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2183. Claflin, James W., LIGHTHOUSES AND LIFE SAVING ALONG THE CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND COAST. 228p. 200 vintage photographs. Published as part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. This is the third volume in a series of photographic histories of lighthouses and lifesaving along the coasts of the United States. Included too is a section covering the US Revenue Cutter Service and the subsequent formation of the Coast Guard, all illustrated with wonderful vintage views. Arcadia is a well known publisher of local and regional histories, including the popular Images of America series. This compact volume features over 200 early photographs dating from the 1870's through the 1940's, drawn from my and other private collections, most never before published and traces the history of these services through photos and text. (M) $21.99. (Wholesale pricing: 4+ copies 30% off. )

16119. (photo) Watch Hill Light Station, Rhode Island c.1964. Clear, close original 8” x 10” Official Coast Guard photo shows great detail from the air of the building and grounds at the Watch Hill Light Station, on the north side of the east entrance to Fishers Island Sound. The square granite light tower attached to the Keeper’s dwelling was constructed in 1856. Clear and close view. Dated January 9, 1964. Great view. (VG+). $54.

16101. (Copy photo from original) Surfboat and Breeches Buoy Apparatus, Brenton Point Life-Saving Station, Prices Neck, Newport, Rhode Island c.1908. Clear, close, 8” x 10” copy photo from an original at the Newport Historical Society, shows excellent detail of the surfboat and carriage, as well as the breeches buoy apparatus as Victorian beachgoers look on. Great detail. (VG+). $68.

16116. (mounted photo) U.S. Light-House Establishment. Block Island Southeast Lighthouse, RI c.1890's. Circa 1890’s albumen photo on mount of the Southeast Lighthouse on Block Island (New Shoreham), Rhode Island. Note the three Keepers standing at the base of the tower. No photographer backmark. 7 ¾” x 9” on 10” x 12” mount. From the estate of Captain John Millis (1881-1952) , Chief of Engineers 3rd District, U.S. Light House Establishment. Very good, a few spots or loss of emulsion in background. Clear, close. $265. 

1675. (photo) Plum Island Lighthouse, New York c.1950-1970. Official Coast Guard photo measures 8” x 10” and provides an excellent, clear, close view of the charming stone keeper’s house and light tower. The stone mid-Victorian style lighthouse that still stands was built in 1870. The style is very similar to several other lighthouses built about the same time: Block Island North Light in Rhode Island, Great Captain Island Light, Sheffield Island Light and Morgan Point Light in Connecticut, and Field Point Light in New York. Great view for framing. Clear, crisp. (VG+). $42.

 

15180b. (photo) Point Judith Lighthouse and Shipwreck, Narragansett, Rhode Island c.1920. Vintage 3 ¾” x 4 ½” photo includes the tall light tower and keeper’s house. In 1857, the new 51-foot brownstone tower and brick dwelling, connected to the tower by an enclosed walkway, were built. The lighthouse, which still stands today, is an octagonal structure. It was fitted with a fourth-order Fresnel lens from Paris, which also remains in place today. The upper half of the tower was painted brown and the lower half white not long before this photo was taken. In the foreground is the remains of a large wreck as visitor with telescope pose for the camera. Clear. (VG+). $36.

 

15194. Real Photo Postcards ~ Relocation of South East Lighthouse Block Island, RI c.1993. Real Photo Postcards feature the South East Lighthouse on Block Island, RI before and during the 1993 relocation by Expert House Movers and International Chimney Company. These real photo postcards were made by a resident of the island from original negatives at the time. Photo cards measure 3 ½” x 5 ½” and are clear and crisp. Five views available. $6 each

8232b. (souvenir creamer) U.S. Life Saving Station Quonochontaug, Rhode Island c.1900. Most unusual piece measures a full 5 ¾” wide by 5 ¼” high, and features a lovely large hand painted image of the “Quonochontaug, Rhode Island Life Saving Station”. This nicely detailed large piece shows a good view of the distinctive station and boat ramp, flag mast and out-buildings. This early piece is quite distinctive and bold, a beautiful display piece. It is enhanced by a rose color decoration Clean, bright, but top has been cracked and glue repaired and has chip from inside rim, and one slight chip on back rim of creamer. An unusually bright, bold piece for display and an exceptionally rare form. (VG). $86.

2103b. LeGarde, Ellen. A DAY WITH IDA LEWIS. The Ladies’ Home Journal. July, 1890. Rare 1 ½  page (11”w x 16”h), multiple views of Ida Lewis in her row-boat, her sitting room at the light-house, and more. Within is a full page article about the “Newport ‘Grace Darling’ detailing her many rescues as Keeper of the Lime Rock Lighthouse and particularly describing her day-to-day life as keeper and her home at Lime Rock Lighthouse. Full issue, complete, light to moderate wear and soiling, chipping to edges. A most interesting and detailed article. (VG-). $48.

2131b. Brewerton, George D., IDA LEWIS, THE HEROINE OF LIME ROCK. Newport , RI . 1869. 66pp. 16MO. Soft wraps. “...Being a history of her life and rescues, with the public and private testimonials her humane exertions have called forth, to which is added interesting extracts from the numerous letters received by Miss Lewis from almost every state in the Union, prepared from information and documents furnished by herself.” Includes statement by Ida Lewis that “...having listened to ...the manuscript...matters connected with my history and parentage are truly told....I commend this book to those who may be curious to know more of my life...as a faithful record, and the only one I have authorized to be given to the world. IDA LEWIS. Oct. 2, 1869 .” Rare authorized biography of this famed heroine in unusually good condition for this title. Complete, contents clean, wraps intact although worn and stained, spine chipped. (VG). $185.

