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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.

14107b. (glass projection slide) U.S. Lighthouse Service, Lighthouse Tender Joseph Henry with U.S. Mail Steamship Kate Adams c.1890’s. Vintage 3 ¼” x 4” glass projection slide includes the steamship / Lighthouse Tender Joseph Henry and probably the U.S. Mail Steamship Kate Adams. Named for the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and the only civilian to serve as Chairman of the Lighthouse Board, the river steamer Joseph Henry was built for the United States Lighthouse Service by Howard & Co., in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The hull was built of white oak and measured 180' long, 32' abeam, and 5'10" deep. This side-wheel paddle steamer served in the 15th Lighthouse District at Memphis, Tennessee, and tended navigational aids in the area's rivers, including the Mississippi. She was a 453-ton, 180-foot side paddle wheeled steamer. The hull was built of white oak and measured 180' long, 32' abeam, and 5'10" deep. This side-wheel paddle steamer served in the 15th Lighthouse District at Memphis, Tennessee, and tended navigational aids in the area's rivers, including the Mississippi. In January, 1881, she was assigned to the newly created 16th Lighthouse District. After it was decommissioned in 1903 and sold, the Joseph Henry was renamed Louisiana and ended its career in 1916 as the passenger steamer Pattona. Glass view and will project a superb image. (VG+). $68.

15125. (photo) United States Lighthouse Service Lighthouse Tender Tulip Ashore, Hurricane 1938. Rare view of the United States Lighthouse Service Lighthouse Tender Tulip after she was washed ashore and sitting high and dry in New London, Connecticut after 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 vessel continued its aid to navigation duties. The Tulip was decommissioned in 1945 and given to the government of the Philippines. Great detail. Photo measures 4” x 5”. Light wear. (VG). $44.

1573. (photo) Lighthouse Service Tender Crew Chops Ice from Buoy in New York Harbor c.1923. Clear close press photo measures 7” x 9” and provides great as the tender crew chops ice from a buoy – a dangerous job. If not cleaned off, the ice would add so much weight that the buoy would sink so low in the water that steamship captains have difficulty in picking them up. Close, clear, with great detail. Light wrinkling. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated February 12, 1923. (VG). $36.

 

1485. (photo) Commissioning of U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Fir c.1939. Superb large close view, quite rare, shows great detail of the Lighthouse Tender Fir as she is christened and launched at Moore Dry Dock Company yards in Oakland, California. The Lighthouse Service Tender Fir, later Coast Guard Cutter Fir (WAGL/WLM 212) was the last lighthouse tender built specifically for the Lighthouse Service. She was steam driven with twin screws, 175 feet in length, had a beam of 32 feet and displaced 885 tons. Fir was fitted with a reinforced bow and stern, and an ice-belt at her water-line for icebreaking. She was built with classic lines and her spaces were lavishly appointed with mahogany, teak, and brass. The crew did intricate ropework throughout the ship. Fir's homeport was Seattle, Washington for all but one of her fifty one years of service. She was decommissioned in 1991. Great view, b/w,  8 ½” x 13”. Includes date and description. (VG+). $34.

 

10289b. (photo) U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Crocus c.1931. Clear, close original 4 ¾” x 6 ¼” press photo shows great detail of the Lighthouse Tender Crocus at Detroit. The Crocus was built in 1903 as an Inspector’s tender for the Tenth Lighthouse District, serving out of Buffalo, NY. By the 1930’s her homeport had been changed to Detroit. Photo shows great detail of the tender, covered in ice as she returns to the buoy dock. Great detail including officers on the bridge and seaman on deck. Note the bronze lighthouse insignia on the bow. Photo is b/w and includes date October 23, 1930 and credit line or description on back. ( VG+). $74.

13198c. (photo) Launching U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Lilac, Miss. Kristi Aresvik Putnam, Daughter of George Putnam, Commissioner of Lighthouses. May 26, 1933. Clear, close original 7” x 9” press photo shows great detail as the twin screw lighthouse Tender “Lilac” is launched at Philadelphia. The Lilac was built as a replacement for the USLHT Iris and was assigned to the Fourth Lighthouse District, working the Delaware River and Bay from Trenton, New Jersey south to the mouth of Delaware Bay. Two of the Putnams’ children were daughters Kristi Aresvik (born in 1918) and Elizabeth Duncan. Elizabeth had been chosen to do the perform the christening on March 25, 1933 when the LHT Arbutus was launched at the same shipyard and it was Kristi who was selected to christen the Lilac on this auspicious occasion. The event was described in numerous newspapers of the time as “…all that could be desired, and it was really surprising that so large a number attended.” Before the launching, Kristi Putnam was presented with a lovely bouquet of iris and roses at a fine luncheon at the Hotel DuPont. Following the luncheon, all of the party went by automobile to the shipyard. “ As the time of the launching approached, whistles of the Pusey & Jones shipyard and other factories sent up their chorus. The Lilac was cleaned and polished, and gaily decorated with numerous flags and pennants. In deference to Prohibition, in effect at the time, Miss. Putnam smashed a bottle of tri-colored Brandywine water on her bow rather than the traditional champagne. Workmen with sledge hammers swung on the blocks, and at 2:33 pm, the Lilac glided down the greased ways, out of the lofty construction shed, and into the Christiana River. When she backed with a splash into the muddy water, long chains tightened to keep her from bumping the opposite river bank. Kristi Aresvik Putnam went on to graduate from Bryn Mawr College and in September 1941, she announced her engagement to Mr. John Hay, grandson of the late Secretary of State John Hay. Important lighthouse tender and Commissioner Putnam item. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Clear and close view. Dated May 26, 1933. (VG+). $48.

14261. (framed photograph) U.S. Lighthouse Tender GOLDENROD c.1900. Rare period mounted photo provides a superb close view of the Goldenrod tied up at a pier. Steam is up as the crew works to load supplies and buoys.  Note the Lighthouse Service pennant prominent near the bow as the officers and crew stop work for the photographer. The United States tender Goldenrod was "a steel stern wheel steamer built from a special appropriation for a 'steam-tender for the Western Rivers." She was built at Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1888 for a contract price of $26,400 with the final cost being $33,221.44 as built. She was powered by two high pressure, lever non-condensing steam engines. She was placed on duty in the 14th Lighthouse District in December, 1888. She was used by the Army Corps of Engineers during World War I. She was decommissioned in 1924 and sold. Photo is clean and crisp, and is in a period gold painted or gilded flat oak frame. Needs to be re-matted and the frame cleaned up but will be quite nice. Superb view. (VG+). $295.

1504. (lot 6 photos) Lighthouse Service & Coast Guard Buoy Tenders c.1939-1940. Rare lot of six snapshot photos show lighthouse and buoy tenders in the mid-Atlantic area c.1939-1940. In one photo during the Lighthouse Service era it appears that the District Superintendent’s flag is flying from the mast. Other photos include deck views, lifeboat, buoys and more. One photo is labeled Arbutus and some are dated 1940, 1947, etc. Some locations include Delaware Bay and Edgemore, Del. Most 2 ¾” x 4 ¼”. Rare views. $48.

