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Jupiter in Palm Beach County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

United States Life Saving Station

Jupiter Inlet

 

—1885-1899 —

 
United States Life Saving Station Jupiter Inlet 1885-1899 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 13, 2016
1. United States Life Saving Station Jupiter Inlet 1885-1899 Marker
Inscription. In 1885, the only United States Life Saving Station on the Florida East Coast was built at this site. Charles R. Carlin, a former British sailor and Assistant Keeper at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, oversaw construction and served as the Station’s Keeper. The two-story facility housed men and rescue equipment, including a 27-foot self-bailing surf boat, a Lyle Gun, and a Breeches Buoy apparatus used to transfer people and cargo from ships in distress. The Station, highly regarded for its efficiency in sea rescues, was manned September through April by six uniformed Surfmen, who were quartered on the second floor. During the summer only the Keeper was on duty. The Surfmen drilled, stood watch in the tower, patrolled the beach, maintained equipment, and trained as medics. The Keeper’s detailed logs recorded rescues, weather details, patrol duties, and daily activities at the Station. With the completion of Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railroad and the decline in sailing ships, the paid crew was replaced with local volunteers. Carlin remained caretaker until his death in 1912. At the advent of World War I, the Life Saving Service merged with the Revenue Cutter Service to create the United States Coast Guard.
 
Erected 2010 by The Town of Jupiter and the Florida Department of State. (Marker
United States Life Saving Station Jupiter Inlet 1885-1899 Marker on right. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 13, 2016
2. United States Life Saving Station Jupiter Inlet 1885-1899 Marker on right.
U.S. Jupiter Life Saving Station marker on left.
Number F-703.)
 
Location. 26° 55.782′ N, 80° 4.137′ W. Marker is in Jupiter, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Marker is on Van Kessel Parkway 0.1 miles east of Ocean Boulevard (State Road A1A), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located in Carlin Park in front of the Lazy Loggerhead Cafe. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6 Van Kessel Parkway, Jupiter FL 33477, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. U.S. Jupiter Life Saving Station (here, next to this marker); Jupiter Inlet Shipwrecks (approx. one mile away); Jupiter Inlet Midden I (approx. one mile away); Jupiter Lighthouse (approx. 1.5 miles away); World War II U.S. Naval Housing Building (approx. 1.6 miles away); "Dive Into History" (approx. 1.7 miles away); Ft. Jupiter - Jupiter Lighthouse (approx. 1.7 miles away); Sawfish Bay (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jupiter.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 244 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on August 17, 2016.
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