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SOS. In this case the old distress signal would mean Save Our Station. The irony of the situation here is hard to miss — lifesaving stations like
SOS. In this case the old distress signal would mean Save Our Station. The irony of the situation here is hard to miss — lifesaving stations like this one, which once protected dangerous stretches of coastline from Kittery to Calais, rescuing boats and sailors from the maw of the sea, are now themselves in need of help. About a decade ago, this southern Maine station was in danger of being destroyed. Thankfully, a friends organization was founded to save it, and the town is currently working with the American Lighthouse Foundation to help preserve this station and the old lighthouse nearby.Before there was a U.S. Coast Guard, there was a U.S. Lifesaving Service, which manned outposts like this one, launching boats filled with surfmen whenever there was a shipwreck or a sailor in need of rescue. This particular station dates back to before 1910, when it replaced an even older one standing guard over one of New England's most prominent harbors. It was active until 1944, when it was decommissioned. Townspeople hope to restore the building into a museum, recreating the life and workings of a turn-of-the-century lifesaving station, complete with displays and drills and rescue demonstrations. Many people in the community have devoted their time to the cause and a local brewery has even pitched in with a themed beer. Do you know the name of this outpost — or the island it sits on? Send us a note if you do.