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3053. (cabinet photograph) U.S. Light House Establishment Mate “Captain” Henry Brown, Light-House Tender Wistaria c.1880. This rare posed original portrait photograph shows the distinguished “Captain” Henry Brown proudly posing in his 8-button double-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his collars are rare LHE anchor insignia (this insignia is not mentioned in the Uniform Regulations of the period). On his sleeve are the ornaments of a Light-House Tender First Mate, consisting of three stripes surmounted by a silver embroidered lighthouse. Captain Brown was born in Norway and made his way to New York where he shipped aboard a vessel and learned seamanship. He was a self-educated man and volunteered for service in the war with Mexico. There he was commended and promoted to command a ship. During the Civil War Brown volunteered with the Navy and served under Admiral Farragut. Following the war he was eventually rose to command the Light-House Establishment buoy tender Alanthus out of Charleston. Not long after Brown achieved some recognition by designing and patenting the Brown Naval Automatic Bell Buoy, a fog signal consisting of a large bell mounted on a buoy and struck by an interior rolling iron ball (actually a cannon ball) whose movement was precipitated by the action of the waves. Brown also designed and patented improved mooring attachments for buoys. Later Captain Brown became master of a new Light-House Tender – the Wistaria, in which he worked the mid-Atlantic coast for many years. The Light-House Establishment was closely involved with the areas in which they had facilities. In August of 1886, when the “Great Shake” rocked the South, Captain Brown on board the Wistaria felt the violent shaking and left the ship to view the damages. He found the streets filled with terrified residents and the air filled with a dusty haze from pulverized masonry. As fires began to rage, Captain Brown offered shelter on board the Wistaria to as many as he could accommodate. Another Tender, the Pharos, in port for repairs, likewise was made available for shelter. The Brown family was always closely tied to the Light-House Establishment. Captain Brown married and had three daughters and a son. One daughter, Annie Rebecca, wed James W. Whiteley, who was in charge of the Light-House Sixth District Supply Depot at Castle Pinckney. Another close relative of Brown would become an Assistant Keeper at Ponce Inlet Light Station in Florida. [thanks to Ellen Henry and her book The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse: An Illustrated History. 2017 Ponce Inlet. 317p DJ pp 48, 112] The image measures 4” x 5 ½” on a 4 ¼” x 6 ½” original mount. Mount marked “Havens [Photographer], Jacksonville, Fla.” On back written in pencil “Capt. Henry Brown”. (See also Capt. Brown’s image in The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse: An Illustrated History page 112. Photo is clear but has moderate soiling and abrasions, as well as some brown rust staining. However, this is one of the more rare images that we have had in some time and the only one ever showing the anchor collar insignia. It is rare to find images of officers of Tenders in any format. (G+). $395.
3061. Henry, Ellen J. The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse: An Illustrated History. 2019. Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association. 317p. DJ. THE PONCE INLET LIGHTHOUSE: An Illustrated History tells the story of the Ponce (originally Mosquito) Inlet Light Station and the local Florida region from prehistoric times through the present day. Published by the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, this extraordinary hardcover coffee table book is the definitive history of the Ponce Inlet Light Station and represents more than 15 years of research conducted by author and museum curator Ms. Ellen Henry. The book features more than 400 images to bring it all to life and is filled with fascinating stories of human perseverance, lighthouse innovation, Native American uprisings, civil war battles, desperate shipwrecks, lighthouse builders defying the elements, heroic sea rescues, and the lives of the light station's historic keepers and their families. Well done. (M). $49.95 (x)
3063. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard 75-Foot Patrol Boat CG-145 Underway c.1932. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of a 75ft. “six-bitter” type patrol boat underway in 1932. As the Coast Guard's role developed during the Prohibition Era over 200 75-footers were pressed into service for inshore patrol to deal with smugglers. These boats were built in the mid-1920s, of which there were still a number in operation by WWII including the boat shown. During the War her Coast Guard number CG-145 was changed to CG-74308. She was built at Dachel-Carter Boat Company in Benton Harbor, Michigan for a contract price of $21,950. The type proved to be a very seaworthy unit and was extensively used during the war for inshore convoy patrols, air-sea rescue, ASW patrols and port security duties. Great detail includes deck structures, early deck gun and more. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated March 16, 1932. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $44.
3062. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat CG-44300 Rolls in Surf at Yaquina Bay c.1975. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” composite press photo dated October 28, 1975, shows good detail in three views of CG-44300 in the breakers while training as she rolls in an unusually heavy breaker. One crewman went overboard before the boat righted. He was rescued by other boats. CG-44300 served at Station Yaquina Bay from October 1962 to 1981. In July 1981, she was transferred to the National Motor Lifeboat School at Cape Disappointment, Washington, serving there for another 15 years. The boat always saw very hard duty, including episodes of going end-over-end (pitch-poling) and rolling over completely several times. But she also won the admiration and, indeed, the affection of her crews, training coxswains from stations throughout the United States in adverse weather and sea conditions. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Clear, close view, great detail. This is a rarely seen view. (VG+). $54.
6275h. Ralph Shanks, Wick York, Lisa Woo Shanks, editor. THE U. S. LIFE-SAVING SERVICE - HEROES, RESCUES AND ARCHITECTURE OF THE EARLY COAST GUARD. 1996. Petaluma , CA. 262p. Gilt embossed hard cover library edition without dust wrap (only 300 were produced for libraries and advanced collectors.) Winner of the first Foundation for Coast Guard History Award for Best Book on Coast Guard History, this long heralded work by Ralph Shanks and Wick York is once again available in this scarce, last remaining copy obtained from the author. Filling a longtime void in the chronicles of the Life-Saving Service, this book is the result of two decades of research by these highly respected maritime historians. In 272 large format pages, the authors present unforgettable stories of the surfmen and their unsurpassed bravery. Unique to this work is the authors coverage of the architecture of each of the stations across the country. Using over 400 rare photos from the Library of Congress and other historic sources, the authors provide a station by station look at the architectural features that make them such a unique and unforgettable piece of our history. Considered the best reference on the U.S. Life Saving Service on the market. Also included is the first edition (Vol. 1 No. 1) of Wreck & Rescue, journal of the U.S. L.S.S. Heritage Assoc. Book is new old stock and as such has not been opened, clean and crisp. Journal lightly worn. (M).$129.95. (Softcover $29.95 while they last.)
SALE - ANNUAL REPORT OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE
We have just acquired a collection of these rare Annual Reports of the Life-Saving Service and, in an effort to stem the rise of prices over the last few years on these reports, have endeavored to offer them at as low a price as possible. This is the perfect opportunity to begin your collection or to fill those missing years in your present collection. Reports are printed by the Government Printing Office [GPO] and range from 180 to 600 pages. Includes extensive details of operations and of rescues throughout the year. Also details personnel, construction and repairs of stations and equipment, evaluation of new equipment and much more. In addition, many include appended reports such as the new Beebe-McLellan Life-Boat, Dobbins’s surf life-boat, launching wagon, improved breeches buoy traveler block, McLellan’s Tally-Boards, and lengthy report on tests performed on Hunt and Lyle guns on Nantucket Island in 1887, reports on surfboats and more. Quite detailed, becoming exceptionally difficult to find. Typical cloth government binding, contents overall clean, expected uniform very light browning on some copies, hinges tight and intact, covers may have some wear. Some inscribed "Compliments of Capt. F.R. Baby [President, Board on Life-Saving Appliances]. $74 net each.
Years available include: 1883, 1884. 1886, 1887, 1912. Also CG blue binding: 1916, 1917, 1920, 1921.
(photo courtesy New York Public Library not included)
SR-529-1. (pay voucher) U.S. Light-House Establishment. Appropriation for Salaries of Keeper, Farallone Island Light Station c.1870. Original pay voucher filled in hand for 2nd. Assistant Keeper Arthur Tasker (1862 – 1871) and signed in hand by him as well as Principal Keeper Thomas Tasker (1861 – 1871). Dated March 31, 1870. This rare document measures 6 ½” x 8” and is overall clean with one original fold. Form was used to process payment for Keepers and served as a signed receipt upon delivering such payment. Superb early piece of Light House Establishment history and would make a great addition to any collection or display. (VG). $78. (shown) Sale 50% off ! $39. (x)
SR-529-2. (pay voucher) U.S. Light-House Establishment. Appropriation for Salaries of Keeper, Farallone Island Light Station c.1870. Original pay voucher filled in hand for 1st assist Keeper Frank Roper (1869 – 1871) and signed in hand by him as well as Principal Keeper Thomas Tasker (1861 – 1871). Dated March 31, 1870. This rare document measures 6 ½” x 8” and is overall clean with one original fold. Form was used to process payment for Keepers and served as a signed receipt upon delivering such payment. Superb early piece of Light House Establishment history and would make a great addition to any collection or display. (VG). $78. Sale 50% off ! $39. (x)
SR-529-3. (pay voucher) U.S. Light-House Establishment. Appropriation for Salaries of Keeper, Farallone Island Light Station c.1870. Original pay voucher filled in hand for Assistant Keeper A.J. Honell (…1870…) and signed in hand by him as well as Principal Keeper Thomas Tasker (1861 – 1871). Dated June 30, 1870. This rare document measures 6 ½” x 8” and is overall clean with one original fold. Form was used to process payment for Keepers and served as a signed receipt upon delivering such payment. Superb early piece of Light House Establishment history and would make a great addition to any collection or display. (VG). $78. Sale 50% off ! $39. (x)
SR-558. GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS CLEAR. Beautiful clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and other Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners, electric, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 8 ¾” – 8 5/8”, inside diameter range from 7 ¾” - 8 1/8” and height of 8 5/16”. Lens is one piece, prism intact, clean, only a few small chips. Lens is marked “Perkins ML & HD Corp, Bklyn. N.Y. Group A 360 Perko Mould No. 38”. A great piece, perfect to repair your lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 11.5 lbs. (VG+). $240. Sale 50% off ! $120. (x)
Long out of print, we finally found one more copy:
12289. Murray, Steve. Guardians of the Hereford Inlet. 2010. Rio Grande, NJ. 201p. Soft wraps. A wonderful detailed and interesting work documenting the history of the Hereford Inlet, and includes a history of the Hereford Inlet Light Station, the Anglesea Life-Saving Station, and the U.S. Coast Guard Lifeboat Station No. 133. Filled with period photos, maps, plans as well as a chapter on each light keeper, rescues, the life of a keeper, the work of the Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard in the area, restoring the structures and much more. A most interesting work that is difficult to find. (M). $54.95.
CL-01. (clipper ship sailing card) "Neptune's Favorite" Coleman's California Line c.1860. Multicolored ad and design on glazed enamel stock (3 13/16” x 6 ¾”) printed by Nesbitt & Co., with illustration of King Neptune and Queen in Six Dolphin Scallop Chariot with Coleman Flag on Trident, card promoting "The Clipper of May 12th, The Magnificent Extreme Clipper Ship". The text notes that "Clipper of May 12th. The Magnificent Extreme Clipper Ship Neptune's Favorite. Emmerton, Commander, is now rapidly loading at Pier 15 East River, foot of Wall St. This celebrated Clipper has made three passages to San Francisco in 109, 113, and 117 days…." The Clipper Ship Sailing Cards are a collecting highlight and were issued in the 1850’s and 1860’s to advertise clipper ships that were loading cargo for San Francisco and from the ports of Boston and New York to round the horn for the West Coast. The cards were attractively printed in color and have been widely collected over the years, although issued in fairly small numbers. Most reside in a few museums, libraries and a small number of private collections. The shipping firm, Coleman’s, was a New York firm. (See Fairburn, V, VI. American Clipper Ships, Vol. I, p. 224.) The Neptune’s Favorite had already made three runs from New York to San Franscisco before the voyage this card is promoting. Great graphics on the card. Neptune's Favorite was built in Chelsea, Mass. in 1854. The Captain's name and citation of the three San Francisco voyages enables us to date this card at 1860. The card features a charming image of dolphins towing Neptune and his consort in a shell decorated with peacock feathers. This rare card is rich deep colors, light edge and corner wear, light soiling, some areas of surface removal on back by tape, one slight pin hole. A tanned and spotted copy of this card sold at Siegel sale, (1990) for $650, another $950, and another at Schuyler Rumsey Auctions Sale #88 for $1,400. This card is also featured in "Other Yankee Ship Sailing Cards." A RARE AND COLORFUL EXAMPLE OF THE "NEPTUNE'S FAVORITE" CLIPPER CARD. (VG-). $495.
