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Spring Sale Hundreds of Arcadia Publishing Titles at 35% off !
All of our Arcadia Publishing Company Lighthouse, Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard titles in stock, dated 2015 or earlier are 30% off suggested retail price. No other discounts may apply.
Do you know what this early flag is ?
This flag has come with a lot of early flags from the US Revenue Cutter Woodbury (Mahoning) and date from 1860 – 1890. This “1 9 5 9” Flag measures 93 x 56 1/2" and is definitely hand sewn on linen or cotton muslin (?). We would appreciate any help that you can provide to determine the origin and use of this flag design.
S. Life Saving Service Type - Brass Chelsea Clock c.1912-1919. Clocks
from the U. S. Life-Saving Service are unusually rare and always in demand. Such
pieces sell in the $6,000 range in good working condition. This clock comes from
the M. Low Company, a business that had operated on Pearl Street in Manhattan
from 1848 through the mid-Twentieth Century. The repair shop serviced watches
and ships’ instruments at a time when travel by sea was the primary mode of
transport. As ships would pull into port, their instruments would need to be
repaired and serviced as their insurance companies required. The M. Low Company
would travel onto the ships to repair, test and certify chronometers, binnacles
and other nautical instruments as necessary when the boats came into the
Manhattan harbor. In addition to servicing commercial ships, the company was
also awarded government contracts. M. Low serviced U.S. Government clocks and
other instruments as well as purchased old pieces no longer serviceable or
needed. In 1962, the M. Low Company bought the Negus Company, a prolific
American nautical instrument manufacturer that also operated out of Manhattan,
adding to the collection that came to be. The contents of M. Low Company was
auctioned over the past year and this clock was one of the lots. Over the years
parts making up this clock have been interchanged such that now the clock face
(U.S. Life-Saving Service), case (SN#124548 c.1919) and movement (SN#123097
c.1918) were not originally together. However this represents the exact type of
clock used by the Life-Saving Service with an authentic face, at a greatly
reduced price. The 4 ½” Model E movement is in a Chelsea red brass case with
screw bezel, with early patina. Case measures about 5 ½” across the bezel and
about 3” deep. The dial is lettered “U.S. Life-Saving Service. Chelsea Clock
17150. (framed photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Motor Launch c.1900. Extremely rare framed albumen photo shows the Life-Saving Service motor launch underway in Massachusetts Bay. According to author and small boat expert Tim Dring, the launch shown is “…either one of two of this type that served at Station City Point (Boston Harbor) , or another one of the same design and builder that was also assigned to Station Gurnet (Plymouth, Mass.) All three were built by Lawley at their boatyard in Neponsett in the very early 1900s…. These “motor launches” (the correct term for this type of boat) were used for both rescue work as well as supply trips. Most of these were initially powered by naptha engines, but were converted at some point to gasoline engines during their service lives.” Wonderful early view with great detail. Image measures about 6” x 8 ½” in 12 ½” x 15 ½” original stained and gilded oak frame. Frame has likely never been opened. Superb piece, will clean up nicely. Some moisture to mat but can easily be re-matted. (VG). $325.
Wonderful Life-Saving and Coast Guard Caricature Prints by noted artist Darrel Somerville
11” x 14” and include mat for overall 16” x 20”. Each print signed by the artist. Perfect for decorating.
14114. 36-foot Motor Lifeboat. $69
14114b. 36-foot Motor Lifeboat. Inscribed "To Barry". $44
14115. Breeches Buoy Drill. $69
14115b. Breeches Buoy Drill. Inscribed "To Barry". $44
14116. Lyle Gun Firing. $69
17156. Boonisar, Richard M. Gurnet Point: A Small Remote Summer Community with a Fascinating History. West Barnstable Press. 2017. 112p. Soft wraps. Gurnet Point is on a point of land at the tip of Duxbury Beach, that extends out from Duxbury and protects Plymouth from the fierce gales. Its first lighthouse was built there in 1768, and in 1806 two Huts of Refuge were erected along the beach by the Massachusetts Humane Society. The first life-saving station was erected at the Gurnet in 1874 following the wreck of Brig “Regulator”. The author has spent summers on the Gurnet since 1939 and brings to this work a wealth of knowledge about the area gleaned from years of research, as well as over 160 early photos from his private collection, nearly all never before published. Includes two wonderfully detailed chapters covering the history of the lighthouses and life-saving stations there. Wonderful reading, well done. (M). $38.
See the video book trailer for Brilliant Beacons on YouTube- https://youtu.be/QUgQVFOjX2s.
Sale Price $14.95 plus $4.50 media mail. (x)
1601. Dolin, Eric Jay. Brilliant Beacons - A History of the American Lighthouse. 2016. 1st. 448p. Stiff wraps. DJ. An extraordinary work of historical detection and originality, Brilliant Beacons vividly reframes America’s history through the development of its lighthouses. In a work rich in maritime lore and brimming with original historical detail, Eric Jay Dolin, the best-selling author of Leviathan, presents the most comprehensive history of American lighthouses ever written, telling the story of America through the prism of its beloved coastal sentinels. Set against the backdrop of an expanding nation, Brilliant Beacons traces the evolution of America’s lighthouse system, highlighting the political, military, and technological battles fought to illuminate the nation’s hardscrabble coastlines. In rollicking detail, Dolin treats readers to a memorable cast of characters including the penny-pinching Treasury official Stephen Pleasonton, who hamstrung the country’s efforts to adopt the revolutionary “Fresnel Lens,” and presents tales both humorous and harrowing of soldiers, saboteurs, ruthless egg collectors, and most importantly, the light-keepers themselves. Richly supplemented with over 100 photographs and illustrations throughout, Brilliant Beacons is the most original history of American lighthouses in many decades. 112 illustrations; 8 pages of color. (M). Published at $29.95. Sale Price $14.95 plus $4.50 media mail.
[can] Jonesport Fish Flakes [Pollock] packed
by R. B. & C. G. Stevens,
[vintage can labels] Jonesport Mackerel and Jonesport
Sardines packed by R. B. & C. G. Stevens,
8341-103. (serving bowl) United States Revenue Cutter Service Serving Bowl c.1886-1910. Scarce, original United States Revenue Cutter Service serving bowl in the rust colored “U.S.R.C.S.” flower 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. Bowl is large and bold, quite attractive, with little if any expected wear. There are two closed age lines on one side but do not detract. This pattern is in rust, brown, and green, and consists of a floral pattern around the rim. In the center of the rim is the United States Revenue Cutter emblem in rust with crossed anchors behind. Dish is back-marked “Greenwood China, Trenton, N.J.” and date stamped “Greenwood China P” indicating a date range of 1886-1910. Dish is oval, and measures 8 1/8” x 10 ½” x 2 ¼” high. In wonderful condition, an exceptionally rare find. $425.
29325. Karentz, Varoujan. Beavertail Light Station on Conanicut Island. Booksurge. 2008. 242p. Soft wraps. For over 250 years, America’s 3rd oldest lighthouse has stood as a sentinel at the entrance of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay. The author tells the story of technological innovation and federal bureaucratic conflict as four different organizations, beginning in 1749, attempt to improve operations and reliability of the light station there. Woven into this history, the author follows the early slave trade and Colonists who insisted that the lighthouse be built, and describes the work ethics and reporting requirements of the generations of 'Keepers' who tended the light. (M). $47.99. (x)
13416c. (photo) Klipsan Beach Life-Saving Station and Crew, Washington c.1915. Rare early photo on postcard paper shows great detail of the rare Fort Point-type “Witch’s Hat” boathouse as the crew poses with the surfboat on the station ramp. The Life-Saving Station at Klipsan Beach (formerly Ilwaco Beach) was north of Cape Disappointment. Rare view, great early detail, 3 ½” x 5” on postcard paper. c.1904-1915. Light soiling, message on back. (VG+). $138.
13416b. (lithograph view) Klipsan Beach Life-Saving Station and Crew, Washington c.1915. Rare early lithograph image on postcard paper shows great detail of the rare Fort Point-type “Witch’s Hat” boathouse as the crew poses with the surfboat on the station ramp. The Life-Saving Station at Klipsan Beach (formerly Ilwaco Beach) was north of Cape Disappointment. Rare view, great early detail, 3 ½” x 5” on postcard paper. c.1904-1915. Clean, crisp, message on back. (VG+). $74.
17145. (photo) U.S. Coast Guardsman Mans One-Pounder Gun c.1925. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail as crewman mans a one-pounder gun, possibly a Hotchkiss. Likely he was keeping guard on a boat seized or being investigated for alcohol smuggling during Prohibition. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated January 8, 1925. Clear, close view, great detail, chip to upper corner margin. (VG+). $28.
21378d. Vintage Monarch Stereoscope Stereo View Viewer with 8 Views c.1904. For those of you who have vintage stereo views in your collection, this is a wonderful vintage viewer for use with your views. This is a great opportunity to clearly see the true depth of your views the way that they were originally intended. Viewer is in original condition complete with handle and eye shield and dates from about 1904. These viewers were supplied by the Keystone View Company for use with their view selections. Viewer is entirely original but in very good, clean condition with only normal wear. Included are 8 original stereoviews including one home-made view. Keystone View Company was started in Meadville, Pennsylvania in 1892 by B.L. Singley. In 1892 French Creek overflowed its banks and flooded Meadville. Singley photographed the damage, developed multiple prints of 30 negatives and pasted them on cardboard mounts bearing the name of Keystone View Company. By 1895 the company had issued approximately 700 different views. In 1898 Keystone began making and selling stereoscopes. The company expanded rapidly and by 1905, the year the Keystone View Company was incorporated, it was the largest business of its kind in the world. All of the manufacturing was done in Meadville, but branch offices were in New York, St. Louis, San Francisco, Portland, Oregon, Chicago, Toronto, Canada and London, England. Salesmen and photographers were scattered around the world, and the company was offering 20,000 different views. (VG+). $124. With this purchase receive 15% off any stereoviews on our web site.
16117b. (mounted photo) Lighthouse Tenders, U.S. Light House Establishment Depot, Staten Island c.1890. Provenance John Millis (1881-1952) , Engineer, Light House Establishment. Wonderful early albumen photograph taken at the Lighthouse Depot at Staten Island, New York in about 1890. This photo provides great detail of the lighthouse tenders John Rogers and Cactus as visitors and officials pose on the decks. This photo is from the estate of John Millis (1881-1938) , Engineer 3rd District, U.S. Light House Establishment. John Millis had a long and interesting lighthouse career and lived for more than 93 years. Millis entered West Point in June 1877, and was graduated in June 1881, at the head of his class. In November 1883, after service with the Engineer School at Willetts Point, N. Y., he was assigned as Assistant to the Light-House Engineer of the Third District on Staten Island. It was during this period that this photograph was taken. Image measures 7 ½” x 9 ¼” on 10” x 12” mounts. Photo is clear, close, just a bid light. Some soiling and foxing to mount but does not affect photo or image. Overall a very rare important image. (VG+). $110.
