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1602. Webber, Bernie. Into a Raging Sea : My Life and the Pendleton Rescue. 2016. On Cape Publications. 172p. Soft wraps. Into A Raging Sea features the riveting, firsthand account of what is widely regarded as the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history, told by BM1 Bernie Webber. Webber and his crew were awarded the prestigious Gold Lifesaving medal for the miraculous rescue of thirty-two men off the stern of the SS Pendleton with a thirty-six-foot motor lifeboat, in nighttime blizzard conditions, with seas surpassing sixty feet. Made more famous in the recently released book and movie The Finest Hours, the rescue of 32 sailors from the sinking ship caught in a ferocious winter storm is a dramatic tale, but what made this mission so special is that the boat Webber skippered that terrible night was a mere 36 feet in length and the waves were almost twice that size! In Into A Raging Sea, Bernie tells that story, but the book is so much more than that. In these pages you'll read about rescue attempts that did not turn out well, stories of fishermen from a time long past, rescues done with the by-gone technique of the "breeches buoy," humorous anecdotes, and what Cape Cod and its people meant to Bernie. Into a Raging Sea is a story of sacrifice, bravery, disappointment, and challenges. And in the background of Bernie's journey is one constant, the sea. Forward by Michael J. Tougias. (M). $15.95. SALE $10.95.
(souvenir teapot) Evans only Survivor Ship Jason
Life-Saving Provincetown Cape Cod c.1900. Magnificent large souvenir
teapot featuring beautifully detailed full b/w images of the ship Jason pounding
on the bar with the Life-Saving Service surfboat returning from the wreck on one
side and the only survivor Evans standing on the beach in the life jacket that
brought him safely ashore on the other. This is one of the nicer commemorative
pieces that I have had. It is superb, bright, white, gilt edged featuring nice
detailed full b/w images amidst hand-painted flower decoration, embossed borders
and gilt accents and borders. It was on the dreaded Peaked Hill Bars that the
terrible ocean tragedy, the wreck of the ship Jason, occurred in a furious
winter storm on December 5, 1893. The wreck of the Jason was one of the most
appalling disasters that has ever taken place on the shores of
18107. Collection Chatham Cape Cod related photographs, etc.:
18107f. (cabinet photo) Four Corners, Chatham Village, Looking Toward Lights c.1880 by E.E. Robbins. Close clear image provides great view of Chatham Four Corners looking down toward the twin lights (not visible). View measures 5” x 7” and is identified in ink in the lower margin. Clean, clear, only light wear to edges. (VG). $65.
18107e. (cabinet photo) Wharf & Dry Dock of Chatham on Bay and Harbor Side c.1880 by E.E. Robbins. Close clear image provides great view of the Chatham Wharf & Dry Dock. View measures 5” x 7” and is identified in ink in the lower margin. Clean, clear, only light wear to edges. (VG). $75.
18107g. (lot 4 cabinet photos) Young Women of Chatham & Harwichport Area Cape Cod c.1890. Lot of four nice early cabinet photos of Chatham Mass. women. All 4 ¼” x 6 ½”. By Chatham photographers Allen & Nichols and Heath, and WL Kelley from Harwichport. These views were with a lot relating to Life-Saving Service Surfman Otis C. Eldredge (Old Harbor Life-Saving station, Chatham) and may be his family members. Nice views. (VG+). $38.
18107d. (mounted photo) View of Chatham looking East from Methodist Church Steeple c.1900. Wonderful clear view of Chatham looking East from the Methodist Church Steeple. Image measures 3 ¾” x 4 ½” on 5 ½” x 6 ½” mount. On the horizon to the left would be today’s Chatham Bars Inn, and toward the left Chatham Lights. Clean, clear, on slightly worn mount. (VG). $56.
18107c. (mounted photo) View of Chatham looking West from Methodist Church Steeple c.1900. Wonderful clear view of Chatham looking West from the Methodist Church Steeple. Image measures 3 ¾” x 4 ½” on 5 ½” x 6 ½” mount. Clean, clear, on slightly worn mount. (VG). $56.
18107a. (hand colored photograph) Coziholm “Cozy Cottage” by Sawyer Photo Studio, Chatham c.1930. Beautiful hand colored photograph taken of scene along North Chatham’s Pleasant Bay shows a gravel Old Queen Anne Road between the rotary and Pond Street, passing a saltbox-style house known as “Coziholm” or “Cozy Cottage”, with Oyster Pond opposite. Harold T. Sawyer Photo and Art Shop of Chatham was a photographer who published black & white and tinted collotype view-cards of Chatham and Cape Cod, as well as hand-colored photos of Chatham and New England scenes. The image is stamped on the back “Sawyer [Photo Service], Chatham, Mass.”. Coloring is superb, without mat, quite nice. Photo size is 5 ¾” by 7 ¾”. Attached to black backing/album page. A wonderful piece of Chatham memorabilia. (VG+). $58.
18107b. (framed hand colored photograph) Ivy Cottage, Chatham Old Village, Cape Cod by Sawyer Photo Studio, Chatham c.1930. Beautiful hand colored photograph taken of scene in Chatham’s Old Village shows the c.1813 “Ivy Cottage” located at 24 Ivy Lane. Ivy Cottage is located between Hammond Hill Road and Ivy Lane and faces south overlooking Mill Pond. While the first deed of t h i s house t h a t can be found i s dated 1813 (from Joseph and Deborah Hamilton t o I s i a h Nye f o r $ 5 0 0 ) , it is believed that the house was b u i l t by Joseph's f a t h e r around 1800. Harold T. Sawyer Photo and Art Shop of Chatham was a photographer who published black & white and tinted collotype view-cards of Chatham and Cape Cod, as well as hand-colored photos of Chatham and New England scenes. Coloring is well done, without mat, quite nice. Photo size is 3 ½” x 9 ½” in original frame. A wonderful piece of Chatham memorabilia. (VG). $46.
18107h. (framed woodblock print) “The Lighthouse” by Lester A. Avery c.1948. Lovely woodblock print by artist Lester A. Avery in original wood frame measures 12” by 15” overall. On back in pencil “Given us by Lestor Avery Christmas 1948”. In pencil in margin “The Lighthouse” L.A. Avery”. Very nicely done. Light wear to frame, print needs to be re-centered. (VG+). $45.
18107i. (unsigned framed water color) Depiction of Homes in Chatham. 9” x 12” in metal frame. c.1980’s . Very nicely done. (VG+). $24.
(Coast Guard photo) Rescue of the Crew, Oakey L.