15113. (photo) Lime Rock Light Station with Pennant, Newport, Rhode Island c.1927. Extremely rare b/w photo taken about 1927. after the skeleton tower was erected but before 1928 when the Newport yacht club purchased the property. Note the pennant flying. It is NOT the later yacht club burgee consisting of 18 stars (shown below). Rather, it appears to be a Lighthouse Service pennant to which 23+ stars have been sewn on, possibly denoting Ida Lewis’ rescues, or is an early version of the yacht club burgee. I have never seen a LHS pennant modified in such a way and I wonder if it was done by the government as a tribute to Keeper Ida Lewis, etc ? Ida Lewis overcame the biases of the time, through skill and professional ability, to become the official keeper of Lime Rock Light Station, a position she held until her death. She was officially credited with saving some 18+ lives during her 39 years at Lime Rock and was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal. Ida’s father, Captain Hosea Lewis of the Revenue Cutter Service, was transferred to the Lighthouse Service and appointed keeper of Lime Rock Light Station in Newport in 1854. Hosea Lewis had been at Lime Rock less than four months when he was stricken by a disabling stroke. Ida and her mother tended the Lime Rock Light for her father from 1857 until 1872, when he died. Her mother was appointed keeper until 1879, although Ida continued to do the keeper's work. By 1877, the health of Ida's mother was failing, leaving her with increased housekeeping and care giving responsibilities. Her mother would remain ill and eventually died of cancer in 1887. Ida finally received the official appointment as keeper in 1879 and remained until her death in 1911. Rare clear close photo has some wear and light folds to upper corners. (VG-). $110. 

15144. (photo) Coast Guard Boathouse near Newport, Rhode Island Following Collision by Peruvian Freighter c.1979. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of the destroyed boathouse after it was struck by a Peruvian freighter. Nice view, clear and close. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated September 25, 1979. Good detail. (VG+). $38.

 

12454d. (stereoview) Ida Lewis, Famous Lighthouse Heroine. c.1869 by Kilburn Brothers. Rare stereoview of this famous lighthouse keeper and rescuer posing on the deck of the lighthouse in Newport. Ida Lewis overcame the biases of the time, through skill and professional ability, to become the official keeper of Lime Rock Light Station, a position she held until her death. She was officially credited with saving 18 lives during her 39 years at Lime Rock and was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal. These images are quite rare and collectible, particularly of lighthouse personalities. Some soiling, one spot. (VG-). $78.

 

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

 

2359d. (souvenir plate) Lime Rocks Light, Home of Ida Lewis, Newport, R.I.” c.1900. A bright commemorative plate bright gilt decorated crème, featuring a beautiful, detailed b/w image of Lime Rock Lighthouse, the home of Ida Lewis, in Newport , R.I. This bright striking piece measures 8” in diameter and is enhanced by a decorative gilt trim. Close image of the long pier and lighthouse where the famed heroine Ida Lewis grew up and performed so many daring rescues is prominent on the body of the dish. Close, clear, great detail, pretty piece for your display. Marked “Austria [for] E.P. Allan Newport R.I Established 1831”. Very scarce design and image, quite collectible. Clean, bright, only light wear to gilded edge. (VG+). $148.

 

1522. (commemorative sugar) Pomham Rocks Lighthouse, East Providence, RI. c. 1900. A bright commemorative sugar or bowl with gilded rim and base featuring a beautiful clear, detailed brown/white image of the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse. This piece quite striking, with a clear, unusually detailed image of the light tower atop the Mansard-roofed keeper’s house. The lighthouse is located on a large rock on the east side of the Providence River. The square, two-story wood-framed keeper’s residence was built in 1871, featuring a mansard roof with the tower and lantern rising from the center front of the house. This striking piece measures 3 ¼” x 4” oval by 2 ¼” high and is quite bold with a gilt trimmed rim and base on the white body. Marked “Made in Germany [for] A.W. Fairchild, Providence, RI.”. A very attractive piece. Clean, bright. (VG+). $74.

1524d. (glass negative) Point Judith Lighthouse, Narragansett, Rhode Island c.1912. Vintage 5 x 7 inch glass plate negative includes the tall light tower and keeper’s house. In 1857, the new 51-foot brownstone tower and brick dwelling, connected to the tower by an enclosed walkway, were built. The lighthouse, which still stands today, is an octagonal structure. It was fitted with a fourth-order Fresnel lens from Paris, which also remains in place today. The upper half of the tower was painted brown and the lower half white not long before this photo was taken. Glass plate negative has been scanned as a positive to show image detail. Superb clear view will print well. Includes portion of original paper sleeve. (VG). $68.

 

2359c. (souvenir plate) “Ida lewis Light House, Newport” c.1900. A bright commemorative plate bright gilt decorated crème and sky blue, featuring a beautiful, detailed b/w image of Lime Rock Lighthouse, the home of Ida Lewis, in Newport , R.I. This bright striking piece measures 8 ¼” in diameter and is enhanced by a light blue edge with decorative gilt trim. Close image of the long pier and lighthouse where the famed heroine Ida Lewis grew up and performed so many daring rescues fills the body of the dish. Close, clear, great detail, pretty piece for your display. Marked “Made in Austria Imported by T.A. Carpenter & Son, Newport, RI.” Very scarce design and image, quite collectible. Clean, bright, light wear to gilded edge. (VG+). $148.

 

721f. Longo, Mildred Santille. PICTURE POSTCARD VIEWS OF RHODE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSES AND BEACONS TOGETHER WITH A BRIEF HISTORY OF LIFESAVING STATIONS. 1990. Rhode Island . 100p. Soft wraps. 8VO. Color illustrated covers. Autographed by author. Chock FULL of vintage photographs, engravings, postcard views, Notice to Mariners and other illustrations, this work is a delight to read and to look through. With a chapter on each Rhode Island light station and light-vessel, this interesting work provides views and tid-bits of information not found in most volumes. Also includes chapters on Point Judith Life-Saving Station and the Volunteer Lifesaving Corps. Regardless of where you are from, you are sure to find this most interesting. Out of print, difficult to find. Contents clean and tight, only light edge wear. (VG). $54.

13376. (photo) World’s Largest Buoy Gets Ready for Winter, Point Judith, Rhode Island c.1924. Clear, close, original 7” x 11” press photos shows excellent detail as Lighthouse Service personnel ready the acetylene buoy for the winter. The largest in the world, the buoy measures 58 feet from tip to tip and weighs more than 20 tons. Its acetylene flashing light comes on automatically by sun-valve and can be seen a distance of 11 miles at sea from 28 feet above the water. Ite screeching whistle can be heard for miles. In the background can be seen the lighthouse depot, probably at New London including a light vessel at the dock. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated October 27, 1924. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $44.

13125. (lot 2 photos) Narraganset Bay Ferry Landings, Rhode Island c.1950. 8" x 10". Nice close clear views show the ferry landing at Narrahanset Bay including the range or warning lights and tower. Clean, clear, punched at top for binder. (VG+). $10.

