Old Harbor U.S. Life Saving Station

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Old Harbor U.S. Life Saving Station
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Old Harbor U.S. Life Saving Station is located in Cape Cod
Old Harbor U.S. Life Saving Station
Nearest city Provincetown, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°04′48″N 70°12′59″W / 42.08000°N 70.21639°W / 42.08000; -70.21639Coordinates: 42°04′48″N 70°12′59″W / 42.08000°N 70.21639°W / 42.08000; -70.21639
Built 1897
Architect George R. Tolman
Architectural style Shingle Style, Other
Governing body National Park Service
NRHP Reference # 75000159[1]
Added to NRHP August 18, 1975

The Old Harbor U.S. Life Saving Station is a historic station, originally located at Nauset Beach, near the entrance to Chatham Harbor in Chatham, Massachusetts. It is now located in Provincetown, Massachusetts, at the end of Race Point Road, where it was moved in 1977 because it was threatened by erosion.

The station was built in 1897 as a U.S. Life-Saving Service Station, and became a U.S. Coast Guard Station in 1915, when the old Revenue Marine Service and Life-Saving Service were combined. De-commissioned in 1944, the station was under private ownership from 1947 until 1973, when it was finally purchased by the National Park Service. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[1]

The site is used as a park exhibit, and contains a Race Point surfboat and dory. Once a week during the summer, the Park Service holds live demonstrations of the deployment of a breeches buoy during rescues at the turn of the twentieth century.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Old Harbor Life Saving Station". Provincetown: Like Nowhere Else. Provincetown Tourism Office and Visitor Services Board. Retrieved 30 September 2013.