Life Lines January 2021

Photo Credit: Station Menemsha boathouse and the 47 foot Motor Life Boats (courtesy Michael Blanchard)

Committee Request and an Opportunity for Involvement by Members of USLSSHA:

The USLSSHA recently formed a new committee to address education resources for and within our association. Among the objectives include creating web-based video content, exploring options for a digital archives, and developing teacher packets for use in K-12 education.

Specific Needs:

  • Technical experience as producer of webinars using platforms such as google classroom, YouTube, FB live, Zoom
  • Experience designing educational programming at varying K-12 levels
  • Content developer for serial and standalone video content
  • Experience creating a digital archive for public use

We have some gaps in our expertise and hope to involve volunteers from our general membership to join the committee. If you have any of the specialty skills and would like to use them to help the USLSS Heritage Association achieve its education goals, please complete the signup at the following link:

 Publications Now Available as Print-on-Demand

The two books that the USLSSHA produced are now available by print-on-demand at 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.

Wallops Beach Station Again Looking for a New Home

Photo Credit: NASA

This call will stay in Life Lines each month until we determine that the structures have been saved or time has run out and they have been demolished. If you can help please do so now.

The Wallops Beach Station in Virginia 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 in moving these structures please contact:

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

Hull Lifesaving Museum Announces Fall Activities

Hull Lifesaving Museum

Miniature Ships – Epic Stories: 2020 Ship Model Exhibition
Runs Through January 2021
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This exciting exhibition featuring ship and boat models will be open through January. One hour tours can be reserved Monday-Thursday, 11-12 noon, and Friday, Saturday & Sunday between 11-4 pm. For other times please contact the museum for availability at (781) 925-5433 or by email. There is so much to do this Holiday season so make your reservations early. Tickets can be reserved on line through Eventbrite.

Museum tour donation: $8.00 Reserve Tickets

Wood Island 2021 Calendars are Available

Photo Credit: Wood island Life Saving Association. Don Gargano

The exceptional photographer, Don Gargano, has done it again. He has created a 2021 calendar showing Wood Island Station through his talented lens.

Don donates all proceeds of the calendars back to the restoration work. Thank you Don!

To order yours:

47 Foot MLB Service Life Extension Program

Photo Credit: 47-Foot Motor Life Boat (MLB) 47231 from Station Morrow Bay, 4 Dec 2007. Photo by Mike Baird

MarineLink reports on the Coast Guard’s service life extension program for the 47 foot motor life boats.

“In the summer of 2020, Birdon America delivered the first of the upgraded 47 MLBs which was accepted by the U.S. Coast Guard. It had passed or exceeded all the U.S. Coast Guard requirements under the contract. Birdon will now proceed with the service life extension of over 100 of these vessels built between 1997 and 2003. Work on the first boat was completed at the All-American Marine yard in Bellingham, Wash. Other west coast boats will follow. The 47 MLBs on the east coast will be upgraded at an east coast yard beginning in 2022…a pair of US-built, 6-cylinder, Cummins QSC8.3-M engines were chosen for the repower as part of the MLB Service Life Extension Program (SLEP). These EPA3-rated engines have four valves per cylinder and produce 530 BHP each at 2,600 RPM. They replace the original 435-hp Detroit 6V92TA mains. The new engines exceed the contracted requirements in terms of noise reduction and fuel economy.”

North Carolina is the Next Virtual 2021 Annual Conference

Photo courtesy of North Carolina Maritime Museum, Southport

The Committee has begun planning the 2021 Virtual/Hybrid annual meeting. This year the North Carolina Maritime Museum and the Old Baldy Foundation will be our Virtual/Hybrid hosts.

Virtual activities will include speakers, site visits, interviews, a Virtual History Happy Hour, an online auction and more as we creatively think of it.

Mark your calendars for the 2021 Conference, Southport, North Carolina on September 23-25, 2021. We are in touch with the North Carolina conference planners and are monitoring the COVID-19 status in their State so those who feel safe making the trip will be able to. 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.