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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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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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U.S. Life Saving Service Heritage Association

Erie Canal at Otswego, NY Photo Credit: Otswego Web Page otswego.edu

Since our annual membership meeting will be in Rochester, New York, I’m continuing to seed the minds of our readers to consider meeting in September for the annual conference.  Summer is winding down on the Great Lakes and I hope you are planning your trip to join us in Rochester at the end of September. View The 2019 Annual Conference Information

 

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.

Thank you to all who contacted Steve Marthouse to volunteer with the Surfmens’ Registry.  He has a number of researchers who are now combing through archives helping him to complete this task.  If you are interested and still have not reached out to Steve you can do so:

Steve Marthouse

Cell: (717) 552-3452

marthouse@innernet.net

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/

More Good News from Kittery, Maine and the Wood Island Station

Photo Credit: Wood Island Life Saving Station Association

 

The news from Wood Island Station continues to be outstanding and impressive.   The Maine Army National Guard has come and gone and built the exceptionally impressive new south sea wall and installed the new “wreck pole”.   Thank you to the Guard! 

Check out the local links to see the coverage that was given to this project.  Keep in mind that the 2020 annual meeting will be to see this site.

 Boston Globe:
Check Out The Boston Globe

News Center Maine Channel 6:

Check Out News Center Maine Channel 6

Check out the drone surveys by Dave Seavey:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP300cdHN0g&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADazena4cos&feature=youtu.be

Surveys all done with some fun music while you watch.

Historic Drill Re-enactment Set at Indian River Life-Saving Station, Delaware

A 19th century rescue technique known as the breeches buoy system allowed surfmen to save shipwreck victims without leaving shore.

 

The staff of Delaware Seashore State Park will re-enact a 19th century shipwreck rescue drill at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at 5:30 p.m., Thursdays, Aug. 1 and 15.

The U.S. Life-Saving Service, the precursor to the U.S. Coast Guard, was established in 1871 in response to the tremendous loss of life from shipwrecks along the Atlantic coast and on the Great Lakes. A network of life-saving stations housed surfmen who patrolled the beaches every night, responding to ships in distress.

Delaware had six stations – Lewes, Cape Henlopen, Rehoboth Beach, Indian River Inlet, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island. The Indian River Life-Saving Station is the only station still standing in its original location; it is now managed by Delaware Seashore State Park.

State park staff and dedicated volunteers will re-enact the rescue technique known as the breeches buoy system or beach apparatus drill. This ingenious drill allowed the surfmen to save shipwreck victims without launching a surfboat into the stormy waters. The re-enactment begins with the firing of a Lyle gun, a small cannon which shoots a line out to the wreck pole, a mock ship’s mast reaching nearly 20 feet in the air. From there, lines carrying the breeches buoy are sent up to the wreck pole, and several staff are “saved” and brought safely to the ground.

“The breeches buoy re-enactment is our time to shine as an historic site and as a state park,” said Laura Scharle, site manager. “If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind event, something off the beaten path, this is it.”

The cost for this program, including a museum tour, is $6.50 for adults, $4 for ages 6-12, $5 for seniors age 62 and older, and free for children ages 5 and under. Preregistration is not necessary. The museum is located 1.5 miles north of the Indian River Inlet, and 3.5 miles south of Dewey Beach. For more information, go to www.destateparks.com or call 302-227-6991.

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

Photo courtesy of Fort Ontario State Historic Site

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 Charlotte area (suburb of Rochester).

The conference hotel is the Holiday Inn Express, 850 Holt Road, Webster, NY. They are holding 20 rooms for us: 10 with double queen beds and 10 with a king bed. Dates for the reservations are Wednesday, September 25 – Saturday, September 28. The nightly rate is $119 plus tax. To make reservations, call 585-872-0900 and tell the front desk you are part of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association. The hotel offers a free breakfast; and is located close to a pond with walking trail. This offer ends August 26, 2019. BOOK NOW!

In Oswego we’ll tour the H Lee White Maritime Museum and their 1943 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. In the works 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 by Francine Glassic who has dedicated years to researching surfmen burial sites.  We’ll head north to the Coast Guard Auxiliary facility in Charlotte. Then on to Station Rochester.

