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Dunbar Lifeboat Station

Dunbar Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats have been launching from Dunbar Harbour for nearly 200 years and the crews have been honoured with 12 awards for gallantry. Today, the station operates two lifeboats – an inshore D class and an all-weather Trent class lifeboat.

This station is classed as a Discover station. ​Our crews from Discover stations are equally welcoming to visitors but many of these stations were built before visitors were considered. These stations normally open their boathouse doors during the summer months. 

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
26/08/2014 15:04
26/08/2014 15:03
23/08/2014 14:13
15/08/2014 19:32
09/08/2014 16:06
09/08/2014 13:11
17/07/2014 21:43
24/06/2014 21:42
24/06/2014 21:41
20/06/2014 14:44

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Forecasts for Dunbar Lifeboat Station

  • Thursday
  • Sunny intervals
  • Minimum:
    2°C
  • Maximum:
    12°C
  • Friday
  • Sunny (Day)
  • Minimum:
    4°C
  • Maximum:
    11°C
  • Saturday
  • Sunny (Day)
  • Minimum:
    3°C
  • Maximum:
    11°C
  • Sunday
  • (White) Medium-level cloud
  • Minimum:
    7°C
  • Maximum:
    9°C
  • Monday
  • (White) Medium-level cloud
  • Minimum:
    7°C
  • Maximum:
    10°C

This is the tide forecast for Belhaven Bay (Dunbar).

Monday 1/9

Tide chart Tide scale
Low 00:14 1.4m
High 07:29 4.5m
Low 12:40 1.4m
High 19:56 4.3m
  • First Light: 05:32
  • Sunrise: 06:12
  • Sunset: 20:04
  • Last Light: 20:43

Tuesday 2/9

Tide chart Tide scale
Low 00:57 1.6m
High 08:21 4.3m
Low 13:31 1.7m
High 20:48 4.2m
  • First Light: 05:34
  • Sunrise: 06:14
  • Sunset: 20:01
  • Last Light: 20:40

Wednesday 3/9

Tide chart Tide scale
Low 02:01 1.9m
High 09:23 4.1m
Low 15:09 2m
High 21:50 4.1m
  • First Light: 05:37
  • Sunrise: 06:16
  • Sunset: 19:59
  • Last Light: 20:38

This is the surf forecast for Belhaven Bay (Dunbar).

    Swell Rating Prob Height Period Dir
Mon 1/9 6am 100 0.6ft 5secs 207.42
Noon 75 0.5ft 5secs 207.96
6pm 100 0.4ft 5secs 204.97
Tue 2/9 6am 100 1.1ft 6secs 245.46
Noon 100 0.9ft 5secs 246.88
6pm 100 0.7ft 5secs 247.51
Wed 3/9 6am 95 0.4ft 4secs 250.27
Noon 100 0.3ft 4secs 250.46
6pm 100 1.5ft 4secs 310.91
  • Thursday
  • 00:00
  • 24
  • 06:00
  • 22
  • 12:00
  • 24
  • 18:00
  • 15
  • Friday
  • 00:00
  • 10
  • 06:00
  • 4
  • 12:00
  • 4
  • 18:00
  • 7
  • Saturday
  • 00:00
  • 4
  • 06:00
  • 3
  • 12:00
  • 9
  • 18:00
  • 10
  • Sunday
  • 00:00
  • 6
  • 06:00
  • 6
  • 12:00
  • 11
  • 18:00
  • 13
  • Monday
  • 00:00
  • 13
  • 06:00
  • 14
  • 12:00
  • 14
  • 18:00
  • 13

Station address:

Dunbar Lifeboat Station
Victoria Harbour
Victoria Place
Dunbar
East Lothian
EH42 1HS

Station telephone:

01368 863966

01368 840633

Station opening times:

By appointment only

Don't miss: crew training–ILB 7pm on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday

ALB 12pm Sunday and 7pm Monday

Visitor contact:

Gary Fairbairn

Visitor contact telephone:

01368 863966

Shop telephone:

01368 869763

Shop opening times:

January-February
Closed

March-October
Monday-Sunday
10am-5pm

November-December
Monday-Friday
12pm-4pm
Saturday-Sunday
10am-4pm

    

Appledore ILB crew members. Left to right, Martin Davis, Gary Stanbury and Andrew HalletSpecific crew member details for this lifeboat station are not available here at the moment.

