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ST-01. United States Life-Saving Service Lyle Bronze “C” Gun c.1900. Scarce, original bronze United States Life-Saving Service Lyle Gun complete with Carriage, firing mechanism vent plug. Muzzle embossed:   “A.O.CO. [American Ordnance Company, Groton, Ct.]  No 511   1900   H.D.B.”Of 150 castings poured that year, 105 were made into guns. (from Barnett “The Lifesaving Guns of David Lyle”.) Trunion is embossed: “U. S. L. S. S.” but was defaced years ago, but the letters can still be made out. Original Lyle Bronze Gun “C” Life-Saving Service line cannon was cast for the Life-Saving Service. Barrel measures 24 ¼” overall with a 2 ½” bore. Carriage is constructed with wooden cheeks, bound with iron and with four original iron handles and mounting hardware. Carriage measures 30 ¼” overall in length, 10” wide and 9½” high.” Condition is very good and will be quite striking when polished in your collection. Barrel is in very good condition, and includes base of firing mechanism. Carriage nice condition finished with old stain on wood surfaces, iron with aging black paint. Wonderful patina, needs only cleaning, polish, light touch-up. This is an exceptionally rare chance to obtain this rare piece.  $9,500. 

3089. (photo) First Type T Motor Lifeboat Completed– United States Coast Guard c.1929. 7” x 9 ½”. Clear, close, original press photo shows wonderful detail of the first Type T 36-foot motor lifeboat underway. Typed description on back reads: “Type T Motor Lifeboat – United States Coast Guard. First boat completed at Coast Guard Depot, Curtis Bay, Maryland. August 9, 1929. Length 36 feet 6”; beam 10 feet 4 ½”; draft 3 feet 3”. Self-righting and self bailing. Equipped with six-cylinder Sterling Petrel motor, capable of developing about 83 horsepower at 1000 revolutions. Single screw. Speed approximately 9 ½ statute miles per hour. Cost approximately $15,000. Weight approximately 20,000 pounds. Capacity about 40 persons. “ Photo measures 7 x 9 ½” and includes description on back. Clear, close, nice detailed view, light corner wear. (VG+). $74.

20238p. United States Revenue Cutter Service “U.S.R.C.S.” Dinnerware saucer. Scarce, original United States Revenue Cutter Service saucer in the rare later intertwined green “U.S.R.C.S.” pattern. This is a scarce original china dinnerware piece from the United States Revenue Cutter Service manufactured of heavy white institutional type china, in the early years of the Twentieth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms. This pattern is the later pattern used just before the service was combined with the Life Saving Service to form the Coast Guard. The pattern is done in rust and brown, and consists of one green stripe around the perimeter bordered by two thin rust stripes. Beneath, in a green shield, are the letters “USRCS” in an intertwining pattern. This pattern would be continued into the early Coast Guard with only the letters changed to “USCG”. Saucer is back-marked “M China L”. There are no other markings visible. Saucer is near fine and quite clean and presentable.  Saucer measures 4 11/16” in diameter. A great example of this extremely rare pattern. (F-).  $274.

20238o. United States Revenue Cutter Service “U.S.R.C.S.” Dinnerware Bread Plate. Scarce, original United States Revenue Cutter Service small plate in the rust, blue/gray and pink “U.S.R.C.S.” flower  pattern. Plate is quite attractive, with little if any  expected light wear. Plate is back-marked “D” and imprinted with " Greenwood China , Trenton N.J. ” and Greenwood China P”. This mark dates to 1886-1910. There are no other markings visible. Plate is complete, no chips, with little if any expected wear. In wonderful condition,  round, and measures 6”. (VG+). $395.

3086. (photo) Life-Saving Service Surfman Relax as they Wait for Dinner at Wellfleet, Cape Cod c.1900. Rare clear, close photo shows excellent detail as Surfman relax as they wait for dinner probably at Cahoon Hollow Life-Saving Station at Wellfleet, Cape Cod. Writing on negative when printed “Waiting for dinner USLSS”. The building may be a cook-house, used for cooking during the hot summer months , or it may be an out-building at the station. Unusual view, great content. Photo is clear, just a bit light, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $64.

3090. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station, Cold Spring, New Jersey. H.A.B.S. photo. 8” x 12”. The Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections are dedicated to preserving America’s architectural history by gathering a diverse range of historic photographs and architectural designs of buildings throughout the country. This clear, close photo provides great detail of the Bibb #2-Type station built in 1890-91 one half mile east of Cape May city. Note the unusual two-tone shingles on the facing gable end, and the Keeper with his wife enjoying the summer weather on the porch. Just to the right of the corner board can be seen the eave of the original 1855-Type station. Exceptionally clear and close view, professional digital print. (F-). $38.

 

3087. Scee, Trudy Irene. Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. History Press. 2020. Soft wraps. 158p. Illustrated with 144 photos and images. Pemaquid Point Lighthouse was first constructed in 1827 and still sends its beam out seventy-nine feet above sea level. Light keepers kept the lanterns burning from the 1820s through the 1930s, but they could not prevent every tragedy. Ships have crashed on the rocky shoals, taking sailors to their watery graves, while many others have been swept off the rocks by the powerful surf. Despite advances in technology and automation, the shore around the light remains a dangerous place. Author and historian Trudy Irene Scee uncovers the fascinating story of this iconic Maine lighthouse, its keepers and their families, from the construction of the first light through the present day. (M). $21.99.  (x)

3088. (photo Christmas card) U.S. Coast Guard Grumman Widgeon J4f-1 Aircraft c.1941. The Coast Guard ordered for the War a light amphibian utility transport designated as J4F-1. The initial order consisted of eight aircraft delivered from Grumman on 7 July 1941. These aircraft were given USCG service numbers V197 through V204, of which this is V201. In addition to utilizing the J4F-1 as a utility transport the Coast Guard intended to use them for search and rescue purposes, with a hatch added on top of the fuselage, just behind the wing, for loading stretchers. With the advent of World War II these aircraft were assigned to coastal anti-submarine patrols and a wing rack was added to each aircraft beneath the starboard wing. These racks could hold a depth charge, a bomb, a raft, or search and rescue gear. Card measures 4 ¼” x 5 ½” and is printed with “Christmas Greetings and Best Wishes for the New year.” Card is signed in hand by Peter Bowers.  An attractive WWII Christmas greeting. Aircraft identified on back in pencil. (VG+). $22.

2726- 83. (stereoview) Wreck of the Brig Poinsett, South Shore Nantucket, Sept. 1st., 1870 by J. Freeman. Quite close, clear view shows great detail of the brig Poinsett as crews from shore offload the cargo from the vessel. As the surf pounded the vessel workers struggled to haul barrels ashore. View is of the beautiful wooden vessel well up on the beach on the south side of the island near Nobadeer Pond. About 40 casks in all were saved when the vessel broke up and became a total loss. It is extremely difficult to find views of Nantucket shipwrecks and this view is certainly one of the nicer ones. Quite clear, clean, only light wear to corners. (VG+). $46.

3085. (photo) Coast Guard CG-44342 Underway Long Island Waters. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows good detail of CG-44342 underway in Long Island Sound. Photo measures 7 x 9” and includes brief description on back. Clear, close, nice detailed view. (VG+). $34.

3081. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Tender Forsythia WAGL-63 c.1943. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows good detail of USCGC Forsythia (WAGL-63/WLR-63). She was a 114-foot, 230-ton buoy tender, one of three such vessels (her sisters were the Dogwood (WAGL-249) and Sycamore (WAGL-268)), built to replace the stern paddle-wheel steamers that the Coast Guard decided were too expensive to maintain. She was built by Avondale Marine Ways of Westwego, Louisiana, and entered service in 1943. She was stationed at Sewickley, Pennsylvania until 1963, and then Memphis, Tennessee, until she was decommissioned in 1977. Photo is b/w and includes id. Clear, close view, great detail. This is a rarely seen view. (VG+). $38.

3083. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Tender Sycamore WAGL-268 c.1942. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” Coast Guard photo shows great detail of USCGC Sycamore (WAGL-268). She was a 114-foot, 230-ton buoy tender, one of three such vessels (her sisters were the Dogwood (WAGL-249) and Forsythia (WAGL-63/WLR-63)), built to replace the stern paddle-wheel steamers that the Coast Guard decided were too expensive to maintain. She was stationed on the upper Mississippi River. Photo is b/w and includes id. Clear, close view, great detail. This is a rarely seen view. (VG+). $38.

3084. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Tender Fern WAGL-304; WLR-304 c.1954. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows great detail of USCGC Fern (WAGL-304; WLR-304). The Fern was one of four Coast Guard ice-breakers engaged in operations on the Illinois River. The Fern was a 115-foot river tender built in Blair, NE, and commissioned in 1942. She was designed to work in tandem with a detachable “Amsterdam” ice plow (shown in this view) for clearing shipping channels through ice-choked rivers. She was instrumental in clearing passages for naval shipping that was constructed on the Great Lakes and upper inland waterways, particularly LST’s, destroyer escorts and frigates, that then sailed down to the Gulf of Mexico for final outfitting and commissioning. Such icebreaking duties made sure that construction and delivery of vessels vital to the Allied war effort could continue year round. The Fern was stationed at Peoria, IL, and Burlington, IA and was used for servicing ATON and icebreaking from Dubuque, IA to Keokuk, IA and Hennepin Canal, IL during the war. After the war, she was station at St. Louis, MO, Cincinnati, OH, and finally Dubuque. In 1965 she assisted with flood relief near LaCrosse, WI. She was decommissioned in 1971 and sold in 1972. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Dated March 16, 1954. Clear, close view, great detail. This is a rarely seen view. (VG+). $48.

27331c. (cabinet photo) Waltham, Massachusetts Fire Department Firefighter c.1880. Superb clear, close portrait photograph of young mustachioed firefighter of the Waltham Fire Department. Taken by Percival Photographer, Waltham, Mass. Photo is clean and clear, a fine early view. (VG+). $34

7118g. [Brunton, Richard Henry. BUILDING JAPAN 1868 - 1876.   [With an Introduction & Notes by Sir Hugh Cortazzi, G.C.M.G. In addition to the 1906 Introductory, Postscript & Notes by William Elliot Griffis.]. England . 1991. 269p. 1st. 4TO. Without DJ. This book is an account of an English master mariner’s participation in the early maritime development of modern Japan . Born in the early nineteenth century, Albert Richard Brown was instrumental in coastal survey and in the erection of over 30 lighthouses. Building Japan was Brunton’s memoir of the years that he spent in Japan constructing lights to light up the coast. R. H. Brunton’s Japan Lights, was first published in London in 1876. The text of Brunton’s work presented here is as edited around 1906. With 28 color and monochrome photos and illustrations and numerous appendices and data. Clean, tight, near fine condition. (F). $34.

SR-577. U. S. Coast Guard Throw Pillow Cover c.1940’s. This bright cover surely adorned some Coast Guardsman’s mother’s home and is in very good condition. Beautiful bright felt and leather adorn the navy blue background. Pillow cover bears the Coast Guard seal in calf skin, surrounded by brigh yellow “U.S. COAST GUARD” with yellow border. Cover would make a most attractive addition to any retired Coast Guardsman’s living room. About 16 ½” square for about a 14” – 15” pillow. Overall clean, little if any wear, light moisture spotting to portion of calfskin seal and to some yellow areas. (VG+). $135.

 

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14296b. (glass projection slide) Highland [Cape Cod} Lighthouse, North Truro , Mass. c.1920. University of State of New York, Visual Instruction Division. Superb vintage 3 ¼” x 4” inch glass projection slide provides an excellent view of the tall masonry first order light tower with two attached keeper’s dwellings, fog signal building, out buildings and surrounding fence. In front stands an early automobile. Beautiful clear close view with superb detail, clean, with original labels. Would project well or can be scanned and printed. (VG+). $36.

27406 [flag] U. S. Customs Service Ensign c.1930-1951. Official U. S. Customs Service Ensign size #4 (28”h x 49”w) The Customs Service ensign originated in the practice of flying at their customs houses the flag originally adopted in 1799 to identify revenue cutters at sea. This practice was officially approved in 1874 by Secretary of the Treasury William Richardson, who directed that what was then known as the revenue ensign be hoisted alongside the national flag outside all customs houses during business hours. In 1910, President Taft directed that the flag used by the Revenue Cutter Service be distinguished from that flown ashore by the addition of the RCS badge on the fly. In 1915, the U.S. Coast Guard was established as a bureau separate from the Bureau of Customs, inheriting the RCS ensign, while that without the badge was retained by what is now the U.S. Customs Service. The most recent change to the Customs Service ensign was the 1951 redesign of the national coat of arms to conform to the rendering on the great seal of the United States . This flag retains the arc of 13 stars above the eagle, dating it before 1951. Made of a wool and nylon bunting, pattern consists of vertical red/white stripes, top left corner with U. S. eagle and shield. On the left and right sides of the eagle are 4 stars each in an arc pattern, and above the eagle 5 stars. On the eagle is a crest representing the U.S. This flag flew as the emblem of the Custom's Service from 1782 to 1951, when replaced by the current flag pattern. Mfg. by Dettras, this flag has the mark of the "Bull Dog Bunting" made by Dettras Flag Products. The label also says "Moth Proof , Best By Test, 2 ply warp and filling, Dyed with Everlasting Dyes". Flag has no wear, never flown, only a few small soil spots, likely fingerprints. Near fine, nicely intact and strong. Wonderful for your display and quite difficult to get these earlier original Customs Service ensigns. Rarely flown if ever. (F-).  $385 net.

3080a. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Station, Michigan City, Indiana c.1915-1920. Superb clear, close photo shows excellent detail of the Bibb #3 type station with distinctive “witch’s hat” lookout located at Michigan City. The station was built in 1888-89. Close vies shows great detail including motor lifeboat and two surfboats in the boatroom. Note the surfman in the lookout window. Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (F-). $110.

3080b. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Station, Michigan City, Indiana c.1915-1920. Superb clear, close photo shows excellent detail of the boatroom in the Bibb #3 type station with distinctive “witch’s hat” lookout located at Michigan City. The station was built in 1888-89. Close vies shows great detail including motor lifeboat and two surfboats in the boatroom as the crew poses on the boatramp. Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (F-). $88.

3078. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Motor Lifeboat Steadfast, Jackson Park, Ill. c.1910. Superb clear, close photo shows excellent detail of the Type E 34-foot motor-lifeboat Steadfast (name can be seen on the turtle-back) of the Jackson Park station in Chicago as the crew drills. Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (F-). $118. Sold.

3076. (photo) Life Savers Drill in Surfboat Near Ocean Park, Wash. c.1910. Superb clear, close photo shows excellent detail as the crew of the Willapa Bay or Klipsan Beach Life-Saving station land in the surf as they drill in the station surfboat. Labeled as “…near Ocean Park, Wash.” Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (F-). $54.

24376-1,2,3. MARINE SIGNAL LANTERN 155MM TYPE ML-155 CLEAR. Tideland MaxLumina. Unused, new old stock, complete, clear lens and mounting bar for 4 or 6-place bulb holder (not included). Marine ATON lantern is used in thousands of installations worldwide in lighthouses, and to mark buoys, offshore structures, channels, bridges, barges and docks. This original lantern contains a highly efficient clear 360°  acrylic fresnel lens which is single piece injection molded with 1”bird spike. Base is heavy duty PVC, gasketed. Lantern is 155 mm size and stands approximately 18" to top of cap. Base is molded from UV-stabilized fiberglass and polyester resin compound with an overall diameter of approximately 10”. Acrylic lens measures 11" high by approximately 6 ½” in diameter. A great lamp for a lighthouse, or for your den, or perfect for yard or post light, wharf, barn or driveway and will be striking when lit. As new, never used, in original box. (F-). $165. Sale $124 each.

21506f. United States Life-Saving Service. REVISED REGULATIONS FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE LAWS UPON WHICH THEY ARE BASED – November 1877. Wash. GPO. 1877. 109 pp. Early regulations contains full updated revised regulations including organization, appointments, duties of officers and crews, patrol, action at wrecks, uniforms, general provisions, complete beach apparatus drill, open surfboat drill, signal code, first aid, use of lifeboats, and much more. Also includes laws relating to the Life-Saving Service, directions for restoring the apparently drowned, treatment of frostbite, rules and regulations of the Board of Life-Saving Appliances, care and use of the self-bailing and self-righting life-boat, instructions for the management of the life-boat transporting carriage, towing of lifeboats, management of open boats in the surf, a complete example of journal forms in use, and more. With linecut illustrations, gilt-embossed brown cloth. These early rules were promulgated at the early inception of the Service when there were few Life-Saving Districts in the country and are most interesting and informative. Extremely scarce! In unusually good condition for the age – all pages clean, crisp, wraps clean and crisp. As nice as they come. (VG+). $285.

21372c. Lighthouse Service Style Button Cufflinks. Just the thing for your favorite lighthouse keeper to spruce up his Sunday best – here is another set of these cufflinks made using two reproduction U.S. Lighthouse Service buttons. The Waterbury Button Company has been making America's buttons for nearly 200 years. Over 50 years ago, they used their original 7/8" button dies and made these beautiful cuff links at their factory. Pair is plated, and of the highest American quality. The buttons are similar to the original US Light-House Service with the image of a masonry (Minot’s Ledge] lighthouse [FD24]. Cufflinks measure 7/8” in diameter with modern style cufflink professionally attached. Quite nice looking, these will make the perfect gift. Pair of cufflinks nicely mounted in felt snap-lid gift box. These are just as bright and pretty as the day they were made and have not seen daylight in decades. (M). $32.

