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1500. Follansbee, Joe. The Fyddeye Guide to America's Lighthouses - 750+ Lighthouses, Lightships, and Life-Saving Stations You Can Visit Today! Fyddeye. United States. 2012. 224p. Soft wraps. Foreword by Jeremy D'Entermont. The Fyddeye Guide to America’s Lighthouses makes your travel planning easier by showing you hundreds of fascinating lighthouses, life-saving stations and lightships that you can visit today on the east coast, Great Lakes, Gulf coast, and the west coast, including Alaska and Hawaii. From remote islands in Maine to the metropolises of southern California, you’ll discover the historic structures that have inspired travelers for millennia. You can get close to virtually all of America’s lighthouses, and many allow you to climb to the top and stay as long as a month in historic buildings. More than 750 lighthouses, life-saving stations and lightships are conveniently organized by coastal region and state. Included are brief histories and complete contact information, including website, email address, and phone. Includes too three maps with suggested itineraries for discovering lighthouses in New England, Michigan, and California, notes on whether you can stay overnight on the lighthouse grounds, possibly in the keepers’ historic quarters, and more. Chapters also on lightships and historic life-saving stations, including availability of overnight accommodations. More than 40 images of many from coast to coast. (M). $19.95. Sale $9.95.

11372. HABS Co-Author Alan Giagnocavo. Lighthouses - A Close-Up Look : An Intimate Tour Through Historic Photos and Architectural Drawings. Fox Chapel Publishing (2011). 176p. Soft wraps. The Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections are dedicated to preserving America’s architectural history by gathering a diverse range of historic photographs and architectural designs of buildings throughout the country. Along with over 90 vintage and recent photos of lighthouses across the country from the HABS/HAER website, this book includes over 50 detailed architectural plans that feature the internal and external structure of the lighthouses. In this book, readers will find unique lighthouse structures, such as the Port Mahon Lighthouse, which hovers over the water on pilings and the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, which contains architectural details similar to those found on the White House. Not to worry, though, the towering buildings typically associated with the word lighthouse can also be found on these pages. Color photos, plans, GPS coordinates and a brief history of many of the locations are also included. Well worth reading. (M). $19.95. Sale $11.95.

 

24313. Clark, Eugenie. LADY WITH A SPEAR. New York . 1953. 243 p. DJ. Lady with a Spear is a book filled with facts and adventure, told by the shark lady herself, Eugenie Clark. It's all about her life from early on to 1953. She travels from island to island in the South Pacific and the Red Sea , collecting fish and watching sharks for research. Her wild, experiences will amaze you and open your heart and mind to another world. (VG). $6.

23474. Ratigan, William. YOUNG MISTER BIG. Grand Rapids . 1955. 152 p. DJ. Nicely inscribed by the author. Historical novel tells THE FASCINATING STORY OF Charles T. Harvey, the incredible Connecticut Yankee who went to Lake Superior for a rest and stayed to build the Soo Canal . A dramatic story carrying a wealth of historical and regional information. (VG+). $12.

 

 

2491. Baldwin, Hanson W., SEA FIGHTERS AND SHIPWRECKS. New York . 1955. 315 p. DJ. Mutiny, mystery, wreck and battle from 1816 to 1945. (VG-). $14.

2405. Robotti , Frances Diane. WHALING AND OLD SALEM . New York . 1962. 292 p. DJ.  A stirring narrative of this dangerous yet picturesque industry, of the perils of rounding the Cape of Good Hope into the Pacific, the conflict of a few men in an open whaleboat with the colossal sea, hunger, mutiny, and much more. $16. Reduced $8. 

24229. Buckley, William Jr. ATLANTIC HIGH. Garden City. 1982. 266 p. DJ. Heartwarming account of sailing at sea with only the wind, the sea and the stars as companions. (VG+). $10.

    

23483. Beach , Edward L. AROUND THE WORLD SUBMERGED – The Voyage of the Triton. New York . 1962. 293 p. DJ. An exciting personal narrative by the skipper of the nuclear submarine that circumnavigated the earth submerged. Covering the voyage of more than 36,000 miles, the author brings to life the many tense events in this historic journey.  (VG+).  $20. Reduced $16.

23481. Beach , Edward L. SUBMARINE. New York . 1952. 301 p. DJ. The first of the submarine war patrol best sellers. This book broke through the complete silence about submarine operations imposed by the war. This is the true and heroic story of USS Triger, and of those who sailed her against the enemy, and of her life and death in the Pacific. Interwoven are thrilling tales of other battle-hardened submarines, and of the officers and enlisted men who fought them. A proud and impressive record of courage and guts. (VG-).  $18. Reduced $12.

    

23458. Tantum, W. H. THE LUSITANIA CASE. London . 1972. 224 p. DJ. A thorough compilation of documents and accounts of the sinking that drew America into World War I. (VG-). $16. Reduced $10.

23475. Ratigan, William. SOO CANAL . Grand Rapids . 1954. 186 p. DJ. Nicely inscribed by the author. Historical novel tells how private enterprise was instrumental in seeing through to a finish the construction of the Soo Canal and Locks a century ago. Provides a history of the times, people of the day and the character of the country that made the canal possible. With a forward by Gen. Douglas MacArthur. (VG+).  $24. Reduced $16.

7262c. Petrow, Richard. ACROSS THE TOP OF RUSSIA - The Cruise of the USCGC Northwind into the Polar Seas North of Siberia. David McKay Co., New York. 1967. 374p. DJ. The dramatic story of the mission by the CG Icebreaker Northwind across the top of Russia in 1965, a route that had been “off limits” to all non-Russian shipping since the Russian Revolution. Here is the story, based on first hand observation, of this exciting voyage. Across the Top of Russia makes public the harassment encountered at the time, the news reports withheld, and the furor that the trip aroused. Illustrated with photographs. (VG+).  Reduced $16.

24241. Clarke, A. C. VOICE ACROSS THE SEA. New York . 1974. 228 p. DJ. An account of submarine telegraph and telephone lines and the laying of the first transatlantic cable over 125 years ago. A complete account of this adventure. (VG+). Reduced $16.

24225. Ritchie, Capt. G. S., CHALLENGER - THE LIFE OF A SURVEY SHIP. New York . 1958. 249 p. DJ. The story of the British Survey Service, a branch of the Royal Navy and of the survey vessel Challenger, from the laying of her keel to her end in a breaker’s yard. This is an adventure tale, of winter ashore in the half-light of Labrador , of weeks spent wading through mosquitoes, and of hurricanes in the West Atlantic. (VG). Reduced $10.

24245. Hoffman, William and Jack Grimm. BEYOND REACH – THE SEARCH FOR THE TITANIC. New York . 1982. 206 p. DJ. An account of this expedition’s work and their search for the sunken liner Titanic in 1981. (VG+). Reduced $10.

2411. Fisher, Leonard Everett. THE DEATH OF EVENING STAR –The Diary of a Young New England Whaler. New York . 1972. 125 p. DJ.  The adventure and intrigue in the world of whaling in the 1840’s are revealed through a secret diary kept by young Jeremiah Poole throughout the ill-fated voyage of the whaler Evening Star. (VG). $18. Reduced $9.

24248. Mitchell, Carleton. PASSAGE EAST. New York . 1953. 248 p. DJ. An exciting narrative of a race across the North Atlantic , told with a wealth of information on the sea and man’s relation to it. (VG). $9.

 

24374. Snow, Edward Rowe. WOMEN OF THE SEA. Beverly . 2004. 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 Dorothy Snow Bicknell. First published in 1962, 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. Told in Mr. Snow’s usual readable style, here the author recounts the stories of many of the women of the sea including Hannah Burgess, who navigated her husband’s clipper ship safely to port after his death and the widowed Hsi Kai Ching who took command of her husband’s pirate fleet. Certainly one of the most readable books on the subject ever written. by this well known story teller. (M). Published at $19.95.    Special Sale Price $8.95. (x)

24106. De Beaudean, Captain Raoul. CAPTAIN OF THE ILE. New York . 1960. 230 p. DJ. One July night in 1956, the steamship Andrea Doria collided with the Stockholm in dense fog off the coast of Nantucket . Only an hour from the disaster spot, the Ile de France was in a position to make a great difference. Written by the captain of the Ile de France, this account of the disaster and his quick actions that fateful night which saved hundreds of lives, make most interesting reading. (VG).   $26. Closeout $8. 

24272. Masefield, John. SALT-WATER POEMS AND BALLADS. New York . 1944. 163 p. DJ. The best of this Poet Laureate’s shorter sea poems. (VG).    $7.

24269. Thomas, Lowell. RAIDERS OF THE DEEP. Garden City. 1928. 363 p. The first American account of German submariners to offer a sympathetic, behind-the-scenes look at the men who prowled the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and English Channel in U-boats. Widely known for his radio and newspaper dispatches from World War I battlefields, Thomas was immediately successful with this vivid portrait of undersea warfare that included details of the new technology. In his inimitable style, Thomas allows his subjects to tell their stories in their own words, rendering an infinitely interesting look at the challenges of life aboard these early submarines. Their dramatic oral histories tell of Walther Schwiegers’ sinking of the Lusitania , the seven U-boat raiders sent to lay mines across the Atlantic and sink merchant ships off the coast of the United States , and other riveting trials and accomplishments of the U-boaters. A classic of WWI literature. (VG).   $14. Closeout $7.

24297. Ratigan, William. HIGHWAYS OVER BROAD WATERS. Grand Rapids . 1959. 359 p. DJ. The Life and Times of David B. Steinman, the greatest bridge builder in history. An intimate, step-by-step account of his genius in action. (VG).   $10. Closeout $6.

24303. Forester, C. S., LIEUTENANT HORNBLOWER. Boston . 1952. 306 p. The second novel in Forester's epic saga, this book tells the tale of Horatio's first real mission. He is assigned to the Renown, a ship of the line destined to fight Napoleon in the Caribbean . It is here that Horatio really begins to distinguish himself -- helping his crew deal with a mad captain, then leading them into the teeth of a powerful Spanish presence in Haiti . We see his decisiveness, his daring and his courage -- as well as his darker side. (VG).   $8. Closeout $6.

2409. Innes, Hammond. THE LAST VOYAGE – Captain Cook’s Lost Diary. New York . 1979. 254 p. DJ. Fine fictional account fills in the blanks of Captain Cook’s fatal last voyage. (VG).   $14. Closeout $7.

24268. Auger, Helen. TALL SHIPS TO CATHAY . New York . 1951. 255 p. DJ. The fascinating story of the great American clipper ships during the golden era, and the Seth Low family, who sailed to the fortune and romance of the China Trade. (VG). $8. Closeout $4.

23431. Tanner, Tony. THE OXFORD BOOK OF SEA STORIES. Oxford . 1995. 410 p. Soft wraps. This wide-ranging anthology explores the fascinating fellowship created by life at sea. Isolated from land and society, the ship and its crew develop a close relationship. These stories reveal how this comradeship is heightened. Containing twenty-seven of the best short stories about life and adventure at sea, this book will surely please the reader. (VG+).   $8. Closeout $5.

