The Life Of A Life­saver

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roots The U.S. Life-Sav­ing Ser­vice grew from in the 18th planted along the shores of Cape Cod of need to cen­tury, with men as­sem­bling at times long and pluck mariners from the sea along that coast. By some­times treach­er­ous Mas­sachusetts come into the mid-1800s, the of­fi­cial ser­vice had funds. The be­ing, sup­ported in part by fed­eral oth­ers were men who braved the weather to save the ser­vice called “storm war­riors.” By the time it had was folded into the Coast Guard in 1915, 180,000 lives. been cred­ited with sav­ing more than based Mem­bers lived and worked as a team and his at sta­tions on the beach. The keeper sched­seven or eight surf­men fol­lowed a strict ser­vice. It ule that was stan­dard through­out the off the kept things run­ning smoothly and fought bore­dom of a lonely life. set up On Mon­day and Thurs­day the crew 17-pound a breeches buoy, fir­ing a line with a rep­re­sen­tweight from a can­non to­ward a pole 75 yards ing the main mast of a stranded ves­sel the nece­saway. A good crew could then set up the breech­sary lines and pul­leys re­quired to rig in the dark. es buoy in less than three min­utes — pound On Tues­day they launched the 2,000- for a half­surf boat and ex­er­cised at the oars boat, too. hour, cap­siz­ing and right­ing the - and nuWed­nes­day meant drilling with let­ter night mer­i­cal flags, wig-wag flags and mak­ing Fri­day the sig­nals with lights and flares. On the ap­par - crew gath­ered to prac­tice “restor­ing as ently drowned,” us­ing such var­ied meth­ods form of brandy, mus­tard plas­ters and an early ar­ti­fi­cial re­sus­ci­ta­tion. the staThey worked at main­te­nance around clean­ing. tion on Satur­day, sweep­ing, paint­ing, rest and, Sun­day was a well-de­served day of back to the per­haps, a trip into town. Then it was beach, with an eye on the weather. — Steve Knauth

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