Know Coast – Shipwrecks and Search & Rescue: 1878-1915

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Learn about the forerunner of today’s Coast Guard.

“In the midst of a violent storm, a ship is stranded on a sandbar far from shore and battered by relentless waves. Terrified passengers and sailors cling to anything they can as the ship begins to break up.” Who could rescue them?

Join local writer Rebecca Locklear and explore the U.S. Life-Saving Service – the forerunner of today’s Coast Guard. Learn how men worked together at remote stations and performed amazing rescues on our country’s coasts. Rebecca’s presentation is supported by stories told by her great-grandfather who was employed by the U.S. Life-Saving Service for 15 years as well as an array of old photos.

Rebecca Locklear is an educational writer and founder-director of Central Oregon History Performers (80 auditioned students) where she wrote and directed 42 historical reenactment productions using music, art, dance, and drama. Locklear, a contributor to the Wreck & Rescue Journal, is the author of Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915 and The Surfman’s Daughter. Visit for more information.

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