Life Lines, November 2019

U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association
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

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  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.

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, [email protected].

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.

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.

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.