Life Lines October 2020

Photo Credit: SAR Station Port Weller stands watch over Western Lake Ontario

Fall Colors from our neighbors to the north. Any of our Canadian readers and members, this is for you.


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.


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


Port Aransas maritime museum set for 2021

An architect’s rendering of the new Farley Boat Works Museum to be built in Port Aransas next year. Courtesy image

Port Aransas will be home to a new maritime museum next year, which will be located adjacent to the Farley Boat Works workshop at 716 W. Avenue C. The new Farley Boat Works Museum will replace the Port Aransas Preservation and Historical Association’s previous museum, which was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Groundbreaking is expected early in 2021. The building should be open to the public by the end of next year, organizers said.

The building design resembles the first facility of the U.S. Lifesaving Service, the forerunner of the U.S. Coast Guard, which was established in 1878 in Port Aransas. If you would like to know more go to:


Nantucket Youth Hostel Sold

Photo Credit: The Inquirer and Mirror Publication

The winning bidder was Blue Flag Partners, a Boston-based development company run by Terry Sanford, the brother of Egan Maritime board president Matt Sanford.

The property has a preservation restriction, meaning no alterations to the exterior of the 1872 building can be made. Interior renovations, however, are fair game.

The restriction is held by the Historic District Commission met to discuss transferring the restriction to the Nantucket Preservation Trust.

The structure will be preserved.

Editor’s Note: I had the privilege to stay in the hostel the year the USLSSHA conference was held on Nantucket. My bunk was next to the ladder that climbed into the lookout tower. I feel very lucky that I got the opportunity to stay in this facility and hope the buyer will value its history and charm.


Membership Directory Update

We are in the process of updating the USLSSHA Membership Directory. The purpose of this directory is to enable members to contact other members in their area, or those with similar interests, to announce events or to seek support with preservation/restoration projects. Participation in the directory is entirely voluntary, and the amount of information displayed is also up to each member. Access to the directory is limited to fellow USLSSHA members.

Please contact Mike Carlson, if any of the following apply:

  • You previously chose not to participate in the directory but would now like to do so
  • You wish to have your listing removed from the directory
  • Your contact information has changed, or you wish to change your listed interests

The updated directory will be sent by email to all members after this update is completed.

Mike Carlson
USLSSHA Secretary
[email protected]


Kittery, Maine Went Successfully Virtual for the 2020 Annual Conference

Photo courtesy of Pat and Dick Ryder


The virtual U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association annual meeting was held on the afternoon of September 26. Three presentations followed by the annual members meeting went very well and were enthusiastically received.

In total, 225 registered with 169 in attendance at the high point of the conference. The success of the virtual conference is setting a goal for all future annual conferences to include some virtual components to be included in upcoming years. We hope you will either choose to attend in person or register for virtual content in the future as it is being promoted and planned.

The USLSSHA would like to thank the Michigan Historic Preservation Network with their assistance in hosting our first virtual conference.

2021 Conference and Beyond

Mark your calendars for the 2021 Conference which is tentatively scheduled for 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 and will alert you when more information is known.

The on-site meeting in Kittery, Maine will be rescheduled in the future.

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.