Photo 2: Little Kinnakeet Lifesaving Station
and crew, ca. 1890s.
Guard Station, 1935.
Little Kinnakeet was staffed by a keeper and six surfman. It was not until the early 1900s that the station was occupied year round. The original station was converted to a boathouse in 1904 when a larger station was completed. The main floor of the new station included a large day room, the keeper's office, and a kitchen/pantry. The upper level had a large dorm room and the officer's bedroom. The site remained active under the U.S. Coast Guard until 1954, when it was decommissioned and transferred to the National Park Service as part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Questions for Photos 2 & 3
1. What are the significant features of each building? What practical feature is prominent on both stations? Why would this have been important?
2. What are some of the differences between the two structures?
3. Which building appears to be older? How can you tell?
4. Note the clothes worn by the men in Photo 2. Why might the U.S.L.S.S. have adopted uniforms?
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