Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915

17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities

The U.S. Life-Saving Service (forerunner of the U.S. Coast Guard) installed eight-member rescue teams on remote coastlines of the USA. In the midst of violent storms, these men rowed out to shipwrecks to rescue those on board.

  • How did life-savers live and work in remote locations?
  • Why did ships run aground or sink?
  • How did the men perform rescues?

Investigate early search and rescue and become immersed the time period 1878-1915. Activities include games, drama, cooking, music, stories, science, research, and art. Also included is up-to-date information on hiking and boating survival skills.

Grades 4-12.       117 pages

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“I never thought I’d teach a maritime history unit, but I’m so glad I did. This was my children’s favorite class and each workshop kept them engaged and excited to learn more. There’s a balance between depth of information and fun activities. A fabulous book and one I’ll keep for reference.” Jessi H. Educator

Highlights & Features

  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Group work
  • Research areas
  • Grades 4-12
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A wonderful, rich resource filled with hands-on, multi-curricular lessons, and oral histories. Perfect for teachers, scout leaders, and museum professionals.

Sarah KrizekEducation Director | Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park, MD