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Rye Lifesaver in 1874/Strawbery Banke Archive
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HISTORIC PORTSMOUTH #98

The ornate details of the Jenness Beach Lifesaving Station belie its serious purpose. In the century leading up to this 1874 structure 24 ships had been wrecked along the rocky Rye coast. The "stick style" government-approved structure was securely braced for coastal gales. Yet the design included ornamental details of sea birds and dolphins.

 

 

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Jenness Beach Lifesaving Station, Rye, NH / Strawbery Banke Archive

From HISTORIC PORTSMOUTH
Early Photographs from the Collections of Strawbery Banke
by James L. Garvin & Susan Grigg, Peter Randall Publisher
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SEE: Rye Lifesavers in Action
SEE: Rye Shipwreck