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2908.  Hanable, William S. Lighthouses and Lifesaving on Washington's Outer Coast. Arcadia. 2008. 128p. Soft wraps. 180 vintage photographs. Washington’s storm-ridden outer coast stretches from Cape Disappointment, at the mouth of the Columbia River, to Cape Flattery, at the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a distance of about 150 miles. Historians have labeled these waters “the Graveyard of the Pacific” and “the Unforgiving Coast.” Despite their hazards, sea routes to, from, and along the coast have been busy. Maritime fur traders and explorers, warships, Gold Rush shipping, passenger vessels, lumber carriers, break-bulk freighters, container ships, and tankers have plied these waters. Concurrently, fisheries developed along the coast, adding to the number of vessels at risk. To assist mariners sailing these waters, the United States built its first lighthouse on the Washington coast at Cape Disappointment in 1856. Additional lighthouses, lightships, and lifesaving stations soon followed. With more than 180 images from archives throughout the Pacific Northwest, this collection documents their history. This interesting volume draws from public and private collections, most never before published. Superb photographs of the station, keepers, equipment  and more, well worth it. (M). $21.99.

28237b. (mounted photo) U.S. Life Boat [Saving] Station, Shoalwater (Willapa Bay), Washington c.1890. A wonderful original image, shows many aspects of the Willapa Bay station including the original 1875-Type station building and the seldom seen separate keeper’s cottage built in about 1885, as well  as adjacent buildings, the wall and the bridge to access the station. On the bridge, the sign reads “Notice No teams allowed on the bridge.” Another rare feature is the flag hoist, rarely seen in its full early form. On one flag staff is the American flag, on the second staff on the station is the blue and white Life-Saving Service station pennant. Originally called Shoalwater Bay LSS, it was soon renamed Willapa Bay LSS. It was the Pacific Coast ’s first USLSS station and sadly, it no longer stands. The image measures 6” x 8” and is on original 10” x 12” mount. Clear, close and quite clean, light wear with a few marks at the top. Mount moderate wear to edges with some bumping to corners and tack holes. A great view. (VG+). $185.

28237c. (mounted photo) U.S. Life Boat [Saving] Station and Crew, Willapa Bay , Washington c.1890. A rare original image shows the 9 man crew of the Willapa Bay station posing on the boat ramp of the 1875-Type station. Behind them can be seen the station lifeboat as well as the Francis Metallic Life Car hanging from the ceiling joists. Originally called Shoalwater Bay LSS, it was soon renamed Willapa Bay LSS. It was the Pacific Coast ’s first USLSS station and sadly, it no longer stands. The image measures 4 3/8” x 7 ¼” and is on original 5” x 8 ½” mount. Unusually clear, close but with a great deal of wear to the emulsion. Still nice crew photo. (VG-). $145.

 

16112. (photo) North Head Lighthouse and Weather Station, Washington c.1951. Clear, close original 7” x 10” press photo shows great detail of the light station and weather instrument tower at North Head. It is thought that North Head has been a weather observation post linger than any other area in the state. Fierce storms attack the coast here and winds have been recorded at 95mph, with gusts thought to be 140 or 150. Good view of the structures and layout of the station. Includes newspaper article describing the weather here and the work of the observers. Dated September 30, 1951. With some white cropping marks. (VG+). $28.

 

15117. (large copy photo) Dobbins type 28-foot pulling lifeboat, Station Ilwaco/Klipsan, Washington c.1904-1910. Large rare view shows great detail of the surfmen and keeper loading the rare Dobbins pulling lifeboat of the Ilwaco Beach Life Saving Station. The boat in the photo is a Dobbins type pulling lifeboat. Station Ilwaco/Klipsan had two of them at various times, with the first being a 27ft. version that they inherited from Station Golden Gate Park in 1892 (no boat number assigned), and the second being a slightly larger 28ft. version (boat No. 884) which they received new in 1909. This may be either, but probably No. 884, the 28-footer Dobbins lifeboat. Rare close view of this seldom seen boat model as the men load it back on the carriage. Great early detail in this 11” x 14” reprint photo. (VG+). $54.

