The salvation of mariners is one of the most essential, intriguing, and revered chapters of U.S. maritime history. Beyond the Breakers, a new exhibit opening June 7 at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, will be dedicated to the service of the Coast Guard in Maine, and how it evolved from the U.S Revenue Cutter Service and the U.S. Life-Saving Service in 1915, and its 1939 merge with the U.S. Lighthouse Service.
Numerous, rarely-seen MMM collection artifacts, from iconic to humble, and weighing in from ounces to tons, will address this exciting narrative: life rings, rafts, jackets and vests, lenses, flares, wreck fragments, uniforms, tableware, barometers, board games and breeches buoys, not to mention our 1952 USCG peapod from Wood Island and Boon Island lights, and a 3-ton 1913 USLSS motorized surfboat from Damariscove Island Station.
The diverse responsibilities of the US Coast Guard along the Maine coast will be featured through the stories of USCG personnel and gear, as well as several potential USCG vessel visits. Among the many contributors to the exhibit are the Maine Lighthouse Museum, the Coast Guard Heritage Museum, the USCG Academy Museum, and USCG Base Sector Northern New England in South Portland.
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