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As well as the thousands of photographs, videos and stories I regularly share on my social media channels over the years, did you know that I’ve also been making sound recordings since the early days of the project?

The interviews and ambient sounds add a rich, often emotional dimension to the story of the RNLI lifeboat volunteers around our shores.

In the fullness of time, the recordings will be publicly available in all kinds of ways. You can listen to a handful of them below but I publish most as podcasts on my Patreon page, a community of people who are helping to fund my project from just £1 per month.

If you’ve enjoyed following the journey so far and would like to help secure its future in these uncharted waters, I hope you’ll consider becoming a patron.

If you’re new to the notion of patronage, I wrote this blog post to help my followers better understand what goes into making such a huge project and why I need your help to fund it.


INTRODUCING: SOUNDS FROM THE COAST

A few minutes of coastal escapism


No.1: STEP ABOARD THE TYNEMOUTH LIFEBOAT

Published 4th April 2020

Step aboard the mighty Tynemouth RNLI Severn class lifeboat with the mechanic while he fires her up to work on the two 1600hp MTU engines — high quality headphones or speakers recommended!

This episode — the first in a new series of mini soundscapes — is free to listen to here and on my SoundCloud page.

Subsequent episodes will be released on my Patreon page to accompany my other podcasts, videos and posts.


No.2: MAKING THE ILFRACOMBE CREW PHOTOGRAPH

Published 2nd May 2020

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Moments buried on my hard drives for 5 years, until now…

A fly-on-the-wall soundscape in Ilfracombe on a hot summer’s day in 2015, a day we made a photograph that was to become one of the project’s cornerstones.

You’ll hear the logistical conversations, the ensuing lifeboat manoeuvres, the banter…even an insight into the moments I briefed the crew before the crucial exposure of the glass plate — the latter is an aspect of the project that I’ve never published before.

And that’s not all…

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…I’ve also published a bonus few minutes behind the scenes in Neena between making the first and second plates at Ilfracombe — the very moments I prepared the piece of glass that subsequently carried such an important photograph for the project.

The recordings were published on Saturday 2nd May 2020 on my Patreon page, a community of people supporting my project through the lockdown and beyond from just £1 per month:

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LOCKDOWN BONUS: PORTRAIT OF A LIFEBOAT FENDER

Published 6th May 2020

While working in Plymouth, the 149th lifeboat station on my journey and the penultimate before the COVID-19 lockdown, the squeaking and creaking of the lifeboat’s fenders formed a permanent aural backdrop.

Before leaving, I couldn’t resist putting my microphones right next to one of the fenders to make this recording. I held one mic and naval historian Iain Ballantyne held the other!

I then used this clip to close the recent podcast featuring a conversation with Plymouth Coxswain, Dave Milford (see previews below).

The fender recording stirred a lot of interest in its own right, so I’ve made this standalone clip for you all to enjoy.


FEATURED

Postcards from the Coast


40 MINUTE LISTEN: “THAT’S THE UNIT, THAT’S WHAT NOBODY ELSE SEES”

Published Saturday 28th March 2020


“That’s the unit, that’s what nobody else sees…and I absolutely love that.” — Dave Milford, Plymouth RNLI Coxswain

Jack Lowe speaks to the legendary Dave Milford about his career aboard the Plymouth lifeboat ahead of his imminent retirement. The podcast also features additional conversation with naval historian Iain Ballantyne, some indulgent ambient sounds and Jack’s characteristic Easter Egg at the end.

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14 MINUTE LISTEN: “WE MAY NOT COME BACK FROM THIS ONE”

Published Saturday 14th September 2019


“Is anybody else coming in that could relieve me of this fate?” — Mark Mitchell, Portrush RNLI

Mark Mitchell, Portrush RNLI Deputy Coxswain, was on board the lifeboat at the time this iconic photograph was captured by Iain Watson.

30 years on, I spoke to Mark about what it felt like to go to sea in those horrendous conditions.

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8 MINUTE LISTEN: “RIGHT, CONNIE, MAKE SOME NOISE!”

Published Tuesday 26th March 2019


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“Beautiful isn’t it? How would you get better than that? The little growl on her. Lovely.”Brendan Copeland, Wicklow Lifeboat Mechanic

A moment in maritime history: 30 years after Annie Blaker entered service with the RNLI, it’s time for her to make way for a new chapter of lifesaving at Wicklow. The last of her kind in active service, she still purrs and rumbles as beautifully as ever.

Click here or on the image above to become a patron and listen to my podcast containing the extraordinary sound of this Tyne class lifeboat’s Detroit engines…high quality headphones recommended!

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10 MINUTE LISTEN: “WE CAN’T ALWAYS BE GOD”

Published Friday 22nd March 2019


“There was nothing I could do that night any different to what I did. We had a success story and, unfortunately, somebody did get killed. It happens in what we do. We can’t always be God.” — Ian Sheridan, Howth RNLI Station Mechanic, in conversation with Jack aboard the station’s Trent class lifeboat.

An intimate, heart-wrenching first hand account of an extraordinary rescue in conditions that were too severe to use the lifeboat.

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Episode 3: Meet Wing Munro

There was never any occasion when a lifeboat never launched out of Scrabster, be it tide or weather or nothin’ else.” — Wing Munro, Retired Thurso Lifeboat Coxswain

First published on World Radio Day 2018: Jack Lowe — creator of The Lifeboat Station Project — invites you to meet Wing Munro, legendary Coxswain of the Thurso RNLI lifeboat, the most northerly lifeboat station on mainland Britain. Jack’s conversation with Wing was made on 8th June 2016. Wing retired from the RNLI the following year in October 2017.

This podcast is a tribute to Wing Munro’s distinguished and decorated career as a lifeboatman that spanned nearly half a century. Enjoy the pearls of wisdom and wealth of experience that Wing shares with Jack, as well as an introduction made aboard the imperious Tynemouth Severn Class lifeboat on 7th February 2018.

TECHNICAL NOTES:

For those who would like to know, the main interview with Wing was recorded in June 2016 using a Tascam DR-40 and Røde NTG-2 microphone.

The intro and outro were recorded in February 2018 with the kit that I’m now using — a DPA 4017b microphone plugged into my iPhone 7 Plus using the DPA d:vice MM-A digital audio interface. The mic was housed inside ‘The Windkiller XL’ by Bubblebee Industries.

Recorded on the iPhone using Hindenburg and edited on a MacBook Pro using Hindenburg Journalist.


Episode 2: From Tramore to Helvick Head

The Lifeboat Station Project arrives in Tramore (County Waterford, Ireland) with a warm welcome from Fergal and Nóirín. They’re husband and wife, dedicated teachers and lifeboat volunteers. I can’t thank Fergal and Nóirín enough for hosting me so diligently and thoughtfully! You’ll hear us go on a little tour of the area, including a brief station visit to meet Lifeboat Operations Manager Derek Musgrave. Then to the locally famous Guillamene swimming cove where we bump into larger-than-life Frank Nolan, the lifeboat station’s President. After that, a little insight into life inside Neena (my mobile darkroom), rounding off with a musical treat from Power’s Bar in Dunmore East…


Episode 1: The Lifeboat Station Project arrives in Ireland

The very first podcast by photographer Jack Lowe as he takes the Project to Ireland for the first time. Snippets of sound from the ferry crossing including a chat with Catherine Lee (P&O representative and lifeboat volunteer), a brief stop at Larne RNLI Lifeboat Station to meet Phil and Derek before heading south, scrabbling for change at a toll booth and a surprise encounter on the dark, rainy streets of Dunmore East…