18102. (framed print) To The Rescue c.1930’s from original painting by Anton Otto Fischer (1882-1962). The print is on paper thick art board and in period ornate carved wooden frame. Print identified in lower right “Anton Otto Fischer Lt. Comdr. U.S.C.G.R.” Paper label on back identifies image as “To The Rescue by Anton Otto Fischer. U.S. Coast Guardsmen pull through heavy seas to rescue the crew of a stricken schooner. The original painting hangs at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.” A seaman first, Anton Otto Fischer (1882-1962) got his start in the art world as a model and general helper for A.B. Frost, later becoming a very popular illustrator for such publications as Harper’s Weekly and later The Saturday Evening Post, painting a great many cover illustrations. He also illustrated Moby Dick, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea and the rare tale "Tugboat Annie." During World War II, Fischer’s affinity for marine painting translated easily to nautically themed propaganda posters. Before long he was honored as artist laureate of the United States Coast Guard. Fischer was sworn in as a lieutenant commander in the Coast Guard Reserve where he served aboard cutters to document the “heroic deeds of the Merchant Mariners and Coast Guardsmen” on canvas. For other examples of his work relating to the struggle of surviving a disaster at sea, see Katrina S. Fischer, Anton Otto Fischer - His Life and Work, Mill Hill Press, Nantucket, Mass., 1984. The piece measures 29 ½” wide and 23” high. Frame has a few spots of damage that can be conserved. The print has one spot where the paper has lifted and a few abrasions but is verall in good condition. Overall would be a wonderful addition to your wall. (VG-). $175.
18100. (stereo view) Point Pinos Lighthouse, Monterey, California c.1890 by Johnson, C. W. J. (Charles Wallace Jacob), (1833-1903). In 1850 there were no lighthouses on the West Coast, nor had there been much of a need for them. In 1852 Congress commissioned the building of eight lighthouses, seven in California. Point Pinos was one of the original seven. The Point Pinos lighthouse was built in 1853–1854. While waiting for our scheduled 2nd-order lens, a third-order lens became available (one of the first two ever shipped to California) and was redirected to Point Pinos. It was installed February 1, 1855 and Point Pinos officially became a lighthouse. From 1855 to 1912 the light was just a bright light at the southern end of Monterey Bay. A rotating shutter (called an eclipser) was installed in 1912 that made the light blink: on for 10 seconds, off for 20 seconds. That would be the signature characteristic from 1912 to 1940. Pictured is the early light house with an adjacent small building and dog house with a flag waving in the background. Note the wind turbine (or pump) mounted on the shed. Clear, close, with superb detail. The upper right corner of the mount is bent with some surface loss, overall light edge wear. (VG+). $58.
(lot 8 photos) Mount Desert Rock Light Station, Maine
c.1918-1921. Rare lot of 8 photos show numerous views and details of
this remote Maine island light station. Mount Desert Rock is one of the most
isolated and desolate places ever used as a site for a lighthouse in the United
States. The April 12, 1853 Portland Daily Advertiser described “…the rocky
21498. (lot 2 cabinet photos) North Scituate Life Saving Station by C.H. Kelly c.1894. Wonderful set of two rare early images of the early 1887 Bibb #2 Type life saving station on the beach at North Scituate, Massachusetts. Original albumen photos measure 5” x 8” each. Images include: Entire station with boatroom doors open as the keeper and crew stand on the boatramp. Inside can be seen boats suspended from the rafters and the early beach apparatus cart on the floor. Second view includes area residents as they pose on the porch of nearby home with life-saving station behind. Images are clear and close, with only light soiling and edge wear. (VG+). $158.
1897. (lot documents 70+ pieces) Keeper John A. Brown, Sakonnet Light Station in Rhode Island and Tarrytown Light in New York c.1913 – 1930’s. This collection is a very detailed, meticulous, chronological compilation of a career Keeper in the U.S. Lighthouse Service. Probably a later descendant of the Keeper's family made this binder of his career – likely the Keeper saved a great many of the important documents that he received or sent throughout his career. There are over 70 pieces in the collection including over 50 documents, a WWI Victory Medal and ribbon, about 16 original photographs, Keeper’s Annual Property Return (Tarrytown Light Station, August 1930), newspaper obituaries. The pieces of documentation vary anywhere from orders, letters, pay stubs, retirement, letters of commendation including efficiency star, as well as a few pieces of correspondence from the family and Coast Guard regarding his records and years of service, etc. John A. Brown was a Keeper at Sakonnet Light Station in Rhode Island (1st assistant, 1914-1916, keeper 1916-1918) and Tarrytown Light in New York (c.1919 – 1930’s). Items overall are in very good or better condition and provide an unprecedented look at the career of Keeper Brown. Research reveals that Keeper John A. Brown, keeper of Tarrytown Lighthouse during the 1920s, was recognized for rescuing several people in distress near the lighthouse. In 1922, he towed a leaking skiff, loaded with three ladies, a man, and a child, to the station and repaired the boat. On June 28, 1925, Brown rescued two men from drowning, and on June 29, 1929, he went to the aid of the cruiser Tink, which had become disabled near the rocks at Kingsland Point. For a partial list of the documents included please ask. Lot 70 pieces. (VG+). $1,795.
22528c. (commemorative dish) c.1900 A remarkable bright commemorative dish featuring a beautiful, detailed b/w image of “Pemaquid Light House, Pemaquid Point, Maine.”. The striking dish measures 6” round and is enhanced by a pretty gilt decorated scalloped rim. Labeled “Made in Germany (for) George Bliss, Waldoboro, Me.” Very clean, no cracks or checks, a very detailed, pretty little piece for your display and a wonderful lighthouse collectible. (VG+). $88.
2630c. (souvenir cup) “Brant Point Lighthouse” Nantucket c.1900. An unusual, bright, decorated octagonal commemorative cup featuring a beautiful detailed b/w image of the Brant Point Light station on Nantucket. This unusual item is quite attractive and bears a fine, close, detailed image of the early masonry lighthouse tower with attached keeper’s dwelling. Cup is quite bright and distinctive, and measures 2 ¼” in diameter and 2 3/8” high, and is enhanced by a decorative gilt trim around the rim and on the handle. Marked “Made in Germany [for] Phebe E. Clisby Nantucket, Mass.” Clean, no cracks, only light wear to gilding on rim. A very detailed, pretty piece for your display with beautiful detail. (VG+). $128.
18106. (souvenir Mauchlineware napkin ring) Bakers Island Twin Lights, Beverly, Mass c.1900. Superb, rare wooden Victorian napkin ring features a beautiful b/w lithograph of the two light towers and attached keeper’s dwelling in Salem,Mass. A pretty little piece, the circular napkin ring is of hardwood, varnished and measures 1 ¼” wide x 2” diameter. The pretty, detailed image measures about 1 ¾” oval and is quite nice. The original lights on Baker’s Island went into service on January 3, 1798. The two towers were located on top of a two-story keeper's house, about 40 feet apart at either end of the building. In 1816, one of Baker's Island's twin lights was extinguished and the smaller one was rebuilt, with the new stone tower being three feet shorter than the original lower light. Mariners claimed this made it difficult to distinguish the light from Boston Light, a fact that was proven by an increased number of wrecks. In 1820, the two lights were restored. A new 47-foot tower was built alongside the shorter 1816 tower. Such wooden Victorian era commemorative pieces, known as Mauchlineware, are exceptionally difficult to find and are quite pretty for display. Clean, only very light if any wear. Most Rare! (VG+) $148.
11362g. (photo) U.S. Lightship Ambrose WLV-613 c.1960. Clear, close official Coast Guard photo measures 8” x 10” and shows great detail of the Ambrose Lightship underway to her station guarding New York’s outer harbor. In 1952, the Lightship Ambrose (WLV 613) was commissioned and became the last lightship to mark the Ambrose Channel when she was replaced by a Texas Tower in August 1967. She was reassigned as a relief ship on the Massachusetts coastline from 1967–75, and then renamed Nantucket II when she was reassigned to Nantucket Shoals. Photo is b/w, unusually clear and close view. (F-). $44.
