About the Cape May Maritime Museum

The Cape May Maritime Museum plans to reconstruct the 1876 Life Saving Station at the Old Steamboat Landing Site for demonstrations and re-enactments.

1878 map showing location of the original
Life Saving Station at Steamboat Landing.
Original Life Saving Station at Cape May Point,
with lighthouse in background.

The Youth Boat Building Outreach Program has been kicked off and construction of the ‘St-Ayle’s’ Scottish Designed Skiff at Lower Cape Regional High School has STARTED! Teacher; Mathew Suter is providing the instruction to the Student Apprentices with support from Superintendent of Schools Christopher Kobik and Director of Curriculum Joe Castellucci.

The Maritime Museum’s Director of Boat Building and Restoration George Loos with his team are providing the Technical Guidance in building this beautiful wooden boat.


CG36538: Dr. William (Bill) Thiesen; Director U.S. Coast Guard Historians Foundation has been instrumental in the Maritime Museum’s acquisition of U.S. Coast Guard Motor Life Boat CG36538. The Maritime Museum is planning to restore this very impressive part of our Coast Guard’s heritage. Of the 228 built at Curtis Bay, MD only a few remain.

CG36538 was operational in Ocean City, Cape May County, NJ in the mid 1950’s. These Motor Life Boats were powered by GM 471 diesel engines. These very seaworthy boats were self bailing and self righting. (pictured is fully restored 36’ Motor Life Boat).

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