Atlantic City in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Life-Saving Station
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. Touch for map. Marker is located at the parking lot
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). Touch for a list and map 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
Also see . . . Historic Absecon Lighthouse website. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 530 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.