8176-29. COAST GUARD ENLISTED MAN’S CAP. Dark navy-blue enlisted man’s “duck” style cap. Around the barrel is stitched a ribbon of black silk, 1 ½” in width with the words “U. S. Coast Guard” stitched in gold. Cap is in very good condition, complete, with no apparent tears, little if any wear, and clean as it has been kept protected. Tally letters clear and crisp. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Marked to owner “REICHI F. P. C. Hat size marked size 7. (VG+). $115.
18101. (mounted photo) Winter Quarter Lightship No. 91 by Hughes Co., c.1908-1934. Striking large mounted photo shows the Winter Quarter Lightship No. 91 underway in the harbor. Winter Quarter station was about 8 ½ miles offshore from Assateague Island (Virginia) and served as a reference mark for coastwise traffic, and for making the approach to Chesapeake Bay from the north. LV-91 served on Winter Quarter station from 1908 to 1934. LV 91 was built in 1908 at Quincy, Ma., and served a number of roles until 1961 when she was decommissioned and sold. The image is quite close and clear and measures 7 ½” x 9 ½” on 12” x 14” mount. Mount marked The Hughes Co., Baltimore. The Hughes Company was a commercial photography studio in Baltimore, MD founded by James F. Hughes, circa 1878. Business was good for Hughes, and the studio thrived into the late 1970’s, producing photographs for corporations, the government, and private individuals. Today many of the Hughes glass and film negatives have been preserved in museum and university collections. Photo and mount have moderate foxing but does not detract greatly. Mount has two broken corners and some edge wear. Overall still a great image and view. (VG-). $124.
SR-554. (ornamental wood) Carved Wood Gilded Eagle c.1940’s. Large cut and carved ornamental eagle said to have hung over a door at the old Amaganset Coast Guard Station. Eagle measures about 19” high by 19” wide and appears to have been cut to shape and then the detail carved. The surface gilded with gold colored paint. Nicely done, a good folkart piece. Piece is intact except the tip of one tail feather has broken off. (VG-). $395.
St Augustine Lighthouse. Form No. 30.
St Augustine Lighthouse. Form No. 210.
1899. (mounted photo) Dutch Island Lighthouse, Jamestown, Rhode Island c.1900. Rare clear, close mounted photo of the light station on the south end of Dutch Island off Jamestown, Rhode Island. On January 1, 1827, a light station was established on Dutch Island to mark the west passage of Narragansett Bay and to aid vessels entering Dutch Island Harbor. The 42-foot brick tower and keeper's house shown in this image were the second at this station, constructed for $4,000 in 1857, and fitted with a fourth-order Fresnel lens showing a fixed white light. Note the many summer visitors around the station. The image is clear and close, only very light soiling. Some chipping to corners of mount. Overall 8” x 10”. (VG). $78.
Special Purchase Edward Rowe Snow at greatly reduced prices:
Snow, Edward Rowe. COLUMNS IN THE PATRIOT LEDGER.
c. 1970. 28p. Soft wraps. Scarce edition with yellow wraps. Pamphlet published
by Mr. Snow, puts together facsimile reproductions of 26 of his column “Sea
and Shore Gleanings” that was a regular feature in the Patriot Ledger
newspaper. Filled with
Snow, Edward Rowe.
Snow, Edward Rowe. UNSOLVED MYSTERIES OF SEA AND SHORE.
Snow, Edward Rowe. TRUE TALES OF BURIED TREASURE.
Snow, Edward Rowe. CRUISING THE
Snow, Edward Rowe. CRUISING THE
Snow, Edward Rowe. THE ROMANCE OF
Snow, Edward Rowe. GREAT STORMS AND FAMOUS SHIPWRECKS
SR-558. GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS CLEAR. Beautiful clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and other Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners, electric, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 8 ¾” – 8 5/8”, inside diameter range from 7 ¾” - 8 1/8” and height of 8 5/16”. Lens is one piece, prism intact, clean, only a few small chips. Lens is marked “Perkins ML & HD Corp, Bklyn. N.Y. Group A 360 Perko Mould No. 38”. A great piece, perfect to repair your lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 11.5 lbs. (VG+). $240.
1894. (photo) Coast Guard Surfman on Watch Inside Tower c.1940. Clear, close original 8” x 10” press photo shows great detail as Surfman Roger Wiesner, on duty for a two hour shift in the watch tower, looks to sea for vessels in distress. Photo provides great detail of the arrangement in the watch tower during this period. Visible are the tower log book, barometer (Navy), PA system, telephone, alarm button and more. Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Dated March 17, 1940. Clear and close view. Rare. (VG+). $74. Sold.
[life ring] Orange Life
[silver service] U.S. Coast Guard Cream Pitcher.
4 ½” high. This beautiful
8341-107. [butter plate] United States Revenue Cutter Service “U.S.R.C.S.” c.1900. Dinnerware. Scarce, original United States Revenue Cutter Service butter plate 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”. Plate is quite attractive, with little if any expected wear, free of any cracks or major defects. Piece is back-marked “M China L”. There are no other markings visible. Piece is in superb condition, complete, no chips, in wonderful condition. Measures 5 5/8” in diameter. An extremely rare pattern. (F-). $195. Sold.
1891. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Violet WAGL-250 c.1951. Clear, close original 7” x 10” press photo shows great detail of the Coast Guard Buoy Tender Violet working buoys along the mid-Atlantic coastal area. The Violet was the lead ship of the class, built to replace the LHT Holly. She was decommissioned and sold in 1962. Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Dated January 17, 1951. Clear and close view. (VG+). $34.
1890. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard 45-Foot Buoy Boat CG-45303 D at Menasha, Wisc. c.1961. Clear, close original 7” x 10” press photo shows great detail of the Coast Guard 45-foot Buoy boat at Menasha, Wisconsin. The 45-foot buoy boats (45302 thru 45316) were built by the Coast Guard Yard at Curtis bay to operate in sheltered areas of relatively shallow water. They have a hydraulically powered A-frame for hoisting buoys and weights over the bow with a 4,000-lb capacity. Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Dated October 9, 1961. Clear and close view. Crop marks upper margin. Rare photo. (VG+). $44.
1889. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station, North Manitou Island, Michigan c.1910. Wonderful detailed view of the 1875 Clipped-gable Type station guarding Lake Michigan. Note the surfman on the lookout tower. Great detail includes the station details as well as the two large flag towers. Photo is clear, good detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $124.
1893. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service, Loading Surfboat on Carriage c.1908. Wonderful detailed view shows Oregon life-savers as they load the surfboat onto the boat carriage. Good detail of the operation. Photo is clear, good detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Postmarked Portland, Ore. 1908. (VG+). $54.