17148. (cabinet photo) Schooner George Nevinger in the Snow, Wrecked off Provincetown, January 1886. On January 15, 1886, the schooner George Nevinger came ashore off Provincetown during a storm. The crew were rescued with great difficulty after spending a terrible night in the rigging, suffering intensely from cold. The captain was badly frost-bitten and the schooner would be a total loss. Newspapers of the day reported that Capt. G.W. Merrill of the Nevinger made serious charges against the officers of the Revenue Cutter Albert Gallatin for reasons unknown so far to this writer. Nice view, 4 ½” x 7” size. Clear, detailed view, with falling snow added by the photographer. Just a bit of light soiling. Rare view. (VG+). $65.
17139. (photo) Niagara Life-Saving Station, Lake Ontario, New York c.1908. Rare photo shows the life-savers posing on the boatramp of the Niagara Life-Saving Station on Lake Ontario in New York. This station was built in about 1893, one of only two of this “Niagara-Type” design. Great detail of the men and station, as well as the surfboat bow behind them. Photo is quite clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Postmarked 1908. (VG+). $76.
CR-01. (archive) First Manistee Light House, Michigan c.1869-1870. The archive contains 64 original signed construction and accounting documents relaring to the construction of the first lighthouse at Manistee. The bulk of the pieces are lists of materials and costs for the building. It begins with recording of the deed for the property purchased by the Treasury Dept and subsequent materials, including the 5th order Fresnel lantern and housing. Then there is expenses for travel by the supervising engineer and boarding for the workmen. There are several large pieces which are payroll for the workmen with their names, station, wages and each a signature or mark for those who could not write. Then several documents for total costs for the building approved by the Treasury Dept. This lighthouse was begun in 1869 and completed the following year. However on the same day as the Great Chicago fire, October 8, 1871, Manistee was ravaged by fire including the new lighthouse. In 1872 a new lighthouse was built. These documents all relate to the first lighthouse which was destroyed. (VG+). $1,295 lot.
8333L. [stereo view] THE GREAT LIGHT-HOUSE LENS MOUNTED FOR WORK, ELECTRIC BUILDING , WORLD’S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION. B. W. Kilburn view, Littleton, NH . c. 1893. Rare stereo view of the large bi-valve first-order lens at the Light-House Establishment exhibit in the Electric Building at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. This is a clean, detailed view showing the large lens and clockwork rotating mechanism, and other portions of the electric exhibit. Nice, clear, clean view, light wear. (VG). $34.
8333n. [stereoview] International Exhibition 1876, Machinery Exhibit. (c.1870’s). By Centennial Photographic Co. (VG+). $18.
8333o. [stereo view] [LIGHT-HOUSE EXHIBIT, U. S. GOVERNMENT BUILDING – TRANSEPT LOOKING SOUTH. International Exhibition 1876. (c.1876). By Centennial Photographic Co. Rare stereo view of the large first-order and other lenses at the Light-House Establishment exhibit at the 1876 International Exposition. This is an extremely clean, detailed view showing most of the two lenses, Lighthouse Service ensign and other portions of the electric exhibit. Nice, quite clear, clean view. (VG+). $48.
17132. na. U.S. Coast Guard Vessels ONI 54-CG. Division of Naval Intelligence. GPO. 1943. Restricted. 14p. Soft wraps. Early booklet issued September 5, 1943 provides characteristics and identification information for the various classes of vessels operated by the Coast Guard at the time. Includes Campbell Class 327’, Tamps Class 240’, “A” Escanaba Class 165’, “B” Argo Class 165’, Active Class 125’, Cactus Class, and other miscellaneous cutters, patrol vessels, tenders, “sub busters”, 75’ type, and more. Clean, tight, cover with chipped and worn corner. (VG-). $54.
17142. (cabinet photo) Great Point Light Station, Nantucket by E.B. Robinson c.1880. Rare early view shows the tall stone tower and early keeper’s dwelling, as well as a shed or stable to the right. Rare early view not listed in Nantucket Historical Assoc. database. Measures 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Generalized light foxing, some moisture and tape residue to back. (G+). $134.
17136. (photo) Breeches Buoy Rescue from SS Coos Bay off San Francisco c.1929. Clear, close, original 6” x 8” press photo shows good detail as survivor of the stricken lumber steamer Coos Bay is brought ashore by breeches buoy. Thirty three were saved by breeches buoy as the steamer broke up under the action of the fierce seas. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated March 27, 1929. Close view, good detail, just a bit out of focus. (VG). $28.
17143. (photo) Replacing Lantern Room, Oak Island Lighthouse, North Carolina c.1957. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows good detail as a Marine helicopter lifts the 1,700 pound lantern room and places it on top of the Oak Island Lighthouse. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated December 18, 1957. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $42.
17144a. Badgley, John. Frigate Men - Life on Coast Guard Frigate U.S.S. Bisbee, PF-46 During World War II. Published by John Badgley, 2007. 224p. Soft wraps. A true account of the life of United States Coast Guard sailors on board a fighting frigate during World War II; the humor, pathos, heroism and significance of one small ship in the United States naval armada of 1944. John Badgley (1922 – 2014) was a California architect. He was also a life-long sailor, marine enthusiast, historian and ecologist. After officer training at the US Coast Guard Academy, where he raced Star boats and served before the mast on the square rigged ship DANMARK, he joined the crew of USS BISBEE (PF-46) serving in 45 campaigns in the south and north Pacific during WWII. USS Bisbee was awarded 5 battle stars in 3 major theaters of operation. At wars end he was assigned to Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander Eastern Sea Frontier, in charge of Air Sea Rescue Operations coordinating Atlantic traffic during the return of US forces from Europe. With declassification of the ship's log, now the true story is being told." Illustrated with 38 graphite sketches & watercolors by the author, as well as 20 wartime photographs. A brisk and entertaining read. (M). $29.95. (x)
6332-78. Light-House Board. LIGHT LIST PACIFIC COAST – United States, Canada, Hawaiian and Samoan Islands. Wash. 1920. 191p. Soft wraps. Sought after list covers the Pacific coast of the United States, Canada, Hawaiian and Samoan Islands. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Contents clean, tight, with light corner wear and age toning to wraps. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. (VG+) $54.
29219c. Lamp Oil / Kerosene Can c.1900-1940. Perfect for museums that require an inexpensive alternative to the U.S. Lighthouse Service oil cans for your display. This soldered tin oil or kerosene can is in very good condition. Tin oil filler can is original and quite like the original Lighthouse Service filler cans, with top handle and spout with cap and chain. Can has no dents and spout is present and solid with no repairs. This will be a fine display piece. With old patina and will display beautifully. Needs only a cork for top fill. Can base measures 6 ½” diameter. Overall height 12 ½”. A perfect alternative. (VG+). $128.
(print) UNITED STATES COAST GUARD – “SEMPER PARATUS”
- STORM WARNINGS ARE UP by Charles Rosner c.1950's. 18” x 21”.
Wonderful large size print shows
29386c. (cork life vest) Early Cork Life Jacket c.1907. Early cork jacket was commonly in use in the late 1800’s into early 1900’s. Jacket is of canvas filled with cork panels and is in very good condition for its age, fairly clean, only 4 tears in one panel over the steel staples. Jacket is stenciled: “PASSED U.S. Asst. Inspector Steam Vessels. New York, N.Y. Sept 27, 1907 H.M.T.” and “BLOCK Manufactured by David Kahnweilers Co., New York Hundreds of Metallic Life Boats and Life Rafts”. Once white canvas life vest includes 8 cork sections. No large holes or rips and portions of the straps remain, material is strong but darkened overall and water and soil stained as expected. Cork is solid. Measures Overall 13” x 15” x 2” thick. A great piece for display or for your surfboat. (VG+). $285.
17152. Hastings, Scott E. Jr. and Geraldine S. Ames. The Vermont Farm Year in 1890. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, Vermont. 1983. 89p. Soft wraps. Wonderful account of the activities by which a farmer supported and sustained himself and his family in East Central Vermont in 1890, by season and task. Well illustrated with period photos. (F-) $6.
4583b. (stereoview) U.S. Life-Saving Station, Seabright, NJ c.1877 by New Jersey Stereoscopic View Co. Rare early view of the first life-saving station at Seabright, New Jersey. This station was a modified Red House-Type station built in 1872. Note the ornate brackets and watch tower with walkway, and the wind-bracing on the sides. An early style surfboat sits on the boat ramp. View is by New Jersey Stereoscopic View Company, Red Bank, NJ. On orange mount. Overall clean, clear, just a bit of foxing and some corner wear. May be one of the few images taken of that type of station. (VG). $135. Sold.
17140. Senate No. 87. Re. An Act to Promote the Efficiency of the Life-Saving Service.... January 21, 1892. 10p. Disbound. Report accompanies Senate Bill S.750 regarding increases in pay to surfmen and Keepers in the Life-Saving Service. In this rare report, General Superintendent Kimball discussed the pay situation as well as the need for pensions for surfmen disabled in the line of duty, etc. Quite interesting, excellent information. (VG+). $45.
and commissioning pennant set] U. S. Coast Guard c.1953-1966.
Original set includes official U. S. Coast Guard Ensign size #4 (29” h x
50”w) and Commissioning Pennant size #7 50” for use on small and
medium size craft. Ensign manufactured for Coast Guard has had almost no wear,
in nearly new condition. Made of nylon – wool bunting. Field consists of
vertical red/white stripes, with Coast Guard shield on crossed anchors
overlaying on the right portion, with the words “Semper Paratus”. Top left
corner is white with
(Courtesy U.S. Army)
wag signal flag)
17141a,b,c. Telephone Pole Property Number Tag. U.S. Coast Guard. Rare copper property tags measure 1 ½” x 6” and bear the words “U.S. COAST GUARD NO.” embossed and a stamped pole number (151, 155, 159). These tags were nailed to each telephone pole supporting the line connecting the beach Coast Guard stations and were used to identify each pole. Quite rare, an interesting Coast Guard collectible. Some weathering and wear, as found. (VG-). $48 each. Sold.
1234-12. (lot 3 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Fletchers Neck Station c.1899. Capt. L.C. Totman, Keeper. Lot consists of three documents relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. The first is an original hand-written order on official Life-Saving Service stationery to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding balances due from the surfmen on account for clothing delivered. Surfmen listed include James H. Bruell, P. L. Hupper, L.S. Milgate, F.L. Goldthwait and Keeper Totman. One sheet 8” x 10” original stationery dated Dec. 7, 1899. Quite clean and crisp. Remaining sheets 5” x 8” contain hand written notes on uniforms (duck suits, overcoat, blue surfman cap, No. 2 for coat, etc.) and sizes for each man with prices and some sizes, specs., etc. Light wear. Rare Fletchers Neck LSS lot. (VG+). $78. Sold.
FLARE CANISTER FOR LIFEBOATS with FLARES. c.1900-1935. Smaller size
#2. Beautiful solid copper and brass flare canister, complete with 2 wooden
handled flares, designed to be used on ship’s lifeboats. Soldered brass label
reads: “Life Rafts COSTON DISTRESS OUTFIT FOR LIFE BOATS & RAFTS. Approved
& Passed by the
1662. (lot 25 glass projection slides) Cape Cod Life-Saving Service c.1880-1900. Collection of 25 photographic glass plate projection slides of Cape Cod Life-Saving Service and shipwrecks. Primarily J.W. Black & Co. plates, labeled as to view, depicts ships, wrecks, Life Saving Stations, apparatus and drills related to Cape Cod. Individual views include: Beach apparatus, Orleans crew drilling (2), beach apparatus cart, Peaked Hill Bar crew drilling, High Head crew drilling, breeches buoy drill, Highland station, Orleans station, surf at Chatham, beach patrol exchanging checks (artist’s view), breeches buoy drill (artist’s view), burning Coston flare (artist’s view), wreck Jason, wreck at Wood End, wreck Katie J Barrett (2), Evans survivor of Jason, wreck Fortuna 1894, wrecks (2), wreck Charles Campbell (2), wreck Matilda Bucks at Provincetown. In original fitted period wooden case. Each plate 3 ¼ x 4 inches. Lot $795. Sold.
