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Photos - U.S. Coast Guard
We are continually acquiring wonderful and rare original photographs of the U.S. Coast Guard. Below are photos and information. Inquiries welcomed.
(photo) Crew of Coast Guard Cutter Bear Read
Newspapers on their Return from Arctic c.1925. For more than
forty-two years the U. S. Revenue Cutter Bear
patrolled the waters of the Bering Sea and
16190. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Galatea WPC-108 c.1940. CGC Galatea was commissioned in 1933 and was assigned to Stapleton, New York as part of the New York Division's Special Patrol Force. She was rearmed in 1940 and was temporarily transferred to the Navy on 25 March 1941 for use as a training vessel for sonar operators at the Navy Sound School at Key West. During the war, she escorted convoys along the eastern seaboard and to Cuba and conducted anti-submarine and search and rescue patrols. In June 1945 she was reassigned to Stapleton, New York, with the Air-Sea Rescue unit based there until she was decommissioned on 15 March 1948. Photograph c.1940. 8 x 10 clear and close view. $18.
16173. (photo) White River Life Saving / Coast Guard Station, Whitehall, Mich. c.1917. Rare photo shows the unusual and attractive Bibb #3 Type life-saving station on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. In the foreground is the station surfboat as the men dive into the water. Photos measure 3 ½ x 5 ½ on postcard paper, postmarked 1917. Clear, rare view. (VG+). $44.
16142. (photo) Roosevelt Style Coast Guard Station c.1976. Clear, close original 8 x 10 press photo shows great detail of an old Roosevelt style Coast Guard station in 1976 during the Bicentennial. These buildings are called the Roosevelt-style because they were built during the Franklin Roosevelt administration. The buildings were all white with red roofs, green shutters and many have a lookout on the top. Clear and close view, good details. Dated July 1950. (VG+). $36.
15155. (photo) Crews of SPARS Rowing Competition c.1943. Clear, close, original 8 x 10 press photo shows excellent detail as two crews of SPARS compete in rowing in Biscayne Bay as part of their physical fitness program. One group was attached to CG District Headquarters and the other to Captain of the Port. Clear, close, good view of boats. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated September 22, 1943. (VG+). $26.
16136. (photograph) United
States Coast Guard Station, Louisville, Kentucky. c.1928. Clear,
close original 8 x 10 press photo shows great detail of the one-of-a-kind
river Coast Guard stations. The United States Life-Saving Service was
established in 1848 and soon stations were established around the country near
dangerous waters. The first such lifesaving station on the Western Rivers was
15175. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bear during World War II Greenland Patrol. Built in 1874, the United States Revenue Cutter Bear was originally constructed as a sealer. She was the oldest Coast Guard Cutter to see service in World War II, having been reconditioned by the Navy and armed for duty around Greenland. World-wide fame had come to the Bear in the early 1880s in the rescue mission shortly after the historic Greely Expedition to the Arctic came to a disastrous end. The Bear, which had been in service since 1885 was still around in 1917 when the United States entered World War I. For the duration of the war she served under the U. S. Navy. This, however, did not change her routine patrol of Alaskan waters. In 1929 the Bear was decommissioned and turned over to the city of Oakland, California, for use as a maritime museum, and it was at this time that she served as the set for the filming of Jack London's "Sea Wolf". Although the Bear was getting on in years now, in the early 1930s, the famed Arctic explorer, Admiral Richard E. Byrd, USN, was looking for a vessel suitable for operating in ice in his Second Antarctic Expedition. Following a refit, the bear left Boston in 1933 under the command of Lieutenant (j.g.) Robert A. J. English, USN. In 1941, shortly after her return from the Antarctic, the Bear was assigned to the Greenland Patrol. She took part in the capture of the Norwegian trawler Buskoe, which had been fitted out by the Germans to transmit weather reports and information on Allied ship movements. Soon her days of active service would draw to a close. In June, 1944 she was stricken from the Navy list of active vessels and turned over to the Maritime Commission for sale. Photo measures 8 x 10 and shows her fitted out for her World War II duties in Greenland. (F). $18.
16141. (photo) New US Coast Guard 38-Foot Cabin Picket Boat (CPB) CG-38784 Underway. c.1942-1943. Official Coast Guard photograph shows the new 38-foot patrol boat (Cabin Picket Boat CG-38784) kicking up spray as it speeds down the harbor. The Cabin Picket Boat (38ft.) were self-bailing but not self-righting; 38ft. 3in. overall length, 10ft. 5in. beam, 3ft. maximum draft; 16500lbs.; single gasoline engine of various makes and models with single propeller; maximum speed 24-25kts.; 240gal. fuel; 175 nautical mile range at cruise speed; capacity for 2 crew plus 10 passengers; wooden hull of single-planked carvel construction; hull was ice-sheathed if intended for assignment to an area where ice could be encountered. All of these boats were built by private boatyards over the period 1932 to 1943. Close view of this workhorse of the fleet at the time. (VG+). $32.
1638. (lot 3 photos) U.S. Coast Guard Radio Station (NMA), Richmond, Florida c.1948. Official Coast Guard photographs show the men and equipment at the U.S. Coast Guard Radio Station in Richmond, Florida. Three photos, 8 x 10, show great detail of the men and equipment in the station radio and equipment rooms. In 1942, as World War II heated up and the U.S. became move involved, the U.S. government ordered a massive buildup in military facilities. One of these facilities was Naval Air Station, Richmond, Florida. NAS Richmond ceased operations in November, 1945 with portions of the facility becoming a University of Miami South Campus and the Miami Metrozoo. Other areas of the base were utilized by the Army, Navy and Coast Guard as communications facilities (shown here). Some time after 1945, and before 1955, U.S. Naval Security Group Activity, Richmond, FL. was commissioned. NSGA Richmond was located at the Coast Guard Radio Station (RADSTA), on the Richmond site. NSGA Richmond was decommissioned and closed in July, 1957. All clear, close, detailed views. Dated November 22, 1948. (VG+). $44.
16134. (advertisement) Coast Guard 36-Foot Motor Lifeboat. Paterson Patapar Parchment Paper Company. c.1933. Fortune Magazine. September 1933. 11 x 14. 1 page disbound. Great full page b/w illustrated advertisement from 1933 magazine shows a Coast Guard 36-foot motor lifeboat heading out on a rescue mission. The add for Paterson Vegetable Parchment Paper touts the reliability of the new era parchment papers for industry. Quite an attractive piece for framing. Full page, clean and crisp. (VG+). $34.
16126. (photo) Breeches Buoy Demonstration, Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles c.1940's. Clear, close original 8 x 10 Official Coast Guard photo shows great detail as a young lady rides the breeches buoy during a Coast Guard demonstration while a large crowd including many military, looks on. Possibly done as part of a War Bond drive. Good view of the breeches buoy apparatus including hawser, crotch pole and more. Clear and close view. Dated March 13, 1943. Great view. (VG+). $34.
1665a. (photo) Coast Guard Grumman J2F Amphibian c.1940s. Clear, close, original 5 x 7 Coast Guard photo shows good detail of a Grumman J2F Amphibian used by the Coast Guard during World War II for patrol duties. This type of plane was used by Lt. John Pritchard on a Greenland glacier to rescue downed Army flyers. Official Coast Guard photo is b/w and includes description on back. Later print of c.1940s view. Clear, close view, good detail. (VG+). $28.
1665b. (photo) Coast Guard Chance Vought UO-4 Float Seaplane c.1926s. Clear, close, original 5 x 7 Coast Guard photo shows good detail of one of two Chance Vought UO-4 Float Seaplanes commissioned by the Coast Guard in 1926. These aircraft did valuable work in apprehending Rum-Runners in the Prohibition era. Official Coast Guard photo is b/w and includes description on back. Later print of c.1920s view. Clear, close view, good detail. (VG+). $28.
1630. (photo) Coast Guard Surfman with Dog, Seattle, Washington c.1944. Clear, close, original 8 x 10 official Coast Guard photo from Seattle area shows excellent detail of the WWII Surfman with his dog. Nice clear view of the uniform and insignia including surfman pin on hat. Service stripes show 16 years of service. Insignia on right forearm indicates sharpshooter. Photo is b/w. Dated June 28, 1944. Superb clear, close view, great detail. (F-). $27.
1651. (photo) Coast Guard Lyle Gun and Surfboat Exhibit c.1934. Clear, close, original 7 x 9 press photo shows excellent detail of a Lyle Gun, faking box and surfboat at the Coast Guard exhibit at the New York City Boat Show. Great detail of the beautifully maintained equipment. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated January 19, 1934. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $34.
1627. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Station, Harbor Beach, Michigan c.1945. Rare photo view provides close view of the Coast Guard on the pier at Harbor Beach. Note the patrol boat CGR-152. Close clear view measures 3 ½ x 5 ½ on postcard paper. Postmarked May 26, 1945. (VG+). $48.
1628. (photo) U. S. Coast Guard Capsize Race c.1938. Fine clear press photo image features a view of the finish of the Coast Guard race for the championship of the Atlantic Coast a feature of the International Lifeboat Race Regatta held in New York harbor. Finishing first was the Seventh District crew from Elizabeth, NC. Other crews included Asbury Park, NJ., and a Sixth District crew, etc. During the race, which was for a distance of one mile, the crews must capsize their boats, then right them, and resume rowing. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Clear and close view. Dated September 10, 1938. (VG+). $48.
15163. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Station, Hunniwells (Popham) Beach, Maine c.1917. Clear close image provides a rare view of the front and side of the Popham Beach station. Note the multiple additions to this 1882-Type station built in 1883. Photo is overall quite clear and sharp. Measure 3 ½ x 5 ½ on postcard paper. Postmarked November 12, 1917 at Popham Beach. Rare view. (VG). $48.
11231. (photo) Crew from Coast Guard Cutter Casco rescues yachtsman from 40-foot ketch c.1955. Original press photo from U.S. Coast Guard shows the scene as the lifeboat from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Casco approaches the damaged 40-foot ketch which was lost with Edwin D. Brooks, Jr., 19-year-old yachtsman . The ketch, its mainsail missing and jib torn, was sighted 20 miles off Gloucester, Mass., where it had wallowed helplessly, for two days in rough seas . 7 x 9 includes description and credit line. Dated October 25, 1955. (VG+). $20.
