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5/1/21

U.S. Lighthouse Service Keeper's Hat

31033. Original U. S. Lighthouse Service Keeper's Hat with Embroidered Hat Insignia  c.1890- . $3,400. Please inquire for more photos. 

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ST-01. United States Life-Saving Service Lyle Bronze “C” Gun c.1900. Scarce, original bronze United States Life-Saving Service Lyle Gun complete with Carriage, firing mechanism vent plug. Muzzle embossed:   “A.O.CO. [American Ordnance Company, Groton, Ct.]  No 511   1900   H.D.B.” Of 150 castings poured that year, 105 were made into guns. (from Barnett “The Lifesaving Guns of David Lyle”.) Trunion is embossed: “U. S. L. S. S.” but was defaced years ago, but the letters can still be made out. This was sometimes done when the Coast Guard took over from the Life-Saving Service in 1915. Original Lyle Bronze Gun “C” Life-Saving Service line cannon was cast for the Life-Saving Service. Barrel measures 24 ¼” overall with a 2 ½” bore. Carriage is constructed with wooden cheeks, bound with iron and with four original iron handles and mounting hardware. Carriage measures 30 ¼” overall in length, 10” wide and 9½” high.” Condition is very good and will be quite striking when polished in your collection. Barrel is in very good condition, and includes base of firing mechanism. Carriage nice condition finished with old stain on wood surfaces, iron with aging black paint. Wonderful patina, needs only cleaning, polish, light touch-up. This is an exceptionally rare chance to obtain this rare piece.  $9,500. Further Reduced to $8,450.

 

U.S. Lighthouse Service 20-foot power utility boat #64:

WD-02. U.S. Lighthouse Service 20-foot power utility boat #64. Boat is marked with original “USLHS 64” on stern. U.S. Lighthouse Service 20-foot power utility boat measures 20’6” by 6’ beam complete with Grey Marine Lugger hit/miss engine. Boat may have been assigned to Tarpaulin Cove Light Station in Mass in the 1920’s. $13,995. Please inquire for more information. Possible free delivery. 

27481. Hawley, J. H. HYDROGRAPHIC MANUAL. U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Special Publication No. 143. GPO. 1931. 170p. Soft wraps. Detailed work describes completely the equipment, vessels, theory and operation of the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey for hydrographic operations. Includes wonderful descriptions and information, locations, theory, principles of operation, equipment, systems, history and work performed. Illustrated with maps and numerous wonderful photographs of vessels, equipment, markers,  and more. . Clean, tight, rare title. (VG+).  $44 / Reduced $ 26.40.

5514. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE UNITED STATES COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 1920. GPO. 1920. 173pp. Government embossed binding, very clean, tight. Complete with many  large charts showing progress of surveys throughout the country, numerous diagrams and some photographs. Includes details of field operations and observations, manual of tides, hydrographic data, new instruments and vessels and more. (VG).  $48 / Reduced $28.80.

 

4/1/2021

27252c. 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. Gilt embossed blue stiff wraps. 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 Service. Possibly the most complete, well organized overview of the early Coast Guard ever written. Superb reference and reading, extremely scarce in any form. A must for your library. Clean, crisp, lightly used with some toning from age. Includes tipped in image of the “…new ‘TR’ type, self-righting and self-bailing lifeboat….” (VG+).  $128.

21345d. Dean, Love. REEF LIGHTS – Seaswept Lights of the Florida Keys . nd. 134p. Soft wraps. Scarce account of the series of six lighthouses constructed between 1852 and 1880, marking  the Florida Reefs from Fowey Rocks to sand Key. All of these lights were similar in construction, being of the wrought iron skeleton type. This expert chronicle contains a host of information, from the history of lighthouses in the area, light keeper’s duties, construction and more. Well illustrated with vintage photos, architectural drawings, and more. Excellent reference and most interesting reading. Contents clean, tight, wraps moderate edge wear. Only light use. Quite difficult to find. (VG). $58 net.

 

8390h. Clifford, Candace. 1994. INVENTORY OF HISTORIC LIGHT STATIONS. National Park Service. 1994. 386p. Soft Wraps. This comprehensive inventory of United States Light Stations was conducted by the National Maritime Initiative and lists vital information relating to hundreds of existing lights. Also included are extensive bibliography, owners and addresses of station managers. This is probably the most comprehensive listing of stations available today, and is illustrated with hundreds of photographs. Clean, only lightly used, as new. (F-).  $54.

892. Canney, Donald L. , U. S. COAST GUARD AND REVENUE CUTTERS 1790-1935. Naval Institute Press. 1995. 128P. DJ. From 250-foot Lake -class cruising cutters to 36-foot picket boats, more than 1000 vessels are included in this first complete and systematic listing of U. S. Revenue Service and Coast Guard vessels through 1935. Includes specifications for each, as well as a service history. An interesting and important reference, difficult to find now. (M). Pub. at $49.95. Our Price $32.95.

20254d,e. Coast Guard. MOMENTS IN HISTORY. Wash. c.1990. 36p. Soft wraps. Pamphlet contains 18 lovely color reproductions of paintings reflecting famous early Coast Guard moments, by today’s renown artists. Each full page color reproduction includes a full page description of the moment in history that the artist has captured. Important scenes include The Revenue Cutter Eagle Captures The Bon Pere, Cutter Harriet Lane Fires Across The Bow Of The Nashville, Ida Lewis Makes A Rescue At Lime Rock, Pea Island Life-Saving Crew, Lightship Nantucket Sunk By R.M.S. Olympic, and much more. Includes painting by John Witt; Ida Lewis Makes a Rescue at Lime Rock. Nicely done, scarce pamphlet. Clean, tight, nice copy. (F-). $18.

20254c,f. Coast Guard. MOMENTS IN HISTORY. Wash. c.1990. 36p. Soft wraps. Pamphlet contains 18 lovely color reproductions of paintings reflecting famous early Coast Guard moments, by today’s renown artists. Each full page color reproduction includes a full page description of the moment in history that the artist has captured. Important scenes include The Revenue Cutter Eagle Captures The Bon Pere, Cutter Harriet Lane Fires Across The Bow Of The Nashville, Ida Lewis Makes A Rescue At Lime Rock, Pea Island Life-Saving Crew, Lightship Nantucket Sunk By R.M.S. Olympic, and much more. Includes painting by John Witt; Ida Lewis Makes a Rescue at Lime Rock. Nicely done, scarce pamphlet. Light wear, corners bent, some stains to cover. (VG). $12.

Early U. S. Coast Guard Publications

      

6259a,b,c,d. Noble, Dennis L. and PA3 Kenneth Arborgast. THE COAST GUARD ALONG THE NORTH ATLANTIC COAST . USCG Bicentennial Publication. Wash. c.1988. 24pp. Soft Wraps. Tremendous overview of the life and work of the men of the Coast Guard dating back to the 1700’s when the Revenue Cutter Service and Lighthouse Establishment, and later the U. S. Life-Saving Service protected our coastline. Well illustrated with 35 wonderful large format photographs. A most interesting pamphlet. Clean, tight. (VG).  $12.

25189b. Browning, Robert M. Jr., THE EYES AND EARS OF THE CONVOY: Development of the Helicopter as an Anti-Submarine Weapon. Wash. U. S. Coast Guard. 1993. 17p. Soft wraps. The development of the helicopter can be attributed to a few visionary men who foresaw the great potential of this aircraft. During World War II, due to the insistence of several Coast Guard officers, this revolutionary aircraft was developed for war and peacetime uses. Their efforts helped the helicopter to evolve into the machine that is known today. The story of the helicopter, of course, just began for the Coast Guard during World War II. The helicopter would quickly become the backbone of the service's search-and-rescue program. This little known account is well worth reading. Includes many early photos. Cover torn. (G). $12.

8271b. Noble, Dennis. THE BEACH PATROL AND CORSAIR FLEET. USCG. Wash. c.1992. 22pp. Soft Wraps. Tremendous overview of the life and work of the Coast Guard’s lonely beach patrol, and the fleet of reserve vessels that has come to be known as the Corsair Fleet. Well illustrated with 29 wonderful large format photographs. Clean, tight. (VG). $36.

25188b. Price, Scott T. THE U.S. COAST GUARD AT NORMANDY. USCG. Wash. c.1994. 17pp. Soft Wraps. Excellent overview of the landing at Normandy in 1944 and the roll of the Coast Guard both ashore and off shore ferrying men, picking up survivors and shore bombardment. Clean, tight. (VG). $26.

28266. Noble, Dennis L. Alaska and Hawaii – A Brief History of U. S. Coast Guard Operations. Wash. U. S. Coast Guard. 1991. 18p. Soft wraps. Overview of the life and work of the men of the Coast Guard and its predecessors in the last two states to join the Union .  (VG). $22.

7393d,e. Noble, Dennis L. A LEGACY - The United States Life-Saving Service. USCG Bicentennial Publication. Wash. c.1987. 27pp. Soft Wraps. Tremendous overview of the life and work of the members of the U. S. Life-Saving Service. Well illustrated with 26 wonderful large format photographs. Also with a complete listing of Coast Guard small boat rescue stations. A most interesting pamphlet. Clean, tight. (VG).  $16.

23146d. Canney, Donald L. and Barbara Voulgaris, UNIFORMS OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD. Wash. U. S. Coast Guard. 1990. 22p. Soft wraps. An important research text discusses the uniforms worn by the Revenue Cutter Service, Coast Guard, Lighthouse Service and Life Saving Service throughout their history. Well illustrated with 20 vintage photographs. A must for the researcher. (VG+).  $44.

9300e. Noble, Dennis. THE COAST GUARD IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. USCG Bicentennial Publication. Wash. c.1988. 18pp. Soft Wraps. Tremendous overview of the life and work of the men of the Coast Guard dating back to the 1700’s when the Revenue Cutter Service and Lighthouse Establishment, and later the U. S. Life-Saving Service protected our coastline. Well illustrated with 22 wonderful large format early photographs including Light Vessel No. 88 in drydock, lighthouse and Life-Saving keepers and personnel, Umatilla Lightship No. 513, Neah Bay Life-Saving Station, crew men from the U.S.R.C. Rush, and more. A most interesting pamphlet. Clean, tight. (VG). $12.

25187b. Marshall, Amy K., A HISTORY OF BUOYS AND TENDERS. Wash. U. S. Coast Guard. 1995. 17p. Soft wraps. The need for dependable aids to navigation can be traced to the beginnings of maritime commerce. Today, mariners in unfamiliar waters still welcome the sight of lighthouses, buoys, beacons, and other navigational aids as guideposts to safe harbor. While the tools and methods of maintaining minor aids in U.S. waters changed substantially during the past 206 years, the mission remains the same. Filled with vintage photos and information on these lesser known aids. $18.

25191c. Price, Scott T., THE COAST GUARD AND THE NORTH ATLANTIC CAMPAIGN. Wash. U. S. Coast Guard. 1994. 17p. Soft wraps. Nearly 23,000 Coast Guard members manned two classes of Navy escort vessels that saw service on the North Atlantic ; destroyer escorts and frigates. The destroyer escorts began to join the fleet in mid-1943, and the Coast Guard ultimately manned 30 of these well-armed and maneuverable warships. The Coast Guard also manned the entire class of 75 frigates which began to enter service in late 1943.  The experienced sailors slept "boots and saddles." This meant, as one crewman said, that "I sleep with my shoes and clothes on, and, OK, my life jacket also," because they were never sure when a torpedo might hit their ship. Combating the U-boats took a great deal of training and experience. These warships, along with their compatriots, kept the U-boats at bay and the supply lines to the Allies open, thereby leading to Germany 's ultimate defeat. An interesting and valuable reference. $12.

22135c. Johnson, Robert Erwin. COAST GUARD MANNED VESSELS IN WORLD WAR II. USCG Bicentennial Publication. Wash. c.1993. 17pp. Soft Wraps. Published as an insert within the Commandant’s Bulletin February 1993, which is still intact. Great overview of the men and vessels of the Coast Guard during World War II. Well illustrated with over 24 wonderful early photographs including cutter in “dazzle” paint scheme, troops boarding landing craft in Tunisia , Coast Guard gun crews, and much more. A most interesting pamphlet. Clean, tight. (VG). $16.

22135b. Johnson, Robert Erwin. COAST GUARD MANNED VESSELS IN WORLD WAR II. USCG Bicentennial Publication. Wash. c.1993. 17pp. Soft Wraps. Great overview of the men and vessels of the Coast Guard during World War II. Well illustrated with over 24 wonderful early photographs including cutter in “dazzle” paint scheme, troops boarding landing craft in Tunisia , Coast Guard gun crews, and much more. A most interesting pamphlet. Clean, tight. (VG). $14.

22138b. Scheina, Dr. Robert L., COAST GUARD AT WAR. Commandant’s Bulletin. Wash. c.1987. 39pp. Soft Wraps. Great overview of the men and equipment of the Coast Guard from their earliest battles as the Revenue Cutter Service to the Viet Nam War era. Quite well illustrated with over 24 wonderful early photographs including crews on beach patrol during World War II, U-boat patrol in the North Atlantic , Signalman First Class Douglas Munro who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery on Guadalcanal , and much more. A most interesting pamphlet. Clean, tight. (VG). $14.

31042. Canney, Donald L. Rum War – The U.S. Coast Guard and Prohibition. Coast Guard Bicentennial Series. Wash. c.1980’s. 18p. Soft Wraps. Overview of the life and work of the men of the Coast Guard as they sought to enforce Prohibition in the 1920’s and into the 1930’s. At first blush the task appeared an easy one – but it would not be. From the Navy Eagle Boats to the “Six-Bitters” and the “400” boats, this article covers a great deal. Well illustrated with 16 wonderful large format photographs. A most interesting pamphlet. Clean, tight. (VG). $12.

31041. Capelotti, Pete. Oceanography in the Coast Guard. USCG Bicentennial Publication. Wash. c.1980’s. 18p. Soft Wraps. From the Bering Patrol to ice research following the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, from the Marion Expedition in 1928 to the oceanography boom in the 1960’s, the scientific study of the oceans has long been a part of the duties of the Revenue Cutter Seervice and later Coast Guard. Well illustrated with 9 wonderful large format photographs. A most interesting pamphlet. Clean, tight. (VG). $10.

 

4534g. U. S. Coast Guard. CHRONOLOGY OF AIDS TO NAVIGATION AND THE OLD LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE 1716 - 1939. CG-458. Wash. 1974. 39p. Soft wraps. An important research text, here in one place are all the important historical dates producing a factual chronological record of the evolution of the Lighthouse Service and early Coast Guard. Includes construction and placement of stations, adoption of innovative equipment, personnel and regulation changes, legislative dates and much more. A must for the researcher. Clean, crisp, as new. (F-). $14.

31036. Delgado, James P. and Kevin J. Foster. Guidelines for Evaluating and Documenting Historic Aids to Navigation. National Park Service. 18p. nd. Bulletin No. 34. Bulletin is intended to help prepare the necessary work to nominate lighthouses and other historic aids to navigation to the National Register of Historic Places. Includes fieldwork, evaluators, preparation and more. Well illustrated with 13 wonderful large format photographs. A most interesting pamphlet, good reference. Clean, tight. (VG+). $18.

31037a,b. Treasury Department. U.S. Coast Guard. Form 2598. March 1922. Report of Inspection of Steam Machinery of the Coast Guard Cutter ___ for the Six Months Ending ___, 192__. GPO. 1922. Edition of 1000. 20p. Soft wraps. Form includes all information relative to description, inspection, repairs and condition of machinery. Form is clean, crisp, not filled out. Very nice government eagle watermark. $55 each. (2 available)

1485. (photo) Commissioning of U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Fir c.1939. Superb large close view, quite rare, shows great detail of the Lighthouse Tender Fir as she is christened and launched at Moore Dry Dock Company yards in Oakland, California. The Lighthouse Service Tender Fir, later Coast Guard Cutter Fir (WAGL/WLM 212) was the last lighthouse tender built specifically for the Lighthouse Service. She was steam driven with twin screws, 175 feet in length, had a beam of 32 feet and displaced 885 tons. Fir was fitted with a reinforced bow and stern, and an ice-belt at her water-line for icebreaking. She was built with classic lines and her spaces were lavishly appointed with mahogany, teak, and brass. The crew did intricate ropework throughout the ship. Fir's homeport was Seattle, Washington for all but one of her fifty one years of service. She was decommissioned in 1991. Great view, b/w,  8 ½” x 13”. Includes date and description. (VG+). $34. (x)

31043. Barnett, J. Paul. The Lifesaving Guns of David Lyle. Wreck & Rescue. Number 5 Summer 1997. Pp. 3-8. Full issue. Good article by the once owner of South Bend Replicas looks at the history of line-throwing guns (improperly called “Lyle Guns” here) in America. Great information and photos. Includes Lyle Gun, Hunt Gun, Manby Mortar and more. Additional articles include a Lyle gun rescue above Horseshoe Falls, and on Keeper Henry J. Cleary of Michigan’s Marquette Life-Saving Station. Light wear to wraps. (VG). $14.

