Point Allerton US Lifesaving Station Interactive Tours
Point Allerton U.S. Lifesaving Station, constructed in 1889, was home to Captain Joshua James and his crew, America's greatest lifesavers, renowned for saving hundreds of shipwrecked mariners from peril in Boston Harbor.
The tour begins with a brief history of organized lifesaving, emphasizing the contributions of volunteer lifesavers, continues on to the Galley where children learn about daily life at the station, then, on to the Boat Room to see the treasure of the museum collection - the storied surfboat Nantasket. Children will have the chance to view first-hand the lifesavers' surfboat and rescue equipment, while hearing true tales of amazing courage and heroic rescues. The fun culminates in the museum's loft where children of all ages enjoy "setting sail" on the climb-on boat, dressing up in period clothes, learning to tie a new knot, and standing watch in the museum cupola, with stunning views of Boston Light, Boston Harbor, and Fort Revere Park.
The Breeches Buoy
The Breeches Buoy rescue allowed lifesaving crews to carry shipwreck survivors safely to shore. A line firing gun sent a lifeline to the wrecked ship. Through this ingenious system lifesaving crews were able to send the breeches buoy to the ship. On shore, the lifesavers worked as a crew to haul the "whip line," pulling the breeches buoy along the hawser, and the survivors, one by one, over the water to safety. Children's groups can participate in breeches buoy reenactments from May through September, with children playing the roles of lifesaving crew and shipwreck survivors.
Children's Guided Tour Fee
Tour: $5/child. Teachers and 1 chaperone per 8 children are admitted free.
Tour with Breeches Buoy drill: $6/child
Please contact Victoria Stevens to inquire about additional hands-on activities for children's tours, including:
Simple Machines at Sea: Learn about simple machines (levers, wheels, pulleys) used in lifesaving, and experiment with our Lego Education Simple Machine Kits.
Why Do Boats Float?: Learn about concepts such as buoyancy, displacement and boat design through fun water activities.
Nautical Book Club
The Meteorology Manual: The Practical Guide to Weather by Storm Dunlop
Discussion Leader: Sean Baggett
Fridays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, beginning February 1
Take a deep dive into understanding weather with this session's book:
The Meteorology Manual: the Practical Guide to the Weather by Storm Dunlop
Free to Museum Members (Not a member? Join! Individual Memberships start at $35/year).