8194J. [calendar / engraving] A WRECK OFF HIGHLAND LIGHT, CAPE COD, MASS. c.1896 by New England Mutual Life Insurance Company. Exceptional early complete calendar and engraving depicting the Massachusetts Humane Society life-savers rowing to vessel in distress through heavy seas. In the background Highland Lighthouse can be seen atop the clay pounds of North Truro. Engraving measures 6” h x 10”w and is extremely detailed, to the lettering “Mass. Humane Society” on the surfboat. Complete calendar for 1896  measures 13” x 15 ½” and is complete with its light blue ribbon hangar. This is the only such view that I have found depicting these little-known life-savers and this is a beautiful museum quality piece. Quite a nice item, extremely difficult to find, this piece is  clean and crisp. With only two 5” creases/crack to upper corner, but should flatten and display nicely when properly matted and framed. This is the perfect companion piece to hang in your life saving station or on your wall. Similar pieces surely were hung in life saving stations years ago.  (VG-). $88.

 

3071. (HABS photo lot) U.S. Coast Guard Cape Cod Canal Station, Sandwich, Massachusetts. Lot of four high quality digital prints from survey HABS MA-1266-A. 8” x 10 ½”. The Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections are dedicated to preserving America’s architectural history by gathering a diverse range of historic photographs and architectural designs of buildings throughout the country. These clear, close photos provides great detail of the Roosevelt-style station building at the Cape Cod Canal. In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), authorized the building of 45 United States Coast Guard Stations around the country. The station house was constructed as an updated office and residential (berthing) facility for the U.S. Coast Guard Cape Cod Canal Station following the demolition of the original facility at a site nearby with the widening of the Cape Cod Canal in 1936. The new facility provided space for the central administrative and social support functions of the station following a standard Colonial Revival-styled module employed elsewhere by the Coast Guard for similar facilities during the period. At least one other identical station was built at Montauk, Long Island, New York. Similar-styled station houses exist in the region, including station houses at Block Island (New Harbor) and Point Judith, RI. and were built under federal New Deal WPA/PWS initiatives during the 1935-37 period. These buildings collectively represent the early 20th century function of the Coast Guard's lifesaving stations along the New England coast. These clear, close photos provide great detail of the modified station including front exterior view, sleeping room, ladder to watch tower, interior of watch tower. Clear and close views provide great detail of this style of station. (F-) Each $28. Lot 4 digital prints. $96.

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3075. Oppermann, Joseph K. BODIE ISLAND LIFE SAVING STATION & BOAT HOUSE - Historic Structure Report. National Park Service. 2005. 178p. Soft wraps. Historic Structure Reports provide a valuable foundation for the rehabilitation, restoration, stabilization or reconstruction of historic Bodie Island Life-Saving station and boat house. Such a report is particularly important for fabricating significant missing architectural or landscape features, recapturing the appearance of a property at one particular period of its history, removing later additions, or substantially modifying existing historic fabric. This document provides a project architect with the information necessary for making appropriate decisions on restoring or removing fabric, and on period of restoration. The report provides a clear description of the building’s architectural history: its original appearance, what changes were made and when, and its present condition. In addition, it  provides guidance with respect to any proposed new work. Includes numerous important period and recent photos and diagrams, maps and other information for guidance. A most important reference for anyone interested in this historic site. (M). $48.

3073. (photo) Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station, Glen Haven, Michigan c.1915. Great clear, close photo shows good detail of the Coast Guard station at Sleeping Bear Point including the rare lookout tower. The station is a Marquette-Type station with a Fort Point-type boathouse, with matching lookout tower, built in 1901. The station and boathouse have been restored and can be visited at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Light soiling. (VG). $78.

3079. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Surfboat, Chicago, Ill. c.1910. Great clear, close photo shows good detail of the Life-Saving crew at Chicago drilling with the station surfboat. Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $38.

 

3074. na. DRY TORTUGAS LIGHT STATION – Ancillary Structures - Historic Structure Report. National Park Service. 2017. 140p. Soft wraps. Historic Structure Reports provide a valuable foundation for the rehabilitation, restoration, stabilization or reconstruction of historic Dry Tortugas Light Station ancillary structures including the kitchen building, brick cisterns, boat house, new (2nd) oil house, concrete cisterns, and the concrete walkways. Such a report is particularly important for fabricating significant missing architectural or landscape features, recapturing the appearance of a property at one particular period of its history, removing later additions, or substantially modifying existing historic fabric. This document provides a project architect with the information necessary for making appropriate decisions on restoring or removing fabric, and on period of restoration. The report provides a clear description of the building’s architectural history: its original appearance, what changes were made and when, and its present condition. In addition, it  provides guidance with respect to any proposed new work. Includes numerous important period and recent photos and diagrams, maps and other information for guidance. A most important reference for anyone interested in this or similar historic sites. (M). $38.

3077a,b,c. Harbour Lights, Men of the Life Saving Service Keeper / Surfman Replica. Harbour Lights replicas are award winning hand painted and numbered lighthouse, life-saving station and lightship sculptures. These three sculptures are part of the Life-Saving Service series that also included the Point Allerton Life-Saving Station, and the "Wig Wag Man", a figurine holding a red flag that was used for communication. The items are as new. Individually: Keeper rowing $56, Surfman holding child $48, Surfman on beach patrol $52. As a set of three, in the original box, with certificate. $146. 

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8194i. [framed calendar / engraving] A WRECK OFF HIGHLAND LIGHT, CAPE COD, MASS. c.1896 by New England Mutual Life Insurance Company. Exceptional early complete calendar and engraving depicting the Massachusetts Humane Society life-savers rowing to vessel in distress through heavy seas. In the background Highland Lighthouse can be seen atop the clay pounds of North Truro. Engraving measures 6” h x 10”w and is extremely detailed, down to the lettering “Mass. Humane Society” on the surfboat. Complete calendar for 1896  measures 13” x 15 ½” and is framed in a mid-20th Century wood frame. Printing / engraving is by American Banknote Company, NY & Boston. This is the only such view that I have found depicting these little-known life-savers and this is a striking piece. This is the perfect companion piece to hang in your life saving station or on your wall. Similar pieces surely were hung in life saving stations years ago. Condition is good, except for some old moisture stains at lower left (probably from being kept for years in an attic) and some small light foxing, light soiling, and some surface abrasions / scratches that must have happened in the early years of its use before it was put into a frame a long time ago. The overall size, including the frame is 16” x 13 ¼”. Will be a striking piece when re-matted and framed. (VG-). $138.

16118f. (cabinet photograph) Light House Establishment Principal Keeper Frederick Leonard Harrington, Trinidad Head Lighthouse, California c.1888. This rare posed original portrait photograph shows the clean-cut rather handsome Principal Keeper proudly posing in his 8-button double-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his collars are the “K” insignia, indicating his position as Principal Keeper. Also clearly visible are the early “U.S.L.H.E.” buttons on his coat. The image measures about 3 ¾” x 5 ½” on a 6 ¾” x 9” original mount. Mount stamped “Peters [Photographers] 914 Market Ave., San Francisco, Cal.” Frederick Leonard Harrington was born in Massachusetts to Benjamin Webber Harrington and Sarah Clary Pratt, and was but a child when the family settled in California in 1852. When a youth he entered the navy, at the Mare Island yard, but bought his discharge from that branch of the service to join the army when the Civil War broke out and served faithfully to the close of the struggle. Returning to civil life after the end of the war, he was variously engaged until he went into the Lighthouse Service in 1882, taking the Cape Mendocino station for a few years. In 1885 he became first assistant at Point Montara, transferring from there to Piedras Blancos in 1886, and in 1888 to Trinidad, when promoted to keeper. He had been there continuously since, and though seventy-one years of age (1914) was still filling the position with his customary care and punctilious attention to his duties (the third oldest man in the lighthouse service in the California District). Since he was born in 1843 and became a head keeper in 1888, he would have been about 45 at the time of this photo, which looks about right – he probably posed for this photo upon his promotion to Principal Keeper. In later years, photos of Keeper Harrington show him wearing glasses. (From the on-line biography of his son, Frederick Arthur Harrington who also was a Trinidad lighthouse keeper for 38 years. Thanks too to Lighthouse Digest Historian Deborah Baldwin for her research.) Photo is clear and crisp on slightly worn mount. Very light crease across center but difficult to see. It is rare to find images of the Keepers in any format. A great image of young Keeper Harrington. (VG+). $185.

3070. (Private Mailing Card) Santa Rosa Life-Saving Station, Pensacola, Florida c.1900. Rare, earliest of the postcard types (1898-1901), this Private Mailing Card shows the 1882-Type Santa Rosa Life-Saving Station near Pensacola, Florida. This was one of only two fully manned life-saving stations in the state, the other being Jupiter Inlet. The station was built in 1885 and was destroyed by a hurricane in 1906. In 1908 it was replaced by a Quonochontaug-type station. Private Mailing Cards are rare under any circumstances and one showing this station, which existed for only 20 years, makes it extremely rare. Obverse shows US Navy scenes. Copyright 1900 by Chas. H. Bliss, Pensacola, Fla. Quite clean, only light crease one corner. (VG+). $54.

3069. (photo) Sankaty Head Light Station, Nantucket c.1940. Great clear, close photo shows good detail of Nantucket’s landmark light station on Sankaty Head. Shown is the tall light tower and the adjacent keeper’s dwelling on the edge of the steep embankment. ANSCO/AGFA paper dates image to 1930-1940’s. Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $34.

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3061. Henry, Ellen J. The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse: An Illustrated History. 2019. Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association. 317p. DJ. THE PONCE INLET LIGHTHOUSE: An Illustrated History tells the story of the Ponce (originally Mosquito) Inlet Light Station and the local Florida region from prehistoric times through the present day. Published by the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, this extraordinary hardcover coffee table book is the definitive history of the Ponce Inlet Light Station and represents more than 15 years of research conducted by author and museum curator Ms. Ellen Henry. The book features more than 400 images to bring it all to life and is filled with fascinating stories of human perseverance, lighthouse innovation, Native American uprisings, civil war battles, desperate shipwrecks, lighthouse builders defying the elements, heroic sea rescues, and the lives of the light station's historic keepers and their families. Well done. (M). $49.95 (x)

3065. (cabinet photo) Negro (Curtis) Island Light Station, Camden, Maine c.1890. Extremely rare albumen photo by unknown photographer shows great detail of the well kept light station off Camden Harbor. Camden Harbor is finely locked in between two jutting points of land, one high, the other low, with a pretty little wooded island deftly dropped in at the entrance long known as Negro Island. The name of the island was changed to Curtis Island in 1934. Excellent view, fairly close and clear, only very light wear. It is extremely difficult to find such early views. Measures 5 ” x 7”. Clear and crisp. (VG+). $74.

3060. Kennard, Spencer and Richard Kelsey. Cape Cod and the Islands from Above – 50 Years of Air Views. 2008 Schiffer. 160p. Hard cover. Enjoy Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard from the air where their natural beauty is depicted spectacularly here in 158 color images. Familiar harbors and shorelines are featured in over 60 years of aerial views. Come and see how Cape Cod has grown and witness the environmental changes that have occurred. Every Cape Cod visitor will appreciate this collection. It's also an excellent gift to share with family and friends. (M) Retails 39.99. Our price $34.99.

3066. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station Crew Posing c.1910. Wonderful rare early image of an early  Bibb #2 Type life saving station, probably on the beach on Long Island or New Jersey, as the crew poses with the surfboat in front. Photo is clear, great detail, on AZO postcard paper (dates to 1904-1915) 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Image is clear and close, providing great view of the 8-man crew, their uniforms and the surfboat. Clear, crisp. (VG+). $88.

13443f. (photo) Experimental Lightship No. 99. c.1950. Lightship No. 99 was constructed in 1916. She was assigned to a number of stations on the Great Lakes and the East Coast until 1949, when  the Coast Guard modified Lightship No. 99 to an unmanned, experimental radio-controlled vessel named Exp or Exp-99, and later Sandy Hook Experimental Lightship. The vessel was to have a "crew" of electronic devices operating automatically or controlled by radio from shore. Each of its signals --marker light, foghorn, radio beacon, and bell -- is either duplicated or otherwise arranged to defy failure. Cost of the new ship was $375, 000 --just half of a manned lightship. An annual saving of $59,000 in maintenance and personnel was also anticipated. The vessel was moved to the Coast Guard's Third District headquarters at Staten Island , New York , in May 1950, for a three-month experimental trial run at the Ambrose station. However, the experiment was postponed indefinitely and the experimental vessel was apparently never used. The electronic fog signal shown employed 180 speakers in a five-sided array. Original Coast Guard b/w view and includes description on back. Dated May 6, 1950. Photo measures 8” x 10” and is clear, with some crop marks and wear. (VG). $38.

3067. (glass plate negative) Seguin Island Lighthouse, Maine. Large 5” x 7” glass plate negative provides a rare look at the lighthouse that for more than two centuries has been an important guide for mariners traveling along the Maine coast as well as those entering the Kennebec River toward Bath and other ports. According to the dealer that I acquired this from, this piece was from a collection that "came down through family of Capt. Herbert McAllister to present family". However, more importantly, according to the dealer, this (and other) negatives were taken by: "Herbert Spinney (1862-1943) [who was] lighthouse keeper at Seguin Island Maine from 1893-1906".  Seguin Light is on Seguin Island, in the Gulf of Maine south of the mouth of the Kennebec River, Maine. Established in 1795, it is the second-oldest of Maine's coastal lighthouses, and the only lighthouse in the state housing a first-order Fresnel lens. With its light at 180 feet above mean sea-level, the present tower, built in 1857, is its highest of the state's lighthouses. Automated in 1985, the buildings of the light station are now operated as a museum property by a non-profit organization. Rare close clear image, will make fine prints. (VG+). $164.

 

3064. Curtis, Chester B. Bi-Centennial Souvenir 1693-1893 New Castle, New Hampshire (Jerry’s Point Life Saving Station) . 1893. Republican Press Assoc. 51p Soft wraps. Nicely done booklet includes program for the bicentennial event, addresses by town officials, and the history of the town with some photos of historic locations. Tipped in is a handwritten note by Frank Hackett presenting this booklet to a Mr. John Ward Dean Esq. New Castle is the smallest and most easternly town in New Hampshire, located on an island and includes the Jerry’s Point Life-Saving Station. Included is a 2-page article on the history of the station with notes of heroic rescues during the Great Gale of 1888. Good reading. Clean, tight, light soiling to wraps, presenter’s name in ink on front wrap. (VG). $44.

3068. (mounted photo) U.S. Life Saving Station at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park c.1890. The image is taken outside the U.S. Life Saving Station located at the western end of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The Golden Gate Park Life-Saving Station was a one-of-a-kind station with buildings designed by architects J. Lake Parkinson and John G. Pelton. Note the lifeboat-house/stable at the right. The three-story house/kitchen building would be to the right, and the tower in the center is the water tower for the station. Image measures 4” x 5” on 4” x 6 ½” mount. Image is clear, just a bit light, on lightly soiled and marked mount. Very light crease does not seriously affect image. (VG-). $44.

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3063. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard 75-Foot Patrol Boat CG-145 Underway c.1932. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of a 75ft. “six-bitter” type patrol boat underway in 1932. As the Coast Guard's role developed during the Prohibition Era over 200 75-footers were pressed into service for inshore patrol to deal with smugglers. These boats were built in the mid-1920s, of which there were still a number in operation by WWII including the boat shown. During the War her Coast Guard number CG-145 was changed to CG-74308. She was built at Dachel-Carter Boat Company in Benton Harbor, Michigan for a contract price of $21,950. The type proved to be a very seaworthy unit and was extensively used during the war for inshore convoy patrols, air-sea rescue, ASW patrols and port security duties. Great detail includes deck structures, early deck gun and more. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated March 16, 1932. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $44.

6275h. Ralph Shanks, Wick York, Lisa Woo Shanks, editor. THE U. S. LIFE-SAVING SERVICE - HEROES, RESCUES AND ARCHITECTURE OF THE EARLY COAST GUARD. 1996. Petaluma , CA. 262p. Gilt embossed hard cover library edition without dust wrap (only 300 were produced for libraries and advanced collectors.) Winner of the first Foundation for Coast Guard History Award for Best Book on Coast Guard History, this long heralded work by Ralph Shanks and Wick York is once again available in this scarce, last remaining copy obtained from the author. Filling a longtime void in the chronicles of the Life-Saving Service, this book is the result of two decades of research by these highly respected maritime historians. In 272 large format pages, the authors present unforgettable stories of the surfmen and their unsurpassed bravery. Unique to this work is the authors coverage of the architecture of each of the stations across the country. Using over 400 rare photos from the Library of Congress and other historic sources, the authors provide a station by station look at the architectural features that make them such a unique and unforgettable piece of our history. Considered the best reference on the U.S. Life Saving Service on the market. Also included is the first edition (Vol. 1 No. 1) of Wreck & Rescue, journal of the U.S. L.S.S. Heritage Assoc. Book is new old stock and as such has not been opened, clean and crisp. Journal lightly worn. (M).$129.95. (Softcover $29.95 while they last.)