3058. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard 65’ Small Harbor Tugs CGC Bollard (WYTL 65614) and CGC Pendant (WYTL 65608) c.1970. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows good detail of the Coast Guard 65’ Small Harbor Tugs CGC Bollard (WYTL 65614) and CGC Pendant (WYTL 65608) as they arrive in Boston via piggyback aboard the ship Transcolumbia. The USCG 65' small harbor tug is a class of fifteen tugs used by the Coast Guard for search and rescue, law enforcement, ATON work and light icebreaking. The tugs are capable of breaking 18 inch of ice with propulsion ahead and 21inch of ice backing and ramming. They were designed with steel hulls to replace the 64-foot wooden-hulled tugs that had been in service since the 1940s. USCGC Bollard (WYTL-65614) operated in Long Island Sound and north to Narragansett Bay. Her homeport was New Haven, Connecticut. The Pandant was home ported in Boston. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $44.
3059. (photo) Coast Guard Petty Officer Dennis Dever Chisels his Name into a Rock at Boston Light c.1989. Clear, close, original 6 ½” x 10” press photo shows good detail as United States Coast Guard Petty Officer Dennis Dever, carrying on a lighthouse-keepers tradition, chisels his name and the year, 1989, into a rock at Boston Light, the first manned light lighthouse on American shores. The oldest known inscription at the site is dated 1768. The island lighthouse remains the last U.S. light station that still retains a Coast Guard Keeper. “Petty Officer First Class Dennis Dever, the Coast Guard officer in charge in the late 1980s, had a few odd experiences while at the station. While working in the station’s boathouse, he liked to have his radio tuned to a rock station. Often, with nobody else in the boathouse, the station would change itself to a classical station. Dever said he and other Coast Guard crew attributed events like this to “Old George”—Worthylake [a past keeper], that is. One day, Dever was in the kitchen of the keeper’s house looking out the window at the tower, and he clearly saw a man in the lantern room. This was alarming, as the only other person on the island was his assistant in the next room. From a distance, it appeared that the figure at the top of the tower was wearing an old fashioned keeper’s uniform. Dever rushed to the tower and went up the stairs to the landing, but he found the lantern room empty.” (courtesy newenglandlighthouses.net) Photo is b/w and includes date October 12, 1989 and description on back. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $46.
[Life-Saving Service Library Box Marking]
Sweetser, M. F. KING’S HANDBOOK OF
2383d. Reproduction U. S. Life-Saving Service right arm insignia patch. Insignia shows “ U.S. ” over life ring with crossed pike and oar, over “L.S.S.” Reproduction patch is embroidered in white on blue, measures 3 ½”w x 4”h and would be perfect for display or for mounting on your uniform. (M). $29.
Peterson, Douglas, (U.S.C.G. Retired)
2640-12. GLASS FRESNEL LAMP OR LANTERN DRUM LENS RED. Beautiful red glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and lanterns, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 3 ¼” inside diameter range from 2 3/4” top to 3” bottom and height of 3 ¾”. Lens is one piece, clean, only two small 1/8” chips, one large closed crack. May be Dietz, not marked other than “top”. Perfect to repair your lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. (G+). $28.
3057a. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Firefighting Vessel T-31 c.WWII. Clear, close official Coast Guard photos measure 8” x 10” and show great detail of Coast Guard Harbor Fireboat T-31. Boat is equipped with 3 mounted fire monitors, a ladder, and other firefighting equipment. Photo is b/w, unusually clear and close. Dates from c.1944-1945. Great detail. (VG+). $44
3057b,c. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard 40-Foot Fireboat CG-40362-F c.WWII. Clear, close official Coast Guard photos measure 8” x 10” and show great detail of 40-Foot Fireboat CG-40362-F underway. Twenty nine such fireboats were built during the War by Wheeler Shipyard in Brooklyn, NY. Ther were constructed of wood double planked, with square stern and flat bottomed. They were equipped with 7 fire monitors and a water curtain to protect the craft from the heat of the fire. Photo is b/w, unusually clear and close. Dates from c.1944-1945. Great detail. (VG+). $36 each or $64 for the pair.
3055. (photo) Fowey Rocks Lighthouse, Florida c.1961. Clear, close official Coast Guard photo from the air measure 8” x 10” and shows great detail of Fowey Rocks Lighthouse on the outer line of the Florida Reefs, Florida. The octagonal screw pile lighthouse structure rises 110 feet above the water and can be seen a distance of 16 miles. Photo is b/w, unusually clear and close. Includes description and newspaper article on back. Dated February 3, 1961. Great detail. (VG+). $44.
3056. H.R. Report No. 2100. ADDITIONAL LIFE SAVING STATION ON MONOMOY ISLAND. May 17, 1902. 2p. Disbound. Interesting report presents description and recommendations by General Superintendent Sumner I. Kimball (USLSS) regarding the new life-saving station being completed at Monomoy Point and recommending retaining the existing Monomoy station. Includes information on the station patrols along the east coast of the island. (VG+). $44.
7354. H. R. Ex. Doc. No. 85. LIFE-SAVING
SERVICE ON THE
3054. (aerial photo) Block Island Sandy Point North Lighthouse c.1972. Lovely b/w aerial photo looking south across the island from Sandy Point at the north. This is an original b/w print taken as part of coastal studies being done along the New England coast back in the 70's. In the foreground can be seen the “North Light”. The first light on the site was built in 1829. The current structure at Sandy Point is the fourth lighthouse built on the site and was made of granite and iron in 1867. At one time one of Block Island’s three life-saving stations was in this area as well. Photo measures about 9" x 9" and is in very good condition with crisp edges and corner tips. The photo image is sharp throughout, completely in focus. Marked image No. 127 and dated 8/11/1972. A striking view, would look lovely matted and framed. (VG+). $36.
3052. (photo) Lighthouse & Life-Saving Crew Drilling, Point Betsie, Michigan c.1900. Rare photo removed from album shows the life-saving crew training with the breeches buoy apparatus, with the lighthouse and keeper’s house in the background. Articles and books have been written about the courageous life-saving crews that served mariners off Point Betsie from 1877 to 1937. An examination of the Keepers' logs bring to life the heroic rescues from wrecks that surfmen discovered while conducting their lonely night-time beach patrols, and document Point Betsie's central but previously untold role in the area's important maritime and social history. Photo measures 3 ¼” x 5 ½” and is clear and crisp. Great detail. (VG+). $34.
1090. (photo lot) Collision and Sinking of the Italian Liner Andrea Doria, July 25, 1956. Lot of 15 Associated Press Wire Photos with captions show the Italian liner Andrea Doria and the Stockholm, Coast Guard cutters Evergreen and Campbell sent to the scene, and many of the rescued passengers on board the rescue liner Ile de France, on the Stockholm, and at St. Vincent’s Hospital. 8” x 10” b/w clear, crisp images. Excellent lot. (VG+). $215. Sale 50% off ! $107.50. (x)
29201. Butler, Karen. Nantucket Lights: An Illustrated History of the Island’s Legendary Beacons. Nantucket. 1996. (151 pp. / 148 illus.) DJ. Lavishly illustrated, Nantucket Lights tells the story of the island’s lighthouses and lightships and the men and women who faithfully kept them. This is one of the most comprehensive and attractive books ever done on the lighthouses of Nantucket. Dazzling images including fascinating historic illustrations as well as recent photographs and paintings, and a carefully researched text illuminate an important aspect of Nantucket’s maritime past. Nantucket's three lighthouses all have fascinating history -- little Brant Point Light, which has been rebuilt more than any other American lighthouse; remote Great Point Light, completely destroyed in a storm in 1984 but rebuilt only two years later; and Sankaty Head Light, the famous "Blazing Star." There's also an excellent chapter on the Nantucket Lightship. Even if you've never been to the "Far Away Island," this book is a must. (M). $24.95. Sale 50% off ! $12.50. (x)
12211. Wood, Allan. New England Lighthouses: Famous Shipwrecks, Rescues, & Other Tales. Schiffer. 2012. 160p. Soft wraps. Immerse yourself in New England s maritime history through tales of historic shipwrecks and heroic rescues. From Connecticut to Maine, meet the special individuals who helped those in peril. Learn about the disasters that led to the pioneering of travel safety. As told by the people who witnessed these incredible and often life-changing events, stories tell also of the Flying Santa, miracle baby rescues, and paranormal activity. Amusing accounts from one of the last surviving lighthouse keepers also provide an indelible look at life in and around the lighthouses. With an appendix of lighthouses that can be viewed by boat and a glossary of Mariner terms, this is a great resource for historians, maritime enthusiasts, and a guide for tourists and local residents alike. There s something for everyone in this photographic look at New England s lighthouses. (M). $29.99. Sale 50% off ! $15. (x)
10488. Marc, Jacques F. Pacific Coast Steamship China. UBC Press. 2009. 182p. Hardcover. 300+ color and 80 b/w photographs. At the height of Pacific-coast steamship travel in the late 1800s and early 1900s, passengers enjoyed a sit-down dinner served on china with silver flatware. Today, the only places you can still find this china is at flea markets and antique shops or by diving at old dock sites and on shipwrecks. Pacific Coast Ship China identifies and dates shipping china used along the Pacific coast of North America. It identifies more than 280 china patterns used on vessels and in-shore establishments of shipping organizations registered in Alaska, Yukon Territory, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Hawaii; it describes patterns used in coastal, intercoastal and transpacific services. In addition to passenger vessels, it documents the china used by freighter operations, oil companies, government services and yacht clubs. This easy-to-use guide identifies almost 300 china patterns. It provides collectors, museum technicians, divers, history buffs and anyone else interested in identifying and dating Pacific-coast ship china with all the information they need. It also includes brief descriptions of 73 Pacific-coast shipping companies and government services including Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard. (M). $79.95. Sale 50% off ! $39.98. (x)
10459. (DVD) Lakeshore Guardians - The Story of Nine Wisconsin Life-Saving Stations. 2010. 59 minutes. Written, shot, and edited by filmmaker Dan Larson who also produced the Keepers of the Door series. Dan Weaver composed and recorded the music score. Steve VanBekum provided voice-over narration. Between 1875 and 1896, nine U.S. Life-Saving Stations were completed along the Lake Michigan coast, stretching from Kenosha to Plum Island in Death’s Door Passage. Staffed by a keeper and a seven-man crew, these “guardians” saved countless mariners wrecked along the shore. Seven years in the making, this 59-minute documentary tells the story of their sacrifice and bravery. Larson has spent the past several years traveling the Lake Michigan coast shooting and documenting what remains of the United States Life-Saving Service. The result is a comprehensive video that includes such topics as the Sturgeon Bay Station’s rescue of the schooner Otter’s crew, the Service’s role in the loss of the Christmas Tree ship, the 1913 winter storm’s impact on the Plum Island Station and much more. (M). $24.95. Sale 50% off ! $12.50. (x)
21472D. (DVD) Alone in The Night :
Lighthouses of Georgian Bay,
Manitoulin Island, and the North Channel. By Andrea Gutsche, Barbara
Chisholm & Russell Floren. Traces the evolution of 130 years of light
keeping by revealing the heroic and the scandalous, the gritty and routine
aspects of this remarkable chapter of marine history. The film offers an
adventure, where the audience visits different lighthouses with former light
keepers. Archival photographs, breathtaking shots of the lights, underwater
photography and character voices add to the riveting portrait of over 135 years
of light keeping on Georgian Bay,
21472. Gutsche, Andrea, Barbara Chisholm and Russell Floren. ALONE IN THE NIGHT – Lighthouses of Georgian Bay, Manitoulin Island and the North Channel. Toronto. 1996. 292p. Soft wraps. Alone in the Night is a compelling journey to the lighthouses that operated on the shores of Georgian Bay, Manitoulin Island and the North Channel. This most interesting account peels back the layers of history, revealing the heroic and routine aspects of the keeper’s lives in this remote area. This book features over 50 light stations and traces the evolution of lightkeeping in the area. Includes over 400 archival photographs and illustrations. Most interesting is the attention given to the lifestyles of the families and their daily duties. Includes some great chapters on the equipment and illuminating apparatus and the early years. Even if you are not particularly interested in Canadian lighthouses, the background and lifestyle information is well worth the price. (M). Published at $29.95. Sale 50% off ! $14.95. (x)
22245. Bailey, John. SENTINEL OF THE JERSEY CAPE – THE STORY OF THE CAPE MAY LIGHTHOUSE. Medford. 2001. 119 p. DJ. This historical account of the famous Cape May Lighthouse is an intriguing blend of historical observation and personal sentiment. With its readable narrative, beautiful photographs, and nine appendices including Cape May Lighthouse at a glance: its chronology and geography, an inspection report from 1851, and a history of its keepers, this book provides both a fascinating history of the lighthouse and a glimpse into an era and way of life that has long passed. Includes a narrative of the towers and grounds, a section on the keepers, the station during the Coast Guard years, and much more. (M). Published at $22.95. Sale 50% off ! $11.50. (x)
9358. Carr, Dawson. THE
20404. Hamilton, Harlan.., LIGHTS
AND LEGENDS – A HISTORICAL GUIDE TO LIGHTHOUSES OF LONG ISLAND SOUND,
FISHERS ISLAND SOUND AND BLOCK ISLAND SOUND.
