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23560. Caesar, Pete. RESCUE – The United States Life Saving Service.  Kalamazoo . 1986. 2nd. 111 p. Stiff wraps. Signed by the author. Captain Pete Caesar’s series of self-published books have become highly sought by  Great Lakes marine historians due to their relative scarcity. Western Michigan shipping buffs will remember Captain Pete Caesar. He was an artist and marine historian based in lower Michigan and one time curator of the White River Light Station Museum. Privately printed by his Ocean and Great Lakes Marine Research Press, all Caesar's books were produced in short runs of less than 100 books and they are nearly impossible to find.  This is a most unusual book, privately printed by the author’s Ocean and Great Lakes Marine Research Press, picks the 1885-1886 working season of the Life Saving Service and describes in some detail one important rescue or event in the lives of each station’s crew in the country that year. Many stations are illustrated with a photo or postal card of the day, to provide a wonderful glimpse into the lives of the crews during that difficult season. Includes maps showing the station locations and great deal more. Quite an unusual piece, the first time that I have come across it and lucky that I was able to obtain some of the last copies available. (M). $48.95 net.

7209. Shelton-Roberts, Cheryl, LIGHTHOUSE FAMILIES. 1997. 196p. Hard cover. Living in a lighthouse was a way of life for the families of more than 5000 keepers and employees of the United States Lighthouse Service. These quiet people faithfully manned their remote outposts and withstood enemy attacks, hurricanes, and dishonest bureaucrats while saving countless thousands of lives. These men, women and children daily experienced physical hardship, round-the-clock work, isolation, and danger - and the strong bond of family. Though the Lighthouse Service no longer exists, many of the children who grew up at these stations do and their stories are preserved for the first time in this remarkable book. Family tales from Pigeon Point California, St. Augustine Florida, Saddleback Ledge Maine, Old Mackinac Point Michigan, Morris Island South Carolina and many more. Illustrated with over 100 family vintage photographs and a beautiful full color photo of the light as it appears today. This is a book that you won’t want to put down. (M). Reduced! $22.46.

28285. Meehan, James D. My, But the Wind Did Blow - Memoirs of Delaware 's Epic Struggles with the Sea. Published by Harold E. Dukes, Jr.; 2003. 176p. DJ. Signed by the author. Most interesting work includes more than 300 photos telling the dramatic story of how Delawareans coped with the perils of the sea. Includes the 1962 storm...the collapse of the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse...dramatic shipwrecks...light stations of the past, the U.S. Life Saving Service, keepers and crews, lightships...rumrunners...war preparations...how U-boats sank two ships off the Delaware coast...surrender of German submarine and much more. Fine large vintage and recent photos. Great addition to your library, almost impossible to find. (M). $34.95.

28341. Meehan, James D. Rehoboth Beach Memoirs – From Saints to Sinners. Harold E. Dukes Jr. Bethany Beach. 2000. 256p. DJ. An outstanding collection of vintage photos depicts the history of Rehoboth Beach , from the past to the present. More than 500 photos with accompanying text that bring the fascinating history of Rehoboth Beach to life for the first time – in visual detail. Fascinating, educational and memorable. (M). $34.95.

28342. Meehan, James D. Bethany Beach Memoirs – A Long Look Back. Harold E. Dukes Jr. Bethany Beach. 1998. Fourth printing 2007. 160p. DJ. A superb collection of vintage photographs details the progress of this peaceful resort from the 1920’s, through the war years, to the present day. Over 250 photographs are beautifully presented, bringing to life this seaside resort. (M). $39.95.

 

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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).  

NORTHERN LIGHTHOUSES. New Brunswick to the Jersey Shore . 1990. 127p. (1)

772. NEW ENGLAND LIGHTHOUSES. Bay of Fundy to Long Island Sound. 1996. 101p. (3)

8227. MID-ATLANTIC LIGHTHOUSES – Hudson River to Chesapeake Bay . 1996. 86 p. (2)

8264. SOUTHEASTERN LIGHTHOUSES. Outer Banks to Cape Florida . 1998. 92p. (2)

21297. SOUTHERN LIGHTHOUSES. Outer Banks to Cape Florida . 2002. 88p. (1)

8265. GULF COAST LIGHTHOUSES – Florida Keys to the Rio Grande . 1998. 92 p. (2)

8266. PACIFIC NORTHWEST LIGHTHOUSES Oregon , Washington and British Columbia . 1997. 96p. (3)

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)

21362. EASTERN GREAT LAKES LIGHTHOUSES. Ontario, Erie, and Huron. 2001. 87p. (1)

WESTERN GREAT LAKES LIGHTHOUSES. Michigan and Superior. 1996. 87p. (1)

GREAT LAKES LIGHTHOUSES. Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior. 1994. 120p. (2)

 

24163. Field, Van R. and John J. Galluzzo.  NEW JERSEY COAST GUARD STATIONS AND RUMRUNNERS. 2004. 128p. 200 vintage photographs. Published as part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. New Jersey ’s low-lying, sandy coast has been the scene of thousands of shipwrecks over the years as ships bound for New York foundered on its offshore shoals. Using a collection of over 200 early photographs dating from the early Coast Guard era, the well known authors paint a picture of early Coast Guard life, the work of the beach patrol, and much more. Filled with superb images of the early stations and their crews, surfboats and much more. Well done, a fine addition to your library. (M).   $19.99. 

24226. Stonehouse, Frederick. GREAT LAKES CRIME. Gwinn. 2004. Soft wraps. Murder, piracy, ship burnings, rum runners and more. Excellent research and story telling by this noted maritime author.  (M). $15.95. 

24295. Jeans, Peter D. SHIP TO SHORE – A Dictionary of Everyday Words and Phrases Derived from the Sea. Camden. 2004. 433 p. Soft wraps. “One of the best dictionaries of sea terms ever.” Bail out. The coast is clear. In deep water. These are just a few of the seafaring terms that have become part of our common language. But where do they come from, and what do they really mean? Peter Jeans provides all the answers in this book which was named a “Best Reference Source” by Library Journal. In his journey to uncover word origins, Jeans paints a vivid picture of hardy Nantucket whalers and Elizabethan sea dogs, grizzled Nova Scotia fishermen and the crews of great clipper ships. Along the way, he recounts the exploits of such seafaring greats as Sir Francis Drake, Captain Cook, and John Paul Jones. More than a dictionary, Ship to Shore is a fascinating chronicle of the sailing men who made an enduring contribution to the English language. Here readers will find origins of words and phrases. (M). $18.95.

 24193. Marriott, Leo. LIGHTHOUSES – A Pictorial History of Lighthouses Around the World. Guilford . 2003. 128 p. DJ. Crossing open waters has always been a dangerous and sometimes deadly vocation, but drawing close to the end destination is the most hazardous part of the sailor's journey. Reaching the right harbor during the night and knowing how to avoid razor-sharp rocks or reefs is a task that can defeat the most experienced navigator - with fatal results. Since earliest times the response to these dangers has been to erect a light-bearing tower - a beacon to sailors that could guide them safely into port. Some of these early lighthouses were basic stones on the shores, but others, like the Colossus of Rhodes, a 110-foot (33m) statue of the sun god Helios built in 282 BC in the Mediterranean , became wonders of the ancient world. Architecturally imposing and with an air of romance to them, lighthouses continue to fascinate us. Often there are tales of strange events connected to lonely lighthouses - tragic stories of keepers and ghosts at sea. Leo Marriott's Lighthouses, illustrated with more than 100 color photographs, takes readers on a historical and international tour of these wonderful structures and recounts tales of great courage and tragedy, as well as details of why and how lighthouses were built. (M). Published at $14.95. Our Price $12.95.

24389. Clifford, J. Candace and Mary Louise Clifford. MAINE LIGHTHOUSES: DOCUMENTATION OF THEIR PAST. Alexandria. 2004. 220 p. Soft wraps. Illustrated with 156 historic black and white photographs. Some 67 light stations with resident keepers were built to aid shipping along Maine’s rocky coastline between 1791, when the tower at Portland Head was lit, and 1910, when the last traditional lighthouse was established at Whitlock Mills. Maine Lighthouses: Documentation of Their Past differs from other books about Maine lights in being based almost entirely on primary sources. This book is almost entirely based on research the authors conducted on Maine lighthouses in the National Archives. The authors combed the lighthouse collection in the National Archives for original records that describe how the site was selected, the construction of the tower and auxiliary buildings, the appointment of keepers, the damage to the station done by weather, and the repairs and reconstruction needed as the decades slid by. Log books tell us about the daily lives of keepers; correspondence with engineers and inspection reports detail the physical evolution of each station; and communication with Federal officials indicates how the Lighthouse Establishment was administered. Extremely well done – an important reference as well as a joy to look through.  Filled with wonderful old photographs of equipment including the lenses and lantern room, keepers, early stations and more. (M). Published at $22.95. Our price $19.95. 

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. Soft wraps. 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). $12.95.

24394. Krebs, Laurie. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A COLONIAL LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER. New York. 2004. 24 p. New from PowerKids Press, this charming addition to their Day in the Life series looks at Boston Light in Colonial times. From the harbor and lighthouse design, to the keeper’s daily duties, changing weather, firing the fog signal cannon, polishing the brass, rescues and more. A wonderful addition to your children’s library. (M). $18.95.

24333. O’Neil, Carol. POINT SUR. 2004. 127p. 200 vintage photographs. Published as part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. Point Sur, just south of Monterey, is a large volcanic over 360 feet above sea level, and was originally only 10-12 feet wide at the top. For 11 years, the U.S. Lighthouse Service was petitioned for a lighthouse at Point Sur and in 1886 funds for the lighthouse were first appropriated. Work was completed in 1889, and a first-order Fresnel lens installed. The station was also equipped with a steam whistle fog signal and keeper's dwelling, which housed three families. The photos in this book are amazing and include a extremely rare selection of construction photos. Working with many descendents of the keepers as well, the author paints a rare picture of lighthouse life here. A fine addition to your library. (M)  $19.99.

 

9419. Smith, Joseph W. GLEANINGS FROM THE SEA: SHOWING THE PLEASURES AND PENALTIES OF LIFE AFLOAT, WITH CONTINGENCIES ASHORE. 1987. [First published 1887.] Wells, Maine. 406p. The irresistible charms of the Maine coastline, and particularly the Biddeford Pool area, prompted the author in 1887 to write this recollection of the history and the people of this area, resort life and particularly the life of a people largely dominated by the sea. In over 40 chapters the author presents all aspects of the life in the area, from the yachting and fishing of the area, to the storms, cruising and ending with a lengthy 71 page chapter detailing the work of the Life-Saving Service at the Biddeford Pool Station. Illustrated with numerous photographs including three wonderful early views of the Biddeford Pool crews. Delightful reading. Gilt embossed binding with gilt page edges, quite well done. (M).  $56.

2450. Claflin, James W. HISTORIC NANTUCKET LIGHTHOUSES: Great Point -  A History of Nantucket’s Lighthouses on Great Point. Worcester. 2004.  $8.95.

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23549. Claflin, James W. HISTORIC CAPE COD LIGHTHOUSES: Race Point. A History of Cape Cod’s Lighthouse on Race Point. Worcester . 2003. 74 pages, soft wraps,  26 vintage black and white photographs, fold-out map. SPECIAL EDITION: First 500 copies signed and numbered with wood chip from Race Point Lighthouse included. Historic Cape Cod Lighthouses: Race Point is the third in a series of booklets that tell the story of historic lighthouses and life-saving stations along the New England Coast . Two lighthouses have stood at Race Point on the tip of Cape Cod since the first was lit in 1816. In addition, other beacons were constructed at Wood End and on Long Point as additional aids to vessels approaching Provincetown harbor. With thousands of vessels plying the dangerous waters, the chance of a shipping disaster was always great. Hundreds of shipwrecks did indeed occur off the coast with startling losses. Using descriptive text and a variety of vintage images from private as well as museum collections, we get a rare glimpse into the history of the area and the lives of these dedicated government men and women. Author James Claflin combines an extensively researched text with his exquisite collection of vintage photographs, many previously unpublished, to tell the story of this important landmark. (M).  $8.95

23525. Claflin, James W. HISTORIC NANTUCKET LIGHTHOUSES: Sankaty Head. A History of Nantucket’s Lighthouse on Sankaty Head. Worcester. 2003. 65 pages, soft wraps, approximately 27 vintage black and white photographs, fold-out map. SPECIAL EDITION: First 500 copies signed and numbered with artifact from Sankaty Head Lighthouse included. Historic Nantucket Lighthouses: Sankaty Head is the second in a series of booklets that tell the story of historic lighthouses and life-saving stations along the New England Coast. A lighthouse has stood on Sankaty Head near the village of Siasconset since 1850, the third such aid built on the island. Three lighthouses have watched over Great Point, and nine have stood on Brant Point since the first was lit on the island in 1746. In addition, other beacons were constructed on the Jetties Beach and in the harbor as additional aids to vessels approaching the harbor. However, numerous pitfalls were to befall the keepers as fire and the ravages of weather would torment them for years. With thousands of vessels plying the dangerous waters, the chance of a shipping disaster was always great. Hundreds of shipwrecks did indeed occur off the coast with startling losses. Using descriptive text and a variety of vintage images from private as well as museum collections, we get a rare glimpse into the history of the area and the lives of these dedicated government men and women. Author James Claflin combines an extensively researched text with his exquisite collection of vintage photographs, many previously unpublished, to tell the story of this important landmark. (M). $8.95

Also Available:  Great Point, Nantucket Lightship in 3 volumes. Coming Soon: Chatham Light, Surfside Life Saving Station, and more...