24105. Robertson, Dougal. SURVIVE THE SAVAGE SEA . New York . 1973. 269 p. DJ. In June of 1972, the 43-foot schooner Lucette, sailed by a Scottish ex-farmer and his family, was attacked by killer whales in the Pacific and sank in less than a minute. Set adrift in a rubber raft, so began one of the great adventure stories  - an epic of courage and endurance. (VG+).  $14. Closeout $7.

24296. Heyerdahl, Thor. THE TIGRIS EXPEDITION. Garden City. 1981. 349 p. DJ. Truly a voyage into antiquity. The story of a five month journey on a small raft of reeds and rope – over six thousand kilometers, showing that the ancient people of Mesopotamia might have built man’s earliest civilizations. (VG).   $10. Closeout $6.

24302. Tomalin, Nicholas and Ron Hall. THE STRANGE LAST VOYAGE OF DONALD CROWHURST. New York . 1970. 317 p. In the autumn of 1968, Donald Crowhurst set sail from England to participate in the first single-handed nonstop around-the-world sailboat race. Eight months later, his boat was found in the mid-Atlantic, intact but with no one on board. In this gripping reconstruction, journalists Nicholas Tomalin and Ron Hall tell the story of Crowhurst's ill-fated voyage, up to his apparent decision to take his own life rather than be discovered as the would-be perpetrator of one of the biggest hoaxes in sailing history. (VG).   $8. Closeout $5.

24274. Carse, Robert. PORTS OF CALL. New York . 1967. 344 p. DJ. This absorbing book describes the origins and early history of the great seaports of America , and connects them each with the first age in American maritime history, closing with the War of 1812. Included are the ports of Castine, Portsmouth , Boston , Salem , Bristol , Newport , New York , Philadelphia , Baltimore , Charleston , Savannah , and New Orleans . (VG).  $12. Closeout $6.

23464. Daley, Robert. TREASURE – The Story of the Most Successful and Most Tragic Treasure Hunt of Modern Times. New York. 1977. 341 p. DJ. The story of the search for the Spanish galleon Atocha. (F-). $18 Now $9. Closeout $5.

23465. Blair, Clay Jr. DIVING FOR PLEASURE AND TREASURE. Cleveland. 1960. 348 p. From the elusive Monitor to cannon washed ashore in Mexico, the author details wrecks and searches for their remains. (VG). $18 Now $9. Closeout $5.

23357. Williams, Peter, BEACON ON THE ROCK - The Dramatic History of Lighthouses from Ancient Greece to the Present Day. New Burlington , London 2001. Hard Cover. 192 Pages, size 9 3/4 x 13 Inches. Wonderful views "..evokes the romance, the intrigue, the courage and the endeavor of the lighthouse era, and explores the possibility of these monolithic structures remaining as tributes to man's bravery in the face of overwhelming odds." Beautifully illustrated throughout in color and black and white. Looks at light source and lens systems, designers and builders, lighthouse lore, lightships and relief vessels and conservation and preservation to name a few. A wonderful resource. (M). Published at $32. Closeout $16. (x)

20448. Shanklin, Bob & Sandra. LIGHTHOUSES OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS. Fort Walton Beach. 2000. 32p. Soft wraps. The Shanklins have trudged down numerous trails, in wind, slogging through sand carrying camera bags in hundred degree temperatures, with bugs biting in their quest to photograph every lighthouse in the united states. This book has 32 pages of full color photographs and includes several photos of every lighthouse in Hawaii, plus a few florals and archival photos from the Coast Guard in Honolulu, as well as from noted lighthouse author, Jim Gibbs. 8 1/2x11, over 50 full color photos throughout and on the cover. (M) $10.95. Reduced to $5.50.

799. Bachelder, Peter Dow. THE LIGHTHOUSES & LIGHTSHIPS OF CASCO BAY. Cape Elizabeth, ME. 1995. 1st. Soft wraps. 110p. Updated and enlarged, "The Lighthouses & Lightships of Casco Bay is the most comprehensive guide to the many historically and architecturally significant lighthouses and lightships of Casco Bay." "Although the age of lighthouse keepers is gone, the author effectively brings this age alive again, through words and pictures chronicling the people and events in the development and history of these lighthouses and lightships. With over 75 photos and illustrations, this work provides an interesting and detailed look at the lights of this area. New. (M). $12.50. Reduced to $6.25.

Original Danbury Mint Lighthouse Collection

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Here is a wonderful chance to fill in those gaps in your collection. We have been fortunate to acquire a collection that has been in the making for over 20 years. All replicas are as new in original box and packing, most with certificates of origin. Reduced to $4 each .

Available are: Kann Non Zaki LH,  “Mariner’s Cove”, Le Cap Frehel LH [France], Lobbjerg LH [Denmark], Calaburras LH [Spain],  Portoferraio LH [Italy].

  

24408. Baker, Bill. LIGHTHOUSE ISLAND – Our Family Escape. New York. 2004. 100 p. Soft wraps with dj.  Henry Island off the coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia was for centuries an important maritime region and its 100 year old beacon continues to shine out to sea. Unlike most, Bill Baker, president of Thirteen/WNET New York realized his dreams when he purchased Henry Island and its lighthouse near  Nova Scotia . The story of adapting the island to the needs of his family forms the core of this one-of-a-kind book featuring more than 140 stunning color photos and a narrative that aims to bring the history of the lighthouse and island closer to the reader. The lighthouse was built in 1902 by Jim MacDonnell of Margaree Harbour and possibly Joseph MacDonald for $3,489. Its octagonal wood tower with a red polygonal iron lantern rises to a height of 53 feet and is painted red and white alternately. The light is a key aid to navigation in St. George's Bay and the Northumberland Strait. It can be seen for 6 miles and is flashing white every 4 seconds. This new book provides a very personal view of this small piece of history. Baker has created a fascinating tribute to Henry Island and its light. (M). $19.95. Reduced to $10.

22168. [map] CIVIL WAR LIGHTHOUSES OF THE OUTER BANKS AND CAPE FEAR AND THEIR FATE DURING THE HOSTILITIES. Cheryl Shelton-Roberts. 2002. 16" x 20". Overprinted on an 1862 military map of the area, the authors have identified all of the early lighthouses and light vessels that were present during this traumatic period. Many of the lights ceased existence long age and now the authors have brought them back to life in this beautiful wall map. With each color rendition of the lights is a historical description of the station, its establishment and a bit about its history and outcome after the war. Includes also the five little known Cape Fear River lights and light vessel. Perfect for framing. Shipped rolled. (M). $6.95. Reduced to $3.50.

New Series: LIGHTHOUSES – A Guidebook and Keepsake

      

25222. Roberts, Bruce and Ray Jones. LIGHTHOUSES OF CALIFORNIA – A Guidebook and Keepsake. Guilford. 2005. 96p. Soft wraps. 1 map, 100 color photos. Another fine series from America's most popular lighthouse authors. A winning combination of practical travel information, stunning color photographs, and rich maritime history makes Lighthouses of California your essential guide to maritime beacons in the Golden State. From Old Point Loma Light near San Diego to St. George Reef Light near Crescent City, the more than thirty-five lights included here are presented in geographical order, making it easy for you to move from your armchair to the driver's seat and back again. Take this handy little guide with you on your travels, and keep it as a picture-perfect souvenir of your trip to coastal California. Inside you'll find: A detailed descriptions of each lighthouse; complete travel information, including driving directions and GPS coordinates;  historical background notes; quick summaries of key information, such as date established, height of tower, and type of lens;  more than thirty beautiful full-color photographs; a glossary of terms and important figures in lighthouse history; helpful icons indicating scenic quality, historic interest, and visitor accessibility and friendliness; as well as descriptions and photos of lost lighthouses from the area. (M). $9.95. Reduced to $5 each.

Other titles available in this series include

25225. LIGHTHOUSES OF MASSACHUSETTS – A Guidebook and Keepsake. Guilford. 2005. 96p. 

25228. LIGHTHOUSES OF WASHINGTON – A Guidebook and Keepsake. Guilford. 2006. 96p.

26162. Snow, Edward Rowe. MYSTERIES AND ADVENTURES ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST . Beverly . 2004. Hard cover. 352 p. Centennial Edition published in recognition of the centennial of Mr. Snow’s birth in August 1902. First published in 1948, 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. Called “just about the best chronicler of the days of sail alive”, Edward Rowe Snow had worked for more than twenty years on a book relating the many incredible stories, legends, disaster at sea and mysterious occurrences. Includes the story of the heart buried in a forgotten Nantucket graveyard, the incredible snowstorm of 1717, the giant octopus of Newfoundland , the truth about the Mary Celeste, and a score of other interesting nautical tales. As always, wonderful reading. A wonderful, readable book by this well known story teller. (M). $21.95

26249. Clark, Admont. LIGHTHOUSES OF CAPE COD, MARTHA’S VINEYARD, NANTUCKET – Their History and Lore. Beverly. 2006. DJ. 244p. With a chapter devoted to each light station, this is surely the most interesting and comprehensive book on the subject. Profusely illustrated with fine early photographs and engravings. The author traces the history of each lighthouse from the beginning, the story of the construction and changes over the years, and of the men and women who lived and worked at the stations. The author’s emphasis on stories of the people who lived and worked in the lighthouses makes this book most enjoyable - readers are infused with a sense of daily life at each lighthouse, while also reading the extraordinary events that make their histories. Wonderful reading and most well done. (F). Published at $36.95. Reduced to $18.50.

23374. Cahill, Robert E. NEW ENGLAND’S CHRISTMAS MEMORIES. Salem. 1993. 48 p. Soft wraps. Robert E. Cahill has published over 100 feature articles in Yankee, National Geographic, and other national magazines. In addition, he has published over thirty non-fiction books about New England life, lore, and history. In this Christmas edition, the author recounts a number of New England Christmas traditions and methods of celebrating Christmas over the years, from the Pilgrim-Puritan Christmas to the White Mountains Santa. A great stocking stuffer. (M). $6.95. Reduced to $3.50. 

23375. Cahill, Robert E. HAUNTED SHIPS OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC. Salem. 1997. 88 p. Soft wraps. Robert E. Cahill has published over 100 feature articles in Yankee, National Geographic, and other national magazines. In addition, he has published over thirty non-fiction books about New England life, lore, and history. No matter how ingenious the ship designer, nor how skilled the mariner, the cruel Atlantic continues to make claim on more men and ships each year. This compendium of true tales includes the Great Eastern Ghost, The Barge at Miller’s Wharf, and many more. (M). $8.95. Reduced to $4.50. 

2377. Cahill, Robert E. LIGHTHOUSE MYSTERIES OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC . The lighthouse keeper lived a lonely, isolated life and sometimes it would become quite adventurous, if not frightening. It was the storm that kept the keepers on the edge of their seats, and all lighthouses were erected where the waters are most treacherous. (M). $ 8.95. Reduced to $4.50. 

