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Old Sep 20, 2010, 4:34 PM   #1
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was founded in 1871 (and ultimately evolved into the US Coast Guard). It was somewhat modeled after England's (1824) Royal National Lifeboat Institution. [Both of these were preceeded over a century earlier (1708) by the world's first maritime life-saving service. Ask Steven R. which country did that, else he gets an F in a much broader range of History than just WWII fighter planes.]

This is the Indian River (Delaware) Life-Saving Station, built in 1876 by the US Life-Saving Service. One of the few originals remaining, it has withstood more than 130 years of assault from Atlantic Ocean storms.

The Stations along the Delmarva penninsula were each painted a different color palette, so that mariners sailing along the coast could more easily determine their location. These Life-Saving Stations were set up much like modern fire stations: equipment storage behind the large doors, surrounded by living quarters to the side and above.



The Station Keeper's quarters - the Station Keeper was the commanding officer in charge of the Station.



The bunk room for the surfmen.



A surfboat (typically about 25' in length), was rowed out through the breakers by surfmen as a last resort to save lives if the stranded ship was too far away to fire a line across from the shore. This was a last resort because the trip out through the breakers was so difficult that the surfmen were exhausted by the time they reached the ship, when the really difficult work actually began. Motorized lifeboats didn't arrive until 1908.




Complaints by a surfman about the danger of going out in a surfboat led to the famous quote by Cape Hatteras Station Keeper Captain Patrick Etheridge (Keeper from 5/6/1891 - 10/30/1909):

“Our Book says we have to go out — it doesn’t say anything about coming back.”

This became the unofficial motto of the US Coast Guard.


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Old Sep 20, 2010, 7:57 PM   #2
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was founded in 1871 (and ultimately evolved into the US Coast Guard). It was somewhat modeled after England's (1824) Royal National Lifeboat Institution. [Both of these were preceeded over a century earlier (1708) by the world's first maritime life-saving service. Ask Steven R. which country did that, else he gets an F in a much broader range of History than just WWII fighter planes.]

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Great shots Ted. (And everybody knows that in 1708 it was in China with the Chinkiang Association for Saving Life. )
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Three hours later you say that? We're supposed to believe you didn't take that time to look it up?
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Three hours later you say that? We're supposed to believe you didn't take that time to look it up?
LOL. Some of us are not on vacation and work for a living, don't get home until late, and have dinner. Just turned on the laptop as House was going off the TV. (I started to be a real wise acre and throw in that the first royal edict was from the King of Portugal in the late 1600s with his command that all the coastal forts send out boats to help shipwrecks, but since you listed 1708 that excluded the 1691 edict.) LOL
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Hi Ted,

Great history lesson on the Coast Guard. And, the photos are pretty darned good too................

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Hi Ted

That first shot of teh house just really stands out in terms of colour.. I'm assuming that you used the 14-35f2 for that shot ?

Guys, thanks fo rthe the history lesson too !!
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Hi, Harj

Yes it was that lens. Thanks!

Edit: Regarding color, like most folks I find shooting outdoors is best early in the day or near sundown. This one was not long after sunrise since the front of most buildings on the ocean face the ocean, and on the East coast that means sunrise unfortunately.

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