 

 

1341. [lot 6 glass projection slides] U.S. Volunteer Life Saving Corps and other, Gorton-Pawtuxet, Rhode Island c.1910.  Rare early set of six glass plate projection slides feature the a wonderful view of a woman standing beside a life ring of the U.S. Volunteer Life Saving Corps. On the rack is lettered “Gorton-Pawtuxet” [Rhode Island]. Also included are other slides of civilian life-saving type activities including lowering a lifeboat, a pulling boat with a red cross, which may be a U.S.V.L.S.S.C. first aid boat, and two other miscellaneous views of bathers and wagon bath houses lettered W. Singleton”, no doubt in the Watch Hill area.  Slides measure 3 ¼” x 4” and present quite nice clear images. Light wear, one with broken corner. (VG). $44.

1399. (photo) Plum Point Lighthouse, Jamestown, Rhode Island c.1974. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows good detail of the Plum Point Lighthouse, at this point home to a large pigeon colony under study by scientists. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Dated April 23, 1974. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $24.

 

1380. (souvenir bowl) c.1898. Most unusual piece measures a full 10” in diameter by 2 ½” high, and features a lovely large hand painted image of the “Quonochontaug, Rhode Island Life Saving Station”. This nicely detailed large piece shows a good view of the distinctive station and boat ramp, flag mast and out-buildings. This early piece is quite distinctive and the largest that I have ever had. It is enhanced by a hand painted rose floral decoration with a gilt decorated on light green rim. Not marked, thus prior to 1898. Clean, bright, no chips or cracks, as nice as we have yet had. An unusually bright, bold piece for display and an exceptionally rare form. (F-). $385.

 

1307. (mounted photo) Nayatt Point Lighthouse, Barrington, Rhode Island c. 1889. Rare large mounted view of Sunday School Picnic group posing on the wall in front of the 1856 25-foot-square brick tower and attached brick keeper’s dwelling. The first tower was built at Nayatt Point in 1828. A storm in January 1855 did much damage, and a new 25-foot-square brick tower was completed in 1856. It was attached to the 1828 dwelling by means of a new one-story brick wing added on the building's northwest corner. This wing was raised to two stories, with a gable roof and chimney, about 1905. The tower remains largely unchanged today. A door on the lighthouse's south side leads to a cast-iron spiral stairway leading to the cast-iron lantern room. The new tower exhibited a navigational light for only about a dozen years. A new granite lighthouse was established offshore to mark Conimicut Shoal, and the light at Nayatt Point was extinguished for good on November 1, 1868. The fourth-order Fresnel lens was transferred to the new light. The dwelling at Nayatt Point was retained for use as a shore station for the keepers of Conimicut Light. After a new sparkplug-style lighthouse with integral living quarters was built at Conimicut Shoal in 1883, the property at Nayatt Point was sold to Charles Merriman for $4,000. The 1828 house is Rhode Island's oldest lighthouse keeper's house, and remains today in private hands. Photo is clear and crisp, and measures 6” x 8” on 8” x 10” mount. Clean, just slight foxing. Labeled in period pen “Sunday School Picnic at Nayatt Light Aug. 1889” Would be beautiful matted and framed. (VG+). $138.

12454a. (stereoview) Lime Rock Lighthouse, Newport, Home to Ida Lewis, Famous Lighthouse Heroine. c.1869 by J.A. Williams. Rare stereoview shows Lime Rock Lighthouse in Newport Harbor as boats sail by. Early original sticker of the maker on the back “Ida Lewis, The Grace Darling of America. Enterered according to Act of Congress, in the year of our Lord, 1869, by J.A. Williams, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of Rhode Island.” These images are quite rare and collectible, particularly of lighthouse personalities. Lightly soiled. (VG). $76.

12454b. (stereoview) Ida Lewis, Famous Lighthouse Heroine. c.1869 by J.A. Williams. Rare stereoview of this famout lighthouse keeper and rescuer posed “in costume as in the Rescue of March 20th, 1869” as she leans against a podium. Early original sticker of the maker on the back “Ida Lewis, The Grace Darling of America. Enterered according to Act of Congress, in the year of our Lord, 1869, by J.A. Williams, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of Rhode Island.” These images are quite rare and collectible, particularly of lighthouse personalities. Lightly soiled. (VG). $148.

1376. Licameli, Doris. Rowing To The Rescue: The Story of Ida Lewis, Famous Lighthouse Heroine. 2011. 80p. soft wraps. With mixed emotions, fifteen-year-old Ida Lewis said good-bye to the little house on Spring Street on a sunny June day in 1857. Though her new home would still be in Newport, Rhode Island, it sat on a tiny outcropping of rocks out in the harbor, completely surrounded by water. Ida’s father, Captain Hosea Lewis, was the keeper of the Lime Rock Light. The new lighthouse was big enough for the entire family of six. Then just four months later, tragedy struck. Captain Lewis was no longer able to man the lighthouse. Responsibility for keeping the lifesaving beacon aglow soon fell on Ida’s young shoulders. It was an awesome task, but she was determined to do a good job. She knew sailors would be depending on her for their safety. As time went on, plenty more people would have petite, amazing Ida Lewis to thank for their live. Masterfully written! Ms. Licameli tells the story of a heroine that our girls are sure to idolize! Though expertly written for preteens and young teens, it is a great read aloud parents will enjoy, too! (M). $21.95.

 

 

12181. Karentz, Varoujan. The Life Savers - Rhode Island’s Forgotten Service. Amazon. 2012. 252p. Soft wraps. An incredible story of men against the sea and the U.S. Life Saving Service of the 19th century. For almost 40 years, between 1878 and 1917 nine U.S. Life Saving Stations along Rhode Island’s coastline and Block Island saved both ships and crews in weather that froze hands, feet and limbs. The Life Savers were remarkable men of courage and endurance patrolling beaches and signaling ships standing in danger. They rowed their surfboats into dangerous seas or rigged beeches buoys rescuing lives. Their lost stories and history have been captured by Karentz from official government archives and told in their own words. Included are synopsis of Rhode Island’s worse marine disasters as the passenger steamer SS Larchmont in the dead of winter was holed and sunk by the schooner Harry Knowlton with a loss of 145 lives, to the rumored purposeful shipwrecker’s on Block Island who decoyed wayward vessels to their doom to salvage wreckage and cargo. Dozens of shipwrecks and rescues by the men assigned to the Life saving stations are covered with direct words from the rescuers themselves. The Life Savers will intrigue you as how these gallant men fought the elements and how they saved lives. (M).  $14.95.