22164. Thompson, Courtney. LIGHTHOUSES OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND- Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut – A Pictorial Guide. 2002. 190p. Soft wraps. Just released, this companion to the author’s earlier works covers the lighthouses of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Replacing and updating her former work Lighthouses of Massachusetts, this guide offers narrative material, directions and over 650 color photographs as well as additional vintage lighthouse views. With select historic photographs, maps and directions for finding the site, a history, description, legends and more, this is a great one-source travel guide and resource. (M). $24.95. Reduced to $12.50. 

23317. Oleszewski, Wes. TRUE TALES OF GHOSTS & GALES. 2003. Gwinn, MI. 198p. Soft wraps. Illustrated with vintage photos. A collection of ghostly tales and of long lost shipwrecks and deadly gales. This is actual history that may "creep up behind you and touch the back of your neck with a cold ghostly finger." Includes thrilling events in the lives of lighthouse keepers, lifesavers and mariners of the Great Lakes. Most detailed, filled with information on the Services in the area. (M). $15.95. Reduced to $8. 

24227. Oleszewski, Wes. GREAT LAKES GHOST STORIES. 2004. Gwinn, MI. Soft wraps. By another of the Great Lakes ’ noted authors, includes ghost stories passed to the author, researched and retold. Sure to grab your attention.  (M).  $15.95. Reduced to $8. 

20172. Oleszewski, Wes. KEEPERS OF VALOR – Lakeboats, Lifesavers & Lighthouses. 2000. Gwinn, MI. 252p. Soft wraps. Illustrated with vintage photos. A collection of true sagas of some of the most thrilling events in the lives of lighthouse keepers, lifesavers and mariners of the Great Lakes. Repeated throughout are acts of courage by the "Government Men" and mariners alike, sure to spark your interest. Most detailed, filled with information on the Services in the area. (M). $16.95. Reduced to $8.50. 

20356. Oleszewski, Wes. LIGHTHOUSE ADVENTURES – Heroes, Haunts & Havoc on the Great Lakes . 1999. Gwinn, MI. 208p. Soft wraps. Illustrated with vintage photos. A collection of short stories, long stories, technical descriptions, shipwrecks, acts of courage, fascinating drawings, photos, and more – something for every interest. Read how the lighthouses were constructed and operated, the lives of the families that tended them, and much more. Most detailed, filled with information on the Services in the area. (M). $16.95. Reduced to $8.50. 

20355. Oleszewski, Wes. GREAT LAKES LIGHTHOUSES   - AMERICAN & CANADIAN. 1998. Gwinn, MI. 202p. Soft wraps. Thoroughly illustrated with photos. A guide to over 300 American and Canadian lighthouses with photos and a description of each. Also included are historical details, access and location information. Indexed by lake, state and alphabetically, this makes a most useful reference. (M). $16.95. Reduced to $8.50. 

9179. Roberts, Cheryl Shelton and Bruce. MOVING HATTERAS – Relocating the Cape Hatteras Light Station to Safety. 1999. 19p. Soft wraps. There has been a lighthouse here since 1803. In this wonderful booklet published by this noted author and photographer, in cooperation with the National Park Service, we now have a clear view into the history of this historic station and the process used by International Chimney Corporation to pick up and move the 198-foot tower, oil house and double keeper’s dwelling. In over 26 color and b/w photos and diagrams the authors detail the removal of the foundation, shoring, placement of main beams, cross beams, roll beams and the lifting of the tower itself. A wonderful look at this intricate process to save these historic structures. Signed by the authors. [Photo by Bruce Roberts.]  Great reading at only $4.95. Reduced to $2.50. 

7505. Brass “LIGHTHOUSE SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS”. As lighthouses continue to appeal to our imagination, these quality solid brass salt & pepper shakers are beautiful, practical and just the thing for your dinner table. Shakers are quality constructed of brass and chrome, and are silver-plated inside. To make cleaning easier from time to time, both the bottom and top unscrew for easy access. An ideal gift or for your own Keeper’s table. All metal shakers measures 4” high. New. Imported.  $29.95. Reduced to $15. 

25389. [video tape] HISTORY OF CHATHAM, CAPE COD Part II. Mooncusser Productions. Did you know Chatham once had its own wrecking settlement called Scrabbletown? Or that Monomoy Point was once home to Whitewash Village, complete with its own tavern and schoolhouse? Narrated by five-time Tony award winning actress Julie Harris (also a Chatham Native), you will view rare historic film of the many local sights and characters from Chatham's saltier days, including the Shovelful Shoal Lightship, Old Harbor Lifesaving Station, and a journey up Monomoy by motorcar as well as see spectacular aerial views of the area from an external wing-mounted camera. This is a film that you should enjoy. 30 minutes, VHS. (M).  $24.95. Reduced to $12.50. 

7280. Holland , F. Ross. LIGHTHOUSES. Metro Books. 1995. 120p. DJ. 8VO. Filled with breathtaking color and vintage photographs, LIGHTHOUSES guides you through the history and development of lighthouses in the Western world. Filled with fascinating stories 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).  $19.95. Reduced to $10. 

Graveyard of the Atlantic - Parts I and II

Most native Tarheels are aware that the waters off the Outer Banks constitute one of the most dangerous stretches of coastline in the world. As this two-part documentary notes, there have been one thousand documented shipwrecks between Currituck and Cape Lookout (182 miles). Filmmaker Kevin P. Duffus has created a documentary of misfortune and heroism, so to speak, in chronicling the history of shipwrecks along the treacherous shallows of North Carolina’s stormy Atlantic coast. To piece together the visual portion of his story, Duffus utilizes everything from 16th-century navigation charts to period photographs to photo images of the coastline taken from satellites to video footage shot by treasure hunters and recreational divers. Anyone who’s interested in naval history or the history of North Carolina’s Outer Banks will enjoy this two-part documentary. Duffus’ work is very polished, the narration by Triangle (North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area) newscaster Bill Leslie is quite articulate, and Duffus makes good use of archival photos and the personal reminiscences of some Outer Banks residents and local historians.

2374. [video] PART I – SHIP ASHORE. Looking Glass Productions, Inc. Part one of this shipwreck saga deals with pre-20th century catastrophes, such as the sinking of the ironclad Monitor off Diamond Shoals during the Civil War. Duffus is particularly keen to relate the stories of the "surfmen" who risked their lives to save sailors and passengers in distress during this era, both before and after the U.S. Life Saving Service stations were in place. Rasmus Midgett, B.B. Daily and his crew from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Station, and Richard Etheridge’s all-black crew at Pea Island all performed incredible feats of bravery in the course of rescuing shipwreck victims and were duly honored by the U.S. government for their heroism. Duffus’ pointed suggestion that these men--and hundreds like them--have not been properly memorialized by North Carolina is right on the mark and seems to be an issue that coastal Carolina residents ought to bring to everyone’s attention. . (45 min – VHS). $19.95. Reduced to $10. 

2374. [video] PART II – IN THE VALLEY OF DARKNESS. Looking Glass Productions, Inc. The second part of the documentary is mainly concerned with submarine warfare off the Outer Banks during both world wars. Evidently many residents of the United States were unaware, particularly during World War II, of just how close to home the war really was. Outer Banks folks, however, could see both merchant ships and warships going up in flames almost daily in 1942. One gentlemen recalls nearly piloting his father’s boat onto a surfaced German U-boat before realizing what it was. Duffus also shows us the tiny British cemetery on Ocracoke Island where the bodies of four British sailors from the H.M.S. Bedfordshire lie buried, U-boat victims as well. (45 min – VHS). $19.95. Reduced to $10. 

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. Reduced to $17.50. 

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28340. Meehan, James D. When Life Was a Day at the Beach – An Oral History of the Delaware Coast 1907-1952. Harold E. Dukes Jr. Bethany Beach. 2007. 176p. DJ. In an oral history, told through the words of 70 people interviewed, comes a different type of story … one which overflows with the poignant memories of the men and women who helped build a legacy for the Delaware shore. The first-person text is supplemented with over 300 vintage photos. A wonderful memoir. (M). $39.95. Reduced to $19.95. 

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. Reduced to $19.95. 

9268. Kelsey, Albert. PROGRAM AND RULES OF THE SECOND COMPETITION FOR THE SELECTION OF AN ARCHITECT FOR THE MONUMENTAL LIGHTHOUSE WHICH THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD WILL ERECT IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO THE MEMORY OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS TOGETHER WITH A REPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY, THE PREMIATED AND MANY OTHER DESIGNS SUBMITTED IN THE FIRST CONTEST. Pan-American Union, 1930. Folio, blue cloth, 187 pp., 2 folding plans, many plates, some in color. A fine copy. An extremely rare account of the contest held to pick an architect to design a memorial lighthouse on the coast of the Dominican Republic, in the memory of Christopher Columbus. The Pan American Union, which included the United States voted in 1927 to complete this project and raise the necessary funds. This scarce text is filled with over a hundred photos and diagrams of proposals for such a lighthouse with descriptive text, including many most extravagant designs. Clean, crisp, in very good condition. Quite sought after, usually retails for $400+. (VG+). $285 net. Now $124.

20450b. Smith, F. Hopkinson. CALEB WEST MASTER DIVER. New York. 1899. 378p. Soft wraps. Special edition limited to 100,000 copies. Francis Hopkinson Smith was born in Baltimore, Md., October 23, 1838, and died in New York City, April 7, 1915. Educated as a mechanical engineer, he became a contractor and planned and supervised the building of numerous works. He built for the United States Government the sea wall around Governor's Island, another at Tompkinsville, Staten Island, and the Race Rock Lighthouse off New London, and the architectural plans for the Mosquito Inlet Lighthouse. He laid the foundation and the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, and in 1879 he built the Block Island breakwater. A noted engineer, artist, and writer, Smith soon became an assistant superintendent of a New York iron foundry during the Civil War. Leaving the foundry, he set himself up as an engineer with a partner, James Symington. Smith’s engineering firm was in business for thirty years, contracting many projects with the Federal Government. In his free time, Smith painted and wrote many notable books, a best seller of which was this novel Caleb West: Master Diver, recounting his construction of the Race Rock Lighthouse. A period novel of the day. Overall clean save light overall browning from age, tight, some wear to wraps and spine but still well intact. (VG-) $34. Now $16.

9344. Oxenham, John. BARBE OF GRAND BAYOU. Toronto. 1903. 313 p. A novel. "Grand Bayou Light was once the scene of a very terrible tragedy; and the horror of it was heightened by the fact that it occurred on Christmas Eve…." Read of the tale and of the keeper’s daughter Barbe and her life to come. (G+). $18. Now $9.

6597r. Witney, Dudley. THE LIGHTHOUSE. Toronto. 1975. 1st. 256p. DJ. 8VO. The author’s enjoyable and informative text compliments over a hundred beautiful color and b/w photographs, early architectural plans and illustrations outlining the history and architectural significaance of lighthouses. Includes many quite beautiful photographs of lamps, lens and early lighting apparatus. Certainly one of the nicer of the more recent publishing endeavors, unusually difficult to find. Clean, tight. (F). $68. Now $34.