1661. (lot 5 glass projection
slides) N.L. Stebbins Photographer - Lighthouses &
Ships c.1880-1900. Collection of 5 photographic glass plate
projection slides of lighthouses and ships from noted marine photographer N.L.
Stebbins. N. L. Stebbins was a
Other lots available.
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. (x)
17146.Whipple, A.B.C. Vintage Nantucket. Globe Pequot. 1978. 270p. Soft wraps. “On a September evening, under a waning moon, my wife and I went for a walk through the heart of Nantucket.The town was still. Our footsteps echoed down the long cavern of India Street... Even more than in the light of day, we could sense all around us Nantucket's ages of history. It is in the evening that Nantucket's ghosts walk with you." So begins a lyrical stroll through the history of one of America's most fascinating islands. And what a history it is, alive with the dynamic men and women of Nantucket: prolific old Tristram Coffin; Quaker William Rotch, the island's wartime conscience; the shrewd, stubborn Tory, Kezia Coffin; Maria Mitchell, the outspoken astronomer; Captain George Pollard, whose tragedy inspired Moby-Dick, and the island visitor Herman Melville himself.You don't have to be a Nantucketer to enjoy Vintage Nantucket,with its wide range of island lore, from Muskeget's special species of mouse to an excursion to the fragile barrier beach of Coatue, "warm and beckoning in the afternoon sun... a miniature of the Nantucket that for four centuries has been a lodestar in the lonely sea”. Very good condition, only lightly read. (VG+). $8.
17147. Mooney, Robert F. and Andre R. Sigourney. THE Nantucket Way. Doubleday. 1980. 204p. Stiff wraps. “Two Nantucket lawyers have written a book about how the law was made, administered, enforced, and flouted in Nantucket history. Virtually every public event anywhere has some connection to the law. Thus, we find Anglicized Indian John Gibbs saved from King Philip--and a charge of breaking Indian law--by the verbal dexterity of schoolteacher-lay preacher Peter Folger (who just happens to be Ben Franklin's grandpa); consequently, the Indians, instead of joining King Philip's disastrous rebellion, pledge allegiance to the settlers' king. We are privy to the long-running Gardner-Coffin feud for control of the Island, which pits resident ""half-sharesmen"" against off-Island Proprietors (and lands Peter Folger triumphantly in jail). We hear the tale of the Island's last hanging (the last of several--Indian justice demanded retribution); follow the long, tangled history of land-title disputes (punctuated by an embezzlement that brought ""the dream of sharing common lands and common endeavors"" to an end); and pick up stray episodes from Frederick Douglass' speaking debut, to the profitable dodges of Prohibition, to the doings of vacationing legal lights (more honored, the authors note with asperity, than the local talent). At the close comes a small tempest: with Nantucket and neighboring Martha's Vineyard about to lose their State Representative to reapportionment, there is talk of Secession; but this ""lawyer's dream,"" alas, comes to nought. An entertaining slant on a stale subject.” [Kirkus Review]. Clean, tight. (VG+). $10.
17126. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service. Assistant Superintendent Third LSS District. to Capt. John F. Nash, Watch Hill Life-Saving Station, Rhode Island c.1891. 1 page 8” x 10” on official stationery. Rare 1891 letter sent by H. M. Knowles, Assistant Supt. of 3rd. Life Saving District, to Captain John F. Nash, Keeper of the Life Saving Station, Watch Hill, RI., advises Keeper Nash that a medical certificate will be needed before action can be taken on his resignation request. Nash served as Keeper at Watch Hill from July 2, 1883 until his resignation on August 15, 1891. In 1886 Keeper Nash had serious difficulties in maintaining crew discipline at the station and received a lengthy “schooling” and discipline letter from Lt. C. F. Shoemaker, Assistant Inspector, Third U.S. Life Saving District. Whether these difficulties later prompted this resignation is unknown. Letter is hand written in ink on official stationery of the Assistant Superintendent. Two original folds, moderate wear, ink absorbed into the paper quite a bit. A rare document that should encourage more research into Nash’s career. (G+). $145. Sold.
17133. (souvenir cup/saucer) Burnt Island Life-Saving Station, Port Clyde, Me. c.1900. Lovely cup and saucer is quite handsome and enhanced by gilt trim and embossing. Bold cup features a detailed full color image of the Burnt Island Life-Saving Station off Port Clyde, Maine. The station served a wild coast on the sea lanes between Penobscot Bay and Portland. The station was a Marquette-style station built in 1891. The cup measures 2 ¾” high by 2 ½” in diameter. Saucer measures 5” in diameter. Marked “Made in Germany K.P. Marshall, Port Clyde, Me.” Set is clean, bright, no chips or cracks. An unusually bright, bold piece for display. (VG+). $168.
11402. (greeting) Burnt Island Life-Saving Station, Port Clyde, Maine c.1900. Charming greeting card featuring a lovely verse and actual photo of the Burnt Island Life-Saving Station. Card measures 3 ½” x 5” on postcard paper. Photograph is pasted on and measures 1 5/8” x 2 5/8”, showing the station dwelling house and boat house, and marine railway to the water. Quite unusual. Clean, only light edge wear. (VG). $26. (x) Sold.
17138. (photo) Life-Saving Service Watch House, Rye, NH c.1954. Rare photo shows the old watch house from the Rye Life-Saving Station. Information written on the back indicates that the watch house stood at the life-saving / Coast Guard station until the station was closed in 1938, when it was then moved to Rye Harbor. The image shows the watch house at Rye harbor following Hurricane Carol in 1954. Rare image measures 3 ½” x 5” and is clear and fairly close. Notice in the background what may be a post for a post or lens lantern. We were not aware of this watch house at Rye until this photo. (VG+). $34.
17135. (photo) Lighthouse Keeper on the Beach c.1920-1930’s. Rare 3 ½” x 5” view shows the keeper sitting on the beach with three young girls. The location is unknown, but from the square tower and the wooden sea wall, one possibility may be Long Point Light Station in Provincetown on Cape Cod. Good view of keeper and hat. (VG+). $24.
17131. (photo) Coast Guard CWO4 August Anderson in Command Rum Chaser c.1925. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of CWO4 August Anderson in Command Rum Chaser, possibly the Tulare (AB-14) in 1925. CWO4 Anderson gained a fine record in the Coast Guard as a competent rum chaser with many captures to his credit. Anderson is listed as having been appointed in 1906. Great image and view of his uniform and the pilot house as he scans the sea. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated February 2, 1925. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $42.
17134. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Station, Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. c.1941. Superb clear, close, original 6” x 9 ¾” press photo shows excellent detail of the Coast Guard station and lighthouse at the east end of the Sturgeon Bay canal. Wonderful detail includes the lifeboat station, the lookout with flag mast behind, the iron light tower, Keeper’s dwelling and more. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated May 30, 1941. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $110. Sold.
1790. (glass plate negative) Baker’s Island Twin Lights, Salem, Mass. c.1890. Wonderful large 5” x 7” glass plate negative provides great detail of the two light towers and attached keeper’s dwelling in Salem, Mass. The original lights on Baker’s Island went into service on January 3, 1798. The two towers were located on top of a two-story keeper's house, about 40 feet apart at either end of the building. In 1816, one of Baker's Island's twin lights was extinguished and the smaller one was rebuilt, with the new stone tower being three feet shorter than the original lower light. Mariners claimed this made it difficult to distinguish the light from Boston Light, a fact that was proven by an increased number of wrecks. In 1820, the two lights were restored. A new 47-foot tower was built alongside the shorter 1816 tower. Image is clear and close and will make wonderful prints. (VG+). $76.
28107f. (souvenir dish) Highland Light, Highlands, Cape Cod c.1900. An unusual, bright, decorated commemorative dish featuring a beautiful full color image of Cape Cod’s Highland Light House, North Truro, Mass. Most unusual piece measures 4 ¼” in diameter and features a lovely large hand painted image of Cape Cod’s Highland Light House, North Truro, Mass. This early piece is quite bold and distinctive and is enhanced by a bright gilt decoration about the upturned sides and sea green scalloped rim. Marked “Wheelock Made in Austria for The Blackmer Co. Manchester, Vt. Vienna”. Clean, a very detailed, pretty piece for your display with beautiful detail and coloration. (VG+). $64.
17128a,b. (reproduction button set) U.S. Lighthouse Service. Reproduction button set manufactured by one of the original manufacturers of buttons of the Lighthouse Service - Waterbury Button Company. This set dates to about the 1970’s and consists of three large (coat) size and six small (cuff & hat) size buttons in an attractive plastic box. Light scuffing to box. Well presented. (M). $24 each (2 sets available).
17124. (photo) MV Ambassador Taking on Water and as CGC Coos Bay Breeches Buoy Rescue Begins c.1964. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” official Coast Guard photo shows excellent detail the cargo ship Ambassador as the Coast Guard Cutter Coos Bay fires a line to the vessel for the breeches buoy apparatus. On February 19, 1964, the cargo ship Ambassador, built in 1945, on voyage from Philadelphia to the UK with 9516 tons of wheat and corn in bulk, suffered an engine breakdown, got flooded in heavy weather and began to founder. Twenty of her 35 crew were rescued, eleven by USCGC Coos Bay and nine by SS Fruen Norway. Although the ships Leonordo Da Vinci, Coastguard Cutter Coos Bay and Fruen appeared in time for rescue, some 14 of the crew who had taken to the lifeboats perished. One MV Ambassador lifeboat capsized and 4 were drowned, while the second with 10 crew was never seen again. The Captain died while being lifelined to the Leonardo Da Vinci. The MV Elbe then began to tow the Ambassador to the Azores, but when the weather deteriorated further, she went lower and lower in the water. On 21st February, the hawser parted, and MV Ambassador was lost from sight and radar and foundered some time later. The Court carefully inquiring into the circumstances attending the shipping casualty, found that the principal cause of the loss of the Ambassador was the breaching in heavy weather following the loss of her engines, and whilst her list was increasing, her No. 3 hatch which was not fitted with locking bars resulted in the entry of large quantities of sea water into many compartments. Photo is b/w and includes date and lengthy description on back. Dated February 19, 1964. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $54.
13431i. (photo) Tanker S.S Fort Mercer – Bow Sinking off Chatham, Cape Cod. February 1952. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” official Coast Guard photo shows excellent detail from the air as the bow section of the SS Fort Mercer heaves into the air and sinks keel upward into the sea, just twenty minutes after the last of four survivors were pulled aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Yakutat. Photo is b/w and includes date and lengthy description on back. Taken on February 19, 1952. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG). $74. Sold.