28126u. (uniform set 8 pieces) U.S. Coast Guard Yeoman First Class c.1942-1945. Excellent set 100% wool includes two jumpers (size 42) with 1st class and second class Yeoman ratings, on one theatre ribbons, ruptured duck, arm shields, expert marksman qualification insignia, etc, flat hat blue 6 7/8, whire seaman hat, wool sweater blue, tie, two pants with button front, all marked with owner’s name Thomas Pate Bryce. One set jumper/pants appears to be never worn. This lot was acquired from the family who advised that Thomas Pate Bryce was born 25 Sept 1919 and passed 7 January 2003. He was in the Coast Guard from 1942 to 1945 and achieved the rank of Yeoman First Class. Excellent condition, no moth holes or stains. With Naval Clothing Factory tags, a few sizes noted. Great identified lot. (F-).  $128.

31038. (Lot 4 photos) Model of USCGC McCulloch from Smithsonian Institution negatives. Lot of four reprint photos of a detailed model of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter McCulloch. The McCulloch served as a United States Revenue Cutter Service cutter from 1897 to 1915, as a United States Coast Guard Cutter from 1915 to 1917, and as a United States Navy patrol vessel in 1917. She saw combat during the Spanish–American War during the Battle of Manila Bay with Commodore Dewey’s fleet and patrolled off the United States West Coast during World War I. In peacetime, she saw extensive service in the waters off the U.S. West Coast. She sank in 1917 after colliding with another steamer. Photos are all quite clear and crisp. (F-) $38 lot 4 photos.

8176-31. 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, a few very small moth holes, and clean as it has been kept protected. Leather interior band quite good condition. Tally letters clear and crisp. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Marked to owner “MANGOLD, T. O. Hat size marked size 7 1/8”. (VG+). $115.

2566-8. D&D lines - United States Lighthouse Service, Navy Blue Logo Dinnerware. (set 4 pieces) Lighthouse Service Mug, Dinner Plate, Cereal Bowl, Soup Bowl.  Special price $149.95 set. 3 sets available. Also individual pieces available. Please inquire.

31031. (framed photo) U.S. Coast Guard Surfboats for Flood Relief Mississippi River c.1927. Photo in original period black frame measures 8 ¾” x 18 ¼” overall and shows more than 27 Coast Guard motor surfboats tied up with their crews posing for the photographer. During the disastrous 1927 Mississippi River flood, the Coast Guard rescued a total of 43,853 persons who they "removed from perilous positions to places of safety". Additionally, they saved 11,313 head of livestock and furnished transportation for 72 persons in need of hospitalization. In all 674 Coast Guardsmen and 128 Coast Guard vessels and boats served in the relief operations. The flood began when heavy rains pounded the central basin of the Mississippi in the summer of 1926. By September, the Mississippi's tributaries in Kansas and Iowa were swollen to capacity. On New Year's Day of 1927, the Cumberland River at Nashville topped levees at 56.2 feet. The Mississippi River broke out of its levee system in 145 places and flooded 27,000 square miles, with depths up to 30 feet The flood caused over $400 million in damages and killed 246 people in seven states. Phooto appears overall clean and has good contrast and clarity. Photo is titled: “Relief Fleet and Personnel of the Mississippi River Flood Relief Service –U. S. Coast Guard- 1927.” Needs only to be opened and the glass cleaned. A great view. (VG+). $124. 

31030. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Station, Hunniwells (Popham) Beach, Maine c.1950’s. Clear close image provides a rare view of the front and side of the Popham Beach station. Note the multiple additions to this 1882-Type station built in 1883. The Hunnewell’s Beach life saving station was established in 1883 halfway down Riverside Beach to keep watch over the mouth of Kennebec River. The station became the Popham Beach Coast Guard Station in 1935. The lifesavers patrolled the beach almost to Morse’s River day and night. Decommissioned in 1971, the station remains a distinct and well-loved- landmark at Popham Beach and today the station offers year round accommodations to visitors. Photo is overall quite clear and sharp with great detail of the structure. Measure 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Rare view. (F). $48.

 

25152b . (stereoview) Surfside Life Saving Station, Nantucket by J. Freeman. c.1870’s. This extremely rare view provides great detail as station Keeper Capt. Joseph Winslow stands on the boat ramp demonstrating their new Merriman rubber life-saving suit. In the background we can see into the boatroom floor where their Manby Mortar line gun sits next to the Francis Metallic Lifeboat. The Merriman rubber life-saving suit was an innovation of the time. The inventor, Clark S. Merriman, in a bid to help sea-rescue, designed this life preserving suit, which was made from India rubber and was inflatable. This suit had been tested by Captain Boyton of the New Jersey Life Saving Service, when he was dropped over the side of a steamer into the Irish sea , in a gale. Soon suits were issued to some other stations as warranted, including the Surfside station on Nantucket . They did see some use including at the well known wreck of the Metropolis near the Poyners Hill station in North Carolina in 1878. There, after a number of unsuccessful attempts to get a shot line aboard the stricken vessel, Keeper Chappell then donned the Merriman life-saving dress and made two valiant attempts to carry a line out to the vessel. There are very few views in existence of the boatroom at Surfside, and even fewer of the Merriman suit. View is clear and crisp, only light corner wear. Obverse unmarked, light soiling. A similar view recently fetched over $700 at auction. (VG-). $225.

29370. (copy photo) LIFE SAVER JOSHUA JAMES WITH CREW, Hull, Massachusetts c.1915. 8” x 10”. Superb, crystal clear image shows renown life-saver Joshua James posing with his crew in front of their surfboat. Keeper Joshua James, from the Hull , Mass. Life-Saving Station, was one of the most famous life-savers in Coast Guard history. 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 were never equaled by any other keeper or crew. Amazingly clear, perfect for framing. $24.95 each. (x)

31026. (photo) Great Captain Island Lighthouse, Ct. c.1992. Clear, close, original 6 ½” x 9” press photo shows 85 year old Russell Knowles in front of lighthouse on Great Captain Island where he was born in about 1907. His father, Herbert S. Knowles was the assistant keeper there from 1905 – 1907. Possibly the same Herbert S.Knowles was the longtime keeper of the nearby Point Judith Life Saving Station in 1869, when the brig Meteor went aground west of Point Judith. Herbert Knowles and his lifesaving crew got all the crew and the vessel’s lone passenger safely ashore. This lovely stone mid-Victorian style lighthouse is very similar to several other lighthouses built about the same time: Block Island North Light in Rhode Island , Sheffield Island Light and Morgan Point Light in Connecticut , and Plum Island Light and Field Point Light in New York . Photo is b/w and is dated March 3, 1934. Clear, close, nice detailed working view. (VG+). $44.

   

We have purchased the publisher’s last remaining stock of this title. There will be no more after these have sold.

6275h-2. 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. DJ. Gilt embossed hard cover library edition with dust wrap (only 300 were produced for libraries and advanced collectors.) Winner of the first Foundation for Coast Guard History Award for Best Book on Coast Guard History, this long heralded work by Ralph Shanks and Wick York is once again available in this scarce, last remaining copy obtained from the author. Filling a longtime void in the chronicles of the Life-Saving Service, this book is the result of two decades of research by these highly respected maritime historians. In 272 large format pages, the authors present unforgettable stories of the surfmen and their unsurpassed bravery. Unique to this work is the authors coverage of the architecture of each of the stations across the country. Using over 400 rare photos from the Library of Congress and other historic sources, the authors provide a station by station look at the architectural features that make them such a unique and unforgettable piece of our history. Considered the best reference on the U.S. Life Saving Service on the market. Book is new old stock and as such has not been opened but does have a previous owner’s bookplate in front. Clean and crisp. (F). $129.95.

A few lightly used softcover are available as well for $34.95 while they last. 

31028. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Station, Provincetown c.1960’s. Clear, close official Coast Guard photos measure 8” x 10” and show great detail of Coast Guard Station Provincetown from the air. View includes station, out-buildings, Duck” (DUKW) and more on the lonely outer beach. Great detail. Clean but moderate wear, some creasing small tears to margin, two punched holes for binder. Photo is b/w, unusually clear and close. Dates from c.1960’s. (VG). $54.

31027. (mounted photo) U.S. Revenue Cutter McCulloch at Portland, Oregon c.1900. Clear, close mounted photo provides a wonderfully detailed view of the U.S. Revenue Cutter McCulloch from the stern. The McCulloch served as a United States Revenue Cutter Service cutter from 1897 to 1915, as a United States Coast Guard Cutter from 1915 to 1917, and as a United States Navy patrol vessel in 1917. She saw combat during the Spanish–American War during the Battle of Manila Bay with Commodore Dewey’s fleet and patrolled off the United States West Coast during World War I. In peacetime, she saw extensive service in the waters off the U.S. West Coast. She sank in 1917 after colliding with another steamer. She was built in Philadelphia of composite construction and launched in 1896. View measures 5 ¼” x 6 ¼” overall and is clean and clear. (VG+). $74.

10414c. (photo) Steamship Bay State aground Portland, Maine c.1916. Photo shows the steamship Bay State of the Esatern Steamship Company aground at Cape Elizabeth, Maine – heavy fog and the absence of the Cape Elizabeth lightship from her station for repairs was listed as the cause. Over 150 passengers and crew were rescued by the Coast Guard Cutter Ossipee and others. The vessel would be a total loss, put at over $350,000. The photo shows her driven well up on the rocks as onlookers stand on the rocky shore. Photo measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Overall close, detailed rare view. (VG+). $16.

28111. (magazine) Cape Cod Compass. Vol 18 1965. 100p Soft wraps. Filled with wonderful period Cape Cod articles and advertisements, photos, etc, this issue includes a number of important articles relating to lighthouses of the area. Includes: That Was the Island that Was by Clarece B. Daniels – Describes Billlingsgate Island, that once had some thirty homes, a school and a lighthouse, which by 1942 had disappeared beneath the waves; Wonderful centerfold of painting “Nauset Lighthouse” by Herbert J Gute; Dedication of House by Grace DesChamps – describes the well known Fo’castle on Nauset Beach just south of the Coast Guard station; and many more fine articles. Light wear and toning, otherwise very good. (VG+). $28.

7484. (mounted photo) Highland [Cape Cod] Lighthouse, North Truro, Mass. c.1890-1900. Large 5” x 6” overall mounted photo provides an unprecedented close view of the tall masonry first order light tower with attached keeper’s dwelling and connecting walkways. In front sits horses and carriages with drivers, probably awaiting summer visitors viewing the station. Wonderful view, clear and close, just a bit light, some foxing and soiling to mount. (VG-). $32.

12511f. (photo) Chatham Twin Lighthouses c.1910. This rare early b/w photo features a fairly close image including all aspects of the two twin iron light towers and the clipped-gable keepers' dwellings from the back (ocean side). Beyond can be seen some barn and homes in the area. Measurements 3 ¼” x 5”. Clear, close, some spotting, corner wear from album mounts. Rare early view. (VG). $16.

31029. (photo) U.S. Life Saving Station, Manomet, Mass. c.1907. Rare early photo shows the 1901 Duluth-Type life-saving station on the bluff at Manomet Point on the Massachusetts south shore east of Plymouth. View includes a good view of the homes in the surrounding area and the formidable cliffs and rocks in the area. In 1928, the Manomet station surfboat was tossed end over end (pitchpoled) with the loss of Keeper William Cashman and surfmen Griswols and Stark while attempting to rescue the crew from the “Robert E. Lee”. Photo measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Dated September 2, 1907. Overall close, detailed view, clean. Rare view. (VG+). $12.

 

29397c. Department of the Navy. Manual For Overhaul, Repair, And Handling Of U.S. Navy Mechanical, Boat And Deck Clocks, Chelsea Type, With Parts Catalog NAVSHIPS 250-624-8. Bureau of Ships, Navy Department. April 1953. 101p. High quality facsimile, spiral bound. Complete manual, compiled with the assistance of Chelsea Clock Company, was prepared to provide guidance for servicing, repair and testing Chelsea clocks in its service. Manual covers the 12E and 17E movements which included 8 ½” Type B and 6” Type A mechanical clocks, boat clocks and deck clocks. Extremely detailed, this manual includes Introduction, Descriptions, Disassembly Procedure, Escapement Disassembly, Parts Repair and Cleaning, Escapement Operations Procedure, Reassembly Procedure, Test, Adjustment, Final Inspection, Maintenance Parts Catalogue, Special Service Tools and Testing Devices, and Service Bulletins. A tremendous reference for any Chelsea movements including Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard, etc. Clean, crisp. (VG+). $48. 

31024. (photo) Coskata Life-Saving Station With Surf Boat And Beach Apparatus Cart In Front Of The Station c.1914. 11” x 14”. Quality print made from original photo/negative by Nantucket Historical Museum on archival paper with luster coating to protect against fingerprints and UV exposure. The Coskata Life-Saving station was an 1882-Type station built in 1883 south of Great Point Lighthouse on Nantucket Island. In 1895 the Coskata crew were awarded six life-saving medals for the H.P. Kirkham rescue. (M). $54.

31025. (photo) Electric Fog Bell on Coast Guard Experimental Lightship No. 99 c.1950. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” Coast Guard photo shows the emergency electric bronze fog bell on the unmanned Experimental Lightship No 99. 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. Photo is b/w and is dated April 29, 1950. Clear, close, nice detailed view. (VG+). $54.

3031. Plumb, Taryn. Shipwrecks and Other Maritime Disasters of the Maine Coast. 2021 Down East Books. 168p.  Soft wraps. With its incessant fogs and infamously craggy coast, Maine has long been a bane of mariners. Scores of vessels and countless lives have been lost on its rocky shores. Taryn Plumb explores the tragic history of shipwrecks in Maine, focusing on a dozen or so of the more interesting and weaving in tales of pirates, lost treasure, violent storms, and other disasters. Maine's role in shipbuilding is legendary, and the history of vessels meeting their demise here is equally compelling. (M). $21.95

31023. (stereoview) Point Judith Lighthouse and Shipwreck, Narragansett, Rhode Island c.1870’s by ClarkPhotographer, Wakefield, R.I. Rare early view shows the large bow of a wrecked ship on the beach with the early light station behind. In 1857, the new 51-foot brownstone tower and brick dwelling, connected to the tower by an enclosed walkway, were built. The lighthouse, which still stands today, is an octagonal structure. It was fitted with a fourth-order Fresnel lens from Paris, which also remains in place today. The upper half of the tower was painted brown and the lower half white some time after this photo was taken. Clear, light soiling and edge wear. (VG). $88.

10127f. [manual] U. S. Coast Guard. AIDS TO NAVIGATION MANUAL [LIGHTHOUSES AND LIGHTSHIPS] CG-222. CHAPTER 27 AIDS TO NAVIGATION – SEAMANSHIP. September 1951. 524 p. Soft wraps. Post binding. The maintenance of aids to navigation is one of the most important functions of the Coast Guard and seamanship, general and specialized, plays an important part in safe and efficient maintenance operations, both afloat and ashore. Detailed manual of Aids to Navigation Seamanship is complete with hundreds of diagrams, illustrations and photographs. Highlights include Duties of Tenders, Duties of a Depot, Duties of a Light Attendant Station, Ropes, Knots, Splices, Wire Rope, Buoy Handling Gear, Aids to Navigation Work Afloat, Ashore, Lightship and Light Station Logistics, Cargo Handling, Ship Handling, Positioning Buoys, Ice Seamanship, Safety, Glossery, and more. Excellent early reference, covers subjects and apparatus in great detail. Contents overall clean, tight, wraps light to moderate wear and soiling. (VG). $78.

 

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12435b. (photo) U.S. Life Saving Service Crew, Big Sandy Life-Saving Station, Lake Ontario c.1913. Great image shows a close, clear view of the keeper and his 6-man crew drilling with the breeches buoy apparatus. To the right can be seen the 1875-Type station sheltered in the trees. Rare, clean and clear, nice view of apparatus especially the beach cart, etc. The life saving station at the mouth of Sandy creek was established in 1876. Before the station went into operation, more than 80 boats and vessels were driven into the Mexico bay region, and of this number one-half were total wrecks, while the fatalities aggregated 80 lives lost. Great early detail, on postcard paper. Only very light wear, clear and close. (VG+). $110.

4126b. [stereoview] Drill of the U. S.  Life-Saving Service, Louisiana Purchase Exposition c. 1904. by Universal Photo Art Co., C. H. Graves, Philadelphia . Clear image shows life-saving crew at exhibit performing breeches buoy drill for the watching crowd. Visible is a surfman riding the breeches buoy from the large drill pole, with throngs of visitors watching from the grandstand. Clean, clear, crisp, very nice view. (VG+). $44.