  

12135. Lesko, Barbara and Leonard Lesko. Lighthouse Life. Outskirts. 2009. 220p. Soft wraps. Ever want to live at a lighthouse? Crashing waves and howling winds were constants in the lives of the authors of Lighthouse Life once they became owners of an historic New England lighthouse. After living in its 1828 keeper’s cottage for 18 years, Barbara Lesko has written about the experience, both the challenges and delights, that she and her husband Leonard faced at Nayatt Point Light on Narragansett Bay. Once settled in, the Leskos faced many challenges: restoring a decayed beacon, keeping the tower painted, maintaining the granite seawall, and gardening on a wind swept, salt sprayed property. They suffered through ferocious winds and hurricanes, but enjoyed interacting with wildlife, watching the migrations of birds and the approach of weather fronts, as well as the ever changing view of sails and passing ships plus the fishing and oystering off their point. They were determined to bring a lighthouse lens back to the lantern room and had many experiences hunting for appropriate antique lighthouse equipment for the tower and finding period furnishings for the cottage. Nayatt Point Lighthouse went on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Readers who love lighthouses or who follow nautical history, or who are involved with preservation of historic architecture or environmental issues, or even with collecting antiques will find much to enjoy within these pages. (M). $16.95.

 

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

11460. (copy photo) Newport Harbor (Goat Island) Lighthouse, Rhode Island c.1890’s view. The Newport Harbor Lighthouse, on Goat Island, was the first beacon to guide mariners into the bustling Newport of the early 1800s. Activated on New Year’s Day of 1824, the stone tower was twenty feet tall with a multi-lamp and reflector combination showing a fixed white light. A nearby keeper’s dwelling had six rooms. Unfortunately, the beacon did not adequately mark the shallow reef just north of the island, and many vessels ran aground on the rocks. It was decided that the light would be of better service if it were placed at the end of a dike, off the northern end of Goat Island. $67,700 was appropriated between 1834 and 1842 to construct the dike and erect a new, twenty-nine foot tower. The exterior walls of the octagonal tower were made of granite, while the interior was lined with hammered stone and had a spiral stone stairway that led to the lantern room. In 1864, the new keeper’s dwelling visible here was built adjacent to the tower on the breakwater. In 1873, a fog bell and striking machinery was added to the station, which can be seen here on the left. Copy photo of early view measures 8” x 10”, clear and crisp. (F-). $12.

 

   2513 Bacon, Edgar Mayhew. Narragansett Bay - Its Historic and Romantic Associations. G.P. Putnam's Sons. The Knickerbocker Press. New York . 1904. 377 p. Blue cloth hardcover with gilt script. Features black and white photos and drawings by the author, plus a large 12” x 17” foldout map of Narragansett Bay . This book is a wonderful, turn-of-the-century foray into the history and lore of Rhode Island 's Narragansett Bay ,  the result of first-hand research and exploration by the author, Edgar Mayhew Bacon. In the Preface he writes: “The preparation of this study of Narragansett Bay has afforded a fascinating occupation for several years. The collection of material for it has not only necessitated the examination of old records but has led to eventful cruises among the islands, visits to famous landmarks, sojourns in picturesque towns, and acquaintance with many delightful people whose courtesy in facilitating the collection of materials calls for grateful acknowledgment.” The range of topics includes the 1675 Indian rebellion known as King Philip's War, Narragansett Bay's role in the Revolutionary War -- including the burning of the British ship Gaspee by courageous Rhode Island patriots -- shipbuilding in Narragansett Bay, the ghost ship Palatine and other supernatural legends, and much, much more. Contents include: (1) Introductory (2) From Providence to Cowesett (3) The Ambit of the Bay (4) The Charm of Old Bristol (5) From the Top of Pokanoket (6) Sea Rovers from the Bay (7) The Gaspee Affair and Others (8) Rhode Island in the Revolution (9) The Narragansett Country (10) Ghosts At Newport (11) Along Shore at Aquidneck (12) Old Haunts in East Greenwich and Wickford (13) A Budget of Legends. Photos and illustrations include: Old windmill on Aquidneck; Rock inscription at Hopeworth on Mount Hope Bay, attributed to Northmen; Crystal Rock, at the foot of Mount Hope; Mount Hope; Group of sailboats on Providence River; The beautiful gates of Brown University; The canoe was hauled under the stern of the white man's boat; The shores of Providence River; Warwick Neck, at the entrance to Cowesett Bay; Samuel Gorton's leather breeches; Old church at Apponaug; Greene Memorial House at Apponaug; An extensive view of Narragansett Bay as seen from the top of Mount Hope; Fish nets and boats; Fish Hawk's Nest; Lighthouse on Dutch Island; The Dumplings on Conanicut Island; Fort Adams, Newport Harbor; Bishop's Rock, Newport Harbor; Beaver-Tail Light and Brenton's Reef Lightship; Sandy Point Lighthouse; View of Bristol Ferry from Prudence Island; Upper end of Aquidneck; Colt House, Bristol; The Green at Bristol, showing part of church and courthouse; The Hereshoff works at Bristol, where the Cup defenders are built; Papoosesquaw Neck - Poppasquash Neck?; The Narrows at the mouth of the Kickamuet River; Distant view of Mount Hope; Philip's Rock; Woodland border of the swamp where King Philip fell; Mount Hope Bay, looking toward Tiverton; Taunton River, between Taunton and Dighton; Fall River, with Sparrow Island in the foreground; Entrance of Mount Hope Bay, starting point of King Philip's forays into Massachusetts; Commodore Abraham Whipple; Doherty's description; Captain Fones schooner Tartar luring the French frigate away from the merchantmen; The Sakonnet River from Mount Hope; The Warwick shore across Cowesett Bay; Governor Joseph Wanton; The burning of the Gaspee; Tiverton wharves, the site of Joseph Wanton's shipyard; The capture of General Prescott; Where General Sullivan's force crossed to the mainland; The Bathing Beach at Narragansett Pier; Typical Narragansett farmhouse; Old apple orchard on Boston Neck; Whale Rock lighthouse, between Narragansett shore and Conanicut Island; Haunted mill in Kingstown; Along shore; Rocks at Point Judith; Sea wall at Newport, from the Cliff Walk; In quiet waters; Shore rocks beyond the Public Bathing Beach at Newport; The road to the beach, Newport; A cottage on the shore; The North End of Aquidneck, Coal Pier and breakers; East Greenwich Harbor; The birthplace of General Nathaniel Greene; The Governor Greene House on the North Side of Division Street, East Greenwich; The Windmill House, once the residence of Professor George W. Greene; The Babbitt Farmhouse, near Wickford, an enlargement of Richard Smith's blockhouse; The waterfront at Old Wickford; Piano from an old Wickford house; Map of Narragansett Bay. A superb early view and account of this important maritime area. Contents clean and tight, light foxing to endpapers. Wraps some wear to edges and bumping, spine intact but worn. (VG-). $145 net.

