Nellies Cove Overlook - Port Orford, Oregon
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 42° 44.248 W 124° 30.525
10T E 376500 N 4732765
Quick Description: The Nellies Cove Overlook along the Cove Trail in Port Orford Heads State Park, Oregon.
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 1/1/2010 6:28:16 PM
Waymark Code: WM806J
Views: 4

Long Description:
The Nellies Cove Overlook is a fenced viewpoint with view to the south along the coast and a view down in to Nellies Cove. There is also a history sign titled “Point of No Return” at the overlook.
Text of the Sign:
“You have to go out . . . you don’t have to come back.” - Surfman’s motto
It’s dark, the wind is gusting out of the south at almost 100 miles per hour, the waves are approaching 20 feet in height, and driving rain is blowing up the hill defying the laws of gravity - a Pacific storm is battering the Oregon coast. A vessel is in distress off the rocky headlands. The lives of the crew are at risk.
Into these conditions, the surfmen - the rescue crews of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Port Orford Lifeboat Station - launched their small but reliable motor lifeboats, knowing that their skills meant the difference between life and death for the sailors on the stricken vessel. When most ships and boats were seeking harbor, the “Coasties” were putting out to sea.
Unique among Coast Guard facilities, the Port Orford Lifeboat Station boathouse was located in Nellies Cove almost 300 feet below the crew quarters and operations building - connected by over 530 steps. The boathouse was constructed between 1932-1934.
The boathouse could house two 36-foot motor lifeboats out of the water. When needed, the boats were placed into the water with a rail-mounted carriage and launched out of the cove into the often-raging surf. Once out in the ocean, the boat crew was at the mercy of the elements, often having to ride out the storms at sea after rescuing sailors in distress.
The boathouse was destroyed by fire in the 1970s. The pilings, portions of the boat carriage rails and the breakwater are all that remain.
Type of overlook: trail

Picnic tables: no

Benches: no

Water/restrooms: no

Overlook designation: Designated

Elevation: 200.00

View to south along the coast and down in to Nellies Cove

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