“Ferries play a vital part in the project’s logistics. So many lifeboat stations are either on remote islands or in another country altogether — without ferries, the journey would be scuppered...”
Well, here we are at the dawn of another new chapter on The Lifeboat Station Project – the first members-only post for The LSP Society.
A very warm welcome to you all, to those who’ve migrated from Patreon and to the newcomers who’ve stepped aboard for the first time.
So far, the transition from Patreon to my own independent platform has been a huge success. What’s more, it feels so good to be tapping these words within the cyber walls of the project’s website, an environment which I’ve been building and nurturing since the summer of 2014.
After years of research, experimentation and determination, it feels kinda like a homecoming on the quest to independently fund my journey.
After many false peaks, it seems the answer was right under my nose all along, but somehow I wasn’t able to land upon it until I’d explored and exhausted other options first.
As always, I feel grateful for those experiences along the way. They’ve given me a much better grounding and understanding of what it takes to realise this vital element of my project.
In short, it’s taught me a lot about what to do as well as what not to do. Although the route to creating The LSP Society has been hard-won, it now feels like the right path and absolutely what to do.
So, thank you once again for sticking with me along the way. It’s a great privilege to be writing to you here.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE FILM
Right. Onto the 4 minute film which I’ve just finished making for you and can be viewed at the head of this post or on the Films page in the all-new Members’ Area.
Ferries play a vital part in the project’s logistics. So many lifeboat stations are either on remote islands or in another country altogether — without ferries, the journey would be scuppered.
After all, I can’t transport Neena in an aeroplane and nor would I want to.
Sometimes, the ferries I travel on even feature in my glass plates like European Highlander, which has carried me and Neena from Stranraer to Larne on more than one occasion:
Watch the film carefully and you’ll notice that there are more layers than initially meet the eye: sometimes I’m on a ferry but, on other occasions, I’m observing that same vessel from a different perspective.
As an extra special treat, photographs like this one are particularly rare:
It was a scene photographed in Dartmouth by Rich Eggleton, a helmsman on the Dart lifeboat, the person who kindly put me up for a few days during my visit and a Dartmouth Harbour Master who happened to be piloting a Norwegian cruise liner out of the river just as I crossed her bow in Neena!
Keep your eyes peeled at 2m13s in the film for my perspective. Incredible really.
This was also the moment on 16th March when Boris Johnson had just announced the country’s first social distancing measures, bringing my journey to its abrupt pause.
Ferry Life was actually pretty much complete towards the end of the summer but I got a little distracted with posters and then building The LSP Society.
There didn’t seem to be a right time to finish it off but now feels very timely indeed — a reminder of how life was before ‘all this’ and how we hope it will be once again.
And, who knows — during a period of human life when there’s very good reason to break our jet-setting habits — I hope these few minutes of escapism also remind us that there’s so much splendour right on our doorstep, and that perhaps those habits needn’t be too hard to break after all…
I hope you enjoy the film and I’ll look forward to your comments below. 50 bonus points if you can tell me/us all the featured locations!
Cheerio for now,
Newcastle upon Tyne, 1st December 2020
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