3040. From Maine estate c.1880 may be either: U.S. Light-House Establishment Folding School Teacher’s Chalkboard or U.S. Light-House Establishment Folding Log[book] Slate. As found in a Maine estate, this item consists of two nicely made wood frames, hinged to fold in half and containing a slate chalkboard in each half. The unit measures approximately 13.5 X 9.5 inches closed and 13.5 X 19.25 inches open. On the outside of one of the halfs is a nicely branded / engraved lettering “U.S.L.H. ESTABLISHMENT” in 11/16” block letters. One of the chalkboards has cracks but both are secure in the wood frames. Over the years the Light House Establishment (and Service) occasionally employed teachers to provide an education to light-keepers’ children at remote or offshore light stations where a school was not available. For example, in 1915, when the Department of Education in the state of Maine assigned a teacher to work the offshore lighthouses, the Lighthouse Service Bulletin issued this announcement: “…the Bureau is informed that it is the intention to hereafter employ one teacher for about ten months in the year who will travel from station to station, taking a vacation for two months (December and January) in the winter. The State furnishes transportation expenses of teachers, salaries, and books, and the keepers furnish board at their own expense, and when opportunity permits and it does not interfere with the other work of the Lighthouse Service, the teacher is transported by tenders or station power boats.” This may be a portable chalkboard that was provided or that the teacher carried to aid in instruction. Another thought is that this may be a “slater log” or “log slate”. These were known to be used on ships of the period including lightships and early Coast Guard vessels, etc. Such a piece was used by the man on watch to record events such as weather, ship sightings, sea conditions etc. At the end of the watch the listings would be approved by the first mate or master and then recorded in the official log. The new watch would always start with a clean slate if things had been going fine, disregarding what had gone before and starting anew. In a similar way, today we refer to a new beginning as starting with a "clean slate." This would have most likely been used on a lightship. Such items are extremely rare in any form and from our experience, this if the only USLHE piece that is known to exist. Only light overall wear, tight, hinges work wekk, only a few cracks to one slate. (VG). $2,695. Sold.
AND REGULATIONS RELATING TO THE LIGHT-HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
3051a. (glass plate negative) Nantucket Sankoty Head Lighthouse c.1895. Clear dry plate glass plate negative provides a rare look at the early light station first lighted in 1850 on Nantucket’s Sankoty [sic] Head. This negative is from a large collection of glass dry plate negatives dated 1895 that once belonged to and/or were taken by Arthur Holton Burt, of Wrentham, MA. Dedham, MA. and Hyde Park, MA. Large image measures 4” x 5” and is clear and close, showing great detail of the tall masonry tower and nearby keepers’ quarters. Includes original envelope. Rare image, will make fine prints. A few light scratches. (VG+). $124.
3051b. (glass plate negative) Nantucket Cliff Range “Bug” Lighthouse beacons and Keeper’s Housec.1895. Clear dry plate glass plate negative provides a rare look at the early Nantucket Cliff Range Lights shortly after their 1889 rebuilding. Also seen is the Keeper’s house, only rarely photographed. These range lights, officially known as Nantucket Cliff Beacons but called “Bug Lights” by locals, served along with a pair of range lights on Brant Point and various buoys to guide vessels into Nantucket Harbor. The first set of lights was built in 1838 and reconfigured a number of times over the years. In 1889, the front beacon was rebuilt, and the height of the rear beacon was increased, as can be seen in this view. This negative is from a large collection of glass dry plate negatives dated 1895 that once belonged to and/or were taken by Arthur Holton Burt, of Wrentham, MA. Dedham, MA. and Hyde Park, MA. Large image measures 4” x 5” and is clear and close, showing great detail of the towers and walkways. The Bath Houses and Jetty can be seen in the distance. Includes original envelope. Rare image, will make fine prints. (VG+). $174.
8109-117. [flag] U. S. Coast Guard Ensign. c.1915-1953. Official U. S. Coast Guard Ensign size #4 (30” h x 48”w) for use on small and medium size craft. Ensign manufactured for Coast Guard is made of wool or nylon-wool bunting with printed fields. Field consists of vertical red/white stripes, with Coast Guard shield on crossed anchors overlaying on the right portion, with the words “Semper Paratus”. Top left corner is white with U. S. eagle and shield, with an arc of 13 stars above. Wonderful earliest of the Coast Guard ensigns for your display and quite difficult to get in this early design. Overall good condition, but moderate mothing particularly at folds, only light soiling but overall a bit dark or faded. Some fraying to end. Marked “Coast Guard Ensign No. 4”. Belive pre WWII. No maker noted. (VG). $188.
2873. na. H. K. CUMMINGS REVISITED, 1887-1905. Vol. I. Intro. by Henry Scammell. Bobi Eldridge (Coordinator). Snow Library. Orleans. 2004. 35p. Soft wraps. Superbly reproduced images from the collection of 750 glass plate photographs taken by H. K. Cummings at the turn of the previous century. Henry Knowles Cummings, born in the last year of the Civil War, discovered the fascination of photography the years from 1885 to 1905. His photos bore images of the town as it then was, streets and buildings, horses and rigs, and people and dogs. Other plates held images made by the ever present sea. He pointed his camera everywhere, at the treeless moors of the Outer Cape, at the wooden sailing ships storm-smashed against the shore, at the crews of life-saving stations. That was H. K. Cummings pursuing his avocation, as two or three of his Orleans contemporaries did. On the counter of his dry good store on Main Street, he kept a pile of prints from his negatives, which he sold for 25 cents each. By the time of his death in the 1950s, at 87, Cummings the photographer had amassed about 1,000 views of Orleans scenes and people. His plates and some of his prints are preserved now at the Snow Library, a valuable record in the history of the town. Volume I contains thirty three impressions including Chatham Twin Lights, the wreck of the Kate Harding (December 1892), Orleans Life-Saving crew, town views and much more. A joy to peruse through, beautifully done. (M). $17.95. (x)
2874. na. H. K. CUMMINGS REVISITED, 1887-1905. Vol. II: Working. Intro. by Henry Scammell. Bobi Eldridge (Coordinator). Snow Library. Orleans. 2006. 35p. Soft wraps. Superbly reproduced images from the collection of 750 glass plate photographs taken by H. K. Cummings at the turn of the previous century. Henry Knowles Cummings, born in the last year of the Civil War, discovered the fascination of photography the years from 1885 to 1905. His photos bore images of the town as it then was, streets and buildings, horses and rigs, and people and dogs. Other plates held images made by the ever present sea. He pointed his camera everywhere, at the treeless moors of the Outer Cape, at the wooden sailing ships storm-smashed against the shore, at the crews of life-saving stations. That was H. K. Cummings pursuing his avocation, as two or three of his Orleans contemporaries did. On the counter of his dry good store on Main Street, he kept a pile of prints from his negatives, which he sold for 25 cents each. By the time of his death in the 1950s, at 87, Cummings the photographer had amassed about 1,000 views of Orleans scenes and people. His plates and some of his prints are preserved now at the Snow Library, a valuable record in the history of the town. Volume II contains thirty three impressions including Wellfleet Lighthouse, wreck of Charles A Campbell, Orleans Life Saving crew, Orleans Cable Station, salt works, town views and much more. A joy to peruse through, beautifully done. (M). $17.95. (x)
3049. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Firefighting Pickup Truck & Trailer c.1943. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows great detail of Coast Guard wartime base firefighting equipment including pump trailer and pickup truck, probably loaded with hose, used to pull the trailer. Ship bridge can be seen behind. Photo is b/w and is a clear, close view, great detail. This is a rarely seen view. (VG+). $44.
3050. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station, Point Allerton, Hull, Mass. c.1890’s. Small photo hand trimmed shows good detail of what we believe is the Point Allerton Life-Saving Station in Hull, Mass from which noted life-saver Joshua James launched numerous rescue missions. View is likely 1890’s but unsure age of this print. Nice detail. Photo trimmed to about 3 ¾” x 4 ¾”. (VG+). $29.
SR-574. (coffee cup) United States Coast Guard “U.S.C.G.” Dinnerwarec.1915 - 1920’s. Scarce, original United States Coast Guard coffee cup in the rare early intertwined “U.S.C.G.” pattern. Cup is back-marked “Lamberton China.”. This pattern was used shortly after the merger in 1915 and mimics the earlier Revenue Cutter Service pattern. Cup measures about 4” in diameter and 2 ½” high and is in good condition, no cracks, some wear. Extremely rare pattern. (VG-). $165.
SR-573. (small dish) United States Revenue Cutter Service “U.S.R.C.S.”c.1910. Scarce, original United States Revenue Cutter Service dish in the rare later intertwined “U.S.R.C.S.” pattern. This is a scarce original china dinnerware piece from the United States Revenue Cutter Service manufactured of heavy white institutional type china, in the latter years of the Nineteenth Century and early years of the Twentieth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms. This pattern is the later pattern used just before the service was combined with the Life Saving Service to form the Coast Guard. The pattern is done in rust and turquoise, and consists of one rust stripe around the perimeter bordered by two thin turquoise stripes. Beneath, in a rust color, are the letters “USRCS” in an intertwining pattern. This pattern would be continued into the early Coast Guard with only the letters changed to “USCG”. Dish is back-marked “M China L”. There are no other markings visible. Dish has one closed crack visible on the front and closed spider-cracks on the bottom, but is otherwise clean and presentable. Some overall wear and wear to stripes. Dish measures 5 ¾” in diameter. An affordable alternative of this extremely rare pattern. (G+). $135.
SR-575. (toy outboard electric motor) Johnson Sea Horse 35 by K&O c.1957. Johnson was the first manufacturer to give K&O permission to use their name on their toy outboard motors. The 1957 Johnson 35 HP is a “common” motor but well done with diecast parts and a quality paint process. The white paint tends to chip but not as poor a quality as the 55 or 56. Motor measures 5 ½” high overall and is well cared for. The terminals are clean and they appear never connected. Few very small chips to white. Motor works. Marked Made in Japan. With on-off switch. A nice collectible and in some demand by model boat collectors. Includes Lexan stand. (VG+). $285.
K&O manufactured plastic and diecast miniature models from outboard motors. It seems that K&O and Fleetline (same company) were the leader in the field of TOY outboards, as they were the only manufacturer to get permission to use the real outboard names on the motors. The motors were to real outboards what promos were to real cars. Prices ranged from $4.95 in 1953 to about $6.95 in 1962. They were pretty expensive toys for the times. In 1953, only a Johnson was made. In 1954 they also made an Evinrude. From 1955 to 1958 almost every real outboard was copied, with changes each year, just like the real ones. All the boats sold with the motors were not nearly as detailed as the motors, and not exactly to scale, so most collectors are not interested in the boats. (courtesy www.fabtintoys.com)
1521f. [reproduction] U. S. Lighthouse Service Station Flag. This triangular station flag measures 44” long by 28” high and is reminiscent of the flags once flown on Lighthouse Service vessels and at the light stations for over one hundred years. The flag is triangular, printed with the standard design, with red border on a field of white, with a large blue lighthouse silhouette. 100% polyester, applique. Light weight with sewn edges, hem without grommets. For light occasional use or display. Made in China. From Wells, Maine “Lighthouse Depot” store new old stock c.2005. In original packaging. (M). $49.95.