 

14214. (lot) United States Lighthouse Service Tender Linden, Archive Original Blueprints, Photos, etc. c.1931. Superb lot of material from the 1930-31provides great detail of the construction of the U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Linden by Merrill-Stevens Shipbuilding Co. in Jacksonville, Florida. The 121'4" Linden was a lighthouse and buoy tender. Following construction, she was assigned a permanent station in Baltimore, Maryland. Her primary service area was the Chesapeake Bay. After the Lighthouse Service merged with the Coast Guard in 1939 the Linden was transferred to the Navy. She was decommissioned in 1969. The archive includes: (14) Blueprints: In part: 43" x 22" Lighting & Wiring, detailed showing Officer's Mess, Galley, Crews Quarters, outline ship; 49" x 28" - Hull, shell plating; 36" x 30" Bilge Manifold; air piping; main engine and aux. foundations; 44.5" x 29" Standing & Running Rigging. Sizes: vary from 12" x 16" to 50" x 29". Condition: Bright, clean, as originally folded. (1) 8" x 10" machinery photo. Identified bottom L H T Linden, built by Merrill-Stevens. (6) 1930-32 monthly reports, retained copies of Dept of Commerce Lighthouse Service re construction of above. Progress various items (stern, sea chests, scupper, etc.), some remarks and material ordered. 2pp to 10pp each. (1) Merrill-Stevens Co. brochure, opens to 10" x 6" with nice photo image of their shipyard on reverse. There are 22 items total. Rare look at the construction of these vessels. (VG). $285. Reduced to $245.

 

14325. Mason, Paul J. Great Lakes Lighthouse Tenders: A History of the Boats and Crews That Served in the U.S. Lighthouse Service on the Great Lakes. M&B Global Solutions. 2014. 66p. The ships and crews of the U.S. Lighthouse Tender Service were the unsung heroes of Great Lakes transportation for more than a century. Yet despite the critical role they played in maritime operations, little information is available about these hard-working men and the ships they called home.Author Paul J. Mason provides an illustrated history of lighthouse tenders that served on "The Lakes," complete with rare photos and fascinating back stories. Great Lakes history buffs will enjoy learning about these forgotten ships and crews, and their place in maritime's golden age. Author Mason’s interest in the U.S. Lighthouse Service and its Great Lakes tenders stems from his grandfather, Richard H. Burdeno, was chief engineer on the USLHT Clover. Paul joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and currently serves as a volunteer crew member on a Coast Guard 25-foot patrol boat at U.S. Coast Guard (AUXOP) Station Green Bay (Wisconsin). (M). $19.

14107. (glass negative) U.S. Lighthouse Service, Lighthouse Tender Joseph Henry with U.S. Mail Steamship Kate Adams c.1890’s. Vintage 5 x 7 inch Glass Plate Negative includes the steamship / Lighthouse Tender Joseph Henry and the U.S. Mail Steamship Kate Adams. Named for the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and the only civilian to serve as Chairman of the Lighthouse Board, the river steamer Joseph Henry was built for the United States Lighthouse Service by Howard & Co., in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The hull was built of white oak and measured 180' long, 32' abeam, and 5'10" deep. This side-wheel paddle steamer served in the 15th Lighthouse District at Memphis, Tennessee, and tended navigational aids in the area's rivers, including the Mississippi. She was a 453-ton, 180-foot side paddle wheeled steamer. The hull was built of white oak and measured 180' long, 32' abeam, and 5'10" deep. This side-wheel paddle steamer served in the 15th Lighthouse District at Memphis, Tennessee, and tended navigational aids in the area's rivers, including the Mississippi. In January, 1881, she was assigned to the newly created 16th Lighthouse District. After it was decommissioned in 1903 and sold, the Joseph Henry was renamed Louisiana and ended its career in 1916 as the passenger steamer Pattona. Glass plate negative has been scanned as a positive to show image detail. Superb clear view will print well. (VG+). $148.

 

 

13275. (glass plate negative) U. S. Lighthouse Tender Verbena c.1891. Clear glass plate negative captures nicely the large lighthouse tender underway in Massachusetts waters. Early view shows good detail of the Verbena which serviced the Second Light House District. The Verbena was one of two tenders of the Verbena class, the other being the tender Alanthus. Both entered service in 1870. They were wooden hulled, steam powered, side paddle wheelers of 295 tons. The Verbena was assigned to the Second Lighthouse District as an "Inspection Tender" at New Bedford, Massachusetts and tended aids to navigation in Vineyard Sound and Buzzard's Bay. She replaced the tender Cactus. She was decommissioned and sold in 1911. Large image measures 6 ½” x 8 ½” and is clear and close. Includes one print made from this glass plate negative. Dated “about 1891”, in original paper sleeve. Rare image. (VG). $195.

 

 

 

13198a. (lot photos, clippings) Launching U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Lilac, Miss. Kristi Aresvik Putnam, George Putnam, Commissioner of Lighthouses. May 26, 1933. Lot includes 6 large, close professional 7” x 11” b/w photos of the christening and launching of the Lighthouse Service Tender Lilac, two newspaper clippings covering the event, and the original envelope in which Commissioner Putnam mailed these items from his summer home in Dorset, Vermont to Kristi Putnam’s summer home in Thetford, Vermont. Included in the photos are Commissioner Putnam with wife, daughters Kristi and Elizabeth, Asst. Secretary of Commerce and more. Great detail of the vessel, launching and more. Also included are two newspaper accounts of the launching. The Lilac was built as a replacement for the USLHT Iris and was assigned to the Fourth Lighthouse District, working the Delaware River and Bay from Trenton, New Jersey south to the mouth of Delaware Bay. Two of the Putnams’ children were daughters Kristi Aresvik (born in 1918) and Elizabeth Duncan. Elizabeth had been chosen to do the perform the christening on March 25, 1933 when the LHT Arbutus was launched at the same shipyard and it was Kristi who was selected to christen the Lilac on this auspicious occasion. The event was described in numerous newspapers of the time as “…all that could be desired, and it was really surprising that so large a number attended.” Besides Commissioner Putnam, his wife and daughter, others in attendance included Assistant Secretary of Commerce Dr. John Dickinson; H.D. King, Acting Commissioner, Department of Commerce, Bureau of Lighthouses; E.C. Gillette, Superintendent of Naval Construction, and many others. Also present were a number of Kristi’s friends from Bryn Mawr College. Before the launching, Kristi Putnam was presented with a lovely bouquet of iris and roses at a fine luncheon at the Hotel DuPont. Following the luncheon, all of the party went by automobile to the shipyard. “ As the time of the launching approached, whistles of the Pusey & Jones shipyard and other factories sent up their chorus. The Lilac was cleaned and polished, and gaily decorated with numerous flags and pennants. In deference to Prohibition, in effect at the time, Miss. Putnam smashed a bottle of tri-colored Brandywine water on her bow rather than the traditional champagne. Workmen with sledge hammers swung on the blocks, and at 2:33 pm, the Lilac glided down the greased ways, out of the lofty construction shed, and into the Christiana River. When she backed with a splash into the muddy water, long chains tightened to keep her from bumping the opposite river bank. Kristi Aresvik Putnam went on to graduate from Bryn Mawr College and in September 1941, she announced her engagement to Mr. John Hay, grandson of the late Secretary of State John Hay. Important lighthouse tender and Commissioner Putnam lot, wonderful views and important information. (VG). $345.  

