Article Explores History of Orleans Lifesaving Station
August 13, 2015
A recent article on Wicked Local Chatham examines the history of Orleans Lifesaving Station, which no longer stands on the outer Cape.
The Orleans station became operational in 1897 on what is now Nauset Beach. Prior to the opening of the Cape Cod Canal just over a century ago, the Cape’s outer bar was a graveyard for ships. Surfmen, who were paid $65 per month, patrolled the beaches in shifts at night, and during daylight hours when the weather was bad.
Read about the history of the Orleans Lifesaving Station on Cape Cod.