9128c. na. WINTER ON THE ATLANTIC COAST. Life Magazine. January 27, 1947. Wonderful 11-page article describes in photographs and text the Atlantic coast in winter and the new importance that it’s 208 lighthouses take on each season. Included is a full front cover view of Nantucket’s Sankaty Head Light and keeper’s dwelling. Also included are the lighthouses at Cape Henry, Portland, Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, Tybee Island, Cape Lookout, Jupiter Inlet, and a full 2-page view of the iron lighthouse on Hog Island, Virginia including the broken dwellings that once housed the keepers there. Full issue, only very light wear. (VG). $26. Now $14.

9228. (2). Walthew, Kenneth. FROM ROCK AND TEMPEST. London. 1971. 175p. George William Manby was most famous for his development of an early line mortars and cannon for firing a life line to a ship in distress, which bears his name. Born in 1765, Manby devoted himself to the development of life-saving apparatus after experiencing a shipwreck while in his forties. In addition, he developed the breeches buoy apparatus and was a founder of the Royal national Lifeboat Institution. The life of this important inventor and his efforts in the development of this early life-saving equipment is detailed in this scarce work. Illustrated with 21 photographs including early mortars, canvass sling, the forerunner to the breeches buoy, and more. (VG). $32. Now $16.

21509b,c. na. U. S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE. Fortune Magazine January 1937. Pp. 61-69, 126-132. Lengthy, large folio illustrated article details the men and equipment of today’s Lighthouse Service. Wonderfully illustrated with photographs, paintings and diagrams including a large full page diagram of the Nantucket LV No. 112 illustrating its construction, equipment and operation. Other photos include quartermaster at the wheel of the Lighthouse Tender Spruce, lens apparatus, buoys and more. Most interesting and detailed article. Full issue. (VG+). $64. Now $32.

22329. [newspaper accounts] PRESIDENT ASSASSINATED IN DALLAS….OSWALD SLAIN IN Dallas Police Hdq. Providence Journal. 1963. Two newspapers of the day provides a factual and pictorial record of this terrible event. Compiled as the events unfolded, include numerous part and full page photographs and text record. Two full newspapers with articles of the day, clean, overall browning from age, one original fold. (VG-). $22. Now $11.

22330. [newspaper accounts] SAN FRANCISCO. EARTHQUAKE STRICKEN AND SWEPT BY DISASTROUS FIRE. The Evening Bulletin. April 18, 1906. Newspaper of the day provides a factual and pictorial record of this disaster. Compiled as the events unfolded, include numerous part and full page photographs and text record. Full newspaper with articles of the day, clean, overall browning from age, brittle, one original fold, worn and tattered. (G). $32. Now $16.

22495a,b. na. THE LIGHT-HOUSE ON MARLBOROUGH REEF. Harper’s New Monthly Magazine. October 1869. Pp. 667-674. Fictional tale of the keeper’s family who strives to rebuild the decaying light-house and maintain the lighting apparatus on Marlborough Reef off Halifax, NS. When the light fails during a terrible tempest, and a steamer ground to pieces on the reef, read of the fate that befalls the female keeper. Full issue, without wraps. Clean, crisp. (VG). $36. Now $18.

21335a. Brookes, Ewart. RESCUE TUG – The Story of the flying Enterprise and the Salvage Tug Turmoil. New York. 1957. 192p. DJ. This exciting story of deep water tugs tells of the gallant, but unavailing, attempt of the English tug Turmoil to save the American freighter Flying Enterprise, foundering during the hurricane of 1951-52. Captain Kurt Carlsen, a seaman of inexhaustible courage, hung on for sixteen days while his ship, with a 60 degree list, met the fury of the storm. In the background is the everyday story of gallant little tugs, manned by seamen as good as they come. A thrilling tribute to courage and seamanship. Clean, in lightly worn dj. (VG). $14. Now $7.

23361. Thomas, Captain Charles W. (USCG). ICE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT. Indianapolis. 1951. 378 p. DJ. With forward by Richard E. Byrd, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.). In 1944, the author assumed command of the first of four ocean icebreakers built during the war. This is a book about the versatile men who match their wits with the weather and spend rigorous lives on the seas and about six expeditions which round out a full circle of exciting experiences in the frozen waters of both the Arctic and Antarctic. Thoroughly interesting account. Clean, tight, in bright but worn dj. (VG). $26. Now $13.

Hildebrandt, Barry & Susan. COASTAL CONNECTICUT – Stonington to Guilford including Mystic. Old Saybrook. 1979. 114p. Soft wraps. Comprehensive guide lists hundreds of historical sites and attractions with some good early information on the area. (VG). $5. Now $3.

21261. ed. The Earl of Sandwich. BRITISH AND FOREIGN MEDALS RELATING TO NAVAL AND MARITIME AFFAIRS. Greenwich. 1950. 468p. Stiff wraps. Extremely detailed reference listing all naval and maritime medals awarded in Great Britain and around the world including the United States from the 1600’s to the publication date. Includes British Empire, United States, Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Germany, Russia, France and more. A detailed and comprehensive listing for the researcher. (VG). $86 net. Now $43.

23316. Parsons, Charles. MONTAUK POINT, LONG ISLAND: an 1871 visit. Reprinted from Harper’s New Monthly Magazine. September 1871. 14 p. Soft wraps. Early detailed account of a visit to Montauk Lighthouse and the surrounding area. Wonderful details of the area and life during the period. Includes 20 detailed engraved views. (VG). $12. Now $6.

23470. Morison, Samuel Eliot. THE STORY OF MOUNT DESERT ISLAND. Boston. 1960. 5th. 81 p. DJ. A colorful and informative history of one of Maine’s most beautiful and interesting areas by seaman and naval historian Samuel Morison. (VG+). $22. Now $11.

23468. Throckmorton, Peter. SHIPWRECKS AND ARCHAEOLOGY: The Unharvested Sea. Boston. 1970. 270 p. DJ. This noted author described in detail the new discipline of underwater archaeology and shipwrecks, from the first efforts of the sponge divers to the present state of efficiency. (VG+). $18 Now $9.

 

 

23463. Cousteau, Captain J. Y. THE SILENT WORLD. New York. 1953. 266 p. DJ. A story of undersea discovery and adventure, by the first men to swim at record depths with the freedom of fish. (VG). $16. Now $8.

23462. Limburg, Peter R. and James B. Sweeney. VESSELS FOR UNDERWATER EXPLORATION. New York. 1973. 154 p. DJ. Here, illustrared with 100 photographs, is a history of underwater exploration. (VG). $16 Now $8.

23461. Gorsky, Bernard. VASTNESS OF THE SEA. Boston. 1957. The vividly recorded story of four daring Frenchmen and their adventure across 15,000 miles across the sea to explore its hidden reefs and treasures. (VG-). $16 Now $8.

23460. Grissim, John. THE LOST TREASURE OF THE CONCEPCION. New York. 1980. 207 p. DJ. The story of one of the world’s greatest treasure finds and the man who never gave up the search. (VG+). $18 Now $9.

23459. Earle, Peter. THE TREASURE OF THE CONCEPCION – The Wreck of the Almiranta. New York. 1980. A fascinating story, told in some detail, of the shipwreck in 1641 of the Concepcion, the flagship of the Mexican Silver fleet. (VG+). $18 Now $9. 

23458. Tantum, W. H. THE LUSITANIA CASE. London. 1972. 224 p. DJ. A thorough compilation of documents and accounts of the sinking that drew America into World War I. (VG-). $16 Now $8.

23456. Hass, Hans. MEN BENEATH THE SEA – Man’s Conquest of the Underwater World. New York. 1975. 407 p. DJ. Recounts the successes, failures and tragedies of man’s attempts to conquer the depths and the birth and development of underwater equipment. (VG). $16 Now $8.

 23334. Gibbs, James A. Jr., DISASTER LOG OF SHIPS. Seattle., 1971. 176p. DJ. This famed lighthouse author’s early work spans 100 years of Pacific Coast disasters. In fire and fog, in the merciless fury of winter gales, a world of ships bowed to a watery destiny. From passenger liners and cargo vessels, schooners under steam and sail, stern and side-wheelers, tankers, tenders and more, this noted author has brought to life the action and records of their battles against the sea. James Gibbs has written numerous titles on the subject over the years and is well known as one of the best informed and most readable shipwreck and lighthouse authors to date. Thoroughly illustrated with vintage photographs and filled with information. An important early title, most interesting reading and now quite difficult to find. Light wear. (VG-).  Was $26 / Now $18.20.

23257. [glass plate negative] Officer New Haven RR [?]. c. 1890-1900. Superb 5” x 5 ½” x 7” glass plate negative provides a great view of an officer, possibly of the New Haven Railroad. Clearly visible are the officer’s cap and collar insignia. Because of the large size of the negative, this is an extremely detailed piece. Excellent early view is exceptionally clear and crisp and will print well. Great for the railroad buffs out there. Included is a scanned contact b/w print. (VG).   $38 / $30 net.

 6255c. Roberts, Bruce and Stick, David. THE CAPE HATTERAS SEASHORE. Charlotte , NC . 1964. 64pp. Stiff Wraps. DJ. Signed by both authors. These well known authors portray the life and history of this important area in text and wonderful b/w photographs. Includes the lighthouses and some of the shipwreck remains. Overall clean, very nice copy. (VG+). $48 / $36 net.

21372b. Lighthouse Button Cufflinks. Just the thing for your favorite lighthouse keeper to spruce up his Sunday best – here is another set of these cufflinks made using two reproduction US Lighthouse Service buttons. The Waterbury Button Company has been making America 's buttons for nearly 200 years. Over 40 years ago, they used their original 7/8" button dies and made these beautiful cuff links at their factory. Pair is plated, and of the highest American quality. The buttons are similar to the original US Light-House Service with the image of a masonry ( Minot ’s Ledge] lighthouse [FD24]. Cufflinks measure 7/8” in diameter with modern style cufflink professionally attached. Quite nice looking, these will make the perfect gift. Pair of cufflinks nicely mounted in felt snap-lid gift box. (M).  $38 / $30.

Admiral Edward Ellsberg 

 Admiral Ellsberg was a man of many unique and diverse talents, and his achievements ranged from submarine salvage, petroleum engineering, public speaking, heroic salvage and engineering feats during World War II, to the authoring of seventeen books. His salvage of the S-51 in 1925-26 was the first time a submarine had been salvaged in the open ocean. Several of Ellsberg's inventions, including the underwater cutting torch, stabilized pontoons, and a system to rapidly raise a sunken sub were developed for this Herculean task. While he was chief engineer of Tidewater Oil he developed several patents for the oil refining business. As a public speaker he was prolific, first about the raising of the S-51, and then in the 1930's his speeches were about preparedness for war. During World War II his salvage and engineering feats had a major impact on the outcome of the war. Few American naval officers have been as unconventional as Edward Ellsberg and still managed to rise to the rank of rear admiral. In 1941 Ellsberg managed to refloat two Italian dry docks that everyone considered unsalvageable. Then, as Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's salvage officer for North Africa, he unblocked the sabotaged port of Oran, raised more dry docks, and rescued torpedoed ships. In 1944 he was instrumental in preparing the artificial harbors that made the Normandy landings a success. These World War II accomplishments earned Ellsberg the Order of the British Empire but only reluctant notice from his own navy, although he exerted a lasting influence on U.S. submarine recovery operations. If these achievements weren't enough, he wrote seventeen books chronicling his career, arctic exploration, sunken treasure and other topics.

