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The New Marblehead Life Saving Station


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On page 63 of the last edition of Lighthouse Digest we wrote that the new Marblehead Life Saving Station in Marblehead, Ohio is located in Marblehead, Massachusetts. This is wrong, it is located in Marblehead, Ohio. Obviously, we knew better, and why we did not catch the mistake at prepress time is anybody’s guess. But, the fact is, we goofed and we apologize for the error.

The new replica of the Marblehead Life Saving Station in Marblehead, Ohio was constructed with private funds raised by the Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society, which is a volunteer group that operates the Marblehead Lighthouse in Marblehead, Ohio for the State of Ohio that owns the lighthouse.

Because the original 1876 Marblehead Life Saving Station stood where the present Coast Guard Station now stands, the replica was built adjacent to the Marblehead Lighthouse about a mile to the west. The Marblehead Historical Society of Marblehead, Ohio has also restored a 1931 Coast Guard surf boat that will be installed on a marine railway. They are also building a replica of a beach apparatus cart and other exhibits about the old U.S. Life Saving Service and the U.S. Coast Guard. They have spent about $350,000 in private funds and they will be donating the building to the State of Ohio with it being operated by the Marblehead Historical Society.

In 1915 the United States Life Saving Service and the United States Revenue Cutter Service were merged to create the United States Coast Guard. In 1939 the United States Lighthouse Service was dissolved and its duties were taken over by the United States Coast Guard that then became responsible for all aids to navigation in the United States.

This story appeared in the Jan/Feb 2016 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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