14189d. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Lands Surfboat in Winter, Coast Guard Station Rockaway Point c.1925. Early press photo measures 7 x 9 shows Coast Guardsmen drilling with surfboat on the winter beach. Rockaway Point Station was one of the busiest because of the many ships approaching New York City daily. The bitter cold in the winter made the work that much more difficult. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Clear, close views, great detail. Dated February 2, 1925. (VG+). $54.
1604. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Utility Boat CG-41332, Station Grays Harbor c.1977. Official b/w Coast Guard photo measures 8 x 10 shows Coast Guard utility boat CG-41332 underway sometime in 1977 before being capsized on the bar during the night of November 15th 1977 while on a training mission at the National Motor Lifeboat School, with the loss of 2 members of the ten man crew. The Station now has a memorial dedicated to the two crewmen from Station Grays Harbor who lost their lives. (VG+). $45.
1055b. (photo) U. S. Coast Guard Station, Ludington, Michigan c.1944. Fine clear image features the Coast Guard station with the new watch tower and flag mast in the foreground. Unusually good view, great early detail, on postcard paper. Postmarked May 11, 1944. (VG+). $38.
28431b. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard, Guard of Honor, Funeral for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1945. Large 7 ½ x 9 3/8 b/w official U.S. Coast Guard photograph shows Coast Guardsman Arthur A. Arnold, boatswain's mate first class, as he marches with soldiers, sailors, marines, and a member of the air force as an honor guard for the flag - draped coffin of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the caisson proceeded from the Union Station along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. Description on back notes that Coast Guardsman Arnold, a veteran from the war fronts, lives in New Alexandria, Va. He is wearer of The Silver Star Medal. F. D. R. died suddenly at Warm Springs, Georgia, on April 12, 1945. Image is clear and quite close. It is clean, some light wear and small corner creases. F. D. R. died suddenly at Warm Springs, Georgia, on April 12, 1945. Important image. (VG). $54.
15225. (photo) U. S. Coast Guard Station, South Haven, Michigan c.1950s. Fine clear image features the Coast Guard station with the new watch tower and flag mast in the foreground. Unusually good view, great early detail, on postcard paper. (VG+). $38.
15104. (photo) Crew Members after Being Taken off Stricken Freighter Bjerkli near Nantucket Lightship by Coast Guard c.1937. Clear, close original 7 x 9 press photo shows great detail of the crew of the stricken freighter Bjerkli. The vessel foundered in heavy seas and were taken off the sinking vessel before it sank by the Coast Guard Cutter Chelan. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Dated March 26, 1937. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG). $36.
1597. (set 2 photos) USCGC Northwind Tows Disabled Vessel in the Antarctic c.1947. Clear close official Coast Guard photos shows great detail as the Coast Guard Cutter Northwind tows the Yancey out of danger from ice. While on a mission, towing the submarine Sennet toward Scott Island where the sub could find open water, the Northwind received a radio message that the Merrick, Yancey and the Mt. Olympus were in danger from floating ice. The Northwind dropped her tow temporarily, rushed back to the assistance of the beleaguered vessels, and is shown in these photos towing the Yancey towards an area of less danger. The effect of crushing ice on the thin-hulled vessels could be disastrous. The Northwind arrived in time to meet and defeat the ice threat. Official Coast Guard photos measures 8 x 10. Dated March 18, 1947. Light creases. Great detail. (VG+). Set $28.
15118a. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Surfboat Drill, Michigan City, In. c.1915. Superb clear, close original view shows great detail of Coast Guard crew drilling in the station surfboat. Quite close, great detail of the men and surfboat on postcard paper. Little if any wear. (F-). $44.
15156. (lot 2 photos) CR-96 USCGC Staten Island WAGB-278 c.1944. Nice lot of two original WWII commissioning photos of hull No. CR-96 USCGC Staten Island WAGB-278. One photo by Western Pipe & Steel Co. Shipyard and the second by "Dick" Whittington Photography, Los Angeles, CA. USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278) was a Wind-class icebreaker laid down on 9 June 1942 and launched on 28 December 1942, the ship was commissioned on 26 February 1944, and almost immediately afterward transferred to the Soviet Union under the Lend Lease program until 1951. When returned to the United States Navy, she was designated USS Northwind until 15 April 1952, when she was renamed Staten Island to distinguish her from her successor USCGC Northwind (WAGB-282), which had been laid down shortly after she was lent to the Soviet Union. The ship was transferred to the US Coast Guard as USCGC Staten Island in February 1965, and served until November 1974, before being scrapped. Photos measure 8 x 10 and are clear and close. (VG+). $18.
15157. (lot 9 photos) USCGC Northwind (WAG/WAGB-282). USCGC Northwind was a Wind-class icebreaker. She was built to replace USCGC Northwind/Staten Island (WAG-278) which was in U.S.S.R. lend-lease service. During her career, Northwind conducted extensive oceanography, hydrography and cartography studies, as well as icebreaking. Northwind was the last Wind-class icebreaker when she was decommissioned in in January 1989 after 44 years of service. Photos measure 4 x 5 and are clear and close. (VG+). $18.
15158. (photo) US Coast Guard Cutter MENDOTA (later-HMS Culver, Y-87) c.1933. Early official Coast Guard photo shows the Mendota off Quantico, Virginia during rifle practice August 18, 1933. The Mendota was one of the 250-foot class cutters designed by the Coast Guard and were, in many respects, modernized 240-footers. Captain Q.B. Newman, USCG, designed its innovative turbine-electric-drive power plant, which developed an amazing 3,350 shp. These were the first to have alternating current, and a synchronous motor for propulsion. After commissioning, Mendota was stationed at Norfolk, Virginia. Among other duties she was also used for cadet practice cruises. 7 x 9. $22.
15159. (lot 20 Coast Guard photos) U.S. Coast Guard WW II era. Good early lot of 20 Coast Guard photos include 8 printed photo images of Coast Guardsmen fighting on the beaches in the Pacific, cutters including USCGC Mackinac (WAVP-371) W-371, crew photos, Overfalls lightship, USCG Destroyer Davis (CG-21), aerial view from Navy dirigible Los Angeles of Destroyer Force Base New London in 1929, and more. Interesting lot. Sizes from 3 x 4 ½ to 8 x 10. (VG). $35.
(photo) Coast Guard Cutter Bear Trapped in Ice July 15,
1924. Underwood & Underwood. 8 x 10. Coast Guard Cutter the
Bear on her last journey to the
26325b. (photo) U. S. Coast Guard 36-Foot Motor Lifeboat Rescues Yacht Bali December 3, 1932 San Francisco. 1932 photo is from a collection of original news photos from Acme News Pictures, Inc. Photo bears the following attached caption: "The five- months search for the schooner yacht Bali and its occupant, R. E. "Rex" Barrera, Oakland Calif. Broker sought on a $125,000 speculation charge, reached another phase when the vessel, in distress, was rescued by the Coast Guard off Eureka, Calif., and its occupant, giving the name of "Capt. R.S. E. Barr", half- starved, told of a perilous lone trip from Ecuador to San Francisco "to win a wager". After the seafarer was brought ashore, he dropped from sight, as Coast Guard examination of papers disclosed him as the missing Barrera... officials swore to a grand larceny warrant, charging he took the vessel from Los Angeles Harbor after only a small down payment. 12/3/32". Nice clear image, 7 x 9. Light edge wear, one corner bent. (VG). $36.
15174. (photo.) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter WESTWIND WAGP-281. c.1955. Official Coast Guard photo 8 x 10 provides a close-up of the Westwind cruising in Greenland. (VG+). $16.
15128. (photo) Coast Guard 30-Foot Duck (DUKW) Comming Ashore c.1943. Clear close official Coast Guard photo shows great detail of the vehicle and some of its equipment in this great view. Measures 8 x 10. Includes description on back. File dated July 5, 1943. (VG+). $68.
(copy photo) U.S. Coast Guard Station City Point,
Dorchester Bay, Boston Harbor, Mass. c.1930s view. 8 x 10.
Superb, crystal clear image shows the station, men, lifeboats and more. The City
Point Life Saving / Coast Guard Station was one of only two such floating
stations in the
1551. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Sand Bagging Station, Presque Isle, Erie, Pa. c.1973. Superb close clear original 7 x 9 press photo shows great detail as a Coast Guardsman piles sandbags against the boathouse in the battle against high waters from Lake Erie. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Clear and close view. Dated May 14, 1973. (VG+). $24.
22197b. [Collection of photos and documents, US Coast Cutters Algonquin, Redwing, Tallapoosa, Unulga, Itasca, Shoshone c. 1920s & 1930s.]
Wonderful extensive collection highlight the day to day duties of a Coast Guardsman in the 1920s. It appears from the photographs that the owner once served aboard the CGC Algonquin in the Northwest, later being transferred to the Shoshone and others. Original album contains over 300 original b/w photographs of Coast Guard vessels, station life, gun drills, action and fires at sea, on leave and much more. Photos are in the 3x3 to 3x5 range and are mounted on album pages from the era. Interesting clear, close views are all in vg or better condition, pages a bit brittle from age but nicely intact.
(22268). In addition the lot includes a wonderful U.S.C.G.C. Algonquin tinted photograph. The Algonquin was commissioned from 1898- 1930. During the early 1920"s she was assigned to the Bering Sea Patrol out of Seattle Washington and Astoria Oregon. The Algonquin was once a vessel of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, transferring to the Coast Guard in 1915. The photograph measures 10" X 7" and is framed in in a vintage frame measuring 11 1/2" X 7 1/2". Early color is good, slight crease not to break surface, and very slight staining, no water damage. Identified in l/l corner "U.S.C.G.C. Algonquin June - 5 1920".
Additional items in lot include: Cash Pay Receipts; newspaper article describing the successful war patrol of the submarine USS Wahoo; Specimen Examination Manual for Merchant Marine Deck Officer, USCG. 1943; US Coast Guard, Certificate of Discharge to Merchant Seaman, 1951.
This collection was purchased from an estate in Astoria Oregon and is as found and provides a wonderful glimpse into early Coast Guard life. Complete lot of 310 items: $395.
