Photographer's Note

Today our clocks went back 1 hour to GMT. It's been sunny, but bitterly cold in a very fierce wind. After my visitors had left I went out to try a newly-discovered setting for my camera - 2 second self-timer operation to allow the camera to stop vibrating. It works - no rotation needed!

The sun was very low, but this north face of the oldest warehouse in Scotland would never be sunlit in winter anyway. Known locally as 'the old potato store', the building is seen here across the Broadhaven.
Taken at 15:50:11.
Then slightly darkened, auto-enhanced, rocky shore reduced in contrast, re-sized, slightly sharpened.
Notice the sunlit harbour wall reflected in some of the windows.

This description is from the
August progress report of Dunbar HarbourTrust:

MacArthurís Store is a 17th Century warehouse building situated on the quayside of the old Cromwell Harbour in Dunbar. For several years the Dunbar Harbour Trust had sought funding for its restoration. Eventually in December 2007 the Trust was able to start work that would see the building restored as fishermenís stores and providing also a permanent office for the Trust and a meeting place for the Trust and other harbour users.

Before construction work could start in earnest, archaeologists were appointed to carry out a thorough investigation and recording of the building. Their work has revealed that the building is much older and more interesting than had previously been supposed. The first recorded mention of the store dates from about 1720 but the building incorporates a much earlier store probably dating back to the mid 17th Century. At this time the building was a single bay width and was later doubled in width. The archaeologists have discovered that the timber columns supporting the floors throughout the building were salvaged from a single merchant ship of the 17th century. Most of these columns will be retained in the restoration scheme.

Also discovered was a complete brick paved floor under a later timber floor. The brick paving will be retained as the finished surface in the two stores proposed on the south side of the ground floor. On the north side where the office and meeting space are to be located, the brick paving will be protected and covered with a new limecrete floor. A viewing panel showing the original floor will be incorporated into the floor of the meeting room.

11 fishermenís stores/workshops will be created in the restoration scheme. The stores vary in size and all of them have been earmarked for fishermen currently operating from Dunbar. In addition a secure external storage area will be constructed for larger items of fishing gear. As part of the scheme the quayside will be resurfaced with a mixture of beach cobles and beach pebbles set in limecrete. Where they exist, the original flagstones of the quayside will be retained.

The project is currently on target for completion by mid November 2008. All the major structural work is complete and a new slate roof has been installed. About 50% of the original harling has been saved and has been overlain by several new coats of lime harling. New stones to match the original have been indented where necessary around the doors and windows.

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