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001-0172 Assateague Coast Guard Station

Assateague Coast Guard Station
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 02/20/1973

NPS property number 15000766

Welcome facilities for both seamen and holiday makers, U.S. Coast Guard stations operated as lifesaving posts. The standard station incorporated living quarters for the lifesaving crews, a lookout tower, a boathouse—usually capable of handling two or more boats—and launchways for the speedy dispatch of crews to those in distress. Established in 1922, the Assateague station was one of a chain of such facilities along the Atlantic coast, most of which were replaced after World War II by more efficient rescue systems. The station was decommissioned in 1967 and has since been transferred by the Coast Guard to the National Park Service. This interesting relic of nautical history is now part of the Assateague Island National Seashore and is currently used for seasonal housing.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018