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Kenrick A.Claflin & Son

15265. (cabinet view) Peaked Hill Bar Life-Saving Station, Provincetown, Mass. c.1890

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15265. (cabinet view) Peaked Hill Bar Life-Saving Station, Provincetown, Mass. c.1890

15265. (cabinet view) Peaked Hill Bar Life-Saving Station, Provincetown, Mass. c.1890 by J.L. Rosenthal, Provincetown , Mass. Large 4 ½” x 7” cabinet view provides an unprecedented close view of the 1872 Expanded Red-House-Type station. The Peaked Hill Bars Life-Saving station guarded the coastline where two sinister offshore bars wait to tear the bottom from unsuspecting vessels as they pass. Many ships have navigated the treacherous Race Point, only to wreck upon the shifting Peaked Hill Bars. Because of the numerous wrecks here, the government erected a Life-Saving station here in 1872 and manned it with a keeper and seven surfmen. Many persons were taken ashore by surfboat by Captain Cook and his crew here at Peaked Hill station, including eight from the schooner Willie H. Higgins during the March 1898 blizzard. But on a November morning in 1880, the station would suffer a terrible loss. While attempting to assist the sloop C. E. Trumbull stranded on the outer bar in a violent gale, Keeper Atkins and his crew launched their surfboat to assist. After a long pull through mountainous waves, the crew reached the wreck and brought four seamen ashore, then returning for those remaining. Nearing the wreck again, debris caught the surfboat and threw it over. The boat was righted, but it capsized again. Unable to right it a third time, Keeper Atkins with Surfman Elisha M. Taylor and Surfman Stephen F. Mayo perished in the sea. Superb view of the station and out-buildings. Note the surfboat on the boat ramp, and the horse and buggy tied up to the shed. Beautiful clear close view with great detail, clean, no defects, as nice as they come. (VG+). $265.