14274. (photo) Coast Guard Cutter Carrabasset c.1935. Clear close press photo shows good detail of this early cutter underway. Carrabasset was built of composite construction for the Navy as one of the Bagaduce-class auxiliary fleet tugs. She was launched in 1919. She served in the Navy in various capacities until 1924 when she was transferred to the Treasury Department for use by the Coast Guard. She served at Norfolk, Virginia, Charleston, South Carolina, and New York on towing duty as one of three ocean-going tugs operated by the Coast Guard, through the 1920s and was then stationed at Port Everglades, Florida, in the mid-1930s and Curtis Bay, Maryland prior to World War II. She was decommissioned on 26 July 1946. Measures 7 x 9. Dated September 7, 1935. Note the Coast Guard ensign flying above the crows nest on the foremast. (VG). $48.
14223. (photo) Coast Guard Motor Surfboat, Spermaceti Cove, Flood Relief at Kingston, Pa. c.1940. Clear close press photo shows great detail as the crew from Spermaceti Cove Coast Guard Station, Sandy Hook, New Jersey help to evacuate residents from the flood at Kingston, Pa. Measures 6 x 8. Includes description on back. Dated April 2, 1940. (VG+). $28.
14305. (photo) Crew U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dexter After Sinking Schooner Im Alone c.1929. Clear close press photo shows great detail as the Chief Engineer and crew pose on deck. The Dexter was forced to fire on the schooner Im Alone when their captain refused to surrender or allow the cutters officer to board and search the vessel. The Im Alone was a notorious smuggling vessel, having been engaged in smuggling liquor into the United States for several years. Until the latter part of 1928, the Im Alone operated on the New England Coast and had caused the Coast Guard forces a great deal of trouble. The commanding officer of the Dexter spoke to the master of the Im Alone through a megaphone and informed him that the Im Alone would be sunk unless it obeyed the command to stop. Warning shots were fired ahead and when the vessel did not stop, the Dexter fired through the riggings and later put a dozen shots into the hull of the Im Alone. The sea was too rough to permit the Im Alone to be boarded and seized by force and the furthermore the master of the Im Alone waved a revolver in a threatening manner indicating that he would resist forcibly any attempt to board his vessel. The Im Alone sank at 9:05 a.m. on March 22. The Coast Guard vessels picked up the members of the crew of the Im Alone with the exception of one person who was drowned. When the body of this seaman was taken from the water, the members of the Coast Guard worked more than two and one-half hours in an attempt to resuscitate him but without avail. The Dexters crewmen shown are all identified on the back. Measures 8 x 10. Includes description on back. (VG+). $56.
14281. (photo) 136th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Coast Guard Celebrated c.1926. Clear close press photo shows great detail as officials at the Sesqui-Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia view a special squadron of Coast Guard craft. The officials, identified on the back, include Capt. E.C. Otto, Asst. Commander of the Coast Guard; Garrard Winston, Under Secretary of the Treasury; Admiral Magruder, Commander of the Navy Yard; Brig. Gen. H. Leanard, etc. Measures 8 x 10. Includes description on back. August 1933. (VG+). $24.
1562a,b,c. (photo) United States Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay (WTGB-102). 8 x 10 color photo of the CGC Bristol Bay. The Bristol Bay is the second of the U.S. Coast Guard's 140-foot icebreaking tugs and one of just two Bay-class cutters that work in conjunction with a special barge. Designed by U.S. Coast Guard engineers, the USCGC Bristol Bay's primary responsibility is opening and maintaining icebound shipping lanes in the Great Lakes. The Bristol Bay also performs missions such as search and rescue, marine environmental protection, law enforcement and port security and safety. Photo is clear and crisp. (VG+). $8.
1560a,b,c. (photo) United States Coast Guard Cutter Spar (WAGL-403; WLB-403). 8 x 10 color photo of the CGC Spar. The Spar, commissioned in 1944, was homeported in Boston and assigned to the First Naval District during World War II. In 1946, she transferred to Woods Hole until 1951. From 1951 until 1976 she was stationed at Bristol, RI. After undergoing a "major renovation at the Coast Guard Yard in 1976, she was stationed at South Portland, ME. She carried out ATON, SAR and icebreaking duties throughout her long career as well as sailing in a historic voyage in which Spar, along with Storis and Bramble, circumnavigated the North American continent via the Panama Canal and the Northwest Passage in 1957. She was decommissioned in 1997. Photo is clear and crisp. (VG+). $8.
1553. (lot 2 photos) "New" United States Coast Guard Seal c.1957. Lot 2 photos with original press release announcing the design of a seal for the United States Coast Guard. Approved by President Dwight D. Eisenhower May 6, 1957, the seal was to be used for display and identification purposes, and on the Coast Guard ensign. The previous seal on the ensign was instituted in 1927. Photos are clear and crisp in b/w for reproduction and use in publications. 8 x 10. Includes original 1 page press release. (F-). $22.
1554. (lot 5 photos) United States Coast Guard Bark Eagle c.1970s. Lot 5 photos with original press release relating to the Coast Guard Training Bark Eagle underway. Includes a b/w image of the Eagle before the new red slash was painted on the bow. 8 x 10. Photos are clear and crisp in color and b/w. Includes original 1 sheet press release. (VG+). $25.
1555a. (lot 8 photos) United States Coast Guard Aircraft c.1970s 1980s. Lot 8 Coast Guard color photos show a number of types of Coast Guard fixed wing and rotar wing aircraft. Aircraft include C-130 Hercules, Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard, UU25 Guardian, etc. 8 x 10. Photos are clear and crisp in color. (VG+). $16.
1555b. (lot 7 photos) United States Coast Guard Aircraft c.1970s 1980s. Lot 7 Coast Guard color photos show a number of types of Coast Guard fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft. Aircraft include C-130 Hercules, Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard, UU25 Guardian, etc. 8 x 10. Photos are clear and crisp in color. (VG+). $14.
1542. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Golden Gate c.1945. Clear, close original 7 x 9 press photo shows great detail of the cutter Golden Gate as she is given an honorable discharge after 50 years of service. She was built in 1896 and was a veteran of three wars as well as the San Francisco fire and earthquake of 1906. She was officially decommissioned at Government Island, Alameda, California. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Clear and close view. Dated November 19, 1945. (VG+). $36.
1539b. (photo) U. S. Coast Guard Capsize Drill c.1940. Fine clear image features the 7-member Coast Guard crew performing a capsize drill in the station lifeboat. Clear, very close b/w photo provides unprecedented detail of the crew and boat as they stand on the keel and pull the boat on back upright. Photo is b/w and includes date on back. Clear and close view. Dated March 26, 1940. (VG+). $38.
13333. (lot photos, negatives) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma (II) WPG/WAGE-80 c.1935. Lot of 7 negatives and 5 photos of the CGC Tahoma in 1935. Views include the ship at the pier and underway. The Tahoma was built in Bay City, Michigan and commissioned in 1934. She served until 1955 when she was sold. These photos were taken not long after she was launched. Photos/negs measure about 2 ¾ x 4 ¾. Three prints are period from the negatives, two photos are recent prints. (VG). $58.
14211. (photo) Officers, U.S. Coast Guard c.1930s. Nice close photo shows seven officers posing on stern of ship. Measures 3 ¼ x 5 ½. (VG+). $12.
14321. (glass plate negative) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mojave (WPG-47) c.1929. Great view of the bridge as a seaman appears to be signaling with semaphore flags. USCGC Mojave was a 240-foot Tampa-class Coast Guard Cutter in commission from 1921 until 1947. This ship was one of four sisters: the TAMPA, MODOC, HAIDA, and MOJAVE. Built- in 1921 at Oakland, CA, these ships were named for Indian tribes. Displacement was about 1800 tons, 240 foot length with a 39 foot beam. Powered by a 200 KVA electric motor turbo generator which was driven by two Babcock and Wilcox boilers. A single screw could push her along about 15 knots. Photo is quite close and unusually clear and provides great detail. Measures 4 x 5. Will make fine print. (VG+). $68.
13286b. (photo) Inland Coast Guard Breeches Buoy Rescue, Lowell, Mass. c.1937. 7 x 9. Clear b/w press photographs shows a rare view of an inland breeches buoy rescue from the Merrimack River in Lowell, Mass. For nearly nine hours local fire and police rescue units attempted to get a line to Edward Giblin, stranded on a jagged rock in the middle of the Merrimack River after having been swept over the Pawtucket Falls while taking a shortcut home over the ice. After nine house with no success, the Newburyport Coast Guardsmen were rushed to the scene with their breeches buoy apparatus. Coast Guardsmen were able to reach the rock and bring Mr. Giblin ashore in the breeches buoy. His condition was poor and little hope was held out for his recovery. Clear, original print, includes date and description on back. Dated May 21, 1937. (VG+). $54.
14268. (photo) Coast Guard 36-Foot Motor Lifeboat Underway c.1936. Clear close press photo shows a Coast Guard 36-Foot Motor Lifeboat Underway. Probably Cleveland area. Measures 7 x 9. Includes date on back. Dated February 25, 1936. (VG+). $36.
14253. (photo) Coast Guard 30-Foot Duck (DUKW) Coming Ashore. Clear close official Coast Guard photo shows great detail of the vehicle and some of its equipment in this great view. Measures 8 x 10. Includes description on back. Not dated. (VG+). $48.
14190. (photo) Coast Guardsmen Practice with the Breeches Buoy c.1942. Clear close press photo shows Coast Guardsmen at the Merchant Marine School undergoing preliminary training with the breeches buoy. Great detail of the breeches buoy. Measures 7 x 9. Includes date and description on back. Dated January 28, 1942. (VG+). $78.