 

13391. (mounted photo) Keeper Peers out Window, West Point Lighthouse, Seattle, Washington c.1902. Interesting photo dated 1902 shows three visitors posing for the camera as the Keeper peers from the 1880 fog signal building window. George. T. Fonda was principal keeper during this period (1883 – 1907) and this may be he. Writing on the back indicates that old friends Olga Paulson Gould and Constance Margaret Haas pose in front of the lighthouse with an unidentidied gentleman. Dated April 20, 1902. Situated at the end of a low, half-mile-long, sandy point, which extends into Puget Sound from the base of Magnolia Bluff, the 1881 West Point Lighthouse still sends out alternating red and white flashes. Image measures 3 ½” x 4 ½” on 5” x 6” mount. Clean, clear, nice view. (VG+). $64.

13406. (photo) Cape Disappointment (Fort Canby) Lighthouse, Washington c. 1910. Good view of the well known lighthouse as the Keeper stands at the base. Note the second man using the Keeper’s telescope to look out to sea. The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse was constructed in 1856 to warn seamen of the treacherous river bar known by then as "the graveyard of the Pacific". In 1862, Cape Disappointment was armed with cannons to protect the mouth of the Columbia River from enemies and in 1875 the installation was expanded to become Fort Canby. This is the oldest functioning lighthouse on the West Coast. Wonderful close view provides good detail of the lighthouse structure, lantern, sun shades and more. Note the copper ground conductor attached to the lightning rod. Great details. Measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Clean, clear, very nice view. (VG+). $66. 

 

13416. (photo) Klipsan Beach Life-Saving Station, Washington c.1915. Rare early photo on postcard paper shows great detail of the main entrance to the 1891 U.S. Life-Saving Station at Klipsan Beach (formerly Ilwaco Beach) north of Cape Disappointment. Photo includes the front of the Marquette-style station, fence and large sign. Photo measures 3 ½” x 5” on postcard paper. Clear close view, little or no wear. (VG+). $48.

 

 

13399. O'Neil, Wayne R. Man & The Sea - Shipwrecks of Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon 1792-1949. 2013. Long Beach. 221p. Soft wraps. Man & The Sea tells the dramatic story of shipwrecks and groundings at the mouth of the Columbia River dating from 1792 up through 1949. These are stories of wooden ships and brave men including the life-savers of the Life-Saving Service, Coast Guard and Lighthouse Service who many times fought to save the imperiled mariners. The author covers over 230 shipwreck and mishaps at the mouth of the Columbia River and surrounding areas, as well as a pictorial overview of construction at Columbia River's North and South Jetties, a history of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, U.S. Coast Guard and the lighthouses in the area. Filled with over 200 period photos, illustrations and maps, this will be a great addition to your library. (M). $34.

 

12257e. (photo) Keeper Charles M. Elliot, Alki Point Light Station, Washington, c.1939. Rare view shows Keeper Charles M. Elliot as he climbs the tower stairs with the back-up oil lamp in hand. Great view includes good detail of the lamp, as well as Keeper Elliot’s Lighthouse Service uniform jackets with “K” collar insignia. Principal Keeper Elliot of Alki Point had an interesting hobby to which he devoted many hours while keeping an eye on the light. Keeper Elliott was known as a "one-man reference library" as a result of the time he spent researching the works of Walt Whitman and collecting many original works and postcards written by the poet. In a newspaper article, Elliott commented "watching the light on long foggy nights leaves me plenty of time to sit in my library," and Elliott used that time to become an expert on Whitman. Elliott even published a collection of writings on Whitman made by the poet's friends entitled "Walt Whitman, as Man, Poet and Friend." Photo has been cropped and includes date and description on the back. Clear, crisp. Approximately 4 ½” x 6 ½”. (VG+). $64.

22278c. Matthews, Gerald. LIFE-SAVERS OF THE PACIFIC COAST . The Californian Illustrated Magazine. June 1893. Disbound pp. 61-74. Illustrated with nine excellent vintage photographic views. Excellent early article chronicles the growth of the US Life-Saving Service along the pacific coast. Includes evolution of equipment, station design, staffing, training and much more. Disbound, clean, crisp. (F-).  $54. 

 

12418. (photo) Dobbins type pulling lifeboat, 28ft. version (boat No. 884). Station Ilwaco/Klipsan, Washington c.1910. Rare view shows great detail of the 8 surfmen and keeper rowing the rare Dobbins pulling surfboat of the Ilwaco Beach Life Saving Station. The boat in the photo is a Dobbins type pulling lifeboat. Station Ilwaco/Klipsan had two of them at various times, with the first being a 27ft. version that they inherited from Station Golden Gate Park in 1892 (no boat number assigned), and the second being a slightly larger 28ft. version (boat No. 884) which they received new in 1909. This may be either, but probably No. 884, the 28-footer Dobbins lifeboat. Rare view of this seldom seen boat model. Great early detail, on postcard paper. Not postmarked, light wear, clear and close. Dates from c.1904-1915 based on the backmark. (VG). $86.