21468. Twohy, John and George Mattson. CALIFORNIA’S LIGHT STATIONS AND OTHER AIDS TO NAVIGATION c.1950. Jenner. 2001. 96p. Soft wraps 8 ½" x 11". In the late 1940’s the authors, both talented painters and professional photographers, began photographing the keepers tending their apparatus at nearby light stations and soon had compiled a photographic history of the life at stations up and down the coast of California from San Diego to Cape Mendocino. The authors included too the lightships, tenders as well as the keepers and their families. These wonderful black and white images present a rare view into the light keeper’s life when their work was still a necessity. No matter what part of the country you are from, these views of the men and women tending their equipment will surely be of interest. (M). $24.50.

21162. Knight, William E., THE COAST GUARD NAVY OF WORLD WAR II. 1998. 209p. Soft wraps. In this self published account, Quartermaster Chief Bill Knight provides numerous first-hand vignettes of his wartime experiences on Coast Guard vessels in the Pacific theatre. Some humorous, some sad, some shocking but all are engrossing in this detailed account that will add significantly to your insight to life in the Coast Guard during wartime. Of this book, Rear Admiral Russell R. Waesche Jr. wrote that "This fine book adds significantly to those of the excellent masters who have gone before…." Includes a complete listing of ships manned by the Coast Guard during the author’s ten year stay, numerous photographs, and much more. An extremely detailed account. This title was self published and has not been generally available before. [wholesale discounts also available]. (M). $24.95.

23538. Budge, Billy. MEMOIRS OF A LIGHTKEEPER'S SON – Life on St. Paul Island. Lawrencetown Beach. 2003. William (Billy) G. Budge was born in 1948 in the small fishing village of Neil's Harbour on the northern tip of Cape Breton. In 1955 his father accepted the position of lighthouse keeper on St. Paul Island, a rugged and forlorn mountain in the sea. Positioned at the entrance to the Gulf of St. Lawrence between Cape Breton and Newfoundland, this island is subject to violent gales, snowstorms and is often shrouded in fog. Early seafarers called it the "Graveyard of the Gulf" due to the vast numbers of ships and countless lives that were lost along its shores. Billy moved to St. Paul Island with his parents and younger sister in September of 1955. For the next five years they lived at the southwest light station in almost total isolation. His family quickly learned to cope in a world without neighbors, electricity, schools, or any sports activities. They lived off the land – hunting ducks along the coast, berry picking, and jigging cod on the sea. Almost daily there were hardships to overcome and problems to be resolved. Life on the island was one of both tragedy and triumph. In Memoirs of a Lightkeeper's Son, Billy tells his story of survival on that lonely rock. Sense the lush green of the island in summer in the midst of a crystal blue sea and feel the harshness of winter while buried under snow and surrounded by drift ice. Share with Billy the excitement of unexpected guests, the arrival of a supply ship as well as the sadness of sickness and loss. Experience the many technical problems such as a fire in the lighthouse and learn how the entire family worked together to restore service. Wonderful reading. (M). $18.95.

23517. Bennett, Robert F. LIFE-SAVING ALONG THE COAST, 1848-1871: Its New Jersey Beginnings And How It Expanded. Toms River. 2003. 288 p. Stiff wraps. Captain Bennett is an historical expert on the United States Life-Saving Service. He has authored two books, Surfboats, Rockets and Carronades, and The Sandpounders (both published by the USCG); and has revised the Coast Guardsman's Manual (Seventh Edition). Captain Bennett has written numerous pamphlets and articles on the Life-Saving Service, and is frequently cited in materials written about it. This new presentation includes a reprint of Surfboats, Rockets and Carronades, originally published in 1976. Written before the resurgence of interest in the origins of the Life-Saving Service, Surfboats, Rockets, And Carronades traces the little known origins, successes and failures of the earliest federal efforts in lifesaving along the coasts. During the years from 1848 through 1870 volunteer efforts of private citizens saved countless thousands of lives from shipwreck. To help them, they had only native experience, abundant courage, and some token federal assistance in the form of … SURFBOATS, ROCKETS, AND CARRONADES. This is the story of these first rescue stations and of the later establishment of the Life-Saving Service. Also includes is an extensively researched chronological presentation of official correspondence and documents relating to the funding and creation of the early life-saving stations. This chronology discloses the tools and equipment provided for the federal government, the early station-keepers and other important officials which gradually allowed the development of a nationwide organization admired throughout the world. A "must" for the Life-Saving Service historian and good reading for all. (M). $59.95.

23518. Taylor, Thomas. MONHEGAN ISLAND AND ITS LIGHTHOUSE. 2003. Soft wraps. The Island of Monhegan, some sixteen miles off the coast from Boothbay Harbor, Maine, is known as a summer artist colony and unique tourist destination. Thomas Taylor's new book, Monhegan Island and Its Lighthouse, brings to life the history of this unique coastal island of Maine from the times of early exploration and ties this in to the history of its picturesque lighthouse, which was first built in 1824. Includes an overall history of the island and its people leading into the need and construction of the first lighthouse in 1824. Then the author details the reconstruction of the light station as well as the fog signal station on nearby Manana Island. Also includes excellent sections on the technical changes in the lighthouse and evolving life on the island, as well as the changes in the station brought about by the evolution of the Coast Guard and then World War II. Well illustrated with a number of historic photographs of the lighthouse and details of the lives of the keepers. Well done, large format. (M). $14.95

2399. Evans, Clayton. RESCUE AT SEA – An International History of Lifesaving, Coastal Rescue Craft and Organizations. Annapolis. 2003. 256 p. This heavily illustrated volume includes over 150 color photographs and offers a comprehensive and dramatic history of coastal life saving and rescues at sea from the earliest times to the present day. Divided into four sections, the first section covers the beginnings in Europe and China, followed by a section on rescue craft design, from the earliest pulling and sailing lifeboats to the high-speed boats of today. The last two sections provide a look at contemporary maritime rescue organizations and SAR network. Published in cooperation with the International Lifeboat Federation, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and the US Coast Guard, this book also features some of the most awe-inspiring heroics and epic tragedies of the lifesaving service. Strongly recommended by authorities in the field, this is surely one for your reference library. (M). Published at $49.95. Our Price $42.95.

2398. Larzelere, Alex R., THE COAST GUARD IN WORLD WAR I. Annapolis. 2003. 240 p. The U. S. Coast Guard suffered the highest percentage of losses of any armed force in World War I, yet until now the extent of the Coast Guard’s involvement remained little known. The Coast Guard was transferred to the Navy when war was declared in 1917. A small service of less than 5000, it was made up of highly experienced cuttermen, sorely needed for the Navy’s rapidly expanding fleet. This first ever account combines personal journals and letters, reports of commanding officers, personnel records, interviews and much more to bring this history to life. Well illustrated and fine reading. (M). Published at $32.95. Our Price $29.95.

  

23451. Woodman, Richard and Jane Wilson. THE LIGHTHOUSES OF TRINITY HOUSE © Trinity House Corporation. London. 2002. 256 p. DJ. For the first time, and with the endorsement of Trinity House, this is a single-volume celebration of the lighthouses of England and Wales, and of the men and women whose dedication to duty has saved countless seafarers. Endorsed by the Corporation of Trinity House and with a foreword by the Master, HRH Prince Philip, this is much more than a "coffee table book". The long awaited book that tells the story of Trinity House Lighthouse Service, its people, the construction of its lighthouses and equipment. With the help of personal reminiscences of the keepers, stunning photographs, original engineering plans and contemporary paintings, the authors have unraveled a history that spans centuries and progresses from the most primitive of wood-burning lights to a future of ever more technical advances. Generously illustrated with drawings, paintings and plans from the archives and contemporary charts and photographs, the latter half of the book describes each of the lighthouses. The vintage photographs and plans of lanterns, lamps and lighting apparatus, fog signal equipment and more are worth the price along. A superb chronicle. (M). $88 net.

23194. Claflin, James W. HISTORIC NANTUCKET LIGHTHOUSES: BRANT POINT. A History of Nantucket’s Lighthouses on Brant Point. Worcester. 2003. 64 pages, soft wraps, approximately 20 vintage black and white photographs, fold-out map. SPECIAL EDITION: First 500 copies signed and numbered with wood chip from the 1901 Brant Point Lighthouse tipped in. Historic Nantucket Lighthouses: Brant Point is the first in a series of booklets that tell the story of historic lighthouses and life-saving stations along the New England Coast. Nine lighthouses have stood on Brant Point since the first was lit in 1746. In addition, other beacons were constructed on the Jetties Beach and in the harbor as additional aids to vessels approaching the harbor. However, numerous pitfalls were to befall the keepers as fire and the ravages of weather would torment them for years. With thousands of vessels plying the dangerous waters, the chance of a shipping disaster was always great. Hundreds of shipwrecks did indeed occur off the coast with startling losses. Using descriptive text and a variety of vintage images from private as well as museum collections, we get a rare glimpse into the history of the area and the lives of these dedicated government men and women. Author James Claflin combines an extensively researched text with his exquisite collection of vintage photographs, many previously unpublished, to tell the story of this important landmark. (M). $8.95. 

2313. Krauskopf, Sharma. A YEAR AT THE LIGHTHOUSE. Scotland. 2002. 224 p. Soft wraps. Some might consider living alone at a remote North Atlantic lighthouse in Scotland’s most northerly territory a fantastic adventure and others a little bit crazy. American Sharma Krauskopf, popular speaker and well-known author did just that from May 2001 until April 2002. A Year at the Lighthouse is a day-by-day account of the events and her feelings during her stay. Written in a positive, candid, often humorous manner, the story encompasses a diverse array of events and happenings. Visits of family and friends punctuated the isolation as did the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society’s international weekend event . Winter storms shattered the rural quiet in November. A Year at the Lighthouse is a true story of how a 61 year old American woman living at a remote light-house learns about crofting, the ways and beauty of nature on the Shetland Islands, and more. This book will appeal to many whether interested in lighthouses, remote living, nature writing or simply looking for a good read! (M). $23.95.

23437. Stieve, Jeanette. THE HARBOR LIGHT 1872-1940. South Haven. 2003. 70 p. Soft wraps. Drawing on the keeper’s logs and journals and newspapers of the day, the author has put together a most unusual account of the joys and sorrows of the light keepers and their families at South Haven’s Harbor Lighthouse. The journals are remarkable in their detail and the many early newspaper accounts add greatly to the readers overall view. Quite interesting is the tragic account of Keeper De Deimmar who was killed when struck by the in-coming Fruit Belt train. Includes details of the inspections, US Signal Service work, lighthouse tenders and much more. (M). $18.95.

23450. Hoyt, Susan Roark. LIGHTHOUSES OF SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN. Chicago. 2003. 128 p. Soft wraps. Lighthouses of Southwest Michigan takes the reader on an exciting journey through the history of seven light stations, from the St. Joseph, South Haven and Kalamazoo River lights to the Holland Harbor, Grand Haven, Muskegon and Whitre River Lights. Through a rare collection of archival photographs, this book explores these fascinating structures and the people who maintained them. (M). $19.99.

23254. Jones, Ray. THE LIGHTHOUSE ENCYCLOPEDIA – A Definitive Reference. Guilford. 2003. 288 p. DJ. Who was Augustine Fresnel? What is a clamshell lens? When was the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse moved? What is a daymark? Lighthouse lovers and anyone interested in history will find the answers to these and hundreds of other questions in The Lighthouse Encyclopedia. This one-stop resource offers an amazing wealth of information about the history of lighthouses, key people associated with lighthouses, lighthouse technology, lighthouse organizations and much more. Organized in typical A-Z encyclopedia style, this compendium of information allows the reader to easily find historical fact, famous keepers, or lighthouse mechanisms and much more. Lavishly illustrated with over 300 color and b/w photographs, including many archival views of stations, keepers and their equipment, 4 maps and more. This is a one-of-a-kind reference and should prove an essential resource. (M). Published at $27.95. Our Price $24.95. Reserve now for November arrival.

23194. Claflin, James W. HISTORIC NANTUCKET LIGHTHOUSES: BRANT POINT. A History of Nantucket’s Lighthouses on Brant Point. Worcester. 2003. 64 pages, soft wraps, approximately 20 vintage black and white photographs, fold-out map. SPECIAL EDITION: First 500 copies signed and numbered with wood chip from the 1901 Brant Point Lighthouse tipped in. Historic Nantucket Lighthouses: Brant Point is the first in a series of booklets that tell the story of historic lighthouses and life-saving stations along the New England Coast. Nine lighthouses have stood on Brant Point since the first was lit in 1746. In addition, other beacons were constructed on the Jetties Beach and in the harbor as additional aids to vessels approaching the harbor. However, numerous pitfalls were to befall the keepers as fire and the ravages of weather would torment them for years. With thousands of vessels plying the dangerous waters, the chance of a shipping disaster was always great. Hundreds of shipwrecks did indeed occur off the coast with startling losses. Using descriptive text and a variety of vintage images from private as well as museum collections, we get a rare glimpse into the history of the area and the lives of these dedicated government men and women. Author James Claflin combines an extensively researched text with his exquisite collection of vintage photographs, many previously unpublished, to tell the story of this important landmark. (M). $8.95. 