      

13198b. (lot photos, clippings) Launching U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Lilac, Miss. Kristi Aresvik Putnam, George Putnam, Commissioner of Lighthouses. May 26, 1933. Lot includes 5 large, close professional 7” x 11” b/w photos of the christening and launching of the Lighthouse Service Tender Lilac, and two newspaper clippings covering the event. Included in the photos are Commissioner Putnam with wife, daughters Kristi and Elizabeth, Asst. Secretary of Commerce and more. Great detail of the vessel, launching and more. Also included are two newspaper accounts of the launching. The Lilac was built as a replacement for the USLHT Iris and was assigned to the Fourth Lighthouse District, working the Delaware River and Bay from Trenton, New Jersey south to the mouth of Delaware Bay. Two of the Putnams’ children were daughters Kristi Aresvik (born in 1918) and Elizabeth Duncan. Elizabeth had been chosen to do the perform the christening on March 25, 1933 when the LHT Arbutus was launched at the same shipyard and it was Kristi who was selected to christen the Lilac on this auspicious occasion. The event was described in numerous newspapers of the time as “…all that could be desired, and it was really surprising that so large a number attended.” Besides Commissioner Putnam, his wife and daughter, others in attendance included Assistant Secretary of Commerce Dr. John Dickinson; H.D. King, Acting Commissioner, Department of Commerce, Bureau of Lighthouses; E.C. Gillette, Superintendent of Naval Construction, and many others. Also present were a number of Kristi’s friends from Bryn Mawr College. Before the launching, Kristi Putnam was presented with a lovely bouquet of iris and roses at a fine luncheon at the Hotel DuPont. Following the luncheon, all of the party went by automobile to the shipyard. “ As the time of the launching approached, whistles of the Pusey & Jones shipyard and other factories sent up their chorus. The Lilac was cleaned and polished, and gaily decorated with numerous flags and pennants. In deference to Prohibition, in effect at the time, Miss. Putnam smashed a bottle of tri-colored Brandywine water on her bow rather than the traditional champagne. Workmen with sledge hammers swung on the blocks, and at 2:33 pm, the Lilac glided down the greased ways, out of the lofty construction shed, and into the Christiana River. When she backed with a splash into the muddy water, long chains tightened to keep her from bumping the opposite river bank. Kristi Aresvik Putnam went on to graduate from Bryn Mawr College and in September 1941, she announced her engagement to Mr. John Hay, grandson of the late Secretary of State John Hay. Important lighthouse tender and Commissioner Putnam lot, wonderful views and important information. (VG+). $295.  

 

13199. (lot photos, clipping, envelope) Launching U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Arbutus, Christening by Miss. Elizabeth Duncan Putnam, March 25, 1933. Lot includes 6 large, close professional 7” x 11” b/w photos of the christening and launching of the Lighthouse Service Tender Arbutus, newspaper clipping covering the event in an envelope addressed to Commissioner Putnam and marked “Personal”. Included in the photos are Commissioner Putnam with wife, daughters Kristi and Elizabeth, Secretary of Commerce and more. Great detail of the vessel, launching and more. Also included are two newspaper accounts of the launching. The Arbutus was built for the Second Lighthouse District to replace the Azalea. Two of the Putnams’ children were daughters Kristi Aresvik (born in 1918) and Elizabeth Duncan. Elizabeth had been chosen to do the perform the christening when on March 25, 1933 when the LHT Arbutus was launched at the same shipyard and it was Kristi who was selected to christen the Lilac on the following day. The Arbutus was cleaned and polished, and gaily decorated with numerous flags and pennants. In deference to Prohibition, in effect at the time, Miss. Putnam smashed a bottle of tri-colored Brandywine water on her bow rather than the traditional champagne. Workmen with sledge hammers swung on the blocks, and at 2:33 pm, the Lilac glided down the greased ways, out of the lofty construction shed, and into the Christiana River. When she backed with a splash into the muddy water, long chains tightened to keep her from bumping the opposite river bank. Important lighthouse tender and Commissioner Putnam lot, wonderful views and important information. (VG+). $325.  

1331a. (blueprint) Lighthouse Tenders "Lilac" & "Columbine" c.1891. Original blueprint from 1891. Includes the deck plan with elevation views and includes the chart house, masters room, lower cabin, aft, coal bunker, store room, crew space, shaft alley and stores, inspectors cabin, men's water closet and much more. Labeled "Office of the Light-House Board March 1891". Geo W. Coffin, Commander U.S.N. Naval Secretary. Very blue, no tears and color is good. 17” x 38”. (VG+). $285.

1331b. (blueprint) Lighthouse Tenders "Lilac" & "Columbine" c.1891. Original blueprint from 1891. Includes the three elevation views at frames No. 26 looking aft, frame No. 36 and frame No. 41 looking forward. Labeled "Office of the Light-House Board March 1891". Geo W. Coffin, Commander U.S.N. Naval Secretary. Light, has faded in sun. Slight tears at two fold corners, a few stains. 17” x 38”.(VG-). $135.

1332. (blueprint) U.S. Light-House Service Tender Anemone. Plate No. 9 of 9 - Boiler. nd. c.1906. Scale 1” = 1’. Size 29” x 39”.  Detailed architectural drawing shows good detail of the coal fired boiler tubes and piping for the Anemone. Print drawn and approved by the Light-House Board. The second Anemone--a lighthouse tender, was constructed in 1908 at Camden, N. J., for the Lighthouse Service. The Anemone served most of her career in the Second LHD out of Boston and Woods Hole. She was decommissioned in 1946. Print is white on blue, in excellent condition, clean, crisp, perfect for framing. (VG+). $68.

13311. (photo) Lighthouse Service Tender Narcissus Launching c.1939. Rare early press photo shows a very close detailed view of the Narcissus as she slides down the ways of the Mathis Shipbuilding Company in 1939. Note the large Lighthouse Service pennant flying from the topmast. The 122-foot lighthouse tender and her sister ship, the Zinnia, were launched the same day. The Narcissus was to be used in the Delaware River and Bay. Measures 7” x 9”. Quite clear and close, good condition. Rare view. (VG+). $54.

13287.  (glass plate negative) U. S. Lighthouse Tender Azalia c.1898. Photo by William H. Tripp, New Bedford, Mass. Clear glass plate negative captures nicely the recently constructed 154-foot lighthouse tender moored in New Bedford. The Azalea was built at New York City in 1891 for the United States Lighthouse Service at a cost of $79,792.40. She was assigned to the Second Light House District out of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. From 1917 until 1919 during World War I she was transferred to the Navy. She returned to duty in the Second Light House District. Azalea collided with the schooner Lavinia M. Snow off Pollock Rip in 1921 but was repaired and returned to service. She was decommissioned and sold in 1933. Large image measures 4” x 5” and is clear and close. Dated November 13, 1898. Would provide a clear print image. Rare image. (VG+). $95.

 

12402a. (photo) Launching of U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Walnut c.1939. Superb unusually large view, quite rare, shows great detail of the Lighthouse Tender Walnut as she is launched at Moore Dry Dock Company yards in Oakland, California. The Walnut is shown just as she is slides into the water in 1939. To her right is the ship Mericos H. Whittier crowded with onlookers. The Walnut would be assigned to the Territory of Hawaii and was designated WAGL-252 by the Coast Guard in 1942. Later she was reassigned to Miami, Florida and then San Pedro, California. She was decommissioned in 1982. Great view, b/w,  8 ½” x 13”. Includes description on back. (VG+). $78.

12402b. (photo) U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Walnut Under Construction c.1939. Superb unusually large view, quite rare, shows great detail of the Lighthouse Tender Walnut as she is build at the Moore Dry Dock Company yards in Oakland, California. The Walnut is shown in the dry-dock as workers construct the upper decks. Superb detail of many aspects of the vessel and construction techniques. The Walnut would be assigned to the Territory of Hawaii and was designated WAGL-252 by the Coast Guard in 1942. Later she was reassigned to Miami, Florida and then San Pedro, California. She was decommissioned in 1982. Great view, b/w,  8” x 12”. Includes description on back. (VG+). $118.

