U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association, Dedicated to Preserving our National Life-Saving Treasures https://uslife-savingservice.org Tue, 02 Jun 2020 16:15:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 Life Lines, June 2020 https://uslife-savingservice.org/2020/06/02/life-lines-june-2020/ https://uslife-savingservice.org/2020/06/02/life-lines-june-2020/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 16:15:17 +0000 https://uslife-savingservice.org/?p=16294 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Annual Conference 2020 has been cancelled.

Find more information, see the section below about the Annual Conference.

Photo Credit: Hull Life-Saving Museum

Welcome to Life Lines the monthly newsletter for members of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association.  For those of you reading and have yet to join, please consider doing so. Your membership will get you access to the station inventory link and our new venture to create a “Surfmans’ Data Base.”   If you would like to join please go to http://uslife-savingservice.org/join-donate-support/

 

Publications Now Available as Print-on-Demand

The two books that the USLSSHA produced are now available by print-on-demand at lulu.com.  Search for either “They Had to Go Out” or “Rescue: The Stories of the U.S. Life-Saving Service” edited by John Galluzzo.  If you have not added these two books to your library here is your chance to do so.

 

Chronology of Coast Guard History

If you were looking for a link to a chronology of Coast Guard History here is that link.  I will leave it permanently on Life Lines for you to access each month. I found this really useful and interesting. https://www.history.uscg.mil/research/chronology/

 

Wallops Beach Station Again Looking for a New Home

Photo Credit: NASA

The Wallops Beach Station in Virginia we thought had a rescuer but that now has fallen short. The station again needs someone willing to take and move the structures from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Both the station and the tower could be yours. NASA will demolish the structure in 2021 to reduce their mandated allotted square footage, but there is still time. If someone is interested, able, and willing to move these structures please make contact to determine how you can make them yours.

Steve Taylor
Realty Specialist
NASA Wallops Flight Facility
Bldg N-161, Rm 135
Work: 757-824-1194
Cell: 503-317-0073

 

Shore Lore: The Portland Gale Tragedy

Photo Credit: capecod.wickedlocal.com

The Portland Gale of 1898 is remembered as the deadliest weather event in New England maritime history. The Thanksgiving weekend storm claimed over 450 lives along the coast, including 192 aboard the doomed steamer S.S. Portland.

Forty other vessels were destroyed or damaged, including the 344-ton schooner Albert L. Butler near the Peaked Hill Lifesaving Station in Provincetown on the morning of November 27, 1898. Two of the crew and a passenger were lost.

“The sailors perished as a result of their own rashness and lack of self possession, when they might have certainly have been saved,” according to the U.S. Lifesaving Service report of 1899. If you would like to read more: https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20200518/shore-lore-portland-gale-tragedy

There are more stories online about this event, especially check out this one where a man from Brooklin, Maine, named Gott saw a cat leaving the steamer, taking her kittens down the gangway one by one. He decided the cat knew something he didn’t and got off the boat.

https://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/the-portland-gale-of-1898-and-the-cat-that-saved-a-life/

This version also mentions that Lt. Worth G. Ross, a life-saving station inspector, also witnessed the storm. “The wild fury of the wind and driving snow continued without abatement until late in the afternoon,” he wrote. “At times the force and roar of the tempest were so appalling as to be indescribable.”

 

Coast Guard Responds to Whale-Watching Boat Taking on Water West of Whidbey Island

Photo Credit: U.S. Coast Guard

Coast Guard officials responded Thursday afternoon to reports of a whale-watching boat taking on water off of Smith Island.

Smith Island is an island located in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca – west of Whidbey Island and south of Lopez Island.

No information about injuries has been released at this time, and all on board were wearing life jackets. The boat is 60 feet long.

The boat was purposely grounded on a Smith Island beach due to it taking on water for unknown reason, the Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard crews were responding with a boat from Station Bellingham and helicopter from Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles, and the crew of the cutter Wahoo and a boat crew from Station Port Angeles were on the way.

If you would like to read more and watch the video rescue go to: https://mynorthwest.com/1380676/whale-watching-boat-whidbey-island-coast-guard/

 

New U.S. Coast Guard Cell Phone Technology Helps Save Lives at Sea

Photo Credit: MyNorthwest

If you need help on the water, you can now summon the U.S. Coast Guard with the press of a button. The Coast Guard just launched a new high-tech system of helping people in distress on the water in the Pacific Northwest.

The i911 system allows mariners to send their location data with a simple reply to a text message.

“It essentially just takes advantage of the proliferation of smartphones, and just how common those are on the water,” said Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Colin Boyle.

Before going out on the water, mariners can put their number on file with the Coast Guard. If a family member reports the boater has not arrived back at the planned time, the Coast Guard can text the phone number, enabling the missing mariner to share their location data by pressing a button.

“All we need is their cell phone number — if we punch in that number, it will send a text message to that number,” he said. “And if they click the button, they start sharing their location with emergency services.”

Boyle said it works better than calling, because if phone reception is spotty, sending a text is easier than trying to stay connected for a period of time on a phone call.

There is no need to download an app, and the system works with both Androids and iPhones. It can be used up to 20 nautical miles off-shore.

Boyle said the i911 system has already helped save people in New England, where the technology premiered in March.

Boyle said the Coast Guard still considers VHF radios the most reliable system of communication on the water, and the new phone technology should not replace radios. Instead, he said, the i911 program is a new “tool for the toolbox.”

 

Annual Conference Information:

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
Annual Conference 2020 cancelled

The Board of Directors of the United States Life-Saving Service Heritage Association voted to cancel our Annual Conference this September 24 – 26, 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic, and the resulting unknowns of public gatherings. We look forward to seeing all of you at our 2021 Annual Conference, location to be announced later this summer.

The board is looking to host a virtual conference that would include the presentations by the selected speakers with a question and answer session. The presentations will be followed by an online annual meeting. Stay tuned for more information.

The board is researching options for virtual conferencing and if you have experience being a web host for similar events and would like to help the board please contact us. http://uslife-savingservice.org/contact/

If you have a story to submit for the next Life Lines please contact us through our website.  http://uslife-savingservice.org/contact/

Also consider joining the Life Lines staff.  If you would like to be the editor or would like to assemble a few of the issues a year, the help would be welcome.  We are now three and more are welcome to join us.  If you wanted to have a role or contribute to the organization this is your opportunity to do so.

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Life Lines, May 2020 https://uslife-savingservice.org/2020/05/01/life-lines-may-2020/ https://uslife-savingservice.org/2020/05/01/life-lines-may-2020/#respond Fri, 01 May 2020 07:00:42 +0000 https://uslife-savingservice.org/?p=16266

Welcome to Life Lines the monthly newsletter for members of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association.  For those of you reading and have yet to join, please consider doing so. Your membership will get you access to the station inventory link and our new venture to create a “Surfmans’ Data Base.”   If you would like to join please go to http://uslife-savingservice.org/join-donate-support/

 

Publications Now Available as Print-on-Demand

The two books that the USLSSHA produced are now available by print-on-demand at lulu.com.  Search for either “They Had to Go Out” or “Rescue: The Stories of the U.S. Life-Saving Service” edited by John Galluzzo.  If you have not added these two books to your library here is your chance to do so.

 

Chronology of Coast Guard History

If you were looking for a link to a chronology of Coast Guard History here is that link.   https://www.history.uscg.mil/research/chronology/

 

Coast Guard Tells Cruise Ships With COVID-19 Cases To Stay Away From U.S. Ports

The U.S. Coast Guard is telling foreign-flagged cruise ships to be prepared to care for people with COVID-19 for an “indefinite period of time” at sea or to seek help from countries other than the U.S., citing a health care system that is being overwhelmed. The instructions are in a new safety bulletin that took effect this week along the southern Atlantic coast, including Florida – which is reporting more than 6,700 coronavirus cases, as of Tuesday evening.

