Lifesaving Station Remnant by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

February 18, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

When visiting a lighthouse, I always poke around and reflect on the idea that they were part of a larger mission. In some cases they still are. That mission being lifesaving.

The mission of lighthouses and lifesaving falls under the United States Coast Guard. That is today. In years past there were different services. One was the US Lighthouse Service and the other being the US Lifesaving Service. These services and the Revenue Cutter Service began merging in 1910. By 1915, the US Coast Guard had formed and the lighthouse responsibility followed.

Like the history of the services themselves, the individual facilities performed these functions. In these photos, the sturdy beams in the sand were part of Watch Hill's Lifesaving station. This station served with distinction until 1947. This is where those vessels launched.

I have spent a lifetime on the water. I have performed rescues. So, I have to stop and pay my respect to those brethren who launched from here. The piers remain so that we remember.

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Lifesaving Remnant

LifesavingRemnant_20210215_850_6664Lifesaving RemnantLifesaving station remnants from the one-time station at the Watch Hill Lighthouse facility at Westerly, Rhode Island. This is where they launched the boats that rendered assistance and rescue.

Station Remnant

StationRemnant_20210215_850_6657Station RemnantLifesaving station remnants from the one-time station at the Watch Hill Lighthouse facility at Westerly, Rhode Island. This is where they launched the boats that rendered assistance and rescue.

Lifesaving station remnants from the one-time station at the Watch Hill Lighthouse facility at Westerly, Rhode Island. This is where they launched the boats that rendered assistance and rescue.

Watch Hill Geodetic Survey Mark

WatchHillGeodeticSurveyMark_20210215_850_6665Watch Hill Geodetic Survey MarkThe US Coast & Geodetic Survey Bench Mark near the former US Coast Guard Lifesaving Station at Watch Hill, Westerly, Rhode Island

The US Coast & Geodetic Survey Bench Mark near the former US Coast Guard Lifesaving Station at Watch Hill, Westerly, Rhode Island.

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Photo from our Made From RI Gallery portfolio display "Seascapes/Shoreline" (all photos are available as prints, canvas wraps, framed works, cards, or many other formats). 

 

 


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