Portsmouth Life-Saving Station Crew
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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This list was compiled from the National Archives in Atlanta, GA using records from January 1st of each year.
Crews were employed seasonally, from August 1st to May 31st, until 1917, when the station was used year-round. The surfmen are listed by their rank within the station, which could change from year to year and, at times, within the same year.
The Portsmouth Life-Saving Station was placed out of commission at sunset on June 1, 1937 in accordance with the District Commissioner's letter 601-73-701 (May 26, 1937).
Did You Know?
During World War II, two 6 inch guns were mounted along the beach and two machine gun nests were built off the main road in the Cape Lookout Village Historic District. Cape Lookout National Seashore