Cape Gazette

Maritime Heritage Festival held at Indian River Life-Saving Station

Jul 25, 2013
Photo by: Deny Howeth

The third annual Maritime Heritage Festival was held July 21 at the Indian River Life-Saving Station in Delaware Seashore State Park. Musical entertainment, local historical societies, the Delaware Tech Treasures of the Sea Exhibit and the Lightship Overfalls were among the exhibitors.

The highlight was the Breeches Buoy Rescue Demonstration, which portrays a historic shipwreck rescue. Coast Guard members joined Delaware Seashore State Park interpreters to show the difficulties that faced the U.S. Life-Saving Service of years past.

Storyteller and musician Matthew Dodd shares what life was like aboard old sailing ships.


Four Sheets to the Wind is a sea chanty band from Calvert County, Maryland. Members Rachel Patten, left, and Karen Jarboe play traditional sea chanties and sailing songs. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Lauren Baldwin, Delaware Seashore State Park interpreter readies the Lyle Gun to be fired at the wreck pole to begin the mock rescue. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Tahmeen Klein-Scearce, 8, and Ariana Klein, 3, look for fossils at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum exhibit. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Jai Ailawadi, 9, tests the weight of the heaving charge that will be shot from the Lyle Gun during the rescue demonstration. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Brendan Healy, 8, tries his hand at making modern-day scrimshaw with a bar of soap as Aidan Healy, 2, keeps a watchful eye on the process. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Mary Poudel, lead interpreter, demonstrates the heft of a line. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Tracy Mulvany, president of the Lewes Lightship Overfalls Foundation, tests out the scrimshaw craft. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Sarah Schapira, a naturalist intern gives Aidan Healy,  2, a shark tattoo at the face-painting table. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Delaware Seashore State Park interpreters (l-r) Alex Peterson and Lauren Baldwin are joined by U.S. Coast Guard Bryan Thurman BM1 and Steve Klein, BM1, securing a line during the rescue demonstration. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Nick Muskalla, U.S. Coast Guard executive petty officer, is rescued from the wreck pole during the Breeches Buoy Rescue Demonstration. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
An original scrimshaw is the basis for the soap scrimshaw craft at the Maritime Heritage Festival. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
State park interpreters (l-r) Alex Peterson and Lauren Baldwin and Dave Ritondo, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, tie a line of communication with instructions for those about to be rescued. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Shown is one of the terrapins in the aquarium exhibit. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
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