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Every year boats from Cove are craned in at Dunbar (ever tried carrying a boat on your back down Cove's footpath?)

Of course they block the bridge road but only for 10 minutes --- they're pretty effficient.

This is Poo II -- what does 'poo' mean?  --- it's Cove & St. Abbs lingo for crab.

Photos 1 & 2 by Kenny Maule.     Click <<READ MORE>> for photo 2.

Harbour Master Quentin has been keen to work with the Coastal Communities Network (CCN) to share ideas and to explore potential for collaboration and now Quentin has been invited to bring Dunbar Harbour ‘to the table’.

"The CCN is guided by the belief that coastal communities across Scotland are well placed to harness long-term solutions to ensure healthy, well-managed seas.    https://www.communitiesforseas.scot/about-the-network/

Scotland’s dynamic and complex shoreline attests to richly-biodiverse ecosystems below the waves. The species and habitats found in our inshore waters underpin the ecological integrity of marine habitats and the economic prosperity of nearby coastal communities. With the escalation of threats and impacts within our inshore waters, managing our seas for environmental and economic sustainability is no easy task."

Photo by Kenny Maule

Dunbar RNLI Lifeboat gave a V.E. Day tribute on May 8th, with cars flashing lights and tooting horns on the North Wall.

A number of volunteers met at the Harbour to commemorate the 75-year Anniversary of VE Day.
Said the RNLI: "Short of being able to sound our ship's horn, the crew followed social-distancing by sounding their car horns in solidarity with Royal Navy fleet and other vessels taking part in the #ShineALight campaign."
Did you see in the evening at 10pm., several participating vessels shone their spotlights into the night sky?

Photo by Kenny Maule

Hydrographic Survey, Updating Nautical Charts Bass Rock to St Abbs Head

Notice to Mariners:

  •  Vessel: MV Lode 
  • Call sign: MAMC8.
  • Their contacts for fishing boats:VHF channel: 16 Phone: +44 7535 773198
  • Any enquiries to: Fisheries Liaison Officer Tom Watson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mobile: +44 7903 173 624

"The vessel Lode will perform multibeam surveys in the area Bass Rock to St Abbs Head. Please be advised that the vessel will have limited maneuverability. There will be no towed equipment. Only hull-mounted. The survey will be performed between 23rd May and 29th June. The aim is to update nautical charts and is performed on behalf of UKHO/MCA. "

Photo 1 MV Lode

Photo 2, the survey area. Click <<READ MORE>> to see.

RAF Typhoons (Eurofighters) were deployed from a base in Lossiemouth, as two Russian Tu-142 "Bear-F" aircraft approached from the north-east of Scotland on Wednesday April 27th. The Russians stayed fractionally inside international airspace over the Norwegian Sea and the North Sea, but were flying in the UK's ‘area of interest’. Norwegian F-16s and F-35 jets, and a Nato E-3A were also deployed. "Today's scramble demonstrated the close working relationships we have with our Nato colleagues," said an RAF pilot, who was not identified.

The inflight-refuelling aircraft (Airbus Voyager KC3)  were refuelling the fighters while 'on station', before heading back, passing directly over Dunbar.

You can monitor (some identified) air-traffic on   www.adsbexchange.com

Photo 1  from the BBC website,

Photo 2  from www.adsbexchange.com  click <<READ MORE>> to see.

On Thursday 7th May, we had really low tides with no swell so Robin, Eric and Kevin went 'down to the seaside' for an adventure: A good inspection of work done in spring 2019 by AGT

Quote from Robin Hamilton: "Other than chainage 240 where we saw further undermining last autumn, all the repairs we did are looking good. Still, a few places have undermining particularly at chainage 90 to 100 where there's over 2m undermining .We did not manage this area last year. Also a few other sheared blocks." 

Photo by Kenny Maule

It's 'down-time' for some vessels, here we see Arcturus having her 'backside' welded.

Ready for sea soon?

Photos by Kenny Maule

Click <<READ MORE>> to see Aspire II having her 'bottomside' scraped.

Our Harbourmaster has been organising the assessment of the leading lights and it was agreed that the green and red leading lights and the triangular marker should be replaced. When arriving, for boats with deeper draughts, it's wise to follow the green guidance between the Scart and Castlefoot Rocks on a bearing of 198deg.. When the red light becomes visible through the harbour mouth on a bearing of 132deg. it's time to turn in, tie up, and turn in (for a good night's sleep).

Photos by Navmoor.com.

For the position of these mysterious lights click <<READ MORE>> for the guidance lines.


After a very quiet two months, the harbour is again seeing some landings. The prawn trawlers are busily offloading crates of prawns, and the fuel bowser is topping up the diesel tank.

We're all hoping that the lobsters and crabs 'catch up' soon.

Photo by Kenny Maule

Click <<READ MORE>> for Arcturus entering on a sunny day.

Quiz:  Where is this rainy spot around the harbour?    

How did he take it? --- with a Sony A6000, slow exposure; photo credit David Drummond. Nice shot, David.

Click <<READ MORE>> for the red spot that shows the quiz answer.

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