1892. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Wolcott After Sinking Schooner “I’m Alone” c.1929. Clear close press photo shows great detail of the cutter in the days following the sinking of the schooner “I’m Alone” after a spirited chase off the New Orleans Bar. The Cutters Dexter and Wolcott were forced to fire on the schooner “I’m Alone” when their captain refused to surrender or allow the cutters’ officers 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. On January 5th 1935 the International Commission concluded that although the I’m Alone’s business at the time she sunk was unlawful, the action taken by the Coast Guard was unlawful too. The U.S. Government apologized to the Canadian government and paid $25,000 as a token of regret. Measures 7” x 10”. Dated March 26, 1929. Includes description on back. (VG+). $44.
1896. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Station, Grand Marias, Michigan c.1980. Clear, close original 7” x 10” press photo shows great detail of the Coast Guard station at Grand Marias, at a time when the Coast Guard had proposed to close the station. USCG Station Grand Marais opened in 1938 and closed in 1981. The National Park Service began using the station as a ranger station, seasonal residence and maritime museum in 1985. In 2006, the maritime museum was closed and the exhibits moved to the Au Sable Light Station for display. Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Dated November 10, 1980. Clear and close view. (VG+). $32.
13431m. (photo) Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Stern Section Wallows in the Sea. February 18-19, 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of the stern section of the doomed SS Fort Mercer following her splitting in two in heavy seas. Crewmen of CGC Yakutat, fighting against time and the clutches of the rough seas, struggled to remove survivors from the fast sinking bow section of the tanker SS Fort Mercer by means of rubber life rafts attached to life lines. 18 crewmen were rescued from the broken tanker Fort Mercer off Chatham in this fierce northeast storm. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Dated February 19, 1952. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $44.
13431L. (photo) Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Bow Section Wallows in the Sea. February 18-19, 1952. Clear, close, original 5” x 8” press photo shows excellent detail of the bow section of the doomed SS Fort Mercer following her splitting in two in heavy seas. Crewmen of CGC Yakutat, fighting against time and the clutches of the rough seas, struggled to remove survivors from the fast sinking bow section of the tanker SS Fort Mercer by means of rubber life rafts attached to life lines. 18 crewmen were rescued from the broken tanker Fort Mercer off Chatham in this fierce northeast storm. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Dated February 19, 1952. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $44.
13431n. (photo) Crewmen of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Rescued by Men of CGC Yakutat. February 18-19, 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 8” press photo shows excellent detail as crewmen of CGC Yakutat, fighting against time and the clutches of the rough seas, struggle to remove survivors from the fast sinking bow section of the tanker SS Fort Mercer by means of rubber life rafts attached to life lines. 18 crewmen were rescued from the broken tanker Fort Mercer off Chatham in this fierce northeast storm. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $44.
1895. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station, Cape May, New Jersey. H.A.B.S. photo. 8” x 11”. The Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections are dedicated to preserving America’s architectural history by gathering a diverse range of historic photographs and architectural designs of buildings throughout the country. This clear, close photo provides great detail of the modified 1876-Type Cape May Life-Saving Station. The station was built for the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition and after was moved to Cape May, New Jersey where it guarded the New Jersey entrance to Delaware Bay. Clear and close view, digital print. (F-). $38.
20358. Crowley, Jim. LIGHTHOUSES OF NEW YORK – Greater New York Harbor, Hudson River and Long Island. Saugerties. 2000. 128p. Soft wraps. Illustrated with 60 photographs. At last - all the lighthouses, light towers and light ships of the Hudson River, New York/New Jersey Harbor and Long Island, including Long Island Sound, are collected in one book. Author Jim Crowley, a professional photographer and avid lighthouse fan, photographed the lighthouses and collected their history and interesting facts in this comprehensive tour of New York's sentinels. Each of the existing 45 lights is represented in a full-page photo which faces a page of descriptive text, and additional archive photos were used to illustrate their changes over the years. Complete access and contact information is provided for those who are more than "armchair travelers" and wish to view and/or visit these historic landmarks. Rounding out the book is a section of illustrated lighthouse history and lore, covering the origins and early life saving techniques used by the forerunner of the United States Coast Guard. The famous, the hidden and the long-forgotten . . . all gathered in this beautiful oversized maritime history of New York State lighthouses. (M). $15.95.
1888. (photo) New U.S. Coast Guard Station, Two Rivers, Wisconsin c.1941. Clear, close original 7” x 9 ¾” press photo shows great detail of the new Two Rovers Coast Guard Lifeboat Station as it was nearing completion. The U.S. Life Saving Service came to Two Rivers, WI in 1880. The current building was built in 1940, after the original building was moved downtown to serve as a VFW Post. During World War II, the Two Rivers facility served as a boot camp and a Marine and Boating Safety officer was attached to the station in the 1960s. Due to budgetary reasons, the station was closed in the early 1980s, but was reopened after the station building was renovated in 1987. Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Dated April 26, 1941. Clear and close view. (VG+). $54.
1885. (framed photo) Bishop and Clerk's Lighthouse off Hyannis c.1946. This is an original period black and white photograph, nicely framed, of the Bishop and Clerk's Lighthouse (1858-1952) off Hyannis c.1946. This piece is quite striking, with a bold, detailed image of the tall granite light and attached fog bell tower perched on the rocky shoal off Hyannis in Nantucket Sound. This is one of the few good images of this rare lighthouse that I have found this striking piece measures overall 7 5/8" wide by 9 5/8" in height and is in original period frame by Joseph Horne Co framing and is dated 1946. Bishop and Clerks Lighthouse once marked the remains of a large reef just south of Hyannis Harbor. In the1850s, Congress approved funds for a tower here, and the light was lit in 1858. The granite tower stood 59 feet above the water and boasted a distinctive wooden bell tower. In 1928 the light was deemed unnecessary and in 1952 was dynamited by the Coast Guard. (VG+). $115.
1887. (cabinet photo) White Island - Isles of Shoals Lighthouse c.1900 by L.V. Newell & Co., Portsmouth, N.H. Early cabinet photo shows great detail of the lighthouse and long walkway on White Island. The Isles of Shoals, a cluster of nine islands located several miles off the seacoast of New Hampshire, were described by Robert Thayer Sterling in Maine Lighthouses and the Men Who Keep Them as "a low lying group apparently composed of masses of tumbled granite bleached white by the unceasing beating of the storm king and the glare of the blazing sun." The islands were frequented by European fishermen for years before the first lighthouse built on White Island in 1820. In the 1930’s, Keeper Laighton's daughter, Celia, later gained widespread fame as Celia Thaxter, poet and author. In her 1930 book, Among the Isles of Shoals, she described the family's arrival and life White Island Lighthouse. Photo is clean and clear, providing great detail. Photo measures 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Clean, clear, only light edge wear. (VG+). $68
Jones, Tristan. THE INCREDIBLE VOYAGE – A Personal
Lane, Ferdinand C., THE MYSTERIOUS SEA.
24299. Morison, Samuel Eliot. ADMIRAL OF THE OCEAN SEA – A Life of Christopher Columbus. Boston. 1942. 680 p. DJ. The story of the greatest sailor of them all, "Admiral of the Ocean Sea" is a vivid and definitive biography of Columbus that details all of his voyages that, for better or worse, changed the world. This remains the standard English-language work on the four voyages of the “Admiral”, and it reigns supreme over all other Great Explorer books as the one tome which is doubly literate - both well written and fully conversant in sailing lore. (VG-). $14.