11484b. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard 52' MLB Invincible, CG-52300 c.1935. The first of its class of 52-foot motor lifeboats, boat No. 4000, later named Invincible, was completed in Fiscal Year 1936. The 52-foot motor lifeboat originally designated as "Type F" class was a developmental design. There were only two built, the Invincible and her sister, the Triumph, CG-52301. These craft were given an improved cruising radius over the standard 36-foot class of motor lifeboats, a more powerful engine, and accommodations for crew and for rescued survivors. The 52-footer was not self-bailing or self-righting, but her initial stability was very high. The superstructure, including the wheelhouse, engine-room trunk, companionway, and the survivor compartments were constructed of bronze. The hull was divided into six watertight compartments, any two of which could be flooded and the boat would remain afloat. The watertight bulkheads were made of bronze and both were all welded construction. They were designed by the Coast Guard and both were built at the Coast Guard Yard. Sixty persons could be carried below in their watertight compartments and and additional 100 could be carried on deck, weather permitting. They were not intended to replace the standard 36-foot class of motor lifeboats, but rather were designed to meet the need for a larger, more powerful lifeboat for use at locations with extreme sea conditions. During their time in service, they were the only Coast Guard craft under 100-feet in length that received names. The Invincible was initially stationed at Sandy Hook, New Jersey, but transferred to Grays Harbor Lifeboat Station in 1941. She was transferred to Coos Bay Lifeboat Station sometime later. 7 x 9. Dated April 19, 1935. Includes description and credit line on back. Rare view. (VG+). $46.
14280, 14301a,b. (lot 3 photos) Coast Guard Drilling, 136th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Coast Guard, Sesqui-Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia, Pa. c.1926. Lot three press photos each 7 x 9 show Coast Guardsmen drilling with breeches buoy apparatus and assembled crowd. Clear, close with great detail. Photos are b/w and include date and description on back. Dated August 5, 1926. Clear, close views, great detail. (VG+). Lot 3 photos. $112.
14278. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Mounted Beach Patrol c.1942. Clear, close, original 7 x 9 press photo shows excellent detail of Coast Guardsman on horse patrol as he chats with his counterpart patrolling the beach in a motor surfboat. It is interesting to note that the surfboat is painted black to help disguise its presence. This was during the early period when the Coast Guard was experimenting with beach patrol by horse. Horses proved quite able and efficient and such horse patrols were adopted around the country. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated August 15, 1942. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG). $54.
14284. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Beach-Going Willys-Overland Jeep c.1944. Clear, close, original6 ½ x 8 ½ press photo shows excellent detail of a new Coast Guard beach-going Willys Jeep designed for patrolling the sandy coastline. This new offspring of the versatile Jeep scout car features a lower gear ratio, special ducks feet tires, a speed of 50 mph and a redesigned body to carry 8 men. Shown here at the Fire Island Coast Guard Station, driven by Lt. J.W. Hoan. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated June 9, 1944. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG). $58.
14138. (glass plate negative) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mojave (WPG-47) in Drydock, Charleston Navy Yard c.1930s. USCGC Mojave was a 240-foot Tampa-class Coast Guard Cutter in commission from 1921 until 1947. This ship was one of four sisters: the TAMPA, MODOC, HAIDA, and MOJAVE. Built- in 1921 at Oakland, CA, these ships were named for Indian tribes. Displacement was about 1800 tons, 240 foot length with a 39 foot beam. Powered by a 200 KVA electric motor turbo generator which was driven by two Babcock and Wilcox boilers. A single screw could push her along about 15 knots. Photo is quite close and unusually clear and provides great detail. Measures 4 x 5. Will make fine print. (VG+). $68.
1440. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard 75-foot Patrol Boat, Baltimore Harbor c.1941. Clear, close, original 8 x 10 press photos shows excellent detail of the wheelhouse of a 75ft. six-bitter type patrol boat in Baltimore Harbor. These boats were built in the mid-1920s, of which there were still a number in operation by WWII. Good detail includes binnacle, early deck gun and more. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated March 3, 1941. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $38.
13418. (photo) Coast Guardsman On Duty in North Pacific c.1945. Clear, close, original 8 x 10 press photo shows excellent detail of Coast Guardsman Arthur Chester of Baltimore, Maryland as he shoulders his sea bag aboard a Coast Guard-manned vessel in the North Pacific. Nice original view of his uniform, coat and sea bag. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated February 25, 1945. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $44.
13419. (photo) Coast Guard Prototype Gas-Turbine Surfboat c.1963. Clear, close, original 8 x 10 press photo shows excellent detail of Coast Guardsman posing aboard a new gas-turbine powered surfboat at the Coast Guard Yard at Baltimre. The 26-foot fiberglass rescue boat was to be displayed for the first time in Washington that year. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated February 13, 1963. Clear, close view, great detail. A few crop marks. (VG+). $34.
13262. (photo) Pair Lyle Bronze C Line Guns, Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay, Maryland c.1937. 8 x 11. Clear b/w press photographs shows a pair Lyle Bronze C Line Guns flanking the building entrance Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay, Maryland. Nice view, interesting, one wonders where these pieces are now Clear, original print, some cropping marks. Includes date and description on back. Dated July 19, 1937. (VG). $38.
13286. (photo) Inland Coast Guard Breeches Buoy Rescue, Lowell, Mass. c.1938. 7 x 9. Clear b/w press photographs shows a rare view of an inland breeches buoy rescue from the Merrimack River in Lowell, Mass. For nearly nine hours local fire and police rescue units attempted to get a line to Edward Giblin, stranded on a jagged rock in the middle of the Merrimack River after having been swept over the Pawtucket Falls while taking a shortcut home over the ice. After nine house with no success, the Newburyport Coast Guardsmen were rushed to the scene with their breeches buoy apparatus. Coast Guardsmen were able to reach the rock and bring Mr. Giblin ashore in the breeches buoy. His condition was poor and little hope was held out for his recovery. Clear, original print, includes date and description on back. Dated February 3, 1938. (VG+). $48.
(completed boat, not included)
13266. (photo) Construction of 30-36 foot Picket Boats, Curtis Bay Coast Guard Station, Maryland c.1924. 8 x 10. Clear b/w press photographs shows a rare view of workers at the Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard constructing plank-on-frame 30-36 foot picket boats. For over a century, the United States Coast Guard Yard has built, repaired and renovated ships in Baltimore, Maryland for the U. S. Coast Guard. It is the Service's sole shipbuilding and a major repair facility. Wonderful detail showing three boats in various stages of completion. Clear, original print, includes date and description on back. Dated September 25, 1924. (VG+). $58.
13281. (lot 20 photos) U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Tender Clover WAGL-292 c.1950s. Rare lot from a crewman on the CGC Clover in the Gulf of Alaska in the mid 1950s. Photos measure about 3 ½ x 5 and include views working buoys , views on the ship, shooting seal, salvaging from sunken vessel, and more. Many photos have descriptions on back and include dates of 1953-1954. The Clover was a Cactus Class Buoy Tender built in 1941. She was built as a WAGL, re-designated a WLB in 1965, and again re-designated a WMEC in 1979. She served mostly in Alaskan waters and on the West Coast. Good lot 20 photos. (VG) $74.
12377. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Station c.1930-40s view. Reprint photo on postcard paper shows good detail of the Duluth-Type station. Unknown location but note the windows above the boat-room doors. Photo measures 3 ½ x 5 on postcard paper. Clean, clear. (VG+). $4.
13367. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Small Boat Auction, Curtis Bay Yard c.1933. Clear, close original 8 x 10 press photo shows great detail of a number of different Coast Guard small boats as they are auctioned off by the Government at U.S. Coast Guard Depot, Curtis Bay, Maryland. Included in the view are three carvel hull version Monomoy pulling surfboats (one of them numbered 3316), plus one Beebe-McLellan or Type H pulling surfboat that is lettered for Station Hereford Inlet (Probably it was their Beebe-McLellan type No. 494, which would have been by 1933 ready for decommissioning). Also to the left is a station dory. Includes surfboats, peapods and more. Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Dated August 21, 1933. Clear and close view, some crop marks. (VG). $46.
(Thanks to small boat historian Commander Timothy R. Dring, USNR (Retired) for his help in identifying the boats in the above photo.)
13364. (photo) W.W. Reynolds Radio Expert U.S. Coast Guard Setting up Browning Drake Receiver for Isolated Station c.1926. Clear, close original 8 x 10 press photo shows great detail of Mr Reynolds, radio expert for the Coast Guard, as he sets up a Browning Drake receiving radio set that will be one of 200 for use at isolated Coast Guard stations around the country. Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Dated February 25, 1926. Clear and close view. (VG+). $36.
11484. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard 52' MLB Invincible, CG-52300 c.1935. The first of its class of 52-foot motor lifeboats, boat No. 4000, later named Invincible, was completed in Fiscal Year 1936. The 52-foot motor lifeboat originally designated as "Type F" class was a developmental design. There were only two built, the Invincible and her sister, the Triumph, CG-52301. These craft were given an improved cruising radius over the standard 36-foot class of motor lifeboats, a more powerful engine, and accommodations for crew and for rescued survivors. The 52-footer was not self-bailing or self-righting, but her initial stability was very high. The superstructure, including the wheelhouse, engine-room trunk, companionway, and the survivor compartments were constructed of bronze. The hull was divided into six watertight compartments, any two of which could be flooded and the boat would remain afloat. The watertight bulkheads were made of bronze and both were all welded construction. They were designed by the Coast Guard and both were built at the Coast Guard Yard. Sixty persons could be carried below in their watertight compartments and and additional 100 could be carried on deck, weather permitting. They were not intended to replace the standard 36-foot class of motor lifeboats, but rather were designed to meet the need for a larger, more powerful lifeboat for use at locations with extreme sea conditions. During their time in service, they were the only Coast Guard craft under 100-feet in length that received names. The Invincible was initially stationed at Sandy Hook, New Jersey, but transferred to Grays Harbor Lifeboat Station in 1941. She was transferred to Coos Bay Lifeboat Station sometime later. 7 x 9. Dated April 19, 1935. Includes description and credit line on back. Rare view. (VG). $46.
13180. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Testing the New CG-441 72-foot Patrol Boat c.1937. Rare official Coast Guard photo shows Chief Boatswains Mate John Williams at the helm of the new CG-441, a new type of patrol boat just put into service in Washington, DC. Powered by four rebuilt Liberty airplane engines totaling more than 1,800 horsepower, paired in tandem to drive twin screws, this boat made 35 MPH in a test on the Patomac River on the day this photo was taken. Boat was intended for patrol and rescue work. Photo provides great detail of the helm including the hand-crank siren for rum-runner persuit. Measures 7 x 9. Dated May 21, 1937. Included credit line and description on back. Superb rare cockpit view. (VG+). $48.
