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6275s. 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. 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. 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. (M).   Softcover $29.95 while they last. 1 Hard cover with dj available $89.95.

5160s. Kimball, Sumner I. JOSHUA JAMES LIFE SAVER. Boston . 1909. 102p. Original embossed cloth binding, 12MO. A very scarce book written by the Superintendent of the U. S. Life-Saving Service, provides a rare account of the life of one of the most famous life-savers, from the Hull , Mass. Life-Saving Station. Joshua James was associated with the Massachusetts Humane Society from his early youth until he was made keeper of the Hull station of the Life-Saving Service. His sixty years of rescues and the medals that he and his crews earned are chronicled in this scarce work. Unusually clean, tight, with gilt upper page ends. Light edge wear and bumping to wraps. An extremely important and difficult to find title written by the Superintendent of the U. S. Life-Saving Service. (VG+). $225.

2586. (souvenir dish) Plum Island Lighthouse, Newburyport, Mass. c.1900. A lovely, bright, gilt decorated commemorative dish in white, features a detailed, clear b/w image of the replacement 1898 Plum Island light tower and surrounding area. Plum Island, a nine-mile long barrier island off the northern coast of Massachusetts. During its nineteenth-century heyday as a resort, steamships and a trolley line serviced Plum Island to bring throngs of visitors to the area. The present Plum Island Lighthouse was first lighted on September 20, 1898, probably the third or fourth lighthouse on this site. The superb piece measures about 6” in diameter and is enhanced by a beautiful decorative gilt trim and molded decoration around edges. Marked “Chas. Emerson & Sons Importers Haverhill, Mass. U.S.A. Made in Austria”. A very detailed, pretty little item for your display. Plum Island lighthouse china pieces are quite rare and in great demand. Unusually attractive piece, near fine. (VG+). $78.

574f. Coston, Martha J., SIGNAL SUCCESS. The Work and Travels of Mrs. Martha J. Coston. An Autobiography. Philadelphia . 1886. 333p. First edition. Signed presentation copy by the son, William F. Coston to James Minor Lincoln. Frontispiece portrait, color plate of ship signals, plate of ship signaling, a few vignettes. 12MO. Beveled pictorial cloth covers, gilt embossed, clean and bright, light edge wear. Top page edges gilded. Widow of the inventor of the Coston flares used extensively by the Life-Saving Service, tells of her efforts to perfect and sell his night signals. Quite clean, tight, front hinge just beginning to loosen. (VG+). $138.

7238j. Dobbins, David Porter. THE DOBBINS LIFE-BOAT ILLUSTRATED. Buffalo , NY . 1886. 48p. b/w engravings. Exceptionally scarce publication by the inventor of the self-righting life-boat that was adopted for use by the United States Life-Saving Service. Finding the American surf-boat, the common lifeboat and the English life-boat all inadequate, Dobbins invented his life-boat. His boat “is strong, portable, self-righting and self-bailing, and literally unsinkable.” Mr. Dobbin’s experience included over twenty five years on sail and steam vessels and ten years experience as Superintendent of the Ninth District of the United States Life-Saving Service. Here Mr. Dobbins presents a brief overview of advantages and disadvantages of various life-boat designs and the design features of his self-righting boat. With engraved illustrations and beautiful frontis portrait photographically reproduced. Bright gilt cover illustration. Overall clean and tight. Moderate foxing to frontis illustration page margins. Wraps clean, some bumping, wear to one edge. $138.

6639c. Lamb, Sir John Cameron [Deputy-Chairman Royal National Life-Boat Institution]. THE LIFE-BOAT AND ITS WORK. London . 1911. 8VO. 88pp. Beautifully illustrated with over 45 photos and diagrams. Relates the history and development of the life-boat for rescue at sea. Includes methods of launching, carriages and equipping boats, profile and construction diagrams as well as rescues performed. Also includes listing of medals awarded by the Institution and lives saved. A valuable early reference on the subject. Nice embossed boards, quite clean, tight. Only light edge wear to wraps. Very nice copy. (VG+) $118.

1781. (photo) Sand Point Lighthouse, Escanaba, Michigan UP c.1939. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of the sturdy lighthouse, a landmark at Escanaba, Michigan since 1867. It was deactivated in 1939 and has been an unofficial aid to navigation since 1989. The restored lighthouse is now open to the public during the summer months. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated October 1, 1939. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $34.

13431c. (photo) Crewmen of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Delivered to Boston by Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet. February 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows excellent detail as Alanson S. Winn of Marlboro, Mass., waves goodby to the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet after the cutter docked in Boston. Winn was one of the 18 crewmen rescued from the broken tanker Fort Mercer off Chatham in a fierce northeast storm. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Dated February 20, 1952. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $54.

1771. (photo) Coast Guard 30-Foot “Duck” (DUKW) Coming Ashore Kill Devil Hill, NC. c.1943. Clear close photo shows great detail of the vehicle and some of its equipment as the vehicle comes ashore after a simulated rescue. A great view. Measures 6 ½” x 8” . Includes description on back. Dated June 18, 1943. (VG+). $58.

 

1779. (lot) 10 Photographs Related To The Wreck Of The Steamer Norseman and Humane Society Rescue, Station #10, Marblehead, Mass. c.1899. Six original photos depict the SS Norseman including four views of the Humane Society crew's rescue by breeches buoy and two views of the salvaging, including one large panoramic view. Two images depict the Marblehead division of the Massachusetts Humane Society. Also two are panoramic views of the town of Marblehead. Most with handwritten captions, men identified. The S. S. Norseman went aground on Marblehead Neck, next to Tom Moore's Rock in 1899. All on board, 108 people, were saved using the breeches buoy by the Marblehead Humane Society, Station #10, lifeboat crew, as seen in these photographs. Includes copy of 4-page typed description of the rescue, etc. Rare Humane Society lot – most rescues were never recorded on film. (VG). $925.

1783. (souvenir cup) Wrecked Steamer "Onondaga, Orleans, Mass. c.1907. This early piece is quite handsome and enhanced by gilt trim and embossing. Bold cup features a detailed full color image of the steamship Onondaga aground on Nauset beach in Chatham. On January 13, 1907 the American Steamer Onondaga, bound from Boston to Jacksonville, Florida,  stranded on Nauset Beach in Chatham in dense fog. Life-Savers from the Old Harbor Station responded and hauled out the breeches buoy, but as the seas had calmed none of the crew were landed at that time. The vessel remained for three months when in March the steamer was refloated, with the aid of tugboats. In order to pull the steamer from the beach, she had to be lightened and unloaded by hand. The cup measures 3” high by 3” in diameter. Marked “Made in Germany [for] G.W. Higgins, Orleans, Mass.”. Cup is clean, bright, no chips or cracks. An unusually bright, bold piece for display, near fine. (VG+). $88.

1784. (souvenir plate) Highland Light and Cape Cod c.1895-1910 by Adams Co for Jonroth Co. From lovely Cape Cod comes this rare Old English Staffordshire rose transferware plate. Made in England c.1895-1910 by Adams Co for Jonroth Co. and imported. Charming plate is in rose color with flower decoration, with a fine images that include Highland Lighthouse, Bridge over Cape Cod Canal, Cape Cod cottage, fishing boats at pier, and Old Cape Cod Windmill. This piece is quite rare and is one of the more attractive that I have had. This striking piece measures 9 7/8” diameter. Marked “The Cape Cod Plate. Old English Staffordshire Ware. Adams Est 1657 England. Jonroth. Imported for The Mayflower Sales Co., Provincetown, Mass.” Clean and bright, wonderful detail and excellent color, a fine display piece. Only very light age crazing as is common for this type china. (VG+). $48.

1761. (map) Physical Survey Cape Cod, Mass, Comparison of Surveys, showing Changes in Shore Line, 1848-1888. U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey. 1889. 11” x 44”. Rare fine, in attractive horizontal format, antique 1889 map, titled Physical Survey Cape Cod, Mass, Comparison of Surveys, showing Changes in Shore Line, 1848-1888, Party of Henry L. Marindin, Asst. U.S. C. & G.S. 1889 and dated 1889. Map covers the coastline from Pleasant Bay in Chatham to Highland Lighthouse in North Truro. The size of the map is 11" by 44". Five original folds and 4 light library embossing, but will flatten nicely for framing. Crisp, clean, bright, will be wonderful framed. Rare. (VG+). $178.

1782. (view booklet) Block Island, Rhode Island. A. Wittemann. 1896. New York. 13p. Soft wraps. 7” x 5”. This scarce turn of the century view book of Block Island, Rhode Island, features 12 large full and half page local photo gravure views. Views from photos include: Ocean View Hotel, harbor and landing, Searles Mansion, church views, Southeast Lighthouse, beach scenes, Old Harbor Point, Block Island steamers, hotels, road to Beacon Hill, The Windmill, and more. This book is wonderful for research or display - quite nice views, scarce booklet. Unusually light wear, binding is clean and bright views clean save very light foxing. With replacement ribbon binding. (VG). $48.

1786. Hargrove, James L. and Carol A. Talley. Cape St. George Lighthouse and Apalachicola Bay. Arcadia. 2017. 96p. Soft wraps. With over 122 vintage photographs. The beacon of the historic Cape St. George Lighthouse still guides mariners into Apalachicola Bay. Sheltered from the Gulf of Mexico by a string of barrier islands, the port flourished as the only site in Florida on a river that is navigable for over 300 miles to the fall line at Columbus, Georgia, Apalachicola’s sister city. Generations of lighthouse keepers were bound to St. George Island and its great bay by an intense sense of duty to sustain seagoing commerce and a love for a place where they could raise their families in freedom. When the lighthouse foundation washed away in 2005 after a very active hurricane season and a final surge from Hurricane Wilma, residents took action to salvage and rebuild the historic lighthouse. Visitors may still climb the lighthouse tower, surrounded by the bricks that were first laid in 1852. This compact volume features numerous early photographs dating from the 1880’s to the present, drawn from the author’s and other private collections, most never before published. (M). $21.99.

 

13164b. (small boat compass) U.S. Lighthouse Service Small Boat Compass by E.S. Ritchie & Sons, Boston c. 1938. Rare early gimbaled small boat compass is marked “U.S.L.H.S.” on the compass rose. On the brass bezel is marked “E.S. Ritchie & Sons, Boston” and serial number #88563. Also marked “Ritchie Boston U.S.A.” within the compass rose. Compass was sold to the U.S. Lighthouse Service on June 27, 1938 and included is email letter from Ritchie Navigation Company, who retained their original sales records, verifying the date and buyer.  Compass is made entirely of brass, with original black paint, beautiful brass bezel and gimbal and works fine. It may have been liquid filled at one time (1/2 denatured alcohol & ½ water). Compass rose is bright, interior white paint fairly clean, exterior black paint somewhat worn and chipped as expected. Glass face measures  4 ¼”, bezel overall 5 ¼” diameter. On gimble mount in period replacement Ritchie & Sons wood box with removable top. Box is of mahogany and measures 7 ½” x 7 ½” x 5 1/8” high with two hook latches. Ritchie began making marine bearing compasses for the U.S. Navy before the American Civil War. At the time, British Admiralty dry-mount nautical compasses were considered by all navies and merchant shipping companies as the technological standard of the day. Ritchie thought they could be improved upon, and by 1860 had received a U.S. patent for the first successful and practicable liquid-filled marine compass suitable for general use, a development that has been described as the first major advance in compass technology in several hundred years. With the damping provided by the liquid, together with a gimbal mounting, the floating indicator or card of the Ritchie compass remained relatively stable even when a ship's deck pitched and rolled during periods of severe weather. Ritchie liquid-filled nautical compasses soon became a U.S. Navy standard, and were also widely used by American merchant mariners. The business he began in 1850 became E. S. Ritchie & Son in 1866 and E. S. Ritchie & Sons in 1867, and moved from Boston to Brookline in 1886. Following Ritchie’s death in 1895, his sons transferred the scientific instruments to the L. E. Knott Apparatus Co., while retaining the nautical instrument line, which was renamed E.S. Ritchie & Sons. The firm was incorporated as E.S. Ritchie & Sons, Inc. in 1939 (thus also dating this piece to 1895-1939), and continues operations to the present day. This is only the second Lighthouse Service compass that I have ever found and likely was used by a light keeper on a fairly remote island location to aid him in his trips to the mainland for supplies. A very nice boat compass and a rare Lighthouse Service item for your display. (VG+). $1,595.

8341-95. [bullion cup] United States Revenue Cutter Service “U.S.R.C.S.” c.1900. Scarce, original United States Revenue Cutter Service bullion cup in the rare later intertwined “U.S.R.C.S.” pattern. This pattern is one of the two 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 green, and consists of one green stripe around the perimeter bordered by two thin rust stripes. Beneath, in a green shield, 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”. Cup is quite attractive, with little if any expected wear. Piece is back-marked “M China L” ( Maddocks Lamberton China Co. ). There are no other markings visible. Piece is in superb condition, complete, no chips, in wonderful condition. Cup measures about 5 ½” wide, 2 3/8” high. An extremely rare pattern. (F-). $445.

Interestingly, in this case, although the pieces are almost identical in size and design, the patterns are different. While on one the letters are within the daisy and leaf design, on the second the lettering is below. The pitcher on the left is marked on the bottom “Jackson China 1931”. Jackson China Company (as well as others) manufactured heavy vitrified china for the government including the Lighthouse Service from 1917 until 1939. The “1931” may be the date of manufacturer, or may be a code for some other date. The second pitcher is not marked. We can only speculate on the reason for the differences in pattern. It may be a change that was made at some particular date, or it may simply be a variation due to different manufacturers. Such pieces are extremely rare.

