“You have to go out….you don’t have to come back.” Surfman’s motto
If we have learned anything from hosting the Lifeboat Station Museum,
it’s “they don’t make them like they use to”. Except for firefighters
such as the ones that lost their lives in Arizona fighting wildfires.
I also put the people in the military, putting their lives on the line
for people they don’t even know in that brave category.
There is a lot of interesting history in this area and it makes us want
to look deeper into what has happened here; it is very interesting to
say the least. Our first week as hosts at the Lifeboat Museum, starting
the 4th of July, has been very rewarding in more ways than one, and to
top it off, we had a very wonderful visit from our Daughter and Son-in-Law
from Salt Lake!
We have met some interesting characters at the museum and we have enjoyed
all of them!
Here are some pictures from the last week and some narratives.
It’s just a small sampling of the history.
The museum below, in its time was the station for the crew
The caissons and breakwater for the boathouse that was destroyed by fire in 1970
As it was before 1970
The 36′ self-righting lifeboat 36498
Nellies Cove where the lifeboats left to rescue ships in distress. Notice the overgrown
steps the surfmen used to haul two 5 gallon cans of diesel down 532 steps.
All that is left
Electric motor probably used to pull the lifeboats back into the boathouse.
The rails that fell in the water after the fire burned the boathouse in 1970
Calle on the breakwater for the boathouse
Where the ramp from the boathouse sloped down to the water
The details of the self righting lifeboat…
John and Jen