23480. Ellsberg, Edward. HELL ON ICE – THE SAGA OF THE “JEANNETTE” New York . 1938. 421 p. DJ. Another famous work. A tremendous story of the heroism of men facing such hardships as had never been recorded before on the Jeannette’s first voyage seeking  the North Pole by way of the Behring Sea . This is a tale of men locked two years in the Arctic pack, of sudden disaster, of desperate flight across the cruel ice, of a wild small boat passage over storm swept Arctic seas to the barren, frozen tundra of Siberia. One of the most enduring testaments to man’s courage and weakness. (VG).  $34 / $17.

23466a. Ellsberg, Edward. MEN UNDER THE SEA. New York. 1939. 365. The thrilling story of the men who go down in the sea, and of the unprecidented rescue of 33 men from the submarine Squalus off Portsmouth, NH. (VG-). $18 Now $9.

23454. Ellsberg, Edward. ON THE BOTTOM. New York. 1929. 322. The thrilling story of the men who go down in the sea, and of the rescue attempts of the men from the submarine S-51 off Block Island, RI. (VG-). $20 Now $10.

 23577c. [print uniforms] United States Revenue Cutter Service, 1834-36. The Company of Military Historians. 1967. Full color, oversize print measures , 9 ¾” x 11 ¾” and details the various uniforms used by the United States Revenue Cutter Service including Petty Officer, Captain Dress, 1st Lieutenant Dress Summer, Ordinary Seaman Dress Summer, 2nd Lieutenant Undress. Includes views of their uniforms as posed on deck, including swords, belts, telescope and more. The Company of Military Historians has published a continuing series of military prints, Military Uniforms in America , for many years. These full-color prints are executed by different member artists to illustrate military dress relating to the American scene. As far as possible, the plates show items of material culture never illustrated before or not accurately depicted in the past. They are a unique form of reference and are suitable for display. With over 800 plates completed to date, this continuing series represents the single most comprehensive documentation available on the subject. Includes complete written description of each uniform on obverse. Superb print for framing for your station or den. (F-). $48 / $38..

 2307. na. ANASTATIC DRAWINGS OF GOLD AND SILVER MEDALS, PRESENTED BY SOVEREIGNS AND PUBLIC BODIES TO CAPT. GEORGE WILLIAM MANBY, F.R.S. FOR SERVICES RENDERED IN THE SAVING OF LIFE AND PROPERTY FROM SHIPWRECK: TO WHICH ARE ATTACHED A FEW OBSERVATIONS IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEPOSITING OF THESE MEMORIALS. 1852. Yarmouth . Printed for private circulation, 8vo. Inscribed by Captain Manby: “Presented to Lieut. Col. Mason, East Norfolk Regt. By his much respected friend George Will. Manby, Capt. R.N. May ’53.” George William Manby was most famous for his development of an early line mortars and cannon for firing a life line to a ship in distress, which bears his name. Born in 1765, Manby devoted himself to the development of life-saving apparatus after experiencing a shipwreck while in his forties. In addition, he developed the breeches buoy apparatus and was a founder of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The early life-saving equipment developed by this important inventor included early mortars, shot, heaving lines, faking boxes, weatherproof pistol, life-car, buoys, signals, lifeboats, and much more. Includes engraved portrait and twelve sepia lithographic plates. In red blind- stamped cloth, lettered gilt on cover, re-backed with new spine and endpapers. An important work by this noted life-saver, extremely rare. (VG). $332 / $148.

8124. Patterson, J. E., A HERO OF THE SEA: Some Thrilling Experiences in Life-Saving Done by Lieutenant John O. Williams, R.N., Chevalier du Devoir. London . 1910. 295p. A complete record of the deeds of Mr. Williams in the saving of life from shipwreck at various stations around the British coastline. Includes wonderfully complete accounts of equipment and exertions of the crews, their life and hardships that they endured. Speaks too to the invention and use of the rocket life-saving apparatus, hand cart apparatus and much more. Vital information for anyone interested in the work of life-saving and surfboat crews. With 13 photos and illustrations. Clean, tight, save foxing to first and last few pages. Covers tight, but bumped, spine and portion of front board discolored. (VG-). $58 / $40.60.

6296. Floherty, John J., SEARCH AND RESCUE AT SEA. NY. 1953. 7th printing. 150pp. DJ. Illustrated with photographs. Experienced author tells of the adventurous lives of Coast Guardsmen, governed by “tradition that molds the moral of men, filling them with courage and devotion to duty”. Eight chapters of stirring stories of weather ships, cutters, tugs and many other thrilling stories of rescue at sea. Clean, tight, good copy in worn dj. (VG). $22 / $15.40.

 21532b. Stick, David. DARE COUNTY: A BRIEF HISTORY. North Carolina State Department of Archives and History. 1975. 3rd. 64p. Soft wraps. This book is well written by noted North Carolina Historian David Stick and is beautifully illustrated with many historical photos of the Outer Banks and Dare County . Stick does a wonderful job and has managed to put a lot in a small amount of space, including historical photographs of the First Flight of the Wright Brothers and the ever popular Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Chapters include The Roanoke Colonies, Sidelights on the Lost Colony, The Province of Carolina, The Colonial Period, The Revolution, Early Life on the Outer Banks, The Civil War, The Lifesavers, The Formation of Dare County, Place Names, and Post Offices, The Wright Brothers, Commercial Fisheries, Religion and Education, Roads and Bridges, Tourism, National Park Facilities, the conclusion and references for additional reading. Photos include the Wright Memorial, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Wreck of the Priscilla, life-saving stations, Hatteras Post Office, Surf Fishing, Mashoes Church , Jockey’s Ridge, Manteo High School and more. Interesting reading. (VG).                      $24 / $16.80.

 21404. Seibold, David J. and Charles J. Adams III. SHIPWRECKS OF OCEAN CITY – Drama on the High Sea from Absecon to Avalon. Wyomissing Hills. 1986. 90p. Soft wraps. An account of numerous and rescues in an often neglected stretch of Atlantic coastline. From the 1600’s up until the 1940’s,  the author describes twenty of the more interesting of famous incidents. Scarce title. (VG). $32 / $22.40.

21261. ed. The Earl of Sandwich . BRITISH AND FOREIGN MEDALS RELATING TO NAVAL AND MARITIME AFFAIRS. Greenwich . 1950. 468p. Stiff wraps. Extremely detailed reference listing all naval and maritime medals awarded in Great Britain and around the world including the United States from the 1600’s to the publication date. Includes British Empire , United States , Netherlands , Greece , Italy , Germany , Russia , France and more. A detailed and comprehensive listing for the researcher. (VG).  $86 / $43.

8126b. Board of Trade. INSTRUCTIONS RELATING TO THE ROCKET APPARATUS FOR SAVING LIFE FROM SHIPWRECK. London . 1904. 84p with 9 full page photo and litho plates, 16 illustrations and one large 9” x 18” fold out plate. Thoroughly examines the care and operation of rocket apparatus for saving life from shipwreck. Includes general instructions, the rocket house, new work and repairs at stations, measuring of lines and care of gear, life-line and belt stations, complete description of stores and life-line apparatus, ordnance, wagons, methods of using apparatus, wreck service, payments and allowances, volunteer life brigades, drills, awards and complete parts and stores and equipment listing. This is a wonderful set of instructions, quite similar in form and illustrations to the Instructions for the U. S. Life-Saving Service. Fully illustrated including rockets, faking box, breeches buoys, lights, wagons, beach carts, etc. A most applicable reference for both US and British researchers. Clean, tight, in professionally restored original wraps. Excellent illustrations. (VG+).  $148 / $103.60.

 23118. Bowen, Frank C., SHIPS FOR ALL. London . nd. c.1930. 384 p. Illustrated with nearly 100 photographs, this early work details the numerous types of vessels including: canal, river and coastal craft; sailing vessels; steam vessels, seamen, steamships, engines, disasters, life-boats and life-saving, salvage, treasure and much more. Great early reading and reference. (VG).             $34 / $23.80.

9240. Wilson, Rufus Rockwell. SEA ROVERS. New York . 1906. 278p. Embossed binding. Engaging turn of the century youth’s adventure tales focusing on a number of sea-related occupations. Includes chapters on the Life-Saving Service, Light-House keepers, Revenue Cutter Service, and ocean pilots as well as fishermen, navy and marines afloat, deep-sea divers and whalers. Lengthy factual descriptions, with eight illustrations.
a. clean, crisp, hinges becoming loose, covers clean, nicely embossed in 4 colors. (G). $38 / $26.60.

2250. Hallie, Phillip. TALES OF GOOD AND EVIL, HELP AND HARM. NY. 1997. 227 p. DJ. Explores the human choice to do help or harm and why some volunteer to help others in need. Of interest to us here is a lengthy chapter devoted to an account of Joshua James, noted life-saver of the Massachusetts Humane Society and later of the Life-Saving Service. The author chronicles in some detail his work and the work of his crews and brings out the tale of a helpful, benevolent human being committed to helping others. Interesting addition to our Joshua James chronicle. (M). $24.95 / $17.47.

23361. Thomas, Captain Charles W. (USCG). ICE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT. Indianapolis . 1951. 378 p. DJ. With forward by Richard E. Byrd, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.). In 1944, the author assumed command of the first of four ocean icebreakers built during the war. This is a book about the versatile men who match their wits with the weather and spend rigorous lives on the seas and about six expeditions which round out a full circle of exciting experiences in the frozen waters of both the Arctic and Antarctic. Thoroughly interesting account. Clean, tight, in bright but worn dj. (VG). $26 / $18.20.

7244. Hope, Laura Lee. THE OUTDOOR GIRLS ON CAPE COD or Sally Ann of Lighthouse Rock. New York . 1924. 214p. A girls book of a summer on Cape Cod . (VG). $24 / $16.80.

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 21404. Seibold, David J. and Charles J. Adams III. SHIPWRECKS OF OCEAN CITY – Drama on the High Sea from Absecon to Avalon. Wyomissing Hills. 1986. 90p. Soft wraps. An account of numerous and rescues in an often neglected stretch of Atlantic coastline. From the 1600’s up until the 1940’s,  the author describes twenty of the more interesting of famous incidents. Scarce title. (VG). $32.

 6478f, PC-67. Holland , F. Ross. THE OLD POINT LOMA LIGHTHOUSE. Cabrillo Historical Association. 1978. 52P. Soft wraps. This noted author combines beautiful old photographic views of the Point Loma Light Station with original architectural plans, vintage engravings and paintings, a detailed and informative text and exquisite color photographs to produce a book of unquestionable quality and interest. If we only had a similar publication on every light station ! Clean, tight, crisp, nice copy. (F-). $12. 