7463-39. United States Lighthouse Service “U.S.L.H.S.” Cream Pitcher c.1900. Original “U.S.L.H.S.” brown leafy pattern. This is a scarce original early china dinnerware piece from the United States Lighthouse Service manufactured of heavy white institutional type china, in the latter years of the Nineteenth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms and at the light stations. With only expected light wear, and one 2” closed crack at rim. There were three patterns used over the years by the Lighthouse Establishment and Service and this is the second of the three patterns. About 1900 a third pattern was instituted which included a turquoise lighthouse within a circle. Both patterns were then used up until 1938. Bottom is not marked. Creamer is fairly large and is clean, complete, no chips and in good condition. Only light wear and 2” closed crack near rim. Measures 5 ½” high, 5 ¾” wide, 3 ½” deep. Marked on bottom “Jaxkson China 1931”. It is now extremely difficult to find these early lighthouse dinner pieces, particularly in this pattern. (VG). $1495. (shown at left)

7463-9. United States Lighthouse Service “U.S.L.H.S.” Cream Pitcher c.1900. Original “U.S.L.H.S.” brown leafy pattern. This is a scarce original early china dinnerware piece from the United States Lighthouse Service manufactured of heavy white institutional type china, in the latter years of the Nineteenth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms and at the light stations. With only expected light wear, free of any cracks or major defects. There were three patterns used over the years by the Lighthouse Establishment and Service and this is the second of the three patterns. About 1900 a third pattern was instituted which included a turquoise lighthouse within a circle. Both patterns were then used up until 1938. Bottom is not marked. Creamer is fairly large and is quite clean, complete, no chips and in very good condition. Measures 5 ¾” high, 5 ¾” wide, 3 ½” deep. It is now extremely difficult to find these early lighthouse dinner pieces, particularly in this pattern. (VG+). $1595. (shown at right)

13222c. (small boat compass) Small Boat Compass by E.S. Ritchie & Sons, Boston c. 1930’s for The Thomas Laughlin Co., Portland, Maine. Rare early gimbaled small boat compass is marked “The Thomas Laughlin Co., Portland, Me. U.S.A.” on the compass rose. On the brass bezel is marked “E.S. Ritchie & Sons, Boston” and serial number #69700. Also marked “Ritchie Boston U.S.A.” within the compass rose. In 1836 T.S. Laughlin opened a marine hardware business called Thomas Laughlin Co. The Thomas Laughlin Co. were manufacturers of marine hardware in iron and brass, wire rope fittings and served as marine chandlers, fitting out yachts and ships, etc. Today they are a division of Crosby Group, Inc, the largest manufacturer of drop forged fittings for chain and wire rope. Compass is made entirely of brass, with original black paint having been polished off, beautiful brass bezel and gimbal and works fine. It may have been liquid filled at one time (1/2 denatured alcohol & ½ water). Compass rose is bright, interior white paint fairly clean. Glass face measures  4 ¼”, bezel overall 5 ¼” diameter. With gimble mount but without box. Ritchie began making marine bearing compasses for the U.S. Navy before the American Civil War. At the time, British Admiralty dry-mount nautical compasses were considered by all navies and merchant shipping companies as the technological standard of the day. Ritchie thought they could be improved upon, and by 1860 had received a U.S. patent for the first successful and practicable liquid-filled marine compass suitable for general use, a development that has been described as the first major advance in compass technology in several hundred years. With the damping provided by the liquid, together with a gimbal mounting, the floating indicator or card of the Ritchie compass remained relatively stable even when a ship's deck pitched and rolled during periods of severe weather. Ritchie liquid-filled nautical compasses soon became a U.S. Navy standard, and were also widely used by American merchant mariners. The business he began in 1850 became E. S. Ritchie & Son in 1866 and E. S. Ritchie & Sons in 1867, and moved from Boston to Brookline in 1886. Following Ritchie’s death in 1895, his sons transferred the scientific instruments to the L. E. Knott Apparatus Co., while retaining the nautical instrument line, which was renamed E.S. Ritchie & Sons. The firm was incorporated as E.S. Ritchie & Sons, Inc. in 1939 (thus also dating this piece to 1895-1939), and continues operations to the present day. A very nice boat compass and a rare Lighthouse Service item for your display. (VG+). $145. 

1763. Bleyer, Bill. The Fire Island Lighthouse: Long Island’s Welcoming Beacon. 2017. History Press. 160p. Soft wraps. This is the first complete history of the important national landmark at Fire Island. The author begins with the site, from the shipwrecks offshore dating from colonial times that prompted construction of the first lighthouse on Fire Island in 1826; the inadequacies of that lighthouse that led to construction of a new taller tower in 1858; the development of improved lighthouse illumination apparatus including the Fresnel lens; the Fire Island lightships that were anchored offshore to augment the new lighthouse; how the lighthouse was shut down by the Coast Guard at the end of 1973 and replaced by a light on the water tower at Robert Moses State Park; how the structures on the closed site deteriorated and the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society was formed in 1982 to restore the property and re-lit the tower in 1986; how the original Fresnel lens was brought back from Philadelphia and displayed in a new building in 2011; and the society’s future plans for bringing back additional artifacts for display. The book is filled with dozens of historical photographs, some never published before, and a 16-page insert of new color photographs by retired Newsday photographer Audrey C. Tiernan showing the restored lighthouse, keeper’s quarters and first-order Fresnel lens in all their glory. Well done. (M). $21.99. Available May 10. (x)

1751. (souvenir dish) U.S. Life-Saving Station, Dolliver’s Neck, Gloucester, Mass. c.1900. Most unusual and attractive dish features the Gloucester Life-Saving Station on the West side harbor on a bold 6” dish. This early piece is quite striking and enhanced by a decorative wide teal green/blue edge with gilt decoration. Marked on back “MW Co. Made in Germany for W. G. Brown & Co. Gloucester, Mass.” Dish is clean, bright, clear with detailed image of the Duluth-type station at Dollivers Neck built in 1900. Only light wear to rim. Measures 7” wide overall. An unusually bright, bold piece for display and an exceptionally rare form. (VG-). $48.

1753. Seguin, Marc. For Want of a Lighthouse: Building the Lighthouses of Eastern Lake Ontario 1828–1914. Trafford Publishing. 2015. 566p. Soft wraps. No safe harbours for steamboats or sailing vessels could be found along an isolated 70-mile stretch of eastern Lake Ontario, dominated by the irregular-shaped Prince Edward County peninsula. Frequent storms, rocky reefs and sandy shoals were among the many dangers facing 19th century mariners. So many shipwrecks mark one narrow and shallow underwater ridge in the region that it became known as the graveyard of Lake Ontario. It was on these shores, from Presqu ile Bay to Kingston harbour and along the Bay of Quinte, that a network of more than forty lighthouses and light towers was built between 1828 and 1914. For Want Of A Lighthouse presents a sweeping look at the social and technological changes which marked the era, and brings to life the people, politics and the hardships involved in the construction of these essential aids to navigation. Through the use of extensive archival material and more than 100 maps and photographs, Marc Seguin documents the vital role these lighthouses played in the building of a nation. There is now a race against time to save the few original towers that are still standing. All of the author’s profits from the sale of this book will go towards the preservation of these remaining lighthouses. (M). $26.44. (x)

27134d. U. S. Life Saving Service Friction Primer from Cahoon Hollow Life Saving Station, Cape Cod c.1900. This entire friction priming mechanism consist of a small brass tube (3/16 inch), once filled with a flash powder that would be ignited by sparks from a friction-sensitive compound activated by a sharp tug on a serrated friction pin which passed through the upper part of the tube. The method had become the standard means of firing muzzle-loaded ordnance about a century before. Shown in the diagram is the friction primer pin inserted into the primer tube for your information. Available is the friction tube only, used, found in sand near the station. (VG). $74.

1760. (map) Cape Cod From Yarmouth to Orleans Including Monomoy, Chatham, Orleans, Harwich, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster, Barnstable (portion) c.1890’s. Plate No. 9 from Massachusetts Atlas. Geo. H. Walker Lith. & Pub. Co., Boston. 20" x 28 ½”. From early Atlas of Massachusetts. Beautiful, early black on buff map shows the important features of the area including the Lighthouses and Life-Saving Stations, light vessels, as well as roads and important town buildings, etc. This map includes the complete towns of Orleans , Brewster, Chatham , Harwich, Dennis, Yarmouth . U. S. Life-Saving Stations include Nauset, Orleans , Old Harbor , Chatham ; Monomoy, Monomoy Point. Lighthouses include Chatham , Monomoy Point, Stage Harbor , Hyannis, Bass River. Also includes all roads, railway lines, shoals and bars, and much more. Map is quite desirable for framing and is as original with only very light original folds. Unusually clean and crisp. These early coastal maps are most desirable for display and bring a premium, particularly on the Cape and the islands. (VG+). $245.

(cabinet photos) Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard by Henry S. Wyer & J.N. Chamberlain. Large 5 1/4" x 8 1/2". Numbered l to r, top to bottom. 

1745-1. (cabinet photo) Side-wheel Steamer Monohansett of the Martha’s Vineyard line of steamers c.1880. By J.N. Chamberlain, Cottage City. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. The Monohansett ran from New Bedford to Oak Bluffs and Katama on Martha’s Vineyard. From 1871 until 1886, the Monohansett and the Martha's Vineyard were the only two ferries serving Martha's Vineyard. She was sold 1902 and replaced by the Uncantina. She was wrecked in the fog at Great Misery Island off Salem, Mass. August 3, 1904. Clear, close, detailed view. Two corners chipped, moderate foxing and staining upper right corner. Rare view of this steamer. (G+). $88.

1745-2. (cabinet photo) Side-wheel Steamer Chrystenah by Henry S. Wyer c.1880’s. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. The Chrystenah was built at Nyack, New York, in 1866, and was owned by the Smith brothers of Nyack, NY, on the Hudson River. With a walking beam engine and large paddle boxes, she was typical of the smaller side-wheel passenger steamers of the late 1800’s. She is shown here as originally built with a round or “sentry box” pilothouse and fan decorations  on the paddle boxes. In 1906 she received a new pilot house as well as smaller paddle box decorations. The vessel operated as a commuter boat to New York from Nyack and Peekskill, stopping at small towns along the way. Clear, crisp view. Light toning to margins, one small stain left margin. (VG-). $74. 

1745-3. (cabinet photo) Men in Dory in Surf by Henry S. Wyer c.1880’s. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. May be off of Siasconset, Nantucket. Clear, crisp view. Light edge toning, a few marks. (VG-). $38.

1745-4. (cabinet photo) Fishermen with boats, Nantucket by Henry S. Wyer c.1880’s. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Close, detailed view includes a number of boats under sail and cart, as fishermen on beach look on. This may be at Surfside. Light edge toning, a few marks. Rare Nantucket view. (VG-). $88.

1745-5. (cabinet photo) Fishermen with boats land on beach, Nantucket by Henry S. Wyer c.1880’s. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Close, detailed view as men land the dory on the beach, possibly at Siasconset, Nantucket. Light edge toning, bumped corner. Rare Nantucket view. (VG-). $78.

1745-6. (cabinet photo) Wreck of Schooner Warren Sawyer, Nantucket c.1884. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Close, detailed view of wreckage of the bow of the Warren Sawyer on Surfside Beach. The three-masted schooner, Warren Sawyer, loaded with cotton and scrap iron, was sailing from Boston to New Orleans when the vessel ran aground at Surfside on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts on the night of December 22, 1884. The crew from the life-saving station rescued the crew, and was able to salvaged part of the freight. The ship was soon destroyed in the pounding surf. The wreck was a popular landmark for many months. Clear, close, light edge toning. Rare Nantucket shipwreck view. (VG+). $110.

1745-7. (cabinet photo) Children Examine Fishing Gear, Nantucket by Henry S. Wyer c.1880’s. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Close, detailed view as three children play in a fishing dory and examine the gear. Light edge toning, bumped right side. Rare Nantucket view. (VG-). $88.

1745-8. (cabinet photo) Side-wheel Steamer Nantucket c.1880. By J.N. Chamberlain, Cottage City. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. This clear close view of the paddle steamer Nantucket may have captured the ship in the year in which it came into service, 1886, operating as a ferry serving the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. In service from 1886 to 1910, the steamboat was beautifully decorated, featuring an ornately painted paddle-housing and copper fastenings throughout. However it was not designed for travel on the rough waters of the sound. Clear, crisp view. Light toning and a few marks to margins. (VG-). $110. 

1745-9. (cabinet photo) Side-wheel Steamer Martha’s Vineyard c.1880. By J.N. Chamberlain, Cottage City. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. This clear close view of the paddle steamer Martha’s Vineyard docked at Cottage City. Built in 1871 in Brooklyn, NY., The Martha’s Vineyard was a 515-ton vessel, 185 feet long, with a 29' beam. From 1871 until 1886, the Martha's Vineyard and the Monohansett were the only two ferries serving Martha's Vineyard. In March 1886 the Martha's Vineyard became one of the initial four steamers operating for the newly organized New Bedford, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamboat Company. Clear, crisp view, a bit distant. Light toning and a few marks to margins. (VG-). $74. 

1745-10. (cabinet photo) Fishermen with boat and catch at Surfside, Nantucket by Henry S. Wyer c.1880’s. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Fishermen with boat examine their catch, probably at Surfside. Clear, close, light edge toning. Rare Nantucket view. (VG+). $110.

1745-11. (cabinet photo) Fishermen with boats, Nantucket by Henry S. Wyer c.1880’s. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Rare early close view of numerous fishing dorys and carts on the beach. May be Coatue area or northeast island. Note the one dory with white sternboard with Masonic symbol, also wiers just off the beach. Clear, close, only light edge toning. Rare Nantucket view. (VG+). $110.

