Life Lines, January 2018

Vermillion Stations, Michigan

Photo Courtesy Kimberly Mann

Welcome to Life Lines the monthly newsletter for our members, and also our fans who are not yet members of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association. For those of you reading and have yet to join, “What are you waiting for?” A new year is here and you too can be part of the adventure as the organization publishes our station inventory link and our new venture to create a “Surfmens’ Data Base.” Your membership will get you access to both of these data bases. If you would like to join please go to and let’s get started.

You may not know it but all sorts of interesting lifesaving and life-saving service related news is popping up all over the place and this monthly news stream will provide you those tidbits of information with the link so that you can learn more about those topics of interest to you and the other organizations that are making it all happen.

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Now onto the news:

1876 Vermillion Point Station, Michigan


Photos courtesy of Grace Truman, S.O.S. Vermillion

S.O.S. Vermillion has been working with the Grand Traverse Conservancy and the local communities to stabilize and save the 1876 Vermillion Point Station in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan on Lake Superior. The volunteer group, S.O.S. Vermillion, had a work session on September 23 & 24. The group of volunteers tore off two deteriorated non-historic additions in preparation for restoring the original U.S. Life-Saving Service station building. The volunteers were able to salvage some of the materials and stored them for future repairs. Volunteers patched holes in the walls and installed more air circulation vents to keep moisture from building up inside the structure. Volunteers were excited to see original details, colors, and historic materials emerge that will assist in restoring the structure at a later date. The project identified for 2018 will be the removal of the larger non-historic addition, returning the station to the original 1876 footprint.

Go to their Facebook site to follow the work that is occurring on site, or to find out how you can assist with this project.

Cape Hatteras, Kitty Hawk, and Manteo, North Carolina


If you haven’t marked your calendars yet, submitted your leave slip, or cancelled all of your previous plans, the Annual Meeting is already scheduled and being planned for October 2018.

The Annual Conference of the United States Life-Saving Service Heritage Association will be held in the Cape Hatteras-Kitty Hawk-Manteo area of North Carolina from Thursday, October 11 through Saturday, October 13, 2018.

A Breeches Buoy demonstration at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is planned, as well as tours of the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Little Kinnakeet Life-Saving Station and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. We’ll visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Pea Island Cookhouse, Roanoke Island Festival Park, Fort Raleigh and other sites.

Watch the website and future Life Lines for more information. If you are a member you received a notice in your inbox. If you are not a member, please consider joining our group. Be the first to get the news, and we would like to see you in North Carolina and personally welcome you to the organization. Here is the link to sign up as a new member so it will be easy for you to join.

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