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A Blast from the Past - The Lifeboat Station Project Continues its Scottish Tour

Lifeboats News Release

Jack Lowe, the photographer behind ‘The Lifeboat Station Project’ continues his mission to capture all of the RNLI’s 238 lifeboat stations using the Victorian glass plate technique in his decommissioned ambulance ‘Neena’.

Jack Lowe with his camera

RNLI/Duncan Davis

Jack Lowe with his camera

This week (starting Monday 18th June) sees Jack Lowe continue his latest mission to capture some of Scotland’s East Coast RNLI lifeboat stations in his breath-taking signature style. Jack travels around the UK and Ireland in his appropriately named ambulance, Neena. Neena is a de-commissioned NHS ambulance who now has an exciting retired life as a mobile darkroom where Jack creates his atmospheric photographs. Aberdeen, Stonehaven and Arbroath lifeboat crews will be immortalised in glass this week with Montrose and Broughty Ferry welcoming Jack next week.

Jack started his mission to capture all the RNLI lifeboat crews in 2014 and has amassed a dedicated collection of followers across social media who follow his journeys with Neena. By visiting every RNLI Lifeboat Station in the UK and Republic of Ireland, Jack is creating an unprecedented archive, preserving a vital aspect of our island nation’s culture for future generations. The Project is the first time anyone has tried to create a complete photographic record of every single lifeboat crew, so it will have enormous historic significance.

Speaking about his upcoming station visits, Jack said: ‘It’s wonderful to bring The Lifeboat Station Project back to Scotland. The six lifeboat stations I’ve visited over the last couple of weeks have given me incredible warmth and support. As I head to my birth town of Aberdeen, I’m really excited to see what the second half of this trip has in store!’

The Lifeboat Station Project is currently scheduled to be completed in 2020. A selection of the work has already been acquired for a National Collection, to find out more visit

Notes to Editors:

To arrange visits to stations for photographing/filming the process or to interview Jack/RNLI crews please contact Gemma McDonald using the below information.

For FAQ about the Lifeboat Station Project please visit

RNLI media contacts

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Henry Weaver, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

Jack Lowe at Loch Ness

RNLI/Leanne Greatrex

Jack Lowe at Loch Ness

Jack Lowe

Neena Jack Lowe's mobile darkroom

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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