Old Lifeboat Station, Lizard Point, Cornwall, England

Bob Culshaw

Westgate on Sea, United Kingdom

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This is a B&W conversion of an original colour image shot in RAW whilst on The Great West Country Getaway 2010

273 viewings at 4th February 2011

Original shot at 9.30 pm 25th March 2010 in darkness.

Converted to B&W in Adobe Raw Editor and copied as a 16bit Tiff file then created 2 other images +2 and -2 Ev’s apart and processed in Photomatix Pro to create a psuedo HDR image.

This has had the advantage of highlighting many more star trails than evident on the original image. It’s a pity that the lovely starlit night lasted briefly during the long exposure and the grey clouds rolled in! I think the light along the horizon is caused by the Lizard Lighthouse which was sweeping it’s beam across every few seconds and it seemed to ‘reflect’ on the horizon and on the hillside on the right of the image.

BEST VIEWED LARGER for the star trails

Canon 400D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM lens at 17mm ISO 100, f 4, 1286 secs (21minutes and 26seconds) NR facility activated. Tripod used.

This is my first long exposure shot and I must give credit to igotmeacanon for his total and fantastic guidance throughout. Thanks Pete.


A station was established at Polpeor by the RNLI in 1859 following the wreck of the ss Czar on 22 January 1859 when part of her crew was rescued by local boatmen.

1859 Boat-house built at the top of the roadway leading down to Polpeor Cove, cost £120.

1866 On 2 January, lifeboat washed among rocks and smashed while on exercise in a hurricane. Three of 10 crew drowned – Coxswain Peter Mitchell, Richard Harris and Nicholas Stevens. Institution gave £130 to local fund.

1885 A larger boat was provided for Polpeor, and the old (smaller) boat moved to a new station at Church Cove, where a new boathouse was built for £300.

1888 Silver Medal to Coxswain Edwin Matthews for long and gallant services.

1893 Silver Medal to Captain David G Ball, master of the Gustav Bitter for gallantly saving one of his crew while stranded off The Lizard 4 March 1893.

1899 Church Cove station closed. Boathouse purchased by owner of the site for £40.

1907 Silver Medals awarded to Coxswain William Edward Mitchell and Second Coxswain Edwin Mitchell for their part in a service to the liner Suevic on 17/18 March 1907. Silver Medals also awarded to the rev. Henry Vyvyan, Coxswain Edward Rutter (both Cadgwith lifeboat) George Anderson and William Williams (both crew of Suevic) The Lizard boat rescued 167 persons in six trips, see also Cadgwith for details of service.

1914 New boathouse constructed at a cost of £5,000.

1959 A Centenary Vellum awarded.

1961 Station closed.


Featured in ‘JPG Cast Offs’ Group 1st April 2010

Featured in ‘England as Scene in Black and White’ Group 21st May 2010


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