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Wood Island Life Saving Station tour, 6/15/23

Jim Snyder

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The main purpose of this trip was to get an early look at the restoration of the life saving station on Wood Island. Many of us have enjoyed Wood as a lunch stop and followed the progress of the work there for years. Now as the project nears completion, Sam Reid, president of the Wood Island Life Saving Station Association (https://woodislandlifesaving.org/), was kind enough to meet us there and show us around and tell stories.

Our group included myself, Sandy Blanchard, Ben Rechel, and Jim Doscher. We had great weather and puffy clouds in a blue sky. We got there a little before Sam and poked around and chatted with the plasterers, who had just completed their part of the project. 




Anyone who has been stopping on wood has watched the progress of the marine railway that leads from the boat room to the ocean. That is now complete, and the restored rescue boat, the Mervin Roberts, is in place, ready to launch.IMG_4207.thumb.jpg.dafe3c2ba811b62942ffc4425dd015c5.jpg




Then came the tour, and Sam's enthusiasm for this project is contagious. It was fun to see in it's almost finished state, but when complete will be truly spectacular. If you're interested, go watch some videos on their website.



A huge thankyou to Sam Reid for sharing his excitement for this remarkable piece of marine history finally coming to life.




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