1070. (copy photo) RACE POINT COAST GUARD CREW, Provincetown, Massachusetts c.1940s. 8 ½ x 11. Superb, crystal clear image from original photo, shows the Race point Coast Guard crew in winter blues, moving the surfboat on its carriage. Behind can be seen the station drill pole. Amazingly clear, digital print, perfect for framing. Shipped flat. $27.95.
1313. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard SPAR Genevieve Fraleigh c.1943. Great professional photo of C.G. SPAR Genevieve Fraleigh on the stern of a Coast Guard cutter shows great detail of the SPAR uniform in use during the War. Excellent detail, clear and close image. 8 x 10 Dated May 17, 1943. (VG+). $58.
12403. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Chelan CG-45 c.1928. Clear, close b/w photo provides detailed view of this first of five electrically driven, 250-foot Lake Class cutters launched in the1920s. Captain Q.B. Newman, USCG, designed its innovative turbine-electric-drive power plant, which developed an amazing 3,350 shp. These were the first to have alternating current, and a synchronous motor for propulsion. The Chelan was first stationed in Seattle and then transferred to Boston in 1937. She was assigned to International Ice Patrol in 1940, and during World War II lent to the Royal Navy. She was returned in 1946 and sold the following year. Rare view of this important vessel, measures 5 ½ x 6 ½. Dated December 12, 1928. Includes description on back. (VG). $24.
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12241. (photo) SM1c Douglas A. Munro, USCG (1919-1942) Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor. Official Coast Guard photo measures 8 x 10. (from official Coast Guard biography) Douglas A. Munro, a signalman first class of the United States Coast Guard, died heroically on Guadalcanal September 27, 1942, after succeeding in his assignment, for which he had volunteered, to evacuate a detachment of Marines from a point where enemy opposition developed beyond anticipated dimensions. Munro's final words were "Did they get off?" As World War II approached, Munro left to enlist in the United States Coast Guard in 1939. He had an outstanding record as an enlisted man and was promoted rapidly through the various ratings to a signalman, first class. In the action [where he was killed in action], Munro had already played an important part, since he was in charge of the original detachment of ten boats that had landed the Marines at the scene. He had successfully got them ashore and then had headed his boats back to a previously assigned position. Almost immediately upon his return, he was advised by the officer in charge that conditions had been different than had been anticipated and that it was necessary to evacuate the men immediately. Munro volunteered for the job of heading the boats for the evacuation. In charge of the rescue expedition, he brought the boats in-shore under heavy enemy fire and proceeded to evacuate the men on the beach. When most of them were in the boats, complications arose in evacuating the last men, whom Munro realized would be in the greatest danger. He accordingly so placed himself and his boats that they would serve as cover for the last men to leave. It was thus that he was fatally wounded -- protecting the men after he had evacuated them. He remained conscious sufficiently long only to say four words: "Did they get off?" He died, therefore, with the realization that his mission had succeeded and his final assignment had been carried out. In addition to the Medal of Honor, Munro was also awarded, posthumously, the Purple Heart Medal, and was eligible for the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. To this date, Munro is the only Coast Guardsman to have been awarded the Medal of Honor. Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Clear and close official Coast Guard view. Some emulsion loss in one 1 area. A significant individual in Coast Guard history who should not be forgotten. (VG). $74.
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1296. (photo) Coast Guard 36-Foot T-series MLB Relieving Keepers at Chicago Harbor Lighthouse c.1949. 11 x 14. Large b/w photo shows good detail looking down from the light tower as Coast Guardsman BM Glen Mc George breaks ice and maneuvers Type TRS Motor Lifeboat CG-36457 out of station Old Chicago to the tower to relieve the keepers on duty. Note the boats radio call sign NSEO on the deck. The existing light was built at the mouth of the Chicago River in 1893, which was the site of the previous lights. It was moved to its present location on the north breakwater in 1919. The station consists of a 48-foot high, brick-lined round steel tower that is 18-feet in diameter. The lantern is 10-sided built of cast iron, and houses a Third Order Fresnel Lens. Keepers were relieved every three days during this period. Keepers manned the station until 1979 when the light was automated. Great view of this sturdy MLB. Photo is b/w and includes date of February 1, 1939 and credit line or description on back. (VG). $48.
12203. (photo) Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn (WLB-391) c.1990. Clear, close original 5 x 7 press photo shows great detail of the Blackthorn as she is scuttled in the Gulf of Mexico following a deadly collision. The USCGC Blackthorn was a 180-foot sea-going buoy tender which sank in 1980 in a tragic collision in Tampa Bay. Shortly after the collision, Blackthorn capsized, killing 23 of her crew. The cutter was raised for the investigation, but ultimately was scuttled in the Gulf of Mexico after the investigation was complete. It currently serves as an artificial reef for recreational diving and fishing. It is worthy to note that in 2000, Seaman William Billy Flores of Fort Worth, Texas, was posthumously awarded the Coast Guard Medal, the service's highest award for heroism in peacetime. SN Flores, who had been out of boot camp just one year, opened the life jacket locker as the Blackthorn capsized, securing its hatch open with his belt, and made sure that his shipmates were able to access and use the life jackets. His actions saved a number of lives during the accident. His heroic role was initially overlooked by the two official reports, but he was later given the recognition he deserved. His family was presented with the Medal on January 28, 2000, the 20th anniversary of the tragedy. In October 2010, it was announced that the third new Sentinel class fast response cutter, a 154 foot patrol boat, would be named for Seaman Flores. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated March 1, 1929. Clear, close view, light edge and corner wear. Rare view. (VG). $34.
12184. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Seaplane Schreck/Viking 00-1 c.1937. Large b/w original photo measures 7 ½ x 9 ½. Shown is the Schreck/Viking 00-1 seaplane in use during a tragic rescue off Clearwater, Florida in 1937. This was one of six such flying-boats of this type ordered by the Coast Guard. Although somewhat experimental, they were an excellent craft for landing in the open sea. They were placed in operation five stations in the southeast. They were manufactured by the Viking Boat Company and used one Wright Whirlwind R-760 engine. Great detail, clean, clear. (VG+). $38.
12195. (photo) Coast Guard Cutters Manning & Apache c.1929. Clear, close original 8 x 10 press photo shows great detail of the two cutters moored at the Washington Navy Yard for the Presidential inauguration. The Manning (left), was a brigantine-rigged 205-foot, 1,150-ton steamer. She was commissioned in 1898 and saw immediate service during the Spanish American War as a blockader and escort vessel. Apache (right), originally launched as Galveston but renamed in 1904, was a 190-foot, 416-ton, iron-hulled, twin screw steamer. She entered service in 1891 and was decommissioned in 1937. The photo depicts her after extensive modifications carried out in 1904. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated March 1, 1929. Clear, close view, light edge and corner wear. Rare view. (VG). $44.
1202. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Academy Cadet c.1915-1918. Clear, close, cap tally lettered Coast Guard Academy. Photo measures 3 ½ x 5 on postcard paper. Clean, clear. Early Coast Guard image. (VG). $22.
1203. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Academy Graduation c.1924. Clear, close, labeled Rear Admiral Frederick C. Billard USCG, Commander Hinckley, Capt USCGC Alexander Hamilton, Presentation of gift to best skilled cadet May 15, 1924. Photo measures 3 ½ x 5 on postcard paper. Clean, clear. Early Coast Guard image. (VG). $18.
11220. (4 negatives) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter WILLOW WAGL-253 c.1939 - 1944. This was the first Coast Guard Cutter to bear the name WILLOW. She was home ported in Memphis, Tennessee and began her career in the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1927. The Willow was designed specifically for service on the Mississippi River as a replacement for the tender Oleander. She was 200 feet long and displaced 1070 tons. Powered by a 300 horsepower steam engine, she had a max sustainable speed of 5.0 knots for 1000 miles. Her side-wheels were 23.5 feet in diameter, nine feet wide, and had three-foot buckets. Each wheel was driven by a non-condensing, single engine, 27 inches in diameter by seven-foot stroke. She was the last side-wheel tender in the Lighthouse Service. She became a commissioned Coast Guard cutter upon the merger of the Lighthouse Service with the Coast Guard in 1939 and received the designation and hull number WAGL-253. During World War II she continued tending aids to navigation from New Orleans to Memphis. On Dec 15, 1944, she was decommissioned and transferred to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Set of four 35mm negatives provide unprecedented views of life on board this rare type cutter including the vessel, men relaxing with their reading, and more. Clear, close, a rare set, will make great prints. (VG+). $64.
2294b. (photo) USCGC Hickory WLI-219. Close clear view of the Hickory while underway. Nice view, b/w, 8 x 10, clear and close. Official Coast Guard photograph. (F-). $18.
11429. (photo) U. S. Coast Guard 44-foot Motor Lifeboat CG-44363, attached to Coast Guard Station Quillayute River, Winter Training Session c.1982. Close clear view of the Coast Guards famous 44-foot motor lifeboat plowing through surf on a winter training mission. This 44 foot motor lifboat from Quillayute River and three of its crew: BM2 David Bosley, MK3 Matthew Schlimme, SN Clinton Miniken were to perish, and SA Benjamin Wingo the sole survivor while attempting to render assistance to two persons on the sailing vessel GALE RUNNER, strangers, who were in peril on the sea on February 12, 1997. All four of the crew were awarded the Gold Life-Saving medal (BM2 David Bosley, MK3 Matthew Schlimme, SN Clinton Miniken Posthumously Awarded). Nice view, b/w, 8 ½ x 9 ½. $34.
