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

Life-Saving Station

 
 
Life-Saving Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, May 15, 2008
1. Life-Saving Station Marker
Inscription. In the late 1800's and early 1900's four Life-Saving Stations on Assateague Island aided ships in distress off the coast, where hidden sand bars, storms, German submarines, and other dangers often threatened.

The U.S. Life-Saving Service built the North Beach Station here in 1884. Later, the U.S. Coast Guard took over operations. Decommissioned in 1952, the station house was destroyed by fire in 1962.

Surf Boat Rescues
The crew of the North Beach Station rowed out to rescue shipwreck survivors in 24-foot long wooden boats. The keep directed and stteered while six surfmen manned the oars. Launching and landing through the roaring breakers required courage and skill.

Boathouse
The building behind you was once the auxiliary boathouse of the Pope Island Life-Saving Station which stood 13 miles south of here.

Line Rescues
When seas were too rough for launching surf boats, rescuers shot lightweight lines out to ships with guns or rockets. Crewman on the ships could use the lines to pull out heavier ropes called "hawsers." A hawser firmly attached between ship and shore served as an aerial track for rescue devices suspended from pulleys. A breeches-buoy carried one person; a surf car could carry five.
 
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Site of the North Beach Life-Saving Station, 1884-1915 image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, May 15, 2008
2. Site of the North Beach Life-Saving Station, 1884-1915
This sign is about 100 feet northeast of the marker.
11.934′ N, 75° 9.409′ W. Marker is near Berlin, Maryland, in Worcester County. Marker is on Bayberry Drive half a mile south of Bayside Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is on the northeast corner of the intersection. Located in Assateague Island National Seashore. Marker is in this post office area: Berlin MD 21811, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shipwrecks (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Native Americans (within shouting distance of this marker); Olde Sinepuxent (approx. 0.4 miles away); Baltimore Boulevard (approx. 0.7 miles away); Swindler Park (approx. 2.9 miles away); "Genesar" (approx. 3 miles away); Rackliffe Plantation Milk House (approx. 3.3 miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berlin.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photograph of the North Beach Life-Saving Station as it looked from the point in the 1920's. A drawing on the left half of the marker depict the station as it looked in operation. Other drawing show a Lyle gun with a maximum effective range of 400 yards (used to throw the lifeline), and a Breechers-Buoy, a Surf Car. Below these is an illustration showing
Boathouse image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, May 15, 2008
3. Boathouse
The auxiliary boathouse of the Pope Island Life-Saving Station.
the rescue equipment in operation saving sailors from a sinking ship.
 
Also see . . .  Assateague Island National Seashore. National Park Service site. (Submitted on June 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. GovernmentWaterways & Vessels
 
Observation Platform image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 14, 2008
4. Observation Platform
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 4, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,219 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 4, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   4. submitted on June 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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