6283. [stereoview] U. S. Life-Saving Service Station and Lighthouse, World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893 by T.W. Ingersoll. Quite clear image shows the modified Quonochontaug-Type life-saving station built as a proud USLSS exhibit for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. The station performed actual rescues during the fair and continued to serve as an important life-saving station for many years after. Clearly visible is the boat ramp with a lifeboat on display, as well as a beach apparatus cart in the boat room. Behind the station in this view can be seen the tall 111-foot iron lighthouse. The light, to be known as the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, was was constructed in 1893 for the Exposition and moved to its present site in 1919 at the south end of the northern breakwater protecting the Chicago Harbor to the east of Navy Pier and the mouth of the Chicago River. Quite clear, crisp, some soiling to edges of mount, nice view. (VG+). $68.

31021. (photo) Plymouth Gurnet Lighthouse in the Fog. Lovely 8” x 10 color photograph shows the beam from Plymouth’s Gurnet Lighthouse shining out through the fog. Beautiful image on Kodak Royal paper, perfect for framing. (F). $32.

23313. (engraving) Sankaty Head Light-House c.1870’s. Early page disbound from early Harper’s New Monthly magazine with fine early 2” x 5” image of the early Nantucket lighthouse on Sankaty Head. On obverse are two engraved images of medal of the Massachusetts Humane Society issued in 1871 for the rescue of the Captain and crew of the Schooner Mary Anna on the outer bar of Nantucket Harbor February 5, 1871. Clean crisp. (VG+). $18.

Grindle Point Light Station, Islesboro, Maine

3117a. [document] U. S. Light-House Establishment Form No. 48. Grindle Point Light Station, Islesboro, Maine c.1880. Annual Return of Supplies, Illuminating Apparatus, Fixtures, Fitments, etc., on Hand at the Date of Last Return, Received and Expended During the Year, and Remaining on Hand June 30, 1880. Six-page Form No. 48, Annual Return of Supplies…. lists countless items on hand or delivered on this date by the lighthouse tender. Pages include listings of oil, wicks, chimneys, rouge, whiting, towels, buff skins, soap, various brushes, paint and more and is filled out in hand by the keeper indicate quantities on hand, received, totals and more. Also indicates the type and characteristic of lantern, etc. Folio 8 ½” x 14”. Signed in hand by Keeper Isaac Hatch (1876-1894). Stain to lower corner, otherwise clean, sound. (VG+). $88.

3117b. [document] U. S. Light-House Establishment Form No. 32. Grindle Point Light Station, Islesboro, Maine c.1883. Annual Return of Public Property on Hand …Received and Expended During the year, and Remaining on Hand…., for the Grindle Point Light-Station, Maine, for the period ending June 30, 1883. 12p. Folio 8 ½” x 14”. Form contains spaces for all items needed by the Keeper and is filled out in his hand indicating the quantity of each item used during the year and on hand. Pages include listings of oil, wicks, chimneys, rouge, whiting, towels, buff skins, soap, various brushes, paint and more. Also indicates the type and characteristic of lantern, etc. Signed in hand by Keeper Isaac Hatch (1876-1894). Stain to lower corner, otherwise clean, sound, some corner wear. (VG+). $110.

15191b. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station, Manomet Point , Mass. c.1914.  Rare photo shows the 1901 Duluth-Type life-saving station on the bluff at Manomet Point on the Massachusetts south shore. View includes a good view of the homes in the surrounding area. In 1928, the Manomet station surfboat was tossed end over end (pitchpoled) with the loss of Keeper William Cashman and surfmen Griswols and Stark while attempting to rescue the crew from the “Robert E. Lee”. Photo measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper, postmarked 1914. Overall close, detailed view, light ink marks. Rare view. (VG+). $68.

3115. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station c.1900. Rare early cyanotype photo measures 3” x 3 ½” shows an early Bibb #2-Type station as the crew poses in front of the boatroom. The image was said to be Rye Beach, NH but I have doubts because of lack of dormers. Photo is clear and close with great early details. (VG+). $32.

6729r. (mounted photo) Ida Lewis, Famous Lighthouse Heroine. c.1869. Superb large mounted photo shows the lovely Ida at about 28 years of age, holding an oar while beautifully dressed in long skirt and flowered bonnet. Directly underneath the photograph is the title, "Miss Ida Lewis. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year of our Lord 1869, by Manchester Brothers, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the District of Rhode Island." Ida Lewis gained national notoriety during a time when most women in the United States were not in the professional workforce nor on the national stage. She 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. A biography of the day notes: "What the story of Grace Darling is to Great Britain , that of Ida Lewis is to America . Ida Lewis was born in Newport , R. I., in 1841. Her father, Capt. Hoea Lewis, was keeper of the Lime Rock lighthouse in Newport harbor, and the daughter became in early life a skilled swimmer and oars-woman. She is now a lithe, active woman of fifty-two, and is still at the lighthouse and the work she did so many years ago.” Clear crisp image measures 4” x 5 ½” on 5 ½” X 7” mount. Clean crisp original image, one of the nicest that I have found. Some very light foxing and soiling to mount, back of mount with glue/paper residue from removal from album. Such images of Ida Lewis are extremely rare and collectible, particularly from this early date. (VG+). $148.

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SR-580. Smith, Fitz-Henry Jr., STORMS AND SHIPWRECKS IN BOSTON BAY AND THE RECORD OF THE LIFE SAVERS OF HULL. The Bostonian Society Publications, Vol II Second Series. Boston. 1918. 154 pp. A very detailed history (60p) of the Hull Life Savers and the storms and shipwrecks with which they dealt. Illustrated with photos including portrait photo of famed life-saver Joshua James. Includes a listing of principal storms, wrecks, as well as a great deal about Joshua James and his crews. One of the most detailed accounts of the Hull Life-Savers. Other selections include The Old Corner Book Store, The New England Museum…., and more. Original cloth wraps. Contents clean and tight save light foxing to frontis and title pages. An important early title. (VG+). $58.

7261f. Coast Guard. HANDBOOK ON CARE AND OPERATION OF GASOLINE ENGINES. GPO. 1917. 92p. Very early manual for the first internal combustion engines in Coast Guard service includes theory of operation, definitions and terms, instructions for running gasoline engines, care and maintenance, adjustment, repairs, and more. Illustrated with many fine drawings. Internally quite clean and tight, almost as new, in lightly worn but heavily soiled folding pocket covers. Quite scarce. (VG). $68.

3114. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station and Lighthouse, Coos Bay (Cape Arago), Oregon c.1909. Superb clear, close photo shows great detail of the 1875-Type life-saving station near Coos Bay, Oregon. This was the first life saving station on the Oregon Coast, built in late 1878, two miles southwest of Cape Arago. Note that the station was built high on wood piles to protect it from the tides. The station, a rather quiet place without much rescue activity, had 14 keepers in 37 years, the highest turnover rate on the West Coast. The station was initially reached by a platform suspended from a high cable. The lighthouse at this site was built to replace the lighthouse at the Umpqua River. Congress appropriated $15,000 on July 2, 1864 for the light, and the first Cape Arago Lighthouse was illuminated on November 1, 1866. When the fog signal had been in operation for just over ten years, erosion on the point endangered the lighthouse and fog signal building. As a replacement, a lighthouse, consisting of a wood-frame fog signal building with an attached octagonal tower, seen here, was built near the keeper’s duplex using a $20,000 appropriation made on March 4, 1907. Great detailed view includes life-saving station, lighthouse and fog-signal building, and dwelling on the extremely rocky site. Photo is unusually clear and with great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Postmarked 1909. (VG+). $68.

3111. (aerial photo) Sankaty Head, Nantucket, Massachusetts looking north from the Lighthouse c.1972. Quite clear, close b/w aerial photograph of Sankaty Head, Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1972 looking north from the Lighthouse. This photo measures about 9" x 9" and is in very nice condition with only minimal wear to the edges and corner tips. This is an actual photograph printed on Kodak paper and dated July 27, 1972. The photo image is sharp throughout, completely in focus. Visible is the lighthouse and the 1960’s ranch-style houses for the Coast Guard keepers, local homes, north across Sesachacha Pond, and out to Coskata. Would be quite nice matted and framed. (VG+). $74.

3116. (cover / envelope) Tatham’s Life-Saving Station, Stone Harbor, New Jersey c.1906. Original official envelope from the U. S. Life-Saving Service, with beautiful printed return address to “Tatham’s Life Saving Station, Stone Harbor, Cape May County, New Jersey. Surfman No. ‘K’ [Keeper]”. This pre-printed original envelope was mailed from Stone Harbor, NJ to David McCaden in Philadelphia. Envelope has light age toning and normal postmarks, and some wear and soiling, etc. A great memento for framing. 3 ½” x 6”. (VG-). $38.

3104. (tile) English Wedgewood Nantucket Sankoty Head Lighthouse Souvenir Tile c.1890-1910. From lovely Nantucket comes this rare English Wedgewood Nantucket Sankoty Head Lighthouse Souvenir Tile in cobalt blue decoration made for local shops in about 1890-1910. A superb, bright, cobalt blue commemorative tile features a large, beautiful clear, detailed image of the tall “Sankoty Head” Lighthouse, first lighted in 1850 on the steep sand bluff. This piece is quite rare and is one of the more attractive that I have had. This pretty display piece measures 6” square and is enhanced by a decorative flowered border in the corners. Back marked “Wedgewood Etruria England” “H. S. Wyer, Nantucket. Sole Importers Jones McDuffee & Stratton Boston”. Also with brief historical notes of the construction and lighting on the back. Clean and bright, light edge wear and crazing from age. A fine display piece. Rare in this form. (VG+). $225.

 

28122. [15 glass slide set] The Life-Savers of Cape Cod. c.1902. In 1902 Dalton wrote probably the finest and most complete history of the Life-Saving Service and its 13 stations on the outer reaches of Cape Cod . In it he looked at each of the 13 stations individually including their men, equipment, construction and modifications of the buildings, rescues, and much more. It was profusely illustrated with over 100 fine b/w photographs. During this period, surfman Asa Cobb Paine Lombard along with his Cahoon’s Hollow companion, Eugene Young, gave lectures at the time in the eastern part of Massachusetts describing the wrecks that occurred on Cape Cod from Monomoy to Provincetown , explaining how rescue attempts were made, and the operations of the United States Life Saving Service. The proceeds from the lectures were used to buy Station personnel the necessary extras needed to perform their duties — equipment not provided by the government. In addition, other surfmen gave similar lectures, all using similar b/w projection slides using these images from Dalton’s book and others. This lot of 15 glass projection slides is from such a set used for these lectures. Crystal clear views include: Surfman E. S. Dyer, Pamet River LSS, oldest surfman in the U.S.L.S.S.; wreck Katie J. Barrett breaking up on beach; ship A. S. Ropes dismasted off Provincetown; Highland LSS crew; wreck Panchita driven ashore in Provincetown; High Head LSS; High Head LSS crew; Wood End LSS crew; Nauset LSS crew; Monomoy LSS; Keeper Seth Ellis, Keeper Monomoy LSS; Keeper Joseph Kelley, Monomoy Point LSS; Schooner ashore; wreckage on beach; dismasted schooner. The views are superb and crystal clear, perfect for printing or projecting in a proper projector. Slides measures 3 ¼” x 4” and presents a superb, clear image. Two slides have crack but are intact, remaining near fine. (VG+). $445. Reduced $345.

30114. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Station, Pecks Beach, NJ c.1915-1920. Superb clear, close photo shows great detail of the Jersey-type Coast Guard station near Ocean City, NJ. Note the officer in-charge standing on the boat ramp. Great view includes open station doors and sign, flag mast and more. Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $78.

23354u. [silver service] U.S. Coast Guard Creamer. 4 ¾” high. These beautiful United States Coast Guard silver plate pieces were for use in the Officer’s Mess and were of expected high quality construction and added to a most elegant table. Pieces are of heavy weight silver plate by Meriden Silver Co. and show a high degree of quality workmanship. Pieces are marked with a U.S. 13 star crest. Marked “Marked “Meriden Company, Made in USA 25” A beautiful piece. (F-)  $295.

23354t. [silver service] U.S. Coast Guard Serving Bowl. 10 ¼” x 7 ½”. These beautiful United States Coast Guard silver plate pieces were for use in the Officer’s Mess and were of expected high quality construction and added to a most elegant table. Pieces are of heavy weight silver plate by International Silver Co. and show a high degree of quality workmanship. Pieces are marked with a U.S. 13 star crest with “U.S.C.G.” above. Marked “IS International Silver Co., [Silver Soldered]  0805 10 IN 61” A beautiful piece. (F-)  $265.

8213s. (mint sheet of 100). Mint sheet unused of 100 National Parks Centennial series commemorative stamps c.1972. Each block of 4 shows a view down the beach toward the lighthouse at Cape Hatteras. One hundred stamps, 2c denominations, unused, 1972 issue. Scott #’s 1448, 1449, 1450, 1451. (M). $17.

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 $295 net. (x)

2167. U. S. Revenue Cutter Service mailing tube. Tube was used to mail maps or plans and measures 18” long by 2” in diameter and is paper wrapped cardboard. Tube bears the original label bearing the printed return address of the “Treasury Department, Division of the Revenue-Cutter Service”. Tube is addressed to “2nd Lieut. of Engrs. N. B. Hall, USRCS c/o Commanding Officer,  U. S. Revenue Cutter Apache, Baltimore, Maryland. Moderately soiled but otherwise in good condition, well intact. (VG-).  $44. Reduced $36. (x)

20515a. Framed photograph U. S. Revenue Steamer Levi Woodbury. 22" x 26" framed albumen photograph on mat. Photo is of the crew on deck. Moisture staining to mat but does not affect photographs  and can be matted out. Photo is clear, fair contrast. Original frames intact but worn, need re-gluing. $285 net. Reduced to $255. (x)

 

30112. (photo) San Francisco Lightship c.1940. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of The San Francisco Lightship, likely either LV-70 or LV-83, on station between San Francisco and the Farallone Islands. Photo is b/w and is not dated. Includes detailed description. Clear, close, nice detailed working view. (VG+). $22

30115. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Academy Museum / Display. Clear, close, original 6” x 9” press photo shows excellent detail of the interior space at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Museum. Includes many of the displays, paintings, two boats, etc. Photo is b/w and is not dated. Clear, close, nice detailed view. (VG+). $34.

3095. (photo) Niagara Life-Saving Station, Lake Ontario c.1909. Good clear, close photo shows great detail of the crew of the Niagara Life-Saving Station posed on the boat ramp. One surfman, Clemens, is identified and the writer notes on the back “Here are some of those nice boys, the one man Red’s very nice….”. Good view includes surfboat, station doors and sign. Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Postmarked 1909 with message on back. Only very light wear. (VG+). $78.

3096. (cabinet photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Surfman (San Francisco area) c.1900. Clear close cabinet photo shows handsome young surfman posing for the photographer in full uniform. Detailed view includes regulation single-breasted uniform coat with Life-Saving insignia on right arm, and hat with tally. View is by Chas. Lainere of San Francisco. Though view is clear and close, there is heavy surface abrasion affecting the entire image, as well as a fold in the upper left corner. (P+). $54.

3098. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Dobbins Lifeboat Ilwaco Beach (Klipsan Beach), Washington c.1908. Good clear, close photo shows great detail of the 7-man crew of the Ilwaco Beach Life-Saving Station pulling at the oars of the Dobbins lifeboat as the Keeper mans the steering oar. Unusually close view shows great detail of the boat and of the man as well. The Life-Saving Station at Klipsan Beach (formerly Ilwaco Beach) was north of Cape Disappointment. On postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Postmarked 1908 with message on back. (VG+). $58.

3097.  (lot 6+ photos) U.S. Life-Saving Service Surfmen & Stations Michigan Great Lakes c.1904-1914. Wonderful lot includes clear, close photos showing great detail of men and stations of the Great Lakes. Includes superb photo of the Jackson Park station shortly after its construction in 1908. The mansion-like station was of a unique design. Note the crew standing on the roof. Also includes three close photos of surfmen enjoying themselves including one of a surfman preparing to dive into the lake. A later clear crisp photo shows the Coast Guard station at Grand Marais. The final photo shows the steamer Bonami at Ellison Bay, Wisc. Also included is a lithograph post card of Captain Trudell with his 8-man crew in the “English Life Boat, with sails set, Grand Marais, Michigan. On postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Lot 7 items $144.