Ida Lewis

10144. (halftone print) Ida Lewis, Famous Lighthouse Heroine. c.1895. Superb large halftone print from period text provides fine portrait of rescuer and lighthouse keeper Ida Lewis of Lime Rock, Rhode Island. Ida Lewis gained national notoriety during a time when most women in the United States were not in the professional workforce nor on the national stage. She overcame the biases of the time, through skill and professional ability, to become the official keeper of Lime Rock Light Station, a position she held until her death." She was officially credited with saving 18 lives during her 39 years at Lime Rock and was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal. A biography of the day notes: "What the story of Grace Darling is to Great Britain , that of Ida Lewis is to America . Ida Lewis was born in Newport , R. I., in 1841. Her father, Capt. Hoea Lewis, was keeper of the Lime Rock lighthouse in Newport harbor, and his daughter became in early life a skilled swimmer and oars-woman. Such images of Ida Lewis are extremely rare and collectible. This beautiful half-tone print measures 5 ½” x 8" on paper measuring 7 ¾” x 11", Disbound from biographical folio of the period. With text on back, printed on smoother magazine quality paper. Matted and framed it would make an outstanding addition to any antique print collection. Beautiful large, clean image. (VG+). $34.

22140. Skomal, Lenore. THE KEEPER OF LIME ROCK – The Remarkable True Story of Ida Lewis, America’s First Official Female Lighthouse Keeper and the First Woman to Win a Congressional Medal. Philadelphia. 2002. 149 p. DJ. It wasn't until her fifth daring rescue at sea in 1869 that the world discovered the remarkable Ida Lewis, tender of the Lime Rock lighthouse off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island. Hailed for her lifesaving efforts by President Ulysses S. Grant, Admiral Dewey, Susan B. Anthony, and other luminaries of the day, Lewis was the first person awarded a Congressional medal for her years of bravery and extraordinary heroism. Weaving thrilling nautical adventures with tales of other female lighthouse keepers, this compelling biography opens a fascinating and previously unexplored chapter in the history of American women. Nicely illustrated with vintage photographs and prints. Well done. (M). $14.95.

20280. SCENES IN BRIDGEPORT, STRATFORD, AND MILFORD. Appleton’s Picturesque America. c.1873. Beautiful, large full-page 8" x 10" multiple engravings show scenes from the area in fine detail. Included is a wonderful early view of the first Stratford Point Light with its octagonal wooden tower, skeleton bell tower and 1 ½ story keeper’s dwelling [See page 9 of Claflin, James W., Lighthouses And Life Saving Along The Connecticut And Rhode Island Coast.]. Additional scenes include Bridgeport Harbor, Black Rock, Mill River and more. Clean, b/w, bright and crisp, near fine save uniform light browning to margins from age. Would be wonderful matted and framed. (VG+). $46 net.

PA-17. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF BEACONS, BUOYS AND DAY MARKS IN THE THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. 1899. Wash. 1899. 145 p. Soft wraps. Includes all of the coastline of the Third Lighthouse District from Warren Point, Rhode Island to a point opposite Shrewsbury Rocks, New Jersey including Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Some soiling and chips to wraps, contents overall clean and intact, tight. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. Excellent resource. (VG-). $44.

6332-10. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF LIGHTS, BUOYS AND DAYMARKS IN THE THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. 1907. Wash. 1907. 181 p. Soft wraps.  Includes all of the coastline of the Third Lighthouse District from Warren Point, Rhode Island to a point opposite Shrewsbury Rocks, New Jersey including Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Only light soiling to wraps, contents unusually clean and intact, tight. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. Excellent resource. (VG). $128 net.

6629. U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. UNITED STATES COAST PILOT 3. Sandy Hook to Cape Henry. Sixth (1953) Edition. Hard cover. 402pp. Includes laid in Supplement for March 10, 1956 as well as partial Pilot Rules for Inland Waters [78p.]. (G) $22.

 

10497. (mounted photo) Bristol Ferry Lighthouse, Bristol, Rhode Island c.1910. Striking large period oval photograph shows a close clear view of the light station and out buildings. The strait between Bristol and Portsmouth was increasingly busy in the early 1800s, with all manner of vessels passing between Narragansett Bay to the west and Mount Hope Bay to the east. After much discussion, Congress appropriated $1,500 on August 3, 1854, for a combined lighthouse and dwelling. A modest one-and-one-half-story brick dwelling was constructed, with a square 28-foot lighthouse tower attached to its southern end. The wooden lantern held a sixth-order Fresnel lens showing a fixed white light, first exhibited on October 4, 1855. In 1902, Bristol Ferry Light was upgraded and received a fifth order lens and the original wooden lantern room was replaced by an iron one (from the Rondout Lighthouse on the Hudson River in New York). In 1916, and the tower was raised by six feet, thus dating this image between 1902 and 1916. Oval photo measures 4 ¾” x 6 ½” and is on original grey 8” x 10” mount. Image is clean and clear, but with moderate foxing throughout. Still a great view. (VG-). $44.

8453b. (stereoview) Lighthouse at Nyatt Point (or Pomham Rock ?), Rhode Island c.1870’s. Distant view of the light station on the rocky point. View is clear, light wear and a bit of soiling. (VG-). $22.

24351. (photograph) Sandy Point Lighthouse, Rhode Island. c.1950-60’s. Located on the east side of Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay, the fifth order white octagonal tower and keeper’s dwelling was built in 1862. During the terrible September hurricane of 1938, five persons, including the wife of the lighthouse keeper, were carried out to sea and drowned, when the dwelling house on the lighthouse reservation was swept away by the savage fury of the tropical gale. The keeper was also thrown into the sea, but another wave swept him back ashore. The light itself is only 28 feet above water and is visible for 10 miles, flashing green every 6 seconds. It is now unwatched, being a 1,400-candlepower fourth-order electric unit. This superb b/w view measures a full 11” x 14” on heavy paper hand printed during the period and will look superb matted and framed. A fine view. (VG). $128 net.

