Two moving podcasts looking back at one of Cornwall's most tragic seafaring disasters are now available to listen to. 

The RNLI’s 200 Voices Podcast is currently releasing a new episode every day for 200 days in the run up to the charity’s bicentenary on March 4, 2024.

Episodes 123 and 124 have particular significance to Penlee RNLI.

Both podcasts are now available to listen to at

Episode 123 features the history making Olympian Helen Glover.

The Cornish rower explains why having lived by the sea in Cornwall all her life, Helen has loved the water for as long as she can remember.

It's therefore no surprise that she's long admired the RNLI crews that put their lives on the line to save others.

In particular, she singles out the volunteers from Newlyn – where Helen grew up – who were tragically lost in the 1981 Penlee lifeboat disaster.

Hear Helen explain why she has so much respect for the selfless RNLI volunteers, and find out which moment during her London 2012 Olympics journey was the most special.

Falmouth Packet: Helen on a recent visit to Penlee Lifeboat StationHelen on a recent visit to Penlee Lifeboat Station (Image: Phil Monckton LPO at Penlee)

Episode 124 is then titled 'Solomon Browne: Seth Lakeman'. 

Folk singer Seth Lakeman speaks about what inspired him to write the song Solomon Browne in tribute to the Penlee lifeboat crew lost at sea.

Seth grew up surrounded by remarkable stories – whether that be through his father’s career as a journalist, or spending weekends with his family immersed in music at local folk clubs.

It was his passion for great stories – and tunes from the folk music community – that inspired his career as a singer-songwriter.

Hear Seth talk about how he came to write Solomon Browne – a special song dedicated to those sadly lost in the Penlee lifeboat disaster on 19 December 1981 – and find out how friends from throughout his life have brought him even closer to the RNLI’s lifesaving cause.