3091. (photo) Victorian Ladies Enjoy View Aboard SS Portland c.1897. Clear close image shows two finely dressed Victorian ladies posing on an exterior ladder leading to the bridge of a steamship. Back is labeled in pencil: “Steamer Portland destroyed in the storm November 1898”. From the configuration of the bridge, there may be a question as to if this is the actual SS Portland lost off Cape Cod on Stellwagen Banks – more research may be needed. If it is the case, this may be one of the few images in existence showing a view on board the vessel before its loss. Photo measures 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” trimmed and is clear, some thin areas where it was removed from page, pasted in an album, one small hole center. (VG+). $48.

20121. [uniform button] Great Britain , Northern Lighthouse Board. Most interesting 2-piece uniform button of the Northern Lighthouse Board , Great Britain . Brass button depicts a large offshore masonry lighthouse, flanked by a bell buoy and a spar buoy, encircled by the words “In Salutem Omnium, Northern Lighthouses”. Backmarked “ Fast Shanks”. 23mm [15/16”]. Only lightly worn, in good condition. A most interesting collectors’ item. (VG). $36.

6775-37. Coast Guard Petty Officer Collar Insignia c.1940’s. Rare Coast Guard Petty Officer Collar Insignia measures 1 ¼” high and is marked “STERLING” on reverse. Pin back with a roll locking pin catch. Very good quality. (VG+). $64.

 

Rare Important Reference:

26305. United States Coast Guard Publications 1931, 1944, 1935. Bound in hard-cover library binding are the following three original publications: 1). United States Coast Guard. Register of the Commissioned and Warrant Officers and Cadets, and Ships and Stations of the United States Coast Guard. Wash. January 1, 1931. 141p. Soft wraps. 2). United States Coast Guard. Register of the Commissioned and Warrant Officers and Cadets, and Ships and Stations of the United States Coast Guard. Wash. January 1, 1934. 139p. Soft wraps. 3). United States Coast Guard. Register of the Commissioned and Warrant Officers and Cadets, and Ships and Stations of the United States Coast Guard. Wash. January 1, 1935. 155p. Soft wraps. $325. Reduced $295. (x)

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9461. (photo) Falmouth’s Nobska Lighthouse c.1950’s. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of the cast iron lighthouse and the keeper’s house in fine condition. Photo is b/w and is not dated. Clear, close, nice detailed view. (VG+). $22.

30116. (Coast Guard photo) Nantucket Great Point Light Station c.1944. Original Coast Guard photo provides clear, close view of the original tall stone tower and later keeper’s dwelling, as well as boathouse and the surrounding area. Photo measures 8” x 10” and includes Coast Guard stamp and identification on back. Dated August 27, 1944. Clear, close, nice detailed view. (VG+). $44.

3100. Vince, Charles.  Storm on the Waters - The Story of the Life-Boat Service in the War of 1939-1945. London. 1946. 1st. 111p. DJ. With 17 photo illustrations of Coxswains. From the beaches of Dunkirk to the skerries of the Shetlands, from E-Boat Alley off the coast of Norfolk to the Western Approaches in the Atlantic, the life-boatmen were strained, rescuing hundreds of lives during the six years of war. This is the story of their heroism in the face of those dangers and violence. A gripping account of their heroic and selfless work. Some edge and margin foxing and spotting, o/w VG Copy in good dj with one short tear. Well worth reading. (VG). $48. 

30109. (photo) Moving Buoys, U.S. Lighthouse Service Depot, Staten Island c.1920’s. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” photo (may be copy photo) shows excellent detail at the General Lighthouse Service Depot on Staten Island as a worker moves buoy sinkers using a small crane apparatus. In the background can be seen some large buoys, and in the foreground numerous other sinkers and weights. Photo is b/w and is not dated. Clear, close, nice detailed lighthouse depot view. (VG+). $28.

30107. (photo) Thomas J Ferns With Son, Recipient of Mass. Humane Society Medals for Saving of Life c.1924. Clear, close, original 4” x 6” press photo shows excellent detail of Thomas J Ferns with his son Tommy Jr., recipient of Massachusetts Humane Society Medals for Saving of Life in the water. Mass. Humane Society medals come along now and then, but it is extremely rare to find a photo of recipients wearing such medals. Photo is b/w (sepia) and includes date and description on back. Photo is dated January 23, 1924. Clear, close, nice detailed view. Only light wear/chipping to edges. (VG+). $48.

30117. (photo) Life-Saving Service Surfboat on Carriage c.1900. Rare clear, close photo shows good view of surfboat on carriage in front of the boatroom. This may be the Newburyport / Merrimack River Station on Plum Island based on the other items that accompanied it years ago. The station appears to be a Bibb #2-Type station. There were two life-saving stations on Plum Island, Newburyport (Merrimack River) on the north end and Knobbs Beach (Plum Island) on the Ipswich end. Photo is clear and close with great early details. Images measure 3 ¾’ x 4 ¾”.  (VG+). $40.

 

 

6724f. U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. UNITED STATES COAST PILOT. Atlantic Coast - Section B. Cape Cod to Sandy Hook . (1950) Fifth Edition. Hard cover. 503pp. Stamped on front cover: “Officer in Charge Brant Point Lifeboat Station, Box 479, Nantucket, Mass.” Unusually good condition, clean, tight, near fine. (VG+). $48. 

 

28346b. Boddington, Jack. A CONQUERED SEA - An Illustrated Record of the United States Presidential Lifesaving Medal and Related Awards. Self published. 1990. 90p. Soft wraps. Scarce reference lists Presidential Lifesaving Medals and associated awards from 1853 up to 1939, as well as registers of recipients where available, images of the medals, and more. Very good reference work on the subject with good detail and information. Recipients’ listing includes date, the award, the name of the recipient, their rank, nationality, their ship and what US ship they saved as well as information on the award itself. Clean, tight, near fine copy of a rare publication. (VG+). $74.

30113. (copy photo) Race Point Life Saving Station c.1900. Large 8” x 10” copy photo from the Coast Guard Historian’s Office shows the Expanded Red House-type station  and out-buildings at Provincetown’s outer beach. Good detail, clear, station dog rests in the foreground. (VG+). $48.

30110. (photo) U.S. Revenue Cutter Windom, Galveston, Texas c.1909. Unusually clear close view shows the Windom underway with signal flags displayed. Commissioned by Revenue Cutter Service on June 30, 1896, the Windom was a steel-hulled, single screw vessel, with an engine capable of generating 800 horsepower. She carried one small-caliber gun. The vessel served with the North Atlantic Squadron. This vessel was later renamed Comanche. Great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Postmarked 1909. (VG+). $24.

 

President of the United States’ Flag & Banner  of the 1916 Design

“..The Executive Flags of the United States are official flags designated to represent particular offices in the executive branch, most notably, the President of the United States…. As early as 1818 a flag to represent the Chief Executive of the United States was considered but it was not until 1882 that a design was officially adopted, during the administration of President Chester Arthur…. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson noted the two military Presidential flags being carried in a parade. With input from Secretary of the Navy Byron McCandless and Assistant Secretary of the Navy (and future President) Franklin Roosevelt, President Wilson decided to combine aspects of the Navy and Army flag into a single flag. The four white corner stars of the Army flag were retained, and added to the Navy flag's design.  The 13 stars surrounded by a ring of rays was replaced by white cloud puffs in an arc above an arc of 13 stars…. The 1916 President's Flag remained official through World War I and World War II, until 1946 when President Truman adjusted the flag due to some criticism that the eagle's head on the 1916 flag faced toward the clutched arrows (to many, signifying war) and toward the left (known in heraldry as the sinister side)….” [from WWW.rareflags.com]. The design in use today includes the eagle turned to the right toward the olive branches and the four corner stars are replaced by a ring of 48 stars, etc. 

It is unknown the date of these two pieces and whether they are original from the period 1916-1946, or are more recently manufactured for some reason. One expert on period flags commented” “While the banner does look like it is the style of the President’s flag with the Great Seal and four corner stars, it somehow looks very “new” to me, as if they were made recently but with an older design….” These two pieces were found inside an old Coast Guard station being renovated some years ago. 

SR-578. President of the United States’ Banner 1916 Design. Banner 20” x 32” 1-sided. $175

SR-579. President of the United States’ Flag 1916 Design. 34” x 48” 2-sided double thickness (2 pieces) of material. $275

30111. (lot 3 photos) SS San Jacinto (SS Fort Mercer) Once Again Breaks in Half After Explosion c.1964. c. March 27, 1964. Lot of three (3) press photos 7 ½” x 10” show excellent details of the T-2 tanker SS San Jacinto, once named SS Fort Mercer. In 1952 18 crewmen were rescued from the tanker Fort Mercer after she split in two off Chatham in a fierce northeast storm. During this storm the SS Pendleton also split in two in the same area prompting the rescue of 32 crewmen by the Coast Guard’s CG-36500, a rescue immortalized in thje book and movie The Finest Hours. One photo in this lot shows good detail of the SS Fort Mercer before the 1952 tragedy. The strange fate of the Fort Mercer did not end here, however. Its owner, Trinidad Corp., had the stern towed to the Todd Shipyards Corp.'s Galveston, Texas, yard, where a new bow was attached to the stern section. When the 545-foot re-christened vessel, the San Jacinto, left the yard in 1953, it was 40 feet longer. In 1964, as the reincarnated tanker steamed 40 miles off Virginia, an explosion blew the San Jacinto in two during a routine cleaning of its tanks, leaving one man dead. A second photo shows the stern, which had drifted some 40 miles from the bow. The section was picked up by salvage tugs which towed it to Newport, R.I., eventually through Long Island Sound to New York. A third view shows the stern section right after the accident as a Navy helicopter hovers over the vessel ready to remove the crew if needed. The ship would emerged a third time, in 1965, not as one ship, but two: the Pasadena and the Seatrain Maryland. The unlucky F ort Mercer saga finally ended in a Bangladesh shipyard, where the Seatrain Maryland was broken up in 1983. Clear, close, nice detailed views with descriptions and dated. (VG+). $78. (available individually $34 each)

29397b. Department of the Navy. Manual For Overhaul, Repair, And Handling Of U.S. Navy Mechanical, Boat And Deck Clocks, Chelsea Type, With Parts Catalog NAVSHIPS 250-624-8. Bureau of Ships, Navy Department. April 1953. 101p. Original soft wraps, perfect bound. Complete manual, compiled with the assistance of Chelsea Clock Company, was prepared to provide guidance for servicing, repair and testing Chelsea clocks in its service. Manual covers the 12E and 17E movements which included 8 ½” Type B and 6” Type A mechanical clocks, boat clocks and deck clocks. Extremely detailed, this manual includes Introduction, Descriptions, Disassembly Procedure, Escapement Disassembly, Parts Repair and Cleaning, Escapement Operations Procedure, Reassembly Procedure, Test, Adjustment, Final Inspection, Maintenance Parts Catalogue, Special Service Tools and Testing Devices, and Service Bulletins. A tremendous reference for any Chelsea movements including Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard, etc. Clean, crisp, onlylight age toning. (VG+). $125. 

2471e. Theiss, Lewis E., THE WIRELESS OPERATOR WITH THE U.S. COAST GUARD. Boston . 1924. 313p. Color front wrap illustration of cutter in heavy seas. Relates the work of the Coast Guard and the roll of wireless and the operators through various chapters in this fictional account. In preparation for writing this account, the author spent weeks visiting with Coast Guardsmen and years pouring through official accounts. Accounts included are all based on actual incidents in the Coast Guard’s history. Good light reading, based on fact and in demand both due to its Coast Guard and its early wireless connection. I just re-read this and if you like early wireless or early Coast Guard, you will enjoy this light read. Extremely scarce ! Tight, wraps with some edge and corner wear but well intact. Front endpaper removed, ex lib. Contents light age toning. (VG-). $68.

Clearance Sale - “Wreck Master” Appointment Certificates, Long Island c.1810-1868

 

Original New York State “Wreck Master” Appointment Certificates, County of Suffolk. Signed in hand by the Governor of New York State. c.1861 – 1869. Certificates measure 10 ½” x 16 ½” and include applied seal of New York State. Signed in hand by the Governor and by the Secretary of State.

"…Wreck Masters, appointed by the New York State Governor from 1787 on, were required to help victims and protect property belonging to wrecked ships, rescue service on Long Island relied on volunteers until the founding of the Life-Saving Service, a federal agency, in 1871”.

The appointment certificate for March 24, 1810 describes the duties of the Wreck Masters as follows: “…to aid and assist all such ships and vessels as may happen to be stranded on the coasts of said county of Suffolk with full power and authority to them…. to give all possible aid and assistance to all such ships and vessels and to the people on board of the same and to use their utmost endeavors to save the same and to save preserve and … for the purposes aforesaid the cargoes of all such ships and vessels and all goods and chattels whatsoever which may at any time be cast by the sea upon the shore and to employ such and so many men for the purpose as they may think proper. To have and to hold exercise and enjoy the said office together with the fees profits perquisites privileges and advantages to the same by law belonging or appertaining unto them…. “

Certificates list the individual being appointed and his town of residence, and the person whom he is replacing.

Long Island towns represented include Amagansett, Babylon, Baiting Hollow, Belport, Brookhaven, Centre Moriches, East Hampton, Fire Place, Fresh Pond, Mattituck, Miller’s Place, Northport, Orient, Patchogue, Penataquit, Quogue, Riverhead, Sayvile, Smithtown, Southampton, South Haven, Southold, West Hampton.

Pricing in the $200 - $40 range depending on condition and content, with discounts on multiple items available. Please inquire for towns and reduced pricing

 

LN-02. U. S. Life Saving Service Lyle Gun Powder Box c.1880. Scarce, original United States Life Saving Service Powder Storage Box. Cover embossed: “U. S. L. S. S. POWDER” Powder boxes were used to store and carry pre-measured bags of powder on the beach apparatus cart for use in the bronze Lyle gun. Box has all copper outer shell with top of hinged lid having large raised lettering “U. S. L. S. S. POWDER”. Entire interior is tin or lead lined and is divided into four compartments. Box has cast brass carrying handles on each end, one side missing handle but brackets intact,  and a hasp on the front for securing shut. Previous owner has had a handle blank made from brass and all that remains is to have it properly filed or turned to round and inserted into brackets. Box measures 14 ½” long x 10” wide x 7” deep. Condition is very good, has had coat(s) of Coast Guard paint removed and has been professionally polished. Has old pitting on cover but is quite striking as polished. Powder box dates from the mid Life Saving Service years as designed and described by David Lyle in his reports. Exceptionally scarce, and simply a must if you have a Lyle gun,  or to complete your exhibit. Great value for the price. (VG). $2,100. Reduced $1,895.

30106. (copy photo) Muskeget Life Saving Station Crew Launching Surfboat, Nantucket c.1900 view. 8” x 10 ¼”  b/w. Off the western tip of Nantucket, beyond Tuckernuck in the direction of Martha’s Vineyard, lies Muskeget Island, hardly more than a sandbar in the encroaching sea. In the 1880s and 1890s The U.S. Live-Saving Service station and nineteen other buildings, mostly fishermen’s shanties, stood on Muskeget. The first life-saving station on the island was built in 1883, an 1882-Type station with one boat-room door and an enclosed lookout on the roof. Construction of the first Muskeget Station began in February 1883. There was (and still remains) no way to put out fires on the isolated island, and on December 28, 1889, the station burned to the ground while the crew was out performing a rescue. Nearly seven years passed before the Live-Saving Service rebuilt the station, and the double-bay Quonochontaug-Type station was completed in 1896-1897. Photo measures 8” x 10 ¼” and is crystal clear and quite close, providing an exceptional view as the crew prepares to launch the surfboat. High resolution image printed on heavy, premium luster photo paper for a highly detailed finish, without the glare, using pigment inks for a long-lasting print. Rare view. (M). $20.

8109-119. [flag] U. S. Coast Guard Ensign. c.1915-1953. Official U. S. Coast Guard Ensign size #4 (29”h x 52”w) for use on small and medium size craft. Ensign manufactured for Coast Guard use and has had only light if any 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. Stamped on hem is “Coast Guard Ensign No. 4”. Mfg. By Annin High-Grade All Wool Bunting”.  Good condition, darkened from age, some soiling, some very small holes, moderate spots from drips or spills. Wonderful for your display and quite difficult to get these original ensigns. (VG-) $220.

8109-118 [flag] U. S. Coast Guard Ensign. c.1966 – date. Official U. S. Coast Guard Ensign size #5 (15” h x 25”w) for use on small craft. This size ensign was for use at stations or on small or medium size craft. Ensign was manufactured for the Coast Guard use and is fresh and as new, having never been used. Made of 100% all nylon bunting. Pattern is of the later design consisting of vertical red/white stripes, with Coast Guard shield on crossed anchors overlaying on the right portion, without the words “Semper Paratus” [post 1950’s]. Top left corner is white with U. S. eagle and shield with bunched stars above. Marked only “Coast Guard Ensign No. 5”. Wonderful for your display and quite difficult to get these original ensigns. Clean, crisp, the perfect ensign for flying or display. As new, never flown. (M). $76.

