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Near Berlin in Worcester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Saving Lives

Assateague Island National Seashore

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
 
Saving Lives Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 16, 2022
1. Saving Lives Marker
Inscription.  
The surfmen of the U.S. Life-Saving Service were real heroes. Come hurricane or nor'easter, they scanned the horizon for ships in distress. They bravely risked their lives to rescue shipwrecked mariners and passengers, conducting both beach and sea rescues.

The endless days of repetitive drills and maintenance paid off. During 40 years of service, from 1875 to 1915, four Life-Saving Stations operated on Assateague Island. They responded to more than 250 incidents. Only two resulted in the loss of life.

[Caption:]
This boathouse is the only surviving structure on Assateague Island associated with the U.S. Life-Saving Service. It was moved here from its original location at Pope's Island. This photo shows the USLSS crew in 1910.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkHeroesWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
 
Location. 38° 11.926′ N, 75° 9.395′ 
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W. Marker is near Berlin, Maryland, in Worcester County. Marker is on Ferry Landing Road just east of Bayberry Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6384 Bayberry Dr, Berlin MD 21811, 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. Native Americans (within shouting distance of this marker); Olde Sinepuxent (approx. 0.4 miles away); Keep Them Safe / Keep Them Wild (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Keep Them Safe / Keep Them Wild (approx. 0.6 miles away); Baltimore Boulevard (approx. 0.7 miles away); Wild and Free (approx. 2.8 miles away); Peregrine Falcon Migration (approx. 2.8 miles away); Swindler Park (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berlin.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
 
Saving Lives Marker with the Boathouse in the background image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 16, 2022
2. Saving Lives Marker with the Boathouse in the background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 18, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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