CCLS Mirlo Rescue Centennial 2018

Chicamacomico Life Saving Station & Museum opens for the 2018 season on Monday, April 2nd.

Chicamacomico is one of the most complete sites of all remaining Life Saving Stations in the nation. The site is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM – 5 PM and Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM. Admission fee is $8 per person. Site restoration work has continued over the winter with new shingles on the 1911 station, a reorganized gift shop and repairs to the parking area. This year we will be commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the heroic and captivating Mirlo Rescue.

Upcoming Easter Week Activities at The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station

On Thursday April 5, from Noon to 2 PM Dixie Browning will be on hand to launch and sign her latest book “The Warfield Bride”, an historical novel set at an Outer Banks Life Saving Station in the late 1800s.

At 2 PM the reenactment drill team will perform the beach apparatus drill. The drill team is made up of local men, some of whom are sons of earlier re-enactment drill team members, much the way the Life Saving Service was made up of generations of local men.

At 5 PM a chicken barbecue dinner will be offered at the RWS Community Building across Highway 12 from Chicamacomico Life Saving Station.

2018 is the centennial of the Mirlo rescue. The Mirlo was a British tanker of 6997 tons with a crew of 51. She had taken aboard a full cargo of oil and gasoline in New Orleans, Louisiana and was passing Cape Hatteras on her way to New York Harbor. The year was 1918 and there was heavy Uboat activity off the East coast. US and German interaction offshore caught the eye of the Life Savers at Chicamacomico and resulted in one of the most heroic recues of all time. A detailed account of that famous local rescue can be found at our website,

The opening week for this Mirlo Centennial Year will feature several events. All are open to the public with admission fees which are good for the entire week.

Later in the season, we will publish our summer programs and beginning August 13 we will offer a week of events commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Mirlo Rescue. For information on becoming a sponsor see the links below. For any further inquiries please call the site at 252-987-1552, or contact us through our contact form.

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