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Jupiter in Palm Beach County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

United States Life Saving Station

Jupiter Inlet

 

— 1885-1899 —

 
United States Life Saving Station Jupiter Inlet 1885-1899 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 13, 2016
1. United States Life Saving Station Jupiter Inlet 1885-1899 Marker
Inscription.  In 1885, the only United States Life Saving Station on the Florida East Coast was built at this site. Charles R. Carlin, a former British sailor and Assistant Keeper at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, oversaw construction and served as the Station’s Keeper. The two-story facility housed men and rescue equipment, including a 27-foot self-bailing surf boat, a Lyle Gun, and a Breeches Buoy apparatus used to transfer people and cargo from ships in distress. The Station, highly regarded for its efficiency in sea rescues, was manned September through April by six uniformed Surfmen, who were quartered on the second floor. During the summer only the Keeper was on duty. The Surfmen drilled, stood watch in the tower, patrolled the beach, maintained equipment, and trained as medics. The Keeper’s detailed logs recorded rescues, weather details, patrol duties, and daily activities at the Station. With the completion of Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railroad and the decline in sailing ships, the paid crew was replaced with local volunteers. Carlin remained caretaker until his death in 1912. At the advent of World War I, the Life Saving Service merged with
United States Life Saving Station Jupiter Inlet 1885-1899 Marker on right. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 13, 2016
2. United States Life Saving Station Jupiter Inlet 1885-1899 Marker on right.
U.S. Jupiter Life Saving Station marker on left.
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the Revenue Cutter Service to create the United States Coast Guard.
 
Erected 2010 by The Town of Jupiter and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-703.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1885.
 
Location. 26° 55.782′ N, 80° 4.137′ W. Marker is in Jupiter, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Marker is on Van Kessel Parkway 0.1 miles east of Ocean Boulevard (State Road A1A), on the right when traveling north. Located in Carlin Park in front of the Lazy Loggerhead Cafe. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6 Van Kessel Parkway, Jupiter FL 33477, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. U.S. Jupiter Life Saving Station (here, next to this marker); Jupiter Inlet Shipwrecks (approx. one mile away); Jupiter Inlet Midden I (approx. one mile away); DuBois Pioneer Home (approx. one mile away); The Jupiter and Lake Worth Railway (approx. 1.1 miles away); Jupiter Lighthouse (approx. 1˝ miles away); World War II U.S. Naval Housing Building (approx. 1.6 miles away); "Dive Into History" (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jupiter.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 16, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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