Finding Aid of the Lifesaving Stations of the Outer Banks Collection, <date calendar="gregorian" era="ce" normal="1874/1988">1874 - 1988</date>, PC.5063

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Finding Aid of the Lifesaving Stations of the Outer Banks Collection, <date calendar="gregorian" era="ce" normal="1874/1988">1874 - 1988</date>, PC.5063

Abstract

The Lifesaving Stations of the Outer Banks Collection was researched and compiled by Steve Harrison, an employee of the National Park Service, Cape Hatteras Group who served as Chief of Resource Management, and relates to various stations of the United States Life-Saving Service along the Outer Banks.
The collection includes station names, active dates, United States Coast Guard numbers, architectural style, location and rescue/wreck reports.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Steve Harrison Collection on Lifesaving Stations of the Outer Banks
Call Number
PC.5063
Creator
Harrison, Steve
Date
1874-1968
Extent
0.30 cubic feet
Language
English
Repository
Outer Banks History Center

Series Quick Links

  1. Collection Contents

Restrictions on Access & Use

Access Restrictions

Available for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.5063, Lifesaving Stations of the Outer Banks Collection, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, N.C., U.S.A.

Collection Overview

These papers contain infomation pertaining to the various lifesaving stations along the North Carolina coast, including: station name, active dates, United States Coast Guard numbers, architectural style, location and rescue/wreck reports. There is also a folder with general information about the lifesaving stations including reference sources, maps, wreck statistics, and copies of journal entries.

Arrangement Note

The Lifesaving Stations of the Outer Banks Collection is arranged by lifesaving station in alphabetical order.

Historical Note

The United States Life-Saving Service (USLSS) was created by the United States Government in 1872 in order to protect lives and shipping interests along the coast. Construction of USLSS stations began in 1874 on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which has a long history of shipwrecks and lives lost. Eventually, a total of twenty stations were situated on the shoal and channel laden coast. Once completed, these stations housed a staff, which consisted of a keeper and a crew of six, manning the stations during the active season from December to March. This season was later extended to September 1 to May 1 and then from August 1 to May 31. The United States Life-Saving Service merged with the United States Revenue Cutter Service in 1914 to form the United States Coast Guard.

The lifesaving stations also have architectural significance, and stylistic elements have become identified as a unique vernacular of modern Outer Banks architectural style. Though many of them have disappeared due to years of rough weather and neglect, others have survived and have been restored into restaurants and historic sites.

Contents of the Collection

Collection Contents
Finding Aid
1:1.1
General Information
1:2.1
Stations
6551

Subject Headings

  • United States. Coast Guard
  • United States. Life-Saving Service
  • United States. National Park Service
  • Buildings--North Carolina--Outer Banks
  • Lifesaving Stations--North Carolina--Outer Banks
  • Shipwrecks--North Carolina--Outer Banks
  • Big Kinnakeet (N.C.)
  • Bodie Island (N.C.)
  • Caffey's Inlet (N.C.)
  • Hatteras, Cape (N.C.)
  • Chicamacomico (N.C.)
  • Creeds Hill (N.C.)
  • Durants (N.C.)
  • Gull Shoal (N.C.)
  • Hatteras Inlet (N.C.)
  • Kill Devil Hills (N.C.)
  • Kitty Hawk (N.C.)
  • Little Kinnakeet (N.C.)
  • Nags Head (N.C.)
  • New Inlet (N.C.)
  • Ocracoke (N.C.)
  • Oregon Inlet (N.C.)
  • Outer Banks (N.C.)
  • Pea Island (N.C.)
  • Pennys Hill (N.C.)
  • Poyners Hill (N.C.)
  • Wash Woods (N.C.)
  • Acquisitions Information

    Researched and compiled by Steve Harrison.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Christine A. Dumoulin, 2005
  • Encoded by Stuart Parks II, November 2008