12365. (mounted photo) U.S. Lighthouse Tender Geranium c.1890. The Geranium began life as the privately-owned side-wheel steam tug John A. Dix in 1863. She was built at Newburgh, New York in 1863.  She was commissioned as U.S.S. Geranium at New York Navy Yard on 15 October 1863 and served in the Navy supporting troop movements. On 3 July she contacted and engaged a strong Confederate battery at the mouth of the Dawhoo River, a bombardment which Admiral Dahlgren reported was "done very handsomely." Geranium decommissioned there in 1865 and sold to the Treasury Department for use in the Lighthouse Service along with the U.S.S. Iris. She was assigned to the 8th Lighthouse District as an inspection tender, based out of New Orleans. She was rebuilt and lengthened to 155 feet by William E. Woodall & Company in 1879 for $14,500.00. She was transferred to the 4th Lighthouse District in 1884 and she was transferred to the 2nd Lighthouse District in 1890.  In 1907 she was transferred to the 1st Lighthouse District. She was condemned in 1909 at Portland, Maine and sold the following year. Image measures 3 ½” x 5” and is unusually clear and crisp, providing great detail. Overall with mount 4 ¼” x 6 ½”. Great view. (VG+). $84.

 

  

21117a. (photo) U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender c.1900. Close clear original photo provides great early view of an unknown Lighthouse Service tender. b/w,  4 ½” x 6 ½”. (VG). $24.

11451. (photo) U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender c.1900 view. Close clear original photo provides great early view of an unknown Lighthouse Service tender, may be the Lupine. b/w,  Large 10” x 14” original period photo. Photo larger than image shown - entire vessel is shown in photo. (VG). $34.

11452. (photo) U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender c.1900 view. Close clear original photo provides great early view of an unknown Lighthouse Service tender, may be the Sequoia. b/w,  6” x 9”. (VG). $18.

11472a,b. (lot 2 photos) U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Cedar c.1920’s. Two snapshot photos include the U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Cedar moored at the dock in Seattle, and four crewmen playfully posing with the vessel’s life ring. The United States Lighthouse Tender Cedar, a sea-going tender, was designed for use in Alaskan waters. Her hull was of steel construction with a double bottom while her superstructure was made of wood. The Cedar was the largest tender ever built for the Lighthouse Service (200 foot) and was the first tender designed to be equipped with a radio. She also carried three small boats, including a steam-powered launch. She was assigned to the 16th Lighthouse District and served out of Ketchikan, Alaska, servicing aids to navigation. She remained in service until 29 June 1950.  She was sold on 27 June 1955 to Zidall Explorations, Inc., for $23,132.00. Photos measure 2 ½” x 3 ½” and 3” x 4”. (VG). Lot 2 photos $68.

11396. (photo) Lighthouse Tender Rose as she is Rebuilt in Drydock c.1936. Great view, quite rare, shows great detail of the Lighthouse Tender Rose on the ways at the Martinal & Anderson Shipbuilding Company in Seattle. Here she was being rebuilt and lengthened ten feet just forward of the deckhouse. Workers can be seen working over the stern of the vessel. Great construction details visible. Nice view, b/w,  6” x 8” with some scissor cropping to right side.  Includes description on back. Dated August 16, 1936. (VG+). $38.

 

  

11242. (copy photo) U.S. Lighthouse Tender Jessamine c.1885. Copy photo of National Archives image. 8” x 10”. Built in 1881, she operated in the Fifth LH District as an engineering tender. She was replaced in 1922. Clear, close. $14.

11246. (copy photo) U.S. Lighthouse Tender Jessamine (?) c.1880's. Copy photo of National Archives image. 8” x 10”. Probably the Jessamine, built in 1881. She operated in the Fifth LH District as an engineering tender. She was replaced in 1922. Clear, close. $12.

4153. (cabinet photo) U.S. Light House Tender c.1870-1880’s. Large 5 ¼” x 8 ½” cabinet view of a large lighthouse tender moored at the pier in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Early view shows good detail of what may be the Verbena (1870) which serviced the Second Light House District. Stamped on back “R.R. Topham Landscape & Marine Photographer, New Bedford, Mass.” Nice view, clean, light foxing, one tack hole. (VG-). $84.

1172. (print) “Kate’s Light” by Len F. Tantillo. 21” x 28” on heavy weight stock. Superb print is from the painting of Robbins Reef Lighthouse by New York State historical and marine artist Len F. Tantillo. Robbins Reef lighthouse is on  the West Side Main Channel in Upper New York Bay . In 1839, the first lighthouse to mark this navigational hazard was constructed: an octagonal stone tower, painted white, that stood atop a stone base. In 1883 this four-story, iron “sparkplug” tower was erected. The bottom story served as a kitchen and dining room, and was originally encircled by a partially enclosed porch. A pair of bedrooms was located on the second floor. To give the tower a distinctive marking, the top half was painted white and the bottom portion brown. The brown and white cylindrical lighthouse stands as monument to the lady who "kept the good light" for over 30 years. Her name was Kate Walker and the captains in the harbor affectionately refer to Robbin's Reef as "Kate's Light". Kate was respected by all for her courage and stamina. She could be seen rowing her children to school each day on Staten Island and is responsible for saving many a stranded boater. If you look closely, you will see Keeper Kate Walker standing on the lower gallery as she watches the U.S. Lighthouse Service Buoy tender working the waters around the lighthouse. To the right, in the distance, you can see the Statue of Liberty. Quality print is on heavy weight stock and is rich in color and includes superb detail of the turn-of-the-century scene. Perfect for framing. $139.

  

1177. (lot 4 photos) U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Linden at Jacksonville, Florida c.1931. Fine lot of four construction photos shows the Linden being fitted out, and three photos of crew members identified as Magrus, Charlie Brock, Tex Marable, “Me”, and Gregory (to be the Linden’s Engineer)”. The Linden was built in 1931 at Jacksonville, Fla., as a lighthouse bay and sound buoy tender to replace the Laurel. She was 121’ 4” long and was the first tender with diesel-electric drive. She was assigned to the Fifth LHD and worked the Chesapeake Bay. In 1942 she was designated WAGL-228. She was decommissioned in 1969 and sold, to become a freighter in 1970. Photos measure 3 ¼” x 5” and are all clear and close. Identified on the back. Rare views. (VG+). $162.

  

1155. (pay voucher) U.S. Lighthouse Tender Lily, Captain William R. Hoel c.1877. Original pay voucher is signed in hand by Captain William R. Hoel, Master of the Lighthouse Tender Lily. Pay voucher is also signed in hand by the Lighthouse Inspector, 14th  District, Commander Albert Kautz. The lighthouse tender “Lily” served on the Ohio, Mississippi & Missouri rivers tending the lights and beacons. She was built at Louisville, Kentucky as a sidewheel riverboat in 1875. Upon arriving at her station she was taken over by Captain William R. Hoel. This rare document on Form No. 6, measures 8 ½” x 7” and is overall clean with original fold, some toning, edge wear, one tear to center. Superb early piece on this interesting Light House Establishment vessel would make an exceptional addition to any collection or display. (VG-). $85.

1155b,c,d. (3 pay vouchers) U.S. Lighthouse Tender Lily c.1877. Original pay vouchers are signed in hand by crew members of the Lighthouse Tender Lily. Three vouchers include Engineer F.M. Magers, Second Engineer D.S. Jewett, and mate Sidney Milner. Pay vouchers are also signed in hand by the Lighthouse Inspector, 14th  District, Commander Albert Kautz. The lighthouse tender “Lily” served on the Ohio, Mississippi & Missouri rivers tending the lights and beacons. She was built at Louisville, Kentucky as a sidewheel riverboat in 1875. These rare documents are on Form No. 6, measures 8 ½” x 7” and is overall clean with original fold, some toning, edge wear, one tear to center. Superb early piece on this interesting Light House Establishment vessel would make an exceptional addition to any collection or display. (VG-). $54 each.