 

SALE - ANNUAL REPORT OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE  

 

We have just acquired a collection of these rare Annual Reports of the Life-Saving Service and, in an effort to stem the rise of prices over the last few years on these reports, have endeavored to offer them at as low a price as possible. This is the perfect opportunity to begin your collection or to fill those missing years in your present collection. Reports are printed by the Government Printing Office [GPO] and range from 180 to 600 pages. Includes extensive details of operations and of rescues throughout the year. Also details personnel, construction and repairs of stations and equipment, evaluation of new equipment and much more. In addition, many include appended reports such as the new Beebe-McLellan Life-Boat, Dobbins’s surf life-boat, launching wagon, improved breeches buoy traveler block, McLellan’s Tally-Boards, and lengthy report on tests performed on Hunt and Lyle guns on Nantucket Island in 1887, reports on surfboats and more. Quite detailed, becoming exceptionally difficult to find. Typical cloth government binding, contents overall clean, expected uniform very light browning on some copies, hinges tight and intact, covers may have some wear. Some inscribed "Compliments of Capt. F.R. Baby [President, Board on Life-Saving Appliances]. $74 net each.  

Years available include: 1883, 1884. 1886, 1887, 1912. Also CG blue binding: 1916, 1917, 1920, 1921.

(photo courtesy New York Public Library not included)

SR-529-1. (pay voucher) U.S. Light-House Establishment. Appropriation for Salaries of Keeper, Farallone Island Light Station c.1870. Original pay voucher filled in hand for 2nd. Assistant Keeper Arthur Tasker (1862 – 1871) and signed in hand by him as well as Principal Keeper Thomas Tasker (1861 – 1871). Dated March 31, 1870. This rare document measures 6 ½” x 8” and is overall clean with one original fold. Form was used to process payment for Keepers and served as a signed receipt upon delivering such payment. Superb early piece of Light House Establishment history and would make a great addition to any collection or display. (VG). $78. (shown) Sale 50% off ! $39. (x)

SR-529-2. (pay voucher) U.S. Light-House Establishment. Appropriation for Salaries of Keeper, Farallone Island Light Station c.1870. Original pay voucher filled in hand for 1st assist Keeper Frank Roper (1869 – 1871) and signed in hand by him as well as Principal Keeper Thomas Tasker (1861 – 1871). Dated March 31, 1870. This rare document measures 6 ½” x 8” and is overall clean with one original fold. Form was used to process payment for Keepers and served as a signed receipt upon delivering such payment. Superb early piece of Light House Establishment history and would make a great addition to any collection or display. (VG). $78. Sale 50% off ! $39. (x)

SR-529-3. (pay voucher) U.S. Light-House Establishment. Appropriation for Salaries of Keeper, Farallone Island Light Station c.1870. Original pay voucher filled in hand for Assistant Keeper A.J. Honell (…1870…) and signed in hand by him as well as Principal Keeper Thomas Tasker (1861 – 1871). Dated June 30, 1870. This rare document measures 6 ½” x 8” and is overall clean with one original fold. Form was used to process payment for Keepers and served as a signed receipt upon delivering such payment. Superb early piece of Light House Establishment history and would make a great addition to any collection or display. (VG). $78. Sale 50% off ! $39. (x)

SR-558. GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS CLEAR. Beautiful clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and other Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners, electric, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 8 ¾” – 8 5/8”, inside diameter range from 7 ¾” - 8 1/8” and height of 8 5/16”. Lens is one piece, prism intact, clean, only a few small chips. Lens is marked “Perkins ML & HD Corp, Bklyn. N.Y. Group A 360 Perko Mould No. 38”. A great piece, perfect to repair your lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 11.5 lbs. (VG+). $240. Sale 50% off ! $120. (x)

 

CL-01. (clipper ship sailing card) "Neptune's Favorite" Coleman's California Line c.1860. Multicolored ad and design on glazed enamel stock (3 13/16” x 6 ¾”) printed by Nesbitt & Co., with illustration of King Neptune and Queen in Six Dolphin Scallop Chariot with Coleman Flag on Trident, card promoting "The Clipper of May 12th, The Magnificent Extreme Clipper Ship". The text notes that "Clipper of May 12th. The Magnificent Extreme Clipper Ship Neptune's Favorite. Emmerton, Commander, is now rapidly loading at Pier 15 East River, foot of Wall St. This celebrated Clipper has made three passages to San Francisco in 109, 113, and 117 days…." The Clipper Ship Sailing Cards are a collecting highlight and were issued in the 1850’s and 1860’s to advertise clipper ships that were loading cargo for San Francisco and from the ports of Boston and New York to round the horn for the West Coast. The cards were attractively printed in color and have been widely collected over the years, although issued in fairly small numbers. Most reside in a few museums, libraries and a small number of private collections. The shipping firm, Coleman’s, was a New York firm. (See Fairburn, V, VI. American Clipper Ships, Vol. I, p. 224.) The Neptune’s Favorite had already made three runs from New York to San Franscisco before the voyage this card is promoting. Great graphics on the card. Neptune's Favorite was built in Chelsea, Mass. in 1854. The Captain's name and citation of the three San Francisco voyages enables us to date this card at 1860. The card features a charming image of dolphins towing Neptune and his consort in a shell decorated with peacock feathers. This rare card is rich deep colors, light edge and corner wear, light soiling, some areas of surface removal on back by tape, one slight pin hole. A tanned and spotted copy of this card sold at Siegel sale, (1990) for $650, another $950, and another at Schuyler Rumsey Auctions  Sale #88 for $1,400. This card is also featured in "Other Yankee Ship Sailing Cards." A RARE AND COLORFUL EXAMPLE OF THE "NEPTUNE'S FAVORITE" CLIPPER CARD. (VG-). $495.

3058. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard 65’ Small Harbor Tugs CGC Bollard (WYTL 65614) and CGC Pendant (WYTL 65608) c.1970. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows good detail of the Coast Guard 65’ Small Harbor Tugs CGC Bollard (WYTL 65614) and CGC Pendant (WYTL 65608) as they arrive in Boston via piggyback aboard the ship Transcolumbia. The USCG 65' small harbor tug is a class of fifteen tugs used by the Coast Guard for search and rescue, law enforcement, ATON work and light icebreaking. The tugs are capable of breaking 18 inch of ice with propulsion ahead and 21inch of ice backing and ramming. They were designed with steel hulls to replace the 64-foot wooden-hulled tugs that had been in service since the 1940s. USCGC Bollard (WYTL-65614) operated in Long Island Sound and north to Narragansett Bay. Her homeport was New Haven, Connecticut. The Pandant was home ported in Boston. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $44.

3059. (photo) Coast Guard Petty Officer Dennis Dever Chisels his Name into a Rock at Boston Light c.1989. Clear, close, original 6 ½” x 10” press photo shows good detail as United States Coast Guard Petty Officer Dennis Dever, carrying on a lighthouse-keepers tradition, chisels his name and the year, 1989, into a rock at Boston Light, the first manned light lighthouse on American shores. The oldest known inscription at the site is dated 1768. The island lighthouse remains the last U.S. light station that still retains a Coast Guard Keeper. “Petty Officer First Class Dennis Dever, the Coast Guard officer in charge in the late 1980s, had a few odd experiences while at the station. While working in the station’s boathouse, he liked to have his radio tuned to a rock station. Often, with nobody else in the boathouse, the station would change itself to a classical station. Dever said he and other Coast Guard crew attributed events like this to “Old George”—Worthylake [a past keeper], that is. One day, Dever was in the kitchen of the keeper’s house looking out the window at the tower, and he clearly saw a man in the lantern room. This was alarming, as the only other person on the island was his assistant in the next room. From a distance, it appeared that the figure at the top of the tower was wearing an old fashioned keeper’s uniform. Dever rushed to the tower and went up the stairs to the landing, but he found the lantern room empty.” (courtesy newenglandlighthouses.net) Photo is b/w and includes date October 12, 1989 and description on back. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $46.

2383d. Reproduction U. S. Life-Saving Service right arm insignia patch. Insignia shows “ U.S. ” over life ring with crossed pike and oar, over “L.S.S.” Reproduction patch is embroidered in white on blue, measures 3 ½”w x 4”h and would be perfect for display or for mounting on your uniform. (M). $29.

9496. Peterson, Douglas, (U.S.C.G. Retired) U. S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE TENDERS. Eastwind Publishing. 2000. 169p. DJ. This is the first book to feature all of the lighthouse tenders and auxiliary craft of the United States Lighthouse service from 1840 until 1939. Lighthouse Tenders, the lifeline to the keepers of America's lighthouses and lightships, towed lightships, tended buoys, carried necessities and saved lives day and night, in weather fair or foul. Without these services the keepers of America 's lighthouses and lightships could not have survived. More than 150 years ago the first tender was launched, to be followed by 300 ships of varying design used for lighthouse service-all of which are presented in this thoroughly researched book. Vintage photographs, drawings, plans and statistics illustrate the historic profile of each ship. This long awaited book recognizes these often overlooked ships of the U.S. Lighthouse Service and their important contribution to America 's maritime heritage. 9.5"x9.5", hardbound. 175+ b/w photos and plans. Out of print - difficult to find. Only a few remaining. (M). $79.95.

2640-12. GLASS FRESNEL LAMP OR LANTERN DRUM LENS RED. Beautiful red glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and lanterns, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 3 ¼” inside diameter range from 2 3/4” top to 3” bottom and height of 3 ¾”. Lens is one piece, clean, only two small 1/8” chips, one large closed crack. May be Dietz, not marked other than “top”. Perfect to repair your lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. (G+). $28.

3057a. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Firefighting Vessel T-31 c.WWII. Clear, close official Coast Guard photos measure 8” x 10” and show great detail of Coast Guard Harbor Fireboat T-31. Boat is equipped with 3 mounted fire monitors, a ladder, and other firefighting equipment. Photo is b/w, unusually clear and close. Dates from c.1944-1945.  Great detail. (VG+). $44

3057b,c. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard 40-Foot Fireboat CG-40362-F c.WWII. Clear, close official Coast Guard photos measure 8” x 10” and show great detail of 40-Foot Fireboat CG-40362-F underway.  Twenty nine such fireboats were built during the War by Wheeler Shipyard in Brooklyn, NY. Ther were constructed of wood double planked, with square stern and flat bottomed. They were equipped with 7 fire monitors and a water curtain to protect the craft from the heat of the fire. Photo is b/w, unusually clear and close. Dates from c.1944-1945.  Great detail. (VG+). $36 each or $64 for the pair.

3055. (photo) Fowey Rocks Lighthouse, Florida c.1961. Clear, close official Coast Guard photo from the air measure 8” x 10” and shows great detail of Fowey Rocks Lighthouse on the outer line of the Florida Reefs, Florida. The octagonal screw pile lighthouse structure rises 110 feet above the water and can be seen a distance of 16 miles. Photo is b/w, unusually clear and close. Includes description and newspaper article on back. Dated February 3, 1961. Great detail. (VG+). $44.

3056. H.R. Report No. 2100. ADDITIONAL LIFE SAVING STATION ON MONOMOY ISLAND. May 17, 1902. 2p. Disbound. Interesting report presents description and recommendations by General Superintendent Sumner I. Kimball (USLSS) regarding the new life-saving station being completed at Monomoy Point and recommending retaining the existing Monomoy station. Includes information on the station patrols along the east coast of the island. (VG+). $44.

7354. H. R. Ex. Doc. No. 85. LIFE-SAVING SERVICE ON THE GREAT LAKES . May 20, 1880. 33p. Disbound. Complete report of casualties and disasters on the Great Lakes within the scope of the Life-Saving Service in the current fiscal year. Includes detailed accounts of many wrecks, casualties and operations of the Service on the Great Lakes from July 1, 1899 to December 31, 1879. During this time there occurred 84 such wrecks, with 644 persons on board with the loss of only one. Also includes detailed vessel name and location information, etc. Important information and accounts. Clean, crisp. (VG+). $64.

3054. (aerial photo) Block Island Sandy Point North Lighthouse c.1972. Lovely b/w  aerial photo looking south across the island from Sandy Point at the north. This is an original b/w print taken as part of coastal studies being done along the New England coast back in the 70's. In the foreground can be seen the “North Light”. The first light on the site was built in 1829. The current structure at Sandy Point is the fourth lighthouse built on the site and was made of granite and iron in 1867. At one time one of Block Island’s three life-saving stations was in this area as well. Photo measures about 9" x 9" and is in very good condition with crisp edges and corner tips. The photo image is sharp throughout, completely in focus. Marked image No. 127 and dated 8/11/1972. A striking view, would look lovely matted and framed. (VG+). $36. 

 

 

 

From last month:

3051a. (glass plate negative) Nantucket Sankoty Head Lighthouse c.1895. Clear dry plate glass plate negative provides a rare look at the early light station first lighted in 1850 on Nantucket’s Sankoty [sic] Head. This negative is from a large collection of glass dry plate negatives dated 1895 that once belonged to and/or were taken by Arthur Holton Burt, of Wrentham, MA. Dedham, MA. and Hyde Park, MA. Large image measures 4” x 5” and is clear and close, showing great detail of the tall masonry tower and nearby keepers’ quarters. Includes original envelope. Rare image, will make fine prints. A few light scratches. (VG+). $124.

3051b. (glass plate negative) Nantucket Cliff Range “Bug” Lighthouse beacons and Keeper’s Housec.1895. Clear dry plate glass plate negative provides a rare look at the early Nantucket Cliff Range Lights shortly after their 1889 rebuilding. Also seen is the Keeper’s house, only rarely photographed. These range lights, officially known as Nantucket Cliff Beacons but called “Bug Lights” by locals, served along with a pair of range lights on Brant Point and various buoys to guide vessels into Nantucket Harbor. The first set of lights was built in 1838 and reconfigured a number of times over the years. In 1889, the front beacon was rebuilt, and the height of the rear beacon was increased, as can be seen in this view. This negative is from a large collection of glass dry plate negatives dated 1895 that once belonged to and/or were taken by Arthur Holton Burt, of Wrentham, MA. Dedham, MA. and Hyde Park, MA. Large image measures 4” x 5” and is clear and close, showing great detail of the towers and walkways. The Bath Houses and Jetty can be seen in the distance. Includes original envelope. Rare image, will make fine prints. (VG+). $174.

 

 

8109-117. [flag] U. S. Coast Guard Ensign. c.1915-1953.  Official U. S. Coast Guard Ensign size #4 (30” h x 48”w) for use on small and medium size craft. Ensign manufactured for Coast Guard is made of wool or nylon-wool bunting with printed fields. Field consists of vertical red/white stripes, with Coast Guard shield on crossed anchors overlaying on the right portion, with the words “Semper Paratus”. Top left corner is white with U. S. eagle and shield, with an arc of 13 stars above. Wonderful earliest of the Coast Guard ensigns for your display and quite difficult to get in this early design. Overall good condition, but moderate mothing particularly at folds, only light soiling but overall a bit dark or faded. Some fraying to end. Marked “Coast Guard Ensign No. 4”. Belive pre WWII. No maker noted.  (VG).  $188.

2873. na. H. K. CUMMINGS REVISITED, 1887-1905. Vol. I. Intro. by Henry Scammell. Bobi Eldridge (Coordinator). Snow Library. Orleans. 2004. 35p. Soft wraps. Superbly reproduced images from the collection of 750 glass plate photographs taken by H. K. Cummings at the turn of the previous century. Henry Knowles Cummings, born in the last year of the Civil War, discovered the fascination of photography the years from 1885 to 1905. His photos bore images of the town as it then was, streets and buildings, horses and rigs, and people and dogs. Other plates held images made by the ever present sea. He pointed his camera everywhere, at the treeless moors of the Outer Cape, at the wooden sailing ships storm-smashed against the shore, at the crews of life-saving stations. That was H. K. Cummings pursuing his avocation, as two or three of his Orleans contemporaries did. On the counter of his dry good store on Main Street, he kept a pile of prints from his negatives, which he sold for 25 cents each. By the time of his death in the 1950s, at 87, Cummings the photographer had amassed about 1,000 views of Orleans scenes and people. His plates and some of his prints are preserved now at the Snow Library, a valuable record in the history of the town. Volume I contains thirty three impressions including Chatham Twin Lights, the wreck of the Kate Harding (December 1892), Orleans Life-Saving crew, town views and much more. A joy to peruse through, beautifully done. (M). $17.95. (x)

2874. na. H. K. CUMMINGS REVISITED, 1887-1905. Vol. II: Working. Intro. by Henry Scammell. Bobi Eldridge (Coordinator). Snow Library. Orleans. 2006. 35p. Soft wraps. Superbly reproduced images from the collection of 750 glass plate photographs taken by H. K. Cummings at the turn of the previous century. Henry Knowles Cummings, born in the last year of the Civil War, discovered the fascination of photography the years from 1885 to 1905. His photos bore images of the town as it then was, streets and buildings, horses and rigs, and people and dogs. Other plates held images made by the ever present sea. He pointed his camera everywhere, at the treeless moors of the Outer Cape, at the wooden sailing ships storm-smashed against the shore, at the crews of life-saving stations. That was H. K. Cummings pursuing his avocation, as two or three of his Orleans contemporaries did. On the counter of his dry good store on Main Street, he kept a pile of prints from his negatives, which he sold for 25 cents each. By the time of his death in the 1950s, at 87, Cummings the photographer had amassed about 1,000 views of Orleans scenes and people. His plates and some of his prints are preserved now at the Snow Library, a valuable record in the history of the town. Volume II contains thirty three impressions including Wellfleet Lighthouse, wreck of Charles A Campbell, Orleans Life Saving crew, Orleans Cable Station, salt works, town views and much more. A joy to peruse through, beautifully done. (M). $17.95. (x)

3049. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Firefighting Pickup Truck & Trailer c.1943. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows great detail of Coast Guard wartime base firefighting equipment including pump trailer and pickup truck, probably loaded with hose,  used to pull the trailer. Ship bridge can be seen behind. Photo is b/w and is a clear, close view, great detail. This is a rarely seen view. (VG+). $44.

