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Postby island » Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:40 pm


Landing at a lighthouse boat slip was often difficult. dangerous and sometimes impossible. In some cases boat capsized and sometimes lives were lost when attempting to land.

Whitehead (top two photos) and Matinicus Rock
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:38 am


Nice photos, David. I finally got to see Matinicus Rock on a lighthouse cruise a few years ago. It was an amazing adventure! My last New England visit was in 2009, and I have really been longing to be back, especially on the Maine coast.
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Postby island » Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:05 am


The person in the boat attempting to land was my grandfather who served as assistant keeper at "The Rock" for ten years. Launching a boat in such waves was far easier and safer than landing.
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Postby island » Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:11 am


And in addition to waves on the slip there was on some occasions during winter months ---ice---not nice!

This is a later year photo at Whitehead when the peapod was replaced by a Boston Whaler.
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Postby Kevin vk2ce » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:46 am


Dave, is that system of rescue still in operation today?
Our marine rescue organisation are usually situated in deep water harbours with a marine radio base in a building and a sea going craft moored to a jetty.
http://www.marinerescuensw.com.au/
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Postby island » Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:37 pm


The launching system for search and rescue was phased out years ago in the mid-1900s with introduction larger and much heavier engine powered boats to replace smaller oar powered craft. The present Coast Guard search and rescue boats are moored at docks at at so called Small Boat Stations at various coastal port locations. The structures pictured above were designed for very small boats used by light stations and not intended for or equipped for search and rescue.

Old method used by the Life-Saving Service--The lanunching photo was for the camera whereas if launching they would push the boat as rapidly as possible down the ramp and jump in two at a time as the boat entered the water.
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Postby island » Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:45 am


Matinicus Rock circa.1925 ----
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