2362. [document] Very early Colonial Lighthouse letter dated Treasury Department, Revenue Office, [Washington DC] May 1794. Though original letter is not included, this is the free franked stampless cover from Tench Coxe, Commissioner of the Revenue and received and docketed in the hand of William Ellery, Collector of the Customs for the district of Newport, Rhode Island. Tench Coxe [1755-1824] was a merchant, political economist and member of the Annapolis Convention and the Continental Congress of 1788. His promotion of cotton culture in the South earned him the title of father of America’s cotton industry. Coxe was made Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in 1789 and became Commissioner of the Revenue in 1792, in which capacity he signed this cover in lieu of postage [free franking privilege]. William Ellery [1724-1820] was an American patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island. In 1776 Ellery succeeded Samuel Ward as a delegate to Congress and noted that when signing the Declaration of Independence which may have been their "death warrant", all the signers displayed only "undaunted resolution". In 1790 he was appointed by Geprge Washington as collector of the customs for the district of Newport. It was in this capacity that he oversaw the operation of lighthouses in the district and thus received this note from Coxe. Ellery writes in the upper corner: "Comm of Revenue conc. Inform respecting the [lighthouse] oil on hand. Dated May 4th 1794, Rec. May 9, 1794, Ans’r the 12th, 1794". EXTREMELY RARE COLONIAL LIGHT HOUSE ITEM WRITTEN IN THE HAND OF SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. Good condition, only light browning at folds, some wear. Excellent penmanship makes this quite readable. An important early Light House Establishment document. $284 net.

  

2854. (commemorative spoon) c.1900. Beautiful petite commemorative spoon bears a nicely detailed engraved image of the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse, East Providence, Rhode Island. The spoon features a nicely detailed image of the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse on a the gold washed spoon. The lighthouse is located on a large rock on the east side of the Providence River. The square, two-story wood-framed keeper’s residence was built in 1871, featuring a mansard roof with the tower and lantern rising from the center front of the house. The spoon measures 4”  long and is in marvelous overall condition for its age. Marked “Sterling”. Nicely detailed little commemorative piece and an extremely rare and desirable location, commemorating this remarkable example of its type. (F-). $48 net.

23388. [commemorative stein] c.1900. An unusual, petite, bright commemorative mug or stein, featuring a beautiful raised relief image of Point Judith Lighthouse, Rhode Island. This item is quite attractive and bears a detailed image in raised relief of the tall octagonal lighthouse with attached keeper’s dwelling and adjacent fog signal building that once guarded Narragansett Bay. Mug is quite bright and distinctive, and measures 4 ¼" high by 2 ½" in diameter. Mug is done in shades of brown, green and black and includes a second image of "The Mathewson Hotel. Clean, quite nice. Made in Germany. A very detailed, pretty piece of a rare lighthouse for your display. (VG). $76 net.

  

924b. [commemorative cup/saucer] c.1890 A bright commemorative cup and saucer in bright gilt decorated crème, featuring a beautiful, detailed b/w image of “Lime Rock Light, Home of Ida Lewis, Newport , R.I. ”. This clean cup measures 2 5/8” in diameter in a charming 4” diameter saucer, enhanced by a sparkling decorative gilt trim. Close image is of the long pier and lighthouse where the famed heroine Ida Lewis grew up and performed so many daring rescues fills the body of the dish. Close, clear, great detail, pretty little set for your display. Marked Germany. Very scarce design and image, quite collectible, in bright, wonderful condition. (F-). $116.

 

27132. [commemorative spoon] c. 1906. Beautiful large commemorative spoon with a copper wash bears a detailed engraved image of the “Quonochontaug, Rhode Island Life Saving Station” on the dish. This finely detailed little piece shows a close view of the distinctive station with the crew and boat on the ramp. One boat is pictured in the boat doorway, another at water's edge and one on the ramp with six figures maneuvering it. The handle is Paye and Baker's 1900 raised relief Pattern “Daphne”. The back is marked “STERLING” and the trademark of Simmons & Baker, predecessor of Paye & Baker. The gold washed bowl is engraved “I.F.L. Dec. 25, 1906 (rare to have a date engraved.) Quonochontaug”. Measures 5 ¼” long and is in excellent condition. Nicely detailed little commemorative piece and an extremely rare and desirable location, commemorating this interesting life saving station. (VG+). $134 net.

   

26295. (pin dish) c.1900. Lovely pin dish features a full color image of the “Life Saving Station, Newport , RI .” Beautiful large image shows good detail of the unusual 1884 Deal-Type station located at Brenton Point, on Prices Neck in Newport . Dish measures 4 ½” x 3”and is backmarked “Made in Germany [for) E. P. Allen, Newport , RI Established 1831”. Clean, bright, only light wear. (VG). $138.  

 

22510. Marcus, John. LIGHTHOUSES OF NEW ENGLAND – Your Guide to Lighthouses of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Long Island. Stillwater. 2001. 160 p. A Pictorial Discovery Guide. DJ. A fresh look at the history and technological evolution of lighthouses in the area, the development of apparatus, architecture, construction and maintenance on their remote sites, the daily life of the keepers and much more. The author presents an exciting history illustrated with stunning photographs, historical anecdotes, architectural details and local legends. Lavishly illustrated, an excellent text on the subject and guide for the area. (M). Hard Cover $29.95 Soft Cover $19.95.

 

29325. Karentz, Varoujan. Beavertail Light Station on Conanicut Island. Booksurge. 2008. 242p. Soft wraps. For over 250 years, America’s 3rd oldest lighthouse has stood as a sentinel at the entrance of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay. The author tells the story of technological innovation and federal bureaucratic conflict as four different organizations, beginning in 1749, attempt to improve operations and reliability of the light station there. Woven into this history, the author follows the early slave trade and Colonists who insisted that the lighthouse be built, and describes the work ethics and reporting requirements of the generations of 'Keepers' who tended the light. (M). $24.99

29142. Holmes, Richard. RHODE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSES – A Pictorial History. 2008. 212p. Soft wraps. A complete pictorial guide of the past and present Rhode Island light stations, with vintage photographs, prints and postcard views and a brief history and description of each. With hundreds of illustrations. (M). $24.95.

