The U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association (USLSSHA) is an organization dedicated to preserving the history of the U.S. Life-Saving Service and early US Coast Guard. The association is a national nonprofit (501c3) organization dedicated to preserving America’s fast-vanishing lifesaving stations and early Coast Guard lifeboat stations. Few other groups of historic American buildings are more endangered than our lifesaving and lifeboat stations. To a far greater extent even than lighthouses, lifesaving stations are still being lost and falling into tragic disrepair.
Our goal is to preserve the stations, history, boats, and equipment of the U.S. Life-Saving Service and U.S. Coast Guard so that future generations can learn about this part of our maritime heritage. Please browse through this web site to learn about the equipment, daily lives and the stations that were part of this special service.
Photo Above: Coquille River, Oregon Life-Saving Station lookout. About a mile southwest of the station there was a lookout tower to watch for shipwrecks at the mouth of the river. The watch house was similar to those mounted at other stations on a tower. This one, however, was elevated by its location on Coquille Point and had no need for additional height. The watch house was an 8-foot cube with windows on each side, capped by a hipped roof, and built on a wooden platform. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard.)