3050. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station, Point Allerton, Hull, Mass. c.1890’s. Small photo hand trimmed shows good detail of what we believe is the Point Allerton Life-Saving Station in Hull, Mass from which noted life-saver Joshua James launched numerous rescue missions. View is likely 1890’s but unsure age of this print. Nice detail. Photo trimmed to about 3 ¾” x 4 ¾”. (VG+). $29.

SR-574. (coffee cup) United States Coast Guard “U.S.C.G.” Dinnerwarec.1915 - 1920’s. Scarce, original United States Coast Guard coffee cup in the rare early intertwined “U.S.C.G.” pattern. Cup is back-marked “Lamberton China.”. This pattern was used shortly after the merger in 1915 and mimics the earlier Revenue Cutter Service pattern. Cup measures about 4” in diameter and 2 ½” high and is in good condition, no cracks, some wear. Extremely rare pattern. (VG-). $165.

SR-573. (small dish) United States Revenue Cutter Service “U.S.R.C.S.”c.1910.  Scarce, original United States Revenue Cutter Service dish in the rare later intertwined “U.S.R.C.S.” pattern. This is a scarce original china dinnerware piece from the United States Revenue Cutter Service manufactured of heavy white institutional type china, in the latter years of the Nineteenth Century and early years of the Twentieth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms. This pattern is the later pattern used just before the service was combined with the Life Saving Service to form the Coast Guard. The pattern is done in rust and turquoise, and consists of one rust stripe around the perimeter bordered by two thin turquoise stripes. Beneath, in a rust color, are the letters “USRCS” in an intertwining pattern. This pattern would be continued into the early Coast Guard with only the letters changed to “USCG”. Dish is back-marked “M China L”. There are no other markings visible. Dish has one closed crack visible on the front and closed spider-cracks on the bottom, but is otherwise clean and presentable. Some overall wear and wear to stripes. Dish measures 5 ¾” in diameter. An affordable alternative of this extremely rare pattern. (G+).  $135.

1521f. [reproduction] U. S. Lighthouse Service Station Flag. This triangular station flag measures 44” long by 28” high and is reminiscent of the flags once flown on Lighthouse Service vessels and at the light stations for over one hundred years. The flag is triangular,  printed with the standard design, with red border on a field of white, with a large blue lighthouse silhouette. 100% polyester, applique. Light weight with sewn edges, hem without grommets. For light occasional use or display. Made in China. From Wells, Maine “Lighthouse Depot” store new old stock c.2005. In original packaging. (M). $49.95.

2391d. [ Massachusetts Humane Society porcelain sign c.1900]. The Massachusetts Humane Society was organized in 1787 and is generally considered to be the predecessor to the U. S. Life-Saving Service. It is extremely seldom that we are able to find any Massachusetts Humane Society items. We have been fortunate to find this scarce original porcelain on steel warning sign that once marked swimming areas with information on methods of saving life  from drowning.  Sign is white porcelain on heavy weight steel and lettered in black. Sign measure 10 ½” x 17 ½” and is lettered: “How to Rescue a Drowning Person …. [with detailed instructions] …. THE HUMANE SOCIETY of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ”. Sign has some wear to top edge and around corner mounting grommets. In unusually good condition, and will clean up well. Marked “Balto Enamel & Co. Balto & 107 Eustis St. Boston”. Founded in 1898 as the Baltimore Enamel Company, this porcelain enamel giant quickly positioned itself to become the largest manufacturing company of its kind in the U.S. An important component of their success came from the manufacture of license plates for states, cities, and counties across the United States. Will look great on your wall. (VG). $345.

555a. Freeman, James. A DESCRIPTION OF THE EASTERN COAST OF THE COUNTY OF BARNSTABLE, FROM CAPE COD, OR RACE POINT...TO CAPE MALEBARRE, OR THE SANDY POINT OF CHATHAM....POINTING OUT THE SPOTS ON WHICH THE TRUSTEES OF THE HUMANE SOCIETY HAVE ERECTED HUTS, AND OTHER PLACES WHERE SHIPWRECKED SEAMEN MAY LOOK FOR SHELTER. October 1802. By a Member of the Humane Society. Boston . 1802. First Edition. 15pp. Uncut. Removed, no wraps, signature bound, contents unusually clean, tear in front title page with no loss where it meets cloth tape at spine. Very scarce early piece, one of the first works to describe the outer Cape, its topography and early Humane Society huts and one of the earliest works to act as a coast guide for Cape Cod . Very scarce, only a few copies remain. (VG) $350.

692f. Snow, Edward Rowe. NEW ENGLAND SEA DRAMA. Boston . May 1954. Eighth printing. 62 pp. Stiff wraps. DJ. Signed and numbered copy No. 150 of a special autographed edition, containing a pasted in fragments of wood from the ill-fated steamer Portland, the frigate Constitution, the frigate Somerset, and the Old Minot’s Ledge Light. Also includes laid in sketch of Back Channel, Boston Harbor – 1854, sketch of View of Provincetown, Mass 1856; and folded Map of Romantic Boston Bay and Cape Cod. This is one of Snow’s scarcer editions. Many nice lighthouse photographs and information as well as history of many of the harbor islands and forts, shipwrecks and rescues. An extremely rare form of this hard to find book. Clean, bright, nice copy in lightly chipped dj. (VG+). $134.

10394. Thoms, Captain William. A New Treatise On The Practice Of Navigation At Sea Containing All The Details Necessary To Enable The Mariner To Become A Good Practical Navigator. New York: Privately Printed for the Author and Sold by Robert L. Shaw. 1871. Eleventh edition. 257p. b/w plates. Good example of a navigational text published by one of Bowditch’s competitors. Eleventh edition, the first having been published in 1854. As America’s merchant marine expanded, need for this kind of information grew apace. Capt. Thoms was founder of the New York Nautical School, of which 'Mrs. Captain Wm. Thoms' was Principal. In addition to the usual methods of finding position at sea, he introduces his own new method of finding longitude by measuring the moon's declination in relation to a star. Of interest in this text are the list of captains (and their vessels) promoting this work. Illustrations printed white on black, in the manner that had a brief vogue during this period. Includes pasted in label “Property of the Light House Establishment” which may not be authentic. Bound in original full calf. All signatures tight, hinges a bit loose, some tape repair. Covers heavily rubbed and chipped along lower back edge of spine. $95. Sale 50% off ! $47. (x)

5429b. Blunt, Edmund M. THE AMERICAN COAST PILOT: Containing directions for the Principal Harbors, Capes and Headlands, on the Coasts of North and South America : DESCRIBING THE SOUNDINGS, BEARINGS OF THE LIGHTHOUSES AND BEACONS FROM THE ROCKS, SHOALS, LEDGES &c. .... Twentietht Ed. New York . June 1864. 840 pp. The history of the United States Coast Pilot extends back many centuries, when Edmund March Blunt (1770-1862) published the American Coast Pilot in 1796. Blunt's Coast Pilot was not the first book of sailing directions, or even the first such book concerning American waters. However, it was the first book of American sailing directions published in the United States . In addition to complete sailing directions, included are a few charts, harbor descriptions, and courses and distances, weather data, lighthouse and lightship information, and much more. Missing wraps, frontis and title pages as well as last page. However, .otherwise complete and intact. Some age toning, only occasional foxing, generally clean for the period. Excellent for research and reference. (FR-)  $45. Sale 50% off ! $22. 

1550a. (large lot 260 photos, slides) Military Bands, Color Guards, Ceremonial Units, etc c.1950-1980’s. Exceptional lot consists of Military Bands, Color Guards, Ceremonial Units, funeral processions and more from the 1950’s through the 1980’s with additional views back to the 1920’s and 1930’s. The large lot includes over 160 official b/w and color photographs (8” x 10”), and 90 color slides. Included are: General Douglas MacArthur in Manila 1935, funeral of General Douglas MacArthur, Tomb of Unknown Soldier, John Philip Sousa, US Marine Bands, The Singing Sergeants, Pipe Band, The Navy Chorus, Air Force Orchestra, Air Force Band, US Navy Concert Band, President Regan with flag-draped coffins, Viet Nam War Memorial, US Army bands, honor guards, placing wreaths, and hundreds more. Historically significant. (VG+). Lot 260 pieces $325. Sale 50% off ! $162. (x)

SR-487. (framed photo) U.S. Coast Guard Helo Operations Training. Clear, close, original 9” x 12” color photo mated and framed to 14 ¾” x  17 ½”. Possibly an  official Coast Guard photo although not so marked, showing excellent detail of Motor Lifeboat CG-43372 as helicopter prepares to hoist a man in training.  Superb clear, close view, great detail. Not dated. Light soil, needs light cleaning. (VG+). $26. Sale 50% off ! $13. (x)

23118. Bowen, Frank C., SHIPS FOR ALL. London . nd. c.1930. 384 p. Illustrated with nearly 100 photographs, this early work details the numerous types of vessels including: canal, river and coastal craft; sailing vessels; steam vessels, seamen, steamships, engines, disasters, life-boats and life-saving, salvage, treasure and much more. Great reading. (VG). $24. Sale 50% off ! $12. (x)

2167. U. S. Revenue Cutter Service mailing tube. Tube was used to mail maps or plans and measures 18” long by 2” in diameter and is paper wrapped cardboard. Tube bears the original label bearing the printed return address of the “Treasury Department, Division of the Revenue-Cutter Service”. Tube is addressed to “2nd Lieut. of Engrs. N. B. Hall, USRCS c/o Commanding Officer,  U. S. Revenue Cutter Apache, Baltimore, Maryland. Moderately soiled but otherwise in good condition, well intact. (VG-).  $44. Sale 50% off ! $22. (x)

 

  

SR-451. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF BEACONS, BUOYS, STAKES AND OTHER DAYMARKS IN THE FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. 1886. Wash. 1886. 44 p. Soft wraps. Includes all of the coastline of the First Lighthouse District from the the Canadian border to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Some soiling and chipping to wraps, some foxing, contents unusually clean and intact, tight. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. Excellent resource. (VG-). $78.  Sale 50% off ! $39. (x)

SR-452. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF BEACONS, BUOYS, STAKES, SPINDLES AND ALL OTHER DAY MARKS IN THE SECOND LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT 1886. Wash. 1886. 64p. Soft wraps. Includes all of the coastline of the Second Lighthouse District embracing the seacoasts, bays, harbors, and rivers, from Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire, to Gooseberry Point, Massachusetts, including Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds, Buzzards Bay, and tributaries. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Some soiling and chipping to wraps, some foxing, contents unusually clean and intact. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. Excellent resource. (VG-). $78. Sale 50% off ! $39. (x)

1234-54. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Damiscove Life-Saving Station, near Boothbay Harbor, Maine  c.1900. Hand written letter to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, offers payment for uniform for “the disabled Surfman No. 6 Walter Fuller of the Damiscove Life-Saving Station. Written and signed in hand by Surfman Fuller. One sheet, folded to 5” x 8”and dated May 30, 1900. Overall quite clean. Rare Damiscove piece. (VG+). $48.

1234-40. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Cape Elizabeth Life-Saving Station c.1899. S.N. Dyer, Keeper. Original document on stationery of James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. Two sheets 7” x 11” contain hand written notes on uniforms (duck suits, overcoat, Keeper’s cap, surfman’s cap bands (tally), pants, vest, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include Surfmen: JW Pilsbury, S Alexander, JL Staples, Capt SN Dyer, WP Staples, GE Staples, JA Barber. Two sheets attached. Rare First District documents in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $34.

1234-38. (lot 2 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Great Boars Head Life-Saving Station, Hampton, NH. c.1900.  B.F. Smart, Keeper. Original document on stationery of James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. Two sheets 7” x 11” contain hand written notes on uniforms (duck suits, overcoat, cap, pants, vest, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include Surfmen: Henry C Lattimer, Geo W Palmer, Irving Burke, WA Mason, FW Garland, Roderick McDonald. The second are two (2) original hand-written notes by the keeper, 5” x 8”, with sizes and notes on uniform needs, prices, what and where to send, etc.  Rare First District documents in overall clean condition. (VG+). $42.

2825b. Bowditch, Nathaniel. (U. S. Navy) AMERICAN PRACTICAL NAVIGATOR – An Epitome of Navigation and Nautical Astronomy. GPO. Washington. 1943. 777p. The American Practical Navigator , written by Nathaniel Bowditch, is an encyclopedia of navigation, a valuable handbook on oceanography and meterology, and contains useful tables and a maritime glossary. In 1866 the copyright and plates were bought by the Hydrographic Office of the United States Navy. The most popular navigational text of the late 18th century was The New Practical Navigator by John Hamilton Moore. Edmund M. Blunt, a Newburyport, Massachusetts publisher, decided to issue a revised copy of this work for American navigators and convinced Nathaniel Bowditch, a locally famous mariner and mathematician, to revise and update it with the help of several others. Blunt's The New Practical Navigator was published in 1799, followed by a second edition in 1800. By 1802, when Blunt was ready to publish a third edition, Nathaniel Bowditch and others had corrected so many errors in Hamilton's work that Blunt decided to publish it as the first edition of a new work, The New American Practical Navigator. The current edition of the American Practical Navigator traces its pedigree to that 1802 edition. Edmund M. Blunt continued to published the book until 1833; upon his retirement, his sons, Edmund and George, assumed publication. The elder Blunt died in 1862; his son Edmund followed in 1866. The next year, 1867, George Blunt sold the copyright to the government for $25,000. The government has published Bowditch ever since. The U.S. government has published some 52 editions since acquiring the copyright to the book that has come to be known simply by its original author’s name, "Bowditch". Since the government began production, the book has been known by its year of publishing, instead of by the edition number. Hard Cover, very good, beige cloth wraps. Book tight, completely intact, some expected soiling and wear to cloth wraps. (VG). $24. Sale 50% off ! $12. 

25257. The New York Maritime Register. July 18, 1923. 64 p. Contains complete listing of vessels arriving and departing in the United States , wrecks and casualties, as well as numerous maritime advertisements and articles of the day. Interesting reading. (VG).   $8. Sale 50% off ! $4. 

6279q. The United States Navy. THE BLUEJACKET’S MANUAL. Annapolis . 1950. Fourteenth Edition. 828p. Cloth wraps. The standard manual for enlistees of the Coast Guard and Navy, this was used by the Coast Guard and Navy until 1952 when The Coast Guardsman’s Manual was first published. A complete training manual for recruits and a reference book for other Navy and Coast Guard personnel, with hundreds of diagrams, photos and color plates. Some use and wear but generally clean, tight. Well illustrated with hundreds of diagrams, photos, and b/w plates. (VG+). $42. Sale 50% off ! $21. (x)

6431f. Shanks, Ralph and Janetta T. LIGHTHOUSES OF SAN FRANCISCO BAY . 1976. 1ST. 123p. Soft wraps. “...Climb the iron stairways of San Francisco Bay ’s lighthouses to re-light the ancient lamps...on the beach below, the rescue boats are being readied...more watches...more beaches to patrol....” All of this well known author’s original stories are here, along with a rich treasure of countless new adventures. Illustrated with over 65 vintage photographs, the Shanks’ wonderful work chronicles the work of San Francisco Bay ’s Light Keepers as never before. Light stations includes Alcatraz Island, Yerba Buena, Point Bonita, Fort Point, Mile Rocks, Lime Point, Angel Island and Point Blunt, East Brother, Mare Island, Roe Island, Oakland Harbor, Southampton Shoal, Carquinez Strait, and more. Wonderful reading. We have been most fortunate in finding a number of library copies of this rare title and, using some new dust jackets from the original publisher, we have had these re-bound. May be a few taped or soil spots but overall VG. Extremely difficult to find this early West Coast Reference. (VG). $28. Sale 50% off ! $14. (x)

22156c. E. I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company. DU PONT – THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN AMERICAN ENTERPRISE . New York . 1952. 138 p. Stiff wraps, folio. Tells the story of the company from its founding on 1802 to the present. Du Pont has an extensive history of producing gun powder since its earliest days, well detailed in this interesting account. (VG). $36. Sale 50% off ! $18. 