BR-124. (lot light station photographs) U.S. Coast Guard Official photos c.1950-1980. In 1968 the Coast Guard ordered a compilation of unit histories including light stations. Each station was to send in a short history and photos. The Coast Guard put these together in binders and continued to update them through the 1980s. All photos are official Coast Guard photos and are of the expected high quality that we are used to in their photos. Most include a typed one or two page history of the light station. Prints are silver prints, all 8 x 10 b/w and are clear and crisp, most taken from the air at close range. There are 57 photos total and include the following:
Ledge Lt., Bear Island Lt., Egg Rock Lt., Mt. Desert Island Lt., Burnt Coat
Boston Light Station (2), Buzzards Bay Lt., Minots Ledge Lt., Cape Ann
Thachers Island Lt (2);
Island) Point Judith Light Station (2), Warwick Lt;
Smith Point Light Station, Thomas Point Lt;
Cape Henry Lights
Point Conception Light Station, Point Vincente Lt., Point Hueneme Lt., Ancapa
Island Lt., Point Loma Lt., Los Angeles Lt., Crescent City Lt., Piedras Blancos
Lt., Point Pinos Lt., Cape Mendicino Lt;
Marrowstone Point Light Station, Turn Point Lt., Smith Island Lt., Cape Flattery
Lt., New Dungeness Lt., Alki Point Lt., Destruction Island Lt., North Head Lt.,
Cape Disappointment Lt., Grays Harbor Lt., Mukilteo Lt., Patos Island Lt.,
Burrows Island Lt., Point Robinson Lt., Slip Point Lt., Point Wilson Lt., Point
No Point Lt., Westport Lt., West Point Lt., Lime Kiln Lt;
Umpqua River Light Station, Yaquina Head Lt., Cape Blanco Lt., Cape Arago Lt.,
Heceta Head Lt;
Five Finger Light Station;
Nwwiliwili Light Station, Molokai Lt., Diamond Head Lt;
Priced $15 each.
11407. (photo) U. S. Coast Guard 52-foot Motor Lifeboat Victory Underway Through the Breakers, Oregon c.1958. Close clear view of the Coast Guards 52-foot motor lifeboat from Yaquina Bay, Oregon, underway as she plows through the breakers heading out to sea. The Victory was built in 1956 and was the first of the steel hulled 52' lifeboats; built to replace both 52' wooden hulled MLB's that had been lost at sea. The other three steel 52's weren't shipped from Curtis bay until some years later, so it would have to be the Victory. The Victory is still is service at the same station in Newport, OR and she is currently the oldest small boat still in service by a CG life saving station. (Thanks to MST2 Heather Darce, USCG for this information.) Nice view, b/w, 8 x 10. Dated December 12, 1958. Official Coast Guard photograph with credit line on back. $32.
11403. (photo) U. S. Coast Guard 52-foot Motor Lifeboat Victory Underway Through the Breakers, Oregon c.1958. Close clear view of the Coast Guards 52-foot motor lifeboat from Yaquina Bay, Oregon, underway as she plows through the breakers heading out to sea on routine patrol. The Victory was built in 1956 and was the first of the steel hulled 52' lifeboats; built to replace both 52' wooden hulled MLB's that had been lost at sea. The other three steel 52's weren't shipped from Curtis bay until some years later, so it would have to be the Victory. The Victory is still is service at the same station in Newport, OR and she is currently the oldest small boat still in service by a CG life saving station. (Thanks to MST2 Heather Darce, USCG for this information.) Nice view, b/w, 8 x 10. Dated December 12, 1958. Official Coast Guard photograph with credit line on back. Includes crew roster. $32.
11284. (photo) U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Modoc WPG-46 c.1944. The Modoc was a 240-foot Tampa class Coast Guard cutter designed for multi-mission roles. She had a top speed of sixteen knots, and was armed with a pair of 5-inch deck guns. With the breakout of war it was armed with depth charges, additional guns, sonar, and radar and transferred to the Navy. The ship is most remembered for its role in the sinking of the Bismarck. She was decommissioned in 1947. Nice view, b/w, 8 x 10. $10.
11295. (photo) U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Glacier WAGB-4. 1968. Glacier was originally commissioned in 1955 in the US Navy but was transferred to the Coast Guard in 1966. She was decommissioned in 1987. She is shown here performing scientific research and seal counts on Filehners ice shelf in the Weddell Sea. Official Coast Guard photo. Nice view, b/w, 8 x 10. $10.
11302. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Transports Elk Calves c.1962. Official Coast Guard photo shows elk calves being transported from Kodiak to Annette Island, to produce new game animals for southeastern Alaska. Interesting view, with description on back. b/w, 8 x 10. $6.
11297. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Band c.1983. Official Coast Guard photo includes signed letter by Lt. L. J. Buckley, Director, U.S. Coast Guard Band dated January 14, 1983. The band is posing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Nice view, b/w, 8 x 10. $8.
11296. (lot 4 photos) U. S. Coast Guard Cutter KUKUI WAK-186 c.1949. The KUKUI was a 339 foot cargo ship homeported in Honolulu from 1946 to 1972. The ship constructed long range navigation (LORAN) stations and provided many of the isolated Pacific Islands with food, medical support and building supplies. This lot of four official photos was taken during a cruise in February 1949 to the Marshall Islands, where they rebuilt the water tanks at the LORAN station there. Views include building the water tanks, unloading supplies, receiving replacements in Honolulu, and a view of the LORAN station. All are official Coast Guard photos. Nice views, b/w, 8 x 10. Lot 4 photos $16.
11298. (photo) U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Owasco WPG-39. Owasco was built for the Coast Guard by the Western Pipe and Steel Company in San Pedro, California. She was launched on 18 June 1944 and was commissioned on 18 May 1945. She was the first of the 255-foot cutters to enter service. After her initial assignment she returned to her regular duties, including law enforcement, ocean station, and search and rescue operations. While in the Viet Nam theatre in November 1968, Owasco crewmen went to the aid of a Navy Swift boat in an incident in which six Owasco crewmen would be cited for meritorious service as a result of direct action with the enemy. Nice aerial view, b/w, 8 x 10. $8.
11278. (official Coast Guard photo) Christening of U. S. Coast Guard Cutters Alexander Hamilton (WPG-34) and John C. Spencer (WPG-36) c.1937. The second cutter named Alexander Hamilton (Builder's No. CG-69) -a twin-screw, steel-hulled Coast Guard cutter - was laid down on 11 September 1935 at the New York Navy Yard and launched on 6 January 1937. She served in the Second World war and was sunk while on patrol in January 1942 by a German U-boat. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter John C. Spencer (Builder's No. CG-70) was built at the New York Navy Yard in New York, New York and was launched on 6 January 1937. She was the second cutter to bear that name. She was commissioned on 1 March 1937. The Spencer served in three wars until she was decommissioned on 23 January 1974. Nice view, b/w, 8 x 10. $12.
11283. (photo) U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Unalga WPG-53. c.1944. The Revenue Cutter Unalga was built by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company under a contract signed June 1911, for $250,000.00. She was launched at Newport news, Virginia, on February 10, 1912. She was 190 feet long with a displacement of 1181 tons. She was assigned to the Bering Sea Fleet. During World War II, the Unalga was stationed at San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan, being the headquarters of the 10th Naval District. She was decommissioned in October 1945. Nice view, b/w, 8 x 10. $10.
11256. (photo.) U.S.
Coast Guard Cutter BIRCH WAGL-256. c.1940s. Official Our Navy
Photos hand tinted photo provides a rare, clear, close view of the Birch
underway. 8 x 10. Commissioned in 1939, the United States Tender Birch was
designed by the Lighthouse Service as a bay and sound tender for service along
the coast of Florida and vicinity. She was assigned to St. Petersburg, Florida,
her home port for for her entire career. In addition to her primary duty of
tending aids to navigation, she participated in a number of SAR cases. Birch was
decommissioned on 24 February 1963. One of the few existing views of this
11253. (lot 8 photos) U.S. Coast Guard 378-foot High Endurance Cutters (WHEC). Lot of eight color and b/w photos, most 8 x 10 include the: Hamilton (715), Dallas (716), Chase (718), Midgett (726). $10 each or $45 for lot 8 photos.
11257. (document lot) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Coos Bay WAVP-376. Lot of 3 Coast Guard / Navy documents (6 pages) outlines the history of the Coos bay during the War years as ACP-24 (seaplane tender) and as WAVP-376 (Ocean Station Vessel). Detailed accounts. $10. (photo image not included)
11220. (4 negatives) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter WILLOW WAGL-253 c.1930s 1940s. This was the first Coast Guard Cutter to bear the name WILLOW. She was home ported in Memphis, Tennessee and began her career in the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1927. The Willow was designed specifically for service on the Mississippi River as a replacement for the tender Oleander. She was 200 feet long and displaced 1070 tons. Powered by a 300 horsepower steam engine, she had a max sustainable speed of 5.0 knots for 1000 miles. Her side-wheels were 23.5 feet in diameter, nine feet wide, and had three-foot buckets. Each wheel was driven by a non-condensing, single engine, 27 inches in diameter by seven-foot stroke. She was the last side-wheel tender in the Lighthouse Service. She became a commissioned Coast Guard cutter upon the merger of the Lighthouse Service with the Coast Guard in 1939 and received the designation and hull number WAGL-253. During World War II she continued tending aids to navigation from New Orleans to Memphis. On Dec 15, 1944, she was decommissioned and transferred to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Set of four 35mm negatives provide unprecedented views of life on board this rare type cutter including the bridge, men relaxing with their reading, and more. Clear, close, a rare set, will make great prints. . (VG+). $24.
11172. (photo) U.
S. Coast Guard 36-foot Motor Lifeboat, East Tawas, Michigan c.1946. Fine
close photo of a U. S. Coast Guard 36-foot motor lifeboat from East Tawas
station, shows great detail of this stalwart craft. Similar lifeboats around the
country have saved hundreds of sailors over its career with the Coast Guard.
Measures 3 ½ x 5 ½. Great early detail, on postcard paper. Dates from
1946. (VG). $24.
11153. (lot 2 photos) Breeches Buoy Drill, Straitsmouth Coast Guard Station, Gloucester, Mass. c.1922. Great set of two photos includes the crew drilling with breeches buoy apparatus. Includes crew setting up crotch poles, and crewman riding breeches buoy. Early views, close, clear measure 3 ½ x 5 ½. (VG+). Set 2 photos $24.
10493. (mounted photo) Coast Guard Trainees at Perth Amboy c.1918. Large mounted photo shows the Chicago Boys in training at Perth Amboy, New Jersey and dated May 11, 1918. Location identified on photo by one of the trainees. Photo is b/w and measures 6 ½ x 8 ½ on 10 x 12 mount. Clean, clear, one chip from mount. (VG). $64.
10495. (negative) Removing Snow from 36-foot MLB c.1950-1960. Original large-format (4"x5") acetate negative of crew brushing snow from the 36-foot Motor Lifeboat, possibly at station Chicago. Clear and close, would provide a clear image. (VG+). $34.