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

Watch this site and Wreck and Rescue for more information.  Mark your calendar now.

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, July 2019 https://uslife-savingservice.org/2019/06/29/life-lines-july-2019/ https://uslife-savingservice.org/2019/06/29/life-lines-july-2019/#respond Sat, 29 Jun 2019 00:32:48 +0000 https://uslife-savingservice.org/?p=16028 U.S. Life Saving Service Heritage Association
July 2019

U.S. Coast Guard Station Otswego, NY. Photo Credit: USCG Facebook Page

Since our annual membership meeting will be in Rochester, New York, I’m continuing to seed the minds of our readers to consider meeting in September for the annual conference.  Summer has come to the Great Lakes and including photos of Lake Ontario will help you begin to plan your trip for the end of September.

Welcome to Life Lines the monthly newsletter for our members, and also to anyone reading this that has not yet become a member 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 https://uslife-savingservice.org/join-donate-support/

I will provide you statistics from our organization’s membership chair.

Currently 345 on membership list.
96 are stations.
249 are people, organizations and museums
8 new members in 2019.
540 people on MailChimp list.

This is a volunteer-run organization putting out a first-rate magazine, a fine monthly newsletter, and pursuing special projects like the Station Inventory and Surfmans’ Registry.  You get access to all this and more when you join or renew.

If you have not had a chance to join or renew, please click this link to find out how to take action.

There are multiple ways to support the USLSSHA. You can purchase a membership for yourself, gift one to someone else, or sponsor a Small Boat Station.  For all of you who are not yet members, we would love to have you join us in our mission to promote, preserve, and interpret the history of the Lifesaving Service and early Coast Guard.

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/

National Surfman Registry

Photo courtesy of the internet. Pre-WW2 USCG ‘SURFMAN’ US LIFE SAVING SERVICES US L.S.S. Insignia Set

The USLSSHA is aware that several other members of our organization have done research on specific stations in regards to developing a surfman registry. The goal of the USLSSHA’s National Surfman Registry Project is to have a complete roster for all of the USLSS Stations from their beginning through the 1940 time frame. Once completed it can be searched by those looking for family members and follow where they served, or to be used for those conducting research. 

If you are working on a similar project please let us know so that we can share the format that we have created for this project.  If you are interested in helping with the research, let us know. We will be happy to explain the process we are using when we go into the National Archives. Since we are using the Station Logbooks as our primary information source, if you live near national archive sites Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, or Seattle and are interested, we’d love to get you involved.

If you have done research at the National Archives before, we can bring you up to speed quickly. If you’re a novice, we will gladly work with you. All you need is the time, a digital camera and patience. Perhaps if there are multiple individuals from the same area interested, we could put them in contact with each other and form teams.

If this project interests you and you would like more information or to get involved, please feel free to contact Steve either by email or phone.

Steve Marthouse
Cell: (717) 552-3452
marthouse@innernet.net

Coast Guard honors lives lost in helicopter crash off Cape Mendocino in 1997

Photo Credit: U.S. Coast Guard

Twenty two years ago on June 8, 1997, four Coast Guard helicopter crewmembers were lost in an effort to rescue mariners in distress approximately 60 miles west of Cape Mendocino.

Crewing the Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter (CG-6549) were: Lt. Jeffrey F. Crane, 35, of Marshfield, Massachussetts (CG Aviator #3188); Lt. j.g. Charles W. Thigpen IV, 26, of Riverside, California (CG Aviator #3310); Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard L. Hughes, 33, of Black Canyon, Arizona; Petty Officer 3rd Class James G. Caines, 26, of Hinesville, Georgia (CG Rescue Swimmer #425).

The Canadian sailing vessel, Ezara-2, contacted the Coast Guard reporting they had five people aboard and their vessel had become disabled in 25-foot seas and 45-knot winds.

Two Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopters, a Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento HC-130 Hercules aircraft and the Coast Guard Cutter Edisto responded to the call.

The helicopters provided the Ezara-2 with radios and a sea anchor, which stabilized the sailing vessel. Some of the Ezara-2’s crewmembers were injured and the boat was damaged due to heavy seas, forcing the Ezara-2 crew to abandon ship into a life raft.