More than 4,800 lifeboat crew members around the UK and RoI drop everything when their pagers go off, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Only 1 in 10 crew members has a professional maritime occupation. Men and women of all ages and all walks of life crew the RNLI lifeboats around our coasts and waterways.

  • Casualty passing RY Britannia

    Yacht and Royal Yacht

  • Kinghorn pulling Dunbar lifeboat and casualty off quay.

    Kinghorn tug

  • Dunbar lifeboat crew assisting the injured man

    Dunbar lifeboat crew assisting the injured man

  • The nesting boat is towed out

    The nexting boat is towed out

  • Stuart Pirie assists with the tern project

    Stuart Pirie assists with the tern project

  • Iain, Stuart and Gary back at Dunbar Lifeboat Station

    Iain, Stuart and Gary back at Dunbar Lifeboat Station

  • Motor yacht Asian Lady under tow to Dunbar through a force 10 storm – pic credit RNLI

    Motor yacht Asian Lady under tow to Dunbar through a force 10 storm – pic credit RNLI

  • Casualty being carried on a stretcher at Pease Bay

    Casualty being carried on a stretcher at Pease Bay

  • New book on Scottish lifeboats

    New book on Scottish lifeboats

  • Author Nicholas Leach, centre.

    Author Nicholas Leach, centre

  • Broughty Ferry lifeboat

    Broughty Ferry lifeboat

  • DLPO

    DLPO

  • Sinking fishing boat

    Sinking fishing boat

  • Garden centre fundraising

    Garden centre fundraising

  • Gallantry medal for Dunbar RNLI Coxswain after two lives saved

    Gallantry medal for Dunbar RNLI Coxswain after two lives saved-1

  • Gallantry medal for Dunbar RNLI Coxswain after two lives saved

    Gallantry medal for Dunbar RNLI Coxswain after two lives saved

  • Arbroath RNLI recover yacht day after Dunbar RNLI rescue owners

    Arbroath RNLI recover yacht day after Dunbar RNLI rescue owners

  • Couple say they owe their lives to Dunbar Lifeboat crew

    Couple say they owe their lives to Dunbar Lifeboat crew

  • Dunbar fundraising

    Dunbar fundraising

  • Left to right: Lorraine Hunter, (Ideas Guru), Ann Lancaster, (Sales) Vivian Merritt.(Kitchens)

    Merryhatton fundraising rowathon

  • RNLI volunteer crews in Scotland prepare to save lives at sea over the festive period

    RNLI volunteer crews in Scotland prepare to save lives at sea over the festive period

