Orleans in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
The Legacy Endures
Lifesaving Heritage of Orleans
In the years following World War I, the profession of lifesaving changed significantly. The widening of the Cape Cod Canal and the removal of the substantial tolls greatly reduced the amount of shipping traffic off our dangerous eastern shore. Advances such as the development of the motor lifeboat, the use of aviation in sea rescues, and other technological changes allowed for the reduction in lifesaving stations.
The Orleans Station no longer exists and operations were discontinued in 1922. It was again listed as active in 1928, and Public Works Administration funds were used to rebuild it in 1933. It disappears from the list of active stations in 1947.
While the methods of lifesaving have changed significantly, one element that has not changed is the character of those who engage in the profession of saving people that have become imperiled at sea. Their bravery, courage, determination, and dedication will forever be engrained in the heritage of our town.
This display was made possible through Orleans Community Preservation Funds
Erected by Orleans
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 41° 47.189′ N, 69° 56.204′ W. Marker is in Orleans, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker is at the intersection of Beach Road and Surf Path, on the left when traveling east on Beach Road. The marker is located at the east end of the Nauset Beach parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 250 Beach Road, Orleans MA 02653, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Birth of the Coast Guard (here, next to this marker); Benjamin Sparrow (here, next to this marker); The United States Lifesaving Service (here, next to this marker); The Legacy Continues (here, next to this marker); The Legacy Begins (here, next to this marker); Nauset Beach (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); East Orleans Country Store (approx. 1½ miles away); Universalist Society Meeting House (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orleans.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.