13431h. (photo) Wife of Chief Engineer of Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Reads the Report of the Struggle. February 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows excellent detail of Mrs. Jessie T. Bushnell, wife of Chief Engineer of the tanker SS Fort Mercer, as she reads the reports of the struggle to her son Barry. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Taken on February 20, 1952. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG). $36. Sold.
(C.G. photo not included)
1723. (certificate) Honorable Service - Died in the Line of Duty. William Marion Goeshy. U.S. Coast Guard c.1955. Original Honorable Service - Died in the Line of Duty certificate for William Marion Goeshy. Boatswain’s Mate First Class who died while in the service to his country as a member of the United States Coast Guard on the 31st day of March, 1955. Goeshy was the last Coast Guard Lighthouse Keeper of the Piney Point Lighthouse on the Potomac River, St. Mary's County, Maryland. He passed away due to medical causes. Certificate is signed by the Acting Secretary of the Treasury. Measures 9” x 10 ½”. CG Form 10115 (9-47). $45. Sold.
1755. (photo) Ipswich Rear Range Lighthouse, Mass c.1937. By Sanborn Studios, Lynn, Mass. In 1881 this 45-foot cast iron tower was erected in the dunes of Crane’s Beach to replace the aged rear light. During its history the sand drifted around the tower, sometimes blocking the entrance and forcing the Keeper to access the tower through a window. In 1939, the cast-iron lighthouse was floated by barge to Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard to replace the light there that had been damaged in the hurricane of 1938. Stamped with the photographer’s stamp and dated November 2, 1937. 2 ¾” x 4 ½”. Clear, close view. (VG+). $22.
1279. (photo) Life-Savers Launch Surfboat Near Lighthouse c.1900. Rare photo shows the life-savers just after launching into the surf as others wait with another boat on the beach. In the background is an unidentified lighthouse with its tall flag mast. Photo is clear, good detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $32.
(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)
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.
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.
17123. (photo) U.S. Life Saving Station, Newburyport / Merrimack River Station on Plum Island c.1905. Close photo provides a good view of the station with a surfman holding a horse in front. 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 itself is clear and close. Great early detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $46.
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.
17125. (cabinet photo) Umpqua River Light Station, Oregon c.1890’s. Rare large 5” x 8 ½” cabinet photo shows great detail of the light tower and Keeper’s dwelling shortly after the new tower was finished in 1893. A few spots or stains to mount but photo is clean and clear. (VG+). $48.
17113b. (photo) Coast Guard Lightship / Examination Vessel, Chesapeake Bay c.1942. Clear, close, original 6 ½” x 8 ¼” press photo shows excellent detail as a signalman aboard the lightship / examination vessel signals by semaphore to a passing vessel. Lightships and some tenders were converted during the War by adding 3-inch and/ or 22 mm deck guns and painting the vessel in wartime colors. Examination vessels maintained a constant watch for vessels in the area and investigating all ships entering the bay. “Woe to the ship that doesn’t heave to when ordered!” Photo is b/w and includes date and lengthy description on back. Dated June 13, 1942. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $34.
17113a. (photo) Coast Guard Lightship / Examination Vessel, Chesapeake Bay c.1942. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows excellent detail as an officer from the Examination Vessel climbs aboard a passing merchant ship to conduct an investigation. Lightships and some tenders were converted during the War by adding 3-inch and/ or 22 mm deck guns and painting the vessel in wartime colors. Examination vessels maintained a constant watch for vessels in the area and investigating all ships entering the bay. “Woe to the ship that doesn’t heave to when ordered!” Photo is b/w and includes date and lengthy description on back. Dated June 13, 1942. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $34.
1794. (photo) Signalman Aboard Coast Guard Examination Vessel Signals Passing Vessel c.1945. Clear, close, original 6” x 8” press photo shows excellent detail as a signalman aboard the examination vessel signals by semaphore to a passing vessel. Lightships and some tenders were converted during the War by adding 3-inch and/ or 22 mm deck guns and painting the vessel in wartime colors. Examination vessels maintained a constant watch for vessels in the area and investigating all ships entering the bay. “Woe to the ship that doesn’t heave to when ordered!” Photo is b/w and is dated January 22, 1945. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $32.
17117. Hoskins, Harry. “Machine-Gun Tom”. A Tale of the US Coast Guard on the Great Lakes. Wide World Magazine. 1935. 5p. Disbound. During the “prohibition era” very little praise, and a great deal of abuse was showered upon the United States Coast Guard. These men went out on patrol in cockleshell craft in all sorts of weather, Often hopelessly outnumbered and out-gunned, they nevertheless fought gallantly against the rum runners, many of them losing their lives. An interesting account of the grim happenings on the Great Lakes in the days when the U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats fought pitched battles with desperate rum-runners in powerful launches. These tales were told to the author by a Coast Guard officer in charge of a small, fast patrol boat on Lake Erie, who became known here as “Machine-Gun Tom”. Interesting account. Clean, crisp, disbound. (VG+). $46. Sold.
16149. (photo) Entrance Road, General Lighthouse Depot, Staten Island, NY c.1900. Rare close clear image shows the entrance to the Lighthouse Depot grounds, probably off South Street. Note the brick lighthouse built into the retaining wall and how spotless the area is kept. Measures 4” x 6”. Very rare image. (VG+). $46.
1714. (lot 2 photos) Life-Saving Crew Drilling c.1900. Lot of 2 photos show a life-saving crew drilling with beach apparatus and landing in surfboat. Nice clear, close snapshot views removed from a period album measure 2 ¼” x 3 ¼”. With remnants of album pages. (VG+). $34. Sold.
(photo) U. S. Life Saving Surfman and Crew, Newport,
Oregon c.1911. Unusual clear image features the 7-member Life-Saving
Service crew and Keeper posing in front of the lighthouse crew quarters at
Newport, Oregon. In addition is an inset photo of Surfman “Smiles”added by
him, along with a lengthy note to his sister on the back. The Yaquina Bay
Lighthouse was located on a hill overlooking the northern side of the entrance
1663. (lot 16 glass projection slides) U.S. Life-Saving Service, Wrecks, etc. c.1880-1900. Collection of 16 photographic glass plate projection slides include views of the Life-Saving Service and shipwrecks. Primarily J.W. Black & Co. plates, labeled as to view, depict ships, wrecks, Life Saving Stations and more. Individual views include: beach scene “Alone”; Block Island lighthouse; steamship passing; wreck “Catherine” at Santa Rosa, Florida 1894 ; wreck "Gluckauf" at Blue Point, Long Island 1893; schooner on lake, schooner “Havana”, 11th District 1885-86; wreck SS Miscenda at Point Judith 1886; Evanston Life-Saving station early view; artists views; wreck “Louis V Place, Lone Hill, LI 1895; lifeboat rescuing passenger, lifeboat to the rescue (2); removing passenger by breeches buoy. Each plate 3 ¼ x 4 inches. Lot $495 (no discounts apply).
15255b. (glass projection slide) U.S. Life-Saving Station with Dobbins Lifeboat, San Francisco c.1911. Original 3 ¼” x 4” antique glass plate projection slide shows marvelous detail of the U.S. Life Saving Service lifeboat on the ramp 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 in this image was a one-of-a-kind station with buildings designed by architects J. Lake Parkinson and John G. Pelton. This slide may derive from the Wyland Stanley Collection of San Francisco historical memorabilia which included thousands of original photographs and antique negatives. The entire collection was purchased by Marilyn Blaisdell in the late 1970s. Image is clear and close and will make wonderful prints. (VG+). $64.
(document) Form No. 28. Light House Establishment
Repair Voucher, Towing Light-House Tender “Lily” c.1877. Early
document details expenses to tow the Light-House Tender “Lily” from the
Water Works to Marins Ways, at a cost of $8. Dated August 18, 1877. Document is
signed by Light House Inspector Cmdr. Albert A. Kautz, 14th District. Document
is good condition, with one original fold, only light wear and toning. Measures
7” x 8 ½”. (VG). $110.
1650-17. (booklet) Specifications for A Light-House and Walk, at Duluth, South Harbor Pier, Lake Superior. Washington: GPO, 1872. 6 x 9". 8 pages. Included are specifications for carpenter’s work, framing, finish, painting and more. This pamphlet originally accompanied a set of drawings (not present). Congress appropriated $10,000 for a lighthouse at the terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad, and a contract for its erection was made in 1872. By May 1873, a seven-room keeper's dwelling and a portion of an elevated walkway were completed, but as the south pier, the outer limit of which was the intended site for the lighthouse, had been damaged by a storm the previous fall, a temporary light was placed on the outer end of the north pier and work was suspended until the south pier could be repaired. The south pier’s lighthouse, a square, open-framework tower surmounted by a nine-sided, iron lantern, was finished in January 1874 and commissioned on June 2, 1874. In 1879, a fog bell, previously used on South Manitou Island, was mounted in a house near the tower and was struck by machinery when needed. Complete, wraps present, chipped and some soiling, worn at spine but still unusually good condition. Rare important booklet. (VG-). $115. Sold.
1650-15. (bid form booklet) U.S. Light-House Establishment. Proposals for a Light-House, Walk, and Keeper’s Dwelling at Duluth, Lake Superior 1872. Washington. GPO. 1872. Soft wraps. 6 x 9". 9 pages. Includes folding proposal, bid and bond forms for the above project. Congress appropriated $10,000 for a lighthouse at the terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad, and a contract for its erection was made in 1872. By May 1873, a seven-room keeper's dwelling and a portion of an elevated walkway were completed, but as the south pier, the outer limit of which was the intended site for the lighthouse, had been damaged by a storm the previous fall, a temporary light was placed on the outer end of the north pier and work was suspended until the south pier could be repaired. The south pier’s lighthouse, a square, open-framework tower surmounted by a nine-sided, iron lantern, was finished in January 1874 and commissioned on June 2, 1874. In 1879, a fog bell, previously used on South Manitou Island, was mounted in a house near the tower and was struck by machinery when needed. Complete, wraps present, chipped and some soiling, worn at spine but still unusually good condition. Rare important booklet. (VG-). $74. Sold.
1650-13. (booklet) Specifications for A Light-Keeper's Dwelling, at Duluth, Lake Superior. Washington: GPO, 1872. 6 x 9". 11 pages. Included are specifications for the excavation and grading, brick-work, cut stone, plastering, floor, drains, carpenter’s work, privy, iron work and more. This pamphlet originally accompanied a set of drawings (not present). Congress appropriated $10,000 for a lighthouse at the terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad, and a contract for its erection was made in 1872. By May 1873, a seven-room keeper's dwelling and a portion of an elevated walkway were completed, but as the south pier, the outer limit of which was the intended site for the lighthouse, had been damaged by a storm the previous fall, a temporary light was placed on the outer end of the north pier and work was suspended until the south pier could be repaired. The south pier’s lighthouse, a square, open-framework tower surmounted by a nine-sided, iron lantern, was finished in January 1874 and commissioned on June 2, 1874. In 1879, a fog bell, previously used on South Manitou Island, was mounted in a house near the tower and was struck by machinery when needed. Complete, wraps present, chipped and some soiling, worn at spine but still unusually good condition. Rare important booklet. (VG-). $165. Sold.