If a cruise ship must send someone ashore for medical care, its owner will be responsible for essentially every step of the trip, from arranging an evacuation to hiring a private ambulance and ensuring the person has a spot in a hospital. But the Coast Guard bulletin, signed by Rear Adm. E.C. Jones of the 7th District based in Miami, also says it could be difficult to find any facility in South Florida that can take new COVID-19 patients.

“Medical facilities in the Port of Miami, for example, are no longer accepting MEDEVAC patients due to limited hospital capacity and it is expected that neighboring counties will follow suit,” wrote Jones, whose Coast Guard district includes Florida, Puerto Rico, Georgia and South Carolina.
The new medical requirements apply to any vessel carrying more than 50 people. It also singles out cruise ships that are registered in the Bahamas – referring to many of the ships owned by large cruise lines such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian.

If you would like to read more please go to the following link: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/01/825205607/coast-guard-tells-cruise-ships-with-covid-19-cases-to-stay-away-from-u-s-ports

 

17th Coast Guard Commandant Adm. James S. Gracey Dies at Age 92

Photo Credit: U.S. Coast Guard

Adm. James S. Gracey, 17th commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard from 1982 to 1986, has died at age 92, according to family friends.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, a memorial service won’t be held in the near future but is expected to take place at Memorial Service at Calvary Methodist Church in Arlington, Va., at date to be announced. There will also be an internment at Coast Guard Hill.

Condolences may be sent to Gracey’s wife of more than 70 years, Mrs. Dorcas “Randy” Gracey, c/o The Kensington, 700 West Broad Street, Suite 413, Falls Church, VA 22046.

Gracey was born on Aug. 24, 1927, in Newton, Mass., and graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a commission of Ensign on June 3, 1949.

If you would like to read more about his distinguished career go to the following link: https://www.hstoday.us/federal-pages/dhs/uscg/17th-coast-guard-commandant-adm-james-s-gracey-dies-at-age-92/

 

Canadian Marine Company Turns from Survival Suits to Isolation Gowns for Health Professionals

Prototype not finalized. Photo Credit: Mustang Survival®

Burnaby, BC – Mustang Survival®, the Canadian brand known for innovative solutions for the most demanding marine environments, has been saving the lives of water professionals for over 50 years. And now, they’re turning their attention to saving lives on land.

As a design, engineering and manufacturer of life vests, survival suits and drysuits for both Military, public safety professionals and marine recreational users, in light of the global pandemic Mustang Survival® is shifting their focus inland – to PPE gowns for front line healthcare workers.

At 11:00 am today, April 1, the Mustang Survival® factory in Burnaby, BC officially went into production of the first 500 Isolation Gowns; a level 3 certified (PPE), a fully waterproof gown designed and engineered to bring new levels of safety to frontline healthcare workers.

If you would like to read more go to the following link: https://www.bcapparelandgear.com/news/saving-lives-on-land

 

Grounded Vessel Remains Stranded on Bodie Island

Photo Credit: Cape Hatteras National Seashore Photo

A vessel that was grounded near Oregon Inlet roughly six weeks ago remains stuck on Bodie Island, per a recent update from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The 72’ scallop boat, known as the Ocean Pursuit, encountered shallow waters close to the inlet around March 1. The U.S. Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet responded to the initial early March incident, and the crew of the vessel was airlifted hours later as a safety precaution by a Coast Guard team from Air Station Elizabeth City.

If you would like to read more about this story please go to the following link: https://islandfreepress.org/outer-banks-driving-on-the-beach/grounded-vessel-remains-stranded-on-bodie-island/

 

Kittery, Maine is the Next Destination for the 2020 Annual Conference

Photo courtesy of Pat and Dick Ryder

The Board of Directors are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will alert Life Lines readers by the end of May as to how this might impact the upcoming conference.

The 2020 Annual Conference and Meeting will be in and around Kittery, Maine and will include stations between Nahant, Massachusetts along the coast of New Hampshire and to the southern edge of Maine.   The dates are September 24-26, 2020.  Mark your calendars and save some time to make the trip. 

If you would like to make your hotel reservation the conference attendees will stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites Kittery.  The cost will be $179/night.  Call and make your reservation at 800-445-8667 mention the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association.  You can also book your reservation online at Hampton Inn and Suites website and use Group Code:  USL.  The deadline to make hotel reservations to get the special rate is August 7, 2020.

Also mark your calendars for the 2021 Conference which will be held in Southport, North Carolina on September 23-25, 2021.  It’s never too early to make plans for all upcoming U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association conferences.   We hope to see you in either Maine or North Carolina and will be thrilled when you attend both.

Watch this site and Wreck and Rescue for more information.

If you have a story to submit for the next Life Lines please contact us through our website.  http://uslife-savingservice.org/contact/

Also consider joining the Life Lines staff.  If you would like to be the editor or would like to assemble a few of the issues a year, the help would be welcome.  We are now three and more are welcome to join us.  If you wanted to have a role or contribute to the organization this is your opportunity to do so.

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Life Lines, April 2020 https://uslife-savingservice.org/2020/04/01/life-lines-april-2020/ https://uslife-savingservice.org/2020/04/01/life-lines-april-2020/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:35:39 +0000 https://uslife-savingservice.org/?p=16253

Welcome to Life Lines the monthly newsletter for members of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association.  For those of you reading and have yet to join, please consider doing so. Your membership will get you access to the station inventory link and our new venture to create a “Surfmans’ Data Base.”   If you would like to join please go to http://uslife-savingservice.org/join-donate-support/

Publications Now Available as Print-on-Demand

The two books that the USLSSHA produced are now available by print-on-demand at lulu.com.  Search for either “They Had to Go Out” or

“Rescue: The Stories of the U.S. Life-Saving Service” edited by John Galluzzo.  If you have not added these two books to your library here is your chance to do so.

Chronology of Coast Guard History

If you were looking for a link to a chronology of Coast Guard History here is that link.   https://www.history.uscg.mil/research/chronology/

Admiral Schultz’s Statement to the Workforce on COVID-19

March 13, 2020 — To the Women and Men of the United States Coast Guard,

During times of uncertainty throughout history, the Coast Guard has consistently risen to the challenge of protecting the American people and our way of life. As our Nation and the global community confront the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19), our Coast Guard continues to perform critical missions that protect our national interests, promote economic prosperity, and ensure public safety.

I realize, however, that while you selflessly serve as a member of our Mission Ready Total Workforce, you are also spouses, parents, sons and daughters, and members of your local communities. We all have people we care about, and a responsibility to maintain both our individual and family readiness. Amidst this backdrop of uncertainty, an important word that is foremost in my mind is “resiliency.” While the word has various definitions, I think of the following: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulty/challenge; toughness; elasticity, or the ability to bounce back. Through this challenging period, we must be resilient.

If you would like to read more of the message from Admiral Schultz go to the following link:  https://www.uscg.mil/Coronavirus/Information/Article/2112041/admiral-schultzs-statement-to-the-workforce-on-covid-19/

 

The State of S.O.S. Vermillion, Michigan–Accomplishments

BREAKING NEWS: We, the members of S.O.S. Vermilion, are now the proud owners of the 1876 Vermilion Point U.S. Life-Saving Service station building!

We owe the Little Traverse Conservancy a huge debt of gratitude for selling us the station for $1.00 and giving us a long term lease for the land under and directly around the station.

From the first discussion about forming S.O.S. Vermilion in 2016, to the present time, their people have been extremely supportive and helpful.

Thank you so much, Little Traverse Conservancy!

Also, we hope that you will be able to join us for our 2020 annual meeting. It’s scheduled for September 26 at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point. Please put it on your calendar. We’ll include the details in a future newsletter.

Grace Truman, president
S.O.S. Vermilion

 

https://www.sosvermilion.org/

Local Hero Jeremiah Munden Earns Place in History

Perhaps all localities have a number of unsung heroes, but Princess Anne probably has more than its share.

