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Indian River Life-Saving Station hosts hundreds for maritime festival

Jul 28, 2014
Photo by: Deny Howeth The highlight of the day is the rescue of two stranded sailors atop the crow's nest.

Unseasonably cool temperatures brought a crowd to the Fourth Annual Maritime Heritage Festival July 20 at Delaware Seashore State Park. The history of the lives of early life-saving guards were shown through crafts, games and demonstrations.

Storyteller and musician Matthew Dodd performed old sailing songs and stories while dressed in period garb.

The highlight of the day is always a Breeches Buoy Rescue Demonstration complete with live cannon-fire using a historic Lyle Gun.

Local museums, historical societies and maritime organizations displayed history and environmental awareness with family-friendly activities.


Matthew Dodd performs old sailing songs and stories. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Caroline Hort goes for cargo in the surfman superhero game, while her brother Daemyn watches her moves. Amanda, grandmother Jean Hort and father Bobby look on. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Delaware Seashore State Park interpreters and U.S. Coast Guard officers demonstrate how the lines are attached to an anchor on shore before the rescue begins. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
A crowd gathers for the Breeches Buoy Rescue demonstration around the items used in a rescue during 1870-1915. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Tom Pulmano, historic interpreter from the Zwaanendael Museum, discusses the hardships of sailors of the time. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Katie Goerger, historic interpreter with Delaware Seashore State Park, packs the cannon with a charge. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Onlookers hold their ears as the cannon is fired. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
The Life-Saving Station Museum was open to visitors. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Kadyn Wertz concentrates while trying to ring the bottle. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Molly Felice tries her strength on the pulley system. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Daemyn Hort concentrates on his line while trying to ring the bottle. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Museum visitors Kathy and Terry McCormick inspect the Captain's bunk in the museum. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Mary Podell and Mick Muskalla prepare to be rescued. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
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