Sullivans Island Station Site

Sullivan's Island, SC

Also known as Sullivans Island

The Sullivans Island Station Site site was established in 1895


This is not an active site. It was active 1895-1973


This site was closed (in) 1973


This is the original site location


Designation number: 201 (196)

Station closed in 1973 and was turned over to the National Park Service in 1990 as part of Fort Sumter National Monument. 1894 station house survives.

Station Site Notes:

1894 nearly ready for occupancy; 1895 new station erected (USLSS Annual Reports). The diversion of the main ship channel at Charleston Harbor, SC from the vicinity of Morris Island to that of Sullivan's Island rendered the Morris Island Life Saving Station too remote to afford prompt assistance to vessels encountering disaster while entering or leaving port through the new channel. Therefore, it was decided in 1894 to build a new station on Sullivan's Island. The station was completed on August 1, 1895; in 1934 the Coast Guard was granted a permit by the War Department to construct and operate a pier, wharf, boat hoist, and boat shelter, on Fort Moultrie Military Reservation. With the closing of Fort Moultrie, Sullivan's Island Lifeboat Station was able to add the existing pier and boathouse to the station (USCG Historian's Website).

Buildings at this Station Site

The 1894 boathouse which is used as a carpentry shop. is surviving at this site

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