Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Ocracoke Life-Saving Station

From the Statutes of the 57th Congress:

“An Act to authorize the establishment of a life-saving station on Ocracoke Island, on the coast of North Carolina.

“Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized to establish a life-saving station on Ocracoke Island near Ocracoke Inlet, on the coast of North Carolina, at such point as the General Superintendent of the Life-Saving Service may recommend.

“Sec. 2. That the character of the equipments and appliances of the station and the station building shall be determined by the General superintendent of the Life-Saving Service.

“Approved, April 12, 1902.”

Earl O'Neal Collection, Ocracoke Preservation Society Photo

Ocracoke native, David Williams, was appointed keeper on May 23, 1905, and was still serving in 1915, when the Life-Saving Service joined with the Revenue Cutter Service to form the US Coast Guard.

Capt. David Williams, OPS Photo

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is about Old Christmas in Rodanthe. You can read it here:

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