Photo Credit: Times-Standard

This photo shows the CG-6549 Memorial at Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay. The memorial honors the crew of CG-6549 who were lost on June 8, 1997 in an effort to rescue mariners in distress approximately 60 miles West of Cape Mendocino, California. (U.S. Coast Guard — Contributed)

The Edisto arrived on scene through heavy seas and recovered all of the Ezara-2’s survivors from the life raft and began searching for CG-6549.

Aircraft crews from Coast Guard Air Stations North Bend and Astoria, Navy P-3 patrol planes and Air Force HC-130 rescue airplanes joined in the search. On the water, Coast Guard Cutters Sapelo, Buttonwood, Steadfast and Boutwell aided in the search.

Scattered debris from the helicopter was located in the area and the main fuselage was recovered on the ocean floor over a month later. The crew of the 6549 was lost at sea.

“The crew of Coast Guard 6549 made the ultimate sacrifice in an attempt to save the lives of those in peril on the sea,” said Cmdr. Brendan Hilleary, the Sector Humboldt Bay response chief. “Let us always remember these men that their sacrifice may stand as an inspiration to all of us who continue to stand the watch.”

House Committee Passes Two-Year Coast Guard Authorization Act

The House committee authorizing Coast Guard activities approved a measure that would guarantee the service’s active duty and civilian personnel are paid in the event of a federal government shutdown, as part of a two-year spending authorization bill.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee included the Coast Guard pay amendment in its markup of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019, which received broad support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. The House version authorizes Coast Guard spending through Fiscal Year 2021.

“The federal government may have been partially shut down earlier this year, but the brave men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard were still 100-percent on the job—in the dead of winter no less—carrying out life-saving rescues, interdicting drugs at sea, and doing whatever was necessary to keep our coastal communities safe,” Rep. Peter DeFazio, (D-Ore.) said during the hearing.

“It’s absolutely outrageous that our country held their paychecks hostage due to a partisan fight in the nation’s capital that had nothing to do with the Coast Guard or its missions. I want to make sure this hostage-taking never happens again, and that our country properly honors the members of the Coast Guard who prove each and every day just how critical they are to the safety and well-being of our nation.”

In December, several federal government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security which oversees the Coast Guard, were shuttered for 35 days until Congress and the White House agreed to a FY 2019 funding bill. During the shutdown, about 41,000 active duty Coast Guard members, 6,000 reservists and 8,500 civilian employees were not paid. The Department of Defense spending bill passed before the fiscal year started and therefore DoD employees were not affected.

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

Photo courtesy of Fort Ontario State Historic Site

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 Charlotte area (suburb of Rochester).

The conference hotel is the Holiday Inn Express, 850 Holt Road, Webster, NY. They are holding 20 rooms for us: 10 with double queen beds and 10 with a king bed. Dates for the reservations are Wednesday, September 25 – Saturday, September 28. The nightly rate is $119 plus tax. To make reservations, call 585-872-0900 and tell the front desk you are part of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association. The hotel offers a free breakfast; and is located close to a pond with walking trail. This offer ends August 26, 2019. BOOK NOW!

In Oswego we’ll tour the H Lee White Maritime Museum and their 1943 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. In the works 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 by Francine Glassic who has dedicated years to researching surfmen burial sites.  We’ll head north to the Coast Guard Auxiliary facility in Charlotte. Then on to Station Rochester.

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

Watch this site and Wreck and Rescue for more information.  Mark your calendar now.

If you have a story to submit for the next Life Lines please contact us through our website.  https://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, June 2019 https://uslife-savingservice.org/2019/06/05/life-lines-june-2019/ https://uslife-savingservice.org/2019/06/05/life-lines-june-2019/#respond Wed, 05 Jun 2019 14:35:52 +0000 https://uslife-savingservice.org/?p=15970 U.S. Life Saving Service Heritage Association

U.S. Coast Guard Station Rochester NY. Photo Credit: USCG May 2019

I was looking for an opening photo for this month’s Life Lines.  Since our annual membership meeting will be in Rochester, New York, I thought I would look for photos of that stations to get the stories started.  I noticed this one with the high Lake Ontario water levels, and having just returned from North and South Manitou Islands in Lake Michigan where water is higher there as well.  In fact, Lake Michigan levels are one foot higher than the previous record.  The high water seems to be everywhere on the Great Lakes.  Lake Superior is also registering high water level records for this year as well.  Expect to get your feet wet during this annual meeting if the lake levels don’t drop.