Other titles in series available include: Sankaty Lighthouse, Great Point Lighthouse, Race Point Lighthouse, Nantucket Lightship, Surfside Life Saving Station.

2450. Claflin, James W. HISTORIC NANTUCKET LIGHTHOUSES: Great Point -  A History of Nantucket’s Lighthouses on Great Point. Worcester. 2004.  $8.95.

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23549. Claflin, James W. HISTORIC CAPE COD LIGHTHOUSES: Race Point. A History of Cape Cod’s Lighthouse on Race Point. Worcester . 2003. 74 pages, soft wraps,  26 vintage black and white photographs, fold-out map. SPECIAL EDITION: First 500 copies signed and numbered with wood chip from Race Point Lighthouse included. Historic Cape Cod Lighthouses: Race Point is the third in a series of booklets that tell the story of historic lighthouses and life-saving stations along the New England Coast . Two lighthouses have stood at Race Point on the tip of Cape Cod since the first was lit in 1816. In addition, other beacons were constructed at Wood End and on Long Point as additional aids to vessels approaching Provincetown harbor. With thousands of vessels plying the dangerous waters, the chance of a shipping disaster was always great. Hundreds of shipwrecks did indeed occur off the coast with startling losses. Using descriptive text and a variety of vintage images from private as well as museum collections, we get a rare glimpse into the history of the area and the lives of these dedicated government men and women. Author James Claflin combines an extensively researched text with his exquisite collection of vintage photographs, many previously unpublished, to tell the story of this important landmark. (M).  $8.95

23525. Claflin, James W. HISTORIC NANTUCKET LIGHTHOUSES: Sankaty Head. A History of Nantucket’s Lighthouse on Sankaty Head. Worcester. 2003. 65 pages, soft wraps, approximately 27 vintage black and white photographs, fold-out map. SPECIAL EDITION: First 500 copies signed and numbered with artifact from Sankaty Head Lighthouse included. Historic Nantucket Lighthouses: Sankaty Head is the second in a series of booklets that tell the story of historic lighthouses and life-saving stations along the New England Coast. A lighthouse has stood on Sankaty Head near the village of Siasconset since 1850, the third such aid built on the island. Three lighthouses have watched over Great Point, and nine have stood on Brant Point since the first was lit on the island in 1746. In addition, other beacons were constructed on the Jetties Beach and in the harbor as additional aids to vessels approaching the harbor. However, numerous pitfalls were to befall the keepers as fire and the ravages of weather would torment them for years. With thousands of vessels plying the dangerous waters, the chance of a shipping disaster was always great. Hundreds of shipwrecks did indeed occur off the coast with startling losses. Using descriptive text and a variety of vintage images from private as well as museum collections, we get a rare glimpse into the history of the area and the lives of these dedicated government men and women. Author James Claflin combines an extensively researched text with his exquisite collection of vintage photographs, many previously unpublished, to tell the story of this important landmark. (M). $8.95

Also Available:  Great Point, Nantucket Lightship in 3 volumes. Coming Soon: Chatham Light, Surfside Life Saving Station, and more...

23370. Witzell, Susan Fletcher, Jane A. McLaughlin and Mary Lou Smith. NEW ENGLAND VIEWS - THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF BALDWIN COOLIDGE (1845-1928). Woods Hole. 1998. 181 p. DJ. Wonderful work features 189 duotone images selected from the plates of the noted Boston photographer Baldwin Coolidge whose photographs spanned the period of the 1880s to 1917. Over his career, Coolidge took many pictures in Woods Hole, as well as Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, the Elizabeth Islands, New Hampshire, Maine along the Merrimack, the North Shore, city scenes and maritime views as well. Superb views include a number of light stations and life saving stations in the area, as well as ships and shipwrecks, farm and city life of the period, and much more. Published with the cooperation of The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA). New England Views won First Prize in the American Association of Museum's 1999 Design Competition. It was also chosen as one of the 50 Books/50 Covers in the annual design competition of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1999. A visual feast for those interested in nineteenth century America. (M). $49.95

23363. Snow, Edward Rowe. A PILGRIM RETURNS TO CAPE COD. Beverly. 2003. DJ. New Centennial Edition published in recognition of the centennial of Mr. Snow’s birth in August 1902. Updated by Jeremy D’Entremont and with a new forward by maritime author Captain Admont G. Clark. First published in 1946, this important work and now has been meticulously updated as more and more readers discover Mr. Snow’s wealth of titles on the subject once again. An engrossing tale, chronicles the authors’ 235 mile walk through Cape Cod in 1946. Filled with information on the maritime history of this area with his usual emphasis on the lighthouses , life-saving and shipwrecks. Well illustrated with photos. A wealth of information on the area. Certainly one of the most readable books on the subject ever written, A wonderful, readable book by this well known story teller. (M). Published at $21.95. Clearance $11.

21471. Stonehouse, ,Frederick. WRECK ASHORE – The United States Life-Saving Service On The Great Lakes. Duluth. 2003. 2nd. 224p. Soft wraps. From the mid-1780’s until it became the Coast Guard in 1915, the U.S. Life-Saving Service was responsible for the safety of the seas. Despite personal danger or difficulty, the life-savers invariably accomplished the task and became the stuff of legends. For this first time, this wonderful book details the exploits of these intrepid life-savers on the Great Lakes. This highly acclaimed book is the only complete record of the Great Lakes lifesavers. The lifesavers were always there, rescue on their minds. An important addition to the Great Lakes record. Just filled with information and hundreds of vintage photographs, Mr. Stonehouse explains all facets of the organization, the stations, the keepers and men, the equipment that they used as well as numerous rescues performed. Excellent reading with a wealth of information and a must for maritime collectors. (M). $19.95.

23355. McGuiggan, Amy Whorf. MY PROVINCETOWN - Memories of a Cape Cod Childhood. Beverly. 2003. 128 p. Soft wraps. Provincetown means many things to many people but to Amy Whorf McGuiggan, Provincetown means childhood. Every summer of the 1960s and early 1970s, her parents bundled the family into the car and headed for "A Home at Last," the P-town cottage where the un-shaded deck sizzled under the sun and the railings were draped with bathing suits and orange life jackets. By accident of birth, McGuiggan was the granddaughter of legendary Provincetown painter John Whorf and the author brings a sharp eye to the landscape, the neighborhoods, and the people of her summer paradise. But My Provincetown is mostly a memoir, and an elegy, for a simpler time, when a child could come and go easily among divergent cultures, when a girl’s whole world "could be measured in mere yards." McGuiggan lived and thrived in a space visible from her deck, a space bounded by sun and sky, sand and water. A rare memoir and a pleasure to read. (M). $17.95.

23233. Tag, Thomas A., FROM BRAZIERS AND BOUGIES TO XENON. Dayton. 2003. 41p. Soft wraps. Thomas Tag has long been probably the only authority on lamps, lens apparatus and illumination for lighthouses, with his articles on the subject appearing in our catalogue, as well as the U. S. Lighthouse Society’s Keeper’s Log, Lighthouse Digest and other publications. Now Tom has added still another volume to his list of publications – From Braziers And Bougies To Xenon. This is the story of lighthouse illumination through the centuries. Lighthouse illumination began with simple wood fires and progressed through a generation of other methods. Even the oil lamp began in simplicity and evolved into a machine with multiple wicks, clockwork oil pumps, specialized chimneys, hydraulic, pneumatic, and other variants. This detailed work takes you through the history of illumination methods from ‘braziers and bougies [candles] to xenon’, from the 1600’s up to the present day. Filled with 5t photographs and diagrams, this volume is the definitive source on the subject. (M). $26.

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6697. Thompson, Frederic L., THE LIGHTSHIPS OF CAPE COD. 1996. 2nd printing. 112 pp. Soft wraps. Signed by the author. Illustrated with over 93 beautifully detailed photographs. Much sought after, this scarce volume chronicles the history of the lightships in this vital area. Wonderfully detailed b/w photographs enhance the author's vivid description of the history and life aboard these vessels. One of the only volumes ever written exclusively on this subject, this fine work will make a fine addition to any library (M). $14.95.

 

2074. Clifford, J. Candace and Mary Louise Clifford. NINETEENTH-CENTURY LIGHTS Historic Images of American Lighthouses. Alexandria, Va. 2000. 295p. If you only purchase one book this year, this one should be your choice. For the first time these renown authors bring together hundreds of large, detailed images of early American light stations from the files of the National Archives. Superbly arranged and printed, this is a beautiful volume and well worth the publisher's list price. Hard cover $34.95. Soft cover $24.95.  

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20148. Hathaway, Charles B. FROM HIGHLAND TO HAMMERHEAD: THE COAST GUARD AND CAPE COD. Chatham, Mass: Self Published, 2000. 256pp, including a 10 page index. Wraps. Fine 1st Edition. Signed by Author. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾". Black and white photos. This is a brand new book written by a retired Coast Guard captain who served 30 years on 6 Coast Guard cutters. The book covers over 200 years, from the establishment of Highland Light in 1797 to the present. There is information on lightships, lighthouses, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Life-Saving Service, individual cutters and more. The author has researched the topic quite extensively and includes a nice bibliography, as well as extensive list of individuals he has interviewed or corresponded with. Highly recommended by Ken Black of Shore Village Museum, who notes "…outstanding work….one of the best I have personally owned and strongly recommend…." Only 1000 copies of this book were printed. (M). $13.95

23276. Nelson, Sharlene P. & Ted W., UMBRELLA GUIDE TO CALIFORNIA LIGHTHOUSES. Kenmore. 1999. 180p. Soft wraps. A guide and history of the forty lighthouses, lightships and tenders that once guarded the 1,200 miles of coastline from San Diego to the Redwood Coast. In addition to official records, family records, newspaper accounts and engineering, this detailed guide provides information on visiting the lights with photos, maps and details of availability. A nicely done lighthouse guide for the area. (M). $12.95.

23277. Nelson, Sharlene P. & Ted W., UMBRELLA GUIDE TO OREGON LIGHTHOUSES. Kenmore. 1994. 118p. Soft wraps. A guide and history of the 14 Oregon lighthouses, lightships and tenders. In addition to official records, family records, newspaper accounts and engineering, this detailed guide provides information on visiting the lights with photos, maps and details of availability. A nicely done lighthouse guide for the area. (M). $10.95.

23113. Theriault, Albert A. and Elizabeth A. Theriault, NED'S POINT LIGHTHOUSE, MATTAPOISETT, MASSACHUSETTS: A CHRONICLE AND RELATED INFORMATION. Ned's Point Publishing, 2002. 39 p. Spiral bound. The lighthouse at Ned's (or Ned ) Point, at the northeast side of the entrance to Mattapoisett Harbor on Buzzard's Bay, was built in 1837 using rubblestone from a nearby beach. Its 11 lamps and reflectors displayed a fixed white light 41 feet above sea level. In 1923 the keeper's house was removed, loaded on a barge and floated across Buzzards Bay to Wing's Neck Light in Bourne, where it remains today. This thoroughly presented history covers both the station from its beginning, its keepers and the Lighthouse Establishment and some of its equipment. Nicely done, worth reading. Thoroughly illustrated with photos and diagrams. (M). $19.95.

23193. Roberts, Norma Elizabeth and Bruce. SHIPWRECKS, DISASTERS AND RESCUES OF THE GRAVEYARD OF THE ATLANTIC AND CAPE FEAR. Morehead City. 2001. 20p. Soft wraps. Includes 14 accounts of dramatic rescues, shipwrecks and the efforts of the life-saving crews of the area. Accounts include Blackbeard’s flagship Queen Ann’s Revenge, the mystery of the Carroll A. Deering, the sinking of the ironclad Monitor, Rasmus S. Midget, Pea Island life-savers, and much more. Profusely illustrated with vintage photos. Well done. (M). Great reading at only $4.95.

23192. Hairr, John. SOUTH CAROLINA LIGHTHOUSES – Past and Present. 2002. 20p. Soft wraps. For centuries mariners have dreaded the South Carolina coastline, and for almost 200 years lighthouses and light-vessels have guarded these dangerous shoals. Read about these proud beacons, including many of those no longer in existence. Includes many wonderful vintage and recent color photographs, well researched historical text, a unique map of South Carolina lighthouses, and directions to visit many of the lights, and more. Great reading at only $5.95.