 

  

12257c. (photo) Keeper H. D. Mahler with Daughter Frances, Alki Point Light Station, Washington, c.1917. Large 8” x 8” press photo past-up, shows Keeper Mahler as he looks to sea with his binoculars. Beside is a photo of the light tower and fog signal, and inset is a photo of his daughter Frances. Photos are b/w and includes date and description with newspaper article on back. Dated June 11, 1917. Clear, close views, clean, crisp. Rare view. (VG+). $64.

12313. (photo) Keeper Max Herman Cleans Lantern Glass, Point Robinson Lighthouse, Wa. c.1977. Clear, close 8” x 10” photo shows great details of the lens and lantern room as Keeper Max Herman Cleans Lantern Glass with his son looking on. Herman, age 31, is the Coast Guard keeper here and says that he “…has a perfect life.” With identification and newspaper article on back. Dated October 22, 1977. Great view.  (VG+). $54.

1042c. The Sea Chest – Journal of The Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society. June 2005. 47p. Wonderful historical articles of the Pacific coast include: The Wreck of SS Saratoga; The Liberty Ship George Walton; Loss of Seagate on the Washington Coast, Haida Revisited, and more. (VG+). $9

Gray’s Harbor Lighthouse & Life-Saving Station

 

26129c. (cabinet photo) Gray’s Harbor Lighthouse Keeper’s Dwellings, Point Hanson, Wash. c.1898. Rare, early view shows a close image of the Principal Keeper’s dwelling and the Assistant Keepers’ dwelling, with the tall masonry light tower in the background.  Nice detail of the two dwelling buildings, along with the privy and their large fenced, manicured lawn in front. Image is close, clear on mount measuring 5 ¼ ” x 8 ½ ”. Clean, clear, crisp, very nice important early image. (VG+).  $135.  

26129d. (cabinet photo) Gray’s Harbor Life Saving Station, Westport, Wash. c.1898. Rare, early view shows the rare Peterson’s Point-type life saving station in 1898 just as it was being completed. Located south of Gray’s Harbor in Westport, the station was originally called the Peterson Point station. Included in this rare view is the two-story station, separate boathouse, as well as the rear ell, drill pole and more. Image is close, clear on mount measuring 5 ¼ ” x 8 ½ ”. Clean, clear, crisp, very nice important early image. (VG+).  $145.  

26129a. (cabinet photo) Pier Construction, Gray’s Harbor Life Saving Station, Westport, Wash. c.1898. Rare, early view shows the pile driving machinery and equipment as workers work to build a pier at the life saving station. Rare view shows the tall pile driver working at the end of the pies as a worker looks on. Image is close, clear on mount measuring 5 ¼ ” x 8 ½ ”. Clean, clear, crisp, though somewhat light, a very nice important early image. (VG+).  $115.  

Lot price all three above Gray's Harbor images: $363.  

26322. (cabinet photo) Gray’s Harbor Lighthouse and Fog Signal Building, Westport, Wash. c.1899. Rare, early view shows a fairly close image of the light tower and steam fog signal building. Good view includes the windmill pumping water for the steam engine, the long trumpet and more. Labeled in ink on obverse “Nov. 19, 1899 1st Asst. Eng., Comp, G. C. Skinner”. Image is close, clear on mount measuring 5 ¼ ” x 6 ¼”. Clean, clear, light wear to edges and corners. A very nice important early image. (VG).  $165 net. 

 

26322b. (cabinet photo) Gray’s Harbor Lighthouse and Fog Signal Building, Westport, Wash. c.1899. Rare, early view shows a close image of the light tower and steam fog signal building. Good view includes the two large fog signal trumpets protruding from the side of the building,  and more. Image is close, clear on mount measuring 4 ¼ ” x 5 ¼”. Clean, clear, light soiling and reminants of very light stain. A very nice important early image. (VG+).  $158 net.

 

22179s. Glidden, Helene. THE LIGHT ON THE ISLAND – Tales of a Lighthouse Keeper’s Family in the San Juan Islands. Woodinville. 2001. Soft wraps. This classic chronicles the life of a lighthouse keeper’s family on Patos Island in Washington’s Rosario Strait from 1905 to 1913. Herein Helene or "Angie", as she calls herself, records the hardships, adventures and heroism that her family experienced in this remote corner of Washington state. The tale begins with the five-year old and her family moving to Patos as her father is appointed keeper there. Originally published in 1951, this anniversary edition preserves forever an important era in lighthouse life. (M). 16.95.