Welcome to Life Lines the monthly newsletter for our members, and also to anyone reading this that has not yet become a member 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 Join, Donate, and Support Here

I will provide you statistics from our organization’s membership chair.

Currently 345 on membership list.
96 are stations.
249 are people, organizations and museums
8 new members in 2019.
13 members deleted in 2019 so far for nonpayment of dues since 2017.
540 people on MailChimp list.

If you have renewed your membership, you are the best.  If you have not, please do so immediately.  For those 540 of you on the MailChimp List that are not members, “Don’t Be That Guy.”  Go to the link above and donate now.  There are many categories at all price ranges.

This is a volunteer run organization putting out a first rate magazine, a fine monthly newsletter, and completing special projects like the Station Inventory, and Surfmans Registry.   You get access to all this and more when you join.

If you don’t want a membership, gift one, or ask to sponsor a Small Boat Station.  There are still stations out there that need a membership and you could be that sponsor.  Come on, what are you waiting for.  We need all of you to open your wallet and be a friend to the cause.  I promise it won’t hurt, you will feel a warm spot in your heart and our Membership Chair will send you a heart-felt “thank you” in the mail.  I’m counting on all 540 of you to start contributing so I’ll see membership numbers climb in the next membership report.

Publications Now Available as Print-on-Demand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The two books that the USLSSHA produced are now available by print-on-demand at lulu.com.  Click here for 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- Click Here For Chronology of Coast Guard History.  I will leave it permanently on Life Lines for you to access each month. I found this really useful and interesting.

National Surfman Registry

 

Photo courtesy of the internet. Pre-WW2 USCG ‘SURFMAN’ US LIFE SAVING SERVICES US L.S.S. Insignia Set

The USLSSHA is aware that several other members of our organization have done research on specific stations in regards to developing a surfman registry. The goal of the USLSSHA’s National Surfman Registry Project is to have a complete roster for all of the USLSS Stations from their beginning through the 1940 time frame. Once completed it can be searched by those looking for family members and follow where they served, or to be used for those conducting research. 

If you are working on a similar project please let us know so that we can share the format that we have created for this project. By using a standard format, it will allow us flexibility to search on specific criteria as we go forward.

If you are interested in helping with the research, let us know. We will be happy to explain the process we are using when we go into the National Archives. Since we are using the Station Logbooks as our primary information source, if you live near national archive sites Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, or Seattle and are interested, we’d love to get you involved.

If you have done research at the National Archives before, we can bring you up to speed quickly. If you’re a novice, we will gladly work with you. All you need is the time, a digital camera and patience. Perhaps if there are multiple individuals from the same area interested, we could put them in contact with each other and form teams.

If this project interests you and you would like more information or to get involved, please feel free to contact Steve either by email or phone.

Steve Marthouse

Cell:
(717) 552-3452

marthouse@innernet.net

Wallops Beach Station SAVED!–Someone Steps Up to Save It.

Wallops Beach Station. Photo Mike Carlson

The Wallops Beach Lifeboat Station resides in the NASA – Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) on Wallops Island, Virginia.  According to Steve Taylor, Realty Specialist a local group has stepped forward and would like to save it.

There was some confusion on the part of the federal government about how to dispose of the station which bought time for the local group to organize.  Apparently Federal Procurement said it isn’t a procurement action so they couldn’t list it on FedBizOps.  GSA said it has no value so they can’t list it on their real estate website and NASA doesn’t have a website to list things like this.   

Federal bureaucracy at its finest. 

In the meantime a non-profit group backed by old Eastern Shore money measured the station and the barge dock and they think they will be able to take it. 

We’ll let our readers know more when we hear more.