Freeman, James. A DESCRIPTION OF THE EASTERN COAST OF
THE COUNTY OF BARNSTABLE, FROM CAPE COD, OR RACE POINT...TO CAPE MALEBARRE, OR
THE SANDY POINT OF CHATHAM....POINTING OUT THE SPOTS ON WHICH THE TRUSTEES OF
THE HUMANE SOCIETY HAVE ERECTED HUTS, AND OTHER PLACES WHERE SHIPWRECKED SEAMEN
MAY LOOK FOR SHELTER. October 1802. By a Member of the Humane
Snow, Edward Rowe.
10394. Thoms, Captain William. A New Treatise On The Practice Of Navigation At Sea Containing All The Details Necessary To Enable The Mariner To Become A Good Practical Navigator. New York: Privately Printed for the Author and Sold by Robert L. Shaw. 1871. Eleventh edition. 257p. b/w plates. Good example of a navigational text published by one of Bowditch’s competitors. Eleventh edition, the first having been published in 1854. As America’s merchant marine expanded, need for this kind of information grew apace. Capt. Thoms was founder of the New York Nautical School, of which 'Mrs. Captain Wm. Thoms' was Principal. In addition to the usual methods of finding position at sea, he introduces his own new method of finding longitude by measuring the moon's declination in relation to a star. Of interest in this text are the list of captains (and their vessels) promoting this work. Illustrations printed white on black, in the manner that had a brief vogue during this period. Includes pasted in label “Property of the Light House Establishment” which may not be authentic. Bound in original full calf. All signatures tight, hinges a bit loose, some tape repair. Covers heavily rubbed and chipped along lower back edge of spine. $95. Sale 50% off ! $47. (x)
Blunt, Edmund M. THE AMERICAN COAST PILOT: Containing
directions for the Principal Harbors, Capes and Headlands, on the Coasts of
1550a. (large lot 260 photos, slides) Military Bands, Color Guards, Ceremonial Units, etc c.1950-1980’s. Exceptional lot consists of Military Bands, Color Guards, Ceremonial Units, funeral processions and more from the 1950’s through the 1980’s with additional views back to the 1920’s and 1930’s. The large lot includes over 160 official b/w and color photographs (8” x 10”), and 90 color slides. Included are: General Douglas MacArthur in Manila 1935, funeral of General Douglas MacArthur, Tomb of Unknown Soldier, John Philip Sousa, US Marine Bands, The Singing Sergeants, Pipe Band, The Navy Chorus, Air Force Orchestra, Air Force Band, US Navy Concert Band, President Regan with flag-draped coffins, Viet Nam War Memorial, US Army bands, honor guards, placing wreaths, and hundreds more. Historically significant. (VG+). Lot 260 pieces $325. Sale 50% off ! $162. (x)
SR-487. (framed photo) U.S. Coast Guard Helo Operations Training. Clear, close, original 9” x 12” color photo mated and framed to 14 ¾” x 17 ½”. Possibly an official Coast Guard photo although not so marked, showing excellent detail of Motor Lifeboat CG-43372 as helicopter prepares to hoist a man in training. Superb clear, close view, great detail. Not dated. Light soil, needs light cleaning. (VG+). $26. Sale 50% off ! $13. (x)
23118. Bowen, Frank C., SHIPS
SR-451. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF BEACONS, BUOYS, STAKES AND OTHER DAYMARKS IN THE FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. 1886. Wash. 1886. 44 p. Soft wraps. Includes all of the coastline of the First Lighthouse District from the the Canadian border to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Some soiling and chipping to wraps, some foxing, contents unusually clean and intact, tight. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. Excellent resource. (VG-). $78. Sale 50% off ! $39. (x)
SR-452. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF BEACONS, BUOYS, STAKES, SPINDLES AND ALL OTHER DAY MARKS IN THE SECOND LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT 1886. Wash. 1886. 64p. Soft wraps. Includes all of the coastline of the Second Lighthouse District embracing the seacoasts, bays, harbors, and rivers, from Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire, to Gooseberry Point, Massachusetts, including Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds, Buzzards Bay, and tributaries. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Some soiling and chipping to wraps, some foxing, contents unusually clean and intact. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. Excellent resource. (VG-). $78. Sale 50% off ! $39. (x)
1234-54. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Damiscove Life-Saving Station, near Boothbay Harbor, Maine c.1900. Hand written letter to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, offers payment for uniform for “the disabled Surfman No. 6 Walter Fuller of the Damiscove Life-Saving Station. Written and signed in hand by Surfman Fuller. One sheet, folded to 5” x 8”and dated May 30, 1900. Overall quite clean. Rare Damiscove piece. (VG+). $48.
1234-40. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Cape Elizabeth Life-Saving Station c.1899. S.N. Dyer, Keeper. Original document on stationery of James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. Two sheets 7” x 11” contain hand written notes on uniforms (duck suits, overcoat, Keeper’s cap, surfman’s cap bands (tally), pants, vest, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include Surfmen: JW Pilsbury, S Alexander, JL Staples, Capt SN Dyer, WP Staples, GE Staples, JA Barber. Two sheets attached. Rare First District documents in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $34.
1234-38. (lot 2 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Great Boars Head Life-Saving Station, Hampton, NH. c.1900. B.F. Smart, Keeper. Original document on stationery of James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. Two sheets 7” x 11” contain hand written notes on uniforms (duck suits, overcoat, cap, pants, vest, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include Surfmen: Henry C Lattimer, Geo W Palmer, Irving Burke, WA Mason, FW Garland, Roderick McDonald. The second are two (2) original hand-written notes by the keeper, 5” x 8”, with sizes and notes on uniform needs, prices, what and where to send, etc. Rare First District documents in overall clean condition. (VG+). $42.
14214. (lot) United States Lighthouse Service Tender Linden, Archive Original Blueprints, Photos, etc. c.1931. Superb lot of material from the 1930-31provides great detail of the construction of the U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Linden by Merrill-Stevens Shipbuilding Co. in Jacksonville, Florida. The 121'4" Linden was a lighthouse and buoy tender. Following construction, she was assigned a permanent station in Baltimore, Maryland. Her primary service area was the Chesapeake Bay. After the Lighthouse Service merged with the Coast Guard in 1939 the Linden was transferred to the Navy. She was decommissioned in 1969. The archive includes: (14) Blueprints: In part: 43" x 22" Lighting & Wiring, detailed showing Officer's Mess, Galley, Crews Quarters, outline ship; 49" x 28" - Hull, shell plating; 36" x 30" Bilge Manifold; air piping; main engine and aux. foundations; 44.5" x 29" Standing & Running Rigging. Sizes: vary from 12" x 16" to 50" x 29". Condition: Bright, clean, as originally folded. (1) 8" x 10" machinery photo. Identified bottom L H T Linden, built by Merrill-Stevens. (6) 1930-32 monthly reports, retained copies of Dept of Commerce Lighthouse Service re construction of above. Progress various items (stern, sea chests, scupper, etc.), some remarks and material ordered. 2pp to 10pp each. (1) Merrill-Stevens Co. brochure, opens to 10" x 6" with nice photo image of their shipyard on reverse. There are 22 items total. Rare look at the construction of these vessels. (VG). $285. Reduced to $185. (x)
2825b. Bowditch, Nathaniel. (U. S. Navy) AMERICAN PRACTICAL NAVIGATOR – An Epitome of Navigation and Nautical Astronomy. GPO. Washington. 1943. 777p. The American Practical Navigator , written by Nathaniel Bowditch, is an encyclopedia of navigation, a valuable handbook on oceanography and meterology, and contains useful tables and a maritime glossary. In 1866 the copyright and plates were bought by the Hydrographic Office of the United States Navy. The most popular navigational text of the late 18th century was The New Practical Navigator by John Hamilton Moore. Edmund M. Blunt, a Newburyport, Massachusetts publisher, decided to issue a revised copy of this work for American navigators and convinced Nathaniel Bowditch, a locally famous mariner and mathematician, to revise and update it with the help of several others. Blunt's The New Practical Navigator was published in 1799, followed by a second edition in 1800. By 1802, when Blunt was ready to publish a third edition, Nathaniel Bowditch and others had corrected so many errors in Hamilton's work that Blunt decided to publish it as the first edition of a new work, The New American Practical Navigator. The current edition of the American Practical Navigator traces its pedigree to that 1802 edition. Edmund M. Blunt continued to published the book until 1833; upon his retirement, his sons, Edmund and George, assumed publication. The elder Blunt died in 1862; his son Edmund followed in 1866. The next year, 1867, George Blunt sold the copyright to the government for $25,000. The government has published Bowditch ever since. The U.S. government has published some 52 editions since acquiring the copyright to the book that has come to be known simply by its original author’s name, "Bowditch". Since the government began production, the book has been known by its year of publishing, instead of by the edition number. Hard Cover, very good, beige cloth wraps. Book tight, completely intact, some expected soiling and wear to cloth wraps. (VG). $24. Sale 50% off ! $12.
Shanks, Ralph and Janetta T. LIGHTHOUSES
E. I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company. DU
PONT – THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN AMERICAN
Rhein, Michael J. ANATOMY
OF THE LIGHTHOUSE.
1426b. Reid, Gordon. From Dusk Till Dawn: A History of Australian Lighthouses. MacMillan. Department of Transport and Communications, South Melbourne. 1988.DJ. 264pp. Illustrated throughout in color and b&w, with more than 200 photographs, illustrations and diagrams, double-page map showing the location of Commonwealth light stations, bibliography, index. A comprehensive and well researched history of Australian lighthouses - their architects, builders, service bosses, the lives of the lighthouse keepers and their families, and more. The story of lighthouses has always started with shipwrecks. Since the beginning of world shipping, mariners have relied on devices to warn of reefs, rocks and shores. From Dusk Till Dawn is the first comprehensive illustrated history of Australian lighthouses. From the early days when lighthouse construction was hamstrung by British authorities, through the early colonial period when each colony built its own lights to when the Commonwealth took control, here is the extraordinary story of the battle to make Australian waters safe for two centuries of mariners. Wonderful details of the buildings, equipment, and more. Clean, tight, light wear, corners bumped. DJ edgeworn, one tear, light soiling. Difficult to find. (VG). $86. Sale 50% off ! $43.
15102. Keeper Hunter, J. Arthur. Daily Journals of a Light House Keeper at Petite Pointe au Sable Light House, Mears, Michigan 1900-1907, 1911-1915, 1916-1922. Copied by Vinetta B. Ling in three volumes from the originals 2000 - . Soft wraps. 689 pages. At Petite Pointe au Sable Light House, life was not lonely for Light House Keeper J. Arthur Hunter and Assistant Keeper George Chamberlin. Each evening one of them walked up the stairs to the tower to take first watch to make sure the light was on and stayed on. Mr. Hunter usually took first watch and Mr. Chamberlin went up about 2 AM for the second watch. Those could have been lonely hours, but there were books to read and letters to write. Often, if the children had no school the next day, the whole family was in the tower with Mr. Hunter. They read stories aloud, sang or talked. Sometimes friends came to visit. Each morning burners were changed, lens and clockworks cleaned and polished, stairs swept and windows washed. But if a horn was heard from the inspector's boat, all else came to a halt and everyone worked to make sure the place was clean and in order for the inspection. No, Petite Pointe au Sable Light House was not a lonely place. These three wonderful volumes, copied from the originals, tells the tale of life of the Keepers and their families at this remote station in their words, as written in the Keepers’ daily journals. Provides a rare insight into the keepers’ lives. Wonderful reading! Clean, tight, lightly used. (VG+). Set $118. Sale 50% off ! $59. Sold.
PC-80, 1196. Kochel, Kenneth G., AMERICA’S ATLANTIC COAST LIGHTHOUSES – A Traveler’s Guide. Clearwater, Florida. 1994. 486p. Soft wraps. A detailed guide to finding most if not all of America’s remaining Atlantic Coast lighthouses, with a bit about the history of each. Indispensable if you hope to visit these sites as some are obscure and down remote paths. (F). $12. Sale 50% off ! $6. (x)
Lafreniere, Normand. LIGHTKEEPING ON THE ST. LAWRENCE
– The End on an Era.
