Wood End Life-Saving Station.
Just east of Wood End Light stood the Wood End Life-Saving Station of 1896. This “Duluth”-style structure was similar to the Old Harbor station from Chatham that’s now at Race Point. Perhaps the best known commander at Wood End was Capt. George H. Bickers (1858-1944), who joined the Life-Saving Service at 33 after a career of coasting and whaling. In The Life Savers of Cape Cod, Bickers was credited with having ensured that numerous wrecks off Wood End occurred without fatalities. The station was burned down by the federal government in 1961.
¶ Last updated on 11 June 2017. ¶ Image from the author’s collection.