Our oral history is rich with stories of shipwrecks and of the brave locals who often lost their lives trying to rescue crew members or passengers from the stormy ocean.

One such hero is Jeremiah Munden, a former slave who died while trying to rescue crew members of the Italian ship Nuova Ottavia when it went down off Currituck in March 1876.

Referred to as Jeremiah by his descendants but sometimes also called John, Munden certainly deserves a place in our local history.

Barbara Robinson, now a Massachusetts resident and the great-great-granddaughter of Jeremiah and his wife, Jane Munden, has done considerable research into his death. Until recently, it was thought that he was a buoy keeper on the North Landing River who went out on the river one stormy night and never returned.

Actually, it wasn’t the relatively gentle North Landing River but the stormy Atlantic Ocean that proved to be his nemesis.

Robinson learned that, as a member of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, Jeremiah Munden was one of the crew members at the Jones Hill Station on the Outer Banks who braved cold, rough March winds and water in a vain attempt to rescue the nine members of the Nuova Ottavia.

The ship was apparently traveling northbound when it stranded, and although the wind was a bit rough, onlookers speculated that miscalculation, not bad weather, caused it to wreck. The ship’s crew may have mistaken the Currituck Lighthouse for the Cape Henry Lighthouse, turned landward and ran aground in the shallow water.

The rescue crew reached the floundering ship, but in their panic, the ship’s crew members overloaded and capsized the rescue boats, dumping both surfmen and crew into the cold, choppy water. The wind went to the northeast, weather conditions declined, and by the next morning, some surfmen began washing up dead, although, according to some accounts, a few survived.

Jeremiah Munden’s body was found two weeks later, and he was buried on the Outer Banks. His death is recorded on a Coast Guard website called Together We Served, which honors military and Coast Guard veterans. According to the listing, Munden was the first African American Coast Guard member to “give his life in a rescue case,” praising him for “putting himself in harm’s way” to save others.

He deserves to be honored, but we also should give a shout-out to his wife, Jane, a relatively young widow who went on to acquire property, become the matriarch of a large and prosperous family and lived to the ripe old age of 117, according to U.S. Census reports.

Robinson’s done considerable research to learn as much as she could about her ancestors, and she is particularly curious about the exact site of Jeremiah Munden’s burial. The shipwreck, covered in The New York Times when it occurred, has become the subject of blogs, and authors David Wright and David Zoby wrote about it in their book “Fire on the Beach.”

To access Munden’s record on the Together We Served website, visit

https://coastguard.togetherweserved.com/uscg/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=Person&ID=13275

If anyone has any more information about this shipwreck or about place names and locations, please contact me at janebloodworthrowe@gmail.com.

Another website about the wreck of the Nuova Ottavia:  http://northcarolinashipwrecks.blogspot.com/2012/04/bark-nuova-ottavia-1-march-1876.html

 
Kittery, Maine is the Next Destination for the 2020 Annual Conference

The Board of Directors are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will alert Life Lines readers by the end of May as to how this might impact the upcoming conference.

The 2020 Annual Conference and Meeting will be in and around Kittery, Maine and will include stations between Nahant, Massachusetts along the coast of New Hampshire and to the southern edge of Maine.   The dates are September 24-26, 2020.  Mark your calendars and save some time to make the trip. 

If you would like to make your hotel reservation the conference attendees will stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites Kittery.  The cost will be $179/night.  Call and make your reservation at 800-445-8667 mention the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association.  You can also book your reservation online at Hampton Inn and Suites website and use Group Code:  USL.  The deadline to make hotel reservations to get the special rate is August 7, 2020.

Also mark your calendars for the 2021 Conference which will be held in Southport, North Carolina on September 23-25, 2021.  It’s never too early to make plans for all upcoming U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association conferences.   We hope to see you in either Maine or North Carolina and will be thrilled when you attend both.

Watch this site and Wreck and Rescue for more information.

If you have a story to submit for the next Life Lines please contact us through our website.  http://uslife-savingservice.org/contact/

Also consider joining the Life Lines staff.  If you would like to be the editor or would like to assemble a few of the issues a year, the help would be welcome.  We are now three and more are welcome to join us.  If you wanted to have a role or contribute to the organization this is your opportunity to do so.

 

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U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association
March 2020

Nahant, N.H. Life-Saving Station

Welcome to Life Lines the monthly newsletter for members of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association.  For those of you reading and have yet to join, please consider doing so. Your membership will get you access to the station inventory link and our new venture to create a “Surfmans’ Data Base.”   If you would like to join please go to http://uslife-savingservice.org/join-donate-support/

Publications Now Available as Print-on-Demand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The two books that the USLSSHA produced are now available by print-on-demand at lulu.com.  Search for either “They Had to Go Out” or “Rescue: The Stories of the U.S. Life-Saving Service” edited by John Galluzzo.  If you have not added these two books to your library here is your chance to do so.

All American Marine part of 47′ MLB life extension program

Photo Credit: Birdon America photo

All American Marine Inc. (AAM) has been named the West Coast shipyard by Birdon America Inc. for phase one of a contract to perform a Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) on a number of the Coast Guard’s fleet of motor life boats (MLB).

 

AAM is currently working on two MLBs at its shop, with a plan to ramp up to eight MLB vessels each year during phase two. Birdon America was awarded the prime contract to perform SLEP work on all MLBs in the Coast Guard’s fleet.  If you would like to know about this contract go to the following link: All American Marine part of 47′ MLB life extension program

The State of S.O.S. Vermillion, Michigan–Accomplishments

Photo Credit: S.O.S. Vermillion

Since 2017, we repaired the roof several times, covered holes in the walls, installed vents, put up a sign, cleaned up trash and debris, and installed both a brochure holder and a metal pipe for donations.  We also removed three additions that were too deteriorated to save, taking the station building back to its original footprint.

In 2019, a lack of funds prevented us from progressing on the restoration, but we did what we could with the money on hand; focusing on continued maintenance, education, and fundraising.  

Since education is part of our mission, we asked for and received permission from the Little Traverse Conservancy to put up an interpretative sign.  The text is finalized and the graphic design is almost finished.  We hope to put it up in the spring, as soon as the road to Vermilion is passable.

We also worked on the preliminary steps for a listing on the National Register of Historic Places and manned an exhibitor table at the Michigan History Conference, to raise awareness of our organization.

Finances:

Membership dues and donations totaled $3,611.13 in 2019.  Expenses included the website yearly domain and hosting fee, research in the National Archives, building supplies, brochures, insurance, food for the annual meeting, postage, the annual Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs filing fee, and office supplies.  Our expenses for 2019 totaled $1,702.32, leaving a balance on hand at the end of 2019 of $5,389.33, up from the 2018 ending balance of $3,480.52.

When we receive sufficient funding, the next steps are: selective demolition of wood framing on the foundation and first floor; bracing and raising the building to allow construction of new footings and foundation; installation of new gravel or poured concrete footings; construction of new treated wood foundation walls; lowering the building onto the new treated wood foundation walls; lowering the building onto the new foundation system; restoration of the first floor wood framing; and minor site restoration.  Since our architects on the board prepared specifications for the bid process, we will be ready to go as soon as finances allow.

A bit of encouraging news is that already in 2020 we received a $5,000.00 grant!

Grace Truman, president
S.O.S. Vermilion

https://www.sosvermilion.org/

 

New Book Published by IFP Contributor, James D. Charlet

Photo Credit: Island Free Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the outer bars of Cape Cod claimed over 3,000 ships from 1626 through the mid – 20th century, the men of the U.S. Lifesaving Service, which preceded the Coast Guard, were able to rescue countless sailors from death.

However, despite their heroic efforts, Mother Nature often proved to be too much of an adversary for the surfmen.

“Despite the celerity of the lifesavers, stranded vessels sometimes dissolve before the lifeboat can be got through the cordon of the surf and the inner bar breakers,” wrote the New York Herald in April 1911. “Life has been lost as the result of the almost instant dissolution of the ship.”