7118e. [Brunton, Richard Henry. BUILDING JAPAN 1868 - 1876. [With an Introduction & Notes by Sir Hugh Cortazzi, G.C.M.G. In addition to the 1906 Introductory, Postscript & Notes by William Elliot Griffis.]. England. 1991. 269p. 1st. 4TO. DJ. This book is an account of an English master mariner’s participation in the early maritime development of modern Japan. Born in the early nineteenth century, Albert Richard Brown was instrumental in coastal survey and in the erection of over 30 lighthouses. Building Japan was Brunton’s memoir of the years that he spent in Japan constructing lights to light up the coast. R. H. Brunton’s Japan Lights, was first published in London in 1876. The text of Brunton’s work presented here is as edited around 1906. With 28 color and monochrome photos and illustrations and numerous appendices and data. Clean, tight, near fine condition. (F). $46. Sale 50% off ! $23. (x)
2178. Nicholson, Christopher. ROCK LIGHTHOUSES OF
7281b. Wills, Lois Bailey. WAIT
SR-546. Coast Guard Enlisted Man’s Cap. Dark navy-blue enlisted man’s “duck” style cap. Around the barrel is stitched a ribbon of black silk, 1 ½” in width with the words “U. S. Coast Guard” stitched in gold. Cap is in very good condition, complete, with no apparent tears, only light wear, clean. Tally letters clear and crisp. Marked size 7 1/8. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Hat size not marked. (VG+). $144. Sale 50% off ! $72. (x)
SR-522. (lot) U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Lot includes three caps in blue, one with metal “A” insignia, sizes 6 5/8, 7 5/8, and one not marked. Also includes belt buckle with insignia, and three service ribbons/insignia. Lot 7 items. (VG+). $28. Sale 50% off ! $14. (x)
SR-459. [paperweight] Large 7 1/4" heavy glass dished paperweight / pin dish featuring an early c.1900 photograph image of the ”Peaked Hill Bar Life-Saving Station, Provincetown, Mass.” This rare item features an original period photograph of the life-saving station and out-buildings at this dangerous outer Cape Cod location. Includes pasted on description of the area on the bottom. Rare early Life-Saving Service photo image, clear, crisp, some foxing to margins but still quite displayable. Paperweight is unusually large and measures 7 ¼” x 4” x 1” h. Rare desirable Cape Cod Life-Saving Service piece. (VG). $145. Sale 50% off ! $72. (x)
A-146. [calendar 1928] Manitowoc Savings Bank, Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Prominent is a 7 ¼” x 9” photograph of a Manitowoc Harbor Scene in 1890 showing clear crisp images of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Andrew Johnson. The Andrew Johnson was a 499 ton side-wheeled cutter, built in Buffalo in 1865 and mounting three guns, and manned by a compliment of 7 officers and 30 men. Also moored near her are the steamer Nevada, wrecker Favorite, and the tugs Monarch and Arctic. Beautiful clear, crisp view and superb for hanging in your Great Lakes office or den. (VG). $78. Sale 50% off ! $39. (x)
28312. (document) [Nantucket Light House – Great Point] Statement of Contracts Made Relative to Oil, Light Houses, Stakeages, &c…. Revenue Office. January 22nd, 1817. 1p. 12” x 16”. Early large plate from early report showing contracts made in the Treasury Department in the years 1816-1816 including those for light-houses, beacon boats (lightships), keeper’s dwellings, buoys, stakeages, etc. Includes dates, location and work performed, contractor, price, etc. Includes sum of $815 for E. M. Hinckley to take down and rebuild the dwelling-house of the keeper of Nantucket Light-house (Great Point). Additional lighthouses with work indicated include New Point Comfort (VA), Portsmouth (NH), Cape Henlopen, Reedy Island, Bald Head (NC), Point Judith (RI), Baker’s Island, and more. Also includes contracts for oil. Unusually clean and crisp for a near 200-year old document, light overall toning, wonderful for framing. (VG). $185. Sale 50% off ! $92. (x)
3047. (mounted photo) U.S. Revenue Cutter c.1900. Clear close view shows what may be a US Revenue Cutter moored at the dock. Note the wheeled signal cannon on the deck just to the left of the woman. Image measures 5” x 8” on 8” x 10” grey mount – one chip. On back in pencil “Lulu, Zesta & Allece Long ‘Pinta’ – The Revenue Cutter”. Nice detailed view. (VG) $26.
18114. (mounted photo) May be Cape Cod Lighthouse Keeper Stephen Snow Lewis at Nauset Lights, can’t be sure. I have seen this image before but cannot confirm his identity. Some feel that this may be Keeper Lewis at a younger age. Has anyone else seen this gentleman ? Beautiful large 4 ½” x 7 ¾” image is professionally mounted on an album page, with a lovely Victorian mansion on the obverse. Overall clean, only light soiling and a bit of foxing to album page. Quite clear and crisp. If or when we confirm this to be a light-keeper, the value may go up by $200.... (VG+). $38.
3043. (snapshot photo) U.S. Coast Guard Race Point Lifeboat Station c.1940’s. Nice close view with quite a bit of detail of thr Rooseevelt-style Coast Guard building, tall flag mast and watch tower erected at Race Point on Cape Cod. Sign on building reads “U.S. Coast Guard Race Point Lifeboat Station. Photo measures 3 ¼” x 5” overall. (VG+). $28.
States Life Saving Service [Lyle] Gunner’s Haversack c1904. Front
flap is beautifully embossed: “
1705. (belt) Leather Belt marked "USCG". Early leather belt measures 1 ¾” wide by 42” long and has brass hook on one end and brass catch from 2-part buckle. Belt is stamped with large 1” letters “U.S.C.G.” on both the inside and the outside. This appears to be made from a Revenue Cutter Service or early Coast Guard undress sword belt (with half of the 2-part buckle) and may have been used to replace a lost or damaged belt on the Keeper’s haversack. One tear, well worn but still intact and fairly supple. A rare artifact. (G+). $86. Reduced $68.
8152L. (powder flask) U.S. Coast Guard Powder Flask for Lyle Gun c.1900. Early Coast Guard powder flask used by the station crews for priming the Lyle Gun. Flask is of brass and copper construction and measures 10 ½” in length, with four brass loop hangers. On each side of the body of the flask are stamped the initials “U.S.C.G.”. This original powder flask has no dents but a 2” secrion of the seam is starting to open. The spring in the charger nozzle is still intact and operable, with original screw-on spout. Surface has expected tarnish but will polish up to a beautiful shine. Coast Guard flasks are even more difficult to find than those of the Life Saving Service as there were far less made and used. Overall a most presentable and rare example of this early Coast Guard powder flask. (VG+). $1,450.
3042. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Repairing Navigation Lanterns c.1955. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows good detail as worker Fred K. Williams adjusts the bulbs on a 155mm navigation lantern at an 8th Coast Guard District depot. Photo is b/w and includes date. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $44.
12320b. (newspaper) Loss
of Steamship SS Portland c.November 1898. The Boston Herald for
December 1, 1898. The paddle wheel steamship SS Portland was one of the largest
and most palatial vessels afloat in
B-310. (photograph) U. S. Revenue Cutter Service. c.1910. Unusual early photo shows assembly of Petty Officers and Warrant Officers posing for the camera. Photo measures 7 ½” x 9 ½” , backed with linen and is clear and clean in the image area. Margins have some soiling and edge wear. Good view of uniforms, rare view. (VG-). Reduced $136. Sale 50% off ! $68
B-304. [Life-Saving Service print.] OFF TO THE WRECK. c.1980. A superb multi color print shows the life-saving crew from the Gloucester Life-Saving station pushing the surfboat off into the surf on the way to a wreck. The image is exquisite in detail down to the slickers and their kapok life-vests. The coloring is subtle in shades of greens, browns, and blues. The print is clean and bright, double matted and in a vintage frame. Measuring about 8” x 12”, matted and in a vintage 12 ½” x 16 ½” frame. This is a great piece for display or for your collection. (VG). $48 net. Sale 50% off ! $24.
SR-483. Matted photo CG/Navy. 6" x 15 1/2". $40 Sale 50% off ! $20.
A-152. [photograph]. PEGGY’S COVE LIGHTHOUSE, NS c.1949. Superb vintage b/w photograph shows excellent detail of the lighthouse and keeper’s house at Peggy’s Cove, NS. The photo is unusually clear and crisp, accentuating the beautiful ornamental trim and details of the structures. View is from an unusual angle and provides great detail of the keeper’s house which is not usually seen as it was demolished years ago. Great detail too can be seen of the tower and lantern with ocean beyond. Matte b/w photo measures 5" x 9 ½”, and is in fine condition. A beautiful piece for framing (F). $46. Sale 50% off ! $23.
B-175. Mounted photo RNLI Off to Rescue! c.1898. Overall 8 1/2" x 12". $40 Sale 50% off ! $20.
A-146. [calendar 1928] Manitowoc Savings Bank, Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Prominent is a 7 ¼” x 9” photograph of a Manitowoc Harbor Scene in 1890 showing clear crisp images of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Andrew Johnson. The Andrew Johnson was a 499 ton side-wheeled cutter, built in Buffalo in 1865 and mounting three guns, and manned by a compliment of 7 officers and 30 men. Also moored near her are the steamer Nevada, wrecker Favorite, and the tugs Monarch and Arctic. Beautiful clear, crisp view and superb for hanging in your Great Lakes office or den. (VG). $78. Sale 50% off ! $39.
3041. (cabinet photo) Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station, Swans Island, Maine c.1880. Close clear image provides great view of the 1872 light station located on Hockamock Head, at the entrance to Burnt Coat Harbor on Swans Island. The station initially had a front range light with a covered way connecting the two towers, as seen in this image. That tower and the covered way were removed in 1884, thus dating this image to 1872 - 1884. Today the keeper's house is maintained by the Town of Swan's Island and is open in the summer with a historical exhibit and a small art gallery. View measures 5” x 7” on mount. Quite clean, clear, near fine. (VG+). $124.
(note wood stake for torch)
States Lighthouse Service 3-Gallon Oil Transfer Can c.1880. Scarce,
original United States Lighthouse Service brass 3-gallon oil transfer can. The
bottom of the can is bears the original, distinctive oval stamp: “U. S.
L. H. DEPOT, 3 DIST., LAMP SHOP,
3039. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Surfboat Crew, Hampton Beach, NH., c.1900. (photo) Close photo shows Hampton Beach Life-Saving Crew as they treat a group of charming Victorian visitors to a short surfboat ride. Boat lettered "Hampton Beach" on stern. Great photo on post card paper. Size 3 ½” x 4 ½”Clean crisp, near fine. (F-). $38.
7437b. na. Organization and Duties of the Light-House Board and Regulations, Instructions, Circulars and General Orders of the Light-House Establishment of the United States. United States Light-House Board . GPO. 1871. 213p. Contains complete Rules and Regulations for the recently organized (1852) Light-House Establishment as well as the Light-House Board. In addition to laws relating to light-houses and light-vessels, beacons, etc., includes care and operation of lights and equipment, inspecting lights, lampists and their duties, duties of masters of light-houses, provisions, oils and testing, annual supplies, lens illuminating apparatus, contents of keeper’s service basket, outfits at first establishing lights, heights of flames, blank books and forms, light-vessels and outfits, tenders and supply vessels and outfits, painting and mixing paints, marking of equipment, keeping of logs and paperwork, operation of light vessels and much more. 8vo. In contemporary half calf with contemporary white title-label pasted on to front board. Stamp to pasted down front end-paper and front free end-paper. Light wear to extremities. Internally fine. This is essentially the first Instruction to Keepers. Superb early reference. (VG+). $475. Sold.
1234-53. U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Hunniwells Beach Life-Saving Station, Maine. March 1900. E. H. Spinney, Keeper. Original 1-page hand-written letter from Keeper Spinney to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, requesting a complete flannel suit [uniform] for himself in blue including pants, 5-button coat and vest. 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District documents in overall clean condition. (VG+). $74.
4255m. Stebbins, N. L., THE
ILLUSTRATED COAST PILOT WITH SAILING DIRECTIONS. THE
SR-522. (lot) U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Lot includes three caps in blue, one with metal “A” insignia, sizes 6 5/8, 7 5/8, and one not marked. Also includes belt buckle with insignia, and three service ribbons/insignia. Lot 7 items. (VG+). $28. Sale 50% off ! $14
3037. (photo) Coast Guard 36-Foot Motor Lifeboat Underway c.1943. Clear, close, original 7 ½” x 9 ½” press photo shows good detail of a Coast Guard 36-foot Motor Lifeboat underway. Boat may be from California station No. 322 (from life ring). Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Clear, close view, great detail. Dated July 31, 1943. Heavy cropping marke surrounding boat image. (VG+). $44.