  • Garden centre choose RNLI as the charity of the year

    Garden centre prize winner

  • Dunbar coxswain lands another award

    Dunbar coxswain lands another award

  • Dramatic first rescue for new volunteer Dunbar RNLI Coxswain

    Dramatic first rescue for new volunteer Dunbar RNLI Coxswain

  • Scottish RNLI crews’ bravery to be honoured

    Scottish RNLI crews’ bravery to be honoured-3

  • Scottish RNLI crews’ bravery to be honoured

    Scottish RNLI crews’ bravery to be honoured-2

  • Scottish RNLI crews’ bravery to be honoured

    Scottish RNLI crews’ bravery to be honoured

  • Scottish RNLI crews’ bravery to be honoured

    Scottish RNLI crews’ bravery to be honoured-1

  • Charity recognises Caledonian Coxswain, children and corporate supporters

    Charity recognises Caledonian Coxswain, children and corporate supporters

  • RNLI lifeboat crew in the capital ahead of RNLI Gallantry medal ceremony

    RNLI lifeboat crew in the capital ahead of RNLI Gallantry medal ceremony-2

  • RNLI lifeboat crew in the capital ahead of RNLI Gallantry medal ceremony

    RNLI lifeboat crew in the capital ahead of RNLI Gallantry medal ceremony-1

  • RNLI lifeboat crew in the capital ahead of RNLI Gallantry medal ceremony

    RNLI lifeboat crew in the capital ahead of RNLI Gallantry medal ceremony

  • RNLI 'lifeboat' completes Virgin London Marathon

    RNLI 'lifeboat' completes Virgin London Marathon

  • RNLI ‘lifeboat’ set to run Virgin London Marathon

    RNLI ‘lifeboat’ set to run Virgin London Marathon

  • Dunbar RNLI lifeboat doc receives award after 25 years of volunteering

    Dunbar RNLI lifeboat doc receives award after 25 years of volunteering

  • New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland

    New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland-1

  • New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland

    New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland

  • Dunbar swimming club cheque

  • Dunbar lifeboat goes to the aid of sinking Fife fishing vessel.

    Water being pumped from the vessel

  • Pollution alert after boat sinks in Dunbar harbour

    The boat at the centre of the oil spill scare

  • Dunbar Shop

    Dunbar Shop

  • Dunbar D class. Photo: RNLI/Nigel Millard

    Dunbar D class. Photo: RNLI/Nigel Millard

  • Image of Dunbar’s Trent class lifeboat. Photo: RNLI/Nigel Millard

    Dunbar’s Trent class lifeboat. Photo: RNLI/Nigel Millard

  • Image of Dunbar’s Trent class lifeboat crew helping to transfer a casualty from a yacht. Photo: RNLI/Nigel Millard

    Dunbar’s Trent class lifeboat crew helping to transfer a casualty from a yacht. Photo: RNLI/Nigel Millard

Image of lifeboat
 


Lifeboat name: 
Jimmy Miff

Lifeboat class: D class

Funded by: A generous donation from Mr James F Hall in memory of his late beloved wife Helen Davidson Hall

Read more about the D class


Image of lifeboat


Lifeboat name:
John Neville Taylor

Lifeboat class: Trent

Funded by: The legacy of Mr John Neville Taylor

Read more about the Trent

Although Dunbar was re-established by the Institution in 1864 (previously having lapsed for some years) the history dates back a long way.  There was a lifeboat at Dunbar in 1808 and in December 1810 the lifeboat saved between 40 and 50 men from HMS Pallas in two trips.  On  the third trip she became overcrowded, capsized - ten seamen of the Pallas and one lifeboat crew member, B. Wilson perished.

1827
Old boathouse used a committee room. 

Silver Medal and £3 awarded to Mr Randal Stap, chief officer of coastguard, for wading fifty yards through a heavy surf and bringing ashore, by carrying him on his back, the master of the sloop Brothers which was wrecked off Dunbar on 4 March 1827 in a strong gale and heavy snow.

1845
On 1 October Lt Sydenham Wylde RN, with Coastguard boatmen William Lucas and David Davey, and three seamen, William Clements, Peter Davey and William Miller launched a fishing boat to go to the aid of a fishing boat which had been wrecked.  Their boat was unfortunately wrecked and all six men drowned.  The RNLI gave £20 to Lt Wylde’s widow and £30 to the families of the other five men.

1852
Silver Medal awarded to James Brown, coastguard, for twice jumping into the sea and rescuing the master and one of the crew of the schooner Susan, wrecked on Yellow Carr Point in stormy weather on 9 January1852.

Silver Medal awarded to Robert Turnbull, a fisherman, for swimming to a rock in Dunbar Harbour during a gale on 28 February 1852 and rescuing the skipper and his young nephew when the fishing yawl William and James was wrecked.

1864
Lifeboat house constructed at a cost of £165.

1877
On 13 October the lifeboat capsized whilst on exercise with the loss of two of her crew, R Clements and Robert Harkis.  Committee of Management voted £200 to local fund.