 2106b. Hague, Douglas B. LIGHTHOUSE OF WALES - THEIR ARCHITECTURE, HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY. Mid Wales Litho, Ltd., Wales . 1st. 1994. 104p. Soft wraps. A study of the lighthouses of Wales including their history based on years of observation and research, and upon their architecture. A most interesting and valuable historical reference filled with over 75 photographs, plates and illustrations. Chapters include History, Lighthouse Types, Materials of Tower Construction, The Engineers, Methods of Illumination, Optics, Fog Signals, Telegraph Systems, Lighthouse Keepers and their Dwellings, Light Vessels, and more. (F). $34. 

 PC-100. na. SPLIT ROCK – EPOCH OF A LIGHTHOUSES. Minnesota Historical Society. 1978. 24p. Soft wraps. This most informative booklet details the events leading up to the establishment of a lighthouse here, landing the necessary materials, the labor used to construct the station, equipment installed, and a great deal about the keepers and their life at the station. Illustrated with a number of excellent early photographs. Nicely done. (VG). $16.

 22536. Weeks-Mifflin, Mary and Ray Mifflin. THE LIGHT ON CHANTRY ISLAND . Erin , Ontario . 1986. 60 p. Soft wraps. A wonderful account of the construction and history of the tall stone lighthouse on Chantry Island near the Saugeen River , Lake Huron . Constructed in 1859, the tall circular stone structure was one of eleven contracted to be built at the time and she still guides mariners to this day. Excellent commentary with wonderful vintage photographs. Nicely done. (VG+).  $34.

 9287a. Paine, Ralph D., THE PRAYING SKIPPER, AND OTHER STORIES. New York . 1906. 292p. A compilation of seven nautical tales by the author includes SURFMAN BRAINARD’S “DAY OFF”, a 33 page tale of the life of Florida surfman Ashley Brainard as he longs for his day in the city away from station life. As his day comes a schooner is driven ashore bringing him back to the station and his task rescuing her crew. A scarce early life-saving tale. Light soil and wear, hinges weak, contents clean, tight. (G). $22 

 8301a. Hemming, Robert J. GALES OF NOVEMBER. The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Chicago . 1981. 248p. DJ. The mystery-tinged loss of the 729-foot ore freighter Edmund Fitzgerald with its crew of 29 during a violent November storm on Lake Superior in 1975 has become an American folklore tragedy. In Gales of November, the author takes the reader through a dramatic “you are there” experience as he recounts what is known about he tragic loss and the ship plunged wildly through the treacherous seas. Includes an examination of the vessel and of each of the crewmen’s lives leading up to that fateful day. A riveting account, illustrated with photographs. Difficult to find. Near fine. (F-). $44

 6320k. Floherty, John J. SENTRIES OF THE SEA. Philadelphia . 1942. 220 pp. DJ. Well illustrated with over 85 U.S.C.G photos. Vivid presentation of the men of the Lighthouse Service and their battles with the elements of nature. The author tells the story of who the men are that man these lonely sentries, what they were like and what their work consisted of. Numerous vintage photographs show details of the stations, lanterns, lens apparatus, tenders, and more. Very nicely done. Clean, tight, in lightly chipped dj. A desirable title. (VG). $36.

   PC-179. Bishop, Merrill and Arda Talbot Allen. THEY ALSO SERVE. Austin , TX . 1938. 2nd. 226p. Signed by the author. A school guidance text aimed at Junior High School level, includes situational stories, with questions and discussion at the end of each scenario. Includes one tale of a youth’s Christmas vacation with his father, the keeper at Mount Desert Lighthouse off the coast of Maine . During his stay as a gale blows up, the lens rotating mechanism fails and they have to turn the mechanism by hand. Read about the shipwreck. And how the crew is saved. Clean, tight, near fine. (VG+). $24.

 PC-219. [note pad] Lighthouses of Maine note pad features 28 large 5 ½” x 9” note pages, each with a full color image of a Maine light station. Includes Nubble Light, Pemaquid Point, Prospect Harbor , Portland Head, West Quoddy Head, and Bass Harbor Head. New. (M). $5.

   2245. Griffin , Carl R. III AND Alaric Faulkner. COMING OF AGE ON DAMARISCOVE ISLAND , MAINE . Orono. 1981. 116 p. Soft wraps. A wonderful chronicle of growing up and of life on Maine ’s Damariscove Island . Includes a most interesting chapter on the Coast Guard [Life-Saving] station on the island, their work and details about the men stationed there at the time. Wonderful coastal Maine reading. (VG).  $26.

 884b. Labrie, Rose. SENTINEL OF THE SEA…. NUBBLE LIGHT. A History of Cape Neddick Light Station. 1967. 3rd. 16p. Soft wraps. A brief history of the li ght station and some of its keepers. Illustrates with 8 photographs including a rather nice one of William M. Brooks (“Uncle Will”), who served as keeper at the Nubble, Boon Island and the Isles of Shoals. (VG). $24.

 

9177c. [commemorative plate] An exceptionally rare, bright, gilt decorated and edged commemorative plate featuring a beautiful clear, detailed color image of the "Tillamook Light House, Seaside, Oregon." c. 1900. One of only a few of this light that I have had, this fairly large plate has a large 3" full color image on white of the square wooden light tower atop the dwelling constructed on the summit of Tillamook Rock. This detailed image shows the derrick swung out to pick up supplies from a surfboat near the base. This pretty display piece measures 7 ¼" in diameter and is enhanced by a decorative scalloped gilded decoration around the edge. Nice detailed image on the bright white china make a good contrast on this rare item. Marked "Made in Germany." Quite clean, bright, a beautiful display piece. (F). $89.

PC-104g. [reprint] "THE LIGHTHOUSES OF THE UNITED STATES",  by Charles Nordhoff, March 1874 “LIFE IN A LIGHTHOUSE, LIFE ON THE SOUTH SHAOL LIGHTSHIP, and HEROISM IN THE LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE” by Gustav Kobbe. 1981 reprint. 64p. With over 65 excellent engraving reproductions and descriptions of U.S. Lights and light vessels, the authors here present four articles on the romantic history of the Service, originally printed during its heyday in the 1870 - 90’s. Provides a wonderful period overview of the history and operation of the Service. Excellent reading. (F). $12.  

  6745b. Herring, Ethel. CAP’N CHARLIE AND LIGHTS OF THE LOWER CAPE FEAR . 1967. 1st printing. 120p. Soft wraps. Illustrated with many photographs, the author relates the experiences of Captain Charles Norton Swan who entered the Lighthouse Service in 1894 and remained until his retirement in 1933. Capt. Charlie served at many stations including light vessels and shore stations, ending the last 29 years at Bald Head Island Light. A very nice account of his life and work in the Lighthouse Service. Clean, crisp, nice copy. (VG+). $24. 

PC-128. Roop, Peter & Connie. KEEP THE LIGHTS BURNING, ABBIE. Minneapolis . 1985. 40p. DJ. An exciting true story for young children of Abbie Burgess who, in 1856, single-handedly kept the lighthouse lamps lit during a tremendous winter storm off the coast of Maine . Combined with wonderful full color illustrations of the family, station, and of Abbie tending the lighting apparatus, the flowing text brings to life this suspenseful tale of courage. (F). $24.

884e. Labrie, Rose. SENTINEL OF THE SEA…. NUBBLE LIGHT. A History of Cape Neddick Light Station. 1958. 2nd.  16p. Soft wraps. A brief history of the light station and some of its keepers. Illustrates with 8 photographs including a rather nice one of William M. Brooks (“Uncle Will”), who served as keeper at the Nubble, Boon Island and the Isles of Shoals. (VG). $18. 

7133. Davidson, Donald W. LIGHTHOUSES OF NEW ENGLAND – From the Maritimes to Montauk. Peninsula Press. 1993. 144p. Soft wraps. The history and images of the over eighty lighthouses that once protected the waters surrounding the New England coast are presented in lovely full color photographs and early engravings and diagrams, along with a well written historical narrative tracing the history of the Light-House Establishment from its earliest days to the present. Well done and a beautiful text for your table or shelf. (F). $9.95.

22158b. Splake, T. Kilgore. SUPERIOR LAND LIGHTS. Battle Creek . 1984. 45 p. Soft wraps. Superior Land Lights provides a photo and brief description of the twenty land based lighthouses on Michigan ’s Upper Peninsula . Beginning with the Iroquois Point Lighthouse in Brimley, the author proceeds westward along the Lake Superior coast to Fourteen Mile Lighthouse near Ontonagon. Includes some scarce b/w views and a bit of history on each. (F-). $19.95. 

23546. Weeks-Mifflin, Mary and Ray Mifflin. HARBOUR LIGHTS BURLINGTON BAY . Ontario . 1989. 84 p. Soft wraps. A wonderful account of the lighthouse, canal and early navigation into the harbor known as Burlington Bay , at the western end of Lake Ontario . Filled with excellent early photographs including the oil lamp and lens, this booklet makes fine reading. For anyone interested in the Great Lakes . (VG+). $26.  

PC-181. Brown, Francine Litt. LIGHTHOUSE BOY. Camden, Maine. 1968 reprint. 144p. Soft wraps. Youthful tale of a youth and his father who keep a lighthouse watching over the treacherous waters that surround a rocky Maine island. I rugged existence, and good training for a decision that soon faces the youth. (VG).   $17

 PC-10. Bachelder, Peter Dow. LIGHTHOUSES OF CASCO BAY. Portland. 1975. 1st. Stiff wraps. 88p. Signed by the author. “Although the age of lighthouse keepers is gone, the author effectively brings this age alive again, through words and pictures chronicling the people and events in the development and history of Maine’s Casco Bay lighthouses. With over 45 antique photos and illustrations, this work provides an interesting and detailed look at the lights of this area. Scarce early edition. Clean, tight, near mint. Bookplate. (F-).  $38.  

6719c, d. Manning, Gordon P., LIFE IN THE COLCHESTER REEF LIGHTHOUSE. by The Shelburne Museum . 1958. 43p. Soft wraps, clean, crisp. Nicely illustrated. Details the life of the Keepers in this Lake Champlain lighthouse. Includes listing of the keepers who served here during its’ 62 years of service, as well as details on the 1952 move of the lighthouse to the Shelburne Museum in Vermont . (G+). $22.  

 6432d,e. Stick, David. NORTH CAROLINA LIGHTHOUSES. Raleigh . 1980. 85p. Soft wraps. The story of North Carolina ’s lighthouses, the men  who designed, built and manned them and of other men whose lives and vessels were saved because they were there. (VG).  $28.  

20400c. Caldwell, Bill. LIGHTHOUSES OF MAINE. Portland, Maine. 1986. 276p. Soft wraps. A comprehensive look at the history and present condition of each of 62 Maine light stations, including many details of the construction and life at each station. The book is arranged by area and includes numerous vintage and contemporary b/w photographs of many of the stations. A very helpful reference on the subject. (VG+).  $17  

 6424a,b. Nelson, Sharlene P. & Ted W., UMBRELLA GUIDE TO WASHINGTON LIGHTHOUSES. Friday Harbor . 1990. 151p. Soft wraps. A guide and history of the 25 Washington lighthouses, lightships and tenders. In addition to 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. (F).  $9.95.  

