Monday, September 18, 2006

Old Harbor Station


In the mid 1950s, when I was about nine years old, my family was invited by a business friend of my father’s to stay at his house off the Chatham mainland. The man’s name was either Howard or Harold Rose. He was an engineer, as was my father. The home he owned was an old coast guard station and there were also several outbuildings on the property. We stayed in one of these. We parked in Chatham and a man who worked for him, named Nate, picked us up by boat. We stayed for a week. On one side was the Atlantic. My family has vacationed many times on the Cape since then and we have tried to locate where I stayed as a child, but without success. We will be on Cape Cod next weekend with friends. Is there any chance you could direct us to where I might have stayed so long ago? Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
Christine Mullaney


Christopher Seufert said...

Hi Christine,

You're referring to the Old Harbor Lifesaving Station, which was de-activated in the 1940's, owned privately, and then moved up to Race Point in Provincetown (after the Blizzard of '78 I believe), where it is mantained as an historic landmark. It's well worth the visit and they have breeches buoy demonstrations there as well. Here's a link where you can see more.

Congratulations on being a part of history with your unique experience there.

Christopher Seufert

Anonymous said...


Thank you so much for the information. I am looking forward to visiting the station. A kind of “local color” thing that I remember about Nate is that he didn’t wear shoes for 6 months of the year. He had calluses that must have been an inch thick covering his soles and only put on shoes when it got too cold. His father, a fisherman, had been killed by a lighting strike while on his boat during a storm.

Again, thank you.

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