30104b. (cabinet photo) Nantucket South Shoreline Surfside with Life-Saving Station in the Background by H. S. Wyer c.1880. 4 ¼” x 6 ½”. Close, detailed view as Victorian bathers enjoy the beach at Surfside. In the background can be seen the 1874-Type Life-Saving station only a few years after it was built. One of "Cabinet Views" of "Picturesque Nantucket" (second) series by HS Wyer, Yonkers, NY. Studio: H.S. Wyer, Yonkers, N.Y. Only a bit light, light toning from age. Clear, rare Nantucket view. (VG). $78.

30104. (cabinet photo) Nantucket Shoreline by J. Freeman c.1880. 4 ¼” x 6 ½”. Close, detailed, rare Freeman Brant Point view “E” is taken from the Hulbert Avenue shore looking north towards the jetties, with the area known as "the Cliff" in the background. Visible are several early houses along Hulbert Avenue and the harbor channel beach, including "Sandanwede" in the left foreground. In the background are houses along the cliff, as well as the west jetty. Only a bit of light foxing, otherwise a clear, rare Nantucket view. Very light wear to edges. (VG). $78.

3092. (copy photo) Workers in Lamp Shop at the U.S. Lighthouse Service Depot, Staten Island c.1890’s view. Superb rare image from the National Archives collection shows great detail in one repair room at the lamp shop at the General Lighthouse Depot on Staten Island. In this image can be seen the 6th order lens, chariot wheels and clockwork rotating mechanism that the two men are working on. In the corner on the bench can be seen a Haines oil lamp as well. Such images are a joy to look at and this one would be great matted and framed. B/w digital copy print from national Archives photo.  With newspaper image attached to back from publishing in about 1966. 7” x 9 ½”.  $54.

3093a,b. (lot 2 photos) U.S. Life-Saving Crew Drilling on Beach. Pair of superb clear, close photos show great detail of the surfboat, beach apparatus cart and Francis Metallic Life Car on the beach as the Life-Saving crew drills. Photos are clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Only light soiling. (VG+). $145.

3094. (photo) Second U.S. Life-Saving Service / Coast Guard Station, Louisville, KY. c.1926-1928. Clear, close original photo shows great detail of the one-of-a-kind river Coast Guard station docked at the wharf in Louisville, Kentucky in about 1926-1928. The United States Life-Saving Service was established in 1848 and soon stations were established around the country near dangerous waters. The first such lifesaving station on the Western Rivers was established at Louisville , Kentucky , in 1881 to guard the treacherous Falls of the Ohio River . In 1902, a second wooden lifeboat station replaced the first, shown here. It too was moored at the foot of Third Street . The wooden hull of the second Louisville Life-Saving Station eventually became worn out and a new station would be built in 1929. Image is quite clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (F-) $36.

30108. (mounted photo) Montauk Point Light Station, Long Island c.1900. By Loren A. Rowley Photographer, East Marion, N.Y. Unusually nice photo on period grey mount shows the tall lighthouse with attached keeper’s house, fog signal building, flag masts and more. Montauk, the oldest lighthouse in New York State, was authorized by the Second Congress, under President George Washington in 1792. Construction began on June 7, 1796 and was completed on November 5, 1796. This historic landmark has been part of Long Island's land and seascape for over 200 years and still serves as an active aid to navigation. Pristine photographer’s label on back notes Capt. James G. Scott as Keeper at the time. Rev. Loren A. Rowley (1858-1918), was a Baptist minister and sometime photographer whose work is frequently on display at venues on Long Island and the area. During his years on the North Fork, he took photographs of a variety of everyday scenes in and around East Marion and on Shelter and Gardiner’s Islands, as well as at Camp Wyckoff, where American soldiers were quarantined after the Spanish-American War. Clear, close image shows great detail. Image measures 4 ½” x 7 ¾” on 7” x 10” mount. Clean, clear, only light corner bumping. Near fine. (F-). $58.

 

 

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3086. (photo) Life-Saving Service Surfman Relax as they Wait for Dinner at Wellfleet, Cape Cod c.1900. Rare clear, close photo shows excellent detail as Surfman relax as they wait for dinner probably at Cahoon Hollow Life-Saving Station at Wellfleet, Cape Cod. Writing on negative when printed “Waiting for dinner USLSS”. The building may be a cook-house, used for cooking during the hot summer months , or it may be an out-building at the station. Unusual view, great content. Photo is clear, just a bit light, great detail, on postcard paper. Publisher Covell Mf’g Co., Wellfleet, Mass. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Rare view. (VG+). $64.

3086b. (photo) Life-Saving Service Surfman Ready for Drill at Wellfleet, Cape Cod c.1900. Rare clear, close photo shows excellent detail as Surfman wait in foul-weather gear, maybe awaiting the day’s drill at Cahoon Hollow Life-Saving Station at Wellfleet, Cape Cod. Writing on negative when printed “Waiting for dinner USLSS”. The building may be a cook-house, used for cooking during the hot summer months , or it may be an out-building at the station. Unusual view, great content. Photo is clear, just a bit light, great detail, on postcard paper. Publisher Covell Mf’g Co., Wellfleet, Mass. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $84.

3101. Hartman, Capt Jeffrey D. USCG (Retired). U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Arcadia. 2020. 128p. Soft wraps. With over 200 vintage photographs. The predecessor of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Revenue Marine (later Revenue Cutter Service)  was formed to enforce the U.S. customs laws. The officers for the service were drawn from the merchant marine, and occasionally the U.S. Navy. To ensure consistent training as the services evolved, the original Revenue Cutter School Of Instruction became the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, moving to its present location in New London, Connecticut, in 1932. Prior to that, instruction had been afloat on four different vessels, known as cutters, and ashore in New Bedford, Massachusetts; Curtis Bay, Maryland; and Fort Trumbull in New London. The training has grown from a two-year program, providing primarily practical seamanship, to one of the highest ranked small engineering undergraduate schools in the nation, offering nine majors and graduating male and female officers with a liking for the sea and its lore. The author Capt. Jeffrey D. Hartman, USCG (retired) is a helicopter pilot with 30 years of service. He graduated from the academy in 1963. He twice served on the US Coast Guard Academy Alumni Board of Directors, commanded an air station in Puerto Rico and had four tours in Alaska, including management of the emergency response program for the state waters. This compact volume features numerous early photographs, drawn from the author’s and other private collections, most never before published. Filled with rare and early views. (M). $21.99.

3103. Hudson River Maritime Museum. Hudson River Lighthouses. Arcadia. 2019. 128p. Soft wraps. With over 200 vintage photographs. The Hudson River, as beautiful as it is, has its dangers. To help river traffic navigate safely, there were once dozens of lighthouses up and down the length of the river. Set against the backdrop of purple mountains, lush hillsides, and tidal wetlands, the lighthouses of the Hudson River were built between 1826 and 1921 to improve navigational safety on a river teeming with freight and passenger traffic. But unlike the towering beacons of the seacoasts, these river lighthouses were architecturally diverse, ranging from short conical towers to elaborate Victorian houses. Operated by men and women who at times risked and lost their lives in service of safe navigation, these beacons have overseen more than a century of extraordinary technological and social change. Of the dozens of historic lighthouses and beacons that once dotted the Hudson River, just eight remain, including the iconic Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor's great monument to freedom and immigration, which served as an official lighthouse between 1886 and 1902. These facts and more fill Images of America: Hudson River Lighthouses, one of the latest in the beautiful series of local lore. This compact volume features numerous early photographs, drawn from the author’s and other private collections, most never before published. Filled with rare and early views. (M). $21.99.

3102. Gendell, David. Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse: A Chesapeake Bay Icon. History Press. 2020. 206p. Soft wraps. Well illustrated with vintage photographs. For centuries, the hard-packed shoal at Thomas Point menaced Chesapeake Bay mariners. Even after two separate stone towers were built on the shoreline, sailors continued to request a light at the end of the mile-long shoal. When a new lighthouse was finally approved in 1873, experts deemed its novel design too fragile for the location—but it was built anyway. Long overdue and of an inappropriate design, the iconic Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse was lit in November 1875 and continues to serve mariners. Thomas Point is the last Chesapeake Bay screwpile-style lighthouse in its original location and one of only twelve American lighthouses designated as a National Historic Landmark. Join Annapolis sailor David Gendell as he explores Thomas Point. This compact volume features numerous early photographs, drawn from the author’s and other private collections, most never before published. (M). $21.99.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20238p. United States Revenue Cutter Service “U.S.R.C.S.” Dinnerware saucer. Scarce, original United States Revenue Cutter Service saucer in the rare later intertwined green “U.S.R.C.S.” pattern. This is a scarce original china dinnerware piece from the United States Revenue Cutter Service manufactured of heavy white institutional type china, in the early years of the Twentieth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms. This pattern is the later pattern used just before the service was combined with the Life Saving Service to form the Coast Guard. The pattern is done in rust and brown, 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”. Saucer is back-marked “M China L”. There are no other markings visible. Saucer is near fine and quite clean and presentable.  Saucer measures 4 11/16” in diameter. A great example of this extremely rare pattern. (F-).  $274.

3090. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station, Cold Spring, New Jersey. H.A.B.S. photo. 8” x 12”. 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 Bibb #2-Type station built in 1890-91 one half mile east of Cape May city. Note the unusual two-tone shingles on the facing gable end, and the Keeper with his wife enjoying the summer weather on the porch. Just to the right of the corner board can be seen the eave of the original 1855-Type station. Exceptionally clear and close view, professional digital print. (F-). $38.

3088. (photo Christmas card) U.S. Coast Guard Grumman Widgeon J4f-1 Aircraft c.1941. The Coast Guard ordered for the War a light amphibian utility transport designated as J4F-1. The initial order consisted of eight aircraft delivered from Grumman on 7 July 1941. These aircraft were given USCG service numbers V197 through V204, of which this is V201. In addition to utilizing the J4F-1 as a utility transport the Coast Guard intended to use them for search and rescue purposes, with a hatch added on top of the fuselage, just behind the wing, for loading stretchers. With the advent of World War II these aircraft were assigned to coastal anti-submarine patrols and a wing rack was added to each aircraft beneath the starboard wing. These racks could hold a depth charge, a bomb, a raft, or search and rescue gear. Card measures 4 ¼” x 5 ½” and is printed with “Christmas Greetings and Best Wishes for the New year.” Card is signed in hand by Peter Bowers.  An attractive WWII Christmas greeting. Aircraft identified on back in pencil. (VG+). $22.

3081. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Tender Forsythia WAGL-63 c.1943. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows good detail of USCGC Forsythia (WAGL-63/WLR-63). She was a 114-foot, 230-ton buoy tender, one of three such vessels (her sisters were the Dogwood (WAGL-249) and Sycamore (WAGL-268)), built to replace the stern paddle-wheel steamers that the Coast Guard decided were too expensive to maintain. She was built by Avondale Marine Ways of Westwego, Louisiana, and entered service in 1943. She was stationed at Sewickley, Pennsylvania until 1963, and then Memphis, Tennessee, until she was decommissioned in 1977. Photo is b/w and includes id. Clear, close view, great detail. This is a rarely seen view. (VG+). $38.

3083. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Tender Sycamore WAGL-268 c.1942. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” Coast Guard photo shows great detail of USCGC Sycamore (WAGL-268). She was a 114-foot, 230-ton buoy tender, one of three such vessels (her sisters were the Dogwood (WAGL-249) and Forsythia (WAGL-63/WLR-63)), built to replace the stern paddle-wheel steamers that the Coast Guard decided were too expensive to maintain. She was stationed on the upper Mississippi River. Photo is b/w and includes id. Clear, close view, great detail. This is a rarely seen view. (VG+). $38.

3084. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Tender Fern WAGL-304; WLR-304 c.1954. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows great detail of USCGC Fern (WAGL-304; WLR-304). The Fern was one of four Coast Guard ice-breakers engaged in operations on the Illinois River. The Fern was a 115-foot river tender built in Blair, NE, and commissioned in 1942. She was designed to work in tandem with a detachable “Amsterdam” ice plow (shown in this view) for clearing shipping channels through ice-choked rivers. She was instrumental in clearing passages for naval shipping that was constructed on the Great Lakes and upper inland waterways, particularly LST’s, destroyer escorts and frigates, that then sailed down to the Gulf of Mexico for final outfitting and commissioning. Such icebreaking duties made sure that construction and delivery of vessels vital to the Allied war effort could continue year round. The Fern was stationed at Peoria, IL, and Burlington, IA and was used for servicing ATON and icebreaking from Dubuque, IA to Keokuk, IA and Hennepin Canal, IL during the war. After the war, she was station at St. Louis, MO, Cincinnati, OH, and finally Dubuque. In 1965 she assisted with flood relief near LaCrosse, WI. She was decommissioned in 1971 and sold in 1972. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Dated March 16, 1954. Clear, close view, great detail. This is a rarely seen view. (VG+). $48.

27331c. (cabinet photo) Waltham, Massachusetts Fire Department Firefighter c.1880. Superb clear, close portrait photograph of young mustachioed firefighter of the Waltham Fire Department. Taken by Percival Photographer, Waltham, Mass. Photo is clean and clear, a fine early view. (VG+). $34

7118g. [Brunton, Richard Henry. BUILDING JAPAN 1868 - 1876.   [With an Introduction & Notes by Sir Hugh Cortazzi, G.C.M.G. In addition to the 1906 Introductory, Postscript & Notes by William Elliot Griffis.]. England . 1991. 269p. 1st. 4TO. Without DJ. This book is an account of an English master mariner’s participation in the early maritime development of modern Japan . Born in the early nineteenth century, Albert Richard Brown was instrumental in coastal survey and in the erection of over 30 lighthouses. Building Japan was Brunton’s memoir of the years that he spent in Japan constructing lights to light up the coast. R. H. Brunton’s Japan Lights, was first published in London in 1876. The text of Brunton’s work presented here is as edited around 1906. With 28 color and monochrome photos and illustrations and numerous appendices and data. Clean, tight, near fine condition. (F). $34.

SR-577. U. S. Coast Guard Throw Pillow Cover c.1940’s. This bright cover surely adorned some Coast Guardsman’s mother’s home and is in very good condition. Beautiful bright felt and leather adorn the navy blue background. Pillow cover bears the Coast Guard seal in calf skin, surrounded by brigh yellow “U.S. COAST GUARD” with yellow border. Cover would make a most attractive addition to any retired Coast Guardsman’s living room. About 16 ½” square for about a 14” – 15” pillow. Overall clean, little if any wear, light moisture spotting to portion of calfskin seal and to some yellow areas. (VG+). $135.

 

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3076. (photo) Life Savers Drill in Surfboat Near Ocean Park, Wash. c.1910. Superb clear, close photo shows excellent detail as the crew of the Willapa Bay or Klipsan Beach Life-Saving station land in the surf as they drill in the station surfboat. Labeled as “…near Ocean Park, Wash.” Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (F-). $54.

24376-1,2,3. MARINE SIGNAL LANTERN 155MM TYPE ML-155 CLEAR. Tideland MaxLumina. Unused, new old stock, complete, clear lens and mounting bar for 4 or 6-place bulb holder (not included). Marine ATON lantern is used in thousands of installations worldwide in lighthouses, and to mark buoys, offshore structures, channels, bridges, barges and docks. This original lantern contains a highly efficient clear 360°  acrylic fresnel lens which is single piece injection molded with 1”bird spike. Base is heavy duty PVC, gasketed. Lantern is 155 mm size and stands approximately 18" to top of cap. Base is molded from UV-stabilized fiberglass and polyester resin compound with an overall diameter of approximately 10”. Acrylic lens measures 11" high by approximately 6 ½” in diameter. A great lamp for a lighthouse, or for your den, or perfect for yard or post light, wharf, barn or driveway and will be striking when lit. As new, never used, in original box. (F-). $165. Sale $124 each.

(image courtesy Flickr)

3075. Oppermann, Joseph K. BODIE ISLAND LIFE SAVING STATION & BOAT HOUSE - Historic Structure Report. National Park Service. 2005. 178p. Soft wraps. Historic Structure Reports provide a valuable foundation for the rehabilitation, restoration, stabilization or reconstruction of historic Bodie Island Life-Saving station and boat house. Such a report is particularly important for fabricating significant missing architectural or landscape features, recapturing the appearance of a property at one particular period of its history, removing later additions, or substantially modifying existing historic fabric. This document provides a project architect with the information necessary for making appropriate decisions on restoring or removing fabric, and on period of restoration. The report provides a clear description of the building’s architectural history: its original appearance, what changes were made and when, and its present condition. In addition, it  provides guidance with respect to any proposed new work. Includes numerous important period and recent photos and diagrams, maps and other information for guidance. A most important reference for anyone interested in this historic site. (M). $48.

