Our fish tank has returned for another season and is full of interesting creatures. We have various anemones and gastropods, prawns, hermit crabs and a Scorpion fish as well as some other examples of rockpool life. Well worth a look especially if you catch feeding time!
We now have an aquarium full of rock pool life for our visitors to enjoy. The St Abbs Marine station, marinestation.co.uk, has installed a wonderful tank recreating the rock pool life you would find down by the harbour. There are anemones (beadlet and snakelocks), seaweeds, and sticklebacks and as the tank acclimatises there will be much more. Do come in and have a look! (The tank will be looked after by the marine station scientists).
To celebrate the arrival of the new independent lifeboat we have put together a small history of the lifeboat in St Abbs. The first boat, Helen Smitton, arrived in 1911 and there has been a lifeboat here until September last year (when the RNLI removed their boat). Our new lifeboat, Thomas Tunnock, has now arrived and will be on duty soon. Our exhibition tells you about them and the other boats that have served St Abbs.
The new independent St Abbs lifeboat, the Thomas Tunnock, is here!
The boat is a 900W Rigid Inflatable Boat and was built by Marine Specialised Technology Ltd In Liverpool. She arrived in the evening of 28th July and immediately took to the water for a trial run and to see she fitted into the cradle that had been built for her (which she did!).
She takes a crew of 4 and is 9 metres long, 3.05 metres wide and has a top speed of 40 kts. More testing and training will follow and the Coastguard will be notified when she is ready to start work officially. A launch date is set for 17th September when Boyd Tunnock (whose great donation helped make this possible) will christen her. Follow their website for more information stabbslifeboat.
We have just taken delivery of a new magnetic map for visitors to show us where they have come from. We can already see lots of countries marked!
We also now have an interactive I pad at our telescope which will tell you about what you might see through the telescope. It has sound affects too!
Our touchscreens have been updated too so why not come in and hear some new voices, try out the telescope I pad and show us where you have come from on the new map!