2245. Griffin , Carl R. III AND Alaric Faulkner. COMING OF AGE ON DAMARISCOVE ISLAND , MAINE . Orono. 1981. 116 p. Soft wraps. A wonderful chronicle of growing up and of life on Maine ’s Damariscove Island . Includes a most interesting chapter on the Coast Guard [Life-Saving] station on the island, their work and details about the men stationed there at the time. Wonderful coastal Maine reading. (VG).   $26.  

884b. Labrie, Rose. SENTINEL OF THE SEA…. NUBBLE LIGHT. A History of Cape Neddick Light Station. 1967. 3rd. 16p. Soft wraps. A brief history of the li ght station and some of its keepers. Illustrates with 8 photographs including a rather nice one of William M. Brooks (“Uncle Will”), who served as keeper at the Nubble, Boon Island and the Isles of Shoals. (VG).   $24.

   20341b. U. S. Revenue-Cutter Service.. SPECIFICATIONS FOR-TRIPPLE EXPANSION SINGLE-SCREW PROPELLING ENGINE WITH BOILERS AND AUXILIARY MACHINERY FOR A REVENUE CUTTER "NO. 7, R.C.S." [FOR SERVICE ON THE GREAT LAKES]. GPO. 1900. 104p. Complete builders specifications for engines and machinery for a 1,200 horsepower, 620 ton displacement cutter designed for use on the Great Lakes. Includes all aspects of construction and auxiliary machinery. In original gilt embossed black cloth binding, spine tape reinforced, marbled page edges. Contents quite clean, crisp. Light wear. (VG-). $148 net.

20362. Scituate Historical Society, SCITUATE. 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 coastal 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 Scituate Lighthouse, and much more. Most interesting are the Mass. Humane Society and Minot’s Ledge Light images and information. Wonderful early photographs. (M) $18.99.

7149b. Lent, Henry B. AIR PATROL - JIM BREWSTER FLIES FOR THE U. S. COAST GUARD. 1942. 1st. 171p. Illustrated with over 35 official Coast Guard photographs, the author follows a fictional young ensign from the Coast Guard Academy, to training at Floyd Bennett Field, through active duty at sea during the War. Presented in a way to provide no technical information to ‘aid the enemy’, yet provides evidence of a ‘spirit that can’t be licked - a spirit of courage, heroism, and self-sacrifice….’ (VG). $21.

6278. Toxopeus, Klaas. FLYING STORM - Adventures of the Skipper of A Rescue Boat off the Stormy Coast of Holland. NY. 1954. 246pp. Illustrated with photographs. Describes the work of the lifeboat crews, their day-to-day routine and many of the rescues performed. Clean, tight, nice copy. (VG). $32.

6174b. Binns, Archie. LIGHTSHIP. New York. 1938 reprint by Modern Age Books. 243pp. Soft wraps with DJ. A literary sensation of its time, Lightship was published simultaneously in London and in the United States. More recently, pages have been discovered and newly bound and offered for sale. These are the original copies and binding, not newly bound. Interesting fictional story of the small but interesting world bound by the hull of a Pacific Coast light-ship. A close look at the work and relationships of the nine men of the crew stationed off the coast. Light browning, overall clean, tight. (VG). $24.

6174c. Binns, Archie. LIGHTSHIP. New York. 1934. 5th printing. 345pp. A literary sensation of its time, Lightship was published simultaneously in London and in the United States. More recently, pages have been discovered and newly bound and offered for sale. These are the original copys and binding, not newly bound. Interesting fictional story of the small but interesting world bound by the hull of a Pacific Coast light-ship. A close look at their work and their relationships. Some staining to wraps, otherwise contents clean, tight. (VG-). $28.

6326. U. S. Coast Guard. MERCHANT MARINE SAFETY MANUAL. CG-203. 1955. Approx. 400pp. USCG Ring bound. Contains the instructions governing the Coast Guard administration of the laws, conventions, treaties, rules and regulations regarding merchant marine safety activities. Includes inspection and certification of vessels, issuance of licenses, manning of vessels, casualty investigations, etc. Well used. (G-). $12.

LG-62. [cup/saucer] c.1900. Bright, gilt edged, white china commemorative cup with saucer featuring a beautiful clear, detailed full colored image of the "Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Me." A very pretty and desirable set, the cup measures 2 3/4" in diameter and 2" high, the saucer 5 ¼" diameter, and is enhanced by a petite decorative gilt border around the handles and around the rims. Superb colored image. "[by] Ravaria." A beautiful display piece. (VG). (Shown at left) $86.

6660g. Cape Cod Lighthouse Commemorative Plate This lighthouse plate is quite beautiful, and features six vintage images including Cape Cod [Highland] Light, Nauset Light, Old Cape Cod Windmill, Beach Scene and Old Fisherman. The detailed images are of rose-maroon on white hand crafted porcelain, with a beautiful, bright rose floral border. This plate was probably made in 1930’s - 50’s for the tourist trade. This is a bright and pretty item for display or for gift giving and is certainly a collectors’ item. 7 5/8" diameter. (VG). $68.

6716c. Mitford, Jessica. GRACE HAD AN ENGLISH HEART. New York. 1988. 159p. DJ. The story of the legendary Grace Darling, the daughter of a lighthouse keeper on the Northern coast of England. In 1838 Grace and her father rowed more than a mile to rescue passengers and crew of a foundering steamship, a deed that was to gain her immortality. One of the first "media" heroines, mush of this book is an account of how Victorian journalism rose to the occasion, taking the simple daughter from life into legend. With color illustrations and paintings. As new. (M). $32.

7280(3). Holland, F. Ross. LIGHTHOUSES. Metro Books. 1995. 120p. DJ. 8VO. Filled with breathtaking color and vintage photographs, LIGHTHOUSES guides you through the history and development of lighthouses in the Western world. Filled with fascinating stories 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). $19.95.

8399. Poyer, D. C., HATTERAS BLUE. New York. 1989. 227p. DJ. A novel. In 1945 Lieutanant Commander Lyle Galloway II, U. S. Coast Guard, is on patrol off Cape Hatteras. Though the war with Germany has ended, not all Nazis plan to surrender. Suddenly, the radar on his old destroyer picks up a contact….today, as they explore a wreck off the coast, they uncover a greater secret, at large after forty years, a plot as deep as the currents off Hatteras. Ranks with the best of military fiction. (VG+). $28.

8518. Cox, Barry. LIFEBOAT GALLANTRY – R. N. L. I. MEDALS AND HOW THEY WERE WON. London. 1998. 454p. DJ. Just released, imported from England. Since the foundation of the Royal national Lifeboat Institution on 4 March 1824, just over 2,400 medals – gold, silver, and since 1917 bronze – have been awarded for gallantry in saving life from shipwreck. This is the first complete list of all such awards to be published, together of details of the services involved; from acts of individual heroism to the combined efforts of lifeboat crews: hours spent at sea to effect rescues in raging storms: incredible feats of endurance of men rowing and sailing lifeboats before the advent of motor: the dangers of mines and aerial attacks in wartime, and much more. This is not only a book of reference but is also a record of valiant deeds and selfless efforts of those who have risked their own lives to rescue others from the sea. Illustrated with some wonderful photographs, on quality paper. A must for reading and reference. (M). $68.

826b. Warner, Oliver. THE LIFE-BOAT SERVICE – A History of the Royal National Life-Boat Institution 1824-1974. London. 1974. 321p. DJ. To commemorate the first 150 years of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, distinguished naval historian Oliver Warner was commissioned to write this history. The R.N.L.I. has been responsible for saving nearly 100,000 lives and the author covers all of this and more. In the well illustrated pages, Mr. Warner covers the courage and matchless seamanship, the progress from pulling and sailing boats to the diesel powered boats of today, the daily routine at the more than 200 life-boat stations on the British Isles, and much more. A proud and moving chronicle, with great detail. (VG). $48.

7109d. Ballantyne, R. M. THE LIFEBOAT - A Tale of Our Coast Heroes. London. Nd. c.1880. 251p. DJ. 16MO. In this scarce title, the author tells of the work of the lifeboat in wreck and rescue with the aid of fictional characters. Through the many chapters one learns of the extensive history of the lifeboat and the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, as well as their equipment including surfboat and rocket apparatus. With colour illustrations. Very nice blue embossed binding, light wear, quite clean and bright. (VG). $44.

9268. Kelsey, Albert. PROGRAM AND RULES OF THE SECOND COMPETITION FOR THE SELECTION OF AN ARCHITECT FOR THE MONUMENTAL LIGHTHOUSE WHICH THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD WILL ERECT IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO THE MEMORY OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS TOGETHER WITH A REPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY, THE PREMIATED AND MANY OTHER DESIGNS SUBMITTED IN THE FIRST CONTEST. Pan-American Union, 1930. Folio, blue cloth, 187 pp., 2 folding plans, many plates, some in color. A fine copy. An extremely rare account of the contest held to pick an architect to design a memorial lighthouse on the coast of the Dominican Republic, in the memory of Christopher Columbus. The Pan American Union, which included the United States voted in 1927 to complete this project and raise the necessary funds. This scarce text is filled with over a hundred photos and diagrams of proposals for such a lighthouse with descriptive text, including many most extravagant designs. Clean, crisp, in very good condition. Quite sought after, usually retails for $400+. (VG+). $285 net.

9322. Richardson, John. STEAMBOAT LORE OF THE PENOBSCOTT. Rockland, Maine. 1971. 5th. 208p. DJ. An informal story of steamboating in Maine’s Penobscott Region, presented in over 300 vintage photographs and detailed text. "Steamboat Lore" tells the dramatic human story as steam navigation developed in the region, from its earliest beginnings up until the last sailing of the great white flyers. Includes the intensely interesting story of the loss of the Steamer Portland. Great reading. (G). $20.

9217. Huntress, Keith. NARRATIVES OF SHIPWRECKS AND DISASTERS 1586-1860. Iowa State University Press. 1973. 248p. Unbound printer’s proofs, stapled by signature. A scholarly compilation of narratives of 24 notable shipwrecks with detailed accounts and a wealth of information. Included are such famous shipwrecks as the Nottingham Galley off Boon Island, the Brig Tyrrel off Sandy Hook, shipwreck of the French Frigate Medusa, destruction of the whale-ship Essex (Herman Melville based his last chapter in his book Moby-Dick on this incident.), loss of the Albion off Fastnet Rock, fatal explosion of the boiler on the steamship Helen MacGregor at Memphis, loss of the steam packet Home, and many more. Also includes a lengthy listing of narratives published of shipwrecks and disasters since the 1500’s. Nicely illustrated with period woodcut engravings. A most interesting and valuable work. (G). $62.