1745-12. (cabinet photo) “By the Sounding Sea.” Nantucket by Henry S. Wyer c.1885. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. “By the Sounding Sea.” shows the gentle surf on the south shore of Nantucket, one of a number of surf studies done by Wyer. Clear, close, only light edge toning. Rare Nantucket view. (VG+). $38.

27252b. Smith, Darrell Hevenor, and Fred Wilbur Powell. THE COAST GUARD - ITS HISTORY, ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATION; Service Monographs of the United States Government No 51. Institute for Government Research. Washington. 1929. 265pp. Stiff wraps. Ex lib. Offers a complete compilation of history including Revenue Cutter and Life Saving Service, activities along the coast and at sea, organization, personnel, publications, equipment and laws relating to the Coast Guard service. Possibly the most complete, well organized overview of the early Coast Guard ever written. Superb reference and reading, extremely scarce in any form. Contents clean, tight, overalllight wear, remains of library pocket. (VG). $94.

United States Coast Guard. ANNUAL REPORTS OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD. GPO. Gilt embossed blue government wraps. Reports include extensive details of operations and of rescues throughout the year. Also details personnel, construction and repairs of stations and equipment, rescues and assistance rendered, station listings, loss of life, evaluation of new equipment, ice patrol, promotions, new vessels, the Academy, the Blue Anchor Society [aid for the shipwrecked], awards of medals, report of Board on Life-Saving Appliances, and much more. Quite detailed, exceptionally difficult to find. Each overall clean, tight, only very light wear to wraps.

95500h. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1915. GPO. 1915. 310p. First Annual Report for the newly formed Coast Guard, formed by the merging of the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service  on January 29, 1915, and listing Sumner I. Kimball as the Coast Guard General Superintendent. Clean, bright. (VG+). $88.

95501i. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1916. GPO. 1916. 299p. Clean, bright. (VG+). $88.

98340f. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1917. GPO. 1917. 308p. Light soiling, spotting to wraps. (VG). $78.

95502g. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1920. GPO. 1920. 429p. Clean, only light wear. (VG+). $88.

20294c. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1921. GPO. 1921. 260p. Clean, only light wear. (VG+). $88.

(Firing the Hunt gun. From Howe, image not included.) 

14292b. Hunt, Edward Soper. Weymouth Ways and Weymouth People - REMINISCENCES. Boston. 1907. 1st edition. 307p. Original beveled cloth wraps. Inscribed by the author. Only 250 copies were printed. In Edward Hunt’s long and distinguished career, no achievement gained him more satisfaction than his development of a life-saving mortar or “Hunt Gun” adopted by the Massachusetts Humane Society for the rescue of shipwrecked mariners, and the lives saved through his efforts. Later his gun was utilized by the United States Life Saving Service as well, prior to the development of David Lyle’s Bronze “C” gun. His life-saving gun had a barrel is of bronze, 3 ½” muzzle diameter mounted on an oak base, with three iron carrying handles. This volume contains Hunt’s original memoirs, which contains chapters describing in detail his work on this early life-saving device. Of particular interest are his descriptions of testing and instruction given to the men at the Humans Society and Life-Saving Service on Nauset Beach on Cape Cod and on Nantucket . Overall clean, tight. Wraps clean with edge wear, light wear to hinges. (VG). $110. 

 

1747. Mattson, Jan. CALIFORNIA LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS – A Look at Lighthouse Life Through the Eyes of the People Who Lived It. Goat Rock. 2016. 144p. Stiff wraps. 8 ½” x 10 ½”. Filled with photos, many never before published, of lighthouse keepers and family members. In the late 1940’s the author’s relative, a talented painter and professional photographer, began photographing the keepers tending their apparatus at nearby light stations and soon had compiled a photographic history of the life at stations up and down the coast of California from San Diego to Cape Mendocino. These wonderful black and white images present a rare view into the light keeper’s life when their work was still a necessity. No matter what part of the country you are from, these views of the men and women tending their equipment and their stories will surely be of interest. (M). Published at $29.95. Our price $28. (x)

6267L. Howe, M. A. DeWolf. THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS - AN HISTORICAL REVIEW 1785-1916. Boston . 1918. 398pp. No. 1 of a limited 1st edition. With bookplate on frontis of J. Collins Warren, an early member of the Humane Society and descendent of early officers of the Society. Illustrated with over 34 fine photogravures of the Society’s Life-Saving stations, boats, crews and equipment. Chronicles the founding and early activities of the Society including the establishment of stations and huts-of-refuge, rescues and resuscitations, Medal of Honor winners, etc. Includes listing of huts and stations and medal winners from 1786 until 1916. A rare title with a wealth of information on this early Service, beautifully presented. Contents clean, tight, covers lightly worn, bumped, nice copy. (VG+). $184. 

16250a. (lot 4 photos & 2 accounts) Wreck of the Lizzie Carr at Wallis Sands, Rye NH. c.1905. Rare lot includes one large original mounted photo of the life-savers as they examine the wreck and search for the missing mate lost during the wreck. Also included are three older 8” x 10” copy photos of other views of the scene. Mounted photo measures 4 3/8” x 6 5/8” on 8” x 10” mount. Also includes newspaper article detailing the use of salvaged sections from the wreck in a local home, and the account taken from the Life-Saving Service Annual Report regarding the rescues. The two-masted schooner Lizzie Carr, bound from Calais, Maine for New York, with lumber, stranded on Foss Ledge during a heavy southeast gale and rainstorm on the morning of January 7, 1905. Crews from three life-saving stations worked to exhaustion attempting to save the crew on board as the wreck was pounded to pieces. Of the seven men on board, all except the mate were rescued and brought to shore. The mate had attempted to swim to shore when the vessel struck but was carried away by the sea and never found. Important lot. (VG+). $110. 

16250b. (lot 5 photos & 1 account) Wreck of the Lizzie Carr at Wallis Sands, Rye NH. c.1905. Rare lot includes four older 5” x 7” and  one 8” x 10” copy photos of the life-savers as they examine the wreck and search for the missing mate lost during the wreck. Also includes account taken from the Life-Saving Service Annual Report regarding the rescues. The two-masted schooner Lizzie Carr, bound from Calais, Maine for New York, with lumber, stranded on Foss Ledge during a heavy southeast gale and rainstorm on the morning of January 7, 1905. Crews from three life-saving stations worked to exhaustion attempting to save the crew on board as the wreck was pounded to pieces. Of the seven men on board, all except the mate were rescued and brought to shore. The mate had attempted to swim to shore when the vessel struck but was carried away by the sea and never found. Important lot. (VG+). $74. 

1733. na. Stage Harbor Yacht Club 1932-1982. Windsor Press. 1982. 96p. Soft wraps. The yacht club at Chatham’s Stage Harbor celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 1982 and for that event published this history of the organization, its founding, members, races and events, and more. Includes 40 black-and-white photographs, 2 drawings. Contents clean, staining top front cover, light wear. 10.5 x 7.25 inches. Rare account. (VG). $48.

 

1749. na. Life-Saving Stations Of The Fourth Coast Guard District. Coast-Guard League Of Women. Bay Shore, Long Island New York. 1935. 136p. Soft wraps. Extremely rare 1935 publication details each station in the district with photo, list of officer in charge and crew, accounts of rescues, boats, account of wrecks including the ship Circassian, and many more. Extremely rare accounts. Lots of local advertisements and much more. Inscribed by CBM John W. Hean: “This book printed March, 1935, while O.I.C. of Rockaway Point Station, Fourth District. John W. Hean C.B.M. (L) (a)”. Clean, tight, moderate wear to wraps, one crease front cover. (VG). $124. 

1756. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Crew in Boatroom c.1910. A rare original image shows a wonderful view of the motor-lifeboat and surfboat as two surfmen relax in the boatroom. Photo measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Unusually clear, close view with great detail. (VG+). $144.

1718a. ( lot 8 photos) U.S. Life-Saving Service, Salisbury Beach, Mass. c.1890. Lot consists of 8 original silver gelatin prints measuring 4 ¾” x 7 ¾”, possibly by S.C. Reed, Newburyport, Mass. Rare lot of five crystal clear silver gelatin prints captures beautifully the Salisbury Beach Life Saving crew as they drill with their equipment. Views include men with beach apparatus cart, breeches buoy drill including firing the projectile, which can be seen in flight, drilling with Francis Metallic lifecar, beautiful views of the surfboat, station and more. The Duluth-type station at Salisbury was built in 1897 on the Massachusetts North Shore just south of the New Hampshire state line. Excellent early Life-Saving Service images, clear, crisp, unusually bright. A rare lot. (VG+). $795.

1718b. (lot 5 photos) U.S. Life-Saving Service, Salisbury Beach, Mass. Surfboat Drill c.1890. Lot consists of 5 original silver gelatin prints measuring 4 ¾” x 7 ¾”, possibly by S.C. Reed, Newburyport, Mass. Rare lot of five crystal clear silver gelatin prints captures beautifully the Salisbury Beach Life Saving crew launching and landing on the beach as they drill in the station surfboat. The Salisbury station was built in 1897 on the Massachusetts North Shore just south of the New Hampshire state line. Excellent early Life-Saving Service images, clear, crisp, unusually bright. A rare lot. (VG+). $495.

1758. Krueger, Steve. Lighthouses of Lake Winnebago. Arcadia. 2017. 96p. Soft wraps. With over 122 vintage photographs. Winnebago has a rich history as a major settlement area in the Midwest, and a significant part of its times gone by involved water transportation for both commerce and passengers. Throughout its history, the 137,700-acre lake has been home to six current lighthouses, two navigation lanterns that have long disappeared from the landscape, and one that was scheduled to be built but never came to fruition. History has forgotten a few, but Lighthouses of Lake Winnebago will take you on a trip around the largest lake within Wisconsin’s borders and show you the familiar, while introducing you to the forgotten. This compact volume features numerous early photographs dating from the 1880’s to the present, drawn from the author’s and other private collections, most never before published. (M). $21.99. (x)

1748. (tile trivet) Lightship / US Weather Bureau Storm Warning System by Phyllis Howard. Vintage lightship Tile Trivet reads United States Weather Bureau Storm Warning System and features storm warning flags configured for small craft, gale, whole gale and hurricane warnings. Designed by Phyllis Howard, the trivet is in great vintage condition. Clean, bright, free of cracks but does have several small chips on edge. Measures 6" square. With hanger on back that may need to be reinforced. (VG+). $48.

23318f. THE BUOY STATION, QUARANTINE LANDING, STATEN ISLAND. Harper's Weekly. September 27, 1872 . Fine close, detailed half-page woodcut engraving drawn by F. S. Cozzens detail the U.S. Light House Establishment buoy dock on Staten Island with quantities of buoys lined up on the dock, with a lightship and tender moored behind. Image 7” x 9 ½”. One page only disbound. Included is photocopy of article and second illustration of Sandy Hook Lightship. Unusually clean, crisp, bright, beautiful for illustration or display. (VG+). $46.

1739. (novel) Schroeder, David M. The Surfman. 2013. 432p.  Soft wraps. Late 19th century, on the Delaware coast, the Civil War is over, but slavery has not died. Heiress Elizabeth Harrison leaps from a slave ship where she has been held captive. Jack Light, a surfman with the Lifesaving Service, pulls her to safety and at her insistence hides her until she can return to her home. But LeFrank, the captain of the ship, is bent on selling her to gain control of her fortune. Until now violent storms were all Jack had to fear, but he finds that human will, for good or ill, is stronger than the oceans of the world. He betrays the trust by which he lives to do what he thinks is right. Elizabeth has spent her life in study and refinement, but like Jack now finds herself, an innocent, in a world where men will do anything to get what they want. There are startling revelations, intensely dramatic passages, and we meet Jack s service mates, children from orphan trains, lawmen and miscreants. The surfman lives in Winslow Homer s paintings and history books, but he is hidden in fiction. (M). $21.95.

FG-01. Early Life-saving Line Gun. Coston Supply Company. Included is one original projectile and replacement firing mechanism. $3,900. Reduced $2,495.

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.

 

1734. Riddle, Mary Ellen. Outer Banks Shipwrecks: Graveyard of the Atlantic. Arcadia. 2017. 128p. Soft wraps. With over 185 vintage photographs. Ever since ships began navigating the coast of North Carolina, the area has maintained a reputation for being dangerous. Today, the region that stretches from the Currituck Outer Banks south to Bogue Banks is referred to as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” From the 1585 grounding of the English ship Tiger off the Outer Banks to the 2012 loss of the Bounty, more than 2,000 shipwrecks have occurred in the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Weather, geography, war, piracy, and human error have all contributed to this dense shipwreck zone. The stories behind the shipwrecks illustrate the best and worst of mankind, showing courage and compassion as well as the atrocities of war. This history informs readers about commerce, technology, war, environment, maritime life, and the complexity of the human element. This compact volume features numerous early photographs dating from the 1880’s to the present, drawn from the author’s and other private collections, most never before published. (M). $21.99.

1735. Hendrickson, Dyke. Nautical Newburyport: A History of Captains, Clipper Ships and the Coast Guard. 2017. The History Press. 144p. Soft wraps. With 56 Black And White images. Newburyport was once the most dangerous harbor on the East Coast and one of its most prosperous. Local captains and sailors led the nation to battle during the American Revolution and founded the U.S. Coast Guard. They sent vessels to Bombay, the gold rush and the farthest reaches of the world. Author Dyke Hendrickson explores the perfection of the clipper ship, the city’s famous Federalist mansions and the bold adventures from the Age of Sail. Follow the men and women of Newburyport into battle, into gales and into fortune—or ruin. Great reading. (M). $21.99.

