Maritime History

In 1901, the U.S. Life-Saving Service built what is now the Coast Guard House Historic Inn. The facility was officially named the U.S. Coast Guard Life-Saving Station Number 314, at Arena Cove.

This is how it looked in the 1940s during the height of Life-Saving missions.

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The life-boats, stored and maintained here, were manned by resident Surfmen and launched during many daring sea rescues. The rocky shores along the north coast sent enough vessels to the bottom to keep the Life-Saving Station busy for many years.

Today, the two-story Cape Cod style Coast Guard House stands proudly restored as a steadfast symbol of the honorable service performed here for over fifty years.

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Below are historical photographs of the old pier at Arena Cove where the Surfmen launched their boats.  This wood structure was washed away during a mighty storm in the 1980s and replaced by the formidable concrete one that stands today.

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