11265. (document lot) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter CACTUS WLB-270 c.1968-69. Lot of 3 Coast Guard documents (5 pages). Includes unit history (2) and operational orders (2). Good information. $8. (photo image above not included)
11266. (lot 10 photos) U.S. Coast Guard 327-foot Treasury Class Cutters (WPG). Lot of ten color and b/w photos, 8 x 10 include the: (2) Campbell (32), (3) Duane (33), and Ingham (2) (35). $10 each or $65 for lot 10 photos.
11260. (document lot) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter COOK INLET WAVP-384. Lot of 13 Coast Guard documents (13 pages) and newspaper clippings with one photo. Includes Change of Command release with color photo, accounts of two dramatic rescues by the Cook Inlet, Ships history, letter of appreciation from the CO to five members of the crew, two newspaper articles with two photos. Detailed accounts. $16. (photo image above not included)
11237. (photo) USCGC Shackle WYTL-65609. The Shackle is one of a fleet of 11 small Coast Guard Tugboats. Shackle is 65 feet long, displaces 72 tons, is 19 feet abeam. She has a single 400hp engine which will cruise her at about 10 knots. A crew of 6 is required. The primary activities of these small harbor tugs are domestic ice breaking, port security, search and rescue, and law enforcement operations in rivers and near shore areas. Each vessel in the fleet is named after a piece of deck hardware, such as Cleat, Bollard, Bridle, Tackle, Chock, Pendant, Line, Wire, Hawser, Capstan and Shackle pictured above. Members of Flotilla 24 and Flotilla 21 have trained on the Shackle to augment her crew on missions in Maines Casco Bay Area. 8 x 10. $14.
10429. (photo) Coast Guard 40-foot utility boat c.1958. Clear, close original 8 x 10 press photo shows great detail of Coast Guard CG-40499 40-footer as she heads out of Charlevoix, Michigan in search for survivors of the sunken freighter Carl C. Bradley. On Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1958, at 5:31 p.m., the limestone carrier, Carl C. Bradley, was up bound on Lake Michigan, having delivered her last limestone cargo of the year to Indiana. She stayed close to the Illinois and Wisconsin shores because of reports of severe weather conditions rapidly developing from the west. As it reached the area of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., suddenly, the Bradley's wheel went slack. On the course it was on, the winds and waves were striking the ship on the aft quarter of the port side causing the ship to rock severely and soon break in half. First Mate, Elmer Fleming, knew the ship was in trouble and initiated a Mayday. Almost every Coast Guard unit on the Great Lakes heard the calls and initiated an immediate response. Two survivors would soon be rescued from a raft in the towering seas. Photo shows great details of the boat as she speeds to the scene. Photo is b/w and include date and credit line or description on back, with some crop marking. Dated November 19, 1958.(VG). $34.
10247. (negative) Working on cutter, Coast Guard Station Chicago c.1951. Original large-format (4"x5") acetate negative of a scene at the Chicago Coast Guard Station at the river and Lake Front on May 17, 1951. Robert Evans, Henry Fassl and Geroge Pesut are maintaining an early cutter while listening to a baseball game on the radio. Clear and close, would provide a clear image. (VG+). $24.
10253. (negative) Working on the boats, Coast Guard Station Chicago c.1950-1960. Original large-format (4"x5") acetate negative of a scene at the old Chicago Coast Guard Station at the river and Lake Front. In the background is the stations 36ft. Type TRS motor lifeboat , possibly the CG36445. The utility boat in the foreground is a 40-footer (note the twin rudder quadrants). Clear and close, would provide a clear image. (VG+). $34.
10236. (photo) Coast Guard Works to Rescue Group Marooned on Jetty Lighthouse, Lake Erie. c.1933. Clear, close 8 x 10 Acme News photo shows a close view of the jetty lighthouse as Coast Guardsmen in a 36-foot MLB maneuver to attempt a rescue. The description on the back notes: Waves balk rescue of men marooned on jetty. Trapped for twenty four hours at the end of a mile long jetty into Lake Erie, ten Clevelanders faced another night of hunger as a seething lake prevented their rescue. Their first night was sspent atop a lighthouse shed but Coast Guards later were able to shoot them a line on which was the key to the lighthouse. Photo shows a group of the men anxiously watching the efforts of a Coast Guard crew attempting to rescue them. July 3, 1933. With credit line or description on back. Rare rescue scene. (VG+) $58.
10229. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Tending to Buoy c.1956. Clear, close 8 x 10 newspaper photos show the U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender standing off as a worker works on lamp atop floating buoy along the Gulf coast. Great detail. October 7, 1956. With credit line or description on back. (VG+) $42.
10140. (photo) USCGC Ossipee (WPG-50) c.1940. Official Coast Guard photograph details the Ossipee in the Great Lakes as she patrols during the Mackinac Race in 1940. The USS Ossipee (WPG-50) was a United States Coast Guard Cutter, serving from 1915 until 1945. She was built by the Newport News Shipbuilding Corp as a cruising cutter and commenced coastal patrol and rescue operations in the U.S. Coast Guard in a cruising district from Maine to Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Ossipee continued coastal patrol, rescue, and navigational aid service operations out of Portland, Maine, through 1935, when she was transferred to Great Lakes duty in 1936 and was assigned to Sault St. Marie, Michigan. Ossipee decommissioned on 12 June 1945. Clear close view provides great detail as she steams out of port. Includes caption. Nice early cutter view. 8 x 10. (VG+). $32.
Official U.S. Coast Guard Photographs
(photo) U.S. Coast Guard Light Station, Ship John Shoal.
29172. Views from this lot ($18-$32 each) include:
Lighthouses: Romer Shoal 53, West Bank Light Station 58, Stepping Stones 63, Execution Rocks 63, Esopus Meadow 63, Miah Maull Shoal 63, Penfield Reef 58, Ship John Shoal 68 (shown), Brandywine Shoal 68, New Dorp 63, Falkner Island 63, Lynde Point 63, Cape St. Elias Light, Alaska 50, North Brother Island 63, Fire Island Inlet Breakwater Light 63, Barnegat Inlet North Breakwater Light 64, Delaware Bay East Icebreaker Light 63.
USCG Ships/boats/other: Five Fathom Lightship 63, 26 ft motor surfboat (assigned to USCGC Spencer) 65, 18 ft motor launch 66, LARC-5 (self-propelled amphibious vehicle) 65, NY Operation Sail 1964, Argentine Navy sailing ship LIBERTAD, Portuguese Navy sailing ship SAGRES.
USCG Stations/Bases: CGSta Shark River (NJ) 59, CGSta Atlantic Beach (LI) 63, CGSta Eatons Neck (LI) 63, CGSta Fire Island (LI) 68 photo of planned new station, CGSta Fire Island (LI) photo of completed new station, CGBase Gloucester (NJ), Unknown CGStation.
LORAN Stations: Matratin 63, Estartit 63, Estaca De Vares 63, Estaca De Vares Timer room equipment 63, Simeri Grighi 63, Caglairi 63, Targabarun 63, CGLMS Rhodes Technician at console 63, MEDSEC OFFICE , Naples.
28236. (photo negatives) U.S. Coast Guard Station, North Beach, Assategue Island, Md. c.1940s. Two large format 2 ¾ x 4 ½ negatives provide clear, close views of the 1882-Type station at North Beach. Will print well, great views. (VG+). $38.
2964. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Station, Kewaunee, Wisconsin c.1926. Original official U.S. Coast Guard photo shows the expanded Bibb #3 Type station built in 1893 with a Lake Michigan steamer getting up steam nearby. Nice clear, close view shows the crew working on a number of the station boats on the boatramp. Photo measures 3 ½ x 9 and stamped on the back Government Property . U.S. Coast Guard . And is dated June 4, 1926. Nice view, clean, with tape album corners on the margin. (VG+). $34.
28197. [glass slide] U.S. Coast Guards in Surfboat. #146. c.1920 by De Vry Circulations, Chicago, Ill. Beautiful b/w glass projection slide featuring the early Coast Guard crew drilling in their surfboat, with the station drill pole in the background. Slide measures 3 ¼ x 4 and presents a superb, clear image. (F). $68.
10472. (lot 3 photos) U.S. Coast Guard Crew, CGC Mackinaw c.1981. Clear, close original 8 x 10 press photos show three views men on the bridge of the Coast Guard icebreaker Mackinaw on Lake Erie and the Detroit River. Views include Captain A. H. Litteken Jr directing the vessel, QM-3 Eric Smialek at the chart table, and a lookout on the enclosed wing of the bridge. Photos are b/w and are dated 1981-1986. Includes credit line and descriptions on back. Nice Coast Guard images. (VG+). Lot 3 photos $44.
10455. (negative) Coast Guard CG-36377 c.1960. Original large-format (4"x5") acetate negative of CG-36377 searching waters around Chicagos Merrill C. Meigs Airport for remains of a downed aircraft. Dated November 30, 1960, view is clear and would provide a good image of the MLB. Includes original description and envelope. (VG+). $26.
2608. (large panoramic photo) U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Beal CG-9 (1912-1934) c.1926. Large panoramic photo shows the cutter moored at Boston on November 17, 1926. Photo by J. C. Crosby. Naval Photographer, Boston. Sepia photo measures a full 10 by 24 and shows a close view from the port side as a few crew members on board stand watching. USS Beale, a 742-ton Paulding class destroyer built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was commissioned in late August 1912. She served with the Atlantic Fleet during the next three years, with participation in the 1914 occupation of Vera Cruz providing a break from routine training and exercises. In early 1916 Beale began neutrality patrols along the East Coast and continued operations in that area after the United States entered World War I in April 1917. Beale crossed the Atlantic to the European war zone early in 1918. Based at Queenstown, Ireland, she was assigned to anti-submarine patrol and convoy escort duties for the rest of the conflict. Returning to the U.S. in late 1918, she served in Atlantic Coast waters until decommissioned in October 1919. She was transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard in 1924. As USCGC Beale (CG-9), the destroyer helped enforce prohibition laws until October 1930, when she was returned to the Navy and placed in reserve at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. USS Beale was stricken from the register of U.S. Naval vessels in July 1934 and scrapped later in that year. USS Beale was named in honor of Brigadier General Edward F. Beale, U.S. Volunteers, (1822-1893), who, as a U.S. Navy Midshipman, played an important role in the war with Mexico. Photo is as originally rolled, with a few cracks to the emulsion due to the rolling, but would still be striking matted and framed. Extremely rare to find these large early portrait photos of cutters. (G+). 174.