Unfortunately for the barkentine Bellmont, only a few members of her crew were able to be rescued after the 533-ton vessel, carrying a load of sugar from Cuba, crashed into the Peaked Hill sandbars on April 9, 1894.  If you would like to read more go to:  https://capecod.wickedlocal.com/news/20200124/shore-lore-stranded-bellmont

 

Town Breathes New Life in Quogue Station, Long Island, New York

The Town of Southampton is breathing new life into a historic building in East Quogue.  The Tiana Life-Saving Station was the second Coast Guard station in the country to be manned by an all African-American crew.  The crew answered the call to duty shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. 

 

The all African-American crew was part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s effort to integrate minorities into the military.  Between 1942 and 1944, the crew, including its commander, Chief Petty Officer Cecil R. Foster, protected the island’s shores against enemy attack. 

 

After the war, Tiana station was abandoned in 1946 and later transformed into a beach club under a variety of names, the latest being the Neptune Beach Club. The music stopped for Neptune in 2013 when the Town of Southampton purchased the land for $3.2 million.  If you would like to read more and watch a short video go to the following link:  http://longisland.news12.com/story/41680124/town-breathes-new-life-into-historic-east-quogue-building

 

Kittery, Maine is the Next Destination for the 2020 Annual Conference

Photo courtesy of Pat and Dick Ryder

The 2020 Annual Conference and Meeting will be in and around Kittery, Maine and will include stations between Nahant, Massachusetts along the coast of New Hampshire and to the southern edge of Maine.   The dates are September 24-26, 2020.  Mark your calendars and save some time to make the trip. 

If you would like to make your hotel reservation the conference attendees will stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites Kittery.  The cost will be $179/night.  Call and make your reservation at 800-445-8667 mention the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association.  You can also book your reservation online at Hampton Inn and Suites website and use Group Code:  USL.  The deadline to make hotel reservations to get the special rate is August 7, 2020.

Also mark your calendars for the 2021 Conference which will be held in Southport, North Carolina on September 23-25, 2021.  It’s never too early to make plans for all upcoming U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association conferences.   We hope to see you in either Maine or North Carolina and will be thrilled when you attend both.

Watch this site and Wreck and Rescue for more information.

If you have a story to submit for the next Life Lines please contact us through our website.  http://uslife-savingservice.org/contact/

Also consider joining the Life Lines staff.  If you would like to be the editor or would like to assemble a few of the issues a year, the help would be welcome.  We are now three and more are welcome to join us.  If you wanted to have a role or contribute to the organization this is your opportunity to do so.

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U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association
February 2020

Happy Birthday, U.S. Coast Guard, January 28, 2020

Happy Birthday U.S. Coast Guard and welcome to Life Lines the monthly newsletter for members of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association. For those of you reading and have yet to join, please consider doing so. Your membership will get you access to the station inventory link and our new venture to create a “Surfmans’ Data Base.” If you would like to join please go to http://uslife-savingservice.org/join-donate-support/

Publications Now Available as Print-on-Demand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The two books that the USLSSHA produced are now available by print-on-demand at lulu.com.  Search for either “They Had to Go Out” or “Rescue: The Stories of the U.S. Life-Saving Service” edited by John Galluzzo.  If you have not added these two books to your library here is your chance to do so.

Councilor wants Kittery to contribute $500K for Wood Island pier

Photo Credit: Wood Island Life Saving Station Association

Town Council member and lobsterman Ken Lemont has proposed that Kittery pay for the Wood Island pier. This means that a public hearing will occur, likely March 23, where all Wood Island Station supporters will need to attend and give their support – and bring some friends!

The question for that hearing will be if Council should allow the voters to decide about this funding in June, the next election.  There will be a vote to put the question on the ballot or not.  To find out more go to the following link:  https://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20200129/councilor-wants-kittery-to-contribute-500k-for-wood-island-pier

 

Hull Lifesaving Service Museum and Sea and Sky Art Show

Photo Credit: Hull Lifesaving Museum

Opening Reception: Friday, February 14, 2020, 7:00 pm

The Sea & Sky Art Show celebrates the beauty of our coastal environment and the richness of the artistic community on the South Shore and beyond. This year, we are thrilled to have marine artist Bill Davis as our juror and we will have a tribute to long time Hull Artist Trish Turner who passed away recently. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in this great show.  For more details go to:  http://www.lifesavingmuseum.org/_fileCabinet/2020_cfe.pdf

 

Shore Lore: The Stranded Bellmont

Photo Credit:  Building Provincetown

While the outer bars of Cape Cod claimed over 3,000 ships from 1626 through the mid – 20th century, the men of the U.S. Lifesaving Service, which preceded the Coast Guard, were able to rescue countless sailors from death.

However, despite their heroic efforts, Mother Nature often proved to be too much of an adversary for the surfmen.

“Despite the celerity of the lifesavers, stranded vessels sometimes dissolve before the lifeboat can be got through the cordon of the surf and the inner bar breakers,” wrote the New York Herald in April 1911. “Life has been lost as the result of the almost instant dissolution of the ship.”

Unfortunately for the barkentine Bellmont, only a few members of her crew were able to be rescued after the 533-ton vessel, carrying a load of sugar from Cuba, crashed into the Peaked Hill sandbars on April 9, 1894.  If you would like to read more go to:  https://capecod.wickedlocal.com/news/20200124/shore-lore-stranded-bellmont

 

Kittery, Maine is the Next Destination for the 2020 Annual Conference

Photo courtesy of the Wood Island Life Saving Station Association

The 2020 Annual Conference and Meeting will be in and around Kittery, Maine and will include stations between Nahant, Massachusetts along the coast of New Hampshire and to the southern edge of Maine.   The dates are September 24-26, 2020.  Mark your calendars and save some time to make the trip. 

The conference hotel will be the Hampton Inn and Suites in Kittery, ME.  The cost will be $179/night.  Call and make your reservation at 800-445-8667 and mention the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association. The deadline to make hotel reservations to get the special rate is August 7, 2020.

Also mark your calendars for the 2021 Conference which will be held in Southport, North Carolina on September 23-25, 2021

Watch this site and Wreck and Rescue for more information.

If you have a story to submit for the next Life Lines please contact us through our website.  http://uslife-savingservice.org/contact/

Also consider joining the Life Lines staff.  If you would like to be the editor or would like to assemble a few of the issues a year, the help would be welcome.  We are now three and more are welcome to join us.  If you wanted to have a role or contribute to the organization this is your opportunity to do so.

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U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association
January 2020

USCG Station Portsmouth Harbor, New Castle, NH Photo Credit: Judy Lindo Photography

 

Happy New Year and welcome to Life Lines the monthly newsletter for our members of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association.  For those of you reading and have yet to join, please consider doing so. Your membership will get you access to the station inventory link and our new venture to create a “Surfmans’ Data Base.”   If you would like to join please go to http://uslife-savingservice.org/join-donate-support/

Other ways you can support our organization is to volunteer your time to one of the committees.

Marketing/Outreach Committee is looking for more volunteers to help with membership, annual conference attendance, networking with active Coast Guard, helping to develop brochures and rack cards, and interact on social media for the organization.  If you are interested in helping with this committee please contact us at http://uslife-savingservice.org/contact/

Publications Now Available as Print-on-Demand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The two books that the USLSSHA produced are now available by print-on-demand at lulu.com.  Search for either “They Had to Go Out” or “Rescue: The Stories of the U.S. Life-Saving Service” edited by John Galluzzo.  If you have not added these two books to your library here is your chance to do so

Chronology of Coast Guard History

If you were looking for a link to a chronology of Coast Guard History here is that link.  I will leave it permanently on Life Lines for you to access each month. I found this really useful and interesting. https://www.history.uscg.mil/research/chronology/

Winter Activities Have Come to Hull

Photo Credit: Hull Lifesaving Museum Website

 

The Hull Lifesaving Museum will be open on its normal winter schedule during the holidays. Click here and scroll down the page for days and hours:  http://www.lifesavingmuseum.org/contactus.html

 

Upcoming events:

Wednesday 1/1

Annual New Year’s Day Row

The Hull Lifesaving Museum’s rowing clubs in Boston and Hull are planning to do our traditional New Year’s Day Row. Good luck to them as we wish them warm & dry feet!