23116. DeWire, Elinor. LIGHTHOUSES - SENTINELS OF THE AMERICAN COAST. Portland. 2003. 128 p. 11" x 9 ½". 128 p. Beautifully illustrated with 110 color photographs by Laurence Parent. In a bygone American era, shipping was crucial in both trade and travel. It was the lighthouse that allowed ships to arrive safely in port, despite rough waters, rocky coasts, and punishing weather. Beacons of safety and hope, these stalwart sentinels of the American coasts are still treasured today by mariners and landlubbers alike. LIGHTHOUSES captures the beauty and nostalgia of these lights in the storm. Breathtaking color photography from renowned photographer Laurence Parent reveals the strength and splendor of these coastal beacons. Lighthouse authority Elinor DeWire’s fascinating history of United States lighthouses details the stories of both the sentinels and their keepers, from the Northeast coast to the Great Lakes, down to the South and the Gulf of Mexico, all the way to the Pacific shore. An exciting history illustrated with stunning photographs, historical anecdotes, architectural details and local legends. (M). Published at $34.95. Our Price $32.95.

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21120. Booher, Mike & Lin Ezell. OUT OF HARM’S WAY - Moving America’s Lighthouse. 2001. 144p. DJ. Illustrated with over 200 color photographs, diagrams, and illustrations. Here in wonderful detail is the remarkable inside story of the saving of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse by Mike Booher, the official U.S. Park Service photographer and Lin Ezell, of the Smithsonian Museum. Using many vintage photographs as well as color photographs, diagrams, illustrations, the authors present a detailed insight into both the history of this historic light station and into the equipment and logistics of the recent move itself. Additional photos and illustrations are included of the Cape Hatteras light station, the Diamond Shoals lightships ,the Outer Banks of North Carolina and more. Another fine volume by the publishers of U.S. Lighthouse Service Tenders, Bay beacons and more. (M). We have specially purchased a number of this title at a reduced price and can pass this extraordinary savings on to you. (Published at $39.95) 

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5461. Lombard, Asa Cobb Paine. EAST OF CAPE COD. Cuttyhunk. 1976. 157 pp. The author tells the stories of ships and shipwrecks and particularly of the Life-Savers of this dangerous area. The author incorporated into this account numerous photographs and records of his grandfather, United States Life-Saving Service Warrant Officer [1885-1921] Edward Everett Lombard who was stationed at the Cahoon’s Hollow station. Extremely well illustrated with over 80 wonderful early photographs, one of the better accounts of the Life-Saving Service. The glass slides from which the pictures are reproduced were made from 1885 to 1900. Lombard, along with his Cahoon’s Hollow companion, Eugene Young, gave lectures at the time in the eastern part of Massachusetts describing the wrecks that occurred on Cape Cod from Monomoy to Provincetown, explaining how rescue attempts were made, and the operations of the United States Life Saving Service. The proceeds from the lectures were used to buy Station personnel the necessary extras needed to perform their duties — equipment not provided by the government. Chapters include the Wreck of the Jason, History of the Life-Saving Service, the Lifesaver’s Tools, Lifeboat Drill, Communications, Smuggler, Restoring the Apparently Drowned, Shipwrecks, the Way of the Wreckers, and more. Becoming scarce, this has always been one of the two best on Cape Cod’s life-savers but so far has not received proper recognition. Clean, new old stock, a few with light moisture to endpapers only. (VG-F). $27 net.

2372. [video] CAPE HATTERAS LIGHT – AMERICA’S GREATEST SENTINEL. Looking Glass Productions, Inc. 1998. Cape Hatteras is the standard-bearer of all American sentinels, a universal monument to the courage, daring and compassion of mariners on the sea and those on shore who were dedicated to protecting them. Originally built on a lonely storm swept headland, this symbol of steadfast endurance stood perilously close to the same fate suffered by the many ships lost to the infamous Graveyard of the Atlantic. This documentary recounts the first attempts to construct lighthouses on the Carolina coast, how materials were delivered and how shipwrecks and sickness caused delays and hardships. Learn why the original Cape Hatteras lighthouse was built on a migrating natural dune and how this location would doom the structure. Rediscover a long forgotten, storm beleaguered beacon built to guide mariners through the inner channels of Diamond Shoals, twice relocated and eventually taken by the sea. (90 min – VHS). $24.95

2392. Noble, Dennis. THE RESCUE OF THE GALE RUNNER – Death, Heroism, and the U. S. Coast Guard. Gainesville. 2002. 320pp, DJ. 25 b&w photos, 4 maps. This on-the-spot narrative of the February 1997 loss of three U.S. Coast Guardsmen from the Quillayute River Station during a maritime rescue is both a commemoration and a report of the failure of the Coast Guard's senior leadership to appreciate and support the work of enlisted men and women at often remote and dangerous small-boat stations. The first in-depth look at a small-boat maritime rescue by the U.S. Coast Guard, this book is also the first to describe the role of those at small-boat rescue stations and of the policy setters at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C. Its author was in the right place at the right time on a night when everything went wrong. From the first alarm to the dramatic helicopter rescue of the crew of a foundering sailboat, from the onshore rescue of the sole survivor of the first dispatched Coast Guard crew to the tragic losses, this man-against-the-sea tale is told largely in the words of the participants and others who were with author Dennis Noble at the station near La Push, Washington, on the night the tragedy unfolded. Noble also provides an analysis of the state of the Coast Guard, how its current problems have developed, and what effect they have on the service's operations. As the story unfolds, the views of senior enlisted personnel at the station paint a picture of an overworked small-boat rescue force and their feelings toward what they perceive as a distant, and in many cases unaware, officer corps. Noble contrasts these perspectives with those voiced by the investigating commissioned officers and higher-ups at Coast Guard headquarters. Noble's contribution to the annals of maritime history is a riveting account of extraordinary heroism in the face of regrettable human tragedy. (M). Published at $55. Our Price $49.95.

Weintraub, Aileen. Great Lighthouses of North America Series. New York. 2003. 24 p. Library binding. Interesting full color text for kids details the history of particular lighthouses. Historic and recent photographs combine with descriptive text to weave the history of each particular lighthouse in a way that both children and adults will enjoy. Nicely done, great for gift giving. (M).

Titles include:

23121. ALCATRAZ ISLAND LIGHT – The West Coast’s First Lighthouse.

23122. BOSTON LIGHT – The First Lighthouse in North America.

23123. CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT LIGHT - The First Lighthouse in the Pacific Northwest. 

23124. CAPE HATTERAS LIGHT – The Tallest Lighthouse in the United States.

23125. NAVESINK TWIN LIGHTS – The First Lighthouse to Use a Fresnel Lens.

23126. POINT PINOS – The West Coast’s Oldest Continuously Active Lighthouse.

List Price: $18.75        Our Price $17.50 each.

2386. Schallehn, Bernie and John J. Galluzzo. SANTA OF THE LIGHTHOUSES. Burnaby. 2002. 180 p. Soft wraps. Even as a youth, Edward Rowe Snow grabbed hold of life with both hands. After graduating from Harvard, he throws himself into a career as a history teacher, taking every opportunity to coax history to life for his students and acquaintances on Boston's richly historical coast. Over time, he was intrigued by the history of the local lighthouses, and became acquainted with the lighthouse keepers and their families and wrote of their amazing stories. It isn't by chance that he met a student, Bill Wincapaw, whose father, Captain Wincapaw gave Ed the chance of a lifetime, the chance to make history himself. The captain invited Ed to ride along while they drop Christmas packages from a plane--to the excited lighthouse keepers and their families below. Though Ed, Anna Myrle and the lighthouse keepers are gone now, the legacy of The Flying Santa lives on to this day, bringing hope when it's needed most. Written for young adults, this is the story of Edward Rowe Snow and his family’s marvelous work. (M). $19.95.

2312. MacAlindin, Bob. NO PORT IN A STORM. Scotland. 2000. 146 p. Soft wraps. Now in its second printing. The ships of this book evoke none of the usual romantic images of ships and yet may be the noblest of all. Invariably painted a gaudy red, no other ships spent more time at sea yet sailed fewer miles, their crews compelled to scan the same water and stretch of coastline for the bulk of their working lives. The life of a lightshipman in a hurricane was a sleepless nightmare of holding on, body braced against every combination of rolling and pitching, with tons of water burying the ship. This enthralling book describes 18 factual adventures from many countries including America, Denmark, Ireland, Canada, England, Holland, Scotland, Australia and Belgium giving vivid accounts of life aboard and the many hazards and disasters that occurred. (M). $20.95.

2313. Krauskopf, Sharma. A YEAR AT THE LIGHTHOUSE. Scotland. 2002. 224 p. Soft wraps. Some might consider living alone at a remote North Atlantic lighthouse in Scotland’s most northerly territory a fantastic adventure and others a little bit crazy. American Sharma Krauskopf, popular speaker and well-known author did just that from May 2001 until April 2002. A Year at the Lighthouse is a day-by-day account of the events and her feelings during her stay. Written in a positive, candid, often humorous manner, the story encompasses a diverse array of events and happenings. Visits of family and friends punctuated the isolation as did the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society’s international weekend event . Winter storms shattered the rural quiet in November. A Year at the Lighthouse is a true story of how a 61 year old American woman living at a remote light-house learns about crofting, the ways and beauty of nature on the Shetland Islands, and more. This book will appeal to many whether interested in lighthouses, remote living, nature writing or simply looking for a good read! (M). $23.95.

2316. Lane, A. J. IT WAS FUN WHILE IT LASTED Scotland. 1998. 185 p. Soft wraps. A lively, at times hilarious, first-hand account of a lighthouse keeper's life in the last traditional years before the introduction of helicopter reliefs and automation. Arthur Lane entered the Service in 1953. The next seven years and twelve lighthouses were passed in a nightmare for colleagues as they experienced and tried to survive the Motor Horn Call Sign, the Exploding Mortar, and the Letter to The Times episodes at the Eddystone, and the affairs of the Impersonated Policeman, the Short Circuit and the Three Piece Suite elsewhere! Arthur Lane admits lighthouse life could be pretty hectic, but he still manages to give us as complete an account as we are now ever likely to get of what it was like to keep a lighthouse in its last traditional years when, for every eight weeks' spell of isolation, you'd be likely to do another week and more in overdue. (M). $20.95

2314. Cassells, Ian. NO MORE PARAFFIN-OILERS. Scotland. 2000. 2nd. 106 p. Soft wraps. New larger format. This long-awaited new edition of an established best-selling title brings the story of lighthouses in Scotland up to date now that the task of automation is finished. With many additional photographs, map and a concluding section, this book remains a must for anyone with an interest in lighthouses. In the book Ian Cassells, a former lightkeeper, provides a light-hearted and true account of life in the Lighthouse Service where 'Paraffin-Oiler' was the nickname for a Scottish lightkeeper. He provides fascinating detail about the lighthouses themselves, their construction and the development of the Service. (M). $20.95

2317. Nicholson, Christopher. ROCK LIGHTHOUSES OF BRITAIN: THE END OF AN ERA? Scotland. 208 p. Soft wraps. Now in its 4th printing. Few people can truly appreciate the awesome might of the sea particularly at the extremities of our coast where rocks submerged or barely seen turn the waters into a raging foam and present vessels with untold hazards. Think then of the superhuman efforts required to build a lighthouse on such sites. In this book Chris Nicholson traces the construction and history of a number of rock lighthouses and the dramatic and often heroic happenings associated with them. This fascinating real life adventure shows man pitting himself against the elements, with qualified success and illustrates why lighthouses so stir the emotions. From the designers and builders of the earliest lights, to the keepers who manned the lights in utter isolation, this book recognizes their contribution and salutes their courage, enterprise and endeavor. (M). $27.95.

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.

22511. Berger, Todd R., LIGHTHOUSES OF THE GREAT LAKES – Your Guide to The Region’s Most Historic Lighthouses. Stillwater. 2002. 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.

22512. DeWire, Elinore. LIGHTHOUSES OF THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST – Your Guide to Lighthouses of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. Stillwater. 2002. 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.

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.

22457. Duffus, Kevin P., THE LOST LIGHT-A CIVIL WAR HISTORY OF EXTINGUISHED SOUTHERN SENTINELS AND HIDDEN LIGHTHOUSE LENSES. 202. 230 P. Soft cover. The missing first-order lens from the Hatteras lighthouse had become a pawn in the Civil War. Confederates took the apparatus, believing it was their lawful property. The Federal government wanted the lens back and the Hatteras light re-lit for humanitarian reasons and to prove that the Union, like the lighthouse, would prevail. It was a dark period in the divided nation’s history but out of the conflict’s darkness were found the better instincts of humankind. After the war, the U.S. government endeavored to re-establish Southern lights, to locate and repair its lost lenses, to rebuild damaged towers and to appoint new, trustworthy keepers. It was at times, the most distressing, the most courageous, and in the end, the most triumphant period in 3 centuries of American lighthouse history. The author describes in great detail how the Southern lights were extinguished and their lenses hidden. The hiding place of the Hatteras lens eluded 28,000 men of Sherman’s army. The magnificent first-order lens simply vanished into the mists of time. It is a mystery no longer. The original Cape Hatteras Henry-Lepaute lens has been found by author, filmmaker and historian, Kevin P. Duffus. This story of the Hatteras lens’s extraordinary odyssey is a stunning tale of plot-twists, ironies, redemption and dishonor, spanning 200 years of American history. Wonderful reading and a mystery finally solved. (M). Published at $21.95. Our price $20.45.