L-119. Rhein, Michael J. ANATOMY OF THE LIGHTHOUSE. Glasgow . 2001. 212 p. DJ. The story of the evolution of the lighthouse is a gripping and awe-inspiring one - a tale of trail and error, of inspiration and disaster, and of achievements made against almost impossible odds. This fascinating book examines lighthouses inside and out, from the primitive beacon and the fabled Pharos of the ancient world to the " Texas towers" of modern times. The comprehensive text is complemented by special features written by experts in their field. The exhaustive and absorbing study of the subject, combined with the stunning photography, will be sure to enthrall you. Nicely done. (F-). $16.95. Sale 50% off ! $8.50. 

1426b. Reid, Gordon. From Dusk Till Dawn: A History of Australian Lighthouses. MacMillan. Department of Transport and Communications, South Melbourne. 1988.DJ. 264pp. Illustrated throughout in color and b&w, with more than 200 photographs, illustrations and diagrams, double-page map showing the location of Commonwealth light stations, bibliography, index. A comprehensive and well researched history of Australian lighthouses - their architects, builders, service bosses, the lives of the lighthouse keepers and their families, and more. The story of lighthouses has always started with shipwrecks. Since the beginning of world shipping, mariners have relied on devices to warn of reefs, rocks and shores. From Dusk Till Dawn is the first comprehensive illustrated history of Australian lighthouses. From the early days when lighthouse construction was hamstrung by British authorities, through the early colonial period when each colony built its own lights to when the Commonwealth took control, here is the extraordinary story of the battle to make Australian waters safe for two centuries of mariners. Wonderful details of the buildings, equipment, and more. Clean, tight, light wear, corners bumped. DJ edgeworn, one tear, light soiling. Difficult to find. (VG). $86. Sale 50% off ! $43. 

15102. Keeper Hunter, J. Arthur. Daily Journals of a Light House Keeper at Petite Pointe au Sable Light House, Mears, Michigan 1900-1907, 1911-1915, 1916-1922. Copied by Vinetta B. Ling in three volumes from the originals 2000 - . Soft wraps. 689 pages. At Petite Pointe au Sable Light House, life was not lonely for Light House Keeper J. Arthur Hunter and Assistant Keeper George Chamberlin. Each evening one of them walked up the stairs to the tower to take first watch to make sure the light was on and stayed on. Mr. Hunter usually took first watch and Mr. Chamberlin went up about 2 AM for the second watch. Those could have been lonely hours, but there were books to read and letters to write. Often, if the children had no school the next day, the whole family was in the tower with Mr. Hunter. They read stories aloud, sang or talked. Sometimes friends came to visit. Each morning burners were changed, lens and clockworks cleaned and polished, stairs swept and windows washed. But if a horn was heard from the inspector's boat, all else came to a halt and everyone worked to make sure the place was clean and in order for the inspection. No, Petite Pointe au Sable Light House was not a lonely place. These three wonderful volumes, copied from the originals, tells the tale of life of the Keepers and their families at this remote station in their words, as written in the Keepers’ daily journals. Provides a rare insight into the keepers’ lives. Wonderful reading!  Clean, tight, lightly used. (VG+). Set $118. Sale 50% off ! $59. 

PC-80, 1196. Kochel, Kenneth G., AMERICA’S ATLANTIC COAST LIGHTHOUSES – A Traveler’s Guide. Clearwater, Florida. 1994. 486p. Soft wraps. A detailed guide to finding most if not all of America’s remaining Atlantic Coast lighthouses, with a bit about the history of each. Indispensable if you hope to visit these sites as some are obscure and down remote paths. (F). $12. Sale 50% off ! $6. (x)

22160b. Appleton, Thomas E., USQUE AD MARE – A History of the Canadian Coast Guard and Marine Services. Ottawa . 1968. 318 p. DJ. It is extremely difficult to find early information on the Canadian Lighthouse Service and later Coast Guard and this provides a treasure trove of information. The author begins in the early years and tells of lighthouses and buoys, of the government steamers, of lifesaving and rescue, dangers and disasters and the men and women who served so well. A wealth of scarce information about our sister services.  History includes early light and fog stations in the Dominion, light vessels, beacons, construction, political influences, shipwrecks, lifeboat stations, icebreakers, and more. Clean, crisp, tight. (VG+). $48. Sale 50% off ! $24. (x)

  

9173a,b. Lafreniere, Normand. LIGHTKEEPING ON THE ST. LAWRENCE – The End on an Era. Toronto . 1996. 108p. Lightkeeping on the St. Lawrence outlines the history of light-keeping in the area from its emergence in 1803 until automation replaced the last light keeper in 1988. This is a tale of shipwrecks and storms, of the lonely existence of the keeper who endured harsh working conditions, often alone. Based on archival materials and on interviews with keepers themselves, this is a most interesting volume. With wonderful information on the depots, daily routines, apparatus and oil, cleaning the lens, watches, salaries, living in the tower and dwellings, light-vessels, and much more. Wonderfully illustrated with over 30 color and b/w photographs. (VG+). $28. Sale 50% off ! $14. (x)

2229, 2178. Nicholson, Christopher. ROCK LIGHTHOUSES OF BRITAIN . Cambridge . 1983. 217p. DJ. The treacherous rocks which jut menacingly from the sea around the British Isles have for centuries claimed numerous victims. Eddystone. Longstone, Skerryvore and Chicken Rock are just a few of the most exposed and wicked rocks to be found in British waters. For centuries these and others were responsible for numerous deaths and only after many years of effort by the Trinity House and Northern Lighthouse Board were these waters tamed. But this victory was not without the loss of lives of the workers and keepers there. From the exploits of the famed Stevenson family of lighthouse engineers, to the work of the offshore light keepers, the author has presented a most detailed and complete account. This is their story and of the men who built and kept them. From the exploits of the Stevenson family to the lives of the keepers, this and much more are included. Also includes countless early photographs of construction, tenders and more. Nicely done. (VG+). $54. Sale 50% off ! $27. (x)

 

7281a,b. Wills, Lois Bailey. WAIT FOR ME. North Quincy , Mass. 1976. 1st. 319p. DJ. A historical novel that takes place in the 1870's and 1880's in New England . The author enthralls the reader with tales of shipwrecks off the coast of Scituate , of the Massachusetts Humane Society, how they operated and were organized, and how they accomplished feats of rescue in the face of raging Atlantic storms. They were farmers, fishermen, and storekeepers but in the face of adversity they became supermen. Includes much about local government and the New England “Town Meeting”. Though a fictional account, the author researched local life and the local life-savers extensively for this account. One of the few books ever written on the Humane Society. (F). $22. Sale 50% off ! $11. (x)

SR-546. Coast Guard Enlisted Man’s Cap. Dark navy-blue enlisted man’s “duck” style cap. Around the barrel is stitched a ribbon of black silk, 1 ½” in width with the words “U. S. Coast Guard” stitched in gold. Cap is in very good condition, complete, with no apparent tears, only light wear, clean. Tally letters clear and crisp. Marked size 7 1/8. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Hat size not marked. (VG+). $144.  Sale 50% off ! $72. (x)

SR-522. (lot) U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Lot includes three caps in blue, one with metal “A” insignia, sizes 6 5/8, 7 5/8, and one not marked. Also includes belt buckle with insignia, and three service ribbons/insignia. Lot 7 items. (VG+). $28. Sale 50% off ! $14. (x)

SR-459. [paperweight] Large 7 1/4" heavy glass dished paperweight / pin dish featuring an early c.1900 photograph image of the ”Peaked Hill Bar Life-Saving Station, Provincetown, Mass.” This rare item features an original period photograph of the life-saving station and out-buildings at this dangerous outer Cape Cod location. Includes pasted on description of the area on the bottom. Rare early Life-Saving Service photo image, clear, crisp, some foxing to margins but still quite displayable. Paperweight is unusually large and measures 7 ¼”  x 4” x 1” h.  Rare desirable Cape Cod Life-Saving Service piece. (VG). $145.  Sale 50% off ! $72. (x)

 

A-146. [calendar 1928] Manitowoc Savings Bank, Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Prominent is a 7 ¼” x 9” photograph of a Manitowoc Harbor Scene in 1890 showing clear crisp images of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Andrew Johnson. The Andrew Johnson was a 499 ton side-wheeled cutter, built in Buffalo in 1865 and  mounting three guns, and manned by a compliment of 7 officers and 30 men. Also moored near her are the steamer Nevada, wrecker Favorite, and the tugs Monarch and Arctic. Beautiful clear, crisp view and superb for hanging in your Great Lakes office or den. (VG).  $78.  Sale 50% off ! $39. (x)

22427. Coffman, F. L. ATLAS OF TREASURE MAPS. New York , NY : Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1957. 2ND. Cloth.  Folio 17”. Unpaginated.  120 pp. Scarce compendium of large 17” x 24” color charts showing over 3,000 locations of sunken or buried treasures in the Western Hemisphere & British Isles, with notes on each. Fully ¾ of the charts cover the area from Nova Scotia to the Gulf of Mexico, including Cape Cod and Nantucket Sound, New York, Cape May to Cape Henlopen, Chesapeake Bay, Cape Hatteras, Cape Lookout, Cape Fear, Florida And more. Great for researchers or divers. Clean, tight, nice copy. (VG). $185. Sale 50% off ! $92. 

28312. (document) [Nantucket Light House – Great Point] Statement of Contracts Made Relative to Oil, Light Houses, Stakeages, &c…. Revenue Office. January 22nd, 1817. 1p. 12” x 16”. Early large plate from early report showing contracts made in the Treasury Department in the years 1816-1816 including those for light-houses, beacon boats (lightships), keeper’s dwellings, buoys, stakeages, etc. Includes dates, location and work performed, contractor, price, etc. Includes sum of $815 for E. M. Hinckley to take down and rebuild the dwelling-house of the keeper of Nantucket Light-house (Great Point). Additional lighthouses with work indicated include New Point Comfort (VA), Portsmouth (NH), Cape Henlopen, Reedy Island, Bald Head (NC), Point Judith (RI), Baker’s Island, and more. Also includes contracts for oil. Unusually clean and crisp for a near 200-year old document, light overall toning, wonderful for framing. (VG). $185. Sale 50% off ! $92. (x)

3047. (mounted photo) U.S. Revenue Cutter c.1900. Clear close view shows what may be a US Revenue Cutter moored at  the dock. Note the wheeled signal cannon on the deck just to the left of the woman. Image measures 5” x 8” on 8” x 10” grey mount – one chip. On back in pencil “Lulu, Zesta & Allece Long ‘Pinta’ – The Revenue Cutter”.  Nice detailed view. (VG) $26.

3046. (copy photo) Workers Posing Staten Island Lighthouse Depot c.1880’s view. Circa 1950’s 8” x 10” copy photo of a c.1880’s view shows great detail of the workers at the Lighthouse Service General Lighthouse Depot on Staten Island posing outside the door to the (first) Lamp Shop at the depot. In the 1860’s  construction began on a Greek Revival-style workshop building. Vogel and Clifford (2007) note that “On the south side of the building, the engineers constructed a double-height open room with pits, ladders, and iron columns so the lampists could assemble and test even the largest size lenses and pedestals…. Four two-story arched windows provided [plenty of] light….” This building would be referred to as (the first) Lamp Shop. Construction had begun in earnest and by 1868 the stone walls were completed up to the second floor level. This building still stands, with the date 1868 in stone above the doorway. Note on the right can be seen the Depot Watchman in uniform. He is almost never seen and the uniform with helmet, badge and collar insignia - a rare find. Photo is b/w and includes notations on back. Image was republished in 1983 in a publication. Clear, close view, great detail. This is a rarely seen view. (VG+). $88.

18114. (mounted photo) May be Cape Cod Lighthouse Keeper Stephen Snow Lewis at Nauset Lights, can’t be sure. I have seen this image before but cannot confirm his identity. Some feel that this may be Keeper Lewis at a younger age. Has anyone else seen this gentleman ?  Beautiful large 4 ½” x 7 ¾” image is professionally mounted on an album page, with a lovely Victorian mansion on the obverse. Overall clean, only light soiling and a bit of foxing to album page. Quite clear and crisp. If or when we confirm this to be a light-keeper, the value may go up by $200.... (VG+). $38.

3043. (snapshot photo) U.S. Coast Guard Race Point Lifeboat Station c.1940’s. Nice close view with quite a bit of detail of thr Rooseevelt-style Coast Guard building, tall flag mast and watch tower erected at Race Point on Cape Cod. Sign on building reads “U.S. Coast Guard Race Point Lifeboat Station. Photo measures 3 ¼” x 5” overall. (VG+). $28.

8297h. United States Life Saving Service [Lyle] Gunner’s Haversack c1904. Front flap is beautifully embossed: “ U. S. L. S. S.” Leather haversack was intended to be used by the station keeper for carrying cartridges, friction primers, lanyard, priming wire, and combination level for the Lyle gun. The haversack is made completely of leather with a tongue to fasten the flap and loops for reception of waist belt. The back is boldly marked by the inspector “ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL 1904 TC”.  On the inside end is a pocket for the combination octant (level). Haversack dates from the middle Life-Saving Service  years and is as designed and described by David Lyle in his 1877 report. These are exceptionally scarce and simply a must if you have a Lyle gun or to complete your exhibit. Approx. 8” high x 10” wide x 3 ½” deep. The condition of this haversack is unusually good, except that The tongue strap that holds the covering flap is torn as shown in the picture but is included. The condition of the leather is quite nice, with a beautiful patena and will display beautifully. Extremely rare. (VG+). $3,195. 

1705. (belt) Leather Belt marked "USCG". Early leather belt measures 1 ¾” wide by 42” long and has brass hook on one end and brass catch from 2-part buckle. Belt is stamped with large 1” letters “U.S.C.G.” on both the inside and the outside. This appears to be made from a Revenue Cutter Service or early Coast Guard undress sword belt (with half of the 2-part buckle) and may have been used to replace a lost or damaged belt on the Keeper’s haversack. One tear, well worn but still intact and fairly supple. A rare artifact. (G+). $86. Reduced $68. 

27361y. U. S. Life Saving Service Lyle Gun Folding Octant c.1878-1901. This type of octant, or elevation level, was used by the Life Saving Service and later Coast Guard for setting the elevation of the Lyle Gun. From 1878 until 1901 the Life Saving Service use this octant, made by the Chapin Stephens & Co in Riverton , Conn. In 1901 when this company ceased operation, the government began to make their own elevation levels. However these were entirely of metal, lighter and of a lesser quality. Octant is made of boxwood, brass bound and includes a metal fold-out scale for setting the angle, with a bubble level set into the upper arm. The octant was carried by the keeper in his haversack. Marked very lightly “No. 036 The Chapin -Stephens Co Conn. USA”, much of which has worn off over the years.  Clean, bright, light rust remains to scale, two chips to the boxwood on each side of the bubble level. Scarce, early piece. (VG). $295. Sale $265. 

   

8152L. (powder flask) U.S. Coast Guard Powder Flask for Lyle Gun c.1900. Early Coast Guard powder flask used by the station crews for priming the Lyle Gun. Flask is of brass and copper construction and measures 10 ½” in length, with four brass loop hangers. On each side of the body of the flask are stamped the initials “U.S.C.G.”. This original powder flask has no dents but a 2” secrion of the seam is starting to open. The spring in the charger nozzle is still intact and operable, with original screw-on spout. Surface has expected tarnish but will polish up to a beautiful shine. Coast Guard flasks are even more difficult to find than those of the Life Saving Service as there were far less made and used. Overall a most presentable and rare example of this early Coast Guard powder flask. (VG+). $1,450. 

 

20134e. [chart]. PRELIMINARY CHART OF MONOMOY HARBOR , MASSACHUSETTS A No. 9. US Coast and Geodetic Survey. 1854. Size 18”w x 24”h. From early Coast Survey, large detailed b/w chart shows coastal Chatham including Stage Harbor and Nauset beach south to Monomoy Point. Included on the chart are Chatham and Monomoy Point lights. Also includes many roads, all shoals and bars, and much more. Map is quite desirable for framing and is as original with original folds. Chart is bright and will dry mount well for framing. Only very light browning at folds, otherwise clean. Includes sailing directions, light-house locations, tides and more. These very early coastal maps are most desirable for display and bring a premium, particularly on the Cape and the islands. Wonderful for matting and framing. About as nice as we have seen this chart (VG+). $56.

3042. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Repairing Navigation Lanterns c.1955. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows good detail as worker Fred K. Williams adjusts the bulbs on a 155mm navigation lantern at an 8th Coast Guard District depot. Photo is b/w and includes date. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $44.

