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The defibrillator, which was on the Sailing Club wall, disappeared from its green box on 25th August. The appropriate department is now aware.

If anyone has any information, please contact:-- Harbour Master (07958 754858, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or the RNLI (01368 863966, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

photo by Kenny Maule


We all like to spot phenomena in Dunbar's big sky. Crepuscular rays or "God's rays" are sunbeams that originate when the sun is below the horizon, during twilight hours, dawn or dusk. Crepuscular rays, noticeable when the contrast between light and dark is most obvious, are shafts of light seen just after sunset or before sunrise, radiating from the position of the sun below the horizon. They form when the sun is behind an irregularly-shaped cloud or mountain which lets the rays of the sun pass through in bands.. 

Crepuscular comes from the Latin word "crepusculum", meaning twilight.
photo by Kenny Maule

The Bridge to Nowhere  

A Triptych (three panels side-by-side) by an excellent 'visual storyteller', many thanks to Owen MacDonald.


As Scotland emerges from the Lockdown, Dunbar Coastal Rowing Club are beginning to prepare to return to the water. We are cleaning our skiffs, risk assessing, putting Covid measures in place to keep us all safe, and airing our new beach shelter.


We hope to be back out on the water, rowing for pleasure, in the near future. If this looks like fun and you would like to join us, we would be happy to hear from you. We will gladly take your details and when the time is right we will contact you and offer a Taster session where you can come out on the water with us and decide if you would like to be part of the Club.  



Contact: secretary@dunbarcoastalrowing.org.uk

photo 1: credit Christine Mincher, photo 2: credit Rosie Patrick.

Click <<READ MORE>> for photo 2, the new beach shelter

Due to recent social distancing, Core Dunbar temporarily used the Battery (plenty of ventilation) for Pilates, yoga & massage therapy. 

‘Core’ is a relaxing space dedicated to helping you to become relaxed, stronger, focused, flexible. In this photo they're taking advantage of a pleasant evening outside at the Battery. Core offers Pilates, yoga and massage therapy and can provide you with a unique combination of these to suit your requirements.  You can book one-to-one sessions, or therapy appointments.

To find out more, contact:-- Tel: 07890618755, 49 High Street, Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1EW, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photo from Core Dunbar

If you wish to use the Battery for any events, please contact: https://dunbarbattery.org.uk/booking-of-events/

Recently we’ve often seen Forth Guardsman. She is a Landing Craft, built in 1983, sailing under the flag of the UK . Here we see her anchored just outside the Battery. She visits quite often (not many hostelries in the North Sea).

Gross Tonnage: 654  Length x Breadth: 58.7 x 14.81m, with a carrying capacity of 722 t DWT. Her current draught is reported to be 2.5 meters.

Photo 1 by Kenny Maule,     

Click <<READ MORE>> for photo 2 from https://www.marinetraffic.com

12th August at 11pm til midnight: the forecast was for a clear night, a good time to watch the Perseids shooting stars which come in August BUT it was very foggy instead and you may have heard the foghorns of 4 ships sounding with a mellifluous harmony in the night. My wife and I moved onto the balcony to appreciate the pleasure of hearing these sounds of our childhood when the lighthouses’ foghorns would lowly reverberate down the East Lothian coast (Bass Rock, St. Abbs, Isle of May for my wife) and the Ayrshire coast (Pladda & Ailsa Craig for me). There are no active foghorns remaining in the UK, however Sumburgh’s restored foghorn, last sounded in 1987, can be sounded on special occasions.

Photo 1: the ships offshore at the time they sounded their foghorns (credit https://marinetraffic.com).

Click <<READ MORE>> below to see photo 2: Ardnamurchan foghorn, credit https://uklighthousetour.com 

Now there may not be anything special about the Sumburgh Head Foghorn, but the people who restored it believe it to be the last working foghorn in Scotland. Sumburgh is in South Shetland. To sound the foghorn, the diesel engines are started  and air is compressed into large reservoir tanks at 25 PSI. Then a worker needs to go up a spiral stair case to the horn room and activate it from there. Every foghorn has it’s own unique sounding pattern, and it differs from other foghorn signals in the area, Sumburgh's horn blows for one 7-second blast every 90 seconds. This allowed ships’ captains in the area to know which horn is warning them. 

Listen and dream:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLlsRsUX78w

Question: Why are foghorns designed to emit their tones at such low frequencies?  Answer: Foghorns have very low pitches because sounds with low pitches have a long wavelength. This is important because a long wavelength means that the sound wave can easily pass around barriers, like rocks. This property of a wave is called diffraction. 

Question: What is the difference between frequency and pitch?  Answer: Frequency is the emission, pitch is your perception.

Question: How far away can you hear a foghorn?  Answer: about 20 miles














The female kittiwake lays 1-3 pinkish-brown eggs and both parents incubate the eggs and feed their offspring. The chicks hatch in about 27 days then fledge when they are about 40 days old in early August, taking three to four years to reach maturity when they will return to breed here.

The black-legged kittiwake eats marine invertebrates, plankton, and fish. It feeds in flocks and catches food at the surface of the water in the harbour,  Belhaven Bay and behind fishing boats. It also dives just below the surface of the water to catch its prey; in fact, it is the only gull that dives and swims underwater!  (PS: gannets and fulmars are not gulls)

Herring gulls often carry off chicks much to the parents’ consternation. Be quick to look: the kittiwakes are already leaving; all will be gone by early September.

Photos by Kenny Maule


4th June: The Harbour Master was alerted to a kayaker in the water in the harbour entrance. He was an inexperienced individual but managed to exit the water using the harbour entrance steps – he was then interviewed, debriefed and given guidance by the HM.

8th of June:  A kayak again: second capsize in a few days at the harbour entrance. There was a breaking swell in the harbour entrance -- a well-known danger.

These were case studies in how ‘not to go to sea’, with inadequate preparations and/or no life jackets. So the Trust decided to put the above ‘Beware’ notice at the bridge, where it is easily read, warning of the dangers of transiting traffic and breaking waves at the harbour entrance.

Click <<READ MORE>> below for photo 2, Iain and Gabi, paddleboarding with care, appropriate wetsuits, local knowledge, weather forecast, and VHF radio.

Photos by Kenny Maule.


SAIPEM 7000 is one of the world’s largest offshore construction vessels. She is working for the big windfarm NnG (Neart na Gaoithe ‘strength of the wind’) and laying casings for piles. She is easily visible from Dunbar Battery, 22 miles offshore, just look on the horizon, to the right of the Isle of May. The decks are below the horizon but the cranes are highly-visible, yellow in colour.

The NnG cables will come ashore at Thorntonloch Beach and join the National Grid in the Lammermuirs, near the windfarms there.

Note: SAIPEM is a Pipelay Crane Vessel, built 1987, sailing under the flag of The Bahamas, with a length of 175 meters and width of 87 meters and will be 'on station' for many months. 

photo 1 by Kenny Maule.   Click <<READ MORE>> for photo 2: credit Wout de Mullem, from marinetraffic.com

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