Old Padstow Lifeboat

Land’s End is a bit of a funny place. You follow the A30 down through Cornwall and what is at points a major road suddenly turns into a car park, which unceremoniously turns you around points you back the way you came. Unless, of course, you want to park up and take a look at the most westerly point of the mainland British Isles.

Should that mood take you, you’ll find something akin to a small, artificial village containing shops, restaurants, a hotel and educational film theatres. There are few residential buildings to speak of; the whole area is a construction solely for tourists that wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the fact that its a rocky outcrop that happens to be the west-most point in the UK.

I’ll post more of Land’s End itself in a later post. At this tourist hotspot – which was lovely in and of itself without the westerly gimmick – there was an old lifeboat that had been deposited for people to board and have a look around.

1/1600sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm
1/1600sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm

Fortunately when we arrived it was pretty quiet, allowing me to get some unfettered shots of the boat without people making it all look untidy.

1/1250sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm
1/1250sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm

Having the freedom to move around without people getting in the way gave me ample time to play about with some angles.

1/1000sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm
1/1000sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm

You could also get access to the wheelhouse.

1/200sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm
1/200sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm
1/1000sec, f/5, ISO 100, 24mm
1/1000sec, f/5, ISO 100, 24mm

I like the cloudyness of this shot. It was a relatively clear day, but the glass of the wheelhouse was really grubby. I like to think that this was the sight greeted by many a coxswain bravely heading out to sea to risk their life to save those in peril.

1/1000sec, f/5, ISO 100, 22mm
1/1000sec, f/5, ISO 100, 22mm

The boat was rife with perspective angles to shoot which, if you’ve read this blog before, you’ll know I’m rather partial to.

1/1000sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm
1/1000sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm
1/1000sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm
1/1000sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm

This lifeboat – the RNLB James & Catherine Macfarlane – used to be stationed in Padstow in Cornwall. It spent 16 years stationed there before transferring to Lizard – the most southernly point in the British Isles. It was there for a few years before being retired.

1/1600sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm
1/1600sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm

I loved the nautical details on the front of the boat – such as the hatch above, and the cable end below.

1/1600sec, f/5, ISO 100, 22mm
1/1600sec, f/5, ISO 100, 22mm
1/1250sec, f/5, ISO 100, 52mm
1/1250sec, f/5, ISO 100, 52mm
1/1600sec, f/5, ISO 100, 33mm
1/1600sec, f/5, ISO 100, 33mm
1/1250sec, f/5, ISO 100, 25mm
1/1250sec, f/5, ISO 100, 25mm
1/1000sec, f/5, ISO 100, 26mm
1/1000sec, f/5, ISO 100, 26mm
1/1000sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm
1/1000sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm

Soon, however, people began to arrive and my wife began to get bored, so I had to wind things up.

1/1000sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm
1/1000sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm
1/1600sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm
1/1600sec, f/5, ISO 100, 18mm

Not a lot of words from me in this post. That makes a bit of a change.

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