22347. Hart-Davis, Adam and Emily Troscianko. HENRY WINSTANLEY AND THE EDDYSTONE LIGHTHOUSE. Sutton Pub. 2002. 208 p. dj. On November 26, 1703, during the worst storm ever recorded in Britain, Henry Winstanley died in his lighthouse when it was blown away. Winstanley had been an ingenious man. In 1695 following the loss of two of his ships on the Eddystone Reef, he determined that no more vessels should founder there, and he volunteered to build a lighthouse. Constantly thwarted by weather and politics, he struggled for three years before he was able to light the first candles in his unusual structure. His lighthouse survived for five years, and this is his story and the story of the first Eddystone Lighthouse. Nicely illustrated, well done. (M). Published at $18.95 Our Price $17.95.

958. Morris, Paul C. and William P. Quinn. SHIPWRECKS IN NEW YORK WATERS A Chronology of Ship Disasters from Montauk Point to Barnegat Inlet from the 1880’s to the 1930’s. Orleans. 1989. 246p. DJ. The coastal areas of Long Island and New Jersey have been the scenes of untold numbers of shipwrecks and lost lives. Dangers lurked within the narrows and off Sandy Hook and many vessels were lost trying to enter or leave this famous port. Here, in over 250 fascinating vintage photographs famous authors Morris and Quinn bring these scenes into our homes. From groundings, collisions, fires and sinkings to extraordinary and spectacular incidents and the work of the life-savers, you won’t want to put this book down. Originally published at $34.95. (M). $29.95.

22358. Foster, Col. Frank C. and Lawrence H. Borts. A COMPLETE GUIDE TO ALL UNITED STATES MILITARY MEDALS 1939 TO PRESENT. Fountain Inn. 2002. 4th. 143 p. Soft wraps. This is the only complete easy to use color guide to al U.S. Military medals, ribbons, unit awards, devices and commonly presented foreign medals since the beginning of World War II. Includes a complete description of each medal, its criteria, dates of awards, background, symbolism and attachments with both front and back views. Includes color plates of all US Military decorations, service medals and ribbons with the correct order for precedence for all awards. Includes awards for Army, Navy, Marine Corps., Coast Guard, Air Force and Merchant Marine since 1939 including some Congressional Life-Saving medals and more. A most worthwhile and interesting reference. (M). $46.

22381. Thompson, William O., COASTAL GHOSTS & LIGHTHOUSE LORE. Kennebunk, ME. 2001. 100p. Soft wraps. The keepers and families who once manned these remote outposts lived lives of hardship, loneliness and were in constant danger. Though some family members died the victims of a tragic event, they never gave in, and perhaps their spirit lives on still at these stations. The lighthouses, homes and inns that line the New England coast give rise to many stories. Sea serpents, murders, omens and other strange events have become the subject for these and other tales. Includes over 64 tales and over 50 photographs and illustrations. Great leisure reading. Nicely illustrated. (M). $9.95.

22382. Thompson, William O., PATRIOTS OF THE SEA – LIGHTHOUSE LEGACIES. Kennebunk, ME. 2002. 95p. Soft wraps. From early merchants and privateers who created the first American Navy, to the lighthouse keepers and their families who maintained a constant vigil along the shore, America was the story of everyday people facing challenges with courage. These are the tales of their devotion to duty, courage and strength. Includes stories of the lighthouse keepers, shipwrecks, privateers, the patriots of the sea. Includes over 37 stories and over 34 photographs and illustrations. Great leisure reading. Nicely illustrated. (M). $9.95.

22232. Stevenson, D. Alan. THE WORLD’S LIGHTHOUSES BEFORE 1820. Mineola. 2002 2nd. [originally poblished in Edinburgh. 1959]. Soft wraps. 8VO. 310pp. Over 200 rare illustrations and designs, with 8 maps. One of the most complete and sought after sources on the subject. Offers an excellent history on the origin and operation of lighthouses and lighting apparatus throughout the world by a member of the renown lighthouse engineering family. Part I of the book deals with seamarks prior to 1690 when technical progress really first began, and then lists the more interesting attempts at improvement before 1820. Part II of the book elaborates on particular periods or episodes – such as the dramatic story of the four successive attempts to build a lighthouse on the Eddystone Rocks. Part III explains various aspects of the illumination of early lighthouses. Well illustrated with over 200 illustrations. Well done, quality work. (M). Published at $26.95. Our Price $24.25.

  

22245. Bailey, John. SENTINEL OF THE JERSEY CAPE – THE STORY OF THE CAPE MAY LIGHTHOUSE. Medford. 2001. 119 p. DJ. This historical account of the famous Cape May Lighthouse is an intriguing blend of historical observation and personal sentiment. With its readable narrative, beautiful photographs, and nine appendices including Cape May Lighthouse at a glance: its chronology and geography, an inspection report from 1851, and a history of its keepers, this book provides both a fascinating history of the lighthouse and a glimpse into an era and way of life that has long passed. Includes a narrative of the towers and grounds, a section on the keepers, the station during the Coast Guard years, and much more. (M). Published at $22.95. Our price $21.45.

22306. Jahn, Robert. DOWN BARNEGAT BAY – A Nor’easter Midnight Reader. Plexus. 2000. 247 p. DJ. Down Barnegat Bay is an illustrated maritime history of the Jersey shore’s Age of Sail. Originally published in 1980, this fully revised edition features more than 177 sepia illustrations and vintage photographs and nine maps. Jahn’s engaging tribute beams with personal accounts of the people, events and places that have come together to shape Barnegat Bay’s unique place in American history. As you would expect, contains extensive accounts of the US Life-Saving Service in the area, their stations and many of their rescues. Also includes, of course, the famous Barnegat Lighthouse, fishing, wrecking and much more. (M). Published at $39.95. Our Price $35.95.

22281. Vojtech, Pat. LIGHTING THE BAY: Tales of Chesapeake Lighthouses. Centreville. 1996. 208 p. From the beginning it was a struggle to light the Chesapeake. The Chesapeake’s shores shifted before the winds, tides and hurricanes that plagued the 200-mile long estuary. On land, erosion was the menace; on the water, it was ice. Lighting the Bay documents the dramatic events that surrounded the difficult job of lighting the Chesapeake and manning those lighthouses. With more than 100 superb color and b/w photographs complimented by informative narration, the author communicates both the facts and the human saga. Includes lighthouse list, bibliography, index. (M). Published at $34.95. Our price $31.95.

22280. Graumont, Raoul and Hohn Hensel. ENCYCLOPEDIA OF KNOTS AND FANCY ROPE WORK. Centreville. 1952. 4th Edition. 704 p. Truly comprehensive in scope, this encyclopedia begins with a history of knots and rope making, and proceeds into the how-to of tying and of the making of maritime knots, hitches and fancy rope work. More than 3,600 knots are described and illustrated in 348 full page photo plates. Truly the ‘Britannica’ of the subject, I have used and enjoyed this manual many times. Truly a must for the yachtsman or maritime historian. (M). $39.95.

22281. Vojtech, Pat. LIGHTING THE BAY: Tales of Chesapeake Lighthouses. Centreville. 1996. 208 p. From the beginning it was a struggle to light the Chesapeake. The Chesapeake’s shores shifted before the winds, tides and hurricanes that plagued the 200-mile long estuary. On land, erosion was the menace; on the water, it was ice. Lighting the Bay documents the dramatic events that surrounded the difficult job of lighting the Chesapeake and manning those lighthouses. With more than 100 superb color and b/w photographs complimented by informative narration, the author communicates both the facts and the human saga. Includes lighthouse list, bibliography, index. (M). Published at $34.95. Our price $31.95.

6541. Pouliot, Richard A. and Julie J., SHIPWRECKS ON THE VIRGINIA COAST AND THE MEN OF THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE. Centreville, MD. 1994. 2nd. 226p. DJ. The Coast of Virginia is scarcely a hundred miles long, yet from 1874 to 1915 there were more than 600 incidents involving the Life-Saving Service. Nearly 7,000 lives were imperiled and of these, only 102 lives were lost. This most interesting book is the story of these incidents and if the stalwart men of the Service. An exciting story and a valuable reference work. Well illustrated with vintage photographs, maps and engravings. Appended are lists of all known wrecks during the period, and with notes and extensive bibliography. (M). Regularly retails for $18.95. Our price $17.

2235. Harrison, Tim and Ray Jones. THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN LIGHTHOUSES – A Nostalgic Look at U.S. Lights from 1850-1939. 2002. 170p. Soft wraps. Nicely done, this unique pictorial chronicle brings to life nearly a century of American lighthouse history with over 290 early archival photographs of the structures and their keepers. Many never before published images bring this early period back to life. Includes too previously unseen photos of Lighthouse Inspectors, engineers, crews of tenders, construction, family life, trimming wicks and filling the lamps, and much more. Well worth the price for this compilation of early views, this deserves a place on your living room table. (M). $19.95.

22240. Sullivan, Robert F. SHIPWRECKS AND NAUTICAL LORE OF BOSTON HARBOR – A Mariner’s Chronicle of More than 100 Shipwrecks, Heroic Rescues and Salvage Accounts, Treasure Tales, Island Legends, and Harbor Anecdotes. Chester. 1990. 164 p. Soft wraps. This thoroughly researched chronicle describes in some detail over 120 shipwrecks in the harbor’s wide expanse, stretching seaward from Deer Island off Winthrop to Point Allerton in Hull. The author describes the harbor’s numerous hazards and violent storms, along with the brave life savers who rescued countless victims. Page after page brings these early seafaring years to life. Well illustrated with numerous vintage photos and engravings. (M). $15.95.

22233. McCalley, John W. NANTUCKET THEN AND NOW. New York. 1981. 164. Soft wraps. This Dover publication magnificently captures Nantucket as it was in the 19th Century through the use of over 100 rare photographic views, each compaired with recent views from the same vantage point. Especially interesting are the views of the the homesteads and street scenes. The harbor and shipping, Surfside Life-Saving Station, Brant Point Lighthouse and station, Sankaty Head Light, views of the hotel era, and much more. (M). $14.95.

22231. Holland, F. Ross. AMERICA’S LIGHTHOUSES - An Illustrated History. Dover Pub. 2nd. 1988. 226p. Soft wraps. 8VO. Filled with 100 historic vintage photographs, line illustrations and 8 maps, America’s Lighthouses is one of the best references on the history of the light stations in America in recent memory. Mr. Holland guides you through the history and development of lighthouses in America with fascinating stories of the history and development of individual lighthouses, and a nostalgic look at the keepers who have devoted their lives to the daily maintenance and operation of the lights. Another wonderful and valuable lighthouse addition by this well known historian. (M). Published at $12.95. Our price $11.65.

22224. Panayotoff, Ted and Courtney Thompson. THE LIGHTHOUSE AT PORTLAND BREAKWATER. Rockland. 2002. 64 p. Soft wraps. The Rockland Breakwater lighthouse is now 100 years old and this new release brings to life its history: why the breakwater and lighthouse were built, the construction process, the people and procedures involved and more. In addition, the story of the keepers here and their family are featured throughout. Published by the Friends of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, proceeds go toward the continued restoration and renovation of the structure. (M). $9.95.

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). $18.95.

7101. Crowner, Gerald E., [Surfman, South Manitou Station 1926-1928]. THE SOUTH MANITOU STORY. 1982. 87p. Soft Wraps. Illustrated with 49 photographs, a chronicle of the author’s work and life as a surfman at the South Manitou Station. Filled with details of the day to day life at the station as well as at the South Island Lighthouse. This is one of the few true day-to-day accounts available from the men who manned the oars and walked patrol. Quite interesting. (M). $13.95.

2281. Gardner, B. Ellen. TURTLE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE: The Darkened Light. np. 1997. Soft wraps. Inscribed by the author. Little has been written about Lake Erie’s Turtle Island Lighthouse yet from the 1820’s until 1904 its’ light guided mariners through the treacherous waters. Today only the tower remains, capped and without the attached keeper’s dwelling. This interesting book describes in detail the history of this interesting station, with considerable attention paid to the keepers and family life at the station. Well illustrated with vintage photographs. (M). $16.95.

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

21391. Roberts, Norma Elizabeth and Bruce. CAPE HENRY - First United States Lighthouse - First Landing. 2001. 20p. Soft wraps. This well-researched booklet tells the history of the 1792 old Cape Henry Lighthouse and the first landing of the Jamestown colonists at Cape Henry. Cape Henry Light was the first federally funded lighthouse built after the colonies gained independence. Cape Henry was also the site of the celebration ending the existence of the U.S. Lighthouse Service, then known as the Bureau of Lighthouses. In a U.S. Coast Guard ceremony here in August 1939, Commander Waesche announced the merger of the coast guard and lighthouse service. As you would expect from these well known authors, this booklet is accompanied by wonderful archival photos and a detailed text. (M). $4.95.

LIGHTHOUSE ARCHITECTURAL PLANS.

Historic Lighthouse prints reproduce original lighthouse architectural plans in a form that is perfect for framing. High quality lithographic prints are reproduced from original architectural drawings found in the National Archives. Prints are 11" x 17" and printed on high quality heavy buff paper. Prints show a variety of views including plan and sectional views of the tower, lantern and in some cases the keeper's dwelling and more. Perfect for mounting or for framing. Prints are available individually for $4.95 each, or at the discount price of $89 net. for set of 23 prints [a savings of $24.85 over the individual price]. #2259.