3073. (photo) Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station, Glen Haven, Michigan c.1915. Great clear, close photo shows good detail of the Coast Guard station at Sleeping Bear Point including the rare lookout tower. The station is a Marquette-Type station with a Fort Point-type boathouse, with matching lookout tower, built in 1901. The station and boathouse have been restored and can be visited at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Light soiling. (VG). $78.

3079. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Surfboat, Chicago, Ill. c.1910. Great clear, close photo shows good detail of the Life-Saving crew at Chicago drilling with the station surfboat. Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $38.

3077a,b,c. Harbour Lights, Men of the Life Saving Service Keeper / Surfman Replica. Harbour Lights replicas are award winning hand painted and numbered lighthouse, life-saving station and lightship sculptures. These three sculptures are part of the Life-Saving Service series that also included the Point Allerton Life-Saving Station, and the "Wig Wag Man", a figurine holding a red flag that was used for communication. The items are as new. Individually: Keeper rowing $56, Surfman holding child $48, Surfman on beach patrol $52. As a set of three, in the original box, with certificate. $146. 

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16118f. (cabinet photograph) Light House Establishment Principal Keeper Frederick Leonard Harrington, Trinidad Head Lighthouse, California c.1888. This rare posed original portrait photograph shows the clean-cut rather handsome Principal Keeper proudly posing in his 8-button double-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his collars are the “K” insignia, indicating his position as Principal Keeper. Also clearly visible are the early “U.S.L.H.E.” buttons on his coat. The image measures about 3 ¾” x 5 ½” on a 6 ¾” x 9” original mount. Mount stamped “Peters [Photographers] 914 Market Ave., San Francisco, Cal.” Frederick Leonard Harrington was born in Massachusetts to Benjamin Webber Harrington and Sarah Clary Pratt, and was but a child when the family settled in California in 1852. When a youth he entered the navy, at the Mare Island yard, but bought his discharge from that branch of the service to join the army when the Civil War broke out and served faithfully to the close of the struggle. Returning to civil life after the end of the war, he was variously engaged until he went into the Lighthouse Service in 1882, taking the Cape Mendocino station for a few years. In 1885 he became first assistant at Point Montara, transferring from there to Piedras Blancos in 1886, and in 1888 to Trinidad, when promoted to keeper. He had been there continuously since, and though seventy-one years of age (1914) was still filling the position with his customary care and punctilious attention to his duties (the third oldest man in the lighthouse service in the California District). Since he was born in 1843 and became a head keeper in 1888, he would have been about 45 at the time of this photo, which looks about right – he probably posed for this photo upon his promotion to Principal Keeper. In later years, photos of Keeper Harrington show him wearing glasses. (From the on-line biography of his son, Frederick Arthur Harrington who also was a Trinidad lighthouse keeper for 38 years. Thanks too to Lighthouse Digest Historian Deborah Baldwin for her research.) Photo is clear and crisp on slightly worn mount. Very light crease across center but difficult to see. It is rare to find images of the Keepers in any format. A great image of young Keeper Harrington. (VG+). $185.

3070. (Private Mailing Card) Santa Rosa Life-Saving Station, Pensacola, Florida c.1900. Rare, earliest of the postcard types (1898-1901), this Private Mailing Card shows the 1882-Type Santa Rosa Life-Saving Station near Pensacola, Florida. This was one of only two fully manned life-saving stations in the state, the other being Jupiter Inlet. The station was built in 1885 and was destroyed by a hurricane in 1906. In 1908 it was replaced by a Quonochontaug-type station. Private Mailing Cards are rare under any circumstances and one showing this station, which existed for only 20 years, makes it extremely rare. Obverse shows US Navy scenes. Copyright 1900 by Chas. H. Bliss, Pensacola, Fla. Quite clean, only light crease one corner. (VG+). $54.

3069. (photo) Sankaty Head Light Station, Nantucket c.1940. Great clear, close photo shows good detail of Nantucket’s landmark light station on Sankaty Head. Shown is the tall light tower and the adjacent keeper’s dwelling on the edge of the steep embankment. ANSCO/AGFA paper dates image to 1930-1940’s. Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $34.

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3061. Henry, Ellen J. The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse: An Illustrated History. 2019. Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association. 317p. DJ. THE PONCE INLET LIGHTHOUSE: An Illustrated History tells the story of the Ponce (originally Mosquito) Inlet Light Station and the local Florida region from prehistoric times through the present day. Published by the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, this extraordinary hardcover coffee table book is the definitive history of the Ponce Inlet Light Station and represents more than 15 years of research conducted by author and museum curator Ms. Ellen Henry. The book features more than 400 images to bring it all to life and is filled with fascinating stories of human perseverance, lighthouse innovation, Native American uprisings, civil war battles, desperate shipwrecks, lighthouse builders defying the elements, heroic sea rescues, and the lives of the light station's historic keepers and their families. Well done. (M). $49.95 (x)

3065. (cabinet photo) Negro (Curtis) Island Light Station, Camden, Maine c.1890. Extremely rare albumen photo by unknown photographer shows great detail of the well kept light station off Camden Harbor. Camden Harbor is finely locked in between two jutting points of land, one high, the other low, with a pretty little wooded island deftly dropped in at the entrance long known as Negro Island. The name of the island was changed to Curtis Island in 1934. Excellent view, fairly close and clear, only very light wear. It is extremely difficult to find such early views. Measures 5 ” x 7”. Clear and crisp. (VG+). $74.

3066. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station Crew Posing c.1910. Wonderful rare early image of an early  Bibb #2 Type life saving station, probably on the beach on Long Island or New Jersey, as the crew poses with the surfboat in front. Photo is clear, great detail, on AZO postcard paper (dates to 1904-1915) 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Image is clear and close, providing great view of the 8-man crew, their uniforms and the surfboat. Clear, crisp. (VG+). $88.

13443f. (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 view and includes description on back. Dated May 6, 1950. Photo measures 8” x 10” and is clear, with some crop marks and wear. (VG). $38.

3067. (glass plate negative) Seguin Island Lighthouse, Maine. Large 5” x 7” glass plate negative provides a rare look at the lighthouse that for more than two centuries has been an important guide for mariners traveling along the Maine coast as well as those entering the Kennebec River toward Bath and other ports. According to the dealer that I acquired this from, this piece was from a collection that "came down through family of Capt. Herbert McAllister to present family". However, more importantly, according to the dealer, this (and other) negatives were taken by: "Herbert Spinney (1862-1943) [who was] lighthouse keeper at Seguin Island Maine from 1893-1906".  Seguin Light is on Seguin Island, in the Gulf of Maine south of the mouth of the Kennebec River, Maine. Established in 1795, it is the second-oldest of Maine's coastal lighthouses, and the only lighthouse in the state housing a first-order Fresnel lens. With its light at 180 feet above mean sea-level, the present tower, built in 1857, is its highest of the state's lighthouses. Automated in 1985, the buildings of the light station are now operated as a museum property by a non-profit organization. Rare close clear image, will make fine prints. (VG+). $164.

 

3064. Curtis, Chester B. Bi-Centennial Souvenir 1693-1893 New Castle, New Hampshire (Jerry’s Point Life Saving Station) . 1893. Republican Press Assoc. 51p Soft wraps. Nicely done booklet includes program for the bicentennial event, addresses by town officials, and the history of the town with some photos of historic locations. Tipped in is a handwritten note by Frank Hackett presenting this booklet to a Mr. John Ward Dean Esq. New Castle is the smallest and most easternly town in New Hampshire, located on an island and includes the Jerry’s Point Life-Saving Station. Included is a 2-page article on the history of the station with notes of heroic rescues during the Great Gale of 1888. Good reading. Clean, tight, light soiling to wraps, presenter’s name in ink on front wrap. (VG). $44.

3068. (mounted photo) U.S. Life Saving Station at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park c.1890. The image is taken outside the U.S. Life Saving Station located at the western end of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The Golden Gate Park Life-Saving Station was a one-of-a-kind station with buildings designed by architects J. Lake Parkinson and John G. Pelton. Note the lifeboat-house/stable at the right. The three-story house/kitchen building would be to the right, and the tower in the center is the water tower for the station. Image measures 4” x 5” on 4” x 6 ½” mount. Image is clear, just a bit light, on lightly soiled and marked mount. Very light crease does not seriously affect image. (VG-). $44.

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3063. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard 75-Foot Patrol Boat CG-145 Underway c.1932. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of a 75ft. “six-bitter” type patrol boat underway in 1932. As the Coast Guard's role developed during the Prohibition Era over 200 75-footers were pressed into service for inshore patrol to deal with smugglers. These boats were built in the mid-1920s, of which there were still a number in operation by WWII including the boat shown. During the War her Coast Guard number CG-145 was changed to CG-74308. She was built at Dachel-Carter Boat Company in Benton Harbor, Michigan for a contract price of $21,950. The type proved to be a very seaworthy unit and was extensively used during the war for inshore convoy patrols, air-sea rescue, ASW patrols and port security duties. Great detail includes deck structures, early deck gun and more. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated March 16, 1932. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $44.

 

SALE - ANNUAL REPORT OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE  

 

We have just acquired a collection of these rare Annual Reports of the Life-Saving Service and, in an effort to stem the rise of prices over the last few years on these reports, have endeavored to offer them at as low a price as possible. This is the perfect opportunity to begin your collection or to fill those missing years in your present collection. Reports are printed by the Government Printing Office [GPO] and range from 180 to 600 pages. Includes extensive details of operations and of rescues throughout the year. Also details personnel, construction and repairs of stations and equipment, evaluation of new equipment and much more. In addition, many include appended reports such as the new Beebe-McLellan Life-Boat, Dobbins’s surf life-boat, launching wagon, improved breeches buoy traveler block, McLellan’s Tally-Boards, and lengthy report on tests performed on Hunt and Lyle guns on Nantucket Island in 1887, reports on surfboats and more. Quite detailed, becoming exceptionally difficult to find. Typical cloth government binding, contents overall clean, expected uniform very light browning on some copies, hinges tight and intact, covers may have some wear. Some inscribed "Compliments of Capt. F.R. Baby [President, Board on Life-Saving Appliances]. $74 net each.  

Years available include: 1880, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1912 CG 1915. 

(photo courtesy New York Public Library not included)

SR-529-1. (pay voucher) U.S. Light-House Establishment. Appropriation for Salaries of Keeper, Farallone Island Light Station c.1870. Original pay voucher filled in hand for 2nd. Assistant Keeper Arthur Tasker (1862 – 1871) and signed in hand by him as well as Principal Keeper Thomas Tasker (1861 – 1871). Dated March 31, 1870. This rare document measures 6 ½” x 8” and is overall clean with one original fold. Form was used to process payment for Keepers and served as a signed receipt upon delivering such payment. Superb early piece of Light House Establishment history and would make a great addition to any collection or display. (VG). $78. (shown) Sale 50% off ! $39. (x)

SR-529-2. (pay voucher) U.S. Light-House Establishment. Appropriation for Salaries of Keeper, Farallone Island Light Station c.1870. Original pay voucher filled in hand for 1st assist Keeper Frank Roper (1869 – 1871) and signed in hand by him as well as Principal Keeper Thomas Tasker (1861 – 1871). Dated March 31, 1870. This rare document measures 6 ½” x 8” and is overall clean with one original fold. Form was used to process payment for Keepers and served as a signed receipt upon delivering such payment. Superb early piece of Light House Establishment history and would make a great addition to any collection or display. (VG). $78. Sale 50% off ! $39. (x)

SR-529-3. (pay voucher) U.S. Light-House Establishment. Appropriation for Salaries of Keeper, Farallone Island Light Station c.1870. Original pay voucher filled in hand for Assistant Keeper A.J. Honell (…1870…) and signed in hand by him as well as Principal Keeper Thomas Tasker (1861 – 1871). Dated June 30, 1870. This rare document measures 6 ½” x 8” and is overall clean with one original fold. Form was used to process payment for Keepers and served as a signed receipt upon delivering such payment. Superb early piece of Light House Establishment history and would make a great addition to any collection or display. (VG). $78. Sale 50% off ! $39. (x)

3058. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard 65’ Small Harbor Tugs CGC Bollard (WYTL 65614) and CGC Pendant (WYTL 65608) c.1970. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows good detail of the Coast Guard 65’ Small Harbor Tugs CGC Bollard (WYTL 65614) and CGC Pendant (WYTL 65608) as they arrive in Boston via piggyback aboard the ship Transcolumbia. The USCG 65' small harbor tug is a class of fifteen tugs used by the Coast Guard for search and rescue, law enforcement, ATON work and light icebreaking. The tugs are capable of breaking 18 inch of ice with propulsion ahead and 21inch of ice backing and ramming. They were designed with steel hulls to replace the 64-foot wooden-hulled tugs that had been in service since the 1940s. USCGC Bollard (WYTL-65614) operated in Long Island Sound and north to Narragansett Bay. Her homeport was New Haven, Connecticut. The Pandant was home ported in Boston. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $44.

3059. (photo) Coast Guard Petty Officer Dennis Dever Chisels his Name into a Rock at Boston Light c.1989. Clear, close, original 6 ½” x 10” press photo shows good detail as United States Coast Guard Petty Officer Dennis Dever, carrying on a lighthouse-keepers tradition, chisels his name and the year, 1989, into a rock at Boston Light, the first manned light lighthouse on American shores. The oldest known inscription at the site is dated 1768. The island lighthouse remains the last U.S. light station that still retains a Coast Guard Keeper. “Petty Officer First Class Dennis Dever, the Coast Guard officer in charge in the late 1980s, had a few odd experiences while at the station. While working in the station’s boathouse, he liked to have his radio tuned to a rock station. Often, with nobody else in the boathouse, the station would change itself to a classical station. Dever said he and other Coast Guard crew attributed events like this to “Old George”—Worthylake [a past keeper], that is. One day, Dever was in the kitchen of the keeper’s house looking out the window at the tower, and he clearly saw a man in the lantern room. This was alarming, as the only other person on the island was his assistant in the next room. From a distance, it appeared that the figure at the top of the tower was wearing an old fashioned keeper’s uniform. Dever rushed to the tower and went up the stairs to the landing, but he found the lantern room empty.” (courtesy newenglandlighthouses.net) Photo is b/w and includes date October 12, 1989 and description on back. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $46.

2383d. Reproduction U. S. Life-Saving Service right arm insignia patch. Insignia shows “ U.S. ” over life ring with crossed pike and oar, over “L.S.S.” Reproduction patch is embroidered in white on blue, measures 3 ½”w x 4”h and would be perfect for display or for mounting on your uniform. (M). $29.

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. Only a few remaining. (M). $79.95.

2640-12. GLASS FRESNEL LAMP OR LANTERN DRUM LENS RED. Beautiful red glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and lanterns, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 3 ¼” inside diameter range from 2 3/4” top to 3” bottom and height of 3 ¾”. Lens is one piece, clean, only two small 1/8” chips, one large closed crack. May be Dietz, not marked other than “top”. Perfect to repair your lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. (G+). $28.

3057a. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Firefighting Vessel T-31 c.WWII. Clear, close official Coast Guard photos measure 8” x 10” and show great detail of Coast Guard Harbor Fireboat T-31. Boat is equipped with 3 mounted fire monitors, a ladder, and other firefighting equipment. Photo is b/w, unusually clear and close. Dates from c.1944-1945.  Great detail. (VG+). $44

3057b,c. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard 40-Foot Fireboat CG-40362-F c.WWII. Clear, close official Coast Guard photos measure 8” x 10” and show great detail of 40-Foot Fireboat CG-40362-F underway.  Twenty nine such fireboats were built during the War by Wheeler Shipyard in Brooklyn, NY. Ther were constructed of wood double planked, with square stern and flat bottomed. They were equipped with 7 fire monitors and a water curtain to protect the craft from the heat of the fire. Photo is b/w, unusually clear and close. Dates from c.1944-1945.  Great detail. (VG+). $36 each or $64 for the pair.

7354. H. R. Ex. Doc. No. 85. LIFE-SAVING SERVICE ON THE GREAT LAKES . May 20, 1880. 33p. Disbound. Complete report of casualties and disasters on the Great Lakes within the scope of the Life-Saving Service in the current fiscal year. Includes detailed accounts of many wrecks, casualties and operations of the Service on the Great Lakes from July 1, 1899 to December 31, 1879. During this time there occurred 84 such wrecks, with 644 persons on board with the loss of only one. Also includes detailed vessel name and location information, etc. Important information and accounts. Clean, crisp. (VG+). $64.