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20139h. United States Life-Saving Service. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1887. GPO. 1888. 495p. Typical govt. cloth binding. 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. Quite detailed, becoming exceptionally difficult to find. Light wear to wraps, contents clean and tight save overall light toning from age. (VG+). $110.

692ff. Snow, Edward Rowe. NEW ENGLAND SEA DRAMA. Boston . May 1953. First printing. 62 pp. Stiff wraps. DJ. Signed and numbered copy No. 152 of a special autographed edition, containing a pasted in fragments of wood from the ill-fated steamer Portland, the frigate Constitution, the frigate Somerset, and the Old Minot’s Ledge Light. Also includes laid in sketch of Back Channel, Boston Harbor – 1854 (2), sketch of View of Provincetown, Mass 1856; Perspective View of Boston Harbor and the British Fleet 1768; map of The Town of Boston in New England by Cap’ John Bonner 1722;  and folded Map of Romantic Boston Bay and Cape Cod. This is one of Snow’s scarcer editions. Many nice lighthouse photographs and information as well as history of many of the harbor islands and forts, shipwrecks and rescues. An extremely rare form of this hard to find book. Clean, bright, nice copy in chipped dj. (VG). $124.

1738. Copper oil measure 2 quart. Can is completely original, with spout and copper handle and is quite close to the style used by the Lighthouse Service. Can has its original handle and is nickel or lead coated on the inside. With virtually no significant dents, handle may have been re-soldered. Nice original patina and should polish up nicely.  In lovely condition, perfect for display. Marked “2 QT Liquid” and “Serial I-10 N.Y.C. Penna.” Measures  7 ¾” high. 5 ½” base diameter. Perfect for display where you don’t wish to risk a more expensive Lighthouse service oil measure. (VG+). $158.

     

12147. Baker, Kimball. “For Those in Peril”: A History of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station. 2011. Ocean City, NJ. 40p. Soft wraps. This story of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station is twofold: the story of the station and its rescuers, and the story of those who, through vision and perseverance, saved this important piece of our history from the wrecking ball. This 40-page, illustrated booklet provides both histories, and invites you to take part in making the rest of the story. A special feature of the booklet is a chronology of station-saving events, beginning with the listing of the property for sale in August 1998 and leading to the station’s restoration phase. Also included: an acknowledgement of those who rallied to preserve this beautiful station on site, and a chart with much information about its U.S. Life-Saving Service rescuers. Interesting account of the 1871 Red-House Type station and the later 1882-Type stations. (M). $10.95. 

 

2469d. (souvenir spoon) Highland Light Station, Cape Cod c.1910. Beautiful petite commemorative spoon bears a detailed engraved image of the Highland (Cape Cod) Light Station in North Truro. This finely detailed piece bears a nicely detailed image of the tall masonry light tower and attached keepers’ dwellings on the gold washed bowl. The handle bears a nicely decorated edge with relief images of a tall light tower, life-saving station, sailboat and more. Measures 5 1/8” long and is in good condition, needs a good polishing. Nicely detailed little commemorative piece and an extremely rare and desirable location, commemorating this light station. Marked “LDA” (L.D.Anderson 1910-1944, Reading Pennsylvania) and “Sterling”. (VG+). $58.

27246e. (souvenir cup) Nauset 3 Sisters Lights, Eastham, Mass. c.1900. This early piece is quite handsome and enhanced by gilt trim and handle decoration. Bold cup features a detailed b/w image of the “three sisters” lighthouses and keeper’s dwelling in Eastham on Cape Cod. Before the advent of a lighthouse lens that could produce a flash, three lighthouses were utilized in Eastham to aid mariners in recognizing the location. The three light towers were replaced by a single cast iron light tower, moved up from Chatham, in 1923. The cup measures 2 ¼ ” high by 2 ¼” in diameter. Marked “Made in Germany [for] A. T. Newcomb, Orleans, Mass.”. Cup is clean, bright, no chips or cracks, just moderate wear to gilded edge and handle. An unusually bright, bold piece for display. Without saucer. (VG+). $85.

1728. Milmore, Art. And The Sea Shall Have Them All. Self published. 2016. 234p. Soft wraps. Over 20 miles out in Massachusetts Bay, lies the wreck of the palatial side-wheel steamer SS Portland, tragically lost in the horrific gale of November 26 and 27th., 1898. The ship sank with all hands, was witnessed by no-one and disappeared without trace. The Portland Steamship Company started as the Portland Steam Packet Company in 1844, and was later consolidated into the Eastern Steamship Company. One of their vessels, the side-wheel steamship Portland, was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889, the steamer ran between Portland, Maine and Boston until its loss in 1898. The Portland's loss was New England's greatest steamship disaster prior to the year 1900. The 1898 gale would become known as The Portland Gale. The author began his research with the late author and historian Edward Rowe Snow. “The trail ran dry in the 1970s”, the author explained, “and Ed asked me if I ever found the rest of the material we needed on the Portland, would I publish it…. This was to be Snow's 98th book, but time ran out.” Edward Rowe Snow died in 1982 and now, capping 32 years of research, the author presents what he believes is the definitive story of the SS Portland’s history and the events of that fateful day in 1898. Extremely interesting, filled with the results of years of interviews, accounts of the day and much more. Quite different from other books on this subject and worth the read. (M). $29.95. (x)

1732. Bunkley, J.W. Military and Naval Recognition Book: A Handbook on the Organization, Uniforms and Insignia of Rank of the World’s Armed Forces; Etiquette and Customs of the American Services – Complete Descriptions and Colored Plates of U.S. Decorations, Medals and Ribbons. Van Nostrand Company, New York. 1943. Fourth edition. 444p. DJ. 97 full-page plates, many in full color. Contents include: Organization of the Army Bureaus and Corps; Composition of the Army; Organization of the Army in the Field; Departments and Divisions; Various Ranks Held in Army; United States Army Uniforms; Army Etiquette and Customs; Calls; Composition of the Navy; Organization of the Navy Ashore; Naval Districts; The Organization of the Navy Afloat; Types of Ships; Duties of Naval Officers and Men Aboard Ship; United States Navy Uniforms; Naval Etiquette and Customs - Salutes; United States Marine Corps; Coast Guard; Light House Service; Coast and Geodetic Survey; Public Health Service; Strength and Organization of Foreign Armies (France, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, Great Britain, Italy); Great Britain, Army and Navy Uniforms; France, Army and Navy Uniforms; Germany, Army and Navy Uniforms; Italy, Army and Navy Uniforms; Austria-Hungary, Army and Navy Uniforms; Japan, Army and Navy Uniforms; Russia, Army and Navy Uniforms; Belgium, Army Uniforms; Turkey, Army and Navy Uniforms; Serbia, Montenegro, Rumania, Portugal and Bulgaria; United States War Medals; Ribbons of Medals and Badges; Foreign Medals and Decorations (Great Britain, France, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Serbia, Japan); Definition of Guns; Aircraft and much more. Book overall clean, tight, in good condition in original worn dj. (VG). $68.

1727. (photo) Mecox Life-Saving Station, Bridgehampton, LI., NY. c.1908. Fine clear image features this 1875-Type station in the Southampton area. In addition to the great details of the station. Behind can be seen the drill pole, surfboat and other equipment. Unusually good view, close, great early detail. Measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Light abrasion/soiling to sky, back toned from age, postmarked 1908. (VG). $155.

16254b. (photo) RMS Olympic Lifeboat Picks up Survivors from Rammed Nantucket Lightship No. 117 c.1934. Clear, close, original 6 ½” x 8 ½” press photo shows excellent detail of the lifeboat of the SS Olympic after having picked up seven members of lightship crew. Visible in the boat are one of seven men that were killed in the collision, as well as three of the survivors including Captain George Braithwaite, Captain of the light vessel. Lightship No. 117, built just 4 years earlier at Charleston , SC., was lost at sea on May 15, 1934 when it was rammed and sunk by the RMS Olympic, the sister vessel to RMS Titanic. Seven men were killed instantly when Olympic struck. As the lightship sank she took four crewmen to the bottom in seconds, while lifeboats from the Olympic rescued the remaining seven crewmen. Three of these men would later die from injuries and exposure. The Olympic's passengers barely noticed the collision. The changed settings of the engines were much more noticeable, sending vibrations throughout the ship as they were put into reverse and brought up to maximum revolutions. Passengers came onto the deck to find out what was going on and were met by the smell of oil and the sight of debris in the sea around Olympic. For those aboard LV-117, the collision was felt much more directly. "We saw the Olympic loom out of the fog a short distance away," stated C.E. Mosher, LV-117's first mate, in a newspaper interview two months after the accident. "The visibility was only 500 feet. A crash was inevitable. I sounded the collision alarm. We all donned life preservers. Then we waited." When the collision came, said Mosher, "it was more like a hard push and a terrific shaking, a crunching and grinding. It was not a loud smash as one might expect. The Olympic kept coming through ..." John Perry told the press, "At the time of the smash I was in the radio cabin. I barely had time to get on deck and swim for my life." Robert Laurent commented that as "it all happened so quickly, you had no chance to panic. We all had our life preservers and it was a good thing that we did.". Following an inquiry, the British Government paid for the construction of a new lightship, the ‘112 as reparation for the accident. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated May 16, 1934. Close view. (VG+). $78.

16254. (photo) RMS Olympic Lifeboat Picks up Survivors from Rammed Nantucket Lightship No. 117 c.1934. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of the lifeboat of the SS Olympic after having picked up seven members of lightship crew. Visible in the boat are two of seven men that were killed in the collision (arrows), and four of the survivors. Lightship No. 117, built just 4 years earlier at Charleston , SC., was lost at sea on May 15, 1934 when it was rammed and sunk by the RMS Olympic, the sister vessel to RMS Titanic. Seven men were killed instantly when Olympic struck. As the lightship sank she took four crewmen to the bottom in seconds, while lifeboats from the Olympic rescued the remaining seven crewmen. Three of these men would later die from injuries and exposure. The Olympic's passengers barely noticed the collision. The changed settings of the engines were much more noticeable, sending vibrations throughout the ship as they were put into reverse and brought up to maximum revolutions. Passengers came onto the deck to find out what was going on and were met by the smell of oil and the sight of debris in the sea around Olympic. For those aboard LV-117, the collision was felt much more directly. "We saw the Olympic loom out of the fog a short distance away," stated C.E. Mosher, LV-117's first mate, in a newspaper interview two months after the accident. "The visibility was only 500 feet. A crash was inevitable. I sounded the collision alarm. We all donned life preservers. Then we waited." When the collision came, said Mosher, "it was more like a hard push and a terrific shaking, a crunching and grinding. It was not a loud smash as one might expect. The Olympic kept coming through ..." John Perry told the press, "At the time of the smash I was in the radio cabin. I barely had time to get on deck and swim for my life." Robert Laurent commented that as "it all happened so quickly, you had no chance to panic. We all had our life preservers and it was a good thing that we did.". Following an inquiry, the British Government paid for the construction of a new lightship, the ‘112 as reparation for the accident. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated May 16, 1934. Close view. (VG+). $128.

 

22567-1. (cabinet view) Race Point Light Station, Provincetown, Mass. c.1880’s by W. M. Smith, Provincetown, Mass. Large 4 ½” x 7” cabinet view on yellow mount provides a great early view of the Race Point Light Station on the tip of Cape Cod. The wonderful view shows the entire station including the brown iron light tower (painted white somewhat later), The Principal Keeper’s dwelling, Assistants’ dwelling, two fog signal buildings, barn, and other out-buildings. Note one of the Keepers with his family standing in front of the Assistant Keepers’ dwelling. Wonderful rare view, fine contrast, clear. (VG+). $188. 

5109p. (cabinet view) Highland [Cape Cod] Lighthouse, North Truro, Mass. c.1890’s by L.L. Rosenthal, Provincetown, Mass. Large 4 ½” x 7” cabinet view provides an unprecedented view of the tall clay “pounds” or cliffs which have now washed away. Atop the barren cliffs are the tall lighthouse tower, keeper’s dwellings, Navy wireless station, fog signal building and more. There are two numbers in ink, which are identified on the back as: “1. Cape Cod (Highland) Light; 2. Olive Williams residence and store (formerly I.M. Small).” Wonderful view, clear, great detail. Only light soiling and 3 ink marks. (VG). $78.

1721. (photo) Pickup Truck & Spar, U.S. Coast Guard c.1943. Clear, close, original 7 ¾” x 9 ¼” press photo shows excellent detail as a Coast Guard Spar boards a Coast Guard pickup truck. Great detail not only of the Spar uniform but of the lettering and Coast Guard shield sticker on the door. Photo is b/w and includes date. Dated July 6, 1943. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $56.

1711. (photo) Panel Truck, U.S. Coast Guard Communication System c.1930's. Clear, close, original 7 ½” x 10” company photo shows excellent detail of a International panel truck for the U.S. Coast Guard. Door on truck is lettered U.S. Coast Guard No. 1132 Communication System”. Photo was for the York-Hoover Body Corp., in York, Pa., who manufactured the panel body. Great detail of the type of vehicle in use at the time. Photo is b/w and not dated. Clear, close view. (VG+). $54.

