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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Inverness in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Preserving Our Maritime Past

 
 
Preserving Our Maritime Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 30, 2017
1. Preserving Our Maritime Past Marker
Inscription. The heyday of life-saving at Point Reyes is over, but this 1927 lifeboat station still stands alive with a history nearly lost along our coast. While the station preserves the last intact marine railway on the Pacific Coast, the history of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances bring this place to life. The wood and iron of the structure are nothing more than raw materials, but it is through their preservation that we may breathe life into our remarkable maritime past.

Bottom row of photographs, left to right:
Full of Activity
The 1930s and 1940s were the most active years at the station. During this time the crew responded to many wrecks and stranded vessels. Activity peaked during World War II when the Palladini fish wharf (pictured next to the boathouse) was pressed into service as housing for the 50+ crew members.

Fading into Obsolescence
With advances in navigation and communication technology during World War II, the fully-staffed station saw less activity through the 1950s. As rescue calls decreased, a more efficient and modern station was planned for Bodega Bay, making the Point Reyes station obsolete.

Restoring our Past
Abandoned in 1968, the station slowly decayed. In 1990, the National Park Service
Preserving Our Maritime Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 30, 2017
2. Preserving Our Maritime Past Marker
The marine railway is in the background.
performed a major restoration of the building. Today, the station preserves the last intact marine railway on the Pacific Coast and artifacts of a time gone by. Non-profit education groups use the station for seminars and study.
 
Erected by National Park Service, Point Reyes National Seashore.
 
Location. 37° 59.651′ N, 122° 58.433′ W. Marker is near Inverness, California, in Marin County. Marker can be reached from Chimney Rock Road near Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Inverness CA 94937, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Francis Drake (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sea Life in These Waters (approx. 0.3 miles away); Whalewatching (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lives of Sacrifice and Service are Honored Here (approx. 0.3 miles away); Victims of the Coast (approx. 0.3 miles away); Nova Albion (approx. 2.4 miles away); Point Reyes Conglomerate (approx. 2 miles away); Point Reyes Light Station (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Inverness.
 
More about this marker. The Point Reyes Life Saving Station is a 1/4 mile walk from the Chimney Rock parking lot.
 
Also see . . .
Point Reyes Lifeboat Station image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 30, 2017
3. Point Reyes Lifeboat Station
has been designate a
National Historic Landmark
This property possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America
1990
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior
 Lifeboat Station History at Point Reyes - National Park Service. In 1890, alone on the long stretch of empty beach, the Point Reyes Life-Saving Station opened with a crew of eight and a seasoned keeper on a lonely stretch of Great Beach known for its notorious pounding surf and bad weather. Their positions were poorly paid, difficult and full of danger. The surfmen patrolled the beaches of Point Reyes with an ever-vigilant eye, looking for shipwrecks and their desperate crews. They walked the beaches day and night, with the fog chilling them to the bone and the wind blasting sand at the unprotected skin of their faces. (Submitted on April 12, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Point Reyes Lifeboat Station image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 30, 2017
4. Point Reyes Lifeboat Station
The Point Reyes Life-Saving Station Marine Railway image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 30, 2017
5. The Point Reyes Life-Saving Station Marine Railway
Point Reyes Life Saving Station image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 30, 2017
6. Point Reyes Life Saving Station
Point Reyes Lifeboat Marine Railway image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 30, 2017
7. Point Reyes Lifeboat Marine Railway
36-foot Lifeboat image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 30, 2017
8. 36-foot Lifeboat
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 84 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 12, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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