28308. Ellsberg, Commander Edward. On the Bottom. Flat Hammock Press. 2004. 256 pages w/ photos, with added CD, & DVD. With an introduction by Edward L. Beach, Captain, U. S. Navy (Retired). First published in 1929, this enthralling work has become one of the greatest true stories of adventure, dogged determination, courage and loyalty ever written. On the evening of September 25, 1925 the U.S. Navy Submarine S-51 was rammed by the steamship SS City of Rome in open seas off Block Island, Rhode Island, and sank in 132 feet of water, with the loss of 33 lives. This disaster evoked such a storm of popular indignation against the Navy Department that something had to be done. It was felt that at all costs a determined attempt must be made to raise the S-51, if only to restore public confidence. No vessel had ever been raised from such a depth, and to the technical mind the thing was impossible. The task of salvaging the submarine fell to Lieutenant Commander Edward Ellsberg and a group of naval divers scavenged from all over the fleet. It was done painstakingly over a nine month period and involved obstacle after obstacle, all the while battling rough seas, icy waters, and "the bends." Working in hard hats with lead boots, in minimal light, while dragging air lines behind them, each diver had about an hour of exhausting and terrifying work before a lengthy decompression process. It is no exaggeration to say that the impossible was achieved. Originally published in 1929, this magnificent account of the struggle on the ocean floor to salvage the sunken U.S. Navy submarine, S-51, has become a modern classic of the sea. What was not included in Edward Ellsberg’s gripping account are specifics of the accident, the aftermath, and the extent that the event touched the nation. This expanded edition presents this and more by including an introduction, a publisher’s preface, additional photographs, an afterword, and appendixes. Also added is a recording of the period song "Sinking of the Submarine S-51," an oral history by Commander Ellsberg, and a video disc of rare on scene newsreel footage. "A marvelous tale, filled with moments of horrified expectancy, of glad thrills, of impossible deeds and endurances, of achievements that smack of magic." (The New York Times). (M). $34.95

2699. D’Entremont, Jeremy. THE LIGHTHOUSES OF RHODE ISLAND. Beverly. 2006. Soft wraps. 240 p. With The Lighthouses of Rhode Island, author Jeremy D’Entremont continues his new series, "Lighthouse Treasury," which describes the fascinating history of our American lighthouses, state by state. Read about: A feud between two keepers at Whale Rock Light led to a harrowing life-and-death chase; The hurricane of 1938 devastated the state's lighthouses. The keepers at Plum Beach Light off North Kingstown miraculously escaped with their lives; others weren't so lucky; Ida Lewis lived at Newport's Lime Rock Light for more than 60 years and became one of the world's most celebrated lightkeepers; The keeper and his family at Block Island North Light aided the survivors of one of New England's worst shipwrecks, the Larchmont disaster of 1907; Pomham Rocks Light on the Providence River was home to a famous fish-catching cat; and much more. The Lighthouses of Rhode Island is meticulously researched and copiously illustrated, with photographs from the author's enormous collection. (M).  $14.95

2338b. Grant, John. STAYING AT A LIGHTHOUSE - America's Most Romantic Lighthouse Inns. Guilford. 2005. 104 p. Soft wraps. New Updated edition. Whether they were abandoned long ago or still stand as beacons in the fog, hundreds of lighthouses decorate the beautiful shores of North America. But only a few invite people to stay the night. Staying at a Lighthouse visits these unique overnight havens, offering a personal tour of the most sought-after landmarks in the country. A few of them operate as grand bed-and-breakfast inns. Others provide a more rustic experience, offering guests a retreat from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives. Still others allow visitors to assume the role of lighthouse keeper for a short time. But they all provide an experience that is romantic, renewing, and above all, memorable. Readers can step back in time at these and many other coastal towers: • Heceta Head Lighthouse, Oregon • East Brother Light Station, California • Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn, Michigan • Rose Island Lighthouse, Rhode Island • Saugerties Lighthouse, New York • Race Point Lighthouse, Massachusetts • Monomoy Point Lighthouse, Massachusetts • The Keeper's House Inn, Maine Information provided in each profile includes history of the lighthouse and the area, background of the present-day keepers, and a description of the accommodations and the guest experience, plus all pertinent practical contact details. (M). $11.95.  

 

9434d,g,h,i. Bachand, Robert G., NORTHEAST LIGHTS, LIGHTHOUSES AND LIGHTSHIPS - RHODE ISLAND TO CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY. Norwalk, Ct. 1989. 422 pp. Impressive reference work covers 133 light stations that existed Includes all manor if information from construction information, major alterations and characteristics of the lights that existed there, to information about the keepers work there. A most excellent reference for this area, extremely difficult to find now. As new. (M). $52.

22164. Thompson, Courtney. LIGHTHOUSES OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND- Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut – A Pictorial Guide. 2002. 190p. Soft wraps. This companion to the author’s earlier works covers the lighthouses of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Replacing and updating her former work Lighthouses of Massachusetts, this guide offers narrative material, directions and over 650 color photographs as well as additional vintage lighthouse views. With select historic photographs, maps and directions for finding the site, a history, description, legends and more, this is a great one-source travel guide and resource. (M). Published $24.95. Our price $23.95.

20394. Munro, Wilfred H., PICTURESQUE RHODE ISLAND. Pen and Pencil Sketches of the Scenery and History of its Cities, Towns and Hamlets, and of Men who have made them famous. Providence. 1881. 304 pages with 96 additional pages of fine vintage advertisements. In nicely gilt embossed binding. Certainly one of the nicer collections of over 200 vintage Rhode Island scenes. Includes volumes of quaint historical sketches found in few other places, as well as four large fold-out maps. Illustrated with over 200 early engraved views and accompanying text, this is a tremendous look at this area so rich in maritime history. Includes the lighthouses, steamships, churches and government buildings, as well as a host of hotels, mansions and homes, government, personalities, founding, and much more. Fine illustrated advertising by local establishments is included in the front and back. Contents quite clean, nice, expected wear to hinges and spine ends, corners bumped, hinges becoming loose. Most pleasant reading and collector’s volume for your shelf. (G++). $94.

