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Kenrick A.Claflin & Son

Wellfleet, MA.

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Wellfleet, MA.

Posted on January 25, 2012

Wellfleet, MA.

When in Wellfleet, be sure to check out the old Cahoons [sic] Hollow Life Saving Station. This is one of only two remaining U.S. Life Saving Service stations once located on Cape Cod’s outer beach. The second remaining station, Old Harbor in Chatham, now resides in Provincetown at Race Point Beach, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The thirteen Cape Cod stations included Wood End, Race Point, Peaked Hill Bar, High Head, Highland, Pamet River, Cahoons Hollow, Nauset, Orleans, Old Harbor, Chatham, Monomoy, and Monomoy Point. On our U.S. Life Saving Service page we have hundreds of photos and antiques from these and other U.S. Life Saving stations. This service had an unprecedented record, saving hundreds of thousands of lives and vessels in its short forty five year span.

In 1915, the U.S. Life Saving Service was combined with the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service to form the U.S. Coast Guard, which has continued the fine record of rescues, professionalism, sacrifice and service.

The Cahoons Hollow station, now the Beachcomber restaurant, has been a must-visit Summer destination for surfers, families, beach-goers and music lovers for more than 50 years! Stop by for their live music, cool cocktails, fantastic food, all right on the wide sandy beach. The stunning scenery creates an oasis here in Wellfleet. They are located at 1120 Cahoon Hollow Road. Visit their web site at http://www.thebeachcomber.com/

Posted on January 24, 2012

Eastham, MA.

One of my favorite places in Massachusetts is Cape Cod – particularly the outer Cape. The area boasts a maritime history hardly rivaled elsewhere, and the serene surroundings, particularly at this time of the year, are well worth the trip.

For a wonderful view from Coast Guard beach, at the old Coast Guard station, the Web Cam below is worth a look….

View Cape Cod National Seashore, Web Cam image at Nauset Coast Guard Station, Eastham.

We just got in a rare grouping of photos of the crews from this station taken in 1939 which we are offering on our Recent Items page. One of them is shown below – great detail. Station photos are more common (if I dare use that word), but we rarely find photos of the crews in action. A great group.