9350. Starbuck, Alexander. HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN WHALE FISHERY. Secaucus. 1989. 777p. DJ. One of the most authoritative works on the subject by well known Nantucket authority. Recounts the techniques and ships of the great days of whaling, with a virtually complete statistical survey of the voyages made by American whalers from the major East Coast ports. Truly one of the classics of whaling literature, this volume deserves a place along side Moby Dick in any maritime library. (M). $19.

9294. na. NANTUCKET LIFE-SAVING MUSEUM. pp. 23-25 Historic Nantucket. July 1972. Nantucket Historical Association. Full issue, soft wraps. Nice article describing the "new" Nantucket Life-Saving Museum and its formation, with a bit of history of Nantucket’s four life-saving stations. Includes two wonderful photographs of the original Surfside station, and a cover image of Captain [Keeper] Joseph Winslow posing at the Surfside station in the Services’ new gutta-percha life-saving suit, which failed to gain popularity. Includes a number of other interesting historical Nantucket articles. (VG). $14.

9306. FALL RIVER [STEAMSHIP] LINE JOURNAL. Vol. 55. February 1933. 28p. Soft wraps. Wonderful early Fall River Steamship Line journal presenting advertisements and articles promoting the line’s excursions, and providing sailing schedules and general information. Included is a five page article entitled "U. S. Coast Guard Perfects System of Communication for Emergencies", in which the new unified radio system being put in place by the Coast Guard to direct cutters and beach units to vessels in distress is described. With five photos of breeches buoy and surfboat rescues. Also includes listing of New England lighthouses along the steamship routes, with descriptions and characteristics. (VG-). $20.

9401. Ringwald, Donald C., THE HUDSON RIVER DAY LINE – The Story of a Great American Steamboat Company. Berkeley, Ca. 1965. 228p. DJ. With over 250 remarkable vintage photographs and detailed text, the author relates the history of steam-boating on the Hudson River from the days of Robert Fulton to the 1960’s. Although the emphasis is on the Hudson River Day Line, almost all of the companies who operated on the river are covered. With an elegance virtually unmatched, the company reached its zenith in the 1920’s and boasted the largest fleet of steamers to be found on any river. Filled with countless large, superbly detailed photographs, makes wonderful reading. (VG-). $32.

9438. Baker, W. A. and Tre Tryckare. THE ENGINE POWERED VESSEL. New York. 1965. 267p. DJ. From paddle wheel to nuclear power, this volume traces the development of motor powered vessels through the ages. Particularly striking are the more than 255 original illustrations and detailed drawings, with 50 in full color. Volume is remarkably detailed yet sweeping in the largeness of its historic scope. Most interesting reading, of excellent quality. Contents clean and tight, covers crisp, dj worn and discolored. (VG). $18.

2001. Sanders, Michael S. THE YARD – Building a Destroyer at the Bath Iron Works. New York. 1999. 253p. DJ. Century old Bath Iron Works has been building some of the finest ships in the U. S. Navy. One of the last vessels to be launched the traditional way, down an inclined ramp or "ways" into the river, the building of the USS Donald Cook is followed through the eyes of the workers. If you have ever wondered actually what goes into the building of a vessel this size, this is the book for you. Step into the daily lives of the welders and pipefitters and riggers and shipfitters – watch the complex evolution as the ship develops. Illustrated throughout with dramatic photographs and diagrams. (M) Published at $26. Our price $23.40.

2056c. [pennant] Hull Gala Day August 21, 1915. Felt wall pennant features a full color image of Boston Lighthouse on [Little] Brewster Island, and commemorated the Town of Hull Gala Day on August 21, 1915. Green felt pennant bears a 5" round image of the seal of the Town of Hull, along with the words "Hull Gala Day Aug. 21, 1915". Pennant is triangular in shape, and measures 17 ½" long by 7 ½" high. There are a few very small moth holes, but is clean and bright and would be most presentable. An interesting lighthouse or Town of Hull collectible, quite scarce. (G+). $76 net.

7416b. [paperweight] c.1900. Heavy glass paperweight featuring an early c.1900 lithographed image of "The Cliffs" at Highland Light, Cape Cod. This rare item features a nice early lithographed image of the tall clay cliffs, with the light station and wireless station on top. By Samuel Ward Co., Boston, Mass. Clean, a valuable lighthouse collectible. (VG). $48.

20341a. U. S. Revenue-Cutter Service.. SPECIFICATIONS FOR TRIPPLE EXPANSION SINGLE-SCREW PROPELLING ENGINE WITH BOILERS AND AUXILIARY MACHINERY FOR A REVENUE CUTTER TO BE KNOWN AS "NO. 1, R.C.S." [Gresham] [FOR THE GREAT LAKES]. GPO. 1895. 101p. Complete builders specifications for engines and machinery for a 2,000 horsepower, 900 ton displacement cutter designed for use on the Great Lakes. Includes all aspects of construction and auxiliary machinery. In original gilt embossed black cloth binding, spine tape reinforced, marbled page edges. Contents quite clean, crisp. Light wear. (VG-). $148 net.

DM-11. Shomette, Donald G., SHIPWRECKS ON THE CHESAPEAKE – Maritime Disasters on Chesapeake Bay and its Tributaries, 1608-1978. Centreville, Md. 1982. 324p. Fascinating, detailed accounts of the wrecks and rescues of the area. Illustrated with sketches and maps. With large chronological index of vessels lost in the area, this is one of the more interesting and informative accounts of this historic area and a fine reference. As new. (F). $22.

535. [stereoview] Cape Neddick Light, York, Maine by Keystone View Co. (c.1910) Very clear, crisp, clean view. (F) $18.

6719c, d. Manning, Gordon P., LIFE IN THE COLCHESTER REEF LIGHTHOUSE. by The Shelburne Museum. 1958. 43p. Soft wraps, clean, crisp. Nicely illustrated. Details the life of the Keepers in this Lake Champlain lighthouse. Includes listing of the keepers who served here during its’ 62 years of service, as well as details on the 1952 move of the lighthouse to the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. (G+). $22.

7174b. Pullen, [Rear Admiral] Hugh F. THE SEA ROAD TO HALIFAX, Being an Account of the Lights and Buoys of Halifax Harbour. Halifax, N.S. 1980. 80p. Soft wraps. With 14 rare photographs and illustrations, quite an interesting account of the 225 year history of the lights, light-vessels and buoys of the area. Includes most interesting views of early buoy construction. Includes historical sketches and lists of Keepers, etc. Interesting reading. Clean, tight, light wear. (VG). $30.

21127. Williamson, Sonny. SAILING WITH GRANDPA. Marshallberg. 1987. Soft Wraps. Packed with first hand stories and interesting tales of the grand old age of sailing vessels of North Carolina, the men who sailed them and of the hardships that they endured. Included is The Roral Shoal Incident, the 1899 August Storm, the 1918 Tornado, Storm of ’33 and many other accounts. Also includes listing of vessels by date and place built, listings of ship carpenters, boat builders and sailmakers, and much more. (M). $7.95.

7120a,c,d, PC-64. Holland, F. Ross. AMERICA’S LIGHTHOUSES - Their Illustrated History Since 1716. Brattleboro. 1st. 1972. 226p. DJ. 8VO. Filled with historic vintage photographs and illustrations, 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. One of the earlier and best references on the subject by this well known historian. (VG). $19.

21137. [newspaper] [Francis’s Metallic Life-Boats and Life-Car] LIFE-SAVING EFFORTS. National Intelligencer. January 10, 1854. Original newspaper with ¾ column article describing the recent exhibit on Wall Street of Francis’s Metallic life-boats and life-cars, completely fitted out, for the Life-Saving Station on Sable Island. Also included in the exhibit was a Straton life-boat and other apparatus for "throwing" a life line to a wreck. Includes a description of some of the boats in use in the United States, many of which were named [ the Grace Darling in Philadelphia, The Victoria in Boston, etc.] Includes a good description of much of the equipment, as well as details of a recent rescue by surf boat. Four pages [full issue?], clean, crisp save some light foxing. Extremely rare early account of the work and equipment of Joseph Francis. (G+). $26.

9147d,e. US Coast Guard. AIDS TO MARINE NAVIGATION OF THE UNITED STATES CG-193. Wash. 1965. 35p. Soft wraps. Interesting booklet details the basic principles underlying the marking of coasts and waterways. Includes descriptions of lighthouses, range lights, lightships, fog signals, buoys, daybeacons, chart symbols, early history, and more. (VG). $21.

961. [historic calendar/blotter] c.1936-1952. Early historic calendar/ink blotters were published by The First National Bank of Boston [1784-1952] and featured an illustration of a local lighthouse or Life-Saving Service station. Included is a brief historical sketch describing the location.

c. Life-Saving Station at Dorchester Bay. c. February 1952. Description noted that this station was the first of its kind, and in its unique harbor housed two naphtha launches and later another driven by steam. (VG). $24.

2003. Chapelle, Howard I., THE SEARCH FOR SPEED UNDER SAIL 1700-1855. New York. 1967. 451p. DJ. When waterborne transportation was almost entirely by sail, speed became the only standard by which most maritime historians measured progress in American naval architecture. In this book, one of America’s leading historians of naval architecture applies modern principles to examine American sailing vessels over the years from the standpoint of design and sailing efficiency. From Colonial times to the highest development of clipper ships, all types of craft are expertly described and compared. Wonderfully illustrated with over 130 design plans, as well as 50 drawings and illustrations of the vessels. Excellent reading and reference for the student of American sailing craft. (VG). $22.

975. [fold-out plate] LIFE-SAVING SHOT FOR 20-Pdr. B.L. Rifle. Printed fold-out plate. Printed plate disbound from report detailing projectile construction, drawn by W. W. Folger, Lieut. Cmdr., Ordnance Office, Navy Yard, Washington, DC., June 18, 1878. Printed plate is quite clean, measures 9" x 12" and would be quite nice framed. Two light folds but clean, crisp. (VG). $12.

7197ss. [newspaper] A New Light-House. Maine Farmer. November 25, 1852. Short article notes that experiments by Professor Grant into the new Drummond light have been successful and a report is to be made to Congress. The Drummond light, the strongest artificial light known, can be seen by utilizing reflectors throwing a single ray, and by being rotated constantly, thus throwing a single flash. The advantages of the system include a considerable cost savings over the Fresnel light, the best in use. The writer claims that, where ordinary lighthouses are of little use in fog, Professor Grant’s system is so intense that they present the effect known as "heat lightning" as seen through a thick fog. Interesting early work on the subject. Full newspaper contains four pages with articles of the day, only light browning, 4 folds. (G). $18.

7197ww. [newspaper] Mississippi Light-House. THE YANKEE. Boston, Massachusetts. August 1, 1817. Article remarks on the recent proposals for construction of a lighthouse at the mouth of the Mississippi River, which noted that stone for the structure was available in quarries at Havana, Cuba. This article goes into some detail on deposits of quality stone found near St. Augustine which was of suitable quality and quantity to supply all of the country’s light-house needs. This is an extremely early newspaper with a number of interesting political and military articles of the day. Four pages, folded, with overall browning from age and a few stains but most readable and intact. (G). $33.

 

 

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