Virginia Beach, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The United States Life-Saving Service Stations & Crews
The Old Coast Guard Station Maritime Museum
The USLSS operated until 1915 when it merged with Revenue Cutter Service to form the United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard decommissioned the Virginia Beach Life-Saving Station in 1969, the citizens of Virginia Beach saved the building from being torn down and turned it into a museum.
(top right) The stations were run by a Keeper and his crew of surfmen. At first, the stations were only manned in the “active season” (September to May) but it was soon determined an effective service needed to active year-round. The surfmen kept watch from the tower all day and night and patrolled the beach on foot. The USLSS had three requirements for working at a Life-Saving station: a man
(bottom right) The above photograph shows surfmen using the breeches buoy to rescue the crew of the ship. The breeches buoy was one of three methods of rescue used by the USLSS. The other two were the surfboat and the lifecar. From 1878 through 1915, the USLSS is credited with saving approximately 175,00o lives.
Erected by The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission.
Location. 36° 51.139′ N, 75° 58.53′ W. Marker is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and 24th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located near the entrance to the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, on the west side of the building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2401 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach VA 23451, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The War of 1812 / President – Little Belt Affair (a few steps from this marker); The Wreck of the Dictator and The Norwegian Lady Statue (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Naval Aviation Monument Park (about 500 feet away); Naval Air Station Oceana (about 500 feet away); Sister Cities (about 500 feet away); Neptune (approx. half a mile away); Neighborhood Alert! (approx. 0.6 miles away); Who's in the neighborhood? (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia Beach.
Also see . . . Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum. (Submitted on July 1, 2017.)
Categories. • Disasters • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 30, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.