1269b. [cabinet photograph] Life-Saving Service Surfman Frank Tuttle, Long Island, New York c.1890-1900. This rare posed original portrait photograph shows the clean-cut surfman proudly posing in his 4-button single-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his right sleeve is the life ring with crossed oar and pike and the letters “US” “LSS”. On his cap is a tally lettered “U.S. Life-Saving Service”. The image measures 4” x 5 ½” on a 6” x 8½” original mat. Mat stamped G.A. Aneman, Riverhead, N.Y.” Photo is clear, and crisp, one of the better images we have had in some time. On back is labeled in ink: My Great Uncle Frank Tuttle, U.S. Life-Saving Service…. CWO4 Alvin E. Penny U.S.C.G.” It is exceptionally rare to see such photos of surfmen in any format. (VG+). $225.
5109s. (cabinet view) Highland [Cape Cod] Lighthouse, North Truro, Mass. c.1890. by W.M. Smith, Provincetown, Mass. Large 4 ½” x 7” cabinet view provides an unprecedented close view of the tall masonry first order light tower with two attached keeper’s dwellings. In front sits a horse and carriage with its driver, probably awaiting summer visitors viewing the station. Wonderful view, clear and close, quite clean and crisp, near fine. Dated on back in pencil “Aug. 1892”. (F-). $148.
(photo not included)
1234-10. (lot 2 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Burnt Island Life-Saving Station, Maine c.1899. Herbert Elwell, Keeper. Lot consists of two documents (3 sheets) relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. The first is an original hand-written letter by the keeper on Life Saving Service letter sheet, 8” x 10”, to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding an order for the uniforms for Sidney J. Beal Surfman No. 6 for trousers, vest, regulation cap, duck suits, regulation coat. The second is 7” x 11”(2 sheets) containing hand written notes on uniforms (suits, pants, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include Capt Elwell, F.H. Fowle, S.S. Stanley, Joseph Hooper, M.E. Spinney, Hiram Ulmer, Sidney J. Beal #6. Both overall clean, light wear. Rare Burnt Island LSS lot. (VG+). $78.
1234-37. (lot 6 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Cranberry Islands Life-Saving Station, Maine c.1899. Franklin Stanley, Keeper. Lot consists of six documents relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. The first are five (5) original hand-written notes by the keeper, 5” x 8”, with sizes and notes on uniform needs, prices, what and where to send, etc. The second is 7” x 11” containing hand written notes on uniforms (suits, pants, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include Capt Stanley, E.F. Richardson, J.G. Stanley, J.D. Phippino, E Jarvis, A.W. Gilley. All clean, light wear. Rare Cranberry Islands LSS lot. (VG+). $48.
1234-15. (lot 6 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Biddefford Pool [Fletchers Neck] Life-Saving Station, Maine c.1899. Lester Wilcox, Keeper. Lot consists of six documents relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. The first are five (5) original hand-written notes by the keeper, 5” x 8”, with sizes and notes on uniform needs, prices, what and where to send, etc. The second is 8” x 10” letter on lined paper regarding uniform order for station crew. Signed in hand by Keeper Wilcox. Men listed include Capt Wilcox, Percy L. Hoppe. All clean, light wear. Rare Biddeford Pool / Fletchers Neck LSS lot. (VG+). $225.
1234-36. (lot 1 documents - 2 sheets) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Quoddy Head Life-Saving Station, Maine c.1899. Lot consists of two sheets relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine. The sheets are 7” x 11” containing hand written notes on uniforms (suits, pants, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include A.P. Joy, A.H. Wormwell, J.E. Scovill, F.J. Smith, S.M. Wallace, John Shannon. Rare Quoddy Head LSS lot. (VG+). $34.
3026. Charlet, James D. Shipwrecks of the Outer Banks: Dramatic Rescues and Fantastic Wrecks in the Graveyard of the Atlantic. 2020. Rowman & Littlefield. 264p. Stiff wraps. More than 6,000 ships have met their doom in the waters along the North Carolina coast, weaving a rich history of tragedy, drama and heroics along these picturesque beaches. Men have lost their lives and fortunes, and heroes have been made where the combination of mixing currents, treacherous coastline and shifting underwater sandbars spells disaster for even the most seasoned sailor. These are the stories of daring rescues, tragic failures, enduring mysteries, buried treasure, and fascinating legend. Unlike conventional shipwreck books which are simply arranged chronologically, this is a themed-collection: The Well-Known, The Lesser-Known, The Hardly Known, some Dramatic Failures and the Mysterious. Some specific wrecks – the Tiger, the USS Huron, the SS Central America – so impacted our history as to forever alter our fate. All are true stories more about the rescues than the wrecks; the real-life human drama of shipwreck victims and their heroic lifesavers. In their time, the men of the United States Life-Saving Service responded to over 178,000 lives in peril from the sea; of which they saved over 177,000. Yet America all but forgot these peaceful heroes. These eye-opening accounts once again bring their stories to light. (M). Published at $26.95. Our price $24.95. (x)
3034. (photo) U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Tulip at Pier c.1938. Rare view of the United States Lighthouse Service Lighthouse Tender Tulip before she was washed ashore at New London, Connecticut during the famous Great Hurricane of September 1938. This monster storm killed nearly 700 people, injured another 4,500 and destroyed an estimated 75,000 buildings. The Tulip was eventually refloated. In 1939 when the Coast Guard took over the Lighthouse Service the Tulip continued its aid to navigation duties in the district. The Tulip was decommissioned in 1945 and given to the government of the Philippines. Photo measures 7” x 9”. Print has darkened and has some chips and crease to margin. Exceptional detail. (VG-). $54.
6677d. (photo) Wood End Lighthouse, Provincetown, Cape Cod c.1875. Possibly by G.H. Nickerson, this rare, early stereoview on orange mount provides an extremely rare close view of the lonely lighthouse shortly after it was built on Provincetown’s Wood End. This is a rare early view and shows good detail of the square brown (later painted white) light tower, identical to nearby Long Point Lighthouse, and the keeper’s dwelling as the keeper and his family look on. Only very light foxing, no significant wear. An extremely rare, close view. (VG). $78.
13431-1. (photo) Crewmen of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Rescued by Men of CGC Yakutat. February 18-19, 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 8” official Coast Guard photo shows excellent detail as crewmen of CGC Yakutat, fighting against time and the clutches of the rough seas, struggle to remove survivors from the fast sinking bow section of the tanker SS Fort Mercer by means of rubber liferafts attached to life lines. Shown are two survivors being supported in the water by Coast Guardsmen as they are transferred from the rubber raft to the safety of the Coast Guard Cutter Yakutat. In all 18 crewmen were rescued from the broken tanker Fort Mercer off Chatham in this fierce northeast storm. Photo is b/w and includes description. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $64.
28366d. [commemorative dish] Tillamook Rock and Lighthouse, Astoria, Oregon c.1900. An exceptionally rare, bright, gilt decorated and edged large commemorative oval dish featuring a large clear, detailed color image of the Tillamook Rock and Lighthouse, Astoria, Oregon. One of only a few of this light that I have had, this unusual piece has a large 4” image in brown of the light on the tall rock island. This pretty display piece measures a full 9 ¼” wide and is enhanced by a decorative gilded and decorated edge. Marked “…. Germany”. Quite clean, bright, a lovely piece in near fine condition. (F-). $64.
3028. [engraving] INSIDE A LIGHTHOUSE – CLEANING THE SILVER REFLECTORS. Scientific American Supplement, No. 429. March 22, 1884. Exquisitely detailed cover full-page 8 ½” x 12” b/w engraving of the Keepers as they clean the silver lamp reflectors. Shown are more than 30 reflector lamps making up the lantern in the large lantern room. Great detail and an attractive portrayal. Clean, crisp, matted in white for framing. (VG+). $88.
3029. Hendrickson, Dyke. New England Coast Guard Stories: Remarkable Mariners. 2020. The History Press. 144p. Soft wraps. In 1790, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton asked President George Washington to fund a fleet of "revenue cutters" that could halt smuggling and collect taxes in U.S. waters. Today, from northern Maine to southern Connecticut, the Coast Guard provides the might and the oversight to ensure that the coastlines are safe and navigable. From icebreaking and harrowing rescues to the global war on terror, the service plays a unique role in the region. Author Dyke Hendrickson profiles the varied careers and contributions of the brave men and women throughout New England who ensure the service remains Semper Paratus-Always Ready. Great reading. (M). $21.99. (x)
3030. Clifford, Mary L. and J. Candace Clifford. When the Southern Lights Went Dark - The Lighthouse Establishment During the Civil War. Globe Pequot. 2020. 192p. Soft wraps. The Confederacy extinguished the lights in all the lighthouses it controlled long before any shots were fired at Fort Sumter. When the Southern Lights Went Dark: The Lighthouse Establishment During the Civil War tells the story of the men who assumed the daunting task of finding the lenses and lamps, repairing deliberate destruction to the towers and lightships, and relighting them as soon as the Navy could afford them protection. From Cape Hatteras to Ocracoke Light, Jupiter Inlet to Tybee Island, St. Simons to Cockspur Island and others, these are the stories from a unique era in United States lighthouse history. Unlike in peace time, when military officers filled the posts of engineer and inspector in each lighthouse district, civilians had to be found who were not only talented enough to build and maintain lighthouses, but also could supervise a party of workmen and make decisions on their own. Those men in the field had to find keepers, see that they were paid, and ensure they had food, water, and essential supplies. The Lighthouse Board was far away in Washington and could do little more than give advice, order needed equipment, record the dispatches from the field, and pay the bills it received. From Cape Hatteras to Ocracoke Light, Jupiter Inlet to Tybee Island, St. Simons to Cockspur Island and others, these are the stories from a unique era in United States lighthouse history. Well done. (M). $19.95. (available 2021) (x)
3024. Conway, J. North. Wreck of the Portland: A Doomed Ship, A Violent Storm, and New England's Worst Maritime Disaster. Rowman & Littlefield. 2019. 201p. Stiff wraps. The SS Portland was a solid and luxurious ship, and its loss in 1898 in a violent storm with some 200 people aboard was later remembered as "New England's Titanic." The Portland was one of New England's largest and most luxurious paddle steamers, and after nine years' solid performance, she had earned a reputation as a safe and dependable vessel. In November 1898, a “perfect storm” formed off the New England coast. Conditions would produce a blizzard with 100 mile per hour winds and 60-foot waves that pummeled the coast. At the time there was no radio communication between ships and shore, no sonar to navigate by, and no vastly sophisticated weather forecasting capacity. The luxurious SS Portland, a sidewheel steamer furnished with chandeliers, red velvet carpets and fine china, was carrying more than 200 passengers from Boston to Portland, Maine, over Thanksgiving weekend when it ran headlong into a monstrous, violent gale off Cade Cod. It was never seen again. All passengers and crew were lost at sea. More than half the crew on board were African Americans from Portland. Their deaths decimated the Maine African American community. Before the storm abated it became one of the worst ever recorded in New England waters. The storm, now known as "The Portland Gale," killed 400 people along the coast and sent more than 200 ships to the bottom, including the doomed Portland. To this day it is not known exactly how many passengers were aboard or even who many of them were. The only passenger list was aboard the vessel. As a result of this tragedy, ships would thereafter leave a passenger manifest ashore. Author J. North Conway has painstakingly recreated the events, using first-hand sources and testimonies to weave a dramatic, can't-put-it down narrative in the tradition of Erik Larson's Isaac's Storm and Walter Lord's enduring classic, A Night to Remember. He brings the tragedy to life with contemporaneous accounts the Life-Saving Service, from Boston newspapers such as the Globe, Herald, and Journal, and from The New York Times and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. (M). $26.95. (x)
1831b. (photo) Steamship
S.S. Portland Underway c.1890’s view. Clear close press photo
c.1949 of an 1890’s image of the side wheel steamship SS Portland underway.
