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The effort to save the Chicamacomico Coast Guard Station in Dare County and adapt it for use as a museum was recently spearheaded by the Chicamacomico Historical Society.
This article discusses the appearance of submarines in 1918 on the North Carolina coast and how many ships were lost in submarine attacks. One such attack took place in 1918, when the British tanker MIRLO (ship) was torpedoed near Chicamacomico.
Carolista Baum participated in a citizens’ drive to save Jockey Ridge and Chicamacomico Coast Guard Station. She played a pivotal role in the North Carolina Nature Conservancy and logged volunteer hours for projects such as Chapel Hill preservation. She acted as publisher for Brandon Press and Carolista Designers, producer of historical and educational coloring books. From such endeavors, Baum may be regarded as a woman worthy of remembrance.
With its water encroached existence, who became known later as Coast Guard was a natural need. Generations of Midgetts keeping the occupational tradition alive proved its value measured in ways deeper than the coastal waters. A collective generational expression was the Chicamacomico Historical Society's upkeep of one of the lifesaving stations. Efforts by a younger generation came from the Cape Hatteras High School Chicamacomico Lifesavers Club.
This Coast Guard branch has a long and illustrious history of saving lives throughout the Crystal Coast waterways. Among the seven stations established in 1871, it has the distinction of maintaining its original buildings, such as the original 1874 station and 1907 Midgett House. The station established to respond to the area’s propensity for shipwrecks also has the distinction of participating in wartime rescue missions, such as the crew from the torpedoed SS Mirlo.