 

12320b. (newspaper) Loss of Steamship SS Portland c.November 1898. The Boston Herald for December 1, 1898. The paddle wheel steamship SS Portland was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889 by, the steamer ran between Portland , Maine and Boston until its loss with all hands in 1898. The wooden-hulled paddle wheel steamship Portland measured 291 feet in total length with a maximum breadth of 68 feet. Built by the New England Shipbuilding Company of Bath , Maine , the steamer was one of New England 's largest and most luxurious side paddle wheel steamships, accommodating up to 800 passengers. For nearly 10 years SS Portland connected Boston , Massachusetts and Portland , Maine for the Portland Steam Packet Company without much notoriety. The Portland carried thousands of passengers and tons of cargo along the New England coast and earned the reputation as a safe and dependable steamer. On Nov. 26, 1898, the steamship left India Wharf in Boston for Portland , Maine on a regularly scheduled run. However, she never made it to port. None of the 192 passengers and crew survived the massive storm that wreaked havoc on New England 's coast - a storm that was later dubbed "The Portland Gale" after the tragic loss of the ship. Debris was washed up all along the Massachusetts coast. This full issue includes five pages of articles with over 34 illustrations relating to this terrible loss. Articles include: Her Death Roll Forever a Secret – Portland’s Victims Being Carried Away by Ocean Currents… The Identified Dead… Unidentified Bodies at Chatham, Nauset, Eastham…List of Portland’s Passengers and Crew…. No News of Missing Steamer… She Passed Highland Light About 2 pm… Agents Believe Her Captain Put to Sea for Safety….  Over 34 drawn illustrations include many of the victims’ portrait images, Provincetown Harbor Showing the Wrecks, Scenes of Wreckage at Plymouth, Surfman at Highland Light, Launching of Lifeboat near Race Point Life-Saving Station, Wood End Life-Saving Station, Life Saver Kemp, Exchanging Checks, and many more. Excellent reference and reading. Newspaper is well worn and is brittle. Extensive chipping to edges and a few weak folds have parted. Still quite readable. Full issue 12 pages. (P+). $64.

B-310. (photograph) U. S. Revenue Cutter Service. c.1910. Unusual early photo shows assembly of Petty Officers and Warrant Officers posing for the camera. Photo measures 7 ½” x 9 ½” , backed with linen and is clear and clean in the image area. Margins have some soiling and edge wear. Good view of uniforms, rare view. (VG-). Reduced $136. Sale 50% off ! $68

B-304. [Life-Saving Service print.] OFF TO THE WRECK. c.1980. A superb multi color print shows the life-saving crew from the Gloucester Life-Saving station pushing the surfboat off into the surf on the way to a wreck. The image is exquisite in detail down to the slickers and their kapok life-vests. The coloring is subtle in shades of greens, browns, and blues. The print is clean and bright, double matted and in a vintage frame.  Measuring about 8” x 12”, matted and in a vintage 12 ½” x 16 ½”  frame. This is a great piece for display or for your collection. (VG). $48 net. Sale 50% off ! $24.

SR-483. Matted photo CG/Navy. 6" x 15 1/2". $40 Sale 50% off ! $20.

A-152. [photograph]. PEGGY’S COVE LIGHTHOUSE, NS c.1949. Superb vintage b/w photograph shows excellent detail of the lighthouse and keeper’s house at Peggy’s Cove, NS. The photo is unusually clear and crisp, accentuating the beautiful ornamental trim and details of the structures. View is from an unusual angle and provides great detail of the keeper’s house which is not usually seen as it was demolished years ago. Great detail too can be seen of the tower and lantern  with ocean beyond. Matte b/w photo measures 5" x 9 ½”, and is in fine condition. A beautiful piece for framing (F). $46. Sale 50% off ! $23.

B-175. Mounted photo RNLI Off to Rescue! c.1898.  Overall 8 1/2" x 12". $40 Sale 50% off ! $20.

 

A-146. [calendar 1928] Manitowoc Savings Bank, Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Prominent is a 7 ¼” x 9” photograph of a Manitowoc Harbor Scene in 1890 showing clear crisp images of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Andrew Johnson. The Andrew Johnson was a 499 ton side-wheeled cutter, built in Buffalo in 1865 and  mounting three guns, and manned by a compliment of 7 officers and 30 men. Also moored near her are the steamer Nevada, wrecker Favorite, and the tugs Monarch and Arctic. Beautiful clear, crisp view and superb for hanging in your Great Lakes office or den. (VG).  $78. Sale 50% off ! $39.

 

3041. (cabinet photo) Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station, Swans Island, Maine c.1880. Close clear image provides great view of the 1872 light station located on Hockamock Head, at the entrance to Burnt Coat Harbor on Swans Island. The station initially had a front range light with a covered way connecting the two towers, as seen in this image. That tower and the covered way were removed in 1884, thus dating this image to 1872 - 1884. Today the keeper's house is maintained by the Town of Swan's Island and is open in the summer with a historical exhibit and a small art gallery. View measures 5” x 7” on mount. Quite clean, clear, near fine. (VG+). $124. 

(note wood stake for torch)

2579L. United States Life-Saving Service Style Torch with Wood Stake. Extremely rare U. S. Life-Saving Service type copper hand torch which was once standard issue to all life-saving stations for use by surfmen for lighting at wreck scenes. This type of  piece was manufactured and sold to the U.S. Life-Saving Service in the latter part of the 19th Century c.1870-90. Two such torches were carried on the back of  the beach apparatus cart. Torch stands 10 ½” high, 7” diameter to handle. Torch still has original match safe built into handle complete with original wood matches and lid striker. Missing hook and cap for oil reservoir, which is often the case but otherwise complete inside and out. Includes rare wood stake which was used to mount torch on the beach. (VG+). $895.

 

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26172e. United States Lighthouse Service 3-Gallon Oil Transfer Can c.1880. Scarce, original United States Lighthouse Service brass 3-gallon oil transfer can. The bottom of the can is bears the original, distinctive oval stamp:  “U. S. L. H. DEPOT, 3 DIST., LAMP SHOP, STATEN ISLAND , N.Y. ” Also bears original stamping “ U. S. LIGHT-HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT” above. Brass oil filler is completely original, with spout and brace, and original handles. With a few expected dents but overall in superb condition. Base approx. 10 ½” dia. Overall height 16 ½”. Can body measurements compute to about 3.72 gallons. Can once had a chain and cap for top and for spout which are not present. We rarely find such a nice example of this style of oil can. (VG+). $2,395.

3039. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Surfboat Crew, Hampton Beach, NH., c.1900. (photo) Close photo shows Hampton Beach Life-Saving Crew as they treat a group of charming Victorian visitors to a short surfboat ride. Boat lettered "Hampton Beach" on stern. Great photo on post card paper. Size 3 ½” x 4 ½”Clean crisp, near fine. (F-). $38.

 

7437b. na. Organization and Duties of the Light-House Board and Regulations, Instructions, Circulars and General Orders of the Light-House Establishment of the United States. United States Light-House Board . GPO. 1871. 213p. Contains complete Rules and Regulations for the recently organized (1852) Light-House Establishment as well as the Light-House Board. In addition to laws relating to light-houses and light-vessels, beacons, etc., includes care and operation of lights and equipment, inspecting lights, lampists and their duties, duties of masters of light-houses, provisions, oils and testing, annual supplies, lens illuminating apparatus, contents of keeper’s service basket, outfits at first establishing lights, heights of flames, blank books and forms, light-vessels and outfits, tenders and supply vessels and outfits, painting and mixing paints, marking of equipment, keeping of logs and paperwork, operation of light vessels and much more. 8vo. In contemporary half calf with contemporary white title-label pasted on to front board. Stamp to pasted down front end-paper and front free end-paper. Light wear to extremities. Internally fine.  This is essentially the first Instruction to Keepers. Superb early reference. (VG+). $475.

1234-53. U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Hunniwells Beach Life-Saving Station, Maine. March 1900. E. H. Spinney, Keeper. Original 1-page hand-written letter from Keeper Spinney to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, requesting a complete flannel suit [uniform] for himself in blue including pants, 5-button coat and vest.  8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District documents in overall clean condition. (VG+). $74.

4255m. Stebbins, N. L., THE ILLUSTRATED COAST PILOT WITH SAILING DIRECTIONS. THE ATLANTIC AND GULF COASTS OF THE UNITED STATES INCLUDING BAYS AND HARBORS. New York . 1902. 226p. Extremely difficult to find. Illustrated with over 320 superb halftone recognition photographs of lighthouses and light vessels along the coast during the period. Includes sailing directions and description of lights along the coast, identifies approaches, lights, ledges and other coastal features. Much use is made of Stebbins’s photographs, and this work presents an excellent view of the entire east coast from Maine to Florida , as it appeared at the turn of the century. Also contains numerous illustrated ads of the day. Includes corrections up to 1904. Original canvas cloth covers with unusually little wear though a bit stained from use, some tape to endpapers. . Contents overall clean save some light moisture staining here and there, spine tight. Hinges some wear but still intact. Well worth it for the wonderful lighthouse and light vessel photographs alone. (VG). $145.

  

RA-407. THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS . REPORT 1888. Boston . 1888. 80p. Wonderful report, includes listings of Officers and Trustees, Officers past and present, List of Life-Boats, Gun Stations and Huts of Refuge, List of Awards 1786-1888, 1885-1888, Life-Boat Service 1885-1888, Instructions to Captains of the Life-Saving Stations,  General Summary of the Work of the Society, Equipment of Stations, Directions for Restoring the Apparently Drowned, and more. A tremendous amount of information about this important early predecessor to the Life-Saving Service. Includes beautiful photogravure illustrations of Marblehead station and life-boat and medal awards. Contents clean and tight, soft wraps nicely intact, some soiling. (VG). $225. Sale 50% off ! $112.

SR-522. (lot) U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Lot includes three caps in blue, one with metal “A” insignia, sizes 6 5/8, 7 5/8, and one not marked. Also includes belt buckle with insignia, and three service ribbons/insignia. Lot 7 items. (VG+). $28. Sale 50% off ! $14

3037. (photo) Coast Guard 36-Foot Motor Lifeboat Underway c.1943. Clear, close, original 7 ½” x 9 ½” press photo shows good detail of a Coast Guard 36-foot Motor Lifeboat underway. Boat may be from California station No. 322 (from life ring). Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Clear, close view, great detail. Dated July 31, 1943. Heavy cropping marke surrounding boat image. (VG+). $44.

3038. (photo) Lighthouse Keepers Home in New Dorp, New York c.1928. Clear, close, original 7 ” x 9 ” press photo shows good detail of the New Dorp Light Station, located on Staten Island. The first lighthouse there was funded in 1852 and lit in 1856. The lighthouse was built to serve as a rear range light to mark Swash Channel in Lower New York Bay. The lighthouse lantern was built atop the roof of the keeper’s house shown here. The lighthouse was decommissioned and boarded up in 1964. In 1974 it was sold and restored to serve as a private residence. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Clear, close view, great detail. Dated June 1928. (VG+). $38.

1269b. [cabinet photograph] Life-Saving Service Surfman Frank Tuttle, Long Island, New York c.1890-1900. This rare posed original portrait photograph shows the clean-cut surfman proudly posing in his 4-button single-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his right sleeve is the life ring with crossed oar and pike and the letters “US” “LSS”. On his cap is a tally lettered “U.S. Life-Saving Service”. The image measures 4” x 5 ½” on a 6” x 8½” original mat. Mat stamped G.A. Aneman, Riverhead, N.Y.” Photo is clear, and crisp,  one of the better images we have had in some time. On back is labeled in ink: My Great Uncle Frank Tuttle, U.S. Life-Saving Service…. CWO4 Alvin E. Penny U.S.C.G.” It is exceptionally rare to see such photos of surfmen in any format. (VG+). $225. 

 

5109s. (cabinet view) Highland [Cape Cod] Lighthouse, North Truro, Mass. c.1890. by W.M. Smith, Provincetown, Mass. Large 4 ½” x 7” cabinet view provides an unprecedented close view of the tall masonry first order light tower with two attached keeper’s dwellings. In front sits a horse and carriage with its driver, probably awaiting summer visitors viewing the station. Wonderful view, clear and close, quite clean and crisp, near fine. Dated on back in pencil “Aug. 1892”. (F-). $148.

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1234-10. (lot 2 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Burnt Island Life-Saving Station, Maine c.1899. Herbert Elwell, Keeper. Lot consists of two documents (3 sheets) relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. The first is an original hand-written letter by the keeper on Life Saving Service letter sheet, 8” x 10”, to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding an order for the uniforms for Sidney J. Beal Surfman No. 6 for trousers, vest, regulation cap, duck suits, regulation coat. The second is 7” x 11”(2 sheets)  containing hand written notes on uniforms (suits, pants, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include Capt Elwell, F.H. Fowle, S.S. Stanley, Joseph Hooper, M.E. Spinney, Hiram Ulmer, Sidney J. Beal #6. Both overall clean, light wear. Rare Burnt Island LSS lot. (VG+). $78.

1234-37. (lot 6 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Cranberry Islands Life-Saving Station, Maine c.1899. Franklin Stanley, Keeper. Lot consists of six documents relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. The first are five (5) original hand-written notes by the keeper, 5” x 8”, with sizes and notes on uniform needs, prices, what and where to send, etc.  The second is 7” x 11” containing hand written notes on uniforms (suits, pants, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include Capt Stanley, E.F. Richardson, J.G. Stanley, J.D. Phippino, E Jarvis, A.W. Gilley. All clean, light wear. Rare Cranberry Islands LSS lot. (VG+). $48.

1234-15. (lot 6 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Biddefford Pool [Fletchers Neck] Life-Saving Station, Maine c.1899. Lester Wilcox, Keeper. Lot consists of six documents relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. The first are five (5) original hand-written notes by the keeper, 5” x 8”, with sizes and notes on uniform needs, prices, what and where to send, etc. The second is 8” x 10” letter on lined paper regarding uniform order for station crew. Signed in hand by Keeper Wilcox. Men listed include Capt Wilcox, Percy L. Hoppe. All clean, light wear. Rare Biddeford Pool / Fletchers Neck LSS lot. (VG+). $225.

1234-36. (lot 1 documents - 2 sheets) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Quoddy Head Life-Saving Station, Maine c.1899. Lot consists of two sheets relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine. The sheets are 7” x 11” containing hand written notes on uniforms (suits, pants, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include A.P. Joy, A.H. Wormwell, J.E. Scovill, F.J. Smith, S.M. Wallace, John Shannon. Rare Quoddy Head LSS lot. (VG+). $34.

3026. Charlet, James D. Shipwrecks of the Outer Banks: Dramatic Rescues and Fantastic Wrecks in the Graveyard of the Atlantic. 2020. Rowman & Littlefield. 264p. Stiff wraps. More than 6,000 ships have met their doom in the waters along the North Carolina coast, weaving a rich history of tragedy, drama and heroics along these picturesque beaches. Men have lost their lives and fortunes, and heroes have been made where the combination of mixing currents, treacherous coastline and shifting underwater sandbars spells disaster for even the most seasoned sailor. These are the stories of daring rescues, tragic failures, enduring mysteries, buried treasure, and fascinating legend. Unlike conventional shipwreck books which are simply arranged chronologically, this is a themed-collection: The Well-Known, The Lesser-Known, The Hardly Known, some Dramatic Failures and the Mysterious. Some specific wrecks – the Tiger, the USS Huron, the SS Central America – so impacted our history as to forever alter our fate. All are true stories more about the rescues than the wrecks; the real-life human drama of shipwreck victims and their heroic lifesavers. In their time, the men of the United States Life-Saving Service responded to over 178,000 lives in peril from the sea; of which they saved over 177,000. Yet America all but forgot these peaceful heroes. These eye-opening accounts once again bring their stories to light. (M). Published at $26.95. Our price $24.95. (x)

6762-47. United States Light House Establishment / Service Lighthouse Lamp Feeder / Oil Filling Can c.1880-1910. Scarce, original, early United States Light House Establishment / Service brass oil lamp feeder can is in very good condition. The bottom of the can bears the distinctive oval stamp: “U. S. L. H. DEPOT, 3 DIST., LAMP SHOP, STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.”. Brass oil filler is original, with its original side handle and top bail handle. With top cap and chain. Spout cap and chain are not present. Only one old solder repair to base of spout, and a few slight dents but still this is a great example of this sought after style of earlier lamp filling can for your display at a reduced price. Base measures 7” diameter. Overall height 6 ½”. Overall length approx. 11 ½”. (VG-). $1,595. 

3034. (photo) U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Tulip at Pier c.1938. Rare view of the United States Lighthouse Service Lighthouse Tender Tulip befire she was washed ashore at New London, Connecticut during the famous Great Hurricane of September 1938. This monster storm killed nearly 700 people, injured another 4,500 and destroyed an estimated 75,000 buildings. The Tulip was eventually refloated. In 1939 when the Coast Guard took over the Lighthouse Service the Tulip continued its aid to navigation duties in the district. The Tulip was decommissioned in 1945 and given to the government of the Philippines. Photo measures 7” x 9”. Print has darkened and has some chips and crease to margin. Exceptional detail. (VG-). $54.

6677d. (photo) Wood End Lighthouse, Provincetown, Cape Cod  c.1875. Possibly by G.H. Nickerson, this rare, early stereoview on orange mount provides an extremely rare close view of the lonely lighthouse shortly after it was built on Provincetown’s Wood End. This is a rare early view and shows good detail of the square brown (later painted white) light tower, identical to nearby Long Point Lighthouse, and the keeper’s dwelling as the keeper and his family look on. Only very light foxing, no significant wear. An extremely rare, close view. (VG). $78.

13431-1. (photo) Crewmen of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Rescued by Men of CGC Yakutat. February 18-19, 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 8” official Coast Guard photo shows excellent detail as crewmen of CGC Yakutat, fighting against time and the clutches of the rough seas, struggle to remove survivors from the fast sinking bow section of the tanker SS Fort Mercer by means of rubber liferafts attached to life lines. Shown are two survivors being supported in the water by Coast Guardsmen as they are transferred from the rubber raft to the safety of the Coast Guard Cutter Yakutat. In all 18 crewmen were rescued from the broken tanker Fort Mercer off Chatham in this fierce northeast storm. Photo is b/w and includes description. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $64.