14251. ("tramp art") Life-Saving Service Surfman’s Hanging Necessities Holder Branded "U.S.L.S.S." c.1900. Rare hand carved holder was probably for a surfman’s razor and other hygiene necessities. This type of art is referred to as Tramp art, a true American folk art. Whittling was for men what quilting was for women during long winter evenings in the country back at the turn of the century. While the women painstakingly pieced together little fabric remnants to make comfy quilts, men might take apart and carve cigar boxes and fruit crates with penknives, creating one-of-a-kind, chipped or carved wood novelties. You name it, the men created it--picture frames, clock cases, birdhouses, furniture, etc. This craft became known as "tramp art" because early collectors mistakenly thought vagabonds or tramps had made the quirky wood objects during their travels. But nothing could be further from the truth, according to author Clifford Wallach, co-author of "Tramp Art: One Notch at a Time," which profiles individual whittlers. Tramp or hobo culture evolved over the decades between the Civil War and the Second World War. These men traveled across the country, usually by rail, looking for work, but they were not without skills, and they were not bums. Wallach noted that “Tramp art became an important art movement in regard to the artistic legacy of the common man who produced art not in the schools or workshops that taught or produced art, but in their homes. Tramp art defines folk art in its purest sense. It was a way for individuals without any formal art training to express themselves in the simplest way, by chip carving a piece of wood. Tramp art is the art of textured simplicity as men, women and children took their pocketknives to wood and carved a legacy from the heart for all of us to enjoy and celebrate.” Surfmen too had much free time and such endeavors likely flourished in many stations, although few remain and fewer still were marked as this piece is. Piece measures 15” high by 9” wide and includes a box to hold the owners supplies and a small mirror in which to see while shaving, etc. The back is branded “US. L SS” in 5/8” letters. The side molding is grooved and likely the surfman’s favorite family photo was mounted below the mirror. This is a rare piece and valuable both to collectors of Life-Saving Service artifacts as well as collectors of American folk art. Well done, rare item. (VG). $425. Reduced $325.
11125. (photo) Lighthouse Keeper Poses With His Family c.1890. Great detail in this rare early image. The keeper stands against a stone wall in the foreground with his wife, and child holding her doll. Beside them stands a young man holding his bicycle. Behind them can be seen the keeper’s well kept home. The keeper’s hat insignia and a few buttons can be clearly seen. Believe this to be a southern New England lighthouse keeper. Photo is large, measuring 7” x 10” and is in original 12 ½” x 15 ½” oak frame. Photo was re-matted in the 1990’s with a double mat. Unusually large, rare early image. Very light foxing. (VG). $225. Reduced $175.
29153. (aerial photo) Chatham and Monomoy South to Nantucket by Kelsey Airviews, Chatham, Mass c.1960-1970’s. Lovely full color aerial photo Looks south from Chatham, across North and South Monomoy with Nantucket and Great Point visible in the distance. Great view includes much of Chatham Harbor, Stage Harbor and all of Monomoy. Kelsey Airviews operated out of Chatham by Richard Kelsey, a well known portrait, wedding and aerial photographer serving the Cape for 40 years! A fellow photographer once noted in an interview that Kelsey held the flying stick between his legs to get the plane tilting the way he wanted it to go. Photo measures 8” x 10” with original mat and signed “Kelsey Airviews 78-724-40c.”, mounted in metal frame. Light soiling to mat. A striking view. (VG). $78. Reduced $48.
13431k. (photo) Crewmen of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Await Rescue by Men of CGC Yakutat. February 18-19, 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 6 ½” press photo shows good detail as crewmen aboard the SS Fort Mercer await rescue by crewmen of CGC Yakutat, fighting against time and the clutches of the rough seas, struggle to remove the survivors from the fast sinking stern section of the tanker SS Fort Mercer. 18 crewmen were rescued from the broken tanker Fort Mercer off Chatham in this fierce northeast storm. Photo is b/w and includes date. Dated February 19, 1952. Clear, close view, good detail, some staining. (VG). $44.
1883. (photo) Long Tail Point Lighthouse, Green Bay, Wisc. c.1968. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows great detail of the old lighthouse on a crib at the end of Long Tail Point as a Coast Guardsman works to put the light back into operation signaling the opening of navigation. The Lighthouse was automated in 1936. In 1973 the Lighthouse was lost to a storm, reportedly with 75 mph winds and 12 foot waves. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated April 30, 1968. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $44.
1884. (photo) U. S. Coast Guard Station Crew c.1920's. Clear, close, original 4” x 6” photo shows great detail as a station crew poses on the porch for the camera. The crew of seven include the Petty Officer Station Keeper. Worthwhile view provides good detail of the uniforms. Interestingly, there is a Public Telephone Station on the station porch. Clean, close. (VG+). $48.
1882. Stefano, Frank Jr., Pictorial Souvenirs & Commemoratives of North America. E.P. Dutton. 1976. DJ. 148p. A good early guide to the background and manufacturers of ceramic, glass, and metal souvenir collectibles, including world's fair souvenirs, along with an in-depth analysis and descriptions. Clean, crisp, in chipped dj. (VG+). $19
1879. (souvenir dresser or pin jar) Chatham Life Saving Station, Cape Cod c.1900. Most unusual and attractive covered dish or jar features the Chatham Life Saving station southwest of Chatham Lighthouse on a bold 5” diameter jar. This early piece is quite striking and is enhanced by a decorative edge with bright gilt border. Marked “Made in Germany for H.W. Hamilton & Co.. Chatham, Mass.” Nicely detailed is the Expanded Red House-Type station built in 1872 and expanded in 1888. Jar is clean, bright, with virtually no wear – pristine condition and is a striking example of this type of souvenir china. An unusually bright, bold piece for display and an exceptionally rare form. (F-). $225.
1877. (photo) Aerial Photo Nauset / Coast Guard Beach in Eastham Massachusetts Cape Cod c.1972. Original glossy 1972 aerial photograph of Nauset /Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, Massachusetts looking south from the Coast Guard station parking lot entrance. This photo measures about 9" x 9" and is in good condition with only light edge wear. This photo image is crisp, completely in focus from edge to edge. This aerial photograph provides wonderful view of Nauset Beach shortly before the great storm of 1978 washed out the entire parking lot, including the restroom structures, into the sea. Great detail includes the many camps along the beach to the south including Henry Beston’s cottage “The Fo’Castle”. Henry Beston spent a year in this cottage in the 1920’s, writing of life and nature on the outer beach. His book, The Outermost House, was published in 1929 and has become a classic in modern literature. After the 1978 storm, the roadway leading to the station had to be moved west to re-connect with the station. Superb image, great for framing. Dated August 2, 1972. (VG+). $44.