1799. (document) U.S. Life Saving Service Superintendent of Construction of Stations to Keeper, Louisville Life-Saving Station c.1903. 8” x 10 ½”. Original document to the Keeper of the Louisville Life-Saving Station from Superintendent of Construction of Stations, Atlantic and Lake Coasts, USLSS, requests the Keeper return various documents relating to the hanging of new sash windows in the lookout tower upon the Louisville station. Signed in hand by Captain …Abbuy, R.C.S. Clean, crisp, two original folds. (VG+). $68.
16228. (photo) Life-Saving Boat With Surfman, Cross Island – Machias, Maine c.1910. Rare view of a surfman as he stands by a Life-Saving Service boat, possibly a Maine Peapod (note the rudder and cork fenders). If one looks with a glass, one can make out a small “LSS” near the stern. Hand written in the upper margin is “Life Saving Station Machias, Me.”. Great early detail, on postcard paper. This style of card dates to 1910-1915. Interesting piece, rare view of this style boat. (F-). $56. Sold.
16224. (lot 2 photos). Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Maine. The handsome Pemaquid Point Lighthouse shown in the photo has guarded this dangerous rocky coastline since 1835, replacing an earlier 1827 stone tower that had deteriorated. The keeper’s dwelling was built in 1857. Clear, close b/w photo shows great detail of the light tower and entrance from two sides. Clean, crisp, great views. Measures 3 ¼” x 4 ¾”. (F-). $24.
6775-26-36. Coast Guard Insignia
Top row: Amico 1/20 10KGonS $34; 1/20 10KonS $20; Sterling $12
Row 2: $8 each (#3 sold)
Row 3: $6 each
Row 4: $5 each
17122-3. (copy negative) U.S. Coast Guard Warrant Officer (Keeper) Alanson C. Penny, Long Island, New York c.1920. Extremely rare photograph color copy negative shows Coast Guard Warrant Officer Alanson C. Penny posing in uniform. Alanson C. Penny (1854-1928) was a Keeper at the Shinnecock Life Saving Station and later Coast Guard station in Good Ground from August 21, 1891 until his retirement with thirty years service on about 1921. Negative measures 4” x 5” and should produce a very good print. Possibly a one of a kind image. (VG+). $45.
17122-2. (copy negative) U.S. Life-Saving – Coast Guard Station Potunk, Long Island, New York c.1915. Extremely rare photograph copy negative shows the Potunk station probably in the teens or early 1920’s. The Station was a Red-house style built in 1872 and expanded in 1887. The Potunk Station was still active in 1935, but was already inactive by the time of the 1938 Hurricane, when it was totally destroyed. Negative measures 4” x 5” and should produce a very good print. (VG+). $35.
17116a. McGuiggan, Amy Whorf. My Provincetown: Memories of a Cape Cod Childhood. Commonwealth. 2003. 168p. DJ. Autographed by the author. A memoir of childhood summers spent in Provincetown, Amy Whorf McGuiggan brings a sharp eye to the landscape, the neighborhoods, and the people of her summer paradise. Every summer in the 1960’s and 1970’s the author’s parents bundled the family into the car and headed for “A Home at Last”. My Provincetown is an elegy for a simpler time, when a child could come and go easily among divergent cultures, when a girl’s whole world could be measured in mere yards. An account so richly descriptive of time and place you can taste the salt air. Wonderfully written, a pleasure to read. If you don’t know Provincetown yet, you will surely want to. With gift inscription. (VG+). $16.95.
5109q. (cabinet view) Highland [Cape Cod] Lighthouse, North Truro, Mass. c.1890. by W.M. Smith, Provincetown, Mass. Large 4 ½” x 7” cabinet view provides an unprecedented close view of the tall masonry first order light tower with two attached keeper’s dwellings. In front sits a horse and carriage with its driver, probably awaiting summer visitors viewing the station. Wonderful view, clear and close, some moisture stains, light foxing. (VG-). $88.
5109r. (cabinet view) Highland [Cape Cod] Lighthouse, North Truro, Mass. c.1890’s by W.M. Smith, Provincetown, Mass. Large 4 ½” x 7” cabinet view provides an unprecedented view of the tall clay “pounds” or cliffs which have now washed away. Atop the barren cliffs are the tall lighthouse tower, keeper’s dwellings, Navy wireless station, fog signal building and more. Wonderful view, clear, great detail. Only light foxing, a bit of soiling. (VG). $68.
17119. (cabinet view) Long Point Lighthouse, Provincetown, Mass. c.1890’s by W.M. Smith, Provincetown, Mass. Large 4 ½” x 7” cabinet view provides an unprecedented view of the second light station at Long Point. Image includes the 1 ½ story keeper’s dwelling with square brick light tower, fog bell tower, boathouse and more guarding the Provincetown harbor. In 1873, an inspector reported that "a new dwelling is a necessity... the entire structure is in danger of being carried off by a heavy storm." $13,000 was appropriated for a new tower, keeper's dwelling and fog signal. This new 38-foot brick lighthouse tower and a 1 1/2-story keeper's house shown here were built in 1875. The 1,200 pound fog bell was installed at this time. Wonderful view, clear but a bit distant. Good detail. Only light foxing, a bit of soiling. Cabinet views of Long Point are quite difficult to find. (VG). $88.
7292b. Ferris, S. H., WHERE THE BREAKERS ROAR. c.1894. 14p. Disbound. Wonderfully detailed article describes the need for and the operation of the Life-Saving Service, their administration, crews and accounts of their rescues, both successful and not. Includes 24 photographs and illustrations including Hon. Sumner I. Kimball, Lt. John Dennett (USRM Inspector), various keepers and crews, stations, surfboats and more. Really a comprehensive little article. Clean, crisp, disbound from monthly. Missing last two original pages but copies of same included. (G+). $34. Sold.
1792. (lot 3 photos) U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Rose c.1930’s. Nice lot of three photos include the bridge as visitors inspect the vessel, starboard side, and a view of probably the quartermaster (with “USLHS” cap insignia) posing on deck. The Rose was launched in 1916 and served in the 17th LHD until 1947. Views measure about 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Clear, close, a few corners chipped. (VG+). $45.
1719. (photo) Fresnel Lens at Cape Meares Lighthouse, Oregon c.1991. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail as Barb Schiller explores the inside of the decommissioned Cape Meares lens. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated August 28, 1991. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $34.
1762. (photo) Coast Guard Relief Lightship No. 85 in Wartime Configuration on Stonehorse Shoal off Cape Cod c.1945. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” Coast Guard press photo shows excellent detail of Coast Guard Relief Lightship No. 85 in Wartime Configuration on Stonehorse Shoal. Battered by storms, gales and hurricanes during her 38 years of duty with the Lighthouse Service, the old coal-burner was one of two such relief lightships on duty in New England waters at the time. Note the gun mount on the aft deckhouse. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated March 11, 1945. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $68.
1741. (photo) Canadian Life-Saving Station With Crew, Long Point, Ontario, Lake Erie c.1910. Great image shows a close, clear view of the keeper and his 7-man crew posing outside with their surfboat on the boatramp in front of the station. Long Point is a narrow peninsula nearly disconnected from the mainland at its west end, from which it extends eastward about 18 miles. The life-saving station was located on the lake shore at the point 6,000 feet westerly from Long Point light. Very little is written about the Canadian stations and photos such as this are sought after. Excellent details of the station and boat. Great early detail, on postcard paper, with message and postmark on back. Postmarked not readable. Measures 3 ½” x 7”. Only very light wear, clear and close. (VG+). $94.
1769. (lot 3 negatives) Coast Guard 38-Foot Picketboat c.1931. Three close negative views show a Coast Guard 38-Foot Picketboat under construction at Gibbs Gas Engine Co., Jacksonville, Florida. Five hundred thirty-eight of these sturdy vessels were built, most during World War II. Only one or two still exist today. Negatives measure 2 ½” square and will make nice clear prints. (VG+). $48.
1722b. (photo) Grand Traverse Lighthouse, Northport, Michigan c.1900. Wonderful real photo view on postcard paper provides a rare early view of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse and dwelling. The Grand Traverse Lighthouse sits majestically at the entrance of Grand Traverse Bay, guiding vessels between Chicago and the Straits of Mackinac. For over 150 years, it has been an important beacon for all who have plied the waters of Lake Michigan . The original 1852 lighthouse was used for six years before being torn down. In 1858, a larger lighthouse with an attached nine-sided tower was erected on a site farther west. Over the course of its history, 66 lighthouse keepers, assistant keepers, and U.S. Coast Guard personnel have maintained the light. Today visitors tour the restored lighthouse, which is now a living museum filled with displays and exhibits depicting a simpler way of life. Unusually good view, great early detail. Measures 3 ½” x 7” on postcard paper. Heavy spotting upper right margin. (VG-). $76.
1746. (photo) North Scituate Life-Saving Station, Minot, Mass. c.1905. Wonderful rare early image of the early 1887 Bibb #2 Type life saving station on the beach at North Scituate, Massachusetts. Crews from this station worked some of the same rescues as Joshua James’ crew. Measures 3 ½” x 7” on postcard paper. With only mailing address on back. (VG+). $32.
1726. (photo) 30 Mile Point Lighthouse, Lake Ontario, New York c.1910. Even today, Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse is quite isolated, being some distance from any major port or city. The lighthouse was built to warn mariners of shoals and guide them along this portion of Lake Ontario. The lovely Victorian stone tower and dwelling was built in 1876. In 1022 the tower was painted white to increase visibility, thus dating this photo before that time. Unusually good view, great early detail. Measures 3 ½” x 7” on postcard paper. Heavy spotting upper margin, light edge wear. (VG-). $46.
17118. (photo) Coast Guard Boats for Flood Scenes c.1945. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of Coast Guard’s new flat-bottom boats for flood relief. The flat bottoms minimized transportation problems and could be easily loaded on trucks and sent to flood scenes in short order. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated February 24, 1945. Clear, close view, great detail. Good view of Coast Guard vehicle insignia on door. (VG+). $44.
4353b. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station, Quoddy Head, Maine c.1910. Great photo on post card paper of the Life Saving Station at Quoddy Head, Maine. On the station ramp can be seen the Keeper and the station surfboat through the open doors. Great clear detailed photo of the expanded 1874-Type station, built in 1874. Size 3 ½” x 4 ½” on postcard paper. One ink mark upper margin. (VG+). $68.
1780. (photo) Life-Saving Crew Launching Surfboat, Wallis Sands, Rye, NH. c.1910. Great photo on post card paper of the Life Saving Crew from Wallis Sands, NH., launching in the surfboat. Size 3 ½” x 4 ½” on postcard paper. Light soiling, sunning to margins. (VG). $32.
1770. (glass plate negative) U.S. Life-Saving Station, Wallis Sands, NH. Original Large Format 4” x 5" antique glass plate negative shows marvelous detail of a Bibb #2-Type Life Saving Service station, possibly Wallis Sands in New Hampshire. Rare close view measures 4” x 5”. Would make wonderful prints. Glass plate negative has been scanned as a positive also to show image detail. (VG). $85.
