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Cape Cod U.S. Life Saving Stations (historical sites)

In the early days of maritime travel, Cape Cod was known as “The Graveyard of Ships”. There have been approximately three thousand shipwrecks on and around Cape Cod. This prompted the Massachusetts Humane Society to initiate the world’s first organized lifesaving service in 1785.

The Society eventually established outposts on Cape Cod in the early 1800s. In 1872, the first federally constructed and staffed lifesaving stations emerged as part of the Department of Treasury. They became the U. S. Life Saving Service.

See: Cape Cod Historical U.S. Life Saving Stations Map

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 08/29/06
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