San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Braving Wind and Waves
Fort Point Life-Saving Station
Finding a Safer Haven
In 1990, the U.S. Coast Guard (the successor of the U.S. Life Saving Service) moved the operations across the Golden Gate to the calmer Horseshoe Bay at Fort Baker, where its tradition of lifesaving continues. Nonprofit organizations now use the former boathouse (to your right) and the former commandant’s quarters (to your left).
The steamship S.S. Ohioan ran aground near the Cliff House in 1936. Note the rescue gear at far left, rigged to bring the crew and cargo ashore.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 37° 48.366′ N, 122° 27.978′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from San Francisco Bay Trail near Marine Drive. Touch for map. The Fort Point Life Saving Station is on the grounds
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Crissy Field (approx. 0.3 miles away); Setting A Deadly Obstacle Course (approx. 0.3 miles away); Military Intelligence Service Language School (approx. 0.3 miles away); U.S.S. Oregon Marine Corps Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); San Francisco National Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Montgomery Street Barracks (approx. half a mile away); Music in the Military: Presidio Band Barracks (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Categories. • Notable Places • Waterways & Vessels •
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