Rideing, William H., BOYS COASTWISE; or ALL ALONG THE
Pond, James L., HISTORY OF LIFE-SAVING APPLIANCES, AND
MILITARY AND NAVAL CONSTRUCTIONS. INVENTED AND MANUFACTURED BY JOSEPH FRANCIS
WITH SKETCHES AND INCIDENTS OF HIS BUSINESS LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES AND
13108klmn. (lot 4 photos) American Steamer Onondaga Stranded on Nauset Beach, Chatham c.1907. On January 13, 1907 the American Steamer Onondaga, bound from Boston to Jacksonville, Florida, stranded on Nauset Beach in Chatham in dense fog. Life-Savers from the Old Harbor Station responded and hauled out the breeches buoy, but as the seas had calmed none of the crew were landed at that time. The vessel remained for three months when in March the steamer was refloated, with the aid of tugboats. In order to pull the steamer from the beach, she had to be lightened and unloaded by hand. In these clear, close views we can see the ship being unloaded, as well as tugs offshore attempting to pull the ship off the beach. Clean, clear, with notations on bottom margins, on postcard paper, 3 ½” x 5 ¼”. (VG+). Lot 4 photos $148.
13108d-j. (lot 7 photos) American Steamer Onondaga Stranded on Nauset Beach, Chatham c.1907. On January 13, 1907 the American Steamer Onondaga, bound from Boston to Jacksonville, Florida, stranded on Nauset Beach in Chatham in dense fog. Life-Savers from the Old Harbor Station responded and hauled out the breeches buoy, but as the seas had calmed none of the crew were landed at that time. The vessel remained for three months when in March the steamer was refloated, with the aid of tugboats. In order to pull the steamer from the beach, she had to be lightened and unloaded by hand. In these close views we can see the ship being unloaded, as well as horse teams clearing sand from beneath the ship, attempts to pull the ship off the beach, and more. Most clear, some edge wear and light soiling, a few marks, some on postcard paper, up to 3 ½” x 5 ¼”. (VG-). Lot 7 photos $236.
16230. (mounted photo) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Clover WAGL-292. Period mounted photo on home-made mat shows the Clover while working at Nome, Alaska. The Clover was launched in 1942 and served until 1990, when she was sunk by the Navy for use as a target ship. Photo measures 4 3/8” x 6 ½” on 7 ½” x 10” mat. Clear, good view. (VG+). $34.
Snow, Edward Rowe. A PILGRIM RETURNS TO
SR-541. (shirts) U.S. Coast Guard. Short sleeve dress shirts by Creighton. Size not noted. With tags “Made Expressly for US Coast Guard”. A few stains, needs laundering. (VG). $8 each (2 available)
SR-533. (hat with box) Original Steamship Officer’s Cap [?] with Original Box c.1890-1910. Superb early original hat is unused and comes complete with original box believe to be steamship related. Embroidered directly on the front of blue wool cap is a wreath of heavy gilt bullion with the letters “L H S” ‘NOT lighthouse related]. Two brass buttons bearing initials “H S B” attaching gilt chin strap. Hat is sized 7 with maker’s mark “ Wm. H. Horstman Company Philadelphia” on the inside. Original box measures 10 ½” x 8” x 5” and bears a Horstman label as well. A beautiful piece. (VG+). $385.
1764. (photo) Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane Rescues Seven CCC workers off Brewster, Cape Cod c.1936. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail as the Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane backs through ice floes off Brewster to rescue seven CCC workers who were adrift for 22 fearful hours on an ice floe. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated February 10, 1936. Clear, close view, great detail. One small damage area. (VG). $38.
1797. (photo) Radio Operator Ralph B. Elliott answering SOS calls at the Marine Radio Station at Chatham, Mass. c.1941. Clear, close, original 6 ¼” x 8 ½” press photo shows excellent detail as 20 year veteran radio operator Ralph B. Elliott adjusts his receiver at the Marine Radio Station at Chatham. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated May 10, 1934. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $38.
17110. (copy photo) Schooner "Fortuna", Wrecked in 1894 on Race Point, Provincetown. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press copy photo shows excellent detail of the remains of the schooner Fortuna on the beach at Race Point. The schooner was driven ashore on February 12 with the loss of two men. The remaining crew was saved at great peril by the efforts of the Race Point and Peaked Hill Bars life-saving crews. Photo is b/w, made from glass slide of the period, and includes date and description on back. Dated 1894. Clear, close view, good detail. (VG+). $68.
1729. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat CG-44336 c.1978. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail as Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat CG-44336 plunges through the waves on a training mission. The exercise turned into a real rescue when Petty Officer Clay Rannick fell overboard. A hovering helicopter quickly made an emergency landing and picked him up. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated February 5, 1978. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $38.
1765. (photo) Warrior Rock Light, Sauvie Island, Oregon c.1969. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of the six-foot buoy, serving as a temporary warning signal at Warrior Rock Light. The light, bell and striker were removed from the tower after it was struck by a barge on May 29th., tearing away some 20 per cent of the tower base. Warrior Rock was Oregon’s smallest light and contained the Pacific Northwest’s oldest fog bell. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated July 9, 1969. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $38.
1744. (copy photo) Coast Guard Cutter Apache Crew c.1929 view. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press copy photo of 1929 view shows excellent detail as the crew of CGC Apache poses on deck. The Apache, an all-purpose Coast Guard vessel in 1915, served as an ice-breaker, rescue vessel, mine layer, anti-submarine work, and prohibition patrol boat in its long service. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. c.1915 McCabe view printed in 1963. Cropping lines noted. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $42.
1715. (photo) Crew U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Boat Marion c.1928. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of the crew posed on deck prior to leaving Boston to study currents and ice conditions off Labrador. Nice view of period uniforms. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated July 14, 1928. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $42.
(yearbook sweater photo)
(Ensign Kevin L. Moser c.1946)
17109. (lot) Vintage Wool School Sweater U.S. Coast Guard Academy With 2 Academy Yearbooks c.1943. Extremely rare U.S. Coast Guard Academy upperclassman’s sweater dates from c.1954. Rare sweater is in very good condition and includes Coast Guard logo on the front, leather patches on the sleeves, and great "rope knot" buttons. The owner’s name “Kevin L. Moser” is stitched inside. Also included are two Academy yearbooks “Tide Rips”, 1945 and 1946 which include Moser’s photo. Captain Kevin Leo Moser was born August 9, 1922, in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1946. In addition to his studies, he boxed and played the bagpipes (the Academy required him to practice in the bathroom). One of his first assignments was to Operation Crossroads, where he participated in monitoring and cleanup after the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests. He subsequently served all over the world, his last tour at sea being as the first CO of the USCGC Gallatin (1969-1971). His last few years of service were spent in Washington D.C., working on port security. Moser served in the Coast Guard until 1975, retiring with the rank of Captain. Purchased at the estate sale of the retired US Coast Guard Captain, this was hanging in the closet. There is some light wear and a few very small pulls or mothing, also some dark or lightly stained areas. The maker’s tag is worn away but sweater appears to be of wool, possibly a large in size. Sweater measures approx. 27" top of collar to bottom edge, 21" across the shoulders, 21" sleeves. This is an extremely rare early Coast Guard momento, great for the collector or past Academy graduate. (VG+). $425.
17115. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Active Practices New Breeches Buoy Rescue Technique c.1927. Clear, close, original 6” x 8” press photo shows excellent detail of the Coast Guard cutter Active as crewmen retrieve a breeches buoy line. Commander Von Paulsen of Station Gloucester originated the idea to send out a breeches buoy to ships in distress. With the proposed method, a low flying plane snags a line from the beach and carries it to the vessel, dropping it across the ship. Here men retrieve the line which has been dropped. I don’t know that this practiced was ever adopted or used in an actual rescue. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated May 5, 1927. Clear, close view, great detail. Some wrinkling. (VG). $32.
13431g. (photo) Crewmen of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Delivered to Boston by Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet. February 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows excellent detail as two crewmen from the SS Fort Mercer thank Lt. Cmdr. John M. Josephs of the Acushnet. Shown are crewmen Alanson S. Winn of Marlboro, Mass. and Massi Hunt of New Orleans, two of eighteen crewmen rescued from the broken tanker Fort Mercer off Chatham in a fierce northeast storm. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Dated February 20, 1952. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $54.
17101. (cabinet photo) George Sewall Boutwell, Secretary of the Treasury c.1870’s by L.C. Handy< Washington, DC. 4” x 6”. George S. Boutwell (1818-1905) was a merchant, lawyer, statesman, the first as the Governor of Massachusetts (1851-1853) then a member of the House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1863-1869), then Secretary of the Treasury under President Grant (1869-1873), and finally U.S. Senator (1873-1877). As a member of Congress, Boutwell led the campaign to impeach President Johnson. By the 1870’s, a booming coastal trade had a significant impact on the U.S Revenue Cutter Service. As the ever-larger Schooners wrecked on the coast with spectacular losses to lives and property, the American public demanded improvements in cutters, Lifesaving Stations, and aids to navigation. Such demands, combined with increased operations in Alaskan waters following the purchase of Alaska Territory from Russia in 1867, led to the reorganization of the service. As Secretary of the Treasury, Boutwell led the reorganization. He appointed N. Broughton Devereux Chief of an interim Revenue Marine Bureau consisting of the Revenue Cutter Service, the Steamboat Inspection Service, the Marine Hospital Service, and the Life Saving Service. Image is close and clear. There is one crease to upper corner and light soiling. Hand written notation on back notes: “Hon. George Boutwell Ex Secretary of the Navy. Now seriously ill in this city.” (VG-). $124.
Howe, M. A. DeWolf. THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE
1778. (reprint) U.S. Light-House Establishment. Specifications for the Lantern of a First-Order Light House. June 1871. Wash GPO 1871 (2017 Ohio River Trading) . 13p. Soft wraps. Nicely done reprint. Includes specifications and details of lantern. Without figures or plates. A good beginning reference. (M). $9.95.
1772. (reprint) U.S. Light-House Establishment. Specifications for a Double Dwelling for the Keepers of First Order Lights. Wash GPO 1862 (2017 Ohio River Trading) . 11p. Soft wraps. Nicely done reprint. Includes specifications and details of double dwelling. Without figures or plates. A good beginning reference. (M). $9.95.
1773. (reprint) U.S. Light-House Establishment. Specifications for A Light-Keeper’s Dwelling. (Frame) June 1877. Wash GPO 1877 (2017 Ohio River Trading) . 8p. Soft wraps. Nicely done reprint. Includes specifications and details of frame dwelling, by Peter C. Hains, Eng’r Sec. Without figures or plates. A good beginning reference. (M). $9.95.
1774. (reprint) U.S. Light-House Establishment. Specifications for a First-Order Light House (Brick Tower). October 1861. Wash GPO 1861 (2017 Ohio River Trading) . 11p. Soft wraps. Nicely done reprint. Nicely done reprint. Includes specifications and details of brick light tower. Without figures or plates. A good beginning reference. (M). $9.95.
1775. (reprint) U.S. Life-Saving Service. Instructions to Mariners in Case of Shipwreck With Information Concerning the Life-Saving Stations Upon the Coasts of the United States. Wash GPO 1881 (2017 Ohio River Trading) . 32p. Soft wraps. Nicely done reprint. Contains information and instructions for use by mariners so that proper co-ordination between life-savers and sailors in distress will be achieved. Includes information on the use of breeches buoy apparatus, signaling, rescue by surfboat, and much more. Also includes complete listing of all Life-Saving Districts and stations in the United States at that time. Includes some illustrations. A good beginning reference. (M). $9.95.