1868. (photo) Coast Guard Breeches Buoy Rescue Wreck SS Columbia off Coos Bay, Oregon c.1924. Rare early photo on postcard paper shows great detail of a seaman being brought ashore from the wreck of the SS Columbia off Coos Bay, Oregon. The steel-hulled steamer Columbia operated under charter in freight and passenger service by the Mc-Cormick Steamship Company between Portland, Marshfield, Eureka and San Francisco, struck the north jetty at Coos Bay, Oregon on February 17, 1924. The passengers and crew were removed safely by the Coast Guard using breeches buoy. The wrecking steamer Homer attempted to salvaga the vessel following the safe removal of passengers and crew, but she soon broke in two amidships, her cargo floating out of the broken hull. Rare view, great early detail of breeches buoy, 3 ½” x 5” on postcard paper. c.1924. Only very light soiling. (VG+). $44.
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SR-553. (Coast Guard station folder for drill purposes) International Code of Signals, Service Flags, Merchant Flags , House Flags, Signals, etc. c.1934. Folder made up of flags used for signal drill at Coast Guard station. This folder was made up and used at a Long Island Coast Guard station for signal drill. It includes color plates from a number of official sources stapled inside as references for the drills. Dated in pen June 26, 1934. Interesting piece. Moderate wear. (VG-). $34.
States Life Saving Service /
D&D Lines - United States Lighthouse Service Logo Reproduction Dinnerware. Long ago discontinued, this wonderful quality china is much sought after. We find a few pieces now and then.
2566-70. Lighthouse Service Sugar Bowl $84.
2566-69. Lighthouse Service Sugar Creamer $84.
Set Creamer & Sugar $148.
8458. [model kit] U. S. Coast Guard 36-Foot Motor Lifeboat. c.1989. Complete unassembled plastic model kit by Glencoe Models reproduces this renown rescue craft in splendid detail, including all decals and three scale figures. This sturdy craft has been responsible for the rescue of hundreds of seamen and now you can build one for display on your shelves too. This is a High Quality, injection molded plastic, made in the USA Coast Guard Rescue Boat Model Kit - 1/48 scale including three figures. This is a Hard to find Glencoe Model, known and respected by model collectors and aficionados world wide. Award Winning unique model made from the highest quality materials. Certain to create hours of excitement for any model enthusiast. 1/48 scale, unassembled kit. Includes new decal set for CG-36500. (M). $24.98.
1875. US Mint Sheet Coast Guard Armed Forces Series 3¢ Scott #936 c.1945. Full original mint sheet features fifty Coast Guard Armed Forces Series stamps. Issue date was November 10, 1945. U.S. #936 commemorates the role of the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II. The bright blue green stamp pictures two coast guard landing craft with a supply ship in the background. (VG+) $14.
10413. (lithograph printing plate) Steamship SS Portland c.1890’s. The Portland ran from Boston to Portland, Maine from 1895 until 1898, when she was lost with all hands in what became known as the Great Portland Gale. The plate consists of a copper plate applied to heavy lignum vitae wood. Lignum vitae is hard and durable, and is the densest wood traded; it will easily sink in water. The block measures 6 ½” x 10” by 1” thick. Engraved into the copper plate is a detailed reverse image of the SS Portland underway. Image is signed “Blanchard”. Included with the printing plate is an original printed image made from this plate, on 9” x 12” paper. The side-wheel steamship Portland was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889 by, the steamer ran between Portland, Maine and Boston until its loss with all hands in 1898. The Portland's loss was New England's greatest steamship disaster prior to the year 1900. The wooden-hulled paddle wheel steamship measured 291 feet in total length with a maximum breadth of 68 feet. Built in 1889 by the New England Shipbuilding Company of Bath, Maine, the steamer was one of New England's largest and most luxurious side paddle wheel steamships, accommodating up to 800 passengers. For nearly 10 years Portland connected Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Maine for the Portland Steam Packet Company (later renamed the Portland Steamship Company) without much notoriety. Portland carried thousands of passengers and tons of cargo along the New England coast and earned the reputation as a safe and dependable steamer. A wonderful Portland collectible. (VG+). $195.
4705c. (stereo view) West Chop Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard c.1876. Superb vintage view of the light station at West Chop. The harbor at Vineyard Haven was Martha's Vineyard's busiest in the nineteenth century, and is protected by two areas of land known as East Chop and West Chop. To aid vessels heading in and out of the harbor as well as coastal traffic passing through Vineyard Sound, Congress appropriated $5,000 on March 3, 1817 for a lighthouse on West Chop. The first lighthouse at West Chop, a 25-foot rubblestone tower, was erected along with a stone dwelling in 1817. In 1843 Keeper James West reported that the tower and dwelling were both leaky. The inside of the tower was coated with ice in winter. The keeper also pointed out that the bluff on which the lighthouse stood had eroded to within 37 feet of the tower's base. For these reasons, the station was rebuilt in 1846. A round stone tower and a stone Cape-style keeper's house shown here were constructed about 1,000 feet southeast of the old location. The 1846 tower was later enclosed in shingled wooden sheathing, creating in an octagonal form that is also seen here. This was apparently done to cut down on leaks. Note the Keeper on the lighthouse gallery looking through the telescope out to the harbor. Great early detail. Only very light soil / foxing. Identified on back in early ink. (VG+). $88.
1871. (photo) U.S. Life Boat Station, North Manitou Island, Michigan c.1900. Rare detailed view of the area around the North Manitou Island Life Boat Station [Usually the sign above the boatroom door would read “Life Saving Station”. Here it reads "Life Boat Station".]. Great view includes the 1875 clipped gable-Type station, Keeper’s house or crew quarters, flag and signal towers, and more. Photo measures 4” x 5” and is clear and relatively close. Nice view. (VG+). $45.
1873. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Tender Jonquil WAGL-330 Portsmouth, VA. Clear close original photo with caption appears to be an official U.S. Coast Guard photo and provides detailed view of the vessel’s starboard side. The U.S. Coast Guard commissioned her USCGC Jonquil (WAGL/WLB-330) on 29 August 1946. She was converted to a buoy tender and assigned to the Fifth Coast Guard District, based out of Portsmouth, Virginia. Jonquil serviced aids to navigation (ATON), participated in search and rescue (SAR) and law enforcement as needed. Jonquil was decommissioned on 15 September 1969 after 23 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard. Photo measures 7 ½” x 9 ½” on 10” x 10 ½” mount. Quite nice for display. Clean, only light wear. (VG+). $46.
1876. Oleszewski, Wes. World War II & the Great Lakes - Submarines, Bombers and Ore Boats. Avery. 2018. 288p. Soft wraps. Well illustrates with photos and maps. While it is not well known or publicized, the Great Lakes region played a major role as the United States was embroiled in World War II. Those who had yet to be born when World War II raged cannot imagine the fear, anger, suffering and sacrifice experienced by those who witnessed and fought in that conflict. Not only was freedom threatened, but the very fabric of human civilization was in danger. In order to preserve their very existence, free people had to mobilize and fight the evil that threatened to envelope the world. When FDR coined the term "Arsenal of Democracy" he knew that the heart of that arsenal was the industrial strength of the Great Lakes region. This book is not the complete story of that effort. Rather this is a series of stories that will give the reader a historically accurate glimpse into the efforts of everyday working people who did their part to save the world during the dark days between 1939-1945. Extremely well research and written this latest "Wes" book is an interesting and captivating read. (M). $17.95.