A-141. [cabinet photo] Tillamook Rock and Lighthouse, Oregon. c.1888 by T. G. Davidson, Portland Oregon. Large, early cabinet style photograph  measures 5 ¼” x 8 ½” and provides an extremely rare clear view of the remote wood and masonry lighthouse and keeper’s dwellings at Tillamook Rock, Oregon. Located 19 miles south of the Columbia River, Tillamook Rock lighthouse was extremely remote and proved a challenge both in its construction and in its re-supply and day to day life for the keepers. This close clear view shows good detail in the light tower and dwelling as well as the derrick needed to unload men and supplies. The photo itself is large and quite clear. There is some moderate foxing to the sky areas but overall this is an exceptionally rare lighthouse view and would be quite nice matted and framed. (VG-). $85.

1712. (photo) Falmouth’s Nobska Lighthouse “Dressed up for the Holidays” c.1989. Clear, close, original 7” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of the cast iron lighthouse and the keeper’s house “dressed up for the holidays”. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated September 10, 1989. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $28.

1720. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Tender Fir (?) c.1945. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of the tender in wartime color, working buoys during World War II. This may be the Fir, which served in this area at the time. Photo was made for Coast Guard Seattle, Wash. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated January 21, 1945. Clear, close view, great detail of early wartime Coast Guard tender. (VG+). $42.

7340e,f. Field, Van. WRECKS AND RESCUES ON LONG ISLAND - THE STORY OF THE U. S. LIFE SAVING SERVICE. 1997. 179p. Soft wraps. Over 188 vintage photographs. I have once again found a copy of this long out of print work by Mr. Field. Filling a longtime void in the chronicles of the Life-Saving Service on Long Island, this book is the result of decades of research. In 179 large format pages, the author presents unforgettable stories of the surfmen and their unsurpassed bravery. Unique to this work are the 180 wonderful vintage photographs of the stations and the men who served along this stormy coast. In this interesting chronicle, the author provide a station by station look at the buildings, the crews and the rescues they performed that make them such a unique and unforgettable piece of our history. Filled with wonderful vintage photos. Clean, tight, only lightly used. Extremely difficult to find. (M). $59.95. (x)

8109-100. [flag] U. S. Coast Guard Ensign. c.1915-1953. Official U. S. Coast Guard Ensign size #4 (30” h x 52”w) for use on small and medium size craft. Ensign manufactured for Coast Guard has had only light if any use, made of all wool bunting. 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. Stamped on hem is “Coast Guard Ensign No. 4”, and “Annin & Co. High Grade All Wool Bunting…” Wonderful earliest of the Coast Guard ensigns for your display and quite difficult to get in this early design. Good condition, the colors are still bright, entirely intact, with a few slight moth hloles and some brown stains (they may come out with dry cleaning). No fraying or wear. Very good condition for its age. (VG). $198.

23278g. U. S. COAST GUARD 200 MM BU-48 BUOY / AID TO NAVIGATION LANTERN RED. c.1940-60’s. Large, vintage bronze lantern was used as a buoy or pier light as an aid to navigation. This striking original bronze lantern contains a large, red  360°  glass Fresnel lens. Casting is heavy duty bronze, and is marked in the casting  "U.S.C.G." “Lovell Arlington , NJ.”. Lantern is 200 mm size and stands about 21 ½”  to top without  bird spike. Overall diameter approximately 9". Lens measures 7” high by approximately 8 5/8” " outside diameter. Lens has an area of chipping on one side and light wear from wind and water. Complete including tie rods and top bird spike but without lamp changer. Will polish nicely, a great lamp for your den, or for the wharf, barn or driveway and will be striking when lit. It is most unusual to find these bronze lanterns of the early Coast Guard era. (VG+). Specially priced at $995. Reduced to $825. Shipping by UPS additional. (x)

 

What is this ? This 6” diameter felt squadron style patch was found on a leather jacket similar to a WWII flight jacket. We are wondering if someone can help us identify the service and unit, etc. 

7463-37. United States Lighthouse Service Dish. Scarce, original United States Lighthouse Service side dish in original “ United States Light House Service” turquoise pattern. This is a scarce original china dinnerware piece from the United States Lighthouse Service manufactured of heavy white institutional type china, in the early years of the Twentieth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms and at the light stations. There were three patterns used over the years by the Lighthouse Establishment and Service and this is the latter of the three patterns. About 1900 this pattern was instituted, and consisted of a turquoise lighthouse within a circle, with a turquoise perimeter stripe. Piece is back-marked “Warwick china. James M. Shaw & Co., New York . 1927  8.”. There are no other markings visible. Dish is complete, clean and bright. No wear. Measurements 6 ¼” diameter, 1 3/8” high. A scarce early dinnerware piece in remarkable condition. (VG+). $465.

20386. Barnett, J. P., THE LIFESAVING GUNS OF DAVID LYLE. South Bend . 1976. 3rd. 108p. Soft wraps. 3rd. updated edition. This is the definitive reference on this well known backbone of the Life-Saving Service and early Coast Guard – the Lyle Gun. Using early records and searching out makers and specimens, the author presents a most complete account of the manufacture and history of these important tools. Includes Manby mortar, Hunt gun, and numerous civilian guns including Hall’s, Coston, Cunningham’s rockets, Galbraith, General Ordnance, Naval Co., Steward, American Ordinance, Sculler, HTP, and many more. Also includes firing mechanisms, faking equipment, projectiles, octants, powder, performance tests, and more. Filled with vintage photos and diagrams, this is an extremely valuable reference on the subject. (M). $21.50. 

1713. (wood model) U.S. Life-Saving Service Pulling Surfboat 22 ½”. This is an all wood plank on frame model of an U.S. Life-Saving Service Pulling Surfboat. The model measures: 22 ½” length x 6 ¾” wide x 7” high not including stand. It is a replica, though not exact, of a Jersey type pulling surfboat and is ready to display. The model is 100% hand built from scratch by skillful master craftsmen of wood with plank-on-frame method of construction and is extensively detailed in and out! Model includes 8 oarlocks and 8 pulling oars, and one steering oar as well as mast with boom and sail, although there is no bracket for displaying the model with the mast erected. The boat is painted white and lettered U.S. Life-Saving Service and Seabright (which you could change to suit your location. A stand is included. This is a very impressive boat and would be a beautiful centerpiece for your library, shelf or table. Ready to display from the box. New. (M). $235.

 

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. 

2566-1,2,7,9,10. Lighthouse Service Mug (9 available) $54.95 each. 

2566-3,5. Lighthouse Service Dinner Plate (2 available) $54.95 each. 

2566-4,6,-17. Lighthouse Service Cereal Bowl (4 available) $54.95 each. 

2566-15. Lighthouse Service Soup Bowl (8 available) $54.95 each. 

2566-29,-31,-36. Lighthouse Service Sugar Bowl (3 available) $84 each. 

2566-29,-30. Lighthouse Service Salt & Pepper Set (2 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. 

2567-1. Life-Saving Service Creamer (1 available) $49.95 each.

 2567-2. Life-Saving Service Mug (1 available) $38.95 each. 

 

96626L. (commemorative milk-cream pitcher). Highland Lighthouse, Cape Cod, Mass. c.1900. Superb deep blue on crème, featuring a close and detailed image of “Highland Light Cape Cod Mass.” on both sides. Pitcher features a large, nicely detailed image of the tall masonry light tower and attached keepers’ dwellings. Backmarked “Adams England Made for YeTown Crier Gift Shop, Provincetown, Mass." A full 7" tall, 7" spout to handle - the largest that I have ever seen. Pitcher is clean and bright but has an early glue-repaired closed crack on one side, and an early closed “U” line at the base. Only very light crazing as is common for this type china. However it is still a beautiful piece and quite attractive, at an exceptionally low price. A similar piece without the crack sells in the $500 range. (VG-). $145. 

16251. (lot) Captain Joseph M. Simms, U.S. Revenue Marine c.1865-1904. Rare lot of items belonged to Joseph M. Simms of New Bedford Massachusetts. Included in the lot are the following: c1860+ period Revenue Marine Sword Belt Buckle, lot 16 US Revenue Marine Buttons, a 1905 Revenue Cutter School of Instruction Year Book, from when Captain Simms was teaching at the school, a Jappaned tin box in which the items were found, and a long shallow cardboard box, with a hand written family note stating some of the history of the items. The authentic belt plate measures 2 3/8” in diameter by 3 ¼” long and comes in two smoothly fitting pieces. It is very difficult to see but each piece is stamped with a very tiny, number 4 (or 7). This early buckle is in very good, original condition. Each of the nine, large, 13/16” Revenue Marine Buttons are marked on the back “Tomes Melvain & Co., New York”. The seven, smaller, 9/16” buttons are marked “ E. L. E. Co. London”. Both of these companies made buttons during the Civil War. Toward the end of his career, Captain Simms taught at the School of Instruction, United Sates Revenue Cutter Service in Baltimore Maryland. The Class of 1905, which only consisted of seven students, likely presented Capt. Simms with this yearbook. Inside are numerous images of the officers and students plus many interesting stories and facts about the Service and school. The book is complete, but several of the pages are loose and some tape was added for strength. All these items came in the 6” by 12 ¼” by 4” tin box. The internet includes information about his service in the Revenue Marine, during the Civil War until his retirement in 1904, including “…An Act for the relief of Joseph M. Simms, Captain, United States revenue-Cutter Service Retired. It states “for meritorious acts of public service and wounds received in the United States service, as appeared upon the public record of the volunteer service of the Army and Navy and of the Revenue-Cutter Service. Approved March 11, 1904…” Very rare and valuable lot. (VG+). $1695.

1709. (lot 11 photos) U.S. Revenue Cutter / Coast Guard Cutter Seneca c.1910-1920. Nice early collection of early photographs of the cutter and crewmen, some in humerous poses. Included are six scrapbook pages (11 3/8" x 6 15/16") with 11 photographs adhered. The largest photograph is approximately 6 ¼” x 3 7/8" and is labeled "Infantry Drill" U.S.S. Seneca. The USRC Seneca was commissioned for the principal mission of locating and destroying abandoned shipwrecks that were still afloat and were a menace to navigation. She was designed with excellent sea-keeping qualities, a long cruising range, good towing capabilities, and by necessity the capacity to store a large amount of munitions. This is a great look into the life on a cutter at sea in the Revenue Cutter Service or very early Coast Guard. Can’t be sure of the exact date. (VG+). $78.

 

20209g. Bernard C., CHATHAM “The Lifeboatmen”. Orleans , Mass. 1985. 1st. 128p. Inscribed by the author to the Monomoy Yacht Club 11-14-85. Illustrated with numerous photographs. Late in February 1952, a northeaster swept New England with bitter cold, snow and gale force winds. East of Chatham 70-knot winds and 60-foot seas battered merchant vessels as the tankers SS Fort Mercer and SS Pendleton met the full force of the storm. They both broke in two on the morning of February 19th with 84 half-frozen men marooned on the battered hulks. The story of how these men were rescued is retold even today. In the days following the ordeal, twenty-one Coast Guardsmen would be decorated. The men who ventured into 60-foot seas in the little 36-foot CG36500 motor lifeboat to rescue the tanker crews showed what heroism really is. How this all came about, and the story of life at Cape Cod small boat stations in the 1950’s, is a tale well worth reading and a tribute to Coast Guardsmen everywhere. Contents clean, slightly age toned, rarely opened. Wonderful reading. (VG+). $174.

29344f. U. S. Coast Guard Sword Letter Opener. c.1950-80. Attractive solid cast metal letter opener in the form of a Coast Guard sword with sword knot and removable scabbard resembles nicely the actual dress sword. Hilt is beautifully marked with cast “USCG”. Attractive opener measures 9 ½” long and is of metal, with nicely made matching scabbard. Perfect for your Coast Guardsman’s desk. Only very light wear to scabbard. (VG+). $144.

16240. (burgee) Yacht Club Burgee on Wooden Jack Staff. Sacramento Yacht Club c.1930’s. Distinctive early yacht club burgee is red white and blue on wool, sewn. 20" by 27". Pennant is made of wool , tip worn 3” from use, tears at hem, moderate to heavy mothing. Original wood pole is 35" long. Believe that it dates to 1930’s-40’s. The Sacramento Yacht Club (South River Road, West Sacramento Cal.) is the oldest boating organization in the Sacramento River-Delta region. SYC's official founding dates to 1929, with roots reaching back to rowing clubs in the 1800s. The club called several locations homeport, but in 1947 purchased a former Navy barge and used it as a clubhouse for more than three decades. Early yacht club burgees are quite difficult to find. (G+). $110.

 

8109-98. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Ensign c.1930’s. Rare early ensign is dark blue on wool with printed Auxiliary emblem in blue and white on the center. Size 16” x 24”. Pennant is made of wool, sewn edges intact but tears at hem, moderate to heavy mothing. Original wood pole is 57" long. Believe that it dates to 1930’s-40’s. The Coast Guard Auxiliary was formed as a reserve component of the Coast Guard. It engages in all the services that the regular Coast Guard does except for direct law enforcement. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was established by Congress in 1939 to assist the Coast Guard in promoting boating safety. Today the Auxiliary boasts more than 36,600 members from all walks of life who receive special training so that they may be a functional part of Coast Guard Forces. Early ensigns are quite difficult to find. (G+). $44.

16253. (wood sign) U.S. Coast Guard Official Auxiliary Patrol. 2-sided hand painted on wood sign measures 9” x 48 ½”. Sign was found in an old barn in Maryville Tennessee. Includes wood stands for ends. Sign has some weathering and paint lifting but one side is quite a bit better than the other. Would be a great display piece on your wall. (G+). $135.  Sold.