1777. (reprint) [Excerpts – Services of Crews] Annual Reports of the Operations of the Life-Saving Service. Sixth District. 1881-1910. Wash GPO 1881-1910 (2017 Ohio River Trading) . 34p. Soft wraps. Nicely done reprint. Excerpts from Services of Crews (rescues) in the Sixth District (North Carolina) as printed in Annual Reports from 1881-1910. Interesting reading. A good beginning reference. (M). $9.95.
1750. (officer cap insignia) Royal Canadian Navy Regulating Branch And Naval Police c.1914-1952. Lovely original Royal Canadian Navy Regulating Branch And Naval Police cap insignia on 1 ¾” cap band. Officer pattern cap badges were worn by all officers from the rank of Warrant Officer to Admiral. They were worn on the officer's pattern cap, and a smaller version was worn on a navy blue beret. Painted representations of the officer's cap badge were sometimes worn on the steel helmet. Prior to 1952, the pattern of Crown was the Tudor or "King's Crown" as seen here. In 1952, with the accession of Queen Elizabeth II, the pattern of Crown was changed to the St. Edwards or "Queens Crown". King's Crown badges continued in wear for several years. See http://mpmuseum.org/index3.html . This insignia belonged to a man named Eric, who was born on the Island of Man in UK. He sailed as the Second Engineer on the Phantom (Guiness's yacht), which was interred in Seattle at the beginning of WW2 and sat at anchor at the Seattle Yacht Club for a couple of years. After he spent a short time in Canada servicing lighthouses as an engineer he took a commission in the Canadian Navy and sailed on the minesweeper HMCS Digby as Chief Engineer. The insignia is from his working Blue uniform and the gold thread has the tarnished look. Insignia measures about 2 ½” h x 3” w. Quite nice collectible. (VG+). $44.
12285r. [photo] Historian Edward Rowe Snow Dropping Christmas Packages at Boston Light c. 1940. Large 7”x9” b/w press photograph by Associated Press shows Mr. Snow in the door of the aircraft as he drops Christmas packages to the Keepers at Boston Light Station. Each year Mr. Snow, wife Anna and daughter Dorothy readied packages for their well known yearly Christmas airdrops to remote lighthouses and Coast Guard stations. In 1926, Captain William Wincapaw began the tradition of dropping Christmas gift packages from his plane to remote lighthouse families. In 1936, author and historian Edward Rowe Snow would continue the “Flying Santa” tradition, which continues to this day by local groups. From 1936 until the 1960’s Snow had completed each year except during World War II. Photo is clean and clear and quite a nice close view including a clear view of Mr. Snow in the door of the aircraft preparing to drop the package. Includes news caption on the back. Dated December 23, 1940. Quite nice, rare. (VG+). $94.
27463M. (miniature reproduction) U. S. Life Saving Service Station Flag for Presentation or Framing. 8” x 16” This triangular station flag measures 8” long by 16” and is of the design 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. Our flag weight nylon miniature is one sided, appliquéd, no grommets, perfect for framing or as a presentation piece. Made in USA. (M). $49.95.
17107. O’Neal, Earl W., Jr. Ocracoke Island; Its People, the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy Base During World War II. 2001. Self published. 198 p. Soft wraps. Autographed by author. The Coast Guard has a long history on Ocracoke Island. Also, during World War II, Ocracoke first served as a location for a Navy Section Base, 1942-44; later as an Amphibious Training Station, 1944-45, and as a Combat Information Center. After World War II electricity, paved roads, telephones, ferries, and automobiles, and especially the establishment of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Park with an Ocracoke marina, an area headquarters, and Information Center, and an Ocean Beach Campsite, brought in many more tourists so that modern motels and hotels and restaurants were established. Thus with the 20th Century came the important enterprises which tourism calls for. Filled with photos and information about the Navy and Coast Guard influences on the island, as well as information on many of the men who served there over the years. Quite interesting, filled with photos. Difficult to find. (F-). $78.
17111. (map) Cape Cod. Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. 1922. 13” x 15 ½”. Clean, crisp early Cape Cod road map from Sagamore to Provincetown includes towns and villages with macadam and town roads and railroad delineated. Also includes tables showing hotels, golf courses, driving distances and more. In 3 colors. With light original folds but will flatten nicely for framing. (F-). $54.
17112. na. Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Labor and Industries Population and Resources of Cape Cod. Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. 1922. This booklet measures 6" x 9" and was printed for the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce in 1922. Tipped inside the back cover is a mint condition map measuring 16” x 17 entitled Cape Cod Barnstable County 1922. Map is pale green in color and was printed by Department of Public Works Division of Waterways And Public Lands 1922. Map includes roads and highways as well as towns and features. Book provides a wonderful look at Cape Cod in the period and includes numerous photos and information on agriculture, fisheries, beaches, highways, hotels, golf courses, lakes and streams, old homesteads and describes the following towns: Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Harwich, Mashpee, Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet, Yarmouth. Overall very good condition, clean, tight. (VG+). $64.
15188b. (cabinet photo) Surfman, U.S. Life-Saving Service with Firefighter (brother ?) c.1890. Photographer M.J. Simanek, Kewaunee, Wisconsin. Rare original portrait photograph includes a Life-Saving Service Surfman posing with a firefighter, possibly his brother (?). This rare posed portrait photograph shows the handsom men proudly posing in their uniform coats. Clearly visible is the insignia of the Life-Saving Service on the surfman’s right arm, and his uniform cap with “U. S. Life Saving Service” visible on the band. The firefighter’s hat with “FD” on the front. The cabinet card measures 4 ¼” x 6 ½” on original mat. Photo is clear, and crisp, near fine. It is exceptionally rare to see such photos of surfmen in any format. (F-). $265.
1706. (mounted photo) Life-Saving Service Keeper and Crew c.1900. Superb clear, close image includes the station Keeper with his 7-man crew. Note that the man in front has a white apron indicating that he had the cooking duty that day. Nice view, unknown location. Image measures 3 ¾” x 4 ¾” on 5 ¼” x 6 ¼” mount. Clean, crisp, very good condition. (VG+). $165.
1722. (photo) Grand
Traverse Lighthouse, Northport, Michigan c.1900. Superb real photo
view on postcard paper provides a rare early view of the Grand Traverse
Lighthouse as the Keeper with visitors look on from the tower gallery. The Grand
Traverse Lighthouse sits majestically at the entrance of
14273b. (maps) Maps of Chatham, Massachusetts by G.H. Walker. 1880. 17 ½” x 27 ½” both sides. From the Atlas of Barnstable County, published in 1880 by G. H. Walker. Hand colored. Rare original map views include Town of Chatham and Village of North Chatham on one side and Village of Chatham, Village of West Chatham, Village of South Chatham on the reverse. Map includes Chatham Lights, Harding’s Beach Light, Monomoy Point Light, Life-Saving Stations #2 and #3, and more. Houses and property owners' names are shown as well as roads, ponds and other features. Among the many surnames shown: Smith, Clifford, Nickerson, Steel, Eldridge, Pierce, Batchelder, Howes, Loveland, Harding, Sparrow, Robbins, Atkins, Burgess, Kendrick, Allen, Kent, Rogers, Young, Crowell, Bassett, Harding, Buck, Hammond, Snow, Wing, Baker, Godfrey, Potter, Johnson, Clark, Ryder, Tripp, Burshell, Snow, Stetson, Small, Dill, Jackson, Hunt, Taylor, Hammond, Gould, etc. Also shown: Crows Pond, South Point, Nauset Beach Point, Strong Island, The Spit, Fix Hill, Social Hall, Ryders Cove, Chathamport, Goose Pond, Store, Taylors Pond, Windmill, Oyster Harbor, Hardings Beach Point, Morris Island, Stage Island, Stage Hrbor, Life Saving Stations, Ames Point, Chatham Lights, South Point, Breakers, Ooyster Pond, Cemeteries, Baptist Parish, Foreside Harbor, Old Harbor, Schooner Bar, Inard Point, Shooters Island, Ramp Hole, Fish Houses, Salt Pond, Cove, Boatway, Sail Loft, Wharf, Coal Yard, Mill Pond, etc. Map is entirely intact, hinged in center from atlas. Includes pp. 64-66. Village of Chatham map has moisture to top right corner. Town of Chatham and West Chatham maps have similar moisture to one corner. Otherwise clean and intact and will mat and frame just fine. A great piece for framing, quite rare. (VG-). $245.
(copy photo) U.S. Coast Guard Station City Point,
Dorchester Bay, Boston Harbor, Mass. c.1930’s view. 8” x 10”.
Superb, crystal clear image shows the station, men, lifeboats and more. The City
Point Life Saving / Coast Guard Station was one of only two such floating
stations in the
2422b. (telescope) Trinity House Telescope. Extremely rare Trinity House brass telescope was once standard issue to many British light stations and light-vessels for use by keepers and crews. This exquisite piece was manufactured and used by the Trinity House crews in the latter part of the 19th Century by "Heath and Co Crayford London SE " c.1870-90. The telescope is single draw, 24" long and extends to 39 ½” long. Eyepiece has brass closure to protect lens. Brass sun shade extends from one end. Body of telescope is beautifully wrapped in original highly polished burled exotic hardwood (may be walnut) for protection, some cracking from age. Optics are fairly clear and function well. Draw of telescope is beautifully engraved in script “TRINITY HOUSE” and " Heath and Co 12 Crayford London S.E. ". Engraving has worn over the years from use but is still beautifully legible. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY RARE PIECE AND IS A MUST FOR ANY LIGHT HOUSE MUSEUM OR COLLECTOR as we almost never are able to find such items. (VG). $1,295. Reduced $895. (x)
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.
1787. Boyton, Paul. The
Story of Paul Boyton. 1892. Riverside Printing. 359p. Gilt embossed
wraps. “A rare tale of travel and adventure, voyages on all of the great
rivers of the world, paddling over twenty-thousand miles in a rubber dress.”
Boyton, eager for adventure at a young age, began toying with the rubber suit
invented by C.S. Merriman as a life-saving device for steamship passengers. The
suit, which would become Boyton's trademark, was essentially a pair of rubber
pants and shirt cinched tight at the waist. Within the suit were air pockets the
wearer could inflate at will using tubes. Similar to modern-day wetsuits, the
suit also kept its wearer dry. This essentially allowed the wearer to float on
his back, using a double-sided paddle to propel himself, feet-forward. Boyton
made numerous expeditions in this suit, swimming up and down rivers across
[set flag and commissioning pennant set] U. S.
Coast Guard c.1915-1953. Original set includes official U. S.
