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 available in all kinds of ways. In the meantime, I publish previews of them as podcasts on my Patreon page.
You can still listen to my early podcasts free of charge at the bottom of this page or listen to new and recent podcasts via my Patreon page from £3 per month.
If you’ve enjoyed following the journey so far and would like to contribute to its future, 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.
Quick links to my five most recent podcasts:
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:CLICK TO LISTEN VIA PATREON
Tuesday 26th March 2019
“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!CLICK TO LISTEN VIA PATREON
NEW: DOWNLOADABLE RECORDINGS OF ANNIE BLAKER
Crank up the volume and imagine being at sea aboard Annie Blaker!
You can now purchase my sound recordings of Annie Blaker for a one-off payment, an amount decided by you — the suggested price is £5, the minimum is £1.
There are two versions of the recording:
No.1 features the sound of Annie Blaker’s Detroit engines firing up, taking her for a run around the bay outside Wicklow harbour, then returning to the station and shutting her down.
No.2 is similar and contains commentary from Deputy 2nd Coxswain Ciaran Doyle.
So that you’re able to appreciate the full audio experience, you’ll be downloading uncompressed Wave (.wav) files about 52 MB in size — high quality speakers or headphones recommended!
Annie Blaker No.1 [lifeboat only]
Pay whatever you’re comfortable with: £1 minimum, £5 suggested
Running time: 4 mins 30 secs Download size: 51.9MB File Format: .wav
Annie Blaker No.2 [with commentary]
Pay whatever you’re comfortable with: £1 minimum, £5 suggested
Running time: 4 mins 33 secs Download size: 52.5MB File Format: .wav
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.
Click here or on the image above to become a patron and listen to this emotive podcast.CLICK TO LISTEN VIA PATREON
Many more podcasts and videos on my Patreon page:
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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.
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…