1710. (photo) Nantucket Cliff Range Lights – Gilbreth Family c.1930’s - 1950’s. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” photo shows excellent detail of the Nantucket Cliff Range Lighthouses (a.k.a. "Bug Lights) and the extended family of Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr (at left). Mr. Gilbreth was a noted as a pioneer in motion study and scientific management. The old lights, in service since 1838, were purchased by the Gilbreths in 1921 and moved to be incorporated as dormitories into “The Shoe”, his family’s Jetties Beach cottage near Bathing Beach Road . The moving of the light towers must have been quite a sight. A horse and a ship’s capstan were used to winch the structures, lying on wooden rollers, to their final destination. The buildings were jacked up and placed on a foundation laid for this purpose. The two structures were soon favored sleeping quarters for the eleven children in the family, who soon nicknamed them “Mic” and “Cyc”, for cartoon characters of the time. The towers remain today, the only such set of original range lights remaining in existence. Acquired directly from the family, this is a b/w original photo, dating from between the 1930s and 1952. Clear, close view, great detail of the family and the two towers. (VG+). $84.

       

26230e. [Humane Society badge/award] Extremely rare celluloid badge or award issued by the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Humane Society was the first organization in the United States founded to aid shipwrecked mariners and to award citizens for their exertions in the saving of life. This rare badge or award measures 22 mm (7/8”) and bears the words “The Humane Society of Massachusetts 1956 BEGINNER.” Badge has pin clasp on obverse, not backmarked. Good condition, clean and bright, a wonderful collector’s item, most unusual and a rare Massachusetts Humane Society relic. (VG+).  $22.

26230i. [Humane Society badge/award] Extremely rare celluloid badge or award issued by the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Humane Society was the first organization in the United States founded to aid shipwrecked mariners and to award citizens for their exertions in the saving of life. This rare badge or award measures 22 mm (7/8”) and bears the words “The Humane Society of Massachusetts 1949 SWIMMER.” Badge has pin clasp on obverse, not backmarked. Good condition, clean and bright, a wonderful collector’s item, most unusual and a rare Massachusetts Humane Society relic. (VG).  $22.

26230k. [Humane Society badge/award] Extremely rare celluloid badge or award issued by the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Humane Society was the first organization in the United States founded to aid shipwrecked mariners and to award citizens for their exertions in the saving of life. This rare badge or award measures 22 mm (7/8”) and bears the words “The Humane Society of Massachusetts 1941 BEGINNER.” Badge has pin clasp on obverse, not backmarked. Good condition, clean, a wonderful collector’s item, most unusual and a rare Massachusetts Humane Society relic. (VG). $22.

26230L. [Humane Society badge/award] Extremely rare celluloid badge or award issued by the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Humane Society was the first organization in the United States founded to aid shipwrecked mariners and to award citizens for their exertions in the saving of life. This rare badge or award measures 22 mm (7/8”) and bears the words “The Humane Society of Massachusetts 1942 SWIMMER.” Badge has pin clasp on obverse, not backmarked. Good condition, clean, a wonderful collector’s item, most unusual and a rare Massachusetts Humane Society relic. (VG). $22.

26230m. [Humane Society badge/award] Extremely rare celluloid badge or award issued by the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Humane Society was the first organization in the United States founded to aid shipwrecked mariners and to award citizens for their exertions in the saving of life. This rare badge or award measures 22 mm (7/8”) and bears the words “The Humane Society of Massachusetts 1951 SWIMMER.” Badge has pin clasp on obverse, not backmarked. Good condition, clean and bright, a wonderful collector’s item, most unusual and a rare Massachusetts Humane Society relic. (VG). $22.

14305b. (photo) Crew U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dexter After Sinking Schooner “I’m Alone” c.1929. Clear close press photo shows great detail as the gun crew pose on deck in front of the gun that sank the schooner “I’m Alone” after a spirited chase off the New Orleans Bar. The Dexter was forced to fire on the schooner “I’m Alone” when their captain refused to surrender or allow the cutter’s officer to board and search the vessel. The “I’m Alone” was a notorious smuggling vessel, having been engaged in smuggling liquor into the United States for several years. Until the latter part of 1928, the I’m Alone operated on the New England Coast and had caused the Coast Guard forces a great deal of trouble. The commanding officer of the Dexter spoke to the master of the I’m Alone through a megaphone and informed him that the I’m Alone would be sunk unless it obeyed the command to stop. Warning shots were fired ahead and when the vessel did not stop, the Dexter fired through the riggings and later put a dozen shots into the hull of the I’m Alone. The sea was too rough to permit the I’m Alone to be boarded and seized by force and the furthermore the master of the I’m Alone waved a revolver in a threatening manner indicating that he would resist forcibly any attempt to board his vessel. The I’m Alone sank at 9:05 a.m. on March 22. The Coast Guard vessels picked up the members of the crew of the I’m Alone with the exception of one person who was drowned. When the body of this seaman was taken from the water, the members of the Coast Guard worked more than two and one-half hours in an attempt to resuscitate him but without avail. Measures 8” x 10”. Dated April 13, 1929. One chipped corner. Includes description on back. (VG+). $56.

14305a. (photo) Crew U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dexter After Sinking Schooner “I’m Alone” c.1929. Clear close press photo shows great detail as the Chief Engineer and crew pose on deck. The Dexter was forced to fire on the schooner “I’m Alone” when their captain refused to surrender or allow the cutter’s officer to board and search the vessel. The I’m Alone was a notorious smuggling vessel, having been engaged in smuggling liquor into the United States for several years. Until the latter part of 1928, the I’m Alone operated on the New England Coast and had caused the Coast Guard forces a great deal of trouble. The commanding officer of the Dexter spoke to the master of the I’m Alone through a megaphone and informed him that the I’m Alone would be sunk unless it obeyed the command to stop. Warning shots were fired ahead and when the vessel did not stop, the Dexter fired through the riggings and later put a dozen shots into the hull of the I’m Alone. The sea was too rough to permit the I’m Alone to be boarded and seized by force and the furthermore the master of the I’m Alone waved a revolver in a threatening manner indicating that he would resist forcibly any attempt to board his vessel. The I’m Alone sank at 9:05 a.m. on March 22. The Coast Guard vessels picked up the members of the crew of the I’m Alone with the exception of one person who was drowned. When the body of this seaman was taken from the water, the members of the Coast Guard worked more than two and one-half hours in an attempt to resuscitate him but without avail. The Dexter’s crewmen shown are all identified on the back. Measures 8” x 10”. Includes description on back. (VG+). $56. (x)

 

1703. (matted photo print) U.S. Life-Saving Service Crew Posing. This is a large late 20th Century photo print, probably from a glass negative, of an early view as the Keeper and seven life-savers pose with others in front of a building, presumably a life-saving station. The print is quite large 10” x 14” and dry mounted in 14” x 18” double mat. Crystal clear, would be great framed. (VG+). $84.

16229. (framed photo) Lightship No. 116 Chesapeake c.1935 view. Large framed copy photo shows Lightship No. 116 Chesapeake being re-supplied on station in about 1935. LV No. 116 served on the Chesapeake station from 1933-1942 and 1945-1965. During World War II she served as an examination vessel off the northern entrance to the Cape Cod Canal. Photo measures 7 ¼” x 9 ¼” and is double matted and framed to 14” x 17”. Photo is clean and crisp, frame with some surface wear. Nice view. (VG+). $88.

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.

5414j. (clock movement) Seth Thomas Clock Company #10. Original clock movement manufactured by the Seth Thomas Clock Company was removed from a clock for servicing and never replaced. Movement is a Seth Thomas #10 movement. Accepts face of brass, 6” in overall diameter with six mounting holes around perimeter. Unknown if the movement is complete or how much effort would be needed to put into running operation. Case is not included. May be good for your clock or for parts. (VG). $35.  Sold.

 

21421L. United States Lighthouse Establishment Brass Light Keeper’s Dustpan c.1880. Scarce, original United States Light-House Establishment brass dustpan. Pan is marked: “ U. S. LIGHTHOUSE ESTABLISHMENT” and with oval stamp “U. S. L. H. DEPOT 3 DIST, LAMP SHOP, STATEN ISLAND , N.Y. ”. Dustpan is entirely of brass with original handle intact. Dustpan shows some wear including early solder repairs at handle base (common), hanging ring is missing, years of tarnishing. Dustpan has been polished many  years ago and will enhance any display. Dustpan is is 12” wide by 13” tall to end of handle. A fine example of this scarce sought after standard of the Lighthouse Service. (VG). $995. (no discounts on this item)

1701. Grayson, Matthew S. Lighthouses, Cutters and Lifeboat Stations: Life and Times of Rodger D. Dewey, BMCM 28 years in the United States Coast Guard. 2016. 38p. Soft wraps. Follow the twenty-eight years of service and memories of Rodger D. Dewey, who would retire as a master chief boatswain’s mate E-9. As a young man from Denver, Colorado, seventeen-year-old Dewey joined the United States Coast Guard in 1948 and made the Coast Guard his life. Follow the training, lessons learned, funny stories, and a true love of being a shallow-water sailor. His duty stations included Humboldt Bay LBS, St. George Reef LH, San Luis Obispo LH, Marshall Islands, Pt. Reyes LBS. Cutter assignments included CGC Gresham, Taney, Escanaba, Cahoone, Active, Point Chico, Point Sal. Rather short but interesting account. (M). $21.99. (x)

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

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

 

16247. (photo) “The New Unsinkable” U.S. Coast Guard 36-foot Motor Lifeboat c.1931. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of the new Coast Guard 36-foot motor lifeboat, inroute (we believe) to the Great Lakes for delivery to C.G. Station Oswego. Coast Guard small boat historian Tim Dring notes: “Assuming that the date on the photo is correct and reflects the actual date when that MLB was in New York Harbor, the best guess that I have for the boat itself is that it was No. 3707/36343 for Station Oswego, NY. That boat was completed at Curtis Bay on 3 April 1931, so an arrival in NY on the 15th would have been feasible given the boat’s likely northbound transit speed. We know that the Coast Guard used the combination of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal/Delaware & Raritan Canal/Erie Canal for delivering boats to the Great Lakes region, and the fact that this boat was photographed so far up in New York Harbor headed into the Hudson River tells me that she was inroute to the Erie Canal and then the Lakes rather than to New England or the NJ/Long Island area.” Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated April 15, 1931. Clear, close view, great detail of early boat. (VG+). $58.

1704. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard. Inspecting New Chance Vaught Pursuit-type Plane c.1934. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail as Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr. and Rear Adm. Harry Hammond, Commandant of the Coast Guard, inspect the first of a fleet of Chance Vaught Pursuit-type planes destined for use in patrolling the U.S. borders. Pilot Lt. W.A. Burton and gunner AD3 Lony Bridges are shown in the cockpit. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated May 10, 1934. Clear, close view, great detail of early Coast Guard aircraft. (VG+). $42.

16245. (photo) Crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter "Mojave" arrives in Philadelphia from the Arctic c.1925. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of members of the crew on deck in Philadelphia after arriving in Philadelphia. After battling ice floes and raging seas of the Arctic, the Mojave crew was able to land supplies for the 200 famishes dwellers at Teller Alaska. Mojave was a 240-foot Tampa-class Coast Guard Cutter in commission from 1921 until 1947. This ship was one of four sisters: the TAMPA, MODOC, HAIDA, and MOJAVE. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated January 22, 1925. Clear, close view, great detail of early Coast Guard crew and uniform, etc. (VG+). $42.

16249. (photo) Wallis Sands Life Saving Station, NH. c.1900 view. 5” x 7” Older (1950-1970’s) photo made from original glass negative shows crew posing on the boat ramp with the beach apparatus cart at the Wallis Sands Life-Saving Station. Notation on the back indicates “Thomas Yarrell 2nd from right.” (VG+). $38.

16232. (mounted photo) U.S. Life Saving Service Crew, Great Egg Life-Saving Station, Long Island, NY. c.1900. Early original view shows crew posing on the boat ramp with the surfboat at the Great Egg Life-Saving Station. Photo measures 3 ¼” square on 5” square mount. Labeled in ink on back “Longport N.J. Alonzo Robinson 3rd from left.” Close detailed view, clean, just slightly light. Mount clean, light edge wear. (VG). $164. 

16237. (photo) Lieutenant Commander Stephen S. Yeandle, aide to the Commandant c.1925. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of Lieutenant Commander Stephen S. Yeandle, aide to the Commandant c.1925. Commander Yeandle had a long career in the Coast Guard, distinguishing himself by his enthusiasm and his ability to find solutions to problems. CGavaition.org notes that: “It was at Section Base 7, located at Gloucester, Massachusetts that LCDR Carl Von Paulson, a Coast Guard Aviator and the Commanding Officer, approached LCDR Stephen S. Yeandle, aide to Commandant Billard, with the idea of utilizing aircraft to search and locate both blacks [The large smuggling ships were referred to as Blacks because they operated without running lights] and small boats making a run for shore. LCDR Yeandle thought the concept had merit and approached the Commandant who approved the idea but no funds were available. A Navy surplus Curtiss OU-1C was located and an agreement was made for the Coast Guard to utilize it for a period of a year. It initially flew out of the Naval Reserve Air Station at Squantum, Massachusetts in land plane configuration and then operated out of a make-shift tent-hangar located on Ten Pound Island in Gloucester Harbor reconfigured as a floatplane. The first use of an aircraft to chase a rum-runner was on 20 June 1925. The OU-1C assisted in the first capture of a rum runner with aviation support on 24 June 1925.” Photo is b/w and includes date and name on back. Dated May 19, 1925. Clear, close view. (VG). $44.

