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The Life-Saving Station

Absecon Lighthouse

 
 
The Life-Saving Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2011
1. The Life-Saving Station Marker
Inscription. By 1872, the first life-saving station was in operation on the corner of the Lighthouse property. This simple building, with some periodic renovations, served until the second, larger and more ornate station was constructed in 1884.

The new life-saving station was designed by Paul Johannes Pelz, the architect of the U. S. Library of Congress. The Atlantic City Life-Saving Station was one of four designed by Pelz, the others being at Deal and Bay Head, New Jersey, and Brenton Point in Newport, Rhode Island.

While the Lighthouse served as a beacon at night, warning ships away from the dangerous sand bars, the “surfmen” of the U.S. Life-Saving Service were prepared to row out at a momentís notice to rescue any unfortunate travelers who met with disaster at sea. Their surfboats were kept where you are standing now, then pulled directly out onto the beach for drills and rescues, as the need arose.

You have to go out but you donít have to come back.
Legendary motto of the U.S. Life-Saving Service

 
Location. 39° 21.992′ N, 74° 24.842′ W. Marker is in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is on S Vermont Avenue when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at the parking lot
The Life-Saving Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2011
2. The Life-Saving Station Marker
The Oil storage house for the Absecon Lighthouse can be seen behind the marker.
at the Absecon Lighthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Atlantic City NJ 08401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Absecon Lighthouse (a few steps from this marker); Assistant Keepersí Dwelling (a few steps from this marker); 44th National Encampment Grand Army of the Republic (within shouting distance of this marker); Lighthouse History (within shouting distance of this marker); Keeperís Dwelling (within shouting distance of this marker); The Whaling Bark Stafford (within shouting distance of this marker); Edna Patricia Hall (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); They Called It “KY & The Curb” (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlantic City.
 
More about this marker. Four photos appear on the marker. One, from the Collection of Elinor Veit, has a caption of “Boats from the U. S. Life-Saving Service are seen parked on the beach opposite the Lighthouse and the 1884 life-saving station.” The other three photos are from the Collection of the Atlantic County Historical Society. They have captions of “The first life-saving station was a simple, one-story building perched near the beach.”; “The “surfmen” in front of the life-saving
Marker in Atlantic City image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2011
3. Marker in Atlantic City
station on Vermont Avenue.”; and “The second, larger station was an appropriately fashionable addition to its thriving seaside neighborhood.”
 
Also see . . .  Historic Absecon Lighthouse website. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
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Absecon Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2011
4. Absecon Lighthouse
At 171 feet, the Absecon Lighthouse is the third tallest lighthouse in the United States and the tallest in New Jersey.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 462 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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