3054. (aerial photo) Block Island Sandy Point North Lighthouse c.1972. Lovely b/w  aerial photo looking south across the island from Sandy Point at the north. This is an original b/w print taken as part of coastal studies being done along the New England coast back in the 70's. In the foreground can be seen the “North Light”. The first light on the site was built in 1829. The current structure at Sandy Point is the fourth lighthouse built on the site and was made of granite and iron in 1867. At one time one of Block Island’s three life-saving stations was in this area as well. Photo measures about 9" x 9" and is in very good condition with crisp edges and corner tips. The photo image is sharp throughout, completely in focus. Marked image No. 127 and dated 8/11/1972. A striking view, would look lovely matted and framed. (VG+). $36. 

4360c. U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. UNITED STATES COAST PILOT. Atlantic Coast . Section A. St. Croix River to Cape Cod . Third Edition. 1933. 322pp. Covers soiled but tight. With laid-in supplement for 1934. Includes listing of Coast Guard and Mass. Humane Society Stations, Instructions to Mariners in case of Shipwreck, sailing directions and description of lights along the coast, identifies approaches, lights, ledges and other coastal features, etc. (VG) $24. Sale 50% off ! $12. (x)

 

 

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3049. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Firefighting Pickup Truck & Trailer c.1943. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows great detail of Coast Guard wartime base firefighting equipment including pump trailer and pickup truck, probably loaded with hose,  used to pull the trailer. Ship bridge can be seen behind. Photo is b/w and is a clear, close view, great detail. This is a rarely seen view. (VG+). $44.

3050. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station, Point Allerton, Hull, Mass. c.1890’s. Small photo hand trimmed shows good detail of what we believe is the Point Allerton Life-Saving Station in Hull, Mass from which noted life-saver Joshua James launched numerous rescue missions. View is likely 1890’s but unsure age of this print. Nice detail. Photo trimmed to about 3 ¾” x 4 ¾”. (VG+). $29.

SR-574. (coffee cup) United States Coast Guard “U.S.C.G.” Dinnerwarec.1915 - 1920’s. Scarce, original United States Coast Guard coffee cup in the rare early intertwined “U.S.C.G.” pattern. Cup is back-marked “Lamberton China.”. This pattern was used shortly after the merger in 1915 and mimics the earlier Revenue Cutter Service pattern. Cup measures about 4” in diameter and 2 ½” high and is in good condition, no cracks, some wear. Extremely rare pattern. (VG-). $165.

SR-573. (small dish) United States Revenue Cutter Service “U.S.R.C.S.”c.1910.  Scarce, original United States Revenue Cutter Service dish in the rare later intertwined “U.S.R.C.S.” pattern. This is a scarce original china dinnerware piece from the United States Revenue Cutter Service manufactured of heavy white institutional type china, in the latter years of the Nineteenth Century and early years of the Twentieth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms. This pattern is the later pattern used just before the service was combined with the Life Saving Service to form the Coast Guard. The pattern is done in rust and turquoise, and consists of one rust stripe around the perimeter bordered by two thin turquoise stripes. Beneath, in a rust color, are the letters “USRCS” in an intertwining pattern. This pattern would be continued into the early Coast Guard with only the letters changed to “USCG”. Dish is back-marked “M China L”. There are no other markings visible. Dish has one closed crack visible on the front and closed spider-cracks on the bottom, but is otherwise clean and presentable. Some overall wear and wear to stripes. Dish measures 5 ¾” in diameter. An affordable alternative of this extremely rare pattern. (G+).  $135.

1521f. [reproduction] U. S. Lighthouse Service Station Flag. This triangular station flag measures 44” long by 28” high and is reminiscent of the flags once flown on Lighthouse Service vessels and at the light stations for over one hundred years. The flag is triangular,  printed with the standard design, with red border on a field of white, with a large blue lighthouse silhouette. 100% polyester, applique. Light weight with sewn edges, hem without grommets. For light occasional use or display. Made in China. From Wells, Maine “Lighthouse Depot” store new old stock c.2005. In original packaging. (M). $49.95.

1234-54. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Damiscove Life-Saving Station, near Boothbay Harbor, Maine  c.1900. Hand written letter to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, offers payment for uniform for “the disabled Surfman No. 6 Walter Fuller of the Damiscove Life-Saving Station. Written and signed in hand by Surfman Fuller. One sheet, folded to 5” x 8”and dated May 30, 1900. Overall quite clean. Rare Damiscove piece. (VG+). $48.

1234-40. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Cape Elizabeth Life-Saving Station c.1899. S.N. Dyer, Keeper. Original document on stationery of James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. Two sheets 7” x 11” contain hand written notes on uniforms (duck suits, overcoat, Keeper’s cap, surfman’s cap bands (tally), pants, vest, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include Surfmen: JW Pilsbury, S Alexander, JL Staples, Capt SN Dyer, WP Staples, GE Staples, JA Barber. Two sheets attached. Rare First District documents in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $34.

1234-38. (lot 2 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Great Boars Head Life-Saving Station, Hampton, NH. c.1900.  B.F. Smart, Keeper. Original document on stationery of James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. Two sheets 7” x 11” contain hand written notes on uniforms (duck suits, overcoat, cap, pants, vest, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include Surfmen: Henry C Lattimer, Geo W Palmer, Irving Burke, WA Mason, FW Garland, Roderick McDonald. The second are two (2) original hand-written notes by the keeper, 5” x 8”, with sizes and notes on uniform needs, prices, what and where to send, etc.  Rare First District documents in overall clean condition. (VG+). $42.

2825b. Bowditch, Nathaniel. (U. S. Navy) AMERICAN PRACTICAL NAVIGATOR – An Epitome of Navigation and Nautical Astronomy. GPO. Washington. 1943. 777p. The American Practical Navigator , written by Nathaniel Bowditch, is an encyclopedia of navigation, a valuable handbook on oceanography and meterology, and contains useful tables and a maritime glossary. In 1866 the copyright and plates were bought by the Hydrographic Office of the United States Navy. The most popular navigational text of the late 18th century was The New Practical Navigator by John Hamilton Moore. Edmund M. Blunt, a Newburyport, Massachusetts publisher, decided to issue a revised copy of this work for American navigators and convinced Nathaniel Bowditch, a locally famous mariner and mathematician, to revise and update it with the help of several others. Blunt's The New Practical Navigator was published in 1799, followed by a second edition in 1800. By 1802, when Blunt was ready to publish a third edition, Nathaniel Bowditch and others had corrected so many errors in Hamilton's work that Blunt decided to publish it as the first edition of a new work, The New American Practical Navigator. The current edition of the American Practical Navigator traces its pedigree to that 1802 edition. Edmund M. Blunt continued to published the book until 1833; upon his retirement, his sons, Edmund and George, assumed publication. The elder Blunt died in 1862; his son Edmund followed in 1866. The next year, 1867, George Blunt sold the copyright to the government for $25,000. The government has published Bowditch ever since. The U.S. government has published some 52 editions since acquiring the copyright to the book that has come to be known simply by its original author’s name, "Bowditch". Since the government began production, the book has been known by its year of publishing, instead of by the edition number. Hard Cover, very good, beige cloth wraps. Book tight, completely intact, some expected soiling and wear to cloth wraps. (VG). $24. Sale 50% off ! $12. 

22156c. E. I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company. DU PONT – THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN AMERICAN ENTERPRISE . New York . 1952. 138 p. Stiff wraps, folio. Tells the story of the company from its founding on 1802 to the present. Du Pont has an extensive history of producing gun powder since its earliest days, well detailed in this interesting account. (VG). $36. Sale 50% off ! $18. 

1426b. Reid, Gordon. From Dusk Till Dawn: A History of Australian Lighthouses. MacMillan. Department of Transport and Communications, South Melbourne. 1988.DJ. 264pp. Illustrated throughout in color and b&w, with more than 200 photographs, illustrations and diagrams, double-page map showing the location of Commonwealth light stations, bibliography, index. A comprehensive and well researched history of Australian lighthouses - their architects, builders, service bosses, the lives of the lighthouse keepers and their families, and more. The story of lighthouses has always started with shipwrecks. Since the beginning of world shipping, mariners have relied on devices to warn of reefs, rocks and shores. From Dusk Till Dawn is the first comprehensive illustrated history of Australian lighthouses. From the early days when lighthouse construction was hamstrung by British authorities, through the early colonial period when each colony built its own lights to when the Commonwealth took control, here is the extraordinary story of the battle to make Australian waters safe for two centuries of mariners. Wonderful details of the buildings, equipment, and more. Clean, tight, light wear, corners bumped. DJ edgeworn, one tear, light soiling. Difficult to find. (VG). $86. Sale 50% off ! $43. 

 

8297h. United States Life Saving Service [Lyle] Gunner’s Haversack c1904. Front flap is beautifully embossed: “ U. S. L. S. S.” Leather haversack was intended to be used by the station keeper for carrying cartridges, friction primers, lanyard, priming wire, and combination level for the Lyle gun. The haversack is made completely of leather with a tongue to fasten the flap and loops for reception of waist belt. The back is boldly marked by the inspector “ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL 1904 TC”.  On the inside end is a pocket for the combination octant (level). Haversack dates from the middle Life-Saving Service  years and is as designed and described by David Lyle in his 1877 report. These are exceptionally scarce and simply a must if you have a Lyle gun or to complete your exhibit. Approx. 8” high x 10” wide x 3 ½” deep. The condition of this haversack is unusually good, except that The tongue strap that holds the covering flap is torn as shown in the picture but is included. The condition of the leather is quite nice, with a beautiful patena and will display beautifully. Extremely rare. (VG+). $3,195. 

1705. (belt) Leather Belt marked "USCG". Early leather belt measures 1 ¾” wide by 42” long and has brass hook on one end and brass catch from 2-part buckle. Belt is stamped with large 1” letters “U.S.C.G.” on both the inside and the outside. This appears to be made from a Revenue Cutter Service or early Coast Guard undress sword belt (with half of the 2-part buckle) and may have been used to replace a lost or damaged belt on the Keeper’s haversack. One tear, well worn but still intact and fairly supple. A rare artifact. (G+). $86. Reduced $68. 

27361y. U. S. Life Saving Service Lyle Gun Folding Octant c.1878-1901. This type of octant, or elevation level, was used by the Life Saving Service and later Coast Guard for setting the elevation of the Lyle Gun. From 1878 until 1901 the Life Saving Service use this octant, made by the Chapin Stephens & Co in Riverton , Conn. In 1901 when this company ceased operation, the government began to make their own elevation levels. However these were entirely of metal, lighter and of a lesser quality. Octant is made of boxwood, brass bound and includes a metal fold-out scale for setting the angle, with a bubble level set into the upper arm. The octant was carried by the keeper in his haversack. Marked very lightly “No. 036 The Chapin -Stephens Co Conn. USA”, much of which has worn off over the years.  Clean, bright, light rust remains to scale, two chips to the boxwood on each side of the bubble level. Scarce, early piece. (VG). $295. Sale $265. 

   

8152L. (powder flask) U.S. Coast Guard Powder Flask for Lyle Gun c.1900. Early Coast Guard powder flask used by the station crews for priming the Lyle Gun. Flask is of brass and copper construction and measures 10 ½” in length, with four brass loop hangers. On each side of the body of the flask are stamped the initials “U.S.C.G.”. This original powder flask has no dents but a 2” secrion of the seam is starting to open. The spring in the charger nozzle is still intact and operable, with original screw-on spout. Surface has expected tarnish but will polish up to a beautiful shine. Coast Guard flasks are even more difficult to find than those of the Life Saving Service as there were far less made and used. Overall a most presentable and rare example of this early Coast Guard powder flask. (VG+). $1,450. 

 

 

12320b. (newspaper) Loss of Steamship SS Portland c.November 1898. The Boston Herald for December 1, 1898. The paddle wheel steamship SS Portland was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in 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 wooden-hulled paddle wheel steamship Portland measured 291 feet in total length with a maximum breadth of 68 feet. Built 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 SS Portland connected Boston , Massachusetts and Portland , Maine for the Portland Steam Packet Company without much notoriety. The Portland carried thousands of passengers and tons of cargo along the New England coast and earned the reputation as a safe and dependable steamer. On Nov. 26, 1898, the steamship left India Wharf in Boston for Portland , Maine on a regularly scheduled run. However, she never made it to port. None of the 192 passengers and crew survived the massive storm that wreaked havoc on New England 's coast - a storm that was later dubbed "The Portland Gale" after the tragic loss of the ship. Debris was washed up all along the Massachusetts coast. This full issue includes five pages of articles with over 34 illustrations relating to this terrible loss. Articles include: Her Death Roll Forever a Secret – Portland’s Victims Being Carried Away by Ocean Currents… The Identified Dead… Unidentified Bodies at Chatham, Nauset, Eastham…List of Portland’s Passengers and Crew…. No News of Missing Steamer… She Passed Highland Light About 2 pm… Agents Believe Her Captain Put to Sea for Safety….  Over 34 drawn illustrations include many of the victims’ portrait images, Provincetown Harbor Showing the Wrecks, Scenes of Wreckage at Plymouth, Surfman at Highland Light, Launching of Lifeboat near Race Point Life-Saving Station, Wood End Life-Saving Station, Life Saver Kemp, Exchanging Checks, and many more. Excellent reference and reading. Newspaper is well worn and is brittle. Extensive chipping to edges and a few weak folds have parted. Still quite readable. Full issue 12 pages. (P+). $64.

B-304. [Life-Saving Service print.] OFF TO THE WRECK. c.1980. A superb multi color print shows the life-saving crew from the Gloucester Life-Saving station pushing the surfboat off into the surf on the way to a wreck. The image is exquisite in detail down to the slickers and their kapok life-vests. The coloring is subtle in shades of greens, browns, and blues. The print is clean and bright, double matted and in a vintage frame.  Measuring about 8” x 12”, matted and in a vintage 12 ½” x 16 ½”  frame. This is a great piece for display or for your collection. (VG). $48 net. Sale 50% off ! $24.

SR-483. Matted photo CG/Navy. 6" x 15 1/2". $40 Sale 50% off ! $20.

B-175. Mounted photo RNLI Off to Rescue! c.1898.  Overall 8 1/2" x 12". $40 Sale 50% off ! $20.

 

A-146. [calendar 1928] Manitowoc Savings Bank, Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Prominent is a 7 ¼” x 9” photograph of a Manitowoc Harbor Scene in 1890 showing clear crisp images of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Andrew Johnson. The Andrew Johnson was a 499 ton side-wheeled cutter, built in Buffalo in 1865 and  mounting three guns, and manned by a compliment of 7 officers and 30 men. Also moored near her are the steamer Nevada, wrecker Favorite, and the tugs Monarch and Arctic. Beautiful clear, crisp view and superb for hanging in your Great Lakes office or den. (VG).  $78. Sale 50% off ! $39.

 

3041. (cabinet photo) Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station, Swans Island, Maine c.1880. Close clear image provides great view of the 1872 light station located on Hockamock Head, at the entrance to Burnt Coat Harbor on Swans Island. The station initially had a front range light with a covered way connecting the two towers, as seen in this image. That tower and the covered way were removed in 1884, thus dating this image to 1872 - 1884. Today the keeper's house is maintained by the Town of Swan's Island and is open in the summer with a historical exhibit and a small art gallery. View measures 5” x 7” on mount. Quite clean, clear, near fine. (VG+). $124. 

(note wood stake for torch)

2579L. United States Life-Saving Service Style Torch with Wood Stake. Extremely rare U. S. Life-Saving Service type copper hand torch which was once standard issue to all life-saving stations for use by surfmen for lighting at wreck scenes. This type of  piece was manufactured and sold to the U.S. Life-Saving Service in the latter part of the 19th Century c.1870-90. Two such torches were carried on the back of  the beach apparatus cart. Torch stands 10 ½” high, 7” diameter to handle. Torch still has original match safe built into handle complete with original wood matches and lid striker. Missing hook and cap for oil reservoir, which is often the case but otherwise complete inside and out. Includes rare wood stake which was used to mount torch on the beach. (VG+). $895.

3039. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Surfboat Crew, Hampton Beach, NH., c.1900. (photo) Close photo shows Hampton Beach Life-Saving Crew as they treat a group of charming Victorian visitors to a short surfboat ride. Boat lettered "Hampton Beach" on stern. Great photo on post card paper. Size 3 ½” x 4 ½”Clean crisp, near fine. (F-). $38.

1234-53. U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Hunniwells Beach Life-Saving Station, Maine. March 1900. E. H. Spinney, Keeper. Original 1-page hand-written letter from Keeper Spinney to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, requesting a complete flannel suit [uniform] for himself in blue including pants, 5-button coat and vest.  8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District documents in overall clean condition. (VG+). $74.

