Friday, September 09, 2016


In the past I have written about the men who served in the United States Life-Saving Service.

Today I share several quotations from the book, The U.S. Life-Saving Service, by Ralph Shanks and Wick York:
  • The surfmen had a remarkably high success rate and once they were on scene the odds of mariners' survival approached ninety-nine percent. [In its 44-year history, the men of the USLSS responded to more than 28,000 ships in distress, and saved the lives of more than 177,000 people.]
  • Sometimes the surfmen would be at sea for hours rowing, enduring cold, hunger and exhaustion.
  • Except for the tremendous reward of saving lives, it was a wonder that anyone ever became a surfman. The job was extremely dangerous, poor health too often resulted from the long hours and there was no health care program or long term disability coverage. On top of that the pay was low and pensions lacking. Yet the quality of most USLSS men was high.
Our Ocracoke Newsletter for this month is an article by Philip Howard, My Ocracoke, Living amidst 250 years of Howard family history. You can read it here:

1 comment:

  1. You have a proud heritage,Philip.
    These brave men really made a difference in this world.