Life Saving Stations

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• This is the first location of the Portage Ship Canal Life-Saving Station. It was 3/4 mile south of the entrance on the Houghton Side of the the canal in Hancock Township. It was first used in 1885. It moved to second location in 1902 which happened to conside with when Stanton Township was formed out of Hancock Township. Keepers/Captains were Steele, Ocha and McCormick. Well known rescues were the Wallaces in Marquette November 18, 1886 when LSS crew put lifeboat on a special run train to Marquette to rescue 24 crew, and again a train with lifeboat and crew went to Marquette for the Alva Bradley Nov. 24, 1887 with rescue of 10 crew. Marquette then got a LSS station shortly thereafter.
4/7/2011 10:53:06 AM by Anonymous