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FISH TANK

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!

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Open for 2017

We are now open for the 2017 season.  Come in and see us!

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CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

We are now closed for the season and will reopen in the spring.  Thank you to everyone who has visited us and helped us enjoy a great year!     Hope to see you in 2017!

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NEW LIFEBOAT IS LAUNCHED

The 17th September 2016 saw the launch of the new St Abbs lifeboat ‘Thomas Tunnock’ and hundreds flocked to the village to witness the event. The boat was christened by Mr Boyd Tunnock and there were celebrations throughout the day.  It was glorious day!

Thomas Tunnock

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THE LIFE OF A TYPICAL ‘SHORE GULL’

We now have a small exhibition on the life of Alexander ‘Eck’ Dickson who lived in the village.    He was born in 1886 and lived through two World Wars and many changes.  Come in and see his story.

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NEW THIS SUMMER

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).

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THE HISTORY OF ST ABBS LIFEBOAT EXHIBITION

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.

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THE ST ABBS LIFEBOAT IS HERE!

The new independent St Abbs lifeboat, the Thomas Tunnock, is here!

new lifeboat 7The 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!).

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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.

More for 2016

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!

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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!

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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!

NEW EXHIBITS FOR 2016

This year we have some very interesting biological specimens of marine life for you to view (courtesy of Napier University). There are a variety of species including jellyfish, crustaceans, worms, molluscs and fish and a mystery skeleton!

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