Tuesday 1/14 & Thursday 1/16

Connie Crosby’s art workshop

Learn how to transfer color images from paper to a wood panel and then enhance and embellish the work of art to your own liking. To learn more email us at: info@hulllifesavingmuseum.org

Monday 1/20

Another Free Movie Day on Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday

Amistad ~ Show Time: 12:00 noon

 

This film is based on the true story of the events in 1839 aboard the slave ship La Amistad, during which Mende tribesmen abducted for the slave trade managed to gain control of their captors’ ship off the coast of Cuba, and the international legal battle that followed their capture by the Washington, a U.S. revenue cutter.

Stay tuned for many more events in February and beyond. 

Historians Fight to Preserve New Jersey’s Endangered Lifesaving Stations

Photo Credit: U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association

Amid the tightly packed shore houses of Ocean City, a yellow-sided two-story building with wide porches and a tower stands on the corner of 4th Street and Atlantic Avenue, about a block-and-a-half from the ocean.

It’s Lifesaving Station 30, a meticulously restored structure whose workers rescued people from many nearby shipwrecks in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It stands now as perhaps New Jersey’s only intact reminder of an age when the perilous conditions of life at sea required equal bravery from those who went to the rescue of ships that got into trouble.

The restoration has recreated the 1885 structure where seven men watched and waited for ships in distress and then launched their rescues, often in the teeth of Atlantic gales and freezing temperatures.

The story of Station 30, and the 41 others that once kept watch over New Jersey’s busy shipping lanes, is a little-known chapter of the state’s maritime history that is being staunchly defended and vividly told by a small band of enthusiasts, with the help of local, state and federal funding.

Only one of an earlier generation of lifesaving stations — an 1849 boathouse at Spermaceti Cove — still exists, thanks to preservation by the National Park Service. The stations at 23 of the shore points have been lost altogether, leaving 19 others as museums, community centers and even maintenance facilities, run by state and local authorities or nonprofits. Only three are open to the public as museums.

Sites that no longer host lifesaving stations include Deal, Bay Head and Cedar Creek, while some structures survive at Harvey Cedars, Avalon and Cold Spring, among others, according to the U.S. Lifesaving Heritage Association.  https://uslife-savingservice.org/

Some were demolished by the Coast Guard, which took over the federal Life Saving Service in 1915, and apparently had little interest in the outmoded trappings of its predecessor organization. Others fell victim to developers who were hungry for coastal property, or to private owners who converted them into shore homes, and, in one case, took it down and rebuilt it elsewhere.

Their advocates argue that a compelling part of state history will be lost unless more is done to preserve the stations that saved thousands of lives.  If you would like to read more about this story and the efforts by members of our organization go to the following link to read more:  https://whyy.org/articles/historians-fight-to-preserve-new-jerseys-endangered-lifesaving-stations/

Wood Island, Maine 2020 Calendar is Available

Photo Credit: Don Gargano

 

If you haven’t purchased your 2020 calendar yet, consider the one put out highlighting the Wood Island Life-Saving Station restoration.  Proceeds go towards the restoration of this wonderful historic building!  http://www.lulu.com/shop/don-gargano/wilss-2020/calendar/product-24324238.html?fbclid=IwAR3Oksz6XvoXi0r6JrpMbvX7IaK4I2xabG9hN0_Nu8091xW2zwxmmxmB4eQ

If you would like to listen to a podcast with member Sam Reid about the restoration of the Wood Island Station, go to this link.  https://news.uslhs.org/2019/11/04/light-hearted-ep-32-sam-reid-wood-island-life-saving-station-kittery-maine/

Kittery, Maine is the Next Destination for the 2020 Annual Conference

Photo courtesy of the Wood Island Life Saving Station Association

The 2020 Annual Conference and Meeting will be in and around Kittery, Maine and will include stations between Nahant, Massachusetts along the coast of New Hampshire and to the southern edge of Maine.   The dates are September 24-26, 2020.  Mark your calendars and save some time to make the trip. 

Watch this site and Wreck and Rescue for more information.

If you have a story to submit for the next Life Lines please contact us through our website.  http://uslife-savingservice.org/contact/

Also consider joining the Life Lines staff.  If you would like to be the editor or would like to assemble a few of the issues a year, the help would be welcome.  We are now three and more are welcome to join us.  If you wanted to have a role or contribute to the organization this is your opportunity to do so.

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December 2019

A USCG vessel from the USCG Station Oswego delivers Santa to the West Pier at a previous event.

Happy Holidays and welcome to Life Lines the monthly newsletter for our members of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association.  For those of you reading and have yet to join, please consider doing so. Your membership will get you access to the station inventory link and our new venture to create a “Surfmans’ Data Base.”   If you would like to join please go to http://uslife-savingservice.org/join-donate-support/

Other ways you can support our organization is to volunteer your time to one of the committees.

Marketing/Outreach Committee is looking for more volunteers to help with membership, annual conference attendance, networking with active Coast Guard, helping to develop brochures and rack cards, and interact on social media for the organization.  If you are interested in helping with this committee please contact us at http://uslife-savingservice.org/contact/

Publications Now Available as Print-on-Demand

The two books that the USLSSHA produced are now available by print-on-demand at lulu.com.  Search for either “They Had to Go Out” or “Rescue: The Stories of the U.S. Life-Saving Service” edited by John Galluzzo.  If you have not added these two books to your library here is your chance to do so.


The two books that the USLSSHA produced are now available by print-on-demand at lulu.com.  Search for either “They Had to Go Out” or “Rescue: The Stories of the U.S. Life-Saving Service” edited by John Galluzzo.  If you have not added these two books to your library here is your chance to do so.

Chronology of Coast Guard History

If you were looking for a link to a chronology of Coast Guard History here is that link.  I will leave it permanently on Life Lines for you to access each month. I found this really useful and interesting. https://www.history.uscg.mil/research/chronology/

Westport an Official Coast Guard City USA

DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP Westport has been designated as an official Coast Guard City USA. There will be an official designation celebration Feb. 7.

The City of Westport has had a relationship with the Coast Guard for more than 120 years and the community’s welcoming support over the years got it recognized as an official Coast Guard City USA, the first in Washington State.

“The City of Westport has grown up with the Coast Guard, and it has always been at the core of our community,” said Mayor Rob Bearden. “We look forward to carrying on that legacy and for being recognized by the Coast Guard Cities program for our city’s long standing considerations and continued welcoming of the Coast Guard family and its dependents.”

There are currently 26 cities with the designation. Westport will be the first in Washington State. There are three in Oregon: Florence, Newport and Astoria.

If you would like to read more please go to https://www.thedailyworld.com/news/westport-an-official-coast-guard-city-usa/

Casey Sherman Evaluates the Heroic Rescue of the Pendleton Crew, 1952

Photo Credit: Greg Ketchen, president of the Coast Guard Heritage Museum (Courtesy photo). The rescuers return to Chatham. Photo by Richard C. Kelsey, courtesy Cape Cod Community College.

Casey Sherman recently provided his perspective on the event, his book, and with his discussions with Bernie Webber on the event and his place in history.  If you want to read more about this story go to https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/11/10/their-finest-hours-coast-guardsmen-went-above-and-beyond/

Surfman Proud of Being in an Elite Group

Photo Credit: William Clanton

Graham Sahli has a job that only 140 people in the country have – he’s a U.S. Coast Guard surfman. When the petty officer at the Barnegat Light Coast Guard Station takes an excursion into the ocean, it’s certainly not for pleasure, as surfmen are Coast Guard personnel specially authorized to operate surf boats under extreme weather and sea conditions.