16246. Ships Bills & Routine. U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Yamacraw c.1930’s. 22p. Post bound, soft wraps. Signed in pencil on cover John Rountree, Lieut. (USCG) Executive (Officer). LeRoy Reinburg, Commander, John Rountree, Executive Officer. Original working document lists table of organization, division assignments with crew names penciled in. Signature on cover of Lt. Rountree, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Yamacraw [1909-1937]. The Yamacraw, a steel-hulled "First Class Cruising Cutter," was built by the New York Shipbuilding Company of Camden, New Jersey. She was launched on 24 October 1908 and the new cutter entered commissioned service on 17 May 1909. Her homeport was Savannah. She took an active part in the Coast Guard's enforcement efforts along the southeastern coast. During the next few years, she destroyed derelicts and other hazards to navigation, patrolled regattas and other nautical races, enforced customs laws, carried out special duties as required, sailed on winter cruises each year, and participated in search and rescue operations when needed. After the start of World War I, she was ordered to enforce neutrality laws. Tragedy struck Yamacraw on the night of 3 March 1917 in an attempt to rescue the crew of the American steamship Louisiana, with the loss of ten men. The original report published in the 1917 Annual Report of the United States Coast Guard (Washington: GPO, 1917, pp. 28-31) described what happened that night. The Yamacraw was decommissioned on 11 December 1937 at Curtis Bay, Maryland. Pages are age toned, covers with some edge wear, soiling and rubbing. Rare early Ship’s Bills. (VG) $124.

16226. Hampton, W.M. An Investigation into The Beam from a Standard Lighthouse Lens. Transactions of the Optical Society. 1928. Soft cover. 32 pages, 15 tables, 17 figures, 1 plate. The distribution of light from a third order Fresnel panel was measured, using two different light sources, a standard petroleum vapor burner and a 3 kW lighthouse cruciform lamp. A complete theoretical discussion of the factors affecting beam candle-power is worked out and tables are provided for the calculation of the beam candle-power from any apparatus using any light source. This is an original article separated from the volume. Size 7” x 10”. (VG). $48.

16231. (photo) Dedication of New Coast Guard Lifeboat Station, Hampton Bays, LI., NY. c.1941. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail as Rear Admiral Leon Covell, Commandant of the Coast Guard, speaks at the dedication of the new Coast Guard Lifeboat Station at Hampton Bays, Long Island, New York. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated August 24, 1941. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $34.

16238. (photo) U. S. Life Saving Crew, Newport, Oregon Breeches Buoy Drill c.1911 by F.F. Sasman photographer. Fine clear image features the Life-Saving Service crew and Keeper performing the breeches buoy drill on the beach. Clear, very close b/w photo provides unprecedented detail as the crotch poles are set up and a surfman waits on the drill pole to receive the line. Unusually good view, great early detail, on postcard paper. Near fine. (F-). $95.

1702. (souvenir plate) “[Succonnessett] Light ship No. 6, Cotuit, Mass.” c.1900. An unusually rare, bright, gilt decorated rose and crème colored commemorative plate featuring a beautiful clear, detailed color image of the Succonnessett Light ship in the north channel of Nantucket Sound, off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod. One of the few lightship pieces that I have ever found, this striking piece measures about 7 1/8” in diameter and is enhanced by a beautiful rose decorated and gilded border. The unusually detailed image includes all aspects of Lightship No. 6, serving about 2 ½ miles offshore from Succonnessett Point near New Seabury. LV No. 6 served at this station from 1862 until 1912. Nice detailed image on the bright china piece and rose coloration make a good contrast on this rare item. Marked “Altenburg China Made in Germany for S.N. Handy [on School Street], Cotuit, Mass ”. Quite clean, bright, only light wear to gilding. A beautiful display piece. Unusually large, bold view of this little-known Cape Cod lightship. (VG+). $185.

6729q. (cabinet photo) Ida Lewis, Famous Lighthouse Heroine. c.1870 by Houseworth’s Souvenir Photographs. Extremely rare cabinet photo of this famous lighthouse keeper and rescuer posed in a lovely Victorian dress for the camera. Ida Lewis overcame the biases of the time, through skill and professional ability, to become the official keeper of Lime Rock Light Station, a position she held until her death. She was officially credited with saving 18 lives during her 39 years at Lime Rock and was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal. 4 ¼” x 6 ½”. Only lightly soiled, light crease upper left margin. These images are quite rare and collectible, particularly of lighthouse personalities. (VG). $325. 

1437d. (wool blanket) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter No. 57 [Pamlico ?] c.1940’s. Authentic wool blanket from we believe CG Cutter Pamlico WPR-57. The wool blanket bears a painted “US-CGC  57” near one edge. The body of the blanket is heavy wool, light OD or khaki in color with sewn edges, measuring about 55” by 80”. Body is overall intact but with some fraying to some edges, and a 3” rip, paint spot, etc. Pamlico was designated as WPR-57 and was designed to cruise in inland waters and therefore had an extremely shallow draft. She entered commissioned service on 11 July 1907. Her officers and crew transferred en mass from the cutter Boutwell, after that vessel was slated to be decommissioned later in July. The Pamlico proceeded to her permanent station at New Bern, North Carolina, arriving there on 4 November 1907. During World War II, after the Coast Guard had been transferred to the Navy, Pamlico was assigned to operate under the Assistant Captain of the Port at Morehead City. During her 40 years of service in North Carolina waters, she became something of a fixture to the local population, but by 1946, she was on her last legs. The Coast Guard decommissioned the old cutter on 6 September 1946. A very scarce Coast Guard item. (VG-). $128.

8109-99. [flag] U. S. Coast Guard Ensign c.1915-1953. Official U. S. Coast Guard Ensign size #5 (15”h x 27”w) for use on small and medium size craft. Ensign manufactured for Coast Guard use and has had only light use, made of wool bunting. Field consists of vertical red/white stripes, with Coast Guard shield on crossed anchors overlaying on the right portion, with the words “Semper Paratus” [pre 1966]. Top left corner is white with U. S. eagle and shield, with an arc of 13 stars above (pre 1953). Stamped on hem is “American Flag Co.” Wonderful for your display and quite difficult to get these original ensigns. Excellent condition, onlyvery light toning from age, a few pin holes from moths. Rare. (VG+). $145.

6264b. Stackpole, Edouard A., LIFE SAVING NANTUCKET . Nantucket. 1st edition. 1972. 295pp. Hard cover, DJ. Stackpole was among the earliest to recognize that an era had passed, and without documentation would soon be forgotten. Life Saving Nantucket documents the triumphs and tragedies of a hardy breed of islanders who, as volunteers, manned the early Massachusetts Humane Society sites, later the U.S. Life-Saving Service stations, and still later the U.S. Coast Guard stations, saving countless lives and precious cargo. His is the most complete, definitive history of the life-saving services in this area, surrounded by shoals and known for its toll on shipping. Includes also the lighthouses and many light vessels that guarded against the treacherous shoals in the area. Well illustrated with photos. Certainly one of the best and most interesting and complete sources on the subject. Rare 1st edition, as new, never opened, in sunned dust wrap. (M) $32. 

26246b. [Reproduction SURFMAN’S CHECK] Replica United States Life Saving Service "SURFMAN’S CHECK” replicates those issued in the Nineteenth Century to surfmen patrolling the beach. This check, based on an original, reads: U.S. * LIFE-SAVING SERVICE * DISTRICT No.5 *STATION No 3 * SURFMAN No.1. [Indian River LSS, Delaware] The check is made of brass and has a beautiful polish and black paint-filled lettering. Each surfman, during his nightly beach patrol, would exchange his “check” with that from the neighboring station, thus proving that he had completed his assigned patrol. This high quality replica is on heavy brass and would be perfect for display, as a watch fob or as a gift. Measures 2 ¼” high by 2” wide. (M). $9.95. 

13247b. na. [Martha’s Vineyard] Awful Tale of Shipwreck. Loss of Steamer City of Columbus Which Foundered on Devil’s Bridge Reef, off Gay Head, Jan. 18, 1884, by Which Catastrophe One Hundred and Two Persons Lost Their Lives. A Full and Graphic Account. A Story of Suffering, Sorrow and Heroic Achievement. New Bedford. 1884. 32p. Marked in ink “Gay Head Light July 15/84”. Signature bound. Published without wraps. Rare, early compilation includes descriptions of the incident and rescue first-hand accounts by the steamer’s Quartermaster Roderick A. McDonald and Purser William C. Spalding. Also includes statements from divers and wreckers after the incident, searching for the dead, reporter’s account after visiting the wreck, opinions of local sailors, the efforts of the Massachusetts Humane Society, awards to the Gay Head Indians, possible causes and much more. A very detailed and interesting look at this terrible tragedy. From the marking on the title page, this copy may have been the property of the keepers at Gay Head Lighthouse. Upon seeing the wreck, Keeper Horatio N. Pease aroused the dwellers in the neighborhood and afterwards assisted in the launching of the first lifeboat to the scene. Overall clean and tight, only light edge wear. Light soiling to title page. Only a few copies exist. (VG). $375. 

 

7463-35. United States Lighthouse Service “U.S.L.H.S.” Bowl. Original “U.S.L.H.S.” brown leafy pattern. This is a scarce original early china dinnerware piece from the United States Lighthouse Service manufactured of heavy white institutional type china, in the latter years of the Nineteenth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms and at the light stations. There were three patterns used over the years by the Lighthouse Establishment and Service and this is the second of the three patterns. About 1900 a third pattern was instituted which included a turquoise lighthouse within a circle. Both patterns were then used up until 1938. Bottom is marked “1862 Greenwood China, Trenton, NJ 1876”. With only expected light wear, free of any cracks but one ½” chip on rim and another blemish to glaze. Expected wear to edge of rim. Measurements 1 ½” h x 9 ¼” diameter. It is now extremely difficult to find these early lighthouse dinner pieces, particularly in this pattern. (VG-). $475.

7463-36. United States Lighthouse Service Dinner Soup Bowl. Scarce, original United States Lighthouse Service soup bowl in original “ United States Light House Service” blue pattern. This is a scarce original china dinnerware piece from the United States Lighthouse Service manufactured of heavy white institutional type china, in the early years of the Twentieth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms and at the light stations. There were three patterns used over the years by the Lighthouse Establishment and Service and this is the latter of the three patterns. About 1900 this pattern was instituted, and consisted of a turquoise lighthouse within a circle, with a turquoise perimeter stripe. Bowl is back-marked “Warwick [china]. Also marked “James M. Shaw & Co., New York 1922   1.”. There are no other markings visible. Bowl is complete, clean and bright. Only light wear to rim, one minute defect to glaze on rim. Measurements 9 1/8” diameter 1 ¾” high. A scarce early dinnerware piece. (VG+). $595.

6114d. David, Evan J., OUR COAST GUARD - High Adventure with the Watchers of Our Shores. NY. 1937. 298pp. Inscribed by the author to his brother William [with William’s bookplate] dated September 14, 1937. Combines true, dramatic stories of Coast Guard rescues with interesting accounts of the function and duties of various branches of the service. Includes early air operations as well as beach patrol with rescues, ice patrol and smuggling interdiction. Illustrated with 15 early photos. Quite clean, tight, nice copy. (VG+). $84.

12454g. (stereoview) Ida Lewis, Famous Lighthouse Heroine. c.1869. Rare stereoview of this famous lighthouse keeper and rescuer reading on the stoop of the lighthouse in Newport. Ida Lewis overcame the biases of the time, through skill and professional ability, to become the official keeper of Lime Rock Light Station, a position she held until her death. She was officially credited with saving 18 lives during her 39 years at Lime Rock and was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal. These images are quite rare and collectible, particularly of lighthouse personalities. Overall fairly clean, only light corner wear. Photographer unknown. (VG+). $154.

16239. (photo) Retired Keeper Oswald Allik visits the Abandoned Tillamook Lighthouse, Tattered and Mildewed c.1969. Clear, close, original 7” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of the abandoned and deteriorated old office or “light tender room” in the Tillamook Lighthouse after about 12 years of neglect. Great view of the remains as the last Keeper, Oswald Allick, sits among the debris, reminiscing. In 1957, Tilly shone from the Oregon coast for the last time. Keeper Allik, lamented the end of the lighthouse’s life, no matter how scary the place was. He wrote in the log book: “Farewell, Tillamook Rock Light Station. An era has ended. With this final entry, and not without sentiment, I return thee to the elements. You, one of the most notorious and yet most fascinating of the sea-swept sentinels in the world; long the friend of the tempest-tossed mariner. Through howling gale, thick fog and driving rain your beacon has been a star of hope and your foghorn a voice of encouragement. May the elements of nature be kind to you. For 77 years you have beamed your light across desolate acres of ocean. Keepers have come and gone; men lived and died; but you were faithful to the end. May your sunset years be good years. Your purpose is now only a symbol, but the lives you have saved and the service you have rendered are worthy of the highest respect. A protector of life and property all, may old-timers, newcomers and travelers along the way pause from the shore in memory of your humanitarian role. - Oswald Allik, September 1, 1957. “ Photo is b/w and includes date and brief description on back. Dated August 11, 1969. Clear, close view, good detail. (VG+). $44.

16235. Albrecht, Britt and Ron Feldhaus. Fire Grenade Price Guide 2002 Edition. 2002. 46p. Spiral bound. Privately published. b/w photos. This hard-to-find reference begins with a short history of the glass fire grenade followed by a listing featuring black/white photos and information on hundreds of types of fire grenades. Details include company name, embossing, color and height are denoted along with the auction house/Ebay, sale date and selling price for each grenade. Seven wire fire grenade racks are depicted but not priced. Covers the different varieties found in many of the grenades. Clean, tight, only light corner wear. Rare reference. (VG+). $68.