1901
Existing lifeboat house demolished and new one constructed by Mr A Gordon at a cost of £633.

1905
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain Walter Fairbairn for the rescue of six from the ss King Ja Ja of Swansea that was in difficulties and eventually wrecked near Thorntonloch, in a north-westerly gale on 13 October 1905. 

1906
Decided that a lifeboat station be placed at Skateraw and worked by Dunbar.

1909
Decided to dispense with horses.

1930
Centenary Vellum awarded

1943
Mr W Bertram, who had been honorary secretary since January 1897 died.  He had been awarded an aneroid barometer in 1900 for a wreck service, binoculars in 1905, Gold Badge in 1930 and appointed as honorary life governor in 1939.

1953
Second Coxswain R G Brunton awarded Royal Human Society’s testimonial on parchment for the rescue of a boy who had fallen over the cliffs.

1958
A 150th Anniversary Commemorative Vellum awarded.

1968
Inshore lifeboat station established with the placing on service of a D class lifeboat.

1970
Bronze Medal awarded to David Brunton, who dived into the sea from the lifeboat without a lifejacket or line, to rescue an injured man in the water on 23 December 1970.  For assisting in this rescue, the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Jonathan J A Alston and Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, to the remaining five crew members.

1991
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Coxswain Robert Wight in recognition of his high standard of seamanship and leadership, when the lifeboat Hugh William Viscount Gough, on temporary duty at Dunbar, searched for divers in difficulty between St Abbs and Eyemouth in hurricane seas, with visibility reduced by rain squalls and spray on 6 October 1990.  The divers were rescued by the Eyemouth lifeboat, whose Acting Coxswain/Assistant Mechanic, James A Dougal, was awarded the Institution’s Silver Medal for this service.

1993
All weather lifeboat low water mooring provided at Torness, approximately four miles south of Dunbar on the 1 August, when the Solent class lifeboat was withdrawn and replaced by a Waveney class lifeboat.

1995
The new station Trent class lifeboat ON1207 Sir Ronald Pechell BT was placed on service on Sunday 17 December 1995.  This lifeboat was funded from the generous bequest of Dora, Lady Pechell, The Dunbar Lifeboat Appeal together with other gifts and legacies.  Waveney class lifeboat withdrawn.

1996
Work was carried out within the boathouse to improve the crew facilities.  An extension to the rear port side of the boathouse was also constructed to provide housing for the D class lifeboat and launching vehicle.

1999
D397 capsized whilst on exercise on 1 May.

A new D class lifeboat, D544 was placed on service on Tuesday 25 May.  D397 has been withdrawn to Poole Depot as a Relief.

2007
The Trustees voted that an Anniversary Vellum be awarded in 2008 to commemorate the stations 200th anniversary.

2008
The station Trent class lifeboat ON1207 Sir Ronald Pechell BT broke free from her moorings during severe weather on the night of 21/22 March 2008.  She was severely damaged when she was driven onto the rock armour of the harbour.  It was subsequently declared she was beyond repair.  The Trent class lifeboat ON1266 John Neville Taylor became the station lifeboat.

2010
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain Gary Fairbairn in recognition of his superb seamanship, courage and determination for his part in the rescue of two people from their yacht Ouhm in a severe gale on 15 May 2009. Coxswain Fairbairn manoeuvred the Dunbar lifeboat next to the yacht in a swell of up to ten metres three times before both of the yacht’s crew were recovered to the lifeboat.  Cox Fairbairn received the Lady Swaythling Trophy for outstanding seamanship from the Shipwrecked Mariners and Fishermen’s Royal Benevolent Society for this rescue.

MEDAL RECORD
Five Medals have been awarded, four Silver and two Bronze, the last being voted in 2009. 

FOREIGN AWARDS
In 1932 a letter of appreciation was received from the German Government in connection with the assistance given by the lifeboat to the ss Birkenan of Bremerhaven