Chronology of Life-Saving Station Keepers
Changes in the organization of the service, the migration of people to and from these stations, and the simple passage of time have made it difficult to construct a complete list of these heroes of the coast. This is the most accurate list we have available at this time.
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Cape Lookout Life-Saving Station
William H. Gaskill - Appointed December 15, 1887. Resigned April 19, 1912.
Walter M. Yeomans - Acting Keeper during 1916.
Position was left vacant in 1939 and the station became part of Beaufort Station in 1940 during the reorganization.
Core Banks Life-Saving Station
Alexander Moore - Appointed January 3, 1896. Transferred to Bogue Inlet Station September 30, 1904.
Freddie G. Gillikin - Appointed May 1, 1916. Transferred to Cape Henry May 2, 1928.
Portsmouth Life-Saving Station
Ferdinand G. Terrell - Appointed August 22, 1894. Resigned October 8, 1903.
Mitchell Hamilton - Appointed April 2, 1917. Left December 13, 1920 to become the Assistant to the District Superintendent.
Joseph R. Emery - Appointed November 16, 1924. Left April 1, 1925 to become the Assistant to the District Superintendent.
Elisha G. Tillett - Appointed January 16, 1933. Served during 1933 and 1934 and part of 1935.
Station placed out of commission at sunset on June 1, 1937, but it was kept open until it was decommissioned on March 11, 1946.
Did You Know?
Diamond City was a shore-based whaling community located where Barden Inlet now separates the islands of Shackleford Banks and South Core Banks. Crews would row whaling dories out from shore to chase the whales as they migrated past the island. Cape Lookout National Seashore