16234. (photo) United States Coast Guard Horse Patrol, Atlantic Coast c.1943. Wonderful clear, close original 7” x 9” official Coast Guard photograph provides a great look at a horse-patrol Coast Guardsmen as they charge through the dunes on the Atlantic coast in a training exercise. This rare image includes 25 riderswith some horses falling in the soft sand. On July 25, 1942, Coast Guard Headquarters authorized all Naval Districts that were adjacent to the coast to organize a well-armed and maintained beach patrol, with proper communication equipment to relay messages. Normal foot patrol procedures required men to travel in pairs, armed with rifles, or sidearms and flare pistols. In 1942, the Coast Guard recognized that the use of dogs, with their keen sense of smell and their ability to be trained for guard duty, would help enhance the patrols. The first dog patrols began at Brigantine Park , N.J. , in August 1942 and were so successful, that within a year, the animals and their handlers were on duty in all the districts. Dog patrols were usually conducted at night and consisted of a dog and dog handler. With thousands of miles of coastline to protect, horses were added and horse patrols were put into action in many places. Clear and close view. Dated January 24, 1943. Great view. (VG+). $44.

16236. Lehrer, Henry R. Flying the Beam - Navigating the Early US Airmail Airways 1917-1941. Purdue University Press. 2014. 226 pages. Soft wraps. With air travel a regular part of daily life in North America, we tend to take the infrastructure that makes it possible for granted. However, the systems, regulations, and technologies of civil aviation are in fact the product of decades of experimentation and political negotiation, much of it connected to the development of the airmail as the first commercially sustainable use of airplanes. From the lighted airways of the 1920s through the radio navigation system in place by the time of World War II, this book explores the conceptualization and ultimate construction of the initial US airways systems. The daring exploits of the earliest airmail pilots are well documented, but the underlying story of just how brick-and-mortar construction, radio research and improvement, chart and map preparation, and other less glamorous aspects of aviation contributed to the system we have today has been understudied. Flying the Beam traces the development of aeronautical navigation of the US airmail airways from 1917 to 1941. Chronologically organized, the book draws on period documents, pilot memoirs, and firsthand investigation of surviving material remains in the landscape to trace the development of the system. The author shows how visual cross-country navigation, only possible in good weather, was developed into all-weather "blind flying." The daytime techniques of "following railroads and rivers" were supplemented by a series of lighted beacons (later replaced by radio towers) crisscrossing the country to allow nighttime transit of long-distance routes, such as the one between New York and San Francisco. While navigational electronics have changed greatly over the years, actually "flying the beam" has changed very little. (M). $38.95. (w)

10491b. (souvenir creamer) “Sankoty” Light-House” Nantucket c.1900. An unusual, bright, decorated commemorative creamer in blue on white featuring a beautiful image of the “Sankoty” Light-House” on Nantucket. This unusual item is quite attractive and bears a fine, large, detailed artist’s image of the early masonry lighthouse tower and keeper’s dwelling. Creamer is quite bright and distinctive, and measures about 4” overall diameter and 4 7/8” high, and is enhanced by a decorative blue trim around the rim and on the handle. Marked “Made in Germany for Phebe E. Clisby Nantucket, Mass.” A very detailed, pretty piece for your display with beautiful coloration. Slight chip and ¼” closed crack near rim, light wear around base. Rare, first of this design that I have ever found. (VG). $85.

8341-93. (demitasse cup/saucer) United States Coast Guard. Bottom labeled “Walker Vitrified China Bedford, Ohio 44”. This pattern is a later pattern which includes one brown stripe around the perimeter bordered by two thin turquoise stripes. Within the stripe are the United States Coast Guard emblem with brown crossed anchors surrounding Coast Guard shield. Cup measures 2 ½” diameter, 2 ¼” high, saucer 5” diameter. Little if any wear. (F-). Set $74.

8341-94. (demitasse cup/saucer) United States Coast Guard. Bottom labeled: [saucer] “Walker Vitrified China Bedford, Ohio 44” [cup] “Bailey Walker Vitrified China Bedford, Ohio 1943”. This pattern is a later pattern which includes one brown stripe around the perimeter bordered by two thin turquoise stripes. Within the stripe are the United States Coast Guard emblem with brown crossed anchors surrounding Coast Guard shield. Cup measures 2 ½” diameter, 2 ¼” high, saucer 5” diameter. Little if any wear. (F-). Set $74.

27411c. (souvenir dish) Cahoon Hollow Life Saving Station Wellfleet, Mass. c.1900. Most unusual and attractive dish features the Cahoon Hollow Life Saving Station in Wellfleet, Mass. on a bold 6” dish. This early piece is quite striking and enhanced by a decorative wide cobalt blue edge with gilt decoration and border. Not marked on back, may be worn off. May be “Carlsbad BFHS China Made in Austria” (possibly for P. W. Higgins, Wellfleet, Mass.). Dish is clean, bright, clear with detailed image of the Quonochontaug-type station at Cahoons Hollow, now the Beachcomber Restaurant. An unusually bright, bold piece for display and an exceptionally rare form. (VG-). $125.

    

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

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

    

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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20363m. 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). $195.

 

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

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

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

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

Paintings by Clifton Hunt of Rutland, Massachusetts. Wonderful still-life paintings available from Clifton Hunt or Rutland, Massachusetts. Cliff and Debi own Holiday Acres Equestrian Center, teaching young and old alike to love and excel in the world that is horses and Cliff paints in his "spare time". His work is superb and an original by Cliff would grace any room of your home. Pick from is many works available or commission a piece for yourself. His paintings are on display at local museums and other venues. See more of his work on his Facebook page Clifton Hunt

 

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6721. A LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY by Harold B. Jennings. Read a wonderful narration of boyhood memories while growing up at Lovell’s Island Lighthouse in Boston Harbor . Lovell’s Island Range Lights were erected in 1902 for the accommodation o f mariners coming up the South Channel of Broad Sound, Boston Harbor . A wonderful story of adventures, shipwrecks, storms, living without electricity and learning how to run a lighthouse combine to provide entertainment and a learning adventure. Now long out of print, we have finally found a stock of unused copies. 

Published at $15. Now $9 including postage ($5.95 plus $3.05 Media Mail).

118pages with dust jacket. 

See the video book trailer for Brilliant Beacons on YouTubehttps://youtu.be/QUgQVFOjX2s

1601. Dolin, Eric Jay. Brilliant Beacons - A History of the American Lighthouse. 2016. 448p. Stiff wraps. 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 $21.95 plus $4.50 media mail. (x)

 

  

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 Mariners Museum in Newport News , VA , and CDR Timothy R. Dring, USNR (Retired). Mr. Wilkinson has been engaged since the 1950s in the historical research of small craft used for rescue purposes, and is a well-recognized expert in this field. He is currently an official historical consultant to the USCG on this subject. CDR Dring, although not a professional historian, has had previous experience in the Navy working closely with the Coast Guard on harbor and coastal defense, and has a great interest in and respect for the humanitarian rescue operations this Service conducts with specialized small craft. The extensive research that went into this book, including reference to original USLSS and USCG documents held by the National Archives, has had the full support of the USCG’s Historian, Dr. Robert Browning, and his staff. The most comprehensive work on Coastal Rescue Craft used by the United States Life-Saving Service and the United States Coast Guard ever published. (M). $125. Order now as only a limited number have been printed. 

 

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)

 

  Image Copyright Walt Disney Studio Pictures

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 “The Lifeboatmen”. Orleans , Mass. 1985. 1st. 128p. Illustrated with numerous photographs. Late in February 1952, a northeaster swept New England with bitter cold, snow and gale force winds. East of Chatham 70-knot winds and 60-foot seas battered merchant vessels as the tankers SS Fort Mercer and SS Pendleton met the full force of the storm. They both broke in two on the morning of February 19th with 84 half-frozen men marooned on the battered hulks. The story of how these men were rescued is retold even today. In the days following the ordeal, twenty-one Coast Guardsmen would be decorated. The men who ventured into 60-foot seas in the little 36-foot CG36500 motor lifeboat to rescue the tanker crews showed what heroism really is. How this all came about, and the story of life at Cape Cod small boat stations in the 1950’s, is a tale well worth reading and a tribute to Coast Guardsmen everywhere.  Wonderful reading. (M).  $44.95.

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 America 's lighthouses and lightships could not have survived. More than 150 years ago the first tender was launched, to be followed by 300 ships of varying design used for lighthouse service-all of which are presented in this thoroughly researched book. Vintage photographs, drawings, plans and statistics illustrate the historic profile of each ship. This long awaited book recognizes these often overlooked ships of the U.S. Lighthouse Service and their important contribution to America 's maritime heritage. 9.5"x9.5", hardbound. 175+ b/w photos and plans. Out of print, difficult to find. As new. (M) $79.95.

 

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 America ’s highest quality products, Chelsea Clocks have been presented to heads of state throughout the world. Photographs taken in the White House throughout this century show Chelsea Clocks in settings of distinction. Collectors have long prized them for their quality, beauty, unique design and historic significance. Now in this updated and lengthened second edition, the history of the Chelsea Clock Company has been written and it reads like a contemporary enterprise including mysteries, disasters, near failure and a fascinating collection of characters. Historical photographs, vintage advertisements, as well as illustrations and photographs from old catalogues are included. This updated and expanded second edition also includes: Ten more vintage models added to the Identification Guide to help collectors in identifying seldom seen designs, with color photographs from the finest collections in America, an Alphabetical Index on every movement model developed by the company by date and designated purpose, individual indices that list every clock made for the U.S. Lighthouse Establishment & Service, U.S. Life-Saving Service, and U.S. Revenue Cutter Service by serial number, type, and date of issuance, a new Boston Clock Co. Index of this subsidiary’s manufacture of clocks from 1909 to 1931. With eighty-five more pages of material to assist the collector in identifying factory issued models and their origins, this work will surely be a “must have” for collectors and professionals alike. Andrew and David Demeter have created a remarkable volume complete with lists of serial numbers to aid you in authenticating your piece, and photographs of Chelsea Clock Company’s current staff. In Chelsea Clock Company: The First Hundred Years, the Demeters have once again provided a valuable and sought after resource for collectors and those who appreciate American craftsmanship at its finest. Only 1000 of this second edition have been printed and they will be in great demand! (M). $145. (no discounts apply) 

20272a,b,c. Gleason, Sarah C., KINDLY LIGHTS – A History of the Lighthouses of Southern New England . Boston . 1991. 175p. DJ. A wonderful account of the evolution of a lighthouse system in Southern New England with considerable historic detail on the 98 light stations in the area. Covering the area from Great Captain Island in Connecticut, to Newburyport Harbor Light on the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border, the author weaves tale of Pleasonton, Winslow Lewis and notable others in the evolution a system of lights. Well done and a most worthwhile investment. (VG+).   $15.95. Sale $8.95.

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, NANTUCKET – Their History and Lore. Beverly . 2006. DJ. 244p. With a chapter devoted to each light station, this is surely the most interesting and comprehensive book on the subject. Profusely illustrated with fine early photographs and engravings. The author traces the history of each lighthouse from the beginning, the story of the construction and changes over the years, and of the men and women who lived and worked at the stations. The author’s emphasis on stories of the people who lived and worked in the lighthouses makes this book most enjoyable - readers are infused with a sense of daily life at each lighthouse, while also reading the extraordinary events that make their histories. Wonderful reading and most well done. (F). Published at $36.95. Sale $23.95.

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

 

Wonderful Life-Saving and Coast Guard Caricature Prints by noted artist Darrel Somerville

11” x 14” and include mat for overall 16” x 20”. Each print signed by the artist on back. Perfect for decorating. $69 each

14114. 36-foot Motor Lifeboat

14115. Breeches Buoy Drill

14116. Lyle Gun Firing

 

5/1/2014

 

 (buttons) U.S. Lighthouse Establishment / Service, Life-Saving Service, Revenue Cutter Service, Coast Guard, U.S. Customs. Please inquire. 

 

957-21. [lightship model] Nantucket [Relief] Lightship No. 112. WAL 534. Again we have found this sought after model of the Nantucket Lightship No. 112, by Pyro Plastics Corp. c.1967. This replica is one of only a few ever designed of a U. S. light vessel and has been sought after for many years since going out of production in the 1970’s. This is a 1/95th scale model kit and is complete as-new condition and is a perfect way to spend the cold days remaining of winter. This early version is an exceptional find for you lightship enthusiasts as very few were produced and still fewer have survived. (VG+). $78.

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. 

Now Available: 

  

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 Mariners Museum in Newport News , VA , and CDR Timothy R. Dring, USNR (Retired). Mr. Wilkinson has been engaged since the 1950s in the historical research of small craft used for rescue purposes, and is a well-recognized expert in this field. He is currently an official historical consultant to the USCG on this subject. CDR Dring, although not a professional historian, has had previous experience in the Navy working closely with the Coast Guard on harbor and coastal defense, and has a great interest in and respect for the humanitarian rescue operations this Service conducts with specialized small craft. The extensive research that went into this book, including reference to original USLSS and USCG documents held by the National Archives, has had the full support of the USCG’s Historian, Dr. Robert Browning, and his staff. The most comprehensive work on Coastal Rescue Craft used by the United States Life-Saving Service and the United States Coast Guard ever published. (M). $125.  Order now as only a limited number were printed. (Ask about our U.S.L.S.S.H.A. discount.) 

 

Protect your investment with Ultra-Pro Top Loader All Clear Card, Postcard or Photo Holders:

  

Ultra-Pro Top Loader All Clear Card, Postcard or Photo Holders. Keeps cards, photos and more safe and clean. Ultra-clear. UV protected, acid free for archival protection. Numerous sizes from 3” x 5” up to 32” x 43”. Pricing from $.35 each and up. Other supplies available including poly bags, etc. Please inquire for pricing. 

 

 

 

 

 

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