  1. Fire Island Lighthouse, NY. c.1858.
  2. Highlands of Neversink Lighthouse, NJ [full view] c.1828.
  3. Highlands of Neversink Lighthouse, NJ [North Tower detail] c.1828.
  4. Barnegat Lighthouse, NJ c.1859.
  5. Cape May Lighthouse, NJ
  6. Montauk Lighthouse, NY c.1860.
  7. Bodie Island Lighthouse, NC c.1872.
  8. Cape Fear [Bald Head] Lighthouse, NC.
  9. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, NC [gallery and lantern room] c.1869.
  10. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, NC [full tower] c.1869.
  11. Cape Lookout Lighthouse, NC c.1859.
  12. Ocracoke Lighthouse, NC c.1803.
  13. Currituck Beach Lighthouse, NC c.1875.
  14. Hunting Island Lighthouse, SC c.1859.
  15. St. Simons Lighthouse, GA c.1872.
  16. Tybee Island Lighthouse, GA
  17. Assateague Island Lighthouse, Va c.1850’s
  18. Cape Henry Lighthouse, VA c.1881.
  19. Ponce de Leon Inlet [Mosquito Inlet] Lighthouse, FL c.1887.
  20. St. Augustine Lighthouse, FL [keeper's dwelling] c.1874.
  21. St. Augustine Lighthouse, FL [gallery and lantern room] c.1874.
  22. St. Augustine Lighthouse, FL [full view] c.1874.
  23. Lighthouse Keeper's implements [from Instructions to Keepers] (shown)

21507. Krauskopf, Sharma. IRISH LIGHTHOUSES. Guilford. 2001.96 p. Soft wraps. Ireland has a seafaring side that is entirely enchanting. With almost 2000 miles of coastline, the sea has beckoned many Irish countrymen. Since the first century, Irish lighthouses have been guiding these seafarers home. This lavishly illustrated book tells the story of Ireland’s lighthouses from coast to coast. The wonderful photographs and detailed text traces the evolution of the lights from their beginnings to their technological transformations in more recent times. Includes over 65 striking photographs. (M). Published at $19.95. Our Price $18.95.

21508. Krauskopf, Sharma. SCOTTISH LIGHTHOUSES. Guilford. 2001.96 p. Soft wraps. The waters off the Scottish coast are some of the most dangerous in the world. In a country almost totally dependent on the sea for its livelihood, lighthouses have played a significant part in its history. This lavishly illustrated book presents a tour of thirty-one of the most magnificent lighthouses built over the past 200 years. The wonderful photographs and detailed text traces the evolution of the lights from their beginnings to their technological transformations in more recent times. Includes over 65 striking photographs. (M). Published at $19.95. Our Price $18.95.

21473. Barry, James P., WRECKS AND RESCUES OF THE GREAT LAKES – A Photographic History. Holt. 1994. 117p. Soft wraps. This wonderful photo essay tells the story of shipwrecks and rescues on the Great Lakes from 1881 to the present day. Illustrated with over 145 vintage photographs, this is a well researched and documented account covering both the American and Canadian shores. As expected, includes a great deal on the efforts of the US Life-Saving Service in the area, as well as the wreckers and more. (M). $18.95.

21474. Baird, David. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Lighthouses of Canada. Toronto. 1999. 245p. Soft wraps. One of the first books to tell the story of Canada’s lighthouses from coast to coast. The wonderful photographs and detailed text traces the evolution of Canada’s lights from their 18th-century beginnings to their technological transformations in more recent times. Includes a personal look at the distinctive building styles and innovative techniques used by Canadians to guide ships to safety, as well as tales of the keeper’s bravery and tragedy. Includes 300 striking photographs of Canada’s most remote and beautiful lighthouses. (M). $19.95.

21472. Gutsche, Andrea, Barbara Chisholm and Russell Floren. ALONE IN THE NIGHT – Lighthouses of Georgian Bay, Manitoulin Island and the North Channel. Toronto. 1996. 292p. Soft wraps. Alone in the Night is a compelling journey to the lighthouses that operated on the shores of Georgian Bay, Manitoulin Island and the North Channel. This most interesting account peels back the layers of history, revealing the heroic and routine aspects of the keeper’s lives in this remote area. This book features over 50 light stations and traces the evolution of lightkeeping in the area. Includes over 400 archival photographs and illustrations. Most interesting is the attention given to the lifestyles of the families and their daily duties. Includes some great chapters on the equipment and illuminating apparatus and the early years. Even if you are not particularly interested in Canadian lighthouses, the background and lifestyle information is well worth the price. (M). Published at $29.95. Our price $28.45.

9358. Carr, Dawson. THE CAPE HATTERAS LIGHTHOUSE – Sentinel of the Shoals. Chapel Hill. 2000. Revised edition. 156p. Soft wraps. Since 1871, the 208 foot sentinel at Cape Hatteras has been a welcome sight for sailors entering North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Here is one of the more detailed looks at the history of this mighty light, its construction and the life of its keepers who kept it lit. From its earliest history to the present, this detailed account includes a great deal of information as well as chapters on the early history of the Light-House Establishment, and more. Illustrated with many photos and diagrams. (M). $14.95.

21457. Stonehouse, Frederick. WOMEN AND THE LAKES. Gwinn. 2001. 187p. Soft wraps. From lighthouse keeper and rescuer to deep sea diver or ship’s captain, women filled most every job of the Great Lakes maritime trade – both past and present. This interesting account by this noted maritime author relates many untold stories of these remarkable women. Storms, fogs, sickness, rescue – these heroic women were an inspiration. Includes tales of Rachel Wolcott, ,the first female keeper on the lakes, Elizabeth Williams of Beaver Island Light, Harriet Colfax at Michigan City Light, ,and much more. Well illustrated with over fifty vintage photographs. (M). $15.95.

8387. Gately, Bill. SENTINELS OF THE SHORE – A Guide to the Lighthouses and Lightships of New Jersey. 1998. 69p. Hard cover. When you think of New Jersey’s lighthouses, you may think of Barnegat, Sandy Hook and Cape May. But did you know that there were forty-nine light stations along New Jersey’s coast? This comprehensive guide provides historical as well as technical information about all present and former lighthouses and light vessels. Includes 39 full color photographs as well as a map of past and present light stations, directions and locations, phone numbers and more. Includes too interesting accounts of the keepers and captains who kept the lights lit. (M). Sale Priced at $11.65 (Regularly $12.95.)

21210. Clark, Admont G., SEA STORIES OF CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS. Orleans. 2000. DJ. 288p. Sea Stories is a collection of fifty-two true Cape Cod sea stories spanning the years from 1602 until the present. Included are such stories as wrecks and rescues, the collision of the Andrea Doria as told by noted historian and photographer Bill Quinn, Cape Cod’s Houses of Refuge, the Humane Society’s Thirty Two Hour Rescue off Nantucket, Life-Saving on Cuttyhunk, Bernard Webber and the CG-36500, the Los of the Eldia, and much more make this another of the maritime "must reads". Well illustrated with over 160 vintage photographs and illustrations, this is great maritime and Cape Cod reading. (M). Published at $39.95. Our price $36.95.

21296. Grant, John and Ray Jones. LEGENDARY LIGHTHOUSES - Volume II. 2001. 208p. 125 color photographs. Soft wraps. Like its companion book published in 1998, Legendary Lighthouses is filled with stunning photographs of light stations from Galveston to Lake Ontario, and from Honolulu to the Aleutian Islands. In addition are included interviews with former lighthouse keepers, children of keepers, authors and historians and more. Includes numerous stories of heroism, daring rescues deadly storms and the ever fascinating history of these interesting stations. (M). Published at $24.95. Our price $22.45.

21297. Roberts, Bruce and Ray Jones. SOUTHERN LIGHTHOUSES – Outer Banks to Cape Florida. Globe Pequot Press. 2001. 3rd. 96p. Over 90 color and b/w photographs with four maps. Soft wraps. Updated edition of this author’s earlier work covers the lighthouses along the South Atlantic Coast of the United States [formerly Southeastern Lighthouses]. With stunning photography and a superb historical narrative, this series has become repeated best sellers. (M). $19.95.

21292. Bosman, Peter. LIGHTHOUSES & RANGE LIGHTS OF DOOR COUNTY, WISCONSIN. Ellison bay. 2000. 118p. Soft wraps. The Door Peninsula of Wisconsin juts northeastward between the waters of Green bay and those of Lake Michigan. There are more than 250 miles of shoreline and by 1900 Door County boasted more lighthouses than any other county in the United States. Though some lighthouses and range lights no longer exist this interesting booklet takes a look at each of the stations, as well as the lifesavers of the area, lighthouse administration, a visitors guide and more. Nicely illustrated by the author and family. (M). $9.

2096. Light-House Board, INSTRUCTIONS TO LIGHT-KEEPERS AND MASTERS OF LIGHT-HOUSE VESSELS. GPO. 1902. 104 pp includes 39 plates. Nicely photo-reproduced by the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Assoc., Michigan, 1989. Available in hardcover with DJ. This is a MUST for anyone interested in the subject. Contains a wealth of information, particularly in the plates for use in identifying lamps. Includes complete Instructions for Light-Keepers in Stations with Two or More Keepers, Light Stations With One Keeper, Keepers of Light-Vessels, Management of Lens Lights and Disposition of Lamps and Illuminating Apparatus, Management of Mechanical Lamps, Revolving Machinery, trimming of wicks, morning duties, and much more. Includes all aspects of station and apparatus maintenance. A very complete and important document. Excellent value for the price. New. Hardcover. $21.95. Softcover $17.95.

21265. Karges, Steven. KEEPERS OF THE LIGHTS – Lighthouse Keepers & Their Families Door County, Wisconsin 1837-1939. Ellison Bay. 2000. 369p. Soft wraps. The lighthouse keepers of Door County, Wisconsin had a great impact upon the communities in which they served. Lighthouses in the area helped to make maritime transport profitable, and the keepers and their families thus were instrumental in settling and developing the area. Keepers of the Lights is an outstanding work of local social history and is extremely well researched. This fascinating overview of the lives of each of the light keepers makes wonderful reading. (M). Published at $20. Our price $18.95.

21252. DeWire, Elinor. SENTRIES ALONG THE SHORE. Gales Ferry. 1997. 172p. Soft wraps. Illustrated. VOTED the best lighthouse book in print by Ensign Magazine. It's a flashy collection (forgive the pun!) of 50 of her most popular lighthouse-related magazine articles, published between 1983 and 1996 in such magazines as Sea Frontiers, Offshore, Mobil Compass, Weatherwise, and Yachting. Excerpts from her long-time column ,"Whale Oil & Wicks," for NOAA's Mariners Weather Log, also appear. To the delight of her readers, she has included several unpublished pieces and personal highlights from her popular lecture, "I Brake for Lighthouses". Subjects include lighthouse history, development of the Fresnel lens, history of fog signals, women of the Lighthouse Service, lightships, tenders, and much more. Noted Kentucky watercolorist, Jim Mahanes, painted the cover illustration of historic Nauset Beach Lighthouse on Cape Cod, a sentinel that was recently moved back from the sea to prevent erosion from toppling it. Wonderful reading. (M). $12.95.

21243. DeWire, Elinor. THE LIGHTHOUSE ALMANAC. Gales Ferry. 2000. 220p. Soft wraps. Did you know that; A lighthouse in Virginia was attacked by birds; a Rhode Island light had a foghorn run by the station horse; an Alaskan lighthouse was destroyed by a tidal wave in 1946; Lightkeepers had fog dogs that barked through the murk, and much more? Elinor DeWire's newest lighthouse book is a wonderful collection of "pharological science, history, and lore!" Trivia buffs especially will enjoy this one. Makes for great bedside table reading for guests or as a coffee table book. Arranged almanac-style by date, it's divided into twelve chapters -- one for each month of the year. As the months roll by, Elinor pauses to remember special dates in lighthouse history and unusual weather phenomena and seasonal events, recipes, poems, personalities, and trivia -- all related to our favorite seamarks. Most enjoyable reading. (M). $14.95.

21199. na. HATTERAS KEEPERS ORAL AND FAMILY HISTORIES, edited by Cheryl Shelton-Roberts with Family History Research by Sandra MacLean Clunies. 2001. 134p. Soft wraps. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Keepers Descendants Homecoming was held over the weekend of May 4 – 6, 2001. The invitational program featured a number of heritage workshops/classes for the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, the direct descendents of the keepers who kept the light burning at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. To commemorate this event, the authors have produced this wonderful new book, Hatteras Keepers Oral and Family Histories. The cover is in full color and inside there are 150 pages about family life at Cape Hatteras and other area lights. The book is a unique blend of oral histories and genealogy which presents a portrait of Cape Hatteras keepers spanning well over a century. There are sixteen in-depth chapters on individual keepers and their keeper-ancestry. The book also includes a chapter on Diamond Shoals, medical resources for the keepers' families, and three charts that tie the stewardship of this lighthouse to approximately eight core families. There is also information on the Hatteras Island Historical and Genealogical Society who has striven to preserve the history of Hatteras Island and its people. Through approximately 150 wonderful early images, we are allowed the opportunity to look into the families' personal photograph albums and to see time march across the pages in an era of horse and carts and no electricity. This is a superb liik into the life at such stations and will be a joy to read and look through. Only a limited number of books are available and this book will not be carried in most catalogues or stores. (M). $19.95.