The paddle wheel steamship SS Portland was one of the largest and most palatial
vessels afloat in
3025. Larson, Erik. The Splendid and the Vile - A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz. 2020. 586p. Crown Pub. DJ. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake and The Devil in the White City delivers a startlingly fresh portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons (30,000 of them Londoners) and destroying two million homes. It was up to Churchill to hold the country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally–that she was willing to fight to the end. In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” It is a story of political brinksmanship but also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial country house, Chequers, and his wartime residence, Ditchley, where Churchill and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest. Drawing on a wealth of untapped sources, including recently declassified files, intelligence reports, and personal diaries only now available, Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their daughters, Sarah, Diana, and the youngest, Mary, who chafes against her parents’ wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; her illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the cadre of close advisors who comprised Churchill’s “Secret Circle,” including his dangerously observant private secretary, John Colville; newspaper baron Lord Beaverbrook; and the Rasputin-like Federick Lindemann. The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of today’s political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when–in the face of unrelenting horror–Churchill’s eloquence, strategic brilliance, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together. (M). Published at $32. Our price $29.95. (x)
13431z. (photo) Crewmen of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Rescued by Men of CGC Yakutat. February 18-19, 1952. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail as crewmen of CGC Yakutat, fighting against time and the clutches of the rough seas, struggle to remove survivors from the fast sinking bow section of the tanker SS Fort Mercer by means of rubber liferafts attached to life lines. 18 crewmen were rescued from the broken tanker Fort Mercer off Chatham in this fierce northeast storm. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Dated February 1952. Clear, close view, great detail. Crease to upper right corner. (VG). $54.
13431y. (photo) Stern end of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Awaits Arrival of Salvage Tugs SE of Nantucket. February 20, 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 10” press photo shows good detail of the Stern end of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer as the Coast Guard Cutter Eastwind stands by, awaiting the arrival of salvage tugs to tow the hulk to New York Harbor. Aboard the stern of the Fort Mercer are the “Captains Courageous” who stayed with their ship, battling the elements since Monday February 18 when the tanker split in two. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Clear, close view, great detail. This is a rarely seen view. (VG+). $48.
13431x. (photo) Stern end of the Tanker S.S. Fort Mercer Towed into New York Harbor. February 24, 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 8 ¾” press photo shows good detail as tugs the Stern end of the Tanker S.S. Fort Mercer Towed into the calm waters of New York Harbor after battling the elements since Monday February 18 when the tanker split in two. Aboard the stern of the Fort Mercer are the “Captains Courageous” who stayed with their ship until salvage operations were completed. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Clear, close view, great detail. This is a rarely seen view. (VG+). $44.
5414s. (clock face) U. S. Light-House Establishment. c.1880’s - 1910. Original clock face manufactured by Chelsea Clock Company, removed from clock for servicing and never replaced. Face has had some use and moderate wear to nickled surface but is perfect if yours is damaged or missing. Moderate scratching / abrasion to “U.S.L.H. Estab” marking. Face is brass, 4 ½” in diameter with six mounting holes around perimeter. Face is marked “U.S.L.H. Estab” “Chelsea Clock Co. Boston, U.S.A.”. A rare find, in great demand. (G). $485.
3023. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Surfboat Crew c.1920. Great clear, close photo shows the Keeper and crew on boatramp surfboat up the railway. Good detail of early hats and uniforms. May be Great Lakes (?). Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $78.
of the Original
Treat your family to this replica of the official sewn U. S. Life Saving Service flag. Flag is professionally made of high quality 400 denier nylon flag material, using an applique (cut and sewn) construction. The header is woven polypropylene webbing (not lightweight canvas) with #3 brass grommets for attaching to halyard. The flags are double sided. Professionally made in the United States and will last longer than most others that you may find. Our pennants are flown at stations across the country as well on vessels of the U. S. Coast Guard and have received the highest praise.
27463S. [reproduction] U. S. Life Saving Service Station Flag - small. This triangular station flag measures 24” long by 12” high and is typical of the flags once flown at Life Saving Service stations to identify them as such to vessels at sea. The flag is of the standard design instituted by General Superintendent Sumner I Kimball, with blue, white and red fields and one white star. Heavy duty for moderate weather conditions. Made in America. (design as shown above) $54.95.
27463L. [reproduction] U. S. Life Saving Service Station Flag - large. This triangular station flag measures 48” long by 25” and is typical of the flags once flown at Life Saving Service stations to identify them as such to vessels at sea. The flag is of the standard design instituted by General Superintendent Sumner I Kimball, with blue, white and red fields and one white star. Heavy duty for moderate weather conditions. Made in America. (design as shown above) $84.95.
States Life Saving Service /
6641. Wood, Vincent L., PLUM ISLAND
RECOLLECTIONS - Views and Reminiscences of Plum Island c.1900 Recounting
the Deeds of Capt. Thomas J. Maddock and the Crew of the U. S. Merrimack
River Life-Saving Station, Plum Island, Massachusetts.
6641b. (b/w photo print) Captain Maddock of the Merrimack River Life-Saving Station seated in front of the surfboat in the station’s boatroom. Taken by Mr. Wood’s grandfather, the original glass plate negative provides an unusually clear, crisp view which have been faithfully reproduced in a high quality format and is perfect for matting and framing. Wonderful view of the boatroom interior and the equipment on hand. Image measures 4 ½” x 6 ¼”. Matted for framing (1) $22. Print only $14.
29174g. United States Lighthouse Service Table Lamp with Rotating-Burner Wick Raiser, with Chimney and Milk Glass Globe from Point Loma Light Station c.1880 - 1900. This lamp is from the family of James Milford Johnson, Keeper at Point Loma Light Station in California and includes letter of provenance with information and photos of Keeper Johnson from a recent book on Point Loma. James Milford Johnson transferred to the station in 1931 and was certainly happy to be closer to civilization after his assignment at the Farallon Islands. Johnson would witness several changes at the station during his twenty-one years on the point. When the Coast Guard assumed control of all U.S. lighthouses in 1939, Johnson became a Boatswain’s Mate, the Coast Guard rank commensurate with his pay level in the Lighthouse Service. Assistant keeper Johnson was offered the head keeper position in 1952, when Head Keeper Dudley retired. Johnson, however, did not want to move into the head keeper’s dwelling, a move that was considered mandatory, so he reluctantly took an early retirement instead. (from Lighthousefriends.com) The lamp was manufactured in the Third District Lamp Shop on Staten Island, measures 13" high and is in good condition save electrical modification and a few light dents to the base. Lamp is marked "TABLE LAMP" on brass cartouche applied to side of tank. The font has been removed and a lamp socket has been attached, with a cord running down through the reservoir with switch added and out the base. Included is a clear glass chimney and decorated milk glass globe. These lights were modifications of the Funck lamp design. The stand and the burner are the same as in a Funck 4th order lamp, the only thing different is the oil reservoir itself in that it has a different shape and holds less fuel than a lamp used inside a lens. These would have been used from about 1870 to 1905. This table Lamp with Rotating-Burner Wick Raiser is of the early style. Later versions incorporated a pinion wick raiser similar to today’s lamps. I have rarely seen this style Lighthouse Service lamp available on the market before, and have seen only one other in a museum. They were provided for keeper's house, and may have been used in the light tower watch room as well. Base with a few light dents. Glass chimney has one ½” chip from base but is hidden when in place. Milk glass globe is nicely decorated, with small ¼” chip to bottom rim. An extremely rare item. $2,695. Reduced $2,195.
Photo not included.
20363. Flint , Willard. LIGHTSHIPS OF THE U. S. GOVERNMENT – Reference Notes. GPO. 1989. 540p. Blue cloth government binding. The most complete work ever published on U. S. lightships and lightship stations. Lists virtually every detail available on each vessel, when and where built, cost, sister ships, design, length, propulsion, when and where it served, construction notes and modifications through the years, station assignments, masters and mates, illuminating apparatus, fog signals, final disposition and much more. Listed by vessel and by station assignment. Most difficult to find and the ultimate reference on the subject. Fine, never opened. (F). $138.
Wilkinson, William D. and CDR Timothy R. Dring, USNR (Retired). American
Coastal Rescue Craft - A Design History Of Coastal Rescue Craft Used By The
United States Life-Saving Service And The United States Coast Guard. University
Press. 2009. 185p. Unjacketed cloth. With CD-ROM with 323 b/w illustrations.
Long awaited, this exhaustive reference work describes detailed history and
technical design information on every type of rescue craft ever used by the U.S.
Life Saving Service (USLSS) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) from the 1800s to
current day. By looking at these vessels, many of which featured innovative
designs, the authors shed light on the brave men and women who served in these
heroic services. The first of its kind ever to be published in the United States
on this topic, the book and accompanying CD provide detailed information,
drawings, and photographs (many of which have never before appeared in print)
for each type of surfboat, lifeboat, and utility craft, along with a complete
list of every boat ever built and assigned coastal rescue station(s). Included
are motorized, wind-powered and human-powered vessels. The book is organized
into two major sections: 1) a general, historical narrative, and 2) detailed
technical appendices. This college text-sized book is 185 pages in length, with
about 140 photos and diagrams. In addition, a reference/appendix section on a
co-packaged CD will include 323 additional photos and diagrams. The book is
co-authored by William D. Wilkinson, Director Emeritus of the
D&D Lines - United States Lighthouse Service Logo Reproduction Dinnerware. Long ago discontinued, this wonderful quality china is much sought after. We find a few pieces now and then.
28121a. Revenue Cutter Service Mug (3 available) $38.95 each.
We have purchased the publisher’s last remaining stock of this title. There will be no more after these have sold.
Ralph Shanks, Wick York, Lisa Woo Shanks, editor. THE
Softcover are available as well for $29.95 while they last.
1602. Webber, Bernie. Into a Raging Sea : My Life and the Pendleton Rescue. 2016. On Cape Publications. 172p. Soft wraps. Into A Raging Sea features the riveting, firsthand account of what is widely regarded as the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history, told by BM1 Bernie Webber. Webber and his crew were awarded the prestigious Gold Lifesaving medal for the miraculous rescue of thirty-two men off the stern of the SS Pendleton with a thirty-six-foot motor lifeboat, in nighttime blizzard conditions, with seas surpassing sixty feet. Made more famous in the recently released book and movie The Finest Hours, the rescue of 32 sailors from the sinking ship caught in a ferocious winter storm is a dramatic tale, but what made this mission so special is that the boat Webber skippered that terrible night was a mere 36 feet in length and the waves were almost twice that size! In Into A Raging Sea, Bernie tells that story, but the book is so much more than that. In these pages you'll read about rescue attempts that did not turn out well, stories of fishermen from a time long past, rescues done with the by-gone technique of the "breeches buoy," humorous anecdotes, and what Cape Cod and its people meant to Bernie. Into a Raging Sea is a story of sacrifice, bravery, disappointment, and challenges. And in the background of Bernie's journey is one constant, the sea. Forward by Michael J. Tougias. (M). $15.95. SALE $10.95.
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States Life Saving Service /
D&D Lines - United States Lighthouse Service Logo Reproduction Dinnerware. Long ago discontinued, this wonderful quality china is much sought after. We find a few pieces now and then.
2566-70. Lighthouse Service Sugar Bowl $84.
2566-69. Lighthouse Service Sugar Creamer $84.
Set Creamer & Sugar $148.
8458. [model kit] U. S. Coast Guard 36-Foot Motor Lifeboat. c.1989. Complete unassembled plastic model kit by Glencoe Models reproduces this renown rescue craft in splendid detail, including all decals and three scale figures. This sturdy craft has been responsible for the rescue of hundreds of seamen and now you can build one for display on your shelves too. This is a High Quality, injection molded plastic, made in the USA Coast Guard Rescue Boat Model Kit - 1/48 scale including three figures. This is a Hard to find Glencoe Model, known and respected by model collectors and aficionados world wide. Award Winning unique model made from the highest quality materials. Certain to create hours of excitement for any model enthusiast. 1/48 scale, unassembled kit. Includes new decal set for CG-36500. (M). $24.98.
1876. Oleszewski, Wes. World War II & the Great Lakes - Submarines, Bombers and Ore Boats. Avery. 2018. 288p. Soft wraps. Well illustrates with photos and maps. While it is not well known or publicized, the Great Lakes region played a major role as the United States was embroiled in World War II. Those who had yet to be born when World War II raged cannot imagine the fear, anger, suffering and sacrifice experienced by those who witnessed and fought in that conflict. Not only was freedom threatened, but the very fabric of human civilization was in danger. In order to preserve their very existence, free people had to mobilize and fight the evil that threatened to envelope the world. When FDR coined the term "Arsenal of Democracy" he knew that the heart of that arsenal was the industrial strength of the Great Lakes region. This book is not the complete story of that effort. Rather this is a series of stories that will give the reader a historically accurate glimpse into the efforts of everyday working people who did their part to save the world during the dark days between 1939-1945. Extremely well research and written this latest "Wes" book is an interesting and captivating read. (M). $17.95.
See the video book trailer for Brilliant Beacons on YouTube- https://youtu.be/QUgQVFOjX2s.
