Keeper James Launching National Zoom Program Series Saturday

By on February 26, 2024

James D. “Keeper James” Charlet. (Photo credit: Dan Westergren)

By James D. “Keeper James” Charlet

Known locally as “Keeper James,” he will be launching a new “virtual presentation” series, also known as Zoom. The series title is “America’s Forgotten Heroes.” Each program will consist of the basics of the United States Life-Saving Service and then summaries from one or more of the 24 chapters in his 2020 book, Shipwrecks of the Outer Banks: Dramatic Rescues and Fantastic Wrecks in the Graveyard of the Atlantic, Globe Pequot Press.  Now, these stories will also include summaries from his 27-chapter sequel from Globe Pequot, Shipwreck Rescues of the Outer Banks: Sensational Wrecks and Heroic Rescues by the United States Life-Saving Service ISBN 978-1-4930-8770-9 to be released in April 2025.

James D. Charlet is described by a prestigious local press as “an authority on the U.S. Life-Saving Service on North Carolina’s iconic Outer Banks. He contributes to local and national media, and hosts Keeper James Presentations TM which is a series of “live theater” programs. Charlet is also a dedicated advocate for saving the 1898 Oregon Inlet United States Life-Saving Service Station.

James is a 30+ year permanent resident of Cape Hatteras Island, the center of much of the shipwreck-and-rescue activity of the 1871 to 1915 period on the North Carolina coast.

Each program will be 45 to 60 minutes and include a Q&A session. These programs will originate from interested (and interesting) organizations and places from all over America. The first one is Saturday, March 2 at 11:00 A.M. It is coming from the Ocean City Life-Saving Service Station Museum in Ocean City, Maryland. The program is free but requires registration to attend. Go to, or try this link.

If your organization wants to book a time for a Keeper James Virtual Presentation of “America’s Forgotten Heroes,” contact him at

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