  

10449. (photo) U.S. Lighthouse Tender Shrub at Bristol, RI. c. 1930’s. Snapshot measures 2 ½” x 3 ½” and shows the pilot house and upper deck of the U.S.L.H.T. Shrub. The name can be read on a life ring as an officer poses for the camera. The vessel was built in 1912 as a freighter and converted for use as a lighthouse tender in 1920. She ran aground and sank in York, Maine in 1931  but was raised and repaired. She would serve in New England waters until 1947 when she was sold. Rare view, a bit dark. (VG). $24.

(photos) U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Walnut c.1939. Clear, close original 8” x 10” press photos shows great detail of the Lighthouse Tender Walnut. The Walnut was built in 1938, one of three tenders in the Hollyhock Class. She began service assigned to the 12th Lighthouse District out of Milwaukee, Wisc. Photos show great detail of the tender at various times and include her crew, equipment, and more. Photos are b/w and include date and credit line or description on back. 

C8476. U. S. Light-House Establishment. SPECIFICATIONS FOR BUILDING THE TWIN-SCREW STEAMER “ZIZANIA”. 1887. GPO. 1887. 51p. The Zizania was an iron hulled screw steam tender, 160 foot long and launched in 1888-89 for use in the Fourth District. Includes complete information on all aspects of the vessel, its design and equipment on board from hull, engine, life rafts, crew’s quarters and berths. Specifications detail all manner of construction and equipment of this beautiful vessel. Excellent for research, interesting reading. Very rare specifications for Light-House Tender. (Spiral bound photocopy $11.20). (Above photo not included).

 

6249k. Crowninshield, Mary Bradford. ALL AMONG THE LIGHTHOUSES or THE CRUISE OF THE GOLDENROD. Boston . 1886. 392pp. Nicely illustrated decorative colored covers. This is a story based on the operations of the U. S. Lighthouse Tender IRIS as she tended lights in the First LH District in the 1880's. Excellent b/w illustrations as well as color USLHE First District map with route indicated. Dedicated to the crew of the Tender Iris. Fine reading, should be included in every lighthouse library. Clean, tight, front hinge loose, light age toning, edge wear to wraps. A very special book, difficult to find. (G+).  $88 net.  

6249j. Crowninshield, Mary Bradford. ALL AMONG THE LIGHTHOUSES or THE CRUISE OF THE GOLDENROD. Boston . 1886. 392pp. Nicely illustrated decorative colored covers. This is a story based on the operations of the U. S. Lighthouse Tender IRIS as she tended lights in the First LH District in the 1880's. Excellent b/w illustrations as well as color USLHE First District map with route indicated. Dedicated to the crew of the Tender Iris. Fine reading, should be included in every lighthouse library. Clean, tight, hinges unusually intact, light age browning to page margins and light foxing. A very special book, difficult to find, especially in such nice condition. (VG-). $148 net.

6249b. Crowninshield, Mary Bradford. ALL AMONG THE LIGHTHOUSES or THE CRUISE OF THE GOLDENROD. Boston. 1886. 392pp. Beautifully nicely illustrated embossed covers. This is a story based on the operations of the Lighthouse Tender IRIS as she tended lights in the First LH District in the 1880's. Excellent b/w illustrations as well as color USLHE First District map with route indicated. Dedicated to the crew of the Tender Iris. Clean, tight, hinges unusually intact, bright clean covers, only very light age browning to page margins. A very special book, difficult to find, especially in such nice condition. (VG+). $189 net.

 

28317. (copy photo) U.S. Lighthouse Service Tenders. Excellent large, clear copy photos show detailed close views of a number of U.S. Lighthouse Service tenders at work and underway. Photos are all b/w and measure 8” x 10”. Views include the following: Clover underway, Clover in drydock, Warrington underway, Marigold underway (3) , Sumac underway, Hyacinth at dock. (F). $20 each.

6366x. Putnam, George R. LIGHTHOUSES AND LIGHTSHIPS OF THE UNITED STATES. Cambridge , MA . 1917 1st. ed. 308 pp. Scarce first edition. Contains 48 photos and maps. Historical and descriptive work by the Commissioner of lighthouses. Good information from a most reliable source, nice overall view. Includes chapters on the history and organization, Boston Light and the Colonial Lights, US lighthouses around the country, lighthouse construction and apparatus, lightships and lighthouse tenders, buoys and daymarks, fog signals, the light-keepers, and much more. This most important work has become quite scarce. Contents unusually clean and crisp, front cover bright with nice image of Boston Light, light soiling to covers and spine, light bumping to corners. (VG). $148.

6333y. Putnam, George R. SENTINEL OF THE COASTS - THE LOG OF A LIGHTHOUSE ENGINEER. NY. 1937. 1st. ed. 368pp. Well illustrated with over 60 photos. This historical and descriptive work by the retired Commissioner of Lighthouses includes chapters on the history and organization of the Lighthouse Service, the perils of lightships, fog and radio, tenders, romance of the buoys, the government workers, and much more. A most important book that has become quite scarce. Unusually good condition for this title, clean, bright, tight, only soiling and fading to the spine. (VG). $88 net.

 27177. (copy photo) U. S. Lighthouse Service Tender Walnut WAGL-252 c.1939. Clear close copy photo shows the Walnut at her pier. 7 ½” x 10” digital copy photo provides an unusually close view. (F-). $24.

29245. (photo) Crew Train to Abandon Ship on board Buoy Tender c.1960. . Official Coast Guard photograph details an “Abandon Ship” drill, as five Coast Guardsmen clad in early waterproof life-saving suits, leap from the deck of a buoy tender into the water. Clear close view includes the buoy deck of the tender, crewmen and officers on board. Includes caption. 8” x 10”. (VG+). $20.

  

24192. (photos) Buoy Tender Servicing Buoy. c.1950-70’s. Close images of crew servicing buoy on deck of the tender. 3 ¼” x 5 ½”. light wear, soiling, 4” x 5” clear, clean, crisp. $14.

Copy photos from Coast Guard / National Archives 8x10 b/w $20: Tillamook Rock Lt. Sta. w/ LJH Tender

  

25118. (cabinet photo) U. S. Lighthouse Tender Sequoia. The Sequoia was constructed by the New York Shipbuilding Company,  Camden ,  New Jersey and commissioned on 13 August 1908. She was 190 feet in length and powered by two triple expansion inverted direct acting steam engines. She operated out of  San Francisco for her entire career. At the entry of the  United States into World War I when the Lighthouse Service was incorporated into the Navy, she continued her west coast service under Navy control through the end of the war. She was returned--with the entire Lighthouse Service--to the custody of the Department of Commerce on 1 July 1919. On 1 July 1946 she was decommissioned and in October  transferred to  Philippines . Beautiful cabinet photo measures 4 ¼’ x 5 ¼” and shows the Sequoia  moored at the depot pier. Clean, crisp, fine view. (F-). $78.

 

24118. (photograph) U. S. Lighthouse Service Tender Greenbrier. c. 1930’s. Clear, crisp photograph of the U. S. Lighthouse Tender Greenbrier somewhere on the lower Ohio or Kanawha River. Designed for service as a river tender, the Greenbrier was constructed in 1922 and homeported in Cincinnati, Ohio in the Fourteenth LHD. Photo is quite small but is quite clean and enlarges nicely. 2” x 1 ½”. (VG+). $18.