28366d. [commemorative dish] Tillamook Rock and Lighthouse, Astoria, Oregon c.1900. An exceptionally rare, bright, gilt decorated and edged large commemorative oval dish featuring a large clear, detailed color image of the Tillamook Rock and Lighthouse, Astoria, Oregon. One of only a few of this light that I have had, this unusual piece has a large 4” image in brown of the light on the tall rock island. This pretty display piece measures a full 9 ¼” wide and is enhanced by a decorative gilded and decorated edge. Marked “…. Germany”. Quite clean, bright, a lovely piece in near fine condition. (F-). $64.

3028. [engraving] INSIDE A LIGHTHOUSE – CLEANING THE SILVER REFLECTORS. Scientific American Supplement, No. 429. March 22, 1884. Exquisitely detailed cover full-page 8 ½”  x 12” b/w engraving of the Keepers as they clean the silver lamp reflectors. Shown are more than 30 reflector lamps making up the lantern in the large lantern room. Great detail and an attractive portrayal. Clean, crisp, matted in white for framing. (VG+). $88.

3029. Hendrickson, Dyke. New England Coast Guard Stories: Remarkable Mariners. 2020. The History Press. 144p. Soft wraps. In 1790, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton asked President George Washington to fund a fleet of "revenue cutters" that could halt smuggling and collect taxes in U.S. waters. Today, from northern Maine to southern Connecticut, the Coast Guard provides the might and the oversight to ensure that the coastlines are safe and navigable. From icebreaking and harrowing rescues to the global war on terror, the service plays a unique role in the region. Author Dyke Hendrickson profiles the varied careers and contributions of the brave men and women throughout New England who ensure the service remains Semper Paratus-Always Ready. Great reading. (M). $21.99. (x)

3030. Clifford, Mary L. and J. Candace Clifford. When the Southern Lights Went Dark - The Lighthouse Establishment During the Civil War. Globe Pequot. 2020. 192p. Soft wraps. The Confederacy extinguished the lights in all the lighthouses it controlled long before any shots were fired at Fort Sumter. When the Southern Lights Went Dark: The Lighthouse Establishment During the Civil War tells the story of the men who assumed the daunting task of finding the lenses and lamps, repairing deliberate destruction to the towers and lightships, and relighting them as soon as the Navy could afford them protection. From Cape Hatteras to Ocracoke Light, Jupiter Inlet to Tybee Island, St. Simons to Cockspur Island and others, these are the stories from a unique era in United States lighthouse history. Unlike in peace time, when military officers filled the posts of engineer and inspector in each lighthouse district, civilians had to be found who were not only talented enough to build and maintain lighthouses, but also could supervise a party of workmen and make decisions on their own. Those men in the field had to find keepers, see that they were paid, and ensure they had food, water, and essential supplies. The Lighthouse Board was far away in Washington and could do little more than give advice, order needed equipment, record the dispatches from the field, and pay the bills it received. From Cape Hatteras to Ocracoke Light, Jupiter Inlet to Tybee Island, St. Simons to Cockspur Island and others, these are the stories from a unique era in United States lighthouse history. Well done. (M). $19.95. (available May) (x)

 

3024. Conway, J. North. Wreck of the Portland: A Doomed Ship, A Violent Storm, and New England's Worst Maritime Disaster. Rowman & Littlefield. 2019. 201p. Stiff wraps. The SS Portland was a solid and luxurious ship, and its loss in 1898 in a violent storm with some 200 people aboard was later remembered as "New England's Titanic." The Portland was one of New England's largest and most luxurious paddle steamers, and after nine years' solid performance, she had earned a reputation as a safe and dependable vessel. In November 1898, a “perfect storm” formed off the New England coast. Conditions would produce a blizzard with 100 mile per hour winds and 60-foot waves that pummeled the coast. At the time there was no radio communication between ships and shore, no sonar to navigate by, and no vastly sophisticated weather forecasting capacity. The luxurious SS Portland, a sidewheel steamer furnished with chandeliers, red velvet carpets and fine china, was carrying more than 200 passengers from Boston to Portland, Maine, over Thanksgiving weekend when it ran headlong into a monstrous, violent gale off Cade Cod. It was never seen again. All passengers and crew were lost at sea. More than half the crew on board were African Americans from Portland. Their deaths decimated the Maine African American community. Before the storm abated it became one of the worst ever recorded in New England waters. The storm, now known as "The Portland Gale," killed 400 people along the coast and sent more than 200 ships to the bottom, including the doomed Portland. To this day it is not known exactly how many passengers were aboard or even who many of them were. The only passenger list was aboard the vessel. As a result of this tragedy, ships would thereafter leave a passenger manifest ashore. Author J. North Conway has painstakingly recreated the events, using first-hand sources and testimonies to weave a dramatic, can't-put-it down narrative in the tradition of Erik Larson's Isaac's Storm and Walter Lord's enduring classic, A Night to Remember. He brings the tragedy to life with contemporaneous accounts the Life-Saving Service, from Boston newspapers such as the Globe, Herald, and Journal, and from The New York Times and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. (M). $26.95. (x)

1831b. (photo) Steamship S.S. Portland Underway c.1890’s view. Clear close press photo c.1949 of an 1890’s image of the side wheel steamship SS Portland underway. The paddle wheel steamship SS Portland was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889 by, the steamer ran between Portland , Maine and Boston until its loss with all hands in 1898. The wooden-hulled paddle wheel steamship Portland measured 291 feet in total length with a maximum breadth of 68 feet. Built by the New England Shipbuilding Company of Bath , Maine , the steamer was one of New England 's largest and most luxurious side paddle wheel steamships, accommodating up to 800 passengers. For nearly 10 years SS Portland connected Boston , Massachusetts and Portland , Maine for the Portland Steam Packet Company without much notoriety. The Portland carried thousands of passengers and tons of cargo along the New England coast and earned the reputation as a safe and dependable steamer. On Nov. 26, 1898, the steamship left India Wharf in Boston for Portland , Maine on a regularly scheduled run. However, she never made it to port. None of the 192 passengers and crew survived the massive storm that wreaked havoc on New England 's coast - a storm that was later dubbed "The Portland Gale" after the tragic loss of the ship. Debris was washed up all along the Massachusetts coast. In the 1989, maritime researchers discovered the remains of the wreck on Stellwagen Bank just north of Provincetown on Cape Cod . Photo measures 5” x 7”. Clear view, light wear, some tape remains to margins. (VG-). $39. (x)

3025. Larson, Erik. The Splendid and the Vile - A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz. 2020. 586p. Crown Pub. DJ. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake and The Devil in the White City delivers a startlingly fresh portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons (30,000 of them Londoners) and destroying two million homes. It was up to Churchill to hold the country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally–that she was willing to fight to the end. In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” It is a story of political brinksmanship but also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial country house, Chequers, and his wartime residence, Ditchley, where Churchill and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest. Drawing on a wealth of untapped sources, including recently declassified files, intelligence reports, and personal diaries only now available, Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their daughters, Sarah, Diana, and the youngest, Mary, who chafes against her parents’ wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; her illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the cadre of close advisors who comprised Churchill’s “Secret Circle,” including his dangerously observant private secretary, John Colville; newspaper baron Lord Beaverbrook; and the Rasputin-like Federick Lindemann. The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of today’s political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when–in the face of unrelenting horror–Churchill’s eloquence, strategic brilliance, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together. (M). Published at $32. Our price $29.95. (x)

13431z. (photo) Crewmen of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Rescued by Men of CGC Yakutat. February 18-19, 1952. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail as crewmen of CGC Yakutat, fighting against time and the clutches of the rough seas, struggle to remove survivors from the fast sinking bow section of the tanker SS Fort Mercer by means of rubber liferafts attached to life lines. 18 crewmen were rescued from the broken tanker Fort Mercer off Chatham in this fierce northeast storm. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Dated February 1952. Clear, close view, great detail. Crease to upper right corner. (VG). $54.

13431y. (photo) Stern end of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Awaits Arrival of Salvage Tugs SE of Nantucket. February 20, 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 10” press photo shows good detail of the Stern end of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer as the Coast Guard Cutter Eastwind stands by, awaiting the arrival of salvage tugs to tow the hulk to New York Harbor. Aboard the stern of the Fort Mercer are the “Captains Courageous” who stayed with their ship, battling the elements since Monday February 18 when the tanker split in two. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Clear, close view, great detail. This is a rarely seen view. (VG+). $48.

13431x. (photo) Stern end of the Tanker S.S. Fort Mercer Towed into New York Harbor. February 24, 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 8 ¾” press photo shows good detail as tugs the Stern end of the Tanker S.S. Fort Mercer Towed into the calm waters of New York Harbor after battling the elements since Monday February 18 when the tanker split in two. Aboard the stern of the Fort Mercer are the “Captains Courageous” who stayed with their ship until salvage operations were completed. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Clear, close view, great detail. This is a rarely seen view. (VG+). $44.

5414s. (clock face) U. S. Light-House Establishment. c.1880’s - 1910. Original clock face manufactured by Chelsea Clock Company, removed from clock for servicing and never replaced. Face has had some use and moderate wear to nickled surface but is perfect if yours is damaged or missing. Moderate scratching / abrasion to “U.S.L.H. Estab” marking. Face is brass, 4 ½” in diameter with six mounting holes around perimeter. Face is marked “U.S.L.H. Estab” “Chelsea Clock Co. Boston, U.S.A.”. A rare find, in great demand. (G). $485.

3023. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Surfboat Crew c.1920. Great clear, close photo shows the Keeper and crew on boatramp surfboat up the railway. Good detail of early hats and uniforms. May be Great Lakes (?). Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $78.

 

 

Reproduction of the Original United States Life Saving Service Pennant.

Treat your family to this replica of the official sewn U. S. Life Saving Service flag. Flag is professionally made of high quality 400 denier nylon flag material, using an applique (cut and sewn) construction. The header is woven polypropylene webbing (not lightweight canvas) with #3 brass grommets for attaching to halyard. The flags are double sided. Professionally made in the United States and will last longer than most others that you may find. Our pennants are flown at stations across the country as well on vessels of the U. S. Coast Guard and have received the highest praise.

27463S. [reproduction] U. S. Life Saving Service Station Flag - small. This triangular station flag measures 24” long by 12” high and is typical of the flags once flown at Life Saving Service stations to identify them as such to vessels at sea. The flag is of the standard design instituted by General Superintendent Sumner I Kimball, with blue, white and red fields and one white star. Heavy duty for moderate weather conditions. Made in America. (design as shown above) $54.95.

27463L. [reproduction] U. S. Life Saving Service Station Flag - large. This triangular station flag measures 48” long by 25” and is typical of the flags once flown at Life Saving Service stations to identify them as such to vessels at sea. The flag is of the standard design instituted by General Superintendent Sumner I Kimball, with blue, white and red fields and one white star. Heavy duty for moderate weather conditions. Made in America. (design as shown above) $84.95.

 

3020. [nearly complete collection] THE KEEPER’S LOG. Journal of the United States Lighthouse Society. San Francisco / Hansville. Nearly a COMPLETE collection of 129 issues from the very first issue in the Fall of 1984 up to Issue No 4, 2017. Less than a handful missing prior to 2018. January 2018 to date are not included. Also included are 20+ Bulletins, and 3 Index / Table of Contents printouts. This is the premier journal for the lighthouse researcher or enthusiast, filled with hundreds of detailed articles on lighthouses, lightships and tenders across the country. Filled with remarkable original photographs. Most interesting reading. Valued when issied at about $10 each, this is a great opportunity to add this sought after reference to your library or collection at a fraction of the original price. All only lightly read, clean, crisp. Excellent condition - good historical information. (VG+). Lot 152 pieces $260. 

     Keeper Jennings next to the light.

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6721. Jennings , Harold B., A LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY. Orleans . 1989. 1st. 118p. DJ. A wonderful narration of boyhood memories while growing up at Lovell’s Island Lighthouse in Boston Harbor . Lovell’s Island Range Lights were erected in 1902 for the accommodation o f mariners coming up the South Channel of Broad Sound, Boston Harbor . The lights were placed in the charge of Keeper Alfred G. Eisener. Known as a poet and a writer, Keeper Eisner is best known for his book Dan, or the Gale of ‘73. In 1919 Eisener was succeeded by Charles H. Jennings, who later transferred to Boston Light. The light was extinguished in 1939 and subsequently torn down. A wonderful story of adventures, shipwrecks, storms, living without electricity and learning how to run a lighthouse combine to provide entertainment and a learning adventure. (F). Special Sale Price  $5.95. (x) (no other discounts apply) 

11372. HABS Co-Author Alan Giagnocavo. Lighthouses - A Close-Up Look : An Intimate Tour Through Historic Photos and Architectural Drawings. Fox Chapel Publishing (2011). 176p. Soft wraps. The Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections are dedicated to preserving America’s architectural history by gathering a diverse range of historic photographs and architectural designs of buildings throughout the country. Along with over 90 vintage and recent photos of lighthouses across the country from the HABS/HAER website, this book includes over 50 detailed architectural plans that feature the internal and external structure of the lighthouses. In this book, readers will find unique lighthouse structures, such as the Port Mahon Lighthouse, which hovers over the water on pilings and the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, which contains architectural details similar to those found on the White House. Not to worry, though, the towering buildings typically associated with the word lighthouse can also be found on these pages. Color photos, plans, GPS coordinates and a brief history of many of the locations are also included. Well worth reading. (M). Published at $19.95. Reduced $6.95. (x) (no other discounts apply)

 

  

6641. Wood, Vincent L., PLUM ISLAND RECOLLECTIONS - Views and Reminiscences of Plum Island c.1900 Recounting the Deeds of Capt. Thomas J. Maddock and the Crew of the U. S. Merrimack River Life-Saving Station, Plum Island, Massachusetts. Newburyport . 1995. 81p. Soft wraps. Signed by the author. Whatever your interest, you are sure to enjoy this readable account of every day life at a station of the U. S. Life-Saving Service. This wonderful account of life as Keeper of the Merrimack River Life-Saving Station brings together over 80 never before published vintage photographs made from the family’s archives of glass plate negatives. Taken by Mr. Wood’s grandfather, these negatives provide unusually clear, crisp views which have been faithfully reproduced in a high quality format. Using these views, along with personal notes and family memories, Mr. Wood presents a rare portrait of station life and training in 1910. This interesting account is only available here and is priced unusually low considering the rare accounts and quality photographs, well worth the retail price. A wonderful addition to your library. (M).  $24.95.

6641b. (b/w photo print) Captain Maddock of the Merrimack River Life-Saving Station seated in front of the surfboat in the station’s boatroom. Taken by Mr. Wood’s grandfather, the original glass plate negative provides an unusually clear, crisp view which have been faithfully reproduced in a high quality format and is perfect for matting and framing. Wonderful view of the boatroom interior and the equipment on hand. Image measures 4 ½” x 6 ¼”. Matted for framing (1) $22. Print only $14. 

 

 

 

Sale Hundreds of Arcadia Publishing Titles at 50% off !

 

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All of our Arcadia Publishing Company Lighthouse, Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard titles in stock, dated 2015 or earlier are 50% off suggested retail price.  No other discounts may apply.

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Wonderful Life-Saving and Coast Guard Caricature Prints by noted artist Darrel Somerville

11” x 14” and include mat for overall 16” x 20”. Each print signed by the artist. Perfect for decorating. 

