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This full color postcard depicts the rescue device "breeches buoy" in action. A breeches buoy would be deployed from one ship to another or from shore to rescue persons trapped in wrecks. In addition to the rescue device there are two carriages depicted in the sand.
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W.H.Bunting, The Camera's Coast: Historic Images of Ship and Shore in New England (Boston: Historic New England, 2006) pg. 117.