29236. Isom, James C. HISTORY OF THE NEW DUNGENESS LIGHTHOUSE. New Dungeness Chapter, United States Lighthouse Society. 2000. 92p. Soft wraps. The New Dungeness Light Station is one of the oldest lighthouses in the Northwest. It is located at the tip of the nearly 5 mile long Dungeness Spit in Sequim, Washington. The Lighthouse has been in continuous operation, providing navigational aids since its completion in 1857. Several of the original buildings remain intact. Well illustrated with vintage photos, maps and diagrams, this comprehensive work details the long history of this important light station, its keepers and their families, and  the changes to the light station and the new more effective navigational aids that were installed over the years to keep pace with the demands of ships plying the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Chapters include: Coastal explorations; Land claims; Commerce and the spit; Indian life; United States Lighthouse Service; New Dungeness Lighthouse; Lens, lamps, lanterns; Fog signals; Life at the lighthouse; Chronology and more. (M). $21.95

2789. THEY HAD TO GO OUT – True Stories of America’s Coastal Life Savers From The Pages of “Wreck & Rescue Journal”. Gwinn. 2007. Forward by Fred Stonehouse. 208p. Soft wraps. They Had to Go Out represents an unprecedented gathering works of talented historians working in the field of Life Saving Service history, taken from the pages of Wreck & Rescue Journal. Included are the writings of Ralph Shanks, Fred Stonehouse, Dennis L. Noble, Maurice Gibbs, and John Galluzzo.The stories reach from Massachusetts to Michigan to Washington, covering some of the accounts of bravado and selflessness of the men of the U. S. Life Saving Service, shedding more light on perhaps the most exciting aspect of America’s maritime history. (M). Published at $16.95. Our price $15.95.

 

10488. Marc, Jacques F. Pacific Coast Steamship China. UBC Press. 2009. 182p. Hardcover.  300+ color and 80 b/w photographs. At the height of Pacific-coast steamship travel in the late 1800s and early 1900s, passengers enjoyed a sit-down dinner served on china with silver flatware. Today, the only places you can still find this china is at flea markets and antique shops or by diving at old dock sites and on shipwrecks. Pacific Coast Ship China identifies and dates shipping china used along the Pacific coast of North America. It identifies more than 280 china patterns used on vessels and in-shore establishments of shipping organizations registered in Alaska, Yukon Territory, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Hawaii; it describes patterns used in coastal, intercoastal and transpacific services. In addition to passenger vessels, it documents the china used by freighter operations, oil companies, government services and yacht clubs. This easy-to-use guide identifies almost 300 china patterns. It provides collectors, museum technicians, divers, history buffs and anyone else interested in identifying and dating Pacific-coast ship china with all the information they need. It also includes brief descriptions of 73 Pacific-coast shipping companies and government services including Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard. (M). $79.95.

 

10395. Lee, Ila G., Children of the Lighthouse. Bloomington. 2003. 125. Soft wraps. Children of the Lighthouse preserves the unique experiences of the author, living at a lighthouse during the Great Depression and Worls War II. The daughter of a lighthouse keeper, Lee grew up along the Pacific coast, occupying with her family different light stations in Oregon and Washington.  Featuring historical photographs and letters, this is a great opportunity to relive a bygone era. Great reading. (M). $13.95.

CLEARANCE PRICED at Only $7.95 each:

Roberts, Bruce and Ray Jones. Over 80 color and b/w photographs. Soft wraps. Scarce early editions of this author’s earlier works covers the lighthouses along the coasts of the United States . The superb narrative and exquisite photography have made this lighthouse series repeated best sellers. Many signed by the author. (M).  

8268. CALIFORNIA LIGHTHOUSES – Point St. George to the Gulf of Santa Catalina . 1997. 86 p. (2)

LIGHTHOUSES OF CALIFORNIA AND HAWAII Eureka to San Diego to Honolulu . 2002. 87 p. (5)

WESTERN LIGHTHOUSES. Olympic Peninsula to San Diego . 1993. 117p. (1)

22513. Leffingwell, Randy and Pamela Welty. LIGHTHOUSES OF THE PACIFIC COAST – Your Guide to Lighthouses of California, Oregon and Washington. Stillwater. 2002. 176 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.

 

Light-House Service District Maps

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).

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 - Large Size

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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