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Manomet Point

Manomet Point, once the site of a U.S. Coast Guard lifesaving station, is a bluff in Manomet Village at the southern end of White Horse Beach. From the Point, you have a vista of Cape Cod Bay from  Plymouth and Duxbury to the north and west, Provincetown to the east (on a clear day) to Barnstable and Sandwich to the east and south. Throughout the year, you often see shipping making its way to the east end of Cape Cod Canal. During warm weather, especially on weekends, pleasure boats ply the waters. Manomet Point is a prime spot for birdwatching year-round, seal watching in the winter, and seal and North Atlantic right whake watching in late winter and spring.

In March, 1928, three Coast Guardsmen died in a raging gale after rescuing passengers and crew from a passenger liner that ran aground off Manomet Point. A memorial is meant to honor those three men who died, along with the brave civilians who set out from shore to try and rescue eight Coast Guardsmen who were tossed into the churning, deathly cold sea a quarter-mile from shore. The eight were returning in a surfboat after assisting the SS Robert E. Lee, which had gone aground on the treacherous Mary Ann Rocks about a mile off the Point, with 276 passengers and crew aboard, the night before. A few months after their sacrifice, the three heroic guardsmen were honored by local residents, who paid for a stone memorial on Manomet Point, overlooking the rocks upon which the Lee grounded.

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242 Manomet Point Road
Plymouth, MA 02360