1003. (photograph) U. S. Lighthouse Service Tender Greenbrier. c. 1930’s. Clear, crisp photograph of the U. S. Lighthouse Tender Greenbrier somewhere on the lower Ohio or Kanawha River . Designed for service as a river tender, the Greenbrier was constructed in 1922 and homeported in Cincinnati , Ohio in the Fourteenth LHD. Photo is quite clean and enlarges nicely. 2 ½” x 3 ½”. (VG+). $22.

24168. (photograph) U. S. Lighthouse Service Tender Willow. c. 1930’s. Superb clear, crisp photograph of the U. S. Lighthouse Tender Willow at drydock [on marine railway] somewhere on the lower  Mississippi River . Designed for service on the lower Mississippi River, the  Willow was constructed in 1927 and homeported in  Memphis ,  TN in the Fifteenth LHD. In 1938 she was re-lettered “U.S.C.G.C. Willow”, thus dating this photo between 1927 and 1938. She was the last side-wheeled tender un use by the Lighthouse Service. Large 4” x 5 ½” clear view. (F). $78.

U. S. Lighthouse Service b/w presentation slides c.1920-30

  

28450. (Lot over 117 glass projection slides) U. S. Lighthouse Service b/w presentation slides c.1920-30. This lot was found in the Ludington Coast Guard station in the 1970’s-80’s. The lot was produced by the Lighthouse Service and was likely used in various presentations put on by the U.S. Lighthouse Service and Coast Survey in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Slides measure 3 ¼” x 4” and contain fine, clear b/w photographic images of all aspects of the operation of the U.S. Lighthouse Service including light vessels, tenders, construction of lighthouses, lenses, lamps, fog signal equipment, radiobeacons, clock rotation equipment, airways beacons, interior views, flasher and burner mechanisms, lamp changers, models, buoys, historical letters, submarine signals and much more. Glass slides are all in very good condition, most excellent. There are only three or four that have an cracks or damage at all, and these are minor cracks in the corner of the glass. Each is nicely labeled as to subject and/or location, sometimes with date of image. (VG+). $1,995. 

BR-113. na. THE WORK OF THE LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE. The Rudder Magazine. July 1932. Full issue. Wonderful 4-page article details the day to day work of the Lighthouse Service, particularly the duties of the light vessels, tenders and the district depots in supplying the stations. Illustrated with 8 interesting b/w photographs. Also includes wonderful 1930’s boating articles and photos, with great early yacht and pleasure craft views and information. Clean, good condition. (VG). $48.

BR-66. na. U. S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE. Fortune Magazine January 1937. Pp. 61-69, 126-132. Lengthy, large folio illustrated article details the men and equipment of today’s Lighthouse Service. Wonderfully illustrated with photographs, paintings and diagrams including a large full page diagram of the Nantucket LV No. 112  illustrating its construction, equipment and operation. Other photos include quartermaster at the wheel of the Lighthouse Tender Spruce, lens apparatus, buoys and more. Most interesting and detailed article, excellent images. Disbound, staining to some corners. Worth it for the lightship illustration alone. (VG-).  $34.

25187. Marshall, Amy K., A HISTORY OF BUOYS AND TENDERS. Wash. U. S. Coast Guard. 1995. 17p. Soft wraps. The need for dependable aids to navigation can be traced to the beginnings of maritime commerce. Today, mariners in unfamiliar waters still welcome the sight of lighthouses, buoys, beacons, and other navigational aids as guideposts to safe harbor. While the tools and methods of maintaining minor aids in U.S. waters changed substantially during the past 206 years, the mission remains the same. Filled with vintage photos and information on these lesser known aids. $22.  

4531(5). Putnam, George R., NEW SAFEGUARDS FOR SHIPS IN FOG AND STORM. August 1936. 32pp. 30 photo illustrations [NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Vol. LXX, No. 2, August 1936] Complete issue, very clean. George Putnam was the Commissioner of Lighthouses in the early years of the twentieth century. In this interesting and detailed article, Commissioner Putnam includes information on the use of the new radio beacons, lightship operations as well as the overall operation of the Lighthouse Service. Included are 30 wonderful official photographs of light stations, tenders, light vessels, lens apparatus, light keepers and more. (VG) $22.

21228c. na. LIGHTHOUSES AND OTHER AIDS TO NAVIGATION IN ALASKAN HISTORY. US Coast Guard. 1990. [reprint of 1974 edition.] 87p. Soft wraps. A book like this should be published on every state, for the extensive vintage photographs and the history provided are exceptional. By 1940 there were 457 minor and major lights in Alaska, 15 fog signals, 316 buoys and much more. The book describes the role of the Lighthouse Service in Alaska from the 1860’s until 1938 and then continues with the work of the Coast Guard since. Includes historical summaries of light stations, architectural descriptions, wonderful early photographs and much more. Over 80 photographs include brass hardware, post lights, buoys. Lighthouse tenders and crews, depots, station boats and boathouses, keepers and their families, and more. Clean, crisp. (VG+). $59.

2174b. Stevenson, Robert Louis.- Scott's Voyage in the Lighthouse Yacht. With a Portrait of Robert Stevenson. Introduction by Robert Louis Stevenson. Reminiscences of Sir Walter Scott, Baronet by Robert Stevenson. Disbound from Scribner's Magazine, Volume XIV, October, 1893. pp. 492-502. New York. Charles Scribner's Sons. 1893. First Edition. 8vo. Robert Louis Stevenson, the son and grandson of engineers specializing in the design ands construction of lighthouses, here introduces his grandfather's acquaintance with Sir Walter Scott and publishes his grandfather's reminiscences of a voyage with Sir Walter Scott in 1814 aboard a lighthouse tender about the Scottish Islands and among his lighthouses, especially the famous Bell Rock Light. Quoted too is the poem, Pharos Loquitur, which Scott composed and wrote into the Visitor's Album at Bell Rock on that occasion. Interesting account of line aboard a tender and at these offshore lights. Disbound without wraps, some moisture to bottom margins only, otherwise clean and crisp. (G+). $28.

2189. [blueprint copy] U. S. Light-House Service. PROFILE – ELEVATIONS – SECTIONS 21-FOOT TENDER BOAT. 1915. Full size 23" x 34" black/white copy of blueprint of 21-foot Lighthouse Service tender. Detailed plan sheet includes 13 views including profile from starboard side, elevation view through hull showing propulsion machinery, bow-stern sectional view, and ten sectional views through hull and cabin. Provides complete information on all aspects of the vessel, its design and equipment on board from hull and cabin to engine, fuel tanks and more. Excellent for research or just interesting viewing. Apparently this vessel was for use in harbor areas for lighthouse and buoy maintenance. $18.

6335f. Collins, Francis A. SENTINELS ALONG OUR COAST. New York. 1922 1st. 272pp. Nicely illustrated with 24 official Lighthouse Service photographs. Nicely developed overview of the history of the Service, the light and fog stations, lightships, equipment and men of the Light-House Service. Chapters include Harbor Protection, Early Lighthouses, Building the Lighthouse, Developing the Light, A Night in the Lighthouse, A Service Depot, Aboard a Lighthouse Tender, Aboard a Light-ship, With the Coast Guard, and more. One of the nicer early references. Extremely clean, tight, near fine. (F-) $88.

4265. U.S. Department of Commerce. FORTY-SIXTH ANNUAL LIST OF MERCHANT VESSELS OF THE UNITED STATES WITH OFFICIAL NUMBERS AND SIGNAL LETTERS AND LISTS OF VESSELS BELONGING TO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT...FOR THE YEAR ENDING 1915. Wash. 482pp. Clean, tight. Includes listings of L.H. Tenders and Light Vessels as well as merchant steam and sail. $65.