20386b. Barnett, J. P., THE LIFESAVING GUNS OF DAVID LYLE. South Bend. 1976. 106p. Soft wraps. 2nd updated edition. This is the definitive reference on this well known backbone of the Life-Saving Service and early Coast Guard – the Lyle Gun. Using early records and searching out makers and specimens, the author presents a most complete account of the manufacture and history of these important tools. Filled with vintage photos and diagrams, this is an extremely valuable reference on the subject. (M). $12.50.

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) $19.99.

21105. Elve, Steven D., MICHIGAN CITY LIGHTHOUSE – GUARDIANS OF LAKE MICHIGAN. 2001. 128p. 200 vintage photographs. It was the year 1904, and the country was ready to re-elect former "Rough Rider" Teddy Roosevelt to another four-year term in the White House. For Thomas J. Armstrong, 1904 meant a new position as head keeper of the Michigan City Light Station. In this compact volume featuring over 200 early photographs dating from the 1909 through the 1920's, we see lighthouse life through the cameras and cards of lighthouse keepers Fred Dykeman, Thomas Martin and Thomas Armstrong. From the storm of 1913 that left the lighthouse practically burried, to the capsizing of the Eastland on its way to Michigan City, this interesting work offers a better understanding how the light keepers lived and worked along the shores of Lake Michigan. Another in the series from Arcadia, a well known publisher of local and regional histories, this volume drawns from public and private collections, most never before published. Superb photographs, well worth it. (M). $19.99

21104. Finnerty, Cheryl Anne. LIGHTHOUSES OF BOSTON HARBOR – Past & Present. Seminole. 2001. 171p. Just published by the founders of the Boston Habor Explorers, this exciting new book features an in-depth narrative history of each of the 19 light stations that have protected Boston Harbor. Each station is covered in detail with a complete history, stories and legends, lists of keepers, architectural specifications, characteristics of the light, as well as present management and visitor information. Included too is information on Life-Saving Services, Joshua James, and more. Stations covered include Boston Light, baker’s Island, Thatcher’s Island, Scituate, Long Island Head, Ten Pound Island, Eastern Point, Marblehead, Straitsmouth, Minot’s Ledge, The Narrows [Bug] Light, Egg Rock, Derby Wharf, Fort Pickering, Hospital Point, Deer Island, Graves Ledge, Lovell’s Island, and Spectacle Island. Well illustrated with 131 vintage and recent photos and diagrams dating back to 1729. Wonderful reading and reference. (M). $24.95.

  2118. Williamson, Sonny. UNSUNG HEROES OF THE SURF – The Lifesaving Services of Carteret County. Marshallberg. 1992. 222p. Soft wraps. Sonny Williamson’s ancestors were among the earliest settlers of this area of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and many were members of the Life-Saving Service whose deeds are told here in their words as the author and his family remember their brave deeds. Numerous incidents, wrecks and day to day life are related at such stations as Cape Lookout, Portsmouth, Core Banks, Fort Macon, Bogue Inlet and more. Great reading. (M). $9.95.

2122. Peterson, William D., UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE IN MICHIGAN. 2001. 128p. 200 vintage photographs. 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 public and private collections, most never before published and traces the history of the Life-Saving Service in Michigan through photos and text. Includes Life-Saving Service on Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior. Superb photographs, well worth it. (M). $18.99

  2117. Carbone, Elisa. STORM WARRIORS. New York. 2001. 168p. DJ. The day that Nathan helps rescue the crew of the storm-lashed Emma C. Cotton and then watches the black surfmen of the Pea Island Life-Saving Station sharing stories and laughter with the white sailors, he knows that he wants nothing more than to become a surfman. He wants to learn how to row the heavy surfboat and fight the fiercest storms – and win. Learn about the life of a surfman, and the choices that Nathan makes. Based upon the courage and sacrifice of the crew at North Carolina’s Pea Island Life-Saving Station in the rescue of the E. S. Newman on October 11, 1896, Elisa Carbone’s work is a moving tribute to its brave African American crew. (M). $16.95.

2117a. Carbone, Elisa. STORM WARRIORS. Yearling imprint. New York . November 2002. 168p. Soft wraps. The day that Nathan helps rescue the crew of the storm-lashed Emma C. Cotton and then watches the black surfmen of the Pea Island Life-Saving Station sharing stories and laughter with the white sailors, he knows that he wants nothing more than to become a surfman. He wants to learn how to row the heavy surfboat and fight the fiercest storms – and win. Learn about the life of a surfman, and the choices that Nathan makes. Based upon the courage and sacrifice of the crew at North Carolina ’s Pea Island Life-Saving Station in the rescue of the E. S. Newman on October 11, 1896 , Elisa Carbone’s work is a moving tribute to its brave African American crew. A Yearling imprint for young readers. (M).  $10.95.

20532. Korpela, Janet Winn. IRA WINN – LIGHTHOUSE PIONEER. New Brighton, MN. 2000. 93p. Soft wraps. Ira Win was an early 19th Century metal worker who designed and built lantern rooms for the U. S. Light-House Establishment between 1850 and 1870. Based on his early journals, notes and letters, the author has put together a fascinating story of his work, and of three generations of an American family. The book "follows his footsteps" through a number of lighthouses on which he worked including Minot’s Ledge Light, Montauk Point, Cape Blanco, Charlotte-Genesee, and more. In addition to constructing lanterns, Mr. Winn designed the circular iron stairways used by the Service as well. Well illustrated, a most interesting account in a little known area. (M). $12.50.

20533. Parsons, Eleanor C., THATCHERS – Island of the Twin Lights. West Kennebunk. 2nd. 2000. 149p. Soft wraps. A comprehensive and enjoyable text relates the authentic history of a most interesting island off Caoe Ann, Massachusetts. Thatchers island and the twin lighthouses there have long been a landmark for anyone who has visited the area. Here, Eleanor Parsons tells the story of the island’s history from 1635, sharing the many events that took place there. Included, of course, is the story of how the two famous light towers were constructed, rebuile, repaired; the frequent bureaucratic bungling which threatened the lights; and the devotion of the keepers and their families who kept the beacons burning in spite of storms, danger and discouragement. A wonderful and interesting account. (M). Published at $18.95. Our price $17.05.

20518. Krietemeyer, Capt. George E., THE COAST GUARDSMAN’S MANUAL. Annapolis. 2000. Ninth edition. 708p. Soft wraps. The standard manual for enlistees of the Coast Guard, this is the latest edition. Regardless of rank or time in service, all Coast Guard personnel find this manual to be essential to their professional development. Now illustrated with 708 updated photos, 66 line drawings and 7 maps, this latest edition brings the reader into the twenty-first century. A training manual for recruits and a reference book for other Coast Guard personnel. (M). $21.95.

  20510. Clifford, Mary Louise and J. Candace Clifford. WOMEN WHO KEPT THE LIGHTS – AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF FEMALE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS, Williamsburg. 2001. 2nd 242p. New revised edition. Hundreds of women have kept the lamps burning in lighthouses since Hannah Thomas tended the Gurnet Point Light in Plymouth while her husband was away fighting the War for Independence. Woman Who Kept the Lights details the careers of 28 intrepid women who were official keepers of light stations throughout the country, staying at their posts for periods ranging from a decade to half a century. Here, their varied stories are brought together for the first time in over 80 vintage photographs and illustrations and in rich text. This new revised edition includes two new chapters detailing the service of Barbara Mabrity at Key West Light and Rebecca Flaherty at Sand Key Light. In addition, more material has been included on the other female keepers, expanding the text from 193 to 242 pages. Wonderful reading. (M). Now available in hardcover (Published at $32.95) or softcover (Published at $22.95). Our price hardcover $29.65) or softcover ($20.65).

 #20335. Stonehouse, Frederick. LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS & COAST GUARD CUTTERS – Heroic Lighthouse Keepers and the Coast Guard Cutters Named After Them. Gwinn, Michigan. 2000. 272p. Soft wraps. Travel from Maine to California and hear the stories of fourteen heroic lighthouse keepers and what feats they performed to inspire the Coast Guard to honor them by naming a vessel after them. Included ate tales of shipwreck, desolation and loneliness, blinding fog and booming cannon, sturdy ships and blown out sales. The book covers the life and times of the keepers, their daily routine, and the lamps and lenses that they tended. Also included are the vessels themselves, their construction and the work that they perform. Different, most interesting, and another long needed tale of the keepers themselves. (M). $15.95.

20446. Hearn, Chester G. GEORGE WASHINGTON’S SCHOONERS – THE FIRST AMERICAN NAVY. Annapolis. 1995. 285p. DJ. Though never an overpowering force, Washington’s flotilla of eight fast, lightly armed ships harassed British supply lines along the New England coast for over two years beginning in the fall of 1775. Manned by seamen from his army, Washington’s schooners were able to capture fifty-five prizes and accelerated the British decision to evacuate Boston. In telling the story of Washington’s schooners, author Hearn brings to life the early days of American seafaring and her war for independence. With tales or perseverance and courage, will provide evenings of most interesting reading. (M). $37.95.

20443. Waters, John M. Jr., RESCUE AT SEA. Annapolis. 1989. 2nd. 324p. DJ. The intense drama of air rescue at sea – its triumphs and its losses – has been woven into this story of high adventure by a man who devoted his career to the hazardous profession. Captain John Waters has participated in thousands of rescues and as chief of the Coast Guard’s Search and Rescue Division in the 1960’s, he promulgated many of the procedures that remain in effect today. In this hard-hitting saga Captain Waters provides an intimate view of the Coast Guard’s search and rescue over the past forty years, a moving tribute to the brave men and women of the Coast Guard’s SAR service. Well illustrated with photographs. (M). $32.95.

20449. Shanklin, Bob & Sandra. LIST OF ALL EXISTING U. S. LGHTHOUSES. Fort Walton Beach. 2000. 32p. Soft wraps. When Bob and Sandra Shanklin began their long journey to photograph every lighthouse in the United States, there was no complete listing of existing U.S. lighthouses. Now they have compiled their own listing to aid you, each state with a locator map of the lights. Listed is each lighthouse by state, with a map showing it's approximate location. Also, there is a sketch of one lighthouse per state. If you chase lighthouses, or simply collect lighthouse replicas, here is a perfect way to keep track of them. Though there are no descriptions or directions, this makes a great check-list to use in your own lighthouse quest. (M). $9.95.

20431. O’Hara, Megan. LIGHTHOUSE – LIVING IN A GREAT LAKES LIGHTHOUSE, 1910 TO 1940. Mankato. 1998. 32p. Stiff wraps. A youthful introduction to lighthouse living, based on diaries, letters and historical documents. This interesting piece tells of the daily activities of the keepers and their families at the Split Rock Light Station, located on a rocky cliff overlooking Lake Superior. Illustrated with over 35 full color and vintage photographs, we learn of the history of the station, children’s outdoor play, daily rounds of the keeper, repairing the machinery, receiving supplies and the visit of the District Inspector, school, evenings at the light station, and much more. Nicely done, part of the Living History Series for grades 2-7. (M). Published at $22.60. Our price $20.34.

20360. Lombardo, Daniel, WELLFLEET – A CAPE COD VILLAGE. 2000. 128p. 200 vintage photographs. Published as part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. This is another volume in a series of photographic histories along the coasts of the United States. This compact volume features over 200 early photographs dating from the 1870’s through the 1940’s tracing the history of this most interesting Cape Cod town. As expected, a great deal of the vintage photos and text chronicle the shipwrecks and Life-Saving Service along this stretch of coastline, as well as Billingsgate and Mayo’s Beach lighthouses, and much more. Wonderful early photographs. (M) $18.99.

20301. Wheeler, Wayne [United States Lighthouse Society. CALIFORNIA LIGHTHOUSE LIFE IN THE 1920’S AND 1930’S. 2000. 128p. 200 vintage photographs. Published as part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. This is a photographic history of the lighthouses of California’s South Coast, San Francisco Bay, and the North Coast, as well as lightships and support facilities. This compact volume features over 200 never before published early photographs dating from the 1929 through 1932, drawn mainly from the collection of former Lighthouse Service employee Irving Conklin. The book depicts lighthouse life in a quieter era – a time when our keepers were thankful to have secure employment and when they kept the lights burning to protect the continual parade of vessels plying the waters along California’s rugged coastline. As you would expect from this well known author and historian, well researched and beautifully arranged, a feast for the eyes. (M) Published at $18.99. SALE PRICED at $17.

20290. Harrison, Tim and Ray Jones. ENDANGERED LIGHTHOUSES – The Plight of 60 American Lights and the Efforts Being Made to Save Them. 2000. 96p. Soft wraps. Over the last 100 years, many American lighthouses have been lost – destroyed by the forces of nature and those of mankind. Destroyed by storms, eaten away by erosion, or simply tom down to make way for the future, almost 1,000 of America's lighthouses have had their beacons snuffed out. With each light that burns out, we loose more of our country’s treasured maritime history. A number of organizations throughout the country are working to save other lighthouses from the same fate. Endangered Lighthouses tells the stories of sixty American lighthouses in peril including their history, the dangers they face, and the efforts that are being made to save them. Illustrated with both vintage images and modern color images, this book will make a welcome addition to the library of any lighthouse lover or history buff. (M). Available November. $19.95.

