“When you live by the sea and with the sea, things happen and that’s why we need lifeboats.”
— Neil Brockman, Penlee Coxswain 1993-2008
If you’re interested in the The Lifeboat Station Project and been following the journey so far, perhaps even from the very beginning, I imagine it’s quite likely that the penny dropped a while ago as to why I’m creating the photographs on these pages.
If you’re new to the work and the way I’m making it, welcome — it’s great to have you on board.
Whether you’re a new or seasoned follower, I’m hoping this blog post will provide you with an opportunity to unequivocally cement your interest by taking your understanding of what it all means to a new level.
You see, the Project is about to take its most poignant step so far; later this month I’ll be spending a full three days with Penlee Lifeboat Station in Cornwall, on the South Western tip of England:
Tuesday 22nd September: Penlee, current lifeboat station, Newlyn;
Wednesday 23rd September: Penlee, old lifeboat station, Mousehole;
Thursday 24th September: Trip on the Severn Class lifeboat Ivan Ellen to view the coastline from the sea.
There are various arrangements within the Penlee itinerary; stay tuned to the usual channels to see them unfold during my time there.
Towards the end of this post, you’ll find a BBC documentary entitled Cruel Sea: The Penlee Lifeboat Disaster.
By taking the opportunity to watch it, you’ll further understand why I’m so passionate about taking on such an enormous task.
I’ll leave the explanation of the desperate circumstances to those involved in the production of this powerful documentary. Suffice to say, on watching this film, you’ll understand the details, gravity and emotion behind this segment of Mission No.6 on the Project.
Ultimately, I see The Lifeboat Station Project as a tribute to the RNLI volunteers who selflessly come to our aid if we run into trouble in and around the waters around our island nation.
The lifeboatmen and women aren’t doing it for money, they’re doing it because they want to, because they see it as a calling.
In doing so, however, there’s always the risk that something can go drastically wrong — as it did at Penlee — yet still our Lifeboat volunteers continue to help keep our waters safe.
CRUEL SEA: THE PENLEE LIFEBOAT DISASTER (BBC FOUR)
SUPPORTING THE PROJECT
Print sales, pre-orders and contributions keep The Lifeboat Station Project on the road. In the case of such a long journey to Penlee, your support will help me make the photographs at such a special point on the RNLI network:
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.