 

Alaska Man Given Coast Guard Medal Years After Girl’s Rescue

Photo Credit: Anchorage Daily News

An Alaska man has received the U.S. Coast Guard’s second-highest civilian honor for saving a girl from drowning when they were both children more than 20 years ago, a report said. George Lambert received a silver lifesaving medal in Anchorage Saturday for rescuing Pamela Smith, The Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday.

The award was presented by Coast Guard Rear Admiral Matthew Bell Jr., who told the story of the rescue during a ceremony attended by Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

Lambert and Smith were among a group swimming at a sandbar near Kotzebue in northwest Alaska in 1998 when he was 10 and she was 12. Smith was pulled into the current, and Lambert took a life jacket and swam out 100 feet (30 meters) to tow Smith to safety, Bell said.  Read The Full Story Here

Atlantic Rowboat Rescue Earns Coast Guard Coxswain Trophy

Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Thornton, a surfman and boatswain’s mate at Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, and recipient of the 2018 Cdr. Ray Evans Outstanding Coxswain Trophy, operates a 47’ motor lifeboat near Barnegat Light, N.J., May 9, 2019. Photo Credit: WorkBoat

A rescue of a man attempting a trans-Atlantic rowboat crossing and caught in a northeast gale has earned a Coast Guard surfman the service’s annual award for small-boat handling and leadership.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Thornton’s duty section at Station Barnegat Light, N.J., launched their 47’ motor lifeboat June 3, 2018, when the Coast Guard Rescue 21 system directed them to a mayday call from rower Duncan Hutchinson, beset by heavy seas in a nor’easter about 20 miles off the New Jersey coast.

Hutchinson had just launched his trans-Atlantic attempt from New York Harbor, a 3,200-mile expedition to raise money for WaterAid, a charity that provides safe water and sanitation to impoverished communities around the globe. Hutchinson, a 52-year-old offshore oil worker, designed and built the vessel to make the crossing from the U.S. to his native Scotland.

Thornton, who hails from Turlock, Calif., and is a qualified Coast Guard surfman and boatswains’s mate, took his crew out Barnegat Inlet into 12’ breaking waves to locate Hutchinson. They got the rower safely aboard and returned to make a challenging transit over the Barnegat bar, pursued by 12’ to 14’ breaking waves. Read The Full Story Here

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

Photo courtesy of Fort Ontario State Historic Site

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 Charlotte area (suburb of Rochester).

The conference hotel is the Holiday Inn Express, 850 Holt Road, Webster, NY. They are holding 20 rooms for us: 10 with double queen beds and 10 with a king bed. Dates for the reservations are Wednesday, September 25 – Saturday, September 28. The nightly rate is $119 plus tax. To make reservations, call 585-872-0900 and tell the front desk you are part of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association. The hotel offers a free breakfast; and is located close to a pond with walking trail. This offer ends August 26, 2019. BOOK NOW!

In Oswego we’ll tour the H Lee White Maritime Museum and their 1943 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. In the works 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 by Francine Glassic who has dedicated years to researching surfmen burial sites.  We’ll head north to the Coast Guard Auxiliary facility in Charlotte. Then on to Station Rochester.

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

Watch this site and Wreck and Rescue for more information.  Mark your calendar now.

If you have a story to submit for the next Life Lines please contact us through our website.  Contact USLSSHA

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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Vintage Postcard of Coast Guard Station Oswego, New York. Courtesy of Fort Ontario State Historic Site

Welcome to Life Lines the monthly newsletter for our members, and also to anyone reading this that has not yet become a member 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 https://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/

National Surfman Registry

Photo courtesy of the internet. Pre-WW2 USCG ‘SURFMAN’ US LIFE SAVING SERVICES US L.S.S. Insignia Set

 

The USLSSHA is aware that several other members of our organization have done research on specific stations in regards to developing a surfman registry. The goal of the USLSSHA’s National Surfman Registry Project is to have a complete roster for all of the USLSS Stations from their beginning through the 1940 time frame. Once completed it can be searched by those looking for family members and follow where they served, or to be used for those conducting research. 

If you are working on a similar project please let us know so that we can share the format that we have created for this project. By using a standard format, it will allow us flexibility to search on specific criteria as we go forward.

If you are interested in helping with the research, let us know. We will be happy to explain the process we are using when we go into the National Archives. Since we are using the Station Logbooks as our primary information source, if you live near national archive sites Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, or Seattle and are interested, we’d love to get you involved.