“To be a surfman, not only do you need a lot of boating and swimming skills, but you must have good judgment, courage, patience and leadership,” Sahli recently told an audience at the Long Beach Island Branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City during a program about his job. “It’s hard for me to figure what was the toughest part of the training, but when you were finished, you knew you were part of an elite group. It’s the pinnacle of seamanship.”

To be awarded the very prestigious Surfman Badge, a service member must undergo training in dangerous surf conditions, accumulate a minimum number of hours operating in these conditions while conducting practical exercises and undergo a rigorous underway check ride as well as an oral review board. The process to qualify for a Surfman Badge requires at least eight years of training and experience.

If you would like to read more go to:  https://www.thesandpaper.net/p/surfman-proud-of-being-in-an-elite-group/1840434

Longtime supporter still at the helm of Virginia Surf & Rescue Museum’s annual Pig Fest

Photo Credit: The 38th annual Pig & Oyster Nov. 24 at 24th Street Park in Virginia Beach to benefit the Virginia Beach Surf and Rescue Museum. (Cindy Butler Focke/Freelance / The Virginian-Pilot)

Frank Malbon warned his wife, Ann, he’d be a little bit busy the month after they got married in 1982, because he was in charge of a fundraiser for the Maritime Historical Museum.

Fast-forward to the upcoming 38th annual Pig & Oyster Fest Nov. 24 in the 24th Street Park, and Malbon is still running the show to benefit what is now the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum.  Malbon grew up in Virginia Beach. “That’s why I got involved, because my family has roots here,” he said.

The first Pig Fest took place that same year on Fort Story. Malbon took charge the next year and hasn’t stopped since. The event moved next door to the museum 11 years ago.  If you would like to read more go to https://www.pilotonline.com/food-drink/vp-bc-surf-rescue-museum-1121-20191118-orhojf4kzbat3fifnynjmjcy6e-story.html

Kittery, Maine is the Next Destination for the 2020 Annual Conference

Photo courtesy of the Wood Island Life Saving Station Association

The 2020 Annual Conference and Meeting will be in and around Kittery, Maine and will include stations between Nahant, Massachusetts along the coast of New Hampshire and to the southern edge of Maine.   The dates are September 24-26, 2020.  Mark your calendars and save some time to make the trip. 

Watch this site and Wreck and Rescue for more information.

If you have a story to submit for the next Life Lines please contact us through our website.  http://uslife-savingservice.org/contact/

Also consider joining the Life Lines staff.  If you would like to be the editor or would like to assemble a few of the issues a year, the help would be welcome.  We are now three and more are welcome to join us.  If you wanted to have a role or contribute to the organization this is your opportunity to do so.

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November 2019

Station Oregon Inlet, North Carolina Photo Credit: Oregon Inlet Facebook Page

Happy Halloween and welcome to Life Lines the monthly newsletter for our members of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association.  For those of you reading and have yet to join, please consider doing so. Your membership will get you access to the station inventory link and our new venture to create a “Surfmans’ Data Base.”   If you would like to join please go to http://uslife-savingservice.org/join-donate-support/

Other ways you can support our organization is to volunteer your time to one of the committees:  membership, research, publications, grants, station inventory, surfmans’ registry, and also offering your time to be on the board of directors.  If you are interested in any of these opportunities please contact us through our website.

Thank you to Station Oregon Inlet for this incredible photo and pumpkin carving that I found on their Facebook site.  This is from their Family Pumpkin Carving Event held on October 26, 2020.  If you would like to see the other photos of the families and the pumpkins they carved go to the Oregon Inlet Facebook site.

Publications Now Available as Print-on-Demand

The two books that the USLSSHA produced are now available by print-on-demand at lulu.com.  Search for either “They Had to Go Out” or “Rescue: The Stories of the U.S. Life-Saving Service” edited by John Galluzzo.  If you have not added these two books to your library here is your chance to do so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chronology of Coast Guard History

If you were looking for a link to a chronology of Coast Guard History here is that link.  I will leave it permanently on Life Lines for you to access each month. I found this really useful and interesting. https://www.history.uscg.mil/research/chronology/

Hull Museum to Host Speakeasy Casino Night—“Joshua Sent You”

Photo Credit: Hull Museum Post

 

Step back into the Roaring Twenties as Bootleggers take over the Point Allerton Lifesaving Station for a night of Speakeasy fun!

On Saturday, November 9th from 7:00 to 10:30 PM, the historic Point Allerton US Lifesaving Station will be transformed into a Roaring Twenties Speakeasy, as the Hull Lifesaving Museum hosts a Casino Night fundraiser.

The $50 ticket price includes one drink and starter “money” for casino games. Appetizers will be served up by renowned local caterer Michael Aprea. A cash bar with beer and wine, along with a special prohibition era cocktail, The Old Fashion, will be available.

Attendees are encouraged to “BRING YOUR OWN COFFEE MUG”: At a Speakeasy, bottled beer was often concealed in a paper bag and mixed drinks and wine were served in coffee mugs.

CASINO GAMES will include Blackjack, Roulette, raffles and more with Play Money. Prizes go to the top 3 winners at the end of the evening.

Local event planner and bartender extraordinaire, Jon Mongeau, will create a delightful 1920’s SPEAKEASY AMBIANCE within the Hull Lifesaving Museum’s Victorian era building.

PASSWORD: When you arrive, be sure to say “Joshua sent me” to enter.

For more information, contact Executive Director Michael McGurl at 781-925-5433, mike@hulllifesavingmuseum.org.

A Salute to Surfboats at Cape Cod

Photo Credit: Greg Ketchen, president of the Coast Guard Heritage Museum (Courtesy photo)

Sunday, November 3 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, join Greg Ketchen, President of the Coast Guard Heritage Museum in Barnstable and a retired Coast Guard Captain, for a talk about the U.S. Life Saving Service (the precursor to the Coast Guard), and its role in life-saving innovations in rescue equipment and operations.

In particular, Ketchen will address the use of surfboats in rescuing sailors from shipwrecks along Cape Cod’s treacherous outer coast.

His talk is beautifully timed to coincide with the museum’s own Surfboat Restoration Project.

“A Salute to Surfboats”

With Coast Guard Heritage Museum president Greg Ketchen

Community Room at The Cape Cod Maritime Museum

Sunday, November 3, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Members $10.00; Non-members $15.00

Crisp Point Light Historical Society Holds Marker Ceremony in Oscoda for Former Keepers

Photo Credit: Crisp Point Historical Society website. Captain James B. Hunter

Captain Hunter’s gravesite received a US Life-Saving Service marker with

Keeper and Surfman insignias below it. (Eby’s plot is D271C (west

end) and Hunter’s Plot is D415.) The CPLHS is attempting to place

at least one gravesite marker at former Crisp Point Keepers or

Surfmen each year. Video taken of the ceremony can be viewed

on YouTube at the following link: Hunter & Eby, Pt. Crisp lighthouse keepers

To learn more go to the newsletter.  http://crisppointlighthouse.org/nl-58.pdf

Halloween Photos from North Manitou Island

Photo Credit: Giles Merritt, USCG, 1927, North Manitou Island USCG Station

 

Photos found in the Sleeping Bear Dunes archives of Trick or Treaters on North Manitou Island making their way between the buildings at the North Manitou Island Coast Guard Station in 1927.  The photographer was Giles Merritt, whose job was to repair the telephone line from the station to the southern end of the island.  Giles had a motorcycle and would ride the 5 mile distance each day to check on the line and make repairs.

If you have seasonal photographs from various stations please let us know via the website so we can include them in upcoming issues.