7226. H. R. Doc. No. 602. NEW LIGHT VESSEL FOR THE FIFTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. April 14, 1900. 2p. Request to Congress for an appropriation to replace the L. H. Tender Bramble due to its age and disrepair. Although the titles state ‘light vessel’, it appears that the use will be as a tender. $12.

2009b. H. R. Report No. 5882. COST OF FIVE LIGHT-HOUSE TENDERS. January 7, 1907. 3p. Report details the cost of five light-house tenders, one each for the third district, sixth district, eleventh district, twelfth district, and the thirteenth district. Though prior appropriations had been made, delays and higher than expected bids necessitated increased appropriations requested in this report. Also noted was the sinking in a collision of the tender Manzanita in the thirteenth district. $24.

 

Say "Hello" to your Favorite Lighthouse Keeper with our Reproduction of the Original United States Lighthouse Service Triangular Station Flag.

 

20418. [flag] U. S. Lighthouse Service flag. Treat your family to these replicas of the official sewn U. S. Lighthouse 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 for some time to come. 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. Today our flags are flown by the US Coast Guard on buoy tenders, museums and collectors alike. The flag is of the standard design, with red border on a field of white, with a large blue lighthouse silhouette.  (shown above) $79.95.

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

Our flag shown flying at the headquarters of the United States Lighthouse Society headquarters at Point No Point Lighthouse, Washington.

21426. . [reproduction] U. S. Lighthouse Service District Superintendent’s Flag. This rectangular flag measures 48” long by 24” and is typical of the flags once flown on Lighthouse Service Tenders when the District Superintendent was on board. The flag is of the standard design, with navy blue border on a field of white, with a large blue lighthouse silhouette. $79.95.  

21425. [reproduction] U. S. Lighthouse Service District Inspector’s Flag. This triangular flag measures 48” long by 25” and is typical of the flags once flown on Lighthouse Service Tenders when the District Inspector was on board. The flag is of the standard design, with navy blue border on a field of white, with a large blue lighthouse silhouette.  $79.95.

 

Copy Documents

CA6348. [Light-House Board] SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE IRON SIDE-WHEEL LIGHT-HOUSE TENDER JOHN RODGERS, built in 1882-1883. Wash. GPO. 1883. Complete 31 page specifications for the Tender John Rodgers as published in the Annual Report of the Light-House Board for 1883. Includes two large detailed 14”h x 23”w fold-out views of the tender, as well as a b/w frontis photograph expertly reproduced. Specifications detail all manner of construction and equipment of this beautiful vessel. Excellent for research, interesting reading. (Spiral bound facsimile includes 2 fold out plates and frontis photo, 31p. $22)

C7197mmm. [newspaper] Light-House Tender Sunk. The Boston Statesman. August 23, 1872 . Paragraph notes that yesterday during a severe squall, the Light-House Tender Florida was capsized in Newburyport bay. The men on board “were obliged to jump for their lives but were able to secure one of the boats before the vessel went down.” The Florida had sailed from Boston to supply fuel to the light-houses along the coast. (Photocopy $1).

C8478. U. S. Light-House Establishment. SPECIFICATIONS FOR BUILDING THE LIGHT-HOUSE STEAM TENDER FOR THE WEST COAST [MADRONO]. 1884. GPO. 1884. 46p. The Madrono was an iron hulled steam tender, 162 foot long and launched in 1885 for use on the West Coast. Includes complete information on all aspects of the vessel, its design and equipment on board from hull, engine, life rafts, crew’s quarters and berths. Specifications detail all manner of construction and equipment of this beautiful vessel. Excellent for research, interesting reading. Very rare specifications for Light-House Tender. (Spiral bound photocopy $10.20).

C8476. U. S. Light-House Establishment. SPECIFICATIONS FOR BUILDING THE TWIN-SCREW STEAMER “ZIZANIA”. 1887. GPO. 1887. 51p. The Zizania was an iron hulled screw steam tender, 160 foot long and launched in 1888-89 for use in the Fourth District. Includes complete information on all aspects of the vessel, its design and equipment on board from hull, engine, life rafts, crew’s quarters and berths. Specifications detail all manner of construction and equipment of this beautiful vessel. Excellent for research, interesting reading. Very rare specifications for Light-House Tender. (Spiral bound photocopy $11.20).

C8477. U. S. Light-House Establishment. SPECIFICATIONS FOR BUILDING THE IRON SIDE-WHEEL STEAMER JOHN RODGERS”. GPO. c.1882. 39p. The John Rodgers was an iron hulled, side-wheeled steam tender, 160 foot long and launched in 1882-83 for use in the Third District. Includes complete information on all aspects of the vessel, its design and equipment on board from hull, engine, life rafts, crew’s quarters and berths. Specifications detail all manner of construction and equipment of this beautiful vessel. Excellent for research, interesting reading. Very rare specifications for Light-House Tender. (Spiral bound photocopy $8.80).

C22438. U.S. Light-House Establishment. PLANS U. S. LIGHT-HOUSE TENDER “MARIGOLD”. c.1889. Full size photocopies of original architectural drawings for the U. S. Light-House Tender Marigold. This rare set is comprised of four (4) large 48” x 22” architectural drawings. Drawings include bow to stern sectional view, full Outboard Profile View, Plan View of Main Deck and Hull Plans. The Marigold was launched in 1891 and served in the Eleventh Light-House District for her entire career. This is a most interesting and rare document, which gives an unprecedented look at the construction of this type of Lighthouse Tender. Complete photocopy set of 4 sheets. (shipped rolled) $32.

C447. H.R. Doc. No. 173. LIGHT-HOUSE TENDERS. LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY SUBMITTING INCREASED ESTIMATES OF APPROPRIATION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SEVERAL LIGHT-HOUSE TENDERS. February 6, 1890. 2pp. (Photocopy $1)

C9827a. [Light-House Board] REPORT OF THE LIGHT-HOUSE BOARD RELATIVE TO THE LIGHT-HOUSE TENDER(S) LILAC AND COLUMBINE. 1891. Wash. GPO. 1891. 3p. Descriptions and specifications for the Light-House Tenders Lilac and Columbine as published in the Annual Report of the Light-House Board for 1891. Includes two large detailed 15”h x 22”w & 10”h x 22”w fold-out detailed views of the tenders. Specifications detail all manner of construction and equipment of this beautiful vessel. Excellent for research, interesting reading. (Stapled facsimile includes 2 full size fold out plates. Shipped rolled. $9)

C9827b. [Light-House Board] REPORT OF THE LIGHT-HOUSE BOARD RELATIVE TO THE LIGHT-HOUSE TENDER AZALEA. 1890. Wash. GPO. 1890. 3p. Descriptions and specifications for the Light-House Tender Azalea as published in the Annual Report of the Light-House Board for 1890. Includes two large detailed 16”h x 23”w & 16”h x 34”w fold-out detailed views of the tender. Specifications detail all manner of construction and equipment of this beautiful vessel. Excellent for research, interesting reading. (Stapled facsimile includes 2 full size fold out plates. Shipped rolled. $9)

C9827e. [Light-House Board] REPORT OF THE LIGHT-HOUSE BOARD RELATIVE TO THE LIGHT-HOUSE TENDER MARIGOLD. 1890. Wash. GPO. 1890. 3p. Descriptions and specifications for the Light-House Tender Marigold as published in the Annual Report of the Light-House Board for 1890. Includes two large detailed 16”h x 23”w & 16”h x 34”w fold-out detailed views of the tender. Specifications detail all manner of construction and equipment of this beautiful vessel. Excellent for research, interesting reading. (Stapled facsimile includes 2 full size fold out plates. Shipped rolled. $9)

C4681. Munroe, Kirk. FROM LIGHT TO LIGHT - The Cruise of the Armeria, (lighthouse) Supply Ship. From Scribners Magazine, 1896. 16pp. Describes the work of tenders re-supplying light stations with their needed provisions. Nicely illustrated. Describes a duty rarely touched on in most narrations. (Photocopy $3.20).