If you have done research at the National Archives before, we can bring you up to speed quickly. If you’re a novice, we will gladly work with you. All you need is the time, a digital camera and patience. Perhaps if there are multiple individuals from the same area interested, we could put them in contact with each other and form teams.

If this project interests you and you would like more information or to get involved, please feel free to contact Steve either by email or phone.

Steve Marthouse
Cell: (717) 552-3452
marthouse@innernet.net

Wallops Beach Station to be Removed…Unless Someone Steps Up to Save It.

Wallops Beach Station. Photo Mike Carlson

The Wallops Beach Lifeboat Station resides in the NASA – Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) on Wallops Island, Virginia.  WFF has determined the station to be surplus and has ordered it to be removed from the site. Bids will be sought via the Federal Business Opportunities website: https://www.fbo.gov/.  By law, the building will go to the highest bidder, regardless of the bidder’s intended purpose.

Two options exist: removal of the station intact, or dismantling the station and re-purposing the materials.  The U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association strongly hopes that the former occurs.

Several of our members have previously looked into moving the building by barge, and found it quite feasible, though not inexpensive.  It can be moved to any waterfront property that has a minimum three feet of water depth.  We can provide further information on this to any prospective bidder.

The Wallops Beach LBS was built in 1933 to replace the previous 1883 Life-Saving Station which was destroyed by a hurricane.  It remained in active service until 1947.  Further historical information and photographs can be seen on the sites listed below:

  • An extensive management plan was developed for NASA WFF in August

Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plan for Wallops Flight Facility

Included are exterior and interior photos.  The building has not changed significantly since this was published. 

  • A brief video of WFF:

 

 

 

Further information can be obtained from:

Steve Taylor,
Realty Specialist
NASA – Wallops Flight Facility
steven.w.taylor-1@nasa.gov
Office:  757-824-1194
Cell:  503-317-0073

USCG Cutter Named For USLSS Keeper

Photo Courtesy of Bollinger Shipyards

Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La., has delivered the 154’x25’5″x9’6″ Joseph Doyle, the 33rd fast response cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery of the FRC earlier this month in Key West, Fla. 

Each of the new cutters is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. This FRC is named after Coast Guard Hero Joseph Doyle.

Doyle was appointed keeper of the Charlotte, New York Life-Saving Station in July 1878. As keeper, he became known as one of the most distinguished surfmen of the U.S. Life-Saving Service. During 1878 with great skill and bravery, he achieved two impressive rescues. For his heroic actions during both rescues, Doyle was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal on Aug. 2, 1879.  If you would like to know more please read more at this link: WorkBoat Bollinger Delivers

Come Celebrate National Maritime Day in Southport, North Carolina

Photo Credit: Southport Maritime Museum

For more information go to the website and social media sites and sign up for the events or plan on attending.  www.ncmaritimemuseumsouthport.com or on www.facebook.com/ncmaritimemuseumsouthport

If people are wanting to register for the run they can access the registration here: https://its-go-time.com/semper-paratus-5k-fun-run/?fbclid=IwAR01lYVF7EGUjfRkou2UHopmmWYNxXeIkCOvUQqvkgB_OW4LbPhtZyH21OU

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

Photo courtesy of Fort Ontario State Historic Site

 

The conference hotel is the Holiday Inn Express, 850 Holt Road, Webster, NY. They are holding 20 rooms for us: 10 with double queen beds and 10 with a king bed. Dates for the reservations are for Wednesday, September 25 – Saturday, September 28. The nightly rate is $119 plus tax.

To make reservations, call 585-872-0900 and tell the front desk you are part of the US Life-Saving Service Heritage Association. The hotel offers a free breakfast; and is located close to a pond with walking trail.

The conference agenda will cover stations at Oswego, Niagara, and Buffalo. Additional tours and programming are in the planning stages.  Some of the other activities being planned are a tour of Fort Ontario, and also an Erie Canal Tour by boat.  Watch this site and Wreck and Rescue for more information.  Mark your calendar now.

If you have a story to submit for the next Life Lines please contact us through our website.  https://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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