File AUD 21/1/4, MD1 - Interview of Ted Luckin by Ivan Cutting

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AUD 21/1/4, MD1


Interview of Ted Luckin by Ivan Cutting


  • nd [Jan 2005] (Creation)

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1 MiniDisc (TDK MD 80)

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Dated by transcript (AUD 21/1/16) as taking place during January 2005. The interview with Ted Luckin, hereafter TL relates to his involvement with Cromer lifeboats. Introductions including TL's date and place of birth; and first memory of lifeboats as a boy. TL describes how he first became involved with lifeboats whilst engineer at local garage, through which he did work on local crab boats and then asked to be tractor driver to launch the second boat (c. 1960). Describes difficulty in getting on to lifeboats if you did not have family connection with existing crew member or did not work as a fisherman; introduion of motor boats c. 1939; describes Henry Blogg, whose fishing boat he worked on, recalling the 'Sepoy' rescue through second-hand experiences [13 December 1933]; also remembers Shrimp Davies [nephew of HB] giving anecdote of SD delegating a call to him suitable for the inshore lifeboat (ILB); reaction to and consequences of introduction of ILB at Cromer; mentions relationship with district engineer, inspectors and travelling mechanic; usefulness of having mechanic in crew; describes the tuition he received from the inspector, Dag Pike; danger of launching and returning in heavy swells; finding a boat at sea and search patterns, including at night; equipment and health and safety; competition of getting on ILB and importance of having experienced crew members; reliability of lifeboats, including changing screws at sea; appointment and election of people to positions within lifeboat; retirement from crew and his role as shore helper; comments upon Henry Blogg's crew; interest from crew left ashore in a rescue by listening in on radio; teamwork in lifeboat; difficulty in spotting children in sea; importance of protection of cliffs to offshore winds; describes independent service provided at Mundesley; describes worst moment in lifeboat when called off search for drowned boy; rivalry with Sheringham; swimming and exercises in picking up crew who had gone overboard.

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Access restricted until 1 January 2030

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annotations - label on MiniDisc indicates it includes interview with Ade Woods, which is not the case; duration - 76 minutes 11 seconds; recording mode - MD monaural (ATRAC); sound quality - poor; tracks - mono

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There is no access to this recording until 1 January 2030 (SCOP 1/350, SCOP 2/351 and SCOP 4/351 for office use only).

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For transcript to Ted Luckin interview see AUD 21/1/16.

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Created 09/01/2007 by Drojd. Modified 18/09/2018 by Droip.


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