C28243. Baltimore , J. M. Pacific Coast Lighthouse Service. Overland. March 1899. 8p. Excellent early article describing the work of the Lighthouse Service on the Pacific Coast . Includes some rare photos of work aboard the Lighthouse tender Madrono, her Captain Davies, the buoy depot at Tongue Point, other tenders, light vessels and more. Very nice early account. (Photocopy $2)

C22437. U.S. Light-House Establishment. PLANS U. S. LIGHT-HOUSE TENDER “HEATHER”. c.1899. Full size photocopies of original architectural drawings for the U. S. Light-House Tender Heather. This rare set is comprised of five (5) large 48” x 27” architectural drawings. Drawings include seven sectional views, full Outboard Profile View, Deck plans, Sectional Plan, and Hull Plan. The Heather was launched in 1903 and served in the Thirteenth Light-House District out of Seattle , Washington . This is a most interesting and rare document, which gives an unprecedented look at the construction of this type of Lighthouse Tender. Complete photocopy set of 5 sheets. (shipped rolled) $36.

C9338. U.S. Light-House Establishment. PLANS U. S. LIGHT-HOUSE TENDER “IVY”. c.1902 Full size photocopies of original architectural drawings for the U. S. Light-House Tender Ivy. This rare set is comprised of four (4) large 48” x 24” architectural drawings. Drawings include bow to stern sectional view, plan view of Spar Deck, full Outboard Profile View, Plan View of Main Deck, Plan View of Lower Deck, Hull Plans. This is a most interesting and rare document, which gives an unprecedented look at the construction of this type of Lighthouse Tender. Complete photocopy set of 4 sheets. (shipped rolled) $32.

C7501. Hewitt, Arthur. SIGNALS OF THE SEA. [The Outlook Vol. LXXVIII. November 1904] pp.605-619. Wonderful 14 page article tells of the author’s trip aboard the U. S. Lighthouse Service Tender Larkspur in the Second District. Along the way the author interviews officers and members of the crew and various keepers of the lights. Includes 15 most interesting and unusual photographs of lamps and apparatus, lights and vessels including one of the keeper of Minot ’s Ledge Light looking up through the lens. Most interesting with rare information. (Photocopy $3).

C2009. H. R. Report No. 5882. COST OF FIVE LIGHT-HOUSE TENDERS. January 7, 1907. 3p. Report details the cost of five light-house tenders, one each for the third district, sixth district, eleventh district, twelfth district, and the thirteenth district. Though prior appropriations had been made, delays and higher than expected bids necessitated increased appropriations requested in this report. Also noted was the sinking in a collision of the tender Manzanita in the thirteenth district. . (Photocopy $1).

C22434. U.S. Light-House Establishment. PLANS U. S. LIGHT-HOUSE TENDER “CEDAR”. c.1915-1940. Full size photocopies of original architectural drawings for the U. S. Light-House Tender Cedar. This rare set is comprised of six (6) large 48” x 27” architectural drawings. Drawings include Sectional Plan, Hull Plan, full Outboard Profiles View, and Deck plans. The Cedar was launched in 1916 and served in the Sixteenth Light-House District in Alaska . This is a most interesting and rare document, which gives an unprecedented look at the construction of this type of Lighthouse Tender. Complete photocopy set of 6 sheets. (shipped rolled) $38.

C2189. [blueprint copy] U. S. Light-House Service. PROFILE – ELEVATIONS – SECTIONS 21-FOOT TENDER BOAT. 1915. Full size 23” x 34” copy of blueprint of 21-foot Lighthouse Service tender. Detailed plan sheet includes 13 views including profile from starboard side, elevation view through hull showing propulsion machinery, bow-stern sectional view, and ten sectional views through hull and cabin. Provides complete information on all aspects of the vessel, its design and equipment on board from hull and cabin to engine, fuel tanks and more. Excellent for research or just interesting viewing. Apparently this vessel was for use in harbor areas for lighthouse and buoy maintenance. $18.

C22439. U.S. Light-House Establishment. PLANS U. S. LIGHT-HOUSE TENDER “ROSE”. c.1914. Full size photocopies of original architectural drawings for the U. S. Light-House Tender Rose. This rare set is comprised of three (3) large 48” x 27” architectural drawings. Drawings include full Outboard Profile View, Sectional Plan, and Hull Plan. The Rose was launched in 1916 and served in the Seventeenth Light-House District out of Portland , Oregon for her entire career. This is a most interesting and rare document, which gives an unprecedented look at the construction of this type of Lighthouse Tender. Complete photocopy set of 3 sheets. (shipped rolled) $28.

C20527. Paul, George F., LIGHTING THE CORNERS OF THE SEAS – A Tale of the Thrilling Deeds that Men of the United States Lighthouse Service Perform. The Dearborn Independent. November 13, 1926. 3p. Nicely written article details the work of the Lighthouse Service. Beginning with the formation of the service, Mr. Paul describes the need for lighthouses, locating sites and more. Included is a lengthy description of the hazards of attending to lights by tenders, with an account of the work of the Lighthouse Tender Kukui in Hawaiian waters. Illustrated with five photos. (Photocopy $1).

C2347. [blueprint copy] U. S. Lighthouse Service. PLANS FOR 26’ 3” MOTOR WHALEBOAT FOR THE LIGHTHOUSE TENDER FIR. c.1939. Two large 24” x 48” copy of blueprint of various 26-foot Lighthouse Service motor whaleboat. Detailed plan sheets include: line views, table of offsets, and multiple detailed sectional views and fastening details. Provides complete information on all aspects of the vessel, its design and equipment on board, hull, engine, fuel tank and more Provides a rare look and good  information on all aspects of this style of boat.  Excellent for research or just interesting viewing. (Photocopy $24).

C26238. Lighthouse Service. SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE TWIN-SCREW STEEL, DIESEL-ELECTRIC-PROPELLED LIGHTHOUSE TENDER “JUNIPER”.  GPO. 1939. 91p. Includes complete information on all aspects of the vessel, its design and equipment on board from hull, engines, life rafts, crew’s quarters and berths, to lighting, electrical and more.  (Spiral bound Photocopy $19.20).

C9250a. White, Lt. Richard D. and Truman Strobridge. LIGHTHOUSE TENDERS ON THE GREAT LAKES . [ Inland Seas . Quarterly Journal of the Great Lakes Historical Society. Vol. 31. Summer 1975. 86p.) Ten page article describes the origin and work of these little known vessels, from the first tender in 1856 until the last of the steam powered tenders, the Amaranth, was sold in 1946. (Photocopy $2.40).

C20464. H. R. Report No. 1393. PERSONAL EFFECTS OF THE OFFICERS AND CREW OF LIGHTHOUSE TENDER “ARMERIA”. February 13, 1913. 23p. On May 20, 1912 the Lighthouse Tender Armeria was wrecked near Cape Hinchinbrook , Alaska . Subsequently, the Secretary of Commerce requested of Congress that the crew members be reimbursed for their personal effects lost in the wreck. Herein are the sworn statements of each of the 31 members of the crew, with a complete listing of every item lost and its value, for use by Congress in providing said compensation. Quite interesting. (Photocopy $4.60).

 

 

 

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