Life Lines July 2018


Famed surfboat 1046 is undergoing conservation at Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station. In late April, three National Park Service conservators surveyed and worked on the  surfboat, built in 1911 and used in the 1918  Mirlo rescue.

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

Publications Now Available as Print-on-Demand

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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.

Restoration of the Mirlo Surfboat

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

National Park Service conservators are working on the 1911 surfboat that was used in the Mirlo Rescue 100 years ago.
The surfboat, on display in the 1874 Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station in Rodanthe, is the sole surviving example of the 25-foot, eight-inch long surfboat used at almost all rescue stations in the United States. It was the state-of-the-art motorboat in the early 1900s. To read more about the restoration go to

Change of Command at the USCG

Photo Credit “The Maritime Executive

Admiral Karl Schultz took over as Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard from Admiral Paul Zukunft during a ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. Schultz, now the service’s 26th commandant, reports to Coast Guard headquarters from Virginia where he served as the Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander since August 2016.

Go to the link to learn more about this story.

Nags Head, North Carolina Annual Conference Additional Information

The Annual Conference reservation system is now online at the website. Please check out the itinerary (, there are a number of stations that we will see as a group during the conference. The last count was 9 during the conference dates October 11-13, 2018. 
The current USCG station at Oregon Inlet will also be providing our group with a tour of their station as well. The planning committee has contacted federal, state, local non-profits, businesses, and private owners who have all graciously invited our group to stop by for a tour, or just stop and take photos and come by later to shop or have dinner in their businesses.
The deadline for the Pre and Post Conference trips sign-ups has passed.  If you want to attend either please email [email protected] to get on the list.  Final plans will begin in July for these two additional trips to see 3 additional stations that are difficult to tour.
The Annual Conference of the United States U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association will be held in Nags Head, North Carolina from Thursday, October 11 through Saturday, October 13, 2018.  The cost for the full conference is $190 including the annual dinner, and daily rates are $75 for each day plus add $50 if you want to attend the annual dinner.  The annual dinner will be held at the Black Pelican Restaurant which is the former 1874 Kitty Hawk Life-Saving Station.