Life Saving Station

Life Saving Station (HMPQY)

Location: Lewes, DE 19958 Sussex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 46.686', W 75° 8.486'

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Lewes Maritime History Trail

The United States Life Saving Service (U.S.L.S.S.) was commissioned to rescue shipwrecked mariners along our nation's coast. Established in 1876 and 1884, repectively, the Cape Henlopen and Lewes stations worked together to save thousands of lives, hundreds of ships, and recover millions of dollars worth of cargo.
Perhaps the most significant event in the history of the Cape Henlopen and Lewes stations was the Great Blizzard of March 12 -14, 1888, when a clear and calm late winter's day turned into a ferocious "white hurricane". Years later, the Life-SavingService Surfman recalled that the winds blew ice and sand so hard it "could cut your eyes out." Sailors lashed themselves to the rigging to avoid being washed overboard, but it meant death for many who froze and died there.
In 1915, as sailing ships were replaced by steam-powered vessels and wrecks occurred with less frequency, the U.S.L.S.S. merged with the Revenue Cutter Service to form the U.S. Coast Guard.
Placed ByCity of Lewes
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 1:07pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 487714 N 4292162
Decimal Degrees38.77810000, -75.14143333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 46.686', W 75° 8.486'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 46' 41.16" N, 75° 8' 29.16" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 Shipcarpenter St, Lewes DE 19958, US
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