Kittery, Maine is the Next Destination for the 2020 Annual Conference

Photo courtesy of the Wood Island Life Saving Station Association

 

The 2020 Annual Conference and Meeting will be in and around Kittery, Maine and will include stations between Nahant, Massachusetts along the coast of New Hampshire and to the southern edge of Maine.   The dates are September 24-26, 2020.  Mark your calendars and save some time to make the trip. 

Watch this site and Wreck and Rescue for more information.

If you have a story to submit for the next Life Lines please contact us through our website.  http://uslife-savingservice.org/contact/

Also consider joining the Life Lines staff.  If you would like to be the editor or would like to assemble a few of the issues a year, the help would be welcome.  We are now three and more are welcome to join us.  If you wanted to have a role or contribute to the organization this is your opportunity to do so.

 

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October 2019

Station Rochester, NY Photo Credit: Board Member Jeff Shook

Welcome to Life Lines the monthly newsletter for our members of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association.  For those of you reading and have yet to join, please consider doing so. Your membership will get you access to the station inventory link and our new venture to create a “Surfmans’ Data Base.”   If you would like to join please go to http://uslife-savingservice.org/join-donate-support/

Other ways you can support our organization is to volunteer your time to one of the committees:  membership, research, publications, grants, station inventory, surfmans’ registry, and also offering your time to be on the board of directors.  If you are interested in any of these opportunities please contact us through our website.

The 2019 annual conference was located in Rochester, New York and was just held September 26-28.  The upcoming Wreck and Rescue issue will include more information.  Mark your calendars now for the 2020 conference near Kittery, Maine.  The dates for that conference are September 24-26, 2020.

Publications Now Available as Print-on-Demand

 

The two books that the USLSSHA produced are now available by print-on-demand at lulu.com.  Search for either “They Had to Go Out” or “Rescue: The Stories of the U.S. Life-Saving Service” edited by John Galluzzo.  If you have not added these two books to your library here is your chance to do so.

 

Chronology of Coast Guard History

If you were looking for a link to a chronology of Coast Guard History here is that link.  I will leave it permanently on Life Lines for you to access each month. I found this really useful and interesting. https://www.history.uscg.mil/research/chronology/

New Use for Cleveland Coast Guard Station

Photo Credit: Cleveland Foundry Page

The 2007 annual conference made a pilgrimage from Erie, PA to Cleveland just to meet with interested parties who wanted and were working to restore the historic Coast Guard Station.  If you go to https://uslife-savingservice.org/about-us/annual-conference/ you will see the group photo for the 2007 was taken in front of this structure.  Notice the “Keep Out of Building” sign over to the left of the group up against the structure.  A lot has changed since our trip to Cleveland.

The following is from the Foundry site:

The Foundry partners with the Cleveland Metroparks to run high school and college sailing practices and host regattas from the Historic Coast Guard Station off Whiskey Island, a National Historic Landmark.

The Foundry has spent $1.5 million fixing up the station, owned by the city of Cleveland and operated by the Metroparks. The Foundry brings in space heaters for spring and fall events, since there’s still no heat, electricity or plumbing.

The harbor is full of brightly colored 420 dinghies, boasting the script Cleveland on their sails. And there are bigger boats, like Tartan 10s, which the Metroparks use to teach sailing classes.

“Our partnership with the Foundry has helped the community experience our waterfront in new ways including through sailing programs at the historic former Coast Guard station,” Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman said in an email. “We look forward to building on these opportunities and connecting all members of the community with our greatest natural resource, Lake Erie.”

 

To see videos of the inside and in use go to https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/local/cleveland/inside-clevelands-historic-coast-guard-station-first-look-at-new-renovations/95-561569046

Black Powder Canister and DuPont Label

Photo Credit:  Collections photograph Old Baldy Lighthouse and Smith Island Museum of History, South Carolina

Those of you members who have been around for a while with the organization remember those DuPont Black Powder labels that would show up from time to time at the annual silent auction.  There was always speculation that this was not officially a U.S. Life-Saving Service product.  Here is an actual artifact that challenges all of our thinking.  Maybe one of you has something from the national archives that is the written proof and would like to share with everyone else.  Contact us through our website.

I have made the trip to the Hagley Museum https://www.hagley.org/ in Wilmington, Delaware and have taken the grounds tour where you are shared the history of black powder development by DuPont.  What you learn if you take this tour is that until DuPont perfected the development of it, black powder was not reliable to use.  DuPont’s black powder was considered the most reliable.  So it made perfect sense to me, even without written proof that the U.S. Life-Saving Service would need to use the most reliable black powder to complete their rescues.  For me it also meant that these labels showing the surfboats in the water and marked along the top as “U.S. Life-Saving Service” are the real thing not just a mock-up of something that didn’t happen.

When I toured the Hagley a few years back these labels were in a display and were for sale in the gift shop.  At the time they mentioned they knew the history of the U.S. Life-Saving Service and relationship to DuPont Black Powder.  They seemed confused that there were doubters.  The gift shop attendants also told me they had so many of these labels printed in storage that if I bought a number of them they could easily restock the display.   If you want one for your collection contact the museum gift shop, or I may need to bring more of mine to the next conference silent auction.  Yet another reason to attend the annual meetings.

Wood Island Helping Our Community

Photo Credit: Wood Island Life Saving Station Association

The Wood Island Life Saving Station Association has been busy this past year doing more than just restoring the historic building at the entrance to the river at no cost to the taxpayers of Kittery.

With your help, $5000 was raised and donated by WILSSA to the men and women of the US Coast Guard when the federal government was shut down this January.  Also, other charities have been raising funds for themselves from auctioning visits to Wood Island.  The Agamenticus Yacht Club and the Piscataqua Garden Club have both done so and the Gundalow Company and Friends for Fuel are planning to do so soon.

WILSSA is so pleased to be able to lend a hand.  Generosity is not a one way street.  Even as WILSSA is working hard to raise funds to complete the station’s restoration, we are so glad to be part of the larger Seacoast community.  If we can help others, in any way, please let us know. 

And please consider attending the Friends for Fuel event to bid on a guided visit to Wood Island Station! 

Click here for tickets (before it sells out!): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/friends-for-fuel-2019-tickets-73458156323

Read the following article on a family history associated with the Wood Island station.  We hope to hear more and meet the family next year at the 2020 conference in Maine.  https://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20190915/surfman-lost-grandson-found

Kittery, Maine is the Next Destination for the 2020 Annual Conference

Photo courtesy of the Wood Island Life Saving Station Association

The 2020 Annual Conference and Meeting will be in and around Kittery, Maine and will include stations between Nahant, Massachusetts along the coast of New Hampshire and to the southern edge of Maine.   The dates are September 24-26, 2020.  Mark your calendars and save some time to make the trip. 

Watch this site and Wreck and Rescue for more information.

If you have a story to submit for the next Life Lines please contact us through our website.  http://uslife-savingservice.org/contact/

Also consider joining the Life Lines staff.  We are now three and more are welcome to join us.  If you wanted to have a role or contribute to the organization this is your opportunity to do so.

 

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Life Lines, September 2019 https://uslife-savingservice.org/2019/08/30/life-lines-september-2019/ https://uslife-savingservice.org/2019/08/30/life-lines-september-2019/#respond Fri, 30 Aug 2019 15:21:58 +0000 https://uslife-savingservice.org/?p=16068 Life Lines, September 2019

U.S. Life Saving Service Heritage Association

 

Station Rochester, NY Photo Credit: United States Coast Guard Website

Have you made your reservations and have you signed up for the annual conference and meeting September 26-28, 2019, in Rochester, New York?  Time is getting short and your presence is requested.  Check out the USLSSHA website to see all of the latest and sign up while you are on site.  https://uslife-savingservice.org/annual-conference/2019-annual-conference/

Welcome to Life Lines the monthly newsletter for our members of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association.  For those of you reading and have yet to join, please consider doing so. Your membership will get you access to the station inventory link and our new venture to create a “Surfmans’ Data Base.”   If you would like to join please go to http://uslife-savingservice.org/join-donate-support/

Other ways you can support our organization is to volunteer your time to one of the committees:  membership, research, publications, grants, station inventory, surfmens’ registry, and also offering your time to be on the board of directors.  If you are interested in any of these opportunities please contact President, Mark Perni drperni@comcast.net who can direct you to the chairman of each of these committees. 

