kind functional pieces for modern life, to produce objects that evoke nostalgia having lingered in the back of the cupboard.

Open most days during the summer, the hut is a small workshop as well as display and retail space. You'll easily spot it as you arrive. It will be repositioned and turned soon to be closer to the slipway.

“Come in an hae a wee gander.”

Photo by Kenny Maule

OK, so you're wondering about this photo. It's the dredger 'Lode' performing a detailed survey just off Torness and often seen in our harbour. I featured 'Lode' last month and here's an update. She sails under the UK flag and is currently tasked with survey work on behalf of the offshore windfarm NNG, Neart Na Gaoithe, "strength of the wind" in Gaelic. Her length overall is 11 meters and width is 4 meters.

Photo 1, surveying off Torness.

Photo 2, the 'Lode' in our harbour, click <<READ MORE>> below. Photos by Kenny Maule.

All you avid boat-spotters will have noticed 'Bonnie Lass III', she's an addition to James Bisset's fleet, now consisting of three boats. She's a Kingfisher 26 creel boat, 20+ years old.

Our other newcomer is 'Evanda', a creel and mackerel boat.

Photo 1 is 'Bonnie Lass III'.

Photos by Kenny Maule, click <<READ MORE>> for photo 2 of Evanda

The East Beach archipelago has started to take shape in 'phase 2' at the South Breakwater and the new Groyne Bio-Wall. The sand is already appearing, bit by bit. The bio-wall will be installed soon, more news next month.  Already 'phase 3' North Breakwater has begun at the north end of the beach. 

Completion is expected by mid/late August, weather allowing.

Photo 1 is the South Breakwater.          Photo 2 is the start of the North Breakwater.

Photos by Kenny Maule, Click <<READ MORE>> for photo 2





















Mr. Derek Boomer has taken on the position of Deputy Harbourmaster during Denholm's absence. Derek lives in Dunbar and knows the harbour well. You'll meet him soon.

Photo by Kenny Maule.















Alastair Cook has been co-opted onto the Board with immediate effect. Alastair is an RIBA accredited conservation architect and a trustee of the Cockburn Association, Edinburgh’s Civic Trust. He brings this experience to our Trust with the intention of assisting on strategic overview of the harbour’s development and a more-specific interest in McArthur’s Store, where he worked with the fishermen as a photographer for a number of years. He lives on Victoria Harbour with his partner, children and two rescued greyhounds. 

John Williams has been co-opted as a trustee. John believes there’s a lot of scope for developing educational opportunities connected to the castle’s role in local and national history and heritage, plus an additional point of consideration is the wildlife. 

Photo 1 of Alastair.

Click <<READ MORE>> below for photo of John.

There have been many RNLI and Coastguard rescues recently, here are just a few:

July 6, following a report of people struggling in the water at Belhaven Bay the ILB launched and was very quickly on scene. The crew arrived to find the party of one adult and two children had been helped ashore by other members of the public. Paramedics also arrived to assess, as the adult had taken in a lot of water. ILB helm Alan Blair said: “On this occasion the casualties were helped out of the water before we got there but we would always advise that people swim within their abilities, stay close to the shore and make sure they have someone keeping watch. Flotation devices or buoyancy aids are advisable and please be wary of swimming in waves where rip tides can occur."

July 7, after receiving a report of divers in difficulty close to the old pool by The Rocks hotel, the rescue services were on scene and spotted the two divers who had managed to get themselves ashore. The two women had travelled from Edinburgh and had attempted a dive at St Abbs before beginning their Dunbar exploration. Quickly they experienced difficulties, with one fearing she was being carried further. While a friend on shore called the Coastguard for help, the women had removed their equipment and managed to get back to shore. The crew checked the divers were unhurt and then retrieved their equipment. ILB helm Gordon Kirkham said: “The divers were well-equipped and took sensible precautions by having someone keep an eye on them from the shore. They did the right thing by calling for help when they got into difficulties.”

15th July, Dunbar Coastguard and RNLI Dunbar lifeboats were called about reports of a spearfisher in difficulty off Dunbar. The Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 199 also attended. Arriving on scene, teams worked with lifeboats to scan the area for any signs of distress. Some spear fishermen were then located in the area. The first informant met with teams to advise what had been seen. This was then confirmed as one of the spearfishers being in the water. Aftert he search, all persons were finally found to be safe and well.

Remember, if you see someone or something you are concerned about on the shoreline, cliff, mud or in the sea. Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. There is an alternative contact number for the Coastguard,  01333 450666 where you can pass information.

Photos 1 & 2 by Kenny Maule, click <<READ MORE>> below for photo 2 of the helicopter searching, doors open.

Finally, after the coronavirus delay, the permission was given to start the craning-in. The tide was right, the weather benign, and the yachts could be quickly (and safely) craned in. 

Photo by Kenny Maule: 'Sanderling' flying aloft.

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