Ocean City in Worcester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Life Saving Station
On what is now the corner of Caroline Street and the Boardwalk, Ocean City's Life-Saving Station was built in 1878 and sat at the once northern edge of Ocean City. The life-saving station was a part of the coastal system, established by the United States Treasury Department for the saving of vessels in distress and lives in peril upon the water.
The surfmen stationed at Ocean City became an integral part of the newly developing town. Heroic deeds of rescue earned them the respect of the community. The station saw so much activity that the federal government decided to build a new larger facility in 1891. Here on the Eastern Shore of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, in its first forty years of service, the United States Life-Saving Service, is credited with saving over 4,500 lives from the "perils of the sea."
The U.S. Life-saving service merged with the Revenue Cutter Service in January 1915 to form the modern day United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard actively used the building until 1964. A new station was built closer to the inlet and has been maintained in Ocean City to the present day.
Erected by Ocean City Museum Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Notable Places • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1915.
Location. 38° 19.847′ N, 75° 5.111′ W. Marker is in Ocean City, Maryland, in Worcester County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Boardwalk and Caroline Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located along the boardwalk. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6 S Atlantic Ave, Ocean City MD 21842, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World Trade Center Beam (within shouting distance of this marker); Pier Ballroom & Bandshell (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Three Ton Tire (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fishing Industry (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Paul's By-The-Sea Episcopal ChurchCity Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Ocean City (approx. 0.3 miles away); Students of Ocean City High School in World War II (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ocean City.
More about this marker. The marker is located about a half mile northeast from the present location of the Life Saving Station (which is currently a museum located at: N 38° 19.523 W 075° 05.281
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2022, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 15, 2022, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.