[mounted photograph] Young Coast Guardsman c.1920s.
Original portrait photograph, of young Coast Guardsman in uniform posing with
another gentleman. This rare posed portrait photograph shows the handsome young
man in his new 7-button short collar tunic and b ell-top hat. Clearly visible on
the hat is U. S. Coast Guard on the tally. The image measures 4 x 5 ¾
on a 6 ¾ x 10 ¾ original mat. Mat marked in pencil Newell.
Rare both for the presence of a family member and the nice crisp early uniform
view. Unusually close and clear, one of the better images we have had in some
time. A little edge wear, a perfect piece for framing. (VG+). $54.
28220. (negatives / photographs) Coast Guard Keeper Ralph Banks and Family, Marshall Point Lighthouse, Maine. December 20, 1957. To help mariners entering Port Clyde's harbor or passing to the west into Muscongus Bay, Congress appropriated $4000 for a light station at Marshall Point in March 1831, replaced in 1857 with the present 31-foot brick and granite light tower. Coast Guardsman Ralph Banks was assigned with his family to this station as keeper from 1952 to 1963. These close clear photographs were taken in 1957, showing Banks and his family at the station. Lot consists of five large format 4 x 5 negatives with five contact prints, showing Banks and his family at the station. Views include the family posing around the Christmas tree, on the lighthouse walkway, in front of the light station sign, the station flag tower, and in the station jeep. Rare images of Coast Guard keeper and family. (F-). $145.
(photo) U. S. Coast Guard 36-foot Motor Lifeboat
c.1950s. Very nice close view of a 36-foot motor lifeboat
and crew looking for pirates, so it says in the margin. Clean and clear
image, good detail. 3 ¼ x 4 ½. (VG+). $16.
2706. (portrait photo) Seaman, U. S. Coast Guard c.1942. Nice mounted view of young Coast Guardsman. 5 x 7 image in 7 ½ x 11 mount. One spot on lower edge of image, some staining on mount. (VG-). $8.
(photo) U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Vinces c.1930 -
1940. Photo taken by Murry & Tregurtha ship builders in Boston
after re-powering. Clean, 3-hole punched on margin. (VG). $24.
(photo) Lifeboat Station Crew, Oswego Lifeboat Station,
New York c.1953. Posed official photograph shows the officers and men
of the Oswego Lifeboat Station taken in December 1953. 8 x 10, b/w. All
officers and men are identified on an attached sheet. Light wear and ageing to
edges. Clear, close view. (VG). $36.
26116. (photo) U. S. Coast Guardsman returning from the hunt c.1930. 3 ½ x 5 ½. Clear, close view as he poses with his days catch. (VG). $48.
26268. (photo) Hunniwells Beach Coast Guard station, Popham beach, Maine c.1920. Excellent clear, close view shows great detail of the expanded 1882-Type station at Hunniwells Beach. Image included the original expanded station, later additions and additional boathouse. The image measures 3 ½ x 5 ½ and is printed on postcard paper. Photo is clear, and crisp, excellent contrast. Rare to see such station photos. (VG+). $44.
26180. (photo) Raising the ensign U. S. Coast Guard Tug Yonaguska WYT-195. U. S. Coast Guard b/w photograph shows a sailor raising the commissioning pennant and ensign on the flag mast. Clear, close 8 x 10 view. (VG+). $38.
26185. (photo) Raising the American Flag U. S. Coast Guard Tug Yonaguska WYT-195. U. S. Coast Guard b/w photograph shows a sailor raising the American Flag on the stern flag mast. Clear, close 8 x 10 view. (VG+). $22
28148. (photo) Damiscove Island Life-Saving Station, Maine. 2 ¼ x 3 ¼ b/w. (VG+). $22.
28265. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Warrant Officer displaying his catch. c.1925. 2 ¾ x 4 ½. (G+). $16.
29354. (glass slide) U. S. Coast Guard CG-441. CG-440 and CG 441 were built in 1937 and shipped to Fort Lauderdale to intercept smugglers. Built for speed by Robert Cruse, they each cost $25,000 and were powered by four rebuilt aircraft engines, capable of pushing the craft two 37 mph. Clear close view provides great detail of these little known craft. 3 ¼ x 4. (VG+). $32.
29160. (copy photo) Breeches Buoy Rescue or Transfer. Excellent clear, close view of man being transferred in breeches buoy. 8 x 10 b/w digital print. $14.
26233. (photo) Model U. S. Coast Guard 36-foot Motor Lifeboat. Fine close photo of a U. S. Coast Guard 36-foot motor lifeboat shows freat detail of this attractive model. Pencil notations on obverse note that model built by a surfman at Buffalo. 3 ½ x 4 ½. b/w. (VG+). $10.
28416. (photo negative) U.S. Coast Guard Station, Manitou Island c.1934. Clear image shows the early station with the lookout tower added nearer the water. On the beach can be seen a 36-footer along with a number of other boats. Taken in 1934 by Erhardt Peters. Large format 2 ½ x 4 ½. (F). $74.
28339. (copy photo) Unloading U.S. Coast Guard Surfboats from Railroad Flatcars c.1927. The flood began when heavy rains pounded the central basin of the Mississippi in the summer of 1926. By September, the Mississippi's tributaries in Kansas and Iowa were swollen to capacity. On New Year's Day of 1927, the Cumberland River at Nashville topped levees at 56.2 feet. The Mississippi River broke out of its levee system in 145 places and flooded 27,000 square miles, with depths up to 30 feet The flood caused over $400 million in damages and killed 246 people in seven states. B/w copy photo measures 8 x 9 and shows the railroad flatcars in a submerged section near the river, used to facilitate unloading of the Coast Guards surfboats to be used for rescue. At least five surfboats can be seen in the background. (VG). $20.
28315. (copy photo) Harvey Cedars Coast Guard Station Fishing Club after the Great Storm of 1962, Long Beach Island, NJ. By the mid 1930s, Six or seven large, modern homes fronted the ocean between Sussex Avenue and the Coast Guard station on Gloucester, After World War II, the Coast Guard station was decommissioned and the building was bought by the Long Beach Island Fishing Club. In March 1962 northeaster, a powerful system of two storms which stalled over the Atlantic Ocean, which would gain the reputation as "The Storm of the Century. Over a stretch of about 600 miles, the wind pushed the water ahead of it in long swells that rose 30 feet high in the open ocean. By the time these reached the shore they were traveling at freight train speed and were as high as a three story building. By the third day the high tide floated houses off their foundations, broke roads and dug new inlets across town. Friday morning was clear and sunny, except there were no dunes, little beach and few houses. When it was over what was left of Harvey Cedars looked like a war zone. This photo is of a building destroyed along the beach and I am told that this may have once been part of the Coast Guard station. The Harvey Cedars water tower can be seen in the background. Photo is b/w and measures 8 ½ x 11. (F). $20.
28116. (photo) U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Galatea WPC-108. Large 8 x 10 b/w photo shows crew chipping ice on the deck on this Thetis Class Patrol Boat. Labeled on back: January 1945 U. S. S. Galatea U. S. C. G. at U.S. Naval Frontier Base Tompkinsville, Staten Island. Returned from North Atlantic Patrol. (VG-). $12.
[cabinet photograph] c.1900. Original portrait photograph, of a U.
S. Coast Guard Surfman. This rare posed portrait photograph shows the
young surfman proudly posing in his 4-button single-breasted uniform coat.
Clearly visible on his collars are the life ring with crossed oars bronze
insignia, and his uniform cap with U. S. Coast Guard clearly visible on
the band. The image measures 4 x 6 and is in original folder. Photo is
clear, and crisp, one of the better images we have had in some time. It is
exceptionally rare to see such photos of surfmen in any format. (VG+). $145 net.
23296. World War II Coast Guard servicemans commemorative photograph. Beautiful large 11" x 14" framed photographic print commemorates Coast Guardsmans service in the Armed Forces. Beautiful framed background commemorative mat pictures battle scenes surrounding a 4" x 6" b/w portrait photograph of the young Coast Guardsman. This lovely framed photograph probably hung in his mothers parlor throughout the war to remind her of her son in the service. Complete as mounted on hardboard. c.1940. (VG). $48.
Coast Guardsman's Photo Albums, 1938-48!
The second album begins with more of the Portugal views from May of 1941. While there, with the war in Europe ongoing, the crew painted the ship, from peace time white and spar colors to battleship war gray. They were ordered out by Portugal. Next photos are aboard ship, at a "Smoker," many views of boxing matches, a wrestling match. great views of heavy seas, the deck awash. One page has 1942 views on one side, and 1946 views on the other. We can't say whether there ever were combat photos as taking photos was limited during that period, but those war years are absent. Next snap shots are on the Abeline, beginning March, 1946. There are views of the sharks caught by the crew. Next, the views are from the Icebreaker Eastwind, including a cruise to Greenland. Many good shots of the Fury & Hecla Sound, Kane Basin (between Ellesmore Island & Greenland, Dundas Harbor (Ellesmore), Greenland natives, Thule, dogs, ice, walrus skins drying, etc. There are 65 views from this cruise. Additionally, there are a few photos of the Coast Guardsman's family members. His first ship, the Cutter Tahoe, is shown in one view (1928). The owner of this album retired on July 1, 1955, after 26 years, 6 months and 15 days in the service (retirement orders are included). He was from Worcester, Massachusetts.
Leather covers a bit worn from years of viewing, spine missing or mostly missing; some chipping of pages; very few photos missing, one page torn. Otherwise VG. Albums measure 9" X 14" and 10" X 12 1/2". Most photos are snap shot size (3 X 4"), some larger, some smaller. Photos are in VG condition, all excellent clarity. (VG-). 22197c. $365 net.
5128. U.S. Coast Guard boat crews landing on a beach in Alaska. Labeled on back: "USS Mojave, U.S.C.G." 3 1/2"x5", on post card paper, clear, slight soil. (G) $18.
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