14114. 36-foot Motor Lifeboat. $69

14114b. 36-foot Motor Lifeboat. Inscribed  "To Barry". $44

14115. Breeches Buoy Drill. $69

14115b. Breeches Buoy Drill. Inscribed  "To Barry". $44

14116. Lyle Gun Firing. $69

17156. Boonisar, Richard M. Gurnet Point: A Small Remote Summer Community with a Fascinating History. West Barnstable Press. 2017. 112p. Soft wraps. Gurnet Point is on a point of land at the tip of Duxbury Beach, that extends out from Duxbury and protects Plymouth from the fierce gales. Its first lighthouse was built there in 1768, and in 1806 two Huts of Refuge were erected along the beach by the Massachusetts Humane Society. The first life-saving station was erected at the Gurnet in 1874 following the wreck of Brig “Regulator”. The author has spent summers on the Gurnet since 1939 and brings to this work a wealth of knowledge about the area gleaned from years of research, as well as over 160 early photos from his private collection, nearly all never before published. Includes two wonderfully detailed chapters covering the history of the lighthouses and life-saving stations there. Wonderful reading, well done. (M). $23. (x)

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26114. (Fine art print) The Point Allerton Life Saving Station at Hull, Massachusetts by Donna Elias. 8” x 20”. New, ready to frame print by acclaimed maritime artist Donna Elias presents a wonderful water color-like view of the Bibb #2-Type station built in 1890 on the beach at Nantasket , Massachusetts . Artist Donna Elias began painting for lighthouse prints since the 1980’s. Donna’s lighthouse work continues and today she has completed an astonishing 250 paintings. To accompany her lighthouse collection, she has created “Heroes of the American Coast ”, a series of paintings celebrating the US Lifesaving Service, the forerunner of the Coast Guard, and the sister service of the lighthouse service. Only a hundred or so of these historic structures survive today and the stories of the heroic lifesavers that worked these stations are fascinating. All are in brand new excellent condition. These superb prints regularly retails for up to $15.00 each!  Our price $6.95. (wholesale quantities available)

 

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Sale Price $14.95 plus $4.50 media mail. (x)

1601. Dolin, Eric Jay. Brilliant Beacons - A History of the American Lighthouse. 2016. 1st. 448p. Stiff wraps. DJ. An extraordinary work of historical detection and originality, Brilliant Beacons vividly reframes America’s history through the development of its lighthouses. In a work rich in maritime lore and brimming with original historical detail, Eric Jay Dolin, the best-selling author of Leviathan, presents the most comprehensive history of American lighthouses ever written, telling the story of America through the prism of its beloved coastal sentinels. Set against the backdrop of an expanding nation, Brilliant Beacons traces the evolution of America’s lighthouse system, highlighting the political, military, and technological battles fought to illuminate the nation’s hardscrabble coastlines. In rollicking detail, Dolin treats readers to a memorable cast of characters including the penny-pinching Treasury official Stephen Pleasonton, who hamstrung the country’s efforts to adopt the revolutionary “Fresnel Lens,” and presents tales both humorous and harrowing of soldiers, saboteurs, ruthless egg collectors, and most importantly, the light-keepers themselves. Richly supplemented with over 100 photographs and illustrations throughout, Brilliant Beacons is the most original history of American lighthouses in many decades. 112 illustrations; 8 pages of color. (M). Published at $29.95. Sale Price $14.95 plus $4.50 media mail.

29325. Karentz, Varoujan. Beavertail Light Station on Conanicut Island. Booksurge. 2008. 242p. Soft wraps. For over 250 years, America’s 3rd oldest lighthouse has stood as a sentinel at the entrance of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay. The author tells the story of technological innovation and federal bureaucratic conflict as four different organizations, beginning in 1749, attempt to improve operations and reliability of the light station there. Woven into this history, the author follows the early slave trade and Colonists who insisted that the lighthouse be built, and describes the work ethics and reporting requirements of the generations of 'Keepers' who tended the light. (M). $47.99. (x)

 

 

FG-02. Early Life-saving Line Gun. Heat Transfer Products Company. Recent restoration. $2,900. Reduced $1,995.

FG-03. Early Life-saving Line Gun. D. Kahnweiler's Sons. Was heavily rusted, restored, fresh paint. $2,450. Reduced $1,595.

 

 

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12119a. (reproduction mug) United States Lighthouse Service Mug. 10 oz. $8.95 each.

12119b. (reproduction mug) United States Life-Saving Service Mug. 10 oz. $8.95 each.

 

  Image Copyright Walt Disney Studio Pictures

DVD. Disney's THE FINEST HOURS - a movie based on the extraordinary true story of the Coast Guard's greatest small boat rescue in history is coming to a movie theater near you in January 2016. We will have the DVDs of this thrilling account as soon as they are available in late January. Reserve yours now and we will send it out as soon as they come in. 

 

 

10281. [reproduction] U. S. Lighthouse Service Station Flag. This triangular station flag measures 48” long by 25” and is typical of the flags once flown on Lighthouse Service vessels and at the light stations for over one hundred years. The flag is of the standard design, with red border on a field of white, with a large blue lighthouse silhouette. Heavy duty for moderate weather conditions. Made in America. (design as shown above) $98.95.

20418. [flag] U. S. Lighthouse Service Station Flag. This similar triangular station flag measures 48” long by 25” and is made of cotton - polyester for light to average weather conditions or for display. The flag is of the standard design, with red border on a field of white, with a large blue lighthouse silhouette. Made in America. (design as shown above) $79.95.

Photo courtesy Chad Kaiser, U.S.L.H.S.

Our flag shown flying at the headquarters of the U. S. Lighthouse Society at Point No Point Lighthouse, Washington.

Our flag shown being raised at the Graves Lighthouse in Boston Harbor. The light, now privately owned, is being carefully restored and cared for by its new owners. 

Reproduction of the Original United States Life Saving Service Pennant.

   

Treat your family to this replica of the official sewn  U. S. Life Saving Service flag. Flag is professionally made of high quality flag material, with sewn hem and brass grommets for attaching to halyard. Professionally made and will last longer than most others that you may find. Our pennants are flown at stations across the country as well on vessels of the U. S. Coast Guard and have received the highest praise.

27463. [reproduction] U. S. Life Saving Service Station Flag. This triangular station flag measures 48” long by 25” and is typical of the flags once flown at Life Saving Service stations to identify them as such to vessels at sea. The flag is of the standard design instituted by General Superintendent Sumner I Kimball, with blue, white and red fields and one white star. Heavy duty for moderate weather conditions. Made in America. (designs as shown above, both available) $89.95.

 

21444. Lighthouse Stationery. Create outstanding Letters, Reports, Correspondence, Memos. High quality, 8½” x 11”, 24lb. bond paper available in packs of 25, 50 or 100 sheets, compatible with Laser Printers, Photocopiers, and Ink Jet Printers.   a. Pack of 25 sheets $3.99.  b. Pack of 50 sheets $5.99. c. Pack of 100 sheets $7.99.

 

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957  [lightship model] Nantucket Lightship No. 112. WAL 534. Again we have found this sought after model of the Nantucket Lightship No. 112, by Lindberg Classic Replicas. This kit #717, copyright 1986, is a 1/95 scale replica and one of only a few ever designed of a U. S. light vessel It is also fairly close to HO railroading scale of 1/87. It likely had its origins as the Pyro and Frog kit of the same subject in the late 50s. Lindberg bought the molds and produced the kit for a few years. It has been sought after for many years since going out of production in the late 1980’s. This is complete and un-built, new old stock and is a perfect way to spend the cold days remaining of winter. This is an exceptional find for you lightship enthusiasts as very few were produced and still fewer have survived. (VG+). $78. Sale Price $24. (no discounts apply)

 

20272a,b,c. Gleason, Sarah C., KINDLY LIGHTS – A History of the Lighthouses of Southern New England . Boston . 1991. 175p. DJ. A wonderful account of the evolution of a lighthouse system in Southern New England with considerable historic detail on the 98 light stations in the area. Covering the area from Great Captain Island in Connecticut, to Newburyport Harbor Light on the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border, the author weaves tale of Pleasonton, Winslow Lewis and notable others in the evolution a system of lights. Well done and a most worthwhile investment. (VG+).   $15.95. Sale $8.95.

26211. LaGuardia-Kotite, Martha J. So Others May Live – Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers: Saving Lives, Defying Death. Guilford. 2006. 208p. DJ. So Others May Live is the untold story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s quiet but resolute rescue swimmers. From deep ocean caves on the Oregon coast to the panicked and chaotic streets of post-Katrina New Orleans, here are their stunningly heroic stories and the greatest maritime rescues attempted since the program began in 1985. These feats, told through the eyes of the heroes, reveal an understanding of how and why the rescuer, with flight crew assistance, risks his or her own life to reach out to save a stranger. The book covers diverse environments: oceans, hurricanes, oil rigs, caves, sinking vessels, floods, and even Niagara Falls. It is truly a can’t-put-it-down collection of accounts. (M). ). Published at $22.95.  Sale $13.95.

26249. Clark, Admont. LIGHTHOUSES OF CAPE COD, MARTHA’S VINEYARD, NANTUCKET – Their History and Lore. Beverly . 2006. DJ. 244p. With a chapter devoted to each light station, this is surely the most interesting and comprehensive book on the subject. Profusely illustrated with fine early photographs and engravings. The author traces the history of each lighthouse from the beginning, the story of the construction and changes over the years, and of the men and women who lived and worked at the stations. The author’s emphasis on stories of the people who lived and worked in the lighthouses makes this book most enjoyable - readers are infused with a sense of daily life at each lighthouse, while also reading the extraordinary events that make their histories. Wonderful reading and most well done. (F). Published at $36.95. Sale $14.95.

7209s. Shelton-Roberts, Cheryl. LIGHTHOUSE FAMILIES. 2006. 210p. Soft cover. Living in a lighthouse was a way of life for the families of more than 5000 keepers and employees of the United States Lighthouse Service. These quiet people faithfully manned their remote outposts and withstood enemy attacks, hurricanes, and dishonest bureaucrats while saving countless thousands of lives. These men, women and children daily experienced physical hardship, round-the-clock work, isolation, and danger - and the strong bond of family. Though the Lighthouse Service no longer exists, many of the children who grew up at these stations do and their stories are preserved for the first time in this remarkable book. Family tales from Pigeon Point California, St. Augustine Florida, Saddleback Ledge Maine, Old Mackinac Point Michigan, Morris Island South Carolina and many more. Illustrated with over 100 family vintage photographs and a beautiful full color photo of the light as it appears today. This is a book that you won’t want to put down. (M). Published at $14.95. Sale $9.95.

 

15218. Richmond, Arthur P. Massachusetts Lighthouses and Lightships. Schiffer. 2015. 256p. DJ. A must-have book for the lighthouse enthusiast, maritime buff, and anyone who is interested in Massachusetts history. Massachusetts Lighthouses and Lightships includes more than 850 images, many never before published. Also include historic plans that describe the details of these aids to navigation, and archival and contemporary photos that trace through their history. The book covers all the lighthouses and lightships that marked the shores (exclusive of Cape Cod and the Islands) and guided mariners through the challenging waters surrounding Massachusetts. This volume also explores the interiors of towers, shows the lantern rooms of rarely-visited lighthouses and gives fascinating facts about these beacons over their 200-year history. More than 876 images in color and b/w, some more than 130 years old, show the original towers and stations. (M). $44.99. (x)

15228. Richmond, Arthur P. Lighthouses and Lightships of Rhode Island. Schiffer. 2015. 144p. DJ. This pictorial guide provides a photographic tour of the last 400 years of Rhode Island lighthouse history. More than thirty lighthouse stations are described, from Watch Hill, near the Connecticut border in the south, to the inner harbor of Providence. The lighthouse station locations are identified using navigational charts and their characteristics, including date established, tower structure, optics, and fog signals. Also included are the dozen or so lighthouses that no longer exist. Probably not as well known, images and characteristics of these aids are similarly discussed. Over 300 images, some more than 130 years old, show the original towers and stations, accompanied by present-day photographs that compare the development and evolution of these lighthouses. Many of the images found on these pages have been collected from historical resources and are being published for the first time. This book is a must-have for the lighthouse enthusiast, maritime buff, and anyone who is interested in Rhode Island history. (M). $34.99. (x)

 

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  20209. Webber, Bernard C., CHATHAM “The Lifeboatmen”. Orleans , Mass. 1985. 1st. 128p. Illustrated with numerous photographs. Late in February 1952, a northeaster swept New England with bitter cold, snow and gale force winds. East of Chatham 70-knot winds and 60-foot seas battered merchant vessels as the tankers SS Fort Mercer and SS Pendleton met the full force of the storm. They both broke in two on the morning of February 19th with 84 half-frozen men marooned on the battered hulks. The story of how these men were rescued is retold even today. In the days following the ordeal, twenty-one Coast Guardsmen would be decorated. The men who ventured into 60-foot seas in the little 36-foot CG36500 motor lifeboat to rescue the tanker crews showed what heroism really is. How this all came about, and the story of life at Cape Cod small boat stations in the 1950’s, is a tale well worth reading and a tribute to Coast Guardsmen everywhere.  Wonderful reading. (M).  $44.95.

Special numbered edition with actual wood piece from MLB CG-36500.  $59.95. 

 

 

Filled with early images, many from private collections and never before published.

Read about the heroic 1952 rescue of the crews from the SS Pendleton and SS Fort Mercer, still considered today the most heroic small-boat rescues in Coast Guard history

Read about the lightship crews and their dangerous missions, guarding the shoals and coastline of Cape Cod

Read about the Momomoy Disaster, in which seven life-savers perished while attempting to rescue the crew of the barge Wadena.

Read about Nauset’s famous “Three Sisters” lighthouses, the only such lighthouse configuration in the country, why they were built and what became of them.

Read about the Chatham lights and why they were moved so often.

Read about the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station, who’s crew rescued 34 persons in the first five years of operation.

Read about the many changes at Race Point Light Station and its renewed importance today

 

1443. Claflin, James W. Lighthouses and Life-Saving Along Cape Cod. Arcadia. 2014. 128p. Soft wraps. With over 200 vintage photographs, this is the fourth volume in a series of photographic histories of lighthouses and lifesaving along the coasts of the United States by the author. For centuries, heroic men and women have guarded the treacherous yet beloved Cape Cod coastlines. From Provincetown to Chatham, Sandwich to Cuttyhunk, and many towns in between, residents have relied on the Atlantic for employment and nourishment. But Cape Cod has always been plagued with a shifting coastline that consistently defies mariners’ efforts to pass through Massachusetts waters. In 1792, as shipping increased, mariners petitioned for a sorely needed lighthouse. It was not until 1797 that the first lighthouse on Cape Cod was built at the Highlands in North Truro. More lights and rescue stations would follow as the seas claimed their toll. Many lightship stations were also established from Chatham through Nantucket Sound to mark the constantly changing sandbars submerged offshore—more than in any other spot along the US coastline. Today, as sea levels change and sands continue to shift, some of these historic stations have been lost or moved, while still others are preserved only in such photographs as these. This compact volume features over 200 early photographs dating from the 1870’s through the 1960’s, drawn from the author’s and other private collections, most never before published, and traces the history of these services through photos and text. (M). $21.99. (x) 

 

23299. Southeastern Lighthouses U. S. Commemorative Stamp Packet. Issued June 13th. at Tybee Island , Georgia , the five new lighthouse commemorative stamps include Old Cape Henry, Virginia; Cape Lookout , North Carolina ; Morris Island, South Carolina; Tybee Island , Georgia ; and Hillsboro Inlet , Florida . From Virginia to Florida , these historic beacons have guided uncounted ships along America ’s shores. Commemorative stamp packet includes the following: Full pane of 20 mint commemorative stamps, set of five First Day of Issue cover cancellations, one of each design, and booklet of 20 stamped Postal Cards. (M).  $29.90. (additional postage needed if intending to use for mailing) 

Set 5 First Day of Issue cover cancellations $15

Booklet of 20 stamped Postal Cards using each design $6. 

One remaining:

9496. Peterson, Douglas, (U.S.C.G. Retired) U. S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE TENDERS. Eastwind Publishing. 2000. 169p. DJ. This is the first book to feature all of the lighthouse tenders and auxiliary craft of the United States Lighthouse service from 1840 until 1939. Lighthouse Tenders, the lifeline to the keepers of America's lighthouses and lightships, towed lightships, tended buoys, carried necessities and saved lives day and night, in weather fair or foul. Without these services the keepers of America 's lighthouses and lightships could not have survived. More than 150 years ago the first tender was launched, to be followed by 300 ships of varying design used for lighthouse service-all of which are presented in this thoroughly researched book. Vintage photographs, drawings, plans and statistics illustrate the historic profile of each ship. This long awaited book recognizes these often overlooked ships of the U.S. Lighthouse Service and their important contribution to America 's maritime heritage. 9.5"x9.5", hardbound. 175+ b/w photos and plans. Out of print, difficult to find. As new. (M) $79.95.

 

New 2nd Edition:

23290e. Demeter, Andrew and David. CHELSEA CLOCK COMPANY: The First Hundred Years. 2nd edition. 2014. For over a hundred years the Chelsea Clock Company has manufactured a distinguished line of high quality clocks. Regarded as one of America ’s highest quality products, Chelsea Clocks have been presented to heads of state throughout the world. Photographs taken in the White House throughout this century show Chelsea Clocks in settings of distinction. Collectors have long prized them for their quality, beauty, unique design and historic significance. Now in this updated and lengthened second edition, the history of the Chelsea Clock Company has been written and it reads like a contemporary enterprise including mysteries, disasters, near failure and a fascinating collection of characters. Historical photographs, vintage advertisements, as well as illustrations and photographs from old catalogues are included. This updated and expanded second edition also includes: Ten more vintage models added to the Identification Guide to help collectors in identifying seldom seen designs, with color photographs from the finest collections in America, an Alphabetical Index on every movement model developed by the company by date and designated purpose, individual indices that list every clock made for the U.S. Lighthouse Establishment & Service, U.S. Life-Saving Service, and U.S. Revenue Cutter Service by serial number, type, and date of issuance, a new Boston Clock Co. Index of this subsidiary’s manufacture of clocks from 1909 to 1931. With eighty-five more pages of material to assist the collector in identifying factory issued models and their origins, this work will surely be a “must have” for collectors and professionals alike. Andrew and David Demeter have created a remarkable volume complete with lists of serial numbers to aid you in authenticating your piece, and photographs of Chelsea Clock Company’s current staff. In Chelsea Clock Company: The First Hundred Years, the Demeters have once again provided a valuable and sought after resource for collectors and those who appreciate American craftsmanship at its finest. Only 1000 of this second edition have been printed and they will be in great demand! (M). $145. (no discounts apply) 

 

 

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