SR-522. (lot) U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Lot includes three caps in blue, one with metal “A” insignia, sizes 6 5/8, 7 5/8, and one not marked. Also includes belt buckle with insignia, and three service ribbons/insignia. Lot 7 items. (VG+). $28. Sale 50% off ! $14

1269b. [cabinet photograph] Life-Saving Service Surfman Frank Tuttle, Long Island, New York c.1890-1900. This rare posed original portrait photograph shows the clean-cut surfman proudly posing in his 4-button single-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his right sleeve is the life ring with crossed oar and pike and the letters “US” “LSS”. On his cap is a tally lettered “U.S. Life-Saving Service”. The image measures 4” x 5 ½” on a 6” x 8½” original mat. Mat stamped G.A. Aneman, Riverhead, N.Y.” Photo is clear, and crisp,  one of the better images we have had in some time. On back is labeled in ink: My Great Uncle Frank Tuttle, U.S. Life-Saving Service…. CWO4 Alvin E. Penny U.S.C.G.” It is exceptionally rare to see such photos of surfmen in any format. (VG+). $225. 

 

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1234-10. (lot 2 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Burnt Island Life-Saving Station, Maine c.1899. Herbert Elwell, Keeper. Lot consists of two documents (3 sheets) relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. The first is an original hand-written letter by the keeper on Life Saving Service letter sheet, 8” x 10”, to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding an order for the uniforms for Sidney J. Beal Surfman No. 6 for trousers, vest, regulation cap, duck suits, regulation coat. The second is 7” x 11”(2 sheets)  containing hand written notes on uniforms (suits, pants, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include Capt Elwell, F.H. Fowle, S.S. Stanley, Joseph Hooper, M.E. Spinney, Hiram Ulmer, Sidney J. Beal #6. Both overall clean, light wear. Rare Burnt Island LSS lot. (VG+). $78.

1234-37. (lot 6 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Cranberry Islands Life-Saving Station, Maine c.1899. Franklin Stanley, Keeper. Lot consists of six documents relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. The first are five (5) original hand-written notes by the keeper, 5” x 8”, with sizes and notes on uniform needs, prices, what and where to send, etc.  The second is 7” x 11” containing hand written notes on uniforms (suits, pants, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include Capt Stanley, E.F. Richardson, J.G. Stanley, J.D. Phippino, E Jarvis, A.W. Gilley. All clean, light wear. Rare Cranberry Islands LSS lot. (VG+). $48.

1234-15. (lot 6 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Biddefford Pool [Fletchers Neck] Life-Saving Station, Maine c.1899. Lester Wilcox, Keeper. Lot consists of six documents relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. The first are five (5) original hand-written notes by the keeper, 5” x 8”, with sizes and notes on uniform needs, prices, what and where to send, etc. The second is 8” x 10” letter on lined paper regarding uniform order for station crew. Signed in hand by Keeper Wilcox. Men listed include Capt Wilcox, Percy L. Hoppe. All clean, light wear. Rare Biddeford Pool / Fletchers Neck LSS lot. (VG+). $225.

1234-36. (lot 1 documents - 2 sheets) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Quoddy Head Life-Saving Station, Maine c.1899. Lot consists of two sheets relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine. The sheets are 7” x 11” containing hand written notes on uniforms (suits, pants, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include A.P. Joy, A.H. Wormwell, J.E. Scovill, F.J. Smith, S.M. Wallace, John Shannon. Rare Quoddy Head LSS lot. (VG+). $34.

6762-47. United States Light House Establishment / Service Lighthouse Lamp Feeder / Oil Filling Can c.1880-1910. Scarce, original, early United States Light House Establishment / Service brass oil lamp feeder can is in very good condition. The bottom of the can bears the distinctive oval stamp: “U. S. L. H. DEPOT, 3 DIST., LAMP SHOP, STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.”. Brass oil filler is original, with its original side handle and top bail handle. With top cap and chain. Spout cap and chain are not present. Only one old solder repair to base of spout, and a few slight dents but still this is a great example of this sought after style of earlier lamp filling can for your display at a reduced price. Base measures 7” diameter. Overall height 6 ½”. Overall length approx. 11 ½”. (VG-). $1,595. 

3034. (photo) U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Tulip at Pier c.1938. Rare view of the United States Lighthouse Service Lighthouse Tender Tulip before she was washed ashore at New London, Connecticut during the famous Great Hurricane of September 1938. This monster storm killed nearly 700 people, injured another 4,500 and destroyed an estimated 75,000 buildings. The Tulip was eventually refloated. In 1939 when the Coast Guard took over the Lighthouse Service the Tulip continued its aid to navigation duties in the district. The Tulip was decommissioned in 1945 and given to the government of the Philippines. Photo measures 7” x 9”. Print has darkened and has some chips and crease to margin. Exceptional detail. (VG-). $54.

13431-1. (photo) Crewmen of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Rescued by Men of CGC Yakutat. February 18-19, 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 8” official Coast Guard photo shows excellent detail as crewmen of CGC Yakutat, fighting against time and the clutches of the rough seas, struggle to remove survivors from the fast sinking bow section of the tanker SS Fort Mercer by means of rubber liferafts attached to life lines. Shown are two survivors being supported in the water by Coast Guardsmen as they are transferred from the rubber raft to the safety of the Coast Guard Cutter Yakutat. In all 18 crewmen were rescued from the broken tanker Fort Mercer off Chatham in this fierce northeast storm. Photo is b/w and includes description. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $64.

28366d. [commemorative dish] Tillamook Rock and Lighthouse, Astoria, Oregon c.1900. An exceptionally rare, bright, gilt decorated and edged large commemorative oval dish featuring a large clear, detailed color image of the Tillamook Rock and Lighthouse, Astoria, Oregon. One of only a few of this light that I have had, this unusual piece has a large 4” image in brown of the light on the tall rock island. This pretty display piece measures a full 9 ¼” wide and is enhanced by a decorative gilded and decorated edge. Marked “…. Germany”. Quite clean, bright, a lovely piece in near fine condition. (F-). $64.

3028. [engraving] INSIDE A LIGHTHOUSE – CLEANING THE SILVER REFLECTORS. Scientific American Supplement, No. 429. March 22, 1884. Exquisitely detailed cover full-page 8 ½”  x 12” b/w engraving of the Keepers as they clean the silver lamp reflectors. Shown are more than 30 reflector lamps making up the lantern in the large lantern room. Great detail and an attractive portrayal. Clean, crisp, matted in white for framing. (VG+). $88.

3030. Clifford, Mary L. and J. Candace Clifford. When the Southern Lights Went Dark - The Lighthouse Establishment During the Civil War. Globe Pequot. 2020. 192p. Soft wraps. The Confederacy extinguished the lights in all the lighthouses it controlled long before any shots were fired at Fort Sumter. When the Southern Lights Went Dark: The Lighthouse Establishment During the Civil War tells the story of the men who assumed the daunting task of finding the lenses and lamps, repairing deliberate destruction to the towers and lightships, and relighting them as soon as the Navy could afford them protection. From Cape Hatteras to Ocracoke Light, Jupiter Inlet to Tybee Island, St. Simons to Cockspur Island and others, these are the stories from a unique era in United States lighthouse history. Unlike in peace time, when military officers filled the posts of engineer and inspector in each lighthouse district, civilians had to be found who were not only talented enough to build and maintain lighthouses, but also could supervise a party of workmen and make decisions on their own. Those men in the field had to find keepers, see that they were paid, and ensure they had food, water, and essential supplies. The Lighthouse Board was far away in Washington and could do little more than give advice, order needed equipment, record the dispatches from the field, and pay the bills it received. From Cape Hatteras to Ocracoke Light, Jupiter Inlet to Tybee Island, St. Simons to Cockspur Island and others, these are the stories from a unique era in United States lighthouse history. Well done. (M). $19.95. (available early 2021) (x)

13431y. (photo) Stern end of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Awaits Arrival of Salvage Tugs SE of Nantucket. February 20, 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 10” press photo shows good detail of the Stern end of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer as the Coast Guard Cutter Eastwind stands by, awaiting the arrival of salvage tugs to tow the hulk to New York Harbor. Aboard the stern of the Fort Mercer are the “Captains Courageous” who stayed with their ship, battling the elements since Monday February 18 when the tanker split in two. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Clear, close view, great detail. This is a rarely seen view. (VG+). $48.

13431x. (photo) Stern end of the Tanker S.S. Fort Mercer Towed into New York Harbor. February 24, 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 8 ¾” press photo shows good detail as tugs the Stern end of the Tanker S.S. Fort Mercer Towed into the calm waters of New York Harbor after battling the elements since Monday February 18 when the tanker split in two. Aboard the stern of the Fort Mercer are the “Captains Courageous” who stayed with their ship until salvage operations were completed. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Clear, close view, great detail. This is a rarely seen view. (VG+). $44.

5414s. (clock face) U. S. Light-House Establishment. c.1880’s - 1910. Original clock face manufactured by Chelsea Clock Company, removed from clock for servicing and never replaced. Face has had some use and moderate wear to nickled surface but is perfect if yours is damaged or missing. Moderate scratching / abrasion to “U.S.L.H. Estab” marking. Face is brass, 4 ½” in diameter with six mounting holes around perimeter. Face is marked “U.S.L.H. Estab” “Chelsea Clock Co. Boston, U.S.A.”. A rare find, in great demand. (G). $485.

3023. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Surfboat Crew c.1920. Great clear, close photo shows the Keeper and crew on boatramp surfboat up the railway. Good detail of early hats and uniforms. May be Great Lakes (?). Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $78.

 

 

 

2/24/2020

 

Reproduction of the Original United States Life Saving Service Pennant.

Treat your family to this replica of the official sewn U. S. Life Saving Service flag. Flag is professionally made of high quality 400 denier nylon flag material, using an applique (cut and sewn) construction. The header is woven polypropylene webbing (not lightweight canvas) with #3 brass grommets for attaching to halyard. The flags are double sided. Professionally made in the United States and will last longer than most others that you may find. Our pennants are flown at stations across the country as well on vessels of the U. S. Coast Guard and have received the highest praise.

27463S. [reproduction] U. S. Life Saving Service Station Flag - small. This triangular station flag measures 24” long by 12” high and is typical of the flags once flown at Life Saving Service stations to identify them as such to vessels at sea. The flag is of the standard design instituted by General Superintendent Sumner I Kimball, with blue, white and red fields and one white star. Heavy duty for moderate weather conditions. Made in America. (design as shown above) $54.95.

27463L. [reproduction] U. S. Life Saving Service Station Flag - large. This triangular station flag measures 48” long by 25” and is typical of the flags once flown at Life Saving Service stations to identify them as such to vessels at sea. The flag is of the standard design instituted by General Superintendent Sumner I Kimball, with blue, white and red fields and one white star. Heavy duty for moderate weather conditions. Made in America. (design as shown above) $84.95.

 

 

 

  

6641. Wood, Vincent L., PLUM ISLAND RECOLLECTIONS - Views and Reminiscences of Plum Island c.1900 Recounting the Deeds of Capt. Thomas J. Maddock and the Crew of the U. S. Merrimack River Life-Saving Station, Plum Island, Massachusetts. Newburyport . 1995. 81p. Soft wraps. Signed by the author. Whatever your interest, you are sure to enjoy this readable account of every day life at a station of the U. S. Life-Saving Service. This wonderful account of life as Keeper of the Merrimack River Life-Saving Station brings together over 80 never before published vintage photographs made from the family’s archives of glass plate negatives. Taken by Mr. Wood’s grandfather, these negatives provide unusually clear, crisp views which have been faithfully reproduced in a high quality format. Using these views, along with personal notes and family memories, Mr. Wood presents a rare portrait of station life and training in 1910. This interesting account is only available here and is priced unusually low considering the rare accounts and quality photographs, well worth the retail price. A wonderful addition to your library. (M).  $24.95.

6641b. (b/w photo print) Captain Maddock of the Merrimack River Life-Saving Station seated in front of the surfboat in the station’s boatroom. Taken by Mr. Wood’s grandfather, the original glass plate negative provides an unusually clear, crisp view which have been faithfully reproduced in a high quality format and is perfect for matting and framing. Wonderful view of the boatroom interior and the equipment on hand. Image measures 4 ½” x 6 ¼”. Matted for framing (1) $22. Print only $14. 

 

29174g. United States Lighthouse Service Table Lamp with Rotating-Burner Wick Raiser, with Chimney and Milk Glass Globe from Point Loma Light Station c.1880 - 1900. This lamp is from the family of James Milford Johnson, Keeper at Point Loma Light Station in California and includes letter of provenance with information and photos of Keeper Johnson from a recent book on Point Loma. James Milford Johnson transferred to the station in 1931 and was certainly happy to be closer to civilization after his assignment at the Farallon Islands. Johnson would witness several changes at the station during his twenty-one years on the point. When the Coast Guard assumed control of all U.S. lighthouses in 1939, Johnson became a Boatswain’s Mate, the Coast Guard rank commensurate with his pay level in the Lighthouse Service. Assistant keeper Johnson was offered the head keeper position in 1952, when Head Keeper Dudley retired. Johnson, however, did not want to move into the head keeper’s dwelling, a move that was considered mandatory, so he reluctantly took an early retirement instead. (from Lighthousefriends.com) The lamp was manufactured in the Third District Lamp Shop on Staten Island, measures 13" high and is in good condition save electrical modification and a few light dents to the base. Lamp is marked "TABLE LAMP" on brass cartouche applied to side of tank. The font has been removed and a lamp socket has been attached, with a cord running down through the reservoir with switch added and out the base. Included is a clear glass chimney and decorated milk glass globe. These lights were modifications of the Funck lamp design. The stand and the burner are the same as in a Funck 4th order lamp, the only thing different is the oil reservoir itself in that it has a different shape and holds less fuel than a lamp used inside a lens. These would have been used from about 1870 to 1905. This table Lamp with Rotating-Burner Wick Raiser is of the early style. Later versions incorporated a pinion wick raiser similar to today’s lamps. I have rarely seen this style Lighthouse Service lamp available on the market before, and have seen only one other in a museum. They were provided for keeper's house, and may have been used in the light tower watch room as well. Base with a few light dents. Glass chimney has one ½” chip from base but is hidden when in place. Milk glass globe is nicely decorated, with small ¼” chip to bottom rim. An extremely rare item. $2,695. Reduced $2,195.

 

 

  

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. 

D&D Lines - United States Lighthouse Service Logo Reproduction Dinnerware. Long ago discontinued, this wonderful quality china is much sought after. We find a few pieces now and then. 

28121a. Revenue Cutter Service Mug (3 available) $38.95 each. 

 

 

 

12/1/18

SALE!

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.

 

What are These ?? Are they from England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, etc ?? Reproduction ? Age ??

 

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.

889. Williams, Lawrence W., A COLLECTORS GUIDE TO SOUVENIR CHINA – Keepsakes of a Golden Era, Identification and Value Guide. Paducah , KY. 1998. 232p. Soft wraps. Completely illustrated with over 500 color photographs. A hundred years ago, souvenir china was all the rage in the US . For the first time this well known expert from Chatham , Mass. presents a complete guide to the background and manufacturers, along with an in-depth analysis, descriptions, and current values. For those of you who have been collection lighthouse and life-saving commemorative pieces, or who would like to collect pieces from your hometown, this is a most valuable reference. Wonderful reading, with over 500 beautiful, clear color photographs of every type and style, manufacturer’s marks and details. (M). $32.95

 

1876. Oleszewski, Wes. World War II & the Great Lakes - Submarines, Bombers and Ore Boats. Avery. 2018. 288p. Soft wraps. Well illustrates with photos and maps. While it is not well known or publicized, the Great Lakes region played a major role as the United States was embroiled in World War II. Those who had yet to be born when World War II raged cannot imagine the fear, anger, suffering and sacrifice experienced by those who witnessed and fought in that conflict. Not only was freedom threatened, but the very fabric of human civilization was in danger. In order to preserve their very existence, free people had to mobilize and fight the evil that threatened to envelope the world. When FDR coined the term "Arsenal of Democracy" he knew that the heart of that arsenal was the industrial strength of the Great Lakes region. This book is not the complete story of that effort. Rather this is a series of stories that will give the reader a historically accurate glimpse into the efforts of everyday working people who did their part to save the world during the dark days between 1939-1945. Extremely well research and written this latest "Wes" book is an interesting and captivating read. (M). $17.95.

 

 

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

 

 

Say "Hello" to your Favorite Lighthouse Keeper with our Reproduction of the Original United States Lighthouse Service Triangular Station Flag.

Treat your family to these replicas of the official sewn U. S. Lighthouse Service flags. Flag is professionally made in the United States of high quality two-ply spun woven polyester flag material, double sewn, with appliquéd (hand sewn) pattern, reverse back and finished with brass grommets for attaching to halyard. Professionally made to withstand rugged use. 

 

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. 

 

11/1/2016

 

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)

 

Also....

Sale - Special Price $9 including postage. 

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. 

 

 

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:

23290f. 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). $162. (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

 

 

5/1/2014

 

 

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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