Sale Price $14.95 plus $4.50 media mail. (x)
1601. Dolin, Eric Jay. Brilliant Beacons - A History of the American Lighthouse. 2016. 1st. 448p. Stiff wraps. DJ. An extraordinary work of historical detection and originality, Brilliant Beacons vividly reframes America’s history through the development of its lighthouses. In a work rich in maritime lore and brimming with original historical detail, Eric Jay Dolin, the best-selling author of Leviathan, presents the most comprehensive history of American lighthouses ever written, telling the story of America through the prism of its beloved coastal sentinels. Set against the backdrop of an expanding nation, Brilliant Beacons traces the evolution of America’s lighthouse system, highlighting the political, military, and technological battles fought to illuminate the nation’s hardscrabble coastlines. In rollicking detail, Dolin treats readers to a memorable cast of characters including the penny-pinching Treasury official Stephen Pleasonton, who hamstrung the country’s efforts to adopt the revolutionary “Fresnel Lens,” and presents tales both humorous and harrowing of soldiers, saboteurs, ruthless egg collectors, and most importantly, the light-keepers themselves. Richly supplemented with over 100 photographs and illustrations throughout, Brilliant Beacons is the most original history of American lighthouses in many decades. 112 illustrations; 8 pages of color. (M). Published at $29.95. Sale Price $14.95 plus $4.50 media mail.
10281. [reproduction] U. S. Lighthouse Service Station Flag. This triangular station flag measures 48” long by 25” and is typical of the flags once flown on Lighthouse Service vessels and at the light stations for over one hundred years. The flag is of the standard design, with red border on a field of white, with a large blue lighthouse silhouette. Heavy duty for moderate weather conditions. Made in America. $98.95.
Photo courtesy Chad Kaiser, U.S.L.H.S.
Our flag shown flying at the headquarters of the U. S. Lighthouse Society at Point No Point Lighthouse, Washington.
21426. . [reproduction] U. S. Lighthouse Service District Superintendent’s Flag. This rectangular flag measures 48” long by 24” and is typical of the flags once flown on Lighthouse Service Tenders when the District Superintendent was on board. The flag is of the standard design, with navy blue border on a field of white, with a large blue lighthouse silhouette. Made in America. $149.95.
FG-02. Early Life-saving Line Gun. Heat Transfer Products Company. Recent restoration. $2,900. Reduced $1,995.
FG-03. Early Life-saving Line Gun. D. Kahnweiler's Sons. Was heavily rusted, restored, fresh paint. $2,450. Reduced $1,595.
D&D Lines - United States Lighthouse Service Logo Reproduction Dinnerware. Long ago discontinued, this wonderful quality china is much sought after. We find a few pieces now and then.
2566-1,9,10. Lighthouse Service Mug (7 available) $54.95 each.
2566-3,5. Lighthouse Service Dinner Plate (2 available) $54.95 each.
2566-4,6,-17,47,48. Lighthouse Service Cereal Bowl (6 available) $54.95 each.
2566-15. Lighthouse Service Soup Bowl (8 available) $54.95 each.
2566-29,-31. Lighthouse Service Sugar Bowl (1 available) $84 each.
2566-29. Lighthouse Service Salt & Pepper Set (1 available) $76 set.
2566-8. (set 4 pieces) Lighthouse Service Mug, Dinner Plate, Cereal Bowl, Soup Bowl $169.95 each. Please inquire.
D&D Lines - United States Life-Saving Service Logo Reproduction Dinnerware. Long ago discontinued, this wonderful quality china is much sought after. We find a few pieces now and then.
28121b. Revenue Cutter Service Mug (1 available) $42.95 each.
We have purchased the publisher’s last remaining stock of this title. There will be no more after these have sold.
6275s. Ralph Shanks, Wick York, Lisa Woo
Shanks, editor. THE
Limited number available - Signed by the Author:
6697. Thompson, Frederic L., THE LIGHTSHIPS OF CAPE COD. 1996. 2nd printing. 112 pp. Soft wraps. Signed by the author. Illustrated with over 93 beautifully detailed photographs. Much sought after, this scarce volume chronicles the history of the lightships in this vital area. Wonderfully detailed b/w photographs enhance the author's vivid description of the history and life aboard these vessels. One of the only volumes ever written exclusively on this subject, this fine work will make a fine addition to any library (M). $14.95. (Wholesale discounts available)
Sale - Special Price $9 including postage.
A LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY by Harold B. Jennings.
Read a wonderful narration of boyhood memories while growing up at Lovell’s
Island Lighthouse in
Published at $15. Now $9 including postage ($5.95 plus $3.05 Media Mail).
118pages with dust jacket.
15218. Richmond, Arthur P. Massachusetts Lighthouses and Lightships. Schiffer. 2015. 256p. DJ. A must-have book for the lighthouse enthusiast, maritime buff, and anyone who is interested in Massachusetts history. Massachusetts Lighthouses and Lightships includes more than 850 images, many never before published. Also include historic plans that describe the details of these aids to navigation, and archival and contemporary photos that trace through their history. The book covers all the lighthouses and lightships that marked the shores (exclusive of Cape Cod and the Islands) and guided mariners through the challenging waters surrounding Massachusetts. This volume also explores the interiors of towers, shows the lantern rooms of rarely-visited lighthouses and gives fascinating facts about these beacons over their 200-year history. More than 876 images in color and b/w, some more than 130 years old, show the original towers and stations. (M). $44.99. (x)
15228. Richmond, Arthur P. Lighthouses and Lightships of Rhode Island. Schiffer. 2015. 144p. DJ. This pictorial guide provides a photographic tour of the last 400 years of Rhode Island lighthouse history. More than thirty lighthouse stations are described, from Watch Hill, near the Connecticut border in the south, to the inner harbor of Providence. The lighthouse station locations are identified using navigational charts and their characteristics, including date established, tower structure, optics, and fog signals. Also included are the dozen or so lighthouses that no longer exist. Probably not as well known, images and characteristics of these aids are similarly discussed. Over 300 images, some more than 130 years old, show the original towers and stations, accompanied by present-day photographs that compare the development and evolution of these lighthouses. Many of the images found on these pages have been collected from historical resources and are being published for the first time. This book is a must-have for the lighthouse enthusiast, maritime buff, and anyone who is interested in Rhode Island history. (M). $34.99. (x)
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DVD. Disney's THE FINEST HOURS - a movie based on the extraordinary true story of the Coast Guard's greatest small boat rescue in history is coming to a movie theater near you in January 2016. We have the DVDs available on our DVD or out Pendleton pages.
Read first-hand of the rescue in Coxswain Bernie Webber's book, now available again:
20209. Webber, Bernard C., CHATHAM
Special numbered edition with actual wood piece from MLB CG-36500. $59.95.
9496. Peterson, Douglas, (U.S.C.G.
Retired) U. S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE TENDERS.
Eastwind Publishing. 2000. 169p. DJ. This is the first book to feature all of the lighthouse
tenders and auxiliary craft of the United States Lighthouse service from 1840
until 1939. Lighthouse Tenders, the lifeline to the keepers of America's
lighthouses and lightships, towed lightships, tended buoys, carried necessities
and saved lives day and night, in weather fair or foul. Without these services
the keepers of
2nd Edition Recently Released:
23290e. Demeter, Andrew and David. CHELSEA
CLOCK COMPANY: The First Hundred Years. 2nd edition. 2014. For over a
hundred years the Chelsea Clock Company has manufactured a distinguished line of
high quality clocks. Regarded as one of
Gleason, Sarah C., KINDLY LIGHTS – A History of the
26211. LaGuardia-Kotite, Martha J. So Others May Live – Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers: Saving Lives, Defying Death. Guilford. 2006. 208p. DJ. So Others May Live is the untold story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s quiet but resolute rescue swimmers. From deep ocean caves on the Oregon coast to the panicked and chaotic streets of post-Katrina New Orleans, here are their stunningly heroic stories and the greatest maritime rescues attempted since the program began in 1985. These feats, told through the eyes of the heroes, reveal an understanding of how and why the rescuer, with flight crew assistance, risks his or her own life to reach out to save a stranger. The book covers diverse environments: oceans, hurricanes, oil rigs, caves, sinking vessels, floods, and even Niagara Falls. It is truly a can’t-put-it-down collection of accounts. (M). ). Published at $22.95. Sale $13.95.
26249. Clark, Admont. LIGHTHOUSES
OF CAPE COD, MARTHA’S VINEYARD,
7209s. Shelton-Roberts, Cheryl. LIGHTHOUSE FAMILIES. 2006. 210p. Soft cover. Living in a lighthouse was a way of life for the families of more than 5000 keepers and employees of the United States Lighthouse Service. These quiet people faithfully manned their remote outposts and withstood enemy attacks, hurricanes, and dishonest bureaucrats while saving countless thousands of lives. These men, women and children daily experienced physical hardship, round-the-clock work, isolation, and danger - and the strong bond of family. Though the Lighthouse Service no longer exists, many of the children who grew up at these stations do and their stories are preserved for the first time in this remarkable book. Family tales from Pigeon Point California, St. Augustine Florida, Saddleback Ledge Maine, Old Mackinac Point Michigan, Morris Island South Carolina and many more. Illustrated with over 100 family vintage photographs and a beautiful full color photo of the light as it appears today. This is a book that you won’t want to put down. (M). Published at $14.95. Sale $9.95.
SALE! Booklets by Tom Tag - Fresnel Lenses & Lighting...
~ Early American Lighthouse Illumination ~
Thomas Tag has long been probably the only authority on lamps, lens apparatus and illumination for lighthouses, with his articles on the subject appearing in our catalogue, as well as the U. S. Lighthouse Society’s Keeper’s Log, Lighthouse Digest and other publications. Now Tom has put together much of this information in seven publications which detail the entire subject, from lamps and fuels, to burners, lens apparatus, manufacturing processes and more. This is a superb collection that answers the questions that many of us have been asking for some time, and will serve as a reference on the subject for years to come. Each of the booklets includes a complete set of footnotes defining the sources of the data for those interested in further research.
Normally priced at $26 each - now on sale for $18 each while they last. Click here to see our Tom Tag page.
957-21. [lightship model]
13240. American Flag. 3’ x 5”. Sewn nylon flags are the most popular outdoor flags. They are very attractive to look at, durable, affordable, and they fly with the least wind. Our flags are beautiful with embroidered stars and sewn stripes , very durable, should typically last 12 months or more. These flags are 100% Made in the USA of Dupont Solarmax nylon fabric with 4 rows of stitching on fly end, and strong brass grommets. Perfect for flying at your home or camp. New, Made in USA. $21.95.
Do you know where this is ?.
I recently picked up this c.1920-1930 photo of this unidentified U.S. lighthouse. Note the tall flag mast to the left. There is also a U.S. Life-Saving station nearby as evidenced by the surfboat crew launching for the daily drill. There is also another double-ended boat sitting on the dune top. Photo measures 3 1/2" x 5 1/2".
The first person to identify this location and I can confirm it, this original photo is yours free.
12119a. (reproduction mug) United States Lighthouse Service Mug. 10 oz. $8.95 each.
12119b. (reproduction mug) United States Life-Saving Service Mug. 10 oz. $8.95 each.
28348. Wilkinson, William D. and
CDR Timothy R. Dring, USNR (Retired). American
Coastal Rescue Craft - A Design History Of Coastal Rescue Craft Used By
The United States Life-Saving Service And The United States Coast Guard. University
Press. 2009. 185p. Unjacketed cloth. With CD-ROM with 323 b/w
illustrations. Long awaited, this exhaustive reference work describes
detailed history and technical design information on every type of rescue
craft ever used by the U.S. Life Saving Service (USLSS) and the U.S. Coast
Guard (USCG) from the 1800s to current day. By looking at these vessels,
many of which featured innovative designs, the authors shed light on the
brave men and women who served in these heroic services. The first of its
kind ever to be published in the United States on this topic, the book and
accompanying CD provide detailed information, drawings, and photographs
(many of which have never before appeared in print) for each type of
surfboat, lifeboat, and utility craft, along with a complete list of every
boat ever built and assigned coastal rescue station(s). Included are
motorized, wind-powered and human-powered vessels. The book is organized
into two major sections: 1) a general, historical narrative, and 2)
detailed technical appendices. This college text-sized book is 185 pages
in length, with about 140 photos and diagrams. In addition, a
reference/appendix section on a co-packaged CD will include 323 additional
photos and diagrams. The book is co-authored by William D. Wilkinson,
Director Emeritus of the
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