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Chincoteague in Accomack County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Coast Guard Station

Assateague Island National Seashore

Coast Guard Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, August 27, 2022
1. Coast Guard Station Marker
Inscription.  Between 1922 and 1967. the white buildings visible in the distance marked the center of lifesaving activities on this end of Assateague Island. The twelve-man crew of the Assateague Beach Coast Guard Station stood ready to aid vessels in distress along the nearby coast.

From the three-bay boathouse, the double ender motor-driven rescue boats were launched on carriages that ran into the water on rails. Unlike earlier beachfront stations where crews had to launch surf boats directly into the breakers, these craft could enter the ocean through the calmer waters of Chincoteaque Inlet. Even during storms rescue boats could get under way. The historic Assateague Lighthouse is one of nearly 450 automated lighthouses maintained today by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Closed by the Sands
The first Assateague Beach Life- Saving Station (1) stood on the northern shore of Toms Cove. Silting of the cove and growth ol the "hook." gradually made it difficult to get rescue boats to the ocean at low tide. In 1922 a more modern station(2) was built at what was then the tip of the island,
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but the island continued to grow and silting made access difficult. Today's Coast Guard Station is in Chincoteague, Va. (captions)
Rescue Craft Crews at the beachfront life-saving stations rowed out to wrecks in surf boats.

Power boats revolutionized rescue operations at modern stations like this one.

Assateague Beach Coast Guard Station
Today the National Park Service is preserving the deactivated Coast Guard Station. The buildings are not open to the public.

Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1922.
Location. 37° 53.394′ N, 75° 20.704′ W. Marker is in Chincoteague, Virginia, in Accomack County. Marker is at the intersection of National Seashore Lane and Stephen Decatur Hwy (Virginia Route 611), on the right when traveling west on National Seashore Lane. Marker is located on the Visitor Center’s boardwalk. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7206 National Seashore Lane, Chincoteague Island VA 23336, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tom’s Cove Shellfishing (here, next to this marker); Assateague Lighthouse (a few steps from this marker);
Coast Guard Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, August 27, 2022
2. Coast Guard Station Marker
Keeping the Forest Full of Life (approx. one mile away); The Wild Ponies (approx. 1.3 miles away); Welcome to Assateague Village (approx. 1.6 miles away); Still Shining…After All These Years (approx. 1.6 miles away); Assateague Light House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Miss Mollys Inn (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chincoteague.
Also see . . .  Assateague Island National Seashore. (Submitted on August 31, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 213 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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