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Braving Wind and Waves

Fort Point Life-Saving Station

 
 
Braving Wind and Waves Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jo Solorzano, November 30, 2015
1. Braving Wind and Waves Marker
Inscription. Activated in 1890, this U.S. Life-Saving Station was built to aid endangered seafarers in the days when San Francisco was one of the world’s busiest ports. “Surfmen” braved wind and waves to rescue victims from distressed sailing ships and steamships off the central California coast and in the bay’s treacherous waters. Nearly a dozen shipwrecks still lie buried along the Presidio shore.

Finding a Safer Haven
In 1990, the U.S. Coast Guard (the successor of the U.S. Life Saving Service) moved the operations across the Golden Gate to the calmer Horseshoe Bay at Fort Baker, where its tradition of lifesaving continues. Nonprofit organizations now use the former boathouse (to your right) and the former commandant’s quarters (to your left).
The steamship S.S. Ohioan ran aground near the Cliff House in 1936. Note the rescue gear at far left, rigged to bring the crew and cargo ashore.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 48.366′ N, 122° 27.978′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from San Francisco Bay Trail near Marine Drive. Click for map. The Fort Point Life Saving Station is on the grounds
Commandant's Quarters and Boathouse image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 7, 2009
2. Commandant's Quarters and Boathouse
Distant photo of the Fort Point Life Saving Station Buildings. On the left is the commandant's quarters and on the right is the boathouse. The marker is visible on the left in front of the Commandant's Quarters.
of Crissy Field-Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94129, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Crissy Field (approx. 0.3 miles away); Setting A Deadly Obstacle Course (approx. 0.3 miles away); Military Intelligence Service Language School (approx. 0.3 miles away); U.S.S. Oregon Marine Corps Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); San Francisco National Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Montgomery Street Barracks (approx. half a mile away); Music in the Military: Presidio Band Barracks (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Categories. Notable PlacesWaterways & Vessels
 
Commandant's Quarters at the Fort Point Life Saving Station image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 7, 2009
3. Commandant's Quarters at the Fort Point Life Saving Station
Photo Displayed on the Marker image. Click for full size.
July 7, 2009
4. Photo Displayed on the Marker
Surfboats were launched from a “marine railway” to ensure quick response to a call from a vessel in distress, such as the oil tanker S.S. Frank Buck.
Photo Displayed on the Marker image. Click for full size.
July 7, 2009
5. Photo Displayed on the Marker
The S.S. Frank Buck in distress.
Photo Displayed on the Marker image. Click for full size.
July 7, 2009
6. Photo Displayed on the Marker
Surfmen of the Fort Point Life-Saving Station, circa 1908.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 339 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Jo Solorzano of Guatemala City, Guatemala.   2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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