 

10345. [Light-House Service District Maps]. U. S. Light-House Service. c. June 30, 1891. A rare opportunity to obtain an official U. S. Light-House Service District charts of all district aids to navigation as bound in their Annual Reports. Normally these charts are included within the Annual Reports and we are unable to offer them separately but we have found a lot of disbound charts in good condition. These are fine for matting and framing for your wall. Charts detail the entire Light-House District in three colors, and show all lighthouses, beacons, light vessels, fog signals, lighted buoys, Light-House Depots, and more. Charts average 8 ½” x 10” in size and are overall clean, may have very light stain,  with only one light original fold, light age toning. A rare chance to obtain the chart of your District for framing. (VG).

FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the head of navigation on the St. Croix River , Maine to Hampton Harbor , New Hampshire . Includes all of Maine and New Hampshire .                                                    $44.

SECOND LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Hampton Harbor , New Hampshire to Elisha Ledge off Warren , Rhode Island . Includes all of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard .                                           $44.

THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Elisha Ledge off Warren , Rhode Island to and including a point on the coast of New Jersey opposite Shrewsbury Rocks.                                                                                  $44.

PART OF THE THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Includes all of Lake Champlain .                                        $18.

FOURTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From a point on the coast of New Jersey opposite Shrewsbury Rocks to and including Metomkin Inlet, Virginia. Includes New Jersey , Delaware , Maryland and Virginia .                           $44.

FIFTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Metomkin Inlet , Virginia to and including New River Inlet , North Carolina .   $44.

SIXTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From New River Inlet , North Carolina to and including Jupiter Inlet Light-Station, Florida . Includes part of North Carolina , all of South Carolina , Georgia , and Florida between the limits named. $44.

SEVENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From a point south of Jupiter Inlet Light-Station to Perdido Entrance , Florida . Includes all of the sea and Gulf Coasts of Florida .                                                                                             $44.

EIGHTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Perdido Entrance , Florida to the Rio Grande, the southern boundary of Texas . Includes all of the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi River .                                                                          $44.

NINTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Includes all of Lake Michigan, Green Bay and tributary waters.               $44.

TENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends from the mouth of the St. Regis River , St. Lawrence River , New York to and including Grassy Island, Detroit River, Michigan. Includes the waters of Lakes Erie and Ontario , and the upper part of the St. Lawrence, the Niagara, and the lower part of the Detroit rivers.                                                                $44.

ELEVENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends from the Grassy Island Light Station, Detroit River , Michigan to the head of Lake Superior including the waters of Lakes St. Clair, Huron, and Superior and the upper part of the Detroit River , the St. Clair and St. Mary’s Rivers, and part of the Straits of Mackinac.                                                              $44.

TWELFTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the boundary between California and Mexico to the boundary between California and Oregon .                                                                                                                                      $44.

THIRTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the boundary between California and Oregon to the northern boundary of the United States and includes Alaska . Includes all of Oregon and Washington , and Alaskan waters.              $44.

U. S. Light-House Service District Charts

20178. [Light-House District Maps]. U. S. Light-House Service. c. 1900-1908. A rare opportunity to obtain an official U. S. Light-House Service District charts of all district aids to navigation as bound in their Annual Reports. Normally these charts are included within the Annual Reports and we are unable to offer them separately but we have found a lot of disbound charts in wonderful condition. These are perfect for matting and framing for your wall. Charts detail the entire Light-House District in three colors, and show all lighthouses, beacons, light vessels, fog signals, lighted buoys, Light-House Depots, and more. Charts average about 16" x 20" in size and are clean and crisp, with only light original folds. A rare chance to obtain the chart of your District, ideal for framing. (VG+).

UNITED STATES. Outline Map shows all of the United States Light-House Districts with the more important lights noted. Includes all of continental United States and Alaska. $88.

FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the head of navigation on the St. Croix River, Maine to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes all of Maine and New Hampshire. $88.

SECOND LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire to Elisha Ledge off Warren, Rhode Island. Includes all of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. $88.

THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Elisha Ledge off Warren, Rhode Island to and including a point on the coast of New Jersey opposite Shrewsbury Rocks. $88.

PART OF THE THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Includes all of Lake Champlain. $44.

FOURTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From a point on the coast of New Jersey opposite Shrewsbury Rocks to and including Metomkin Inlet, Virginia. Includes New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. $88.

FIFTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Metomkin Inlet, Virginia to and including New River Inlet, North Carolina. $88.

SIXTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From New River Inlet, North Carolina to and including Jupiter Inlet Light-Station, Florida. Includes part of North Carolina, all of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida between the limits named. $88.

SEVENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From a point south of Jupiter Inlet Light-Station to Perdido Entrance, Florida. Includes all of the sea and Gulf Coasts of Florida. $88.

EIGHTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Perdido Entrance, Florida to the southern boundary of Texas. Includes all of the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi River. $88.

NINTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Includes all of Lake Michigan, Green Bay and tributary waters. $88.

TENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends from the mouth of the St. Regis River, St. Lawrence River, New York to the mouth of the River Rouge, Detroit River, Michigan. Includes the waters of Lakes Erie and Ontario, and the upper part of the St. Lawrence, the Niagara, and the lower part of the Detroit rivers. $78.

ELEVENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends from the mouth of the River Rouge, Detroit River, Michigan to the westerly end of Lake Superior including the waters of Lake St, Clair, Huron, and Superior and the upper part of the Detroit River, the St. Clair and St. Mary’s Rivers, and part of the Straits of Mackinac. $78.

TWELFTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the boundary between California and Mexico to the boundary between California and Oregon. $88.

THIRTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the boundary between California and Oregon to the northern boundary of the United States and includes Alaska. Includes all of Oregon and Washington, and Alaskan waters. $88.

FOURTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends on the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Cairo, Ill., on the Tennessee River 255 miles, and on the Great Kanawha 73 miles. $54.

FIFTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends on the Mississippi River from the head of navigation to Cairo, Ill., and on the Missouri River to Kansas City, Mo., and on the Illinois River from LaSalle to its mouth. $54.

SIXTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends on the Mississippi River from the head of navigation to Cairo, Ill., to New Orleans, La., and on the Red River. $54.

LIGHT-HOUSE CHART. Includes West Indies between the Mona and Virgin Passages comprising Puerto Rico and dependencies, and all of the Hawaiian Islands. $38.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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