Known for its extensive maritime history, Cape Cod would perhaps not be the place it is today without the heroism displayed time and time again by the fearless volunteers who once manned the Cape Cod lifesaving stations. The brave volunteers were called upon to help rescue the crews and passengers of shipwrecks, often due to perilous weather conditions.
The very first lifesaving station was founded by the Massachusetts Humane Society to house rescue equipment that volunteers could quickly load before heading out on the water. The Federal Government later supplied the funding to construct additional lifesaving stations along the coast of Cape Cod.
It wasn’t until the 1850s, though, that considerable damage left behind by a powerful hurricane