Tourism board to start repair work of the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station on Hatteras Island

Published on : Wednesday, February 24, 2021

On Thursday during a virtual regular session meeting, the Dare County Tourism Board voted to provide $22,610 in terms of repairing the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station on Hatteras Island. As per a written request by the Chicamacomico Historical Association, Inc. Board of Directors, the former United States Life-Saving Service and United States Coast Guard station in Rodanthe has witnessed substantial dent where rain water has entered through two sliding doors. The capital would be utilized to mend the water damaged floor of the structure. Also, storm doors would be added to lessen any sort of future damage.

Of the seven life-saving stations built along the North Carolina coast in 1874, Chicamacomico was the first one. On the east coast, it’s one of the most unique historical maritime sites. The U.S. Coast Guard recognizes the 1918 Mirlo rescue by the Chicamacomico station surfmen as one of the best rated rescues in the history of maritime service. That rescue, during World War I, witnessed Chicamacomico surfmen pull 42 sailors from the ocean after the British tanker Mirlo was struck by a German U-boat torpedo. Over a dozen other brave feats took place at Chicamacomico between 1874 and 1954.

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