Shipshape for Mission Two

The sunset on arrival at Southend-on-Sea...

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I’m writing this from a seaside guesthouse in Southend-on-Sea.

After a long drive from Newcastle, my soul was instantly nourished by the sea lapping at the shore and the sun sinking over Southend Pier…

Tomorrow’s glass is polished and an old friend — also a kind volunteer — is about to arrive from the train station.

Now, just as it did last month at the start of the inaugural mission, everything feels shipshape for the second mission, which starts tomorrow morning.

Things are different now, of course. As I wrote at the time, my nerves were jangling ahead of visiting the very first station — Southwold — on 12th January.

This evening, with everything honed and ready, I simply can’t wait to get started again after the successes of the last few weeks.

Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
The crew at Wells Lifeboat Station, Monday 20th January 2015 (Archival Pigment Print from 10×12″ Ambrotype)

Fingers crossed, of course, that this journey goes at least as smoothly as the last (I’m never complacent, you see)…


As things stand, this is how the itinerary looks over the next three weeks or so:

  • Southend-on-Sea: Saturday 28th February 2015
  • Clacton-on-Sea: Sunday 1st March 2015
  • Burnham-on-Crouch: Monday 2nd March 2015
  • West Mersea: Tuesday 3rd March 2015
  • Walton & Frinton: Thursday 5th March 2015
  • Aldeburgh: Saturday 7th March 2015
  • Harwich: Sunday 8th March 2015
  • Cromer: Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th March
  • Lowestoft: Monday 16th March
  • Hunstanton: Wednesday 18th March (TBC)


I’d like to thank all those who’ve supported the Project to this point — it’s truly moving to see so many of you recognising the value in the photographs I’m making.

Remember, although the RNLI are supporting me logistically, I’m currently raising the funding under my own steam — in essence, my own form of crowdfunding.

Print sales, pre-orders and donations are, quite frankly, the oxygen of The Lifeboat Station Project:

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The Slipway at Cromer Lifeboat Station, Saturday 17th January 2015 (10×12′ Ambrotype)



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Stay tuned for more news and I shall hope to see you along our coastline soon.


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