Most jobs can be done through email, and meetings are hosted through a conferencing center 800 telephone number, so meetings are done from the comfort and convenience of your home.  Of course, we are looking for board members who will travel each year to the annual meetings, but attendance at every one is not a requirement.  Board members can call in to the meetings to participate and still cast their votes.  If being on the board sounds like an opportunity you would like to explore, please reach out to us, by contacting Mark Perni drperni@comcast.net who can give you more information.

Publications Now Available as Print-on-Demand

 

The two books that the USLSSHA produced are now available by print-on-demand at lulu.com.  Search for either “They Had to Go Out” or “Rescue: The Stories of the U.S. Life-Saving Service” edited by John Galluzzo.  If you have not a dded these two books to your library here is your chance to do so.

Chronology of Coast Guard History

If you were looking for a link to a chronology of Coast Guard History here is that link.  I will leave it permanently on Life Lines for you to access each month. I found this really useful and interesting. https://www.history.uscg.mil/research/chronology/

Last Days of the Breeches Buoy on Cape Cod

Photo Credit: Marcia Bromley and Olivia Burke

Don Wilding of the Wicked Local Truro prepared a short story about the last two times that the breeches buoy was used on Cape Cod.  The breeches buoy was one of the great tools of the trade for the men of the U.S. Lifesaving Service and the U.S. Coast Guard during the late 19th century and first half of the 20th century, but by 1962, had become a historic relic.

On Jan. 16, 1962, the breeches buoy was used for the very last time on a Cape Cod beach, during the rescue of the seven-man crew from the Gloucester fishing vessel Margaret Rose, carrying five tons of halibut, off Wood End Light in Provincetown.

If you want to know more about these rescues go to the following link:  https://truro.wickedlocal.com/news/20190805/shore-lore-last-days-of-breeches-buoy

Coast Guard at Oregon Inlet Celebrate Coast Guard Day by Sharing Video


Coast Guard crews training in high seas outside Oregon Inlet in March 2018. [USCG image]

We all love to watch these videos so watch as a pair of 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet practicing maneuvering in 10 to 12-foot waves from March 2018.  Station Oregon Inlet and Station Hatteras are two of the five U.S. Coast Guard surf stations on the East Coast, and are designated as such where the surf exceeds 8 feet more than 36 days out of the year.  https://obxtoday.com/top-stories/semper-paratus-celebrating-coast-guard-day-with-video-of-training-in-oregon-inlet/

S.O.S. Vermillion is in the News Again

Photo Credit: Little Traverse Conservancy Website

Local Michigan TV Station 9 & 10 made a trip to Lake Superior to see and interview members of S.O.S. Vermillion to see what progress they have made.  USLSSHA member Grace Truman was on site to be interviewed.  If you would like to see the video and get an update on the progress that has been made go to the following link:  https://www.9and10news.com/2019/08/07/northern-michigan-in-focus-s-o-s-vermilion/

New Cutters Midgett and Kimball are Posted

Photo Credit: An Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew flies over the U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Midgett and Kimball off Oahu on Aug. 16. U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WMSL-757) arrived Aug. 16 at its new homeport in Honolulu, the Coast Guard Pacific Area said in a statement.

The Midgett is the eighth of the Coast Guard’s national security cutters and the second to be homeported in Hawaii. Its sister ship, the Cutter Kimball (WMSL-756) arrived on Dec. 22. Both cutters were commissioned on Aug. 24 during a ceremony presided over by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz.

If you would like to read more about these postings go to the following links:  https://seapowermagazine.org/coast-guards-newest-national-security-cutter-arrives-in-hawaii/  and https://defence-blog.com/news/seventh-legend-class-u-s-coast-guard-cutter-conducts-final-sea-trials.html

The USLSSHA has again been asked to provide assistance to the Coast Guard in the compilation of background and biographical information for three cutters to be commissioned sometime next year, which are all to be named for other USLSS Gold Medal awardees:

Frederick T. Hatch-STA Cleveland Harbor, OH

William P. Chadwick-STA Green Island, NJ

John C. Patterson-STA Shark River, NJ

If anyone has period photographs of any or all of these three men and would be willing to share an electronic scanned copy (400-600 dpi resolution, preferably) for inclusion in the material please let the USLSSHA know.  Board Member Tim Dring will be assembling the information and if you have photos or relevant biographical information please contact Tim Dring.   timdringcghist@gmail.com 

Since Tim lives in New Jersey he is familiar with Chadwick and Patterson, but could use some help with Hatch, especially from our members or readers who tend to specialize in the Great Lakes region USLSS stations and personnel. Tim’s goal is to have the final version documents to the CG by the end of this year.

Posthumous Awards Provided to Early Coast Guardsmen

Photo Credit: Courtesy Photo. Norman Finch on the Tampa with some of his shipmates January, 16, 1918.

The family of Seaman Norman Finch visited Coast Guard Station Chatham to receive the honor, bestowed by Admiral Andrew Tiongson, the Coast Guard District Commander. The ceremony capped a memorable day for the Finch family, which first visited the Route 6 overpass at Route 137, where the family attached a U.S. Coast Guard flag to the bridge. Accompanied by a motorcycle procession of police and honor guard organizations, the family then had lunch at the VFW before traveling to the lighthouse.

Local and state dignitaries attended the ceremony, and U.S. Rep. William Keating made remarks. On behalf of their family, Steven and Brad Finch accepted the medal and certificate, along with a flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol.  If you would like to read more about Norman Finch and the crew of the Tampa go to this link:  https://capecodchronicle.com/en/5433/chatham/4813/Lost-At-Sea-A-Century-Ago-Coast-Guardsman-To-Get-Purple-Heart-History-Coast-Guard.htm?tpl=7&f_search_articles=Search&f_search_level=1&f_search_keywords=finch&f_search_scope=index

Rochester, New York is the Location for the 2019 Annual Conference

Photo courtesy of Fort Ontario State Historic Site

Rochester, New York is the Location for the 2019 Annual Conference

The 2019 Annual Conference and Meeting will be in Rochester, New York. The dates are September 26 – 28, 2019. We’ll travel east on the Seaway Trail to Oswego one day and west to Niagara one day. We’ll also spend one day in the Rochester area.

Click Here To Visit The 2019 Annual Conference Page For Details

The conference hotel is the Holiday Inn Express, 850 Holt Road, Webster, NY. To make a reservation, call 585-872-0900. The hotel offers a free breakfast; and is located close to a pond with walking trail.

In Oswego, we’ll tour the H Lee White Maritime Museum and their tug boat. On to Fort Ontario which is on the bluff just above the site of the former 1876 Oswego Life-Saving Station. We’ll hear about the life-saving stations in that area, the USCG moving boats on the Erie Canal and the 1942 incident which took the lives of 6 Coastguardsmen.

Our tour west will begin with a 2 hour boat ride on the Erie Canal which will take us past five of the original 1800’s locks. Next will be a tour of Station Niagara, built in 1893, and still in use as a CG station. Also planned is a brief stop at Niagara Falls to see the site of a dramatic breeches buoy rescue in 1918 performed by the crew of Station Niagara.

Saturday will be our business meeting followed by a presentation on the early Buffalo LSS and the Pan-American Exposition in 1901. Then a talk about Gold Medal Life-Savers from the area. After lunch we’ll head to Station Rochester.

The dinner and auction on Saturday evening will be at the Rochester Yacht Club, next to the site of the original 1876 Charlotte LSS. BRING ITEMS FOR THE AUCTION! 

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