13443e. (photo) Experimental Lightship No. 99. c.1950. Lightship No. 99 was constructed in 1916. She was assigned to a number of stations on the Great Lakes and the East Coast until 1949, when the Coast Guard modified Lightship No. 99 to an unmanned, experimental radio-controlled vessel named Exp or Exp-99, and later Sandy Hook Experimental Lightship. The vessel was to have a "crew" of electronic devices operating automatically or controlled by radio from shore. Each of its signals --marker light, foghorn, radio beacon, and bell -- is either duplicated or otherwise arranged to defy failure. Cost of the new ship was $375, 000 --just half of a manned lightship. An annual saving of $59,000 in maintenance and personnel was also anticipated. The vessel was moved to the Coast Guard's Third District headquarters at Staten Island , New York , in May 1950, for a three-month experimental trial run at the Ambrose station. However, the experiment was postponed indefinitely and the experimental vessel was apparently never used. The electronic fog signal shown employed 180 speakers in a five-sided array. Original Coast Guard b/w photo and includes detailed description on back. Dated April 29, 1950. Photo measures 8” x 10” and is clean and clear. (VG+). $48.
1867. (photo) Lighthouse Fresnel Lens, Biloxi, Mississippi. Clear, close original 8” x 8” press photo shows great detail of the bulbs inside the 5th or 6th order Fresnel Lens in a Biloxi lighthouse lantern room. Photo is b/w and includes credit line on back. Date not discernable. Great clear and close view. (VG+). $42.
8176-28. COAST GUARD ENLISTED MAN’S CAP. Dark navy-blue enlisted man’s “duck” style cap. Around the barrel is stitched a ribbon of black silk, 1 ½” in width with the words “U. S. Coast Guard” stitched in gold. Cap is in very good condition, complete, with no apparent tears, little if any wear, and clean as it has been kept protected. Tally letters clear and crisp. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Marked to owner “REICHI F. P. C. Hat size marked size 7 ¼. (VG+). $115.
See the video book trailer for Brilliant Beacons on YouTube- https://youtu.be/QUgQVFOjX2s.
Sale Price $14.95 plus $4.50 media mail. (x)
1601. Dolin, Eric Jay. Brilliant Beacons - A History of the American Lighthouse. 2016. 1st. 448p. Stiff wraps. DJ. An extraordinary work of historical detection and originality, Brilliant Beacons vividly reframes America’s history through the development of its lighthouses. In a work rich in maritime lore and brimming with original historical detail, Eric Jay Dolin, the best-selling author of Leviathan, presents the most comprehensive history of American lighthouses ever written, telling the story of America through the prism of its beloved coastal sentinels. Set against the backdrop of an expanding nation, Brilliant Beacons traces the evolution of America’s lighthouse system, highlighting the political, military, and technological battles fought to illuminate the nation’s hardscrabble coastlines. In rollicking detail, Dolin treats readers to a memorable cast of characters including the penny-pinching Treasury official Stephen Pleasonton, who hamstrung the country’s efforts to adopt the revolutionary “Fresnel Lens,” and presents tales both humorous and harrowing of soldiers, saboteurs, ruthless egg collectors, and most importantly, the light-keepers themselves. Richly supplemented with over 100 photographs and illustrations throughout, Brilliant Beacons is the most original history of American lighthouses in many decades. 112 illustrations; 8 pages of color. (M). Published at $29.95. Sale Price $14.95 plus $4.50 media mail.
10281. [reproduction] U. S. Lighthouse Service Station Flag. This triangular station flag measures 48” long by 25” and is typical of the flags once flown on Lighthouse Service vessels and at the light stations for over one hundred years. The flag is of the standard design, with red border on a field of white, with a large blue lighthouse silhouette. Heavy duty for moderate weather conditions. Made in America. $98.95.
Photo courtesy Chad Kaiser, U.S.L.H.S.
Our flag shown flying at the headquarters of the U. S. Lighthouse Society at Point No Point Lighthouse, Washington.
21426. . [reproduction] U. S. Lighthouse Service District Superintendent’s Flag. This rectangular flag measures 48” long by 24” and is typical of the flags once flown on Lighthouse Service Tenders when the District Superintendent was on board. The flag is of the standard design, with navy blue border on a field of white, with a large blue lighthouse silhouette. Made in America. $149.95.
FG-02. Early Life-saving Line Gun. Heat Transfer Products Company. Recent restoration. $2,900. Reduced $1,995.
FG-03. Early Life-saving Line Gun. D. Kahnweiler's Sons. Was heavily rusted, restored, fresh paint. $2,450. Reduced $1,595.
D&D Lines - United States Lighthouse Service Logo Reproduction Dinnerware. Long ago discontinued, this wonderful quality china is much sought after. We find a few pieces now and then.
2566-1,9,10. Lighthouse Service Mug (7 available) $54.95 each.
2566-3,5. Lighthouse Service Dinner Plate (2 available) $54.95 each.
2566-4,6,-17,47,48. Lighthouse Service Cereal Bowl (6 available) $54.95 each.
2566-15. Lighthouse Service Soup Bowl (8 available) $54.95 each.
2566-29,-31. Lighthouse Service Sugar Bowl (1 available) $84 each.
2566-29. Lighthouse Service Salt & Pepper Set (1 available) $76 set.
2566-8. (set 4 pieces) Lighthouse Service Mug, Dinner Plate, Cereal Bowl, Soup Bowl $169.95 each. Please inquire.
D&D Lines - United States Life-Saving Service Logo Reproduction Dinnerware. Long ago discontinued, this wonderful quality china is much sought after. We find a few pieces now and then.
28121b. Revenue Cutter Service Mug (1 available) $42.95 each.
We have purchased the publisher’s last remaining stock of this title. There will be no more after these have sold.
6275s. Ralph Shanks, Wick York, Lisa Woo
Shanks, editor. THE
Limited number available - Signed by the Author:
6697. Thompson, Frederic L., THE LIGHTSHIPS OF CAPE COD. 1996. 2nd printing. 112 pp. Soft wraps. Signed by the author. Illustrated with over 93 beautifully detailed photographs. Much sought after, this scarce volume chronicles the history of the lightships in this vital area. Wonderfully detailed b/w photographs enhance the author's vivid description of the history and life aboard these vessels. One of the only volumes ever written exclusively on this subject, this fine work will make a fine addition to any library (M). $14.95. (Wholesale discounts available)
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.
Sale - Special Price $9 including postage.
A LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY by Harold B. Jennings.
Read a wonderful narration of boyhood memories while growing up at Lovell’s
Island Lighthouse in
Published at $15. Now $9 including postage ($5.95 plus $3.05 Media Mail).
118pages with dust jacket.
