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Recently a humpback whale was washed on Tyninghame Beach, entangling ropes still attached, already dead. Apparently it was the whale seen several weeks ago entangled in creel ropes in the Forth and seems to have drowned when it lost control of its surfacing ability.



The RNLI Inshore (ILB) floated it off the beach, the Offshore (OLB) slowly towed it to Skateraw. Two tractors pulled it above the waterline where the scientists dissected it on the beach and veterinary pathologist Dr Andrew Brownlow performed a necropsy. As a result of the entanglement, the whale lost condition and was therefore more susceptible to the effects of infection and parasitism, which debilitated it further. The lungs evidenced that it had eventually drowned, either through exhaustion, or because it became further entangled. Entanglements are a relatively rare occurrence in Scottish waters but can pose a threat to human safety also.

This humpback is estimated to be 9m long, weighing around 8 tonnes (adults range in length from 12–16 m and weigh around 25–30 tonnes).

Dunbar’s harbourmaster and the fishermen are working with the Scottish Entanglement Alliance (SEA) dedicated to promoting and protecting Scotland’s wildlife, heritage, and sustainable marine industries. SEA will work closely with the Scottish inshore fishing industry to provide an engagement programme to understand the scale and impact of marine animal entanglements in our waters, and work towards developing strategies to reduce this threat. https://www.scottishentanglement.org/

Very sad.

photos by Kenny Maule




Esperanza, one of the Greenpeace ships, called by and anchored one night, just outside the harbour before heading north.

She (it, in modern parlance) is a converted fishery-patrol vessel.

Click READ MORE for the technically-minded.

photo by Kenny Maule









No matter how short the boat-trip, lifejackets are vitally important.



These kids are clearly safety-concious.

Are your lifejackets maintained and correctly-adjusted ?

photos by Kenny Maule, with permission from their parents.



As part of the Marine Scotland grant for Harbour Repairs an audit of the lifting bridge was carried out by specialist consultants on moving structures.

This is like a car MOT and looks at each component of the bridge. It identified and detailed further investigation into bridge bearings and hydraulics, also advice on controlling the opening/ closing of the bridge.

photo by Kenny Maule


This giant green crane costs £2,000/day and drives at a maximum of 40mph. 

Want to hire it? -- then remember you also pay for (very slow) positioning costs!

The work has been a 9m. extension to the slipway, from the west edge of the bridge directly into Victoria Harbour in order to improve tidal access for the RNLI’s ILB launch and recovery. There has been temporary closure of the Broadhaven slipway and divers were down for several days (!), to be less dependent on the tides. The work caused occasional inconvenience for harbour users however work-dates were changed to make allowance for the craning-in boat lift on 12 April. The works are expected to cease by May 3rd, so fingers crossed.

photos by Kenny Maule




Robin Hamilton of the Harbour Trust has continued overseeing the harbour wall-repairs.

Robin is not the Smurf, by the way.





Where was the Marine Scotland Grant £107.5k grant used?

  • Underpinning toe of outer north wall at chainages. 
  • Repairs to basalt blocks on outer NW where sheared
  • Johnston’s Hole Repair. 
  • Lifting Bridge Audit complete awaiting report
  • Rock Armour for breakwater 150t delivered to site
  • Small repairs, mainly grouting,
  • Cromwell/Broadhaven/South-wall/Inner North-wall. 
  • Investigate NW quayside for voids Ch 150 to 162
  • Improve Cromwell paths
  • Electrical audit, Ladder and depth gauge repair

What was this meticulous Smurf looking for? Maybe a damaged block?   Click READ MORE below to find out.

photos by Kenny Maule

April 16 Environmental Open Day. An event for all the family: Educational stalls and Upcycling activities for kids plus many other events. Harbour History Tour and "Ask your questions about the harbour". All details on Friends of Dunbar Battery and Harbour Trust FB pages.

May 26th 2019; 9.30am --5:00 pm. estimated time 5-6 hours, distance 18 miles approx.Pirates of the East Coast, a sponsored walk from North Berwick to Dunbar Battery along the John Muir Way. Meet-up at Seabird Centre, North Berwick. Watch out for registration details on Dunbar Online.

June 10th--23rd are the proposed dates for making the #LitterCUBES in Dunbar.

June 15, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm: THE THREE CRAWS RETURN...

June 17th; 11-- 2:00 pm. Fourth annual gathering of the East Lothian Archaeological, History and Genealogy Group. Site visit and tour of the Dunbar Battery.

June 22, 2019 Bands at the Battery




July 13, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. RNLI LIFEBOAT DAY

August 17th; 2-- 6:00 pm. Sparkling Dunbar: Saturday Live Music and stalls down in Victoria Harbour and the Dunbar Battery. Fun for all the family.

August 25, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. THE VIBRATING ECSTATIC NOW: PASSIONATE ONES

September 6, to 7, Hemelvaart Bier Cafe Ayton‎Hemelvaart Rocks Festival

and ---- don't forget to view the "Craning-in of the yachts, Friday 12th April. First lift at 08:30am."

We’re looking for community groups, bands and individuals to use Dunbar Battery. If you are interested, please get in touch via https://dunbarbattery.org.uk/contact-us/

Tues 16th April: A family event at Dunbar Harbour and Battery, from 11am-3pm.

A small event with a big impact - our Dunbar Harbour Trust, Environmental Open Day!

What to expect;

- Benches made from up-cycled fishing creels for kids to paint

- Decorating a fishing net with items made by local primary school children

- The impact of waste: information posters made by local kids at Dunbar Grammar School

- A short film on the impact of litter

- A Harbour History Tour (around 1pm)

- Question time ‘Ask your special question about the Harbour’ (around 12 noon)

- Educational/ activity stalls with Marine Conservation Scotland, Viridor and the RSPB

- Live music with Declan Till

- Tasty donuts from Mr Donut Man

Why would you miss this wonderful event in beautiful Sunny Dunny... and guess what, it’s all FREE! (Except the Food) ?

Watch out for registration details on Dunbar Online.

Craning-in day is planned for Friday 12th April. First lift at 08:30am.

Wear a hard hat, hi-vis jacket, and follow marshaller's instructions when near the lift-areas.

photo by Kenny Maule

EARTH HOUR: Dunbar Battery switched off its lights on 30 March 2019 as part of WWF Earth Hour (8:30 pm to 9:30 pm).

Click on READ MORE to see how the Battery looked during this hour.

photo #2 by Kenny Maule


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