Eagle Harbor Life Saving Station

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Eagle Harbor Life Saving Station

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Marina Road
Eagle Harbor, MI 49950
United States
Regions: Eagle Harbor
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Lake Superior may be calm as glass one moment and have 20 foot seas the next. Storms rage on the lake from April through the infamous Gales of November into January. The crew of the Eagle Harbor L ...
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Lake Superior may be calm as glass one moment and have 20 foot seas the next. Storms rage on the lake from April through the infamous Gales of November into January. The crew of the Eagle Harbor Life Saving Station knew that all too well yet they lived by the motto of the U.S. Life Saving Service "You have to go out but you don't have to come back". Once a separate governmental agency the Life Saving Service became part of the U.S. Coast Guard in 1915. To honor these brave men and their families the Keweenaw County Historical Society has opened a Life-Saving Station Museum near the marina in Eagle Harbor in the old Life Saving Station boathouse.

The Museum has a glass enclosed viewing area inside the restored Life-Saving Station boathouse. It  has one display about the Eagle Harbor station's most famous rescue, the 1913 wreck of the steamer L. C. Waldo. The Waldo was wrecked in a November storm off Keweenaw Point. Nine Eagle Harbor rescuers were awarded the Life-Saving Service's highest honor, the Gold Medal, for their heroic role in assisting in the rescue of 24 souls and one dog from the Waldo. Another display uses a collection of memorabilia to discuss the Marshall family which served  both the Portage and Eagle Harbor Life Saving Stations.

Open daily from 9 am until 6 pm starting June 10, 2018.
Last day of the season will be October 17, 2018.
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