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
15218. Richmond, Arthur P. Massachusetts Lighthouses and Lightships. Schiffer. 2015. 256p. DJ. A must-have book for the lighthouse enthusiast, maritime buff, and anyone who is interested in Massachusetts history. Massachusetts Lighthouses and Lightships includes more than 850 images, many never before published. Also include historic plans that describe the details of these aids to navigation, and archival and contemporary photos that trace through their history. The book covers all the lighthouses and lightships that marked the shores (exclusive of Cape Cod and the Islands) and guided mariners through the challenging waters surrounding Massachusetts. This volume also explores the interiors of towers, shows the lantern rooms of rarely-visited lighthouses and gives fascinating facts about these beacons over their 200-year history. More than 876 images in color and b/w, some more than 130 years old, show the original towers and stations. (M). $44.99. (x)
15228. Richmond, Arthur P. Lighthouses and Lightships of Rhode Island. Schiffer. 2015. 144p. DJ. This pictorial guide provides a photographic tour of the last 400 years of Rhode Island lighthouse history. More than thirty lighthouse stations are described, from Watch Hill, near the Connecticut border in the south, to the inner harbor of Providence. The lighthouse station locations are identified using navigational charts and their characteristics, including date established, tower structure, optics, and fog signals. Also included are the dozen or so lighthouses that no longer exist. Probably not as well known, images and characteristics of these aids are similarly discussed. Over 300 images, some more than 130 years old, show the original towers and stations, accompanied by present-day photographs that compare the development and evolution of these lighthouses. Many of the images found on these pages have been collected from historical resources and are being published for the first time. This book is a must-have for the lighthouse enthusiast, maritime buff, and anyone who is interested in Rhode Island history. (M). $34.99. (x)
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DVD. Disney's THE FINEST HOURS - a movie based on the extraordinary true story of the Coast Guard's greatest small boat rescue in history is coming to a movie theater near you in January 2016. We have the DVDs available on our DVD or out Pendleton pages.
Read first-hand of the rescue in Coxswain Bernie Webber's book, now available again:
20209. Webber, Bernard C., CHATHAM
Special numbered edition with actual wood piece from MLB CG-36500. $59.95.
9496. Peterson, Douglas, (U.S.C.G.
Retired) U. S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE TENDERS.
Eastwind Publishing. 2000. 169p. DJ. This is the first book to feature all of the lighthouse
tenders and auxiliary craft of the United States Lighthouse service from 1840
until 1939. Lighthouse Tenders, the lifeline to the keepers of America's
lighthouses and lightships, towed lightships, tended buoys, carried necessities
and saved lives day and night, in weather fair or foul. Without these services
the keepers of
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23290e. Demeter, Andrew and David. CHELSEA
CLOCK COMPANY: The First Hundred Years. 2nd edition. 2014. For over a
hundred years the Chelsea Clock Company has manufactured a distinguished line of
high quality clocks. Regarded as one of
Gleason, Sarah C., KINDLY LIGHTS – A History of the
26211. LaGuardia-Kotite, Martha J. So Others May Live – Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers: Saving Lives, Defying Death. Guilford. 2006. 208p. DJ. So Others May Live is the untold story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s quiet but resolute rescue swimmers. From deep ocean caves on the Oregon coast to the panicked and chaotic streets of post-Katrina New Orleans, here are their stunningly heroic stories and the greatest maritime rescues attempted since the program began in 1985. These feats, told through the eyes of the heroes, reveal an understanding of how and why the rescuer, with flight crew assistance, risks his or her own life to reach out to save a stranger. The book covers diverse environments: oceans, hurricanes, oil rigs, caves, sinking vessels, floods, and even Niagara Falls. It is truly a can’t-put-it-down collection of accounts. (M). ). Published at $22.95. Sale $13.95.
26249. Clark, Admont. LIGHTHOUSES
OF CAPE COD, MARTHA’S VINEYARD,
7209s. Shelton-Roberts, Cheryl. LIGHTHOUSE FAMILIES. 2006. 210p. Soft cover. Living in a lighthouse was a way of life for the families of more than 5000 keepers and employees of the United States Lighthouse Service. These quiet people faithfully manned their remote outposts and withstood enemy attacks, hurricanes, and dishonest bureaucrats while saving countless thousands of lives. These men, women and children daily experienced physical hardship, round-the-clock work, isolation, and danger - and the strong bond of family. Though the Lighthouse Service no longer exists, many of the children who grew up at these stations do and their stories are preserved for the first time in this remarkable book. Family tales from Pigeon Point California, St. Augustine Florida, Saddleback Ledge Maine, Old Mackinac Point Michigan, Morris Island South Carolina and many more. Illustrated with over 100 family vintage photographs and a beautiful full color photo of the light as it appears today. This is a book that you won’t want to put down. (M). Published at $14.95. Sale $9.95.
SALE! Booklets by Tom Tag - Fresnel Lenses & Lighting...
~ Early American Lighthouse Illumination ~
Thomas Tag has long been probably the only authority on lamps, lens apparatus and illumination for lighthouses, with his articles on the subject appearing in our catalogue, as well as the U. S. Lighthouse Society’s Keeper’s Log, Lighthouse Digest and other publications. Now Tom has put together much of this information in seven publications which detail the entire subject, from lamps and fuels, to burners, lens apparatus, manufacturing processes and more. This is a superb collection that answers the questions that many of us have been asking for some time, and will serve as a reference on the subject for years to come. Each of the booklets includes a complete set of footnotes defining the sources of the data for those interested in further research.
Normally priced at $26 each - now on sale for $18 each while they last. Click here to see our Tom Tag page.
(buttons) U.S. Lighthouse Establishment / Service, Life-Saving Service, Revenue Cutter Service, Coast Guard, U.S. Customs. Please inquire.
957-21. [lightship model]
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Do you know where this is ?.
I recently picked up this c.1920-1930 photo of this unidentified U.S. lighthouse. Note the tall flag mast to the left. There is also a U.S. Life-Saving station nearby as evidenced by the surfboat crew launching for the daily drill. There is also another double-ended boat sitting on the dune top. Photo measures 3 1/2" x 5 1/2".
The first person to identify this location and I can confirm it, this original photo is yours free.
12119a. (reproduction mug) United States Lighthouse Service Mug. 10 oz. $8.95 each.
12119b. (reproduction mug) United States Life-Saving Service Mug. 10 oz. $8.95 each.
28348. Wilkinson, William D. and
CDR Timothy R. Dring, USNR (Retired). American
Coastal Rescue Craft - A Design History Of Coastal Rescue Craft Used By
The United States Life-Saving Service And The United States Coast Guard. University
Press. 2009. 185p. Unjacketed cloth. With CD-ROM with 323 b/w
illustrations. Long awaited, this exhaustive reference work describes
detailed history and technical design information on every type of rescue
craft ever used by the U.S. Life Saving Service (USLSS) and the U.S. Coast
Guard (USCG) from the 1800s to current day. By looking at these vessels,
many of which featured innovative designs, the authors shed light on the
brave men and women who served in these heroic services. The first of its
kind ever to be published in the United States on this topic, the book and
accompanying CD provide detailed information, drawings, and photographs
(many of which have never before appeared in print) for each type of
surfboat, lifeboat, and utility craft, along with a complete list of every
boat ever built and assigned coastal rescue station(s). Included are
motorized, wind-powered and human-powered vessels. The book is organized
into two major sections: 1) a general, historical narrative, and 2)
detailed technical appendices. This college text-sized book is 185 pages
in length, with about 140 photos and diagrams. In addition, a
reference/appendix section on a co-packaged CD will include 323 additional
photos and diagrams. The book is co-authored by William D. Wilkinson,
Director Emeritus of the
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