20205. Quinn, William P., SHIPWRECKS AROUND CAPE COD. Orleans. 1973. Soft wraps. 240p. Illustrated with over 300 photographs. The waters surrounding Cape Cod have claimed thousands of ships over the years. In this classic work, noted news photographer, historian and author Bill Quinn features hundreds of photographs of schooners and square riggers stranded, from the 1870’s to the 1970’s. on the sandy backside of the Cape. With detailed text, the author describes numerous wrecks and the work of the Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard over the years. Includes the loss of the Life-Saving crew in the Monomoy Disaster, the loss of the Cross Rip Lightship, steamship Onondaga, and much more. Exceptional reading. (M). $29.95.

20206. Quinn, William P., CAPE COD MARITIME DISASTERS. Orleans. 1990. Stiff wraps. DJ. 240p. Illustrated with over 350 photographs. Ship disasters continued to occur around Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard through the years. Continuing his noted series, author Bill Quinn covers the period from the 1890’s to the 1990’s with additional photographs of wrecks not covered in his previous works. Many tales of fascinating wrecks feature the work of the life-savers and Coast Guardsmen. Included is the loss of the Vineyard Sound Lightship No. 73, the loss of the Peaked Hill Bars Life-Saving station to the encroaching sea, the salvage of submarine S-19, moving the Old Harbor Life-Saving station, and many more. (M). $34.95.

20207. Quinn, William P., SHIPWRECKS AROUND NEW ENGLAND. Orleans. 1979. Soft wraps. 240p. Illustrated with over 350 photographs. The waters of the Northeast have claimed thousands of ships over the years. In this classic work, noted news photographer, historian and author Bill Quinn features hundreds of photographs of schooners and square riggers stranded, from the 1870’s to the 1970’s. from rock bound Maine down past the sandy shores of Cape Cod, through the sounds of Sandy Hook, New Jersey. With detailed text, the author describes numerous wrecks and the work of the Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard over the years. Includes the loss of the Monnt Blanc, General Slocum and Larchmont disasters, the City of Columbus, the Andria Doria, Normandie fire, and more. Exceptional reading. (M). $29.95.

20208. Quinn, William P., SHIPWRECKS AROUND MAINE. Orleans. 1983. Soft wraps. 182p. Illustrated with over 200 photographs. The rocky coast from Calais to Kittery has been the scene of thousands of shipwrecks over the years. In this classic work, noted news photographer, historian and author Bill Quinn features hundreds of photographs marine accidents, from the 1880’s to the 1980’s. The storms and fogs have caused many accidents while rocks and shoals have stranded even the most experienced mariners. Includes Life-Saving and Coast Guard crews, the wreck of the Empress off Fox Point, the City of Bangor off Monhegan, and many more. Exceptional reading. (M). $29.95.

20212. na. RESCUE CG36500. Orleans. 1985. Soft wraps. 48p. Illustrated with over 40 photographs. A collection of stories, photographs and illustrations detailing the career of CG36500 and the famous rescue of thirty-two men from a broken tanker on the night of February 8, 1952 off Chatham, Massachusetts. The information is gleaned from official Coast Guard reports, local news stories and the men who braved the seas that night themselves. Thirty years after the rescue, the boat was saved from oblivion and completely restored by volunteers of the Orleans Historical Society and still proudly plies Cape Cod waters as a museum dedicated to the memory of life-savers of the United States Coast Guard. (M). $5.

20179. Freitas, Fred and Dave Ball. WARNINGS IGNORED! The Story of the Portland Gale November, 1898. Self published. 1995. 97p. Soft wraps. With numerous vintage photographs. On November 26 and 27, 1898, a storm of epic proportions struck New England and wreaked havoc all along the coastline, particularly along the South Shore and Cape Cod. For almost 100 years this gale would be the measure against which all subsequent storms would be compared. During this storm the Life-Saving Service, Humane Society and mariners all along the coast would be severely tested as countless vessels would be driven upon the rocks. In this comprehensive work the authors tell not only the story of the ill-fated steamship Portland, but also the story of all of the towns along the coast during the gale, and particularly of the life-saving efforts. Most interesting. (M). $19.95.

8456. Noble, Dennis L. LIFEBOAT SAILORS – Inside The U. S. Coast Guard’s Small Boat Stations. Washington, DC. 2000. 231p. This is the first book on the distinguished past, hazardous present, and uncertain future of an organization whose roots extend back nearly 200 years. Retired Coast Guardsman and noted author Dennis Noble traveled from unit to unit capturing the stories of their brave crews, riding the waves with the lifeboat sailors who came to accept him as one of their own. This book serves as a tribute to the crews of the U. S. Coast Guard small boat stations and their efforts to save the lives of those in peril. The book also offers a perspective into the Coast Guard’s management of its stations and raises concern for the future. A thrilling account, well illustrated with photographs. (M). Published at hard cover $27.95, soft cover $21.95. Our price HC $25.15, SC $19.75.

2057. Hairr, John. FLORIDA LIGHTHOUSES. Arcadia Publishing. 1999. 126p. Soft wraps. Another from the Images of America Series, this book is a fascinating visual tour of the lighthouses that dot the Florida coast from Amelia Island to Pensacola and the people who maintained them. The history of Florida's Lighthouse past and present is compiled in an array of vintage photographs that tell the tale of a maritime era of long ago and the lighthouses of Florida that once guided mariners to safety. (M). $18.99

20148. Hathaway, Charles B. FROM HIGHLAND TO HAMMERHEAD: THE COAST GUARD AND CAPE COD. Chatham, Mass: Self Published, 2000. 256pp, including a 10 page index. Wraps. Fine 1st Edition. Signed by Author. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾". Black and white photos. This is a brand new book written by a retired Coast Guard captain who served 30 years on 6 Coast Guard cutters. The book covers over 200 years, from the establishment of Highland Light in 1797 to the present. There is information on lightships, lighthouses, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Life-Saving Service, individual cutters and more. The author has researched the topic quite extensively and includes a nice bibliography, as well as extensive list of individuals he has interviewed or corresponded with. Ken Black (USCG Ret.) from Maine's Shore Village Lighthouse museum noted that "this is one of the best that I have personally owned and I strongly recommend the book." Only 1000 copies of this book have been printed. (M). $13.95

7395. Turbyville, Linda. BAY BEACONS - Lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay. 160p. DJ. Bay Beacons tells the story of thirty four lighthouses, the building of each light, the Coast Guard, the keepers, the tragedies and the on-going preservation of Maryland’s and Virginia’s monuments to the bay’s maritime history. A major work, for those who love lighthouses in general or Chesapeake Bay in particular. Illustrated with 138 wonderful vintage and color photographs. (M). $31.95. Our price: $28.75

2073. Snowman, Sally R. PH.D., and James G. Thomson. BOSTON LIGHT, A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE. Plymouth, Mass. 1999. 280p. Soft wraps. Well illustrated with over 120 photographs (80 in color) and illustrations. This is one of the few books ever book to detail the entire history of America’s first light station and what life was like on Little Brewster Island since 1611. Boston Light Station, established in 1716, is America’s first lighthouse and the only station still staffed by Coast Guard personnel. This most interesting volume presents 283 years of history and is the result of over five years of intensive research. The authors, Sally R. Snowman, PH.D. and James G. Thomson have painstakingly provided the reader with a wealth of information on one of the most historic sites in America. Well supplemented with numerous documents, photographs, floor plans, diagrams and more. Included is a lengthy chronological listing of events relating to the station, listing of keepers, detailed bibliographical notes, and more. Great reading and a most useful reference. (M). Published at $36. Our Price $32.40.

9303. Harrison, Tim and Ray Jones. LOST LIGHTHOUSES - Stories and Images of America's Vanished Lighthouses. 1999. 128p. Soft wraps. 125 vintage photographs. Destroyed by storms, eaten away by erosion, or simply tom down to make way for the future, almost 1,000 of America's lighthouses have had their beacons snuffed out. But these venerable structures live on in the memories of mariners, coastal natives, and lighthouse aficionados. Through dramatic photos from the collection of Lighthouse Digest editor Tim Harrison and the storytelling flair of respected author Ray Jones, Lost Lighthouses celebrates 180 of these beloved phantom towers, with stories from their "lives" and accounts of their destruction. Victims of war, government decisions, or the forces of nature, these lights are presented geographically and represent all of America's coastal regions. Authoritative, engaging, and illustrated with rare images, this book will make a welcome addition to the library of any lighthouse lover or history buff. (M). $15.95.

9299. Claflin, James W., LIGHTHOUSES AND LIFESAVING ALONG THE MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE COAST. 1999. 228p. 200 vintage photographs. Published as part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. This is the second in a series of volumes of photographic histories of lighthouses and lifesaving along the coasts of the United States. 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. Inscribed by the author if desired. (M) $18.99.

9241. Roberts, Bruce and Cheryl Shelton, and Thomas Yocum. CAPE HATTERAS: AMERICA’S LIGHTHOUSE – Guardian of the Graveyard of the Atlantic. 1999. 144p. Illustrated with over 100 vintage b/w photographs and 16 pages of color photos. For centuries the dangerous waters of North Carolina's Outer Banks have grounded or sunk hundreds of ships. Seafarers needed a strong point of reference to navigate the area successfully, and for the last 130 years the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has been the most-recognized, most-photographed, most-painted, most-visited, most-read-about, and most-admired lighthouse in North America. The lighthouse has been more than a guiding light, however; it stands as a memorial to the keepers and their families who honored a public trust at great cost and who faithfully provided a valuable service to seagoers. With the passing of time, however, the tides have gradually eroded the beach on which the Cape Hatteras sentinel stands, threatening to topple the structure. Thus one of the most daunting engineering tasks imaginable has been undertaken to save the lighthouse and move it safely to a new foundation 1,600 feet inland from its original site. The preparation for the move began years ago, surviving numerous legal and logistical challenges; it should be completed by August 1999. To commemorate this event, the authors have prepared Cape Hatteras: America’s Lighthouse as a tribute to the stone sentinel, describing the vast history of the lighthouse and investing it with texture and depth. Their research has uncovered many aspects of the lighthouse's history that had receded quietly in the mists of time. The text is illustrated in full color and with more than 100 black-and-white photographs and historical diagrams. Cape Hatteras: America’s Lighthouse is a loving homage to one of the most distinctive structures in the United States. 8" x 10". (M). Hardcover $26.95. Soft cover $16.95.

 7340. Field, Van. WRECKS AND RESCUES ON LONG ISLAND - THE STORY OF THE U. S. LIFE SAVING SERVICE. 1997. 179p. Soft wraps. Over 188 vintage photographs. This long awaited work by Mr. Field is now available. Filling a longtime void in the chronicles of the Life-Saving Service on Long Island, this book is the result of decades of research. In 179 large format pages, the author presents unforgettable stories of the surfmen and their unsurpassed bravery. Unique to this work are the 180 wonderful vintage photographs of the stations and the men who served along this stormy coast. In this interesting chronicle, the author provide a station by station look at the buildings, the crews and the rescues they performed that make them such a unique and unforgettable piece of our history. (M). $24.95

7303. Hornberger, Patrick & Linda Turbyville. FORGOTTEN BEACONS - The Lost Lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay. Eastwind Pub., 1997. 134p. Soft wraps. One of the best books to come along in recent times, this wonderful resource tells the story of the early lighthouses, light vessels, Light-house Service depots long gone from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Their work is profusely illustrated with over 200 vintage photographs, many not published before. Regardless of where you are from or your particular specialty, this book is a must particularly for its abundanceviews of Light-house Service tenders, depots, light vessels and unusual screw-pile type lights. I highly recommend this title for casual or advanced collectors. (M) Pub. at  $23.95. Our price: $21.55

7177. Morse, Suzanne S. IDA LEWIS - THE HEROINE OF LIME ROCK LIGHT. 1996. 59p. 4TO. Soft wraps. ‘As a small child, the author grew up to the distinctive moan of the fog horn of the Dumpling Rock Lighthouse on Buzzards Bay. Later inspired by the writings of Edward Rowe Snow, this young reader’s tale of the lighthouse heroine is the result. The story is authentic in every detail with the exception of Chapter 9 - but that could easily have happened as well.’ Illustrated with photos and engravings. (M). $11.95.

7415. Bunting, W. H. MAINE AT WORK: A SAMPLE OF HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS, 1860-1920. Gardiner, Maine. 1997. 384pp. With 225 b/w photographs. Any of you who have seen and enjoyed Mr. Bunting’s previous work Portrait of a Port: Boston 1852-1914, will surely enjoy this companion piece. Once again the author puts together a collection of astonishing historic photographs accompanied by narrative captions. Here the author leads the eye with extraordinary skill as we view coastwise cargo schooners, traveling from island to island by scow, a lumber batteaux shooting rapids, granite-cutting operations, long teams of oxen hauling a building through Waldoboro, a mowing gang, train wrecks, lumber camps, and much more. A grand collection for lovers of Maine, the coast, New England or just an earlier time. (M) Available in Paperback for $35. REDUCED to $26.25.

 

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