Coast Guard Ensign size #5 (15” h x 27”w) and Commissioning Pennant 50”
for use on small and medium size craft. Ensign manufactured for Coast Guard has
not been flown, with no wear, in near fine condition. Field consists of vertical
red/white stripes, with Coast Guard shield on crossed anchors overlaying on the
right portion, with the words “Semper Paratus”. Top left corner is white
with U. S. eagle and shield, with an arc of 13 stars above. Stamped
on hem is “C.G. Ensign No. 5”, and “American Flag Co.”. Accompanying is
8109-104. [flag] U. S. Coast Guard Ensign. c.1915-1953. Official U. S. Coast Guard Ensign size #4 (30” h x 48”w) for use on small and medium size craft. Ensign manufactured for Coast Guard has been flown only a few times. Made of all wool bunting. Field consists of vertical red/white stripes, with Coast Guard shield on crossed anchors overlaying on the right portion, with the words “Semper Paratus”. Top left corner is white with U. S. eagle and shield, with an arc of 13 stars above. Manufactured by “Annin High Grade All Wool Bunting.”. Wonderful earliest of the Coast Guard ensigns for your display and quite difficult to get in this early design. Good condition, no fraying, only light soiling from light use, small ½” tear at hoist hem, some very small holes from mothing. Colors still bright. (VG+). $228.
17106. Bennett, Robert F. Life-Saving Along the Coast 1848-1871. Its New Jersey Beginnings and How it Expanded. 2003. Ocean County Historical Society. This rare text combines two works by Captain Robert F. Bennett. The first is a reprint of the long out of print SURFBOATS, ROCKETS, AND CARRONADES. (GPO. 1976. 98p). Written before the resurgence of interest in the origins of the Life-Saving Service, Surfboats, Rockets, And Carronades traces the little known origins, successes and failures of the earliest federal efforts in lifesaving along the coasts. During the years from 1848 through 1870 volunteer efforts of private citizens saved countless thousands of lives from shipwreck. To help them, they had only native experience, abundant courage, and some token federal assistance in the form of … SURFBOATS, ROCKETS, AND CARRONADES. The second, An Appropriation of a Very Unusual Kind – A Documentary History of the Origins of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, is a carefully researched chronological presentation of official correspondence and documents relating to the funding and creation of the early life-saving stations. This compilation discloses the tools and equipment provided by the Federal government as well as early station keepers and other important officials connected with the Life-Saving Service during its development from 1848 to 1871. Excellent early information – well worth the price. (VG+). $125. Sold.
17105. (DVD) America’s Forgotten Heroine – Ida Lewis Keeper of the Light. 46min. Goodnight Irene Productions. 2014. Ida Zoradia Lewis lived and died while tending the light on a small outcropping of Lime Rock in Newport (R.I.) Harbor from 1857 to 1911, saving the lives of more than 25 people – and a prize sheep – from certain peril. This first DVD on her life tells the dramatic story of one of this country’s most famous lighthouse keepers, and one of the bravest women in American maritime history. This historical documentary provides an intimate portrayal of Ida Lewis from age 15 to 69. It resurrects her story of both fame and isolation, the impact she inadvertently had on the early women’s rights movement, and the passion and moral fiber she intrinsically brought to her work as a lighthouse keeper and unlikely heroine. Narrated by Marilyn Murphy Meardon as the elder Ida, the documentary is shot in HD and includes compelling interviews -- including with Ida biographer Lenore Skomal -- animation of Ida’s dramatic rescues, and historical photographs and illustrations. This film renews the national memory of Ida Lewis and returns her to her rightful place in American maritime history. (M). $26.95. (x)
Glass Fresnel Lenses Available:
For additional information and photos of each lens, please see below or on our Fresnel Lens page.
SR-537. GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS CLEAR. Beautiful clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and other Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners, electric, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 8 3/16”, inside diameter range from 7 ½” – 7 11/16” and height of 7”. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, only one slight chips, part number engraved on prism (date 1986). A great piece, perfect to repair your lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 7 lbs. (VG+). $220.
SR-538. QUALITY CLEAR GLASS 200mm DIRECTIONAL FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS. Beautiful clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners. The lens is a combination directional lens (200mm). These were specialty lenses used to focus a light source in a degree spectrum. (note the vertical bars in the glass, inside of lens). The standard horizontal portion of the lens sends out a light beam in all directions around the horizon, providing a 360 degree disc of light. The interior vertical prisms intensify the light and cause the light to form one very bright spots of light that can be aligned in a specific direction. Thus you have a 360 disc of light around the horizon with a very bright spot of light sent to some specific point on the horizon. These were very similar to what the British called sector lights, intended to light a specific sector or rock while also covering the horizon. The lens measures approximately 200mm inside diameter or 8 ¼” rim od, 7 ¼” – 7 ¾” id, 7” high. May be by Corning although not marked. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, 8-10 small chips. In good condition, needs a good cleaning. A great piece, perfect to repair your lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. A rare style. Weight about 8 lbs. (VG+). $225.
SR-539. GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS CLEAR. Beautiful clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and other Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners, electric, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 8”, inside diameter range from 7” – 7 3/8” and height of 6 ½”. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, no significant chips. A great piece, perfect to repair your lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 7 lbs. (VG+). $180.
SR-540. GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS CLEAR. Beautiful clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and other Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners, electric, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 8”, inside diameter range from 7” – 7 3/8” and height of 6 3/8”. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, only one very slight chip. A great piece, perfect to repair your lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 7 lbs. (VG+). $180.
2640-10. GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS CLEAR. Clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and other Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners, electric, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 8 1/16” – 8 3/16”, inside diameter range from 7 7/8” – 7 11/16” and height of 6 15/16”. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, 2-3 chips. Inside had a clear coating at one time that has yellowed and crazed. May be able to clean off. A good piece to repair your lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 7 lbs. (VG-). $85.
2640-8. GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS CLEAR. Beautiful clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and other Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 5 1/16” – 5 3/16”, inside diameter range from 4 3/8” – 4 5/8” and height of 5 ¼”. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, only 2 slight chips. A beautiful piece, perfect to repair your lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. (VG+). $95. Sold.
2640-9. GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS BLUE c.WWII. Beautiful blue glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and other lanterns, etc. (see below). The lens measures outside rim diameter of 5 1/8” – 5 ¼”, inside diameter range from 4 3/8” – 4 5/8” and height of 5 ¼”. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, no chips, new old stock. This lens may have been made for ELCO MOTOR TORPEDO BOATS PT 565-624 (80-Foot) for the UNITED STATES NAVY during WWII. Lens is marked “9S 4072-L” and “GTG Co.” A look at the Historic Naval Ships Association's web site, which posts the manual titled Detail and Special Specifications For Building Motor Torpedo Boats PT 565-624 (80-Foot) for the United States Navy, Bureau Of Ships, Navy Department. 31 March 1944, shows a lens with part number 9-S-4072-L listed on page 40, as the globe lens for running and signal lights for these U.S. WWII Patrol Torpedo Boats (PT Boats), specifically the ELCO (Electric Boat Company) 80' Class Series PT-486 built by the ELCO Naval Division from 1943-1945. A beautiful piece, perfect as a replacement on a museum PT Boat restoration, or to repair your lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. (VG+). $185.
373d. (3 Annual Reports) Treasury Department. Office of the Light-house Board. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE LIGHTHOUSE BOARD OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE YEARS 1872, 1873, 1876. Washington, D.C., 1872, 1873, 1876. 227 pages total. Includes three complete Light-House Board reports bound together in recent cloth library binding. Includes detailed reports on construction, repairs, new lights established and the overall condition of the Light-House Establishment, proposed new lights and aids, as well as listings of many of the light-houses and beacon lights as of the date of each report. With extensive information on construction and repairs in progress and condition of various stations. A wonderful set of three rare early reports with a great deal of information. Contents clean and tight. (VG+). $295.
1788. Gilmore, Rev. John. Storm Warriors or Life-Boat Work on The Goodwin Sands. London. 1885. 358p. Gilt embossed wraps. Relates the history and development of the life-boat for rescue at sea. Includes numerous accounts of rescues, methods of launching, carriages and equipping boats, distress signals, profiles of a few of the lifeboatmen, and much more. A valuable early reference and account on the subject. Nice gilt embossed boards, clean but edge worn. Contents toned, a bit brittle, some chipping. Rare, first I have ever had. (VG-). $66.
#6658-15. (coat button) U. S. Revenue Cutter Service. 2-piece with border and rope edging. 13 stars chevron, anchor fluke does not touch border. (FD 10A*) 21mm (13/16”) “Horstmann Bros & Co Phil”. $66.
#6658-13. (cuff button) U. S. Revenue Cutter Service. 2-piece with border and rope edging. 9 crosses on chevron. (FD 9A*) 15mm (9/16”) “Shannon Miller & Crane NY”. $58.
#6658-14. (coat button) Revenue Cutter Service. 2-piece with border and rope inner circle, anchor rope passing under the shank. (FD 13B*) 25mm (1”) “Heiberger Washington” $68.
23225f. [plate] "Sankoty
Head Lighthouse". From lovely Nantucket comes this rare English
Wedgewood Nantucket Souvenir Plate in cobalt blue decoration made for
local shops in about 1910. A superb, bright, cobalt blue commemorative plate
features a large, beautiful clear, detailed image of the tall Sankaty 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 9 3/8” in diameter and is enhanced by a decorative
flowered border around the edge. Back marked “Wedgewood Etruria England”
“H. S. Wyer,
23225g. [plate] "Sankoty
Head Lighthouse". From lovely
Nantucket comes this rare English Wedgewood Nantucket
Souvenir Plate in cobalt blue decoration made for local shops in
about 1910. A superb, bright, cobalt blue commemorative plate features a large,
beautiful clear, detailed image of the tall Sankaty 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 9 3/8”
in diameter and is enhanced by a decorative flowered border around the edge.
Back marked “Wedgewood Etruria England” “H. S. Wyer,
558g. O’Connor, William D. HEROES
OF THE STORM. [With an introduction by Sumner I. Kimball, Superintendent of the
United States Life-Saving Service.]
6249n. Crowninshield, Mary Bradford. ALL
AMONG THE LIGHTHOUSES or THE CRUISE OF THE GOLDENROD.
17100. Woodward, Caroline. Light Years - Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper. 2015. Harbour Publishing. 232p. Hc. In 2007, Caroline Woodward was itching for a change. With an established career in book-selling and promotion, four books of her own and having raised a son with her husband, Jeff, she yearned for adventure and to re-ignite her passion for writing. Jeff was tired of piecing together low-paying part-time jobs and, with Caroline's encouragement, applied for a position as a relief lightkeeper on a remote North Pacific island. The new way of life rejuvenated Jeff and inspired Caroline to contemplate serious shifts in order to accompany him. When a permanent position for a lighthouse keeper became available, Caroline quit her job and joined Jeff on the lights. Caroline soon learned that the lighthouse-keeping life does not consist of long, empty hours in which to write. The reality is hard physical labor, long stretches of isolation and the constant threat of de-staffing. Beginning with a 3:30 a.m. weather report, the days are filled with maintaining the light station buildings, sea sampling, radio communication, beach cleanup, wildlife encounters and everything in between. Told with eloquent introspection and an eye for detail, Light Years is the personal account of a lighthouse keeper in twenty-first century British Columbia--an account that details Caroline's endurance of extreme climatic, interpersonal and medical challenges, as well as the practical and psychological aspects of living a happy, healthy, useful and creative life in isolation. (VG+). $21.95.
13431d. (photo) Crewmen of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Rescued by Men of CGC Yakutat. February 18-19, 1952. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail as crewmen of CGC Yakutat, fighting against time and the clutches of the rough seas, struggle to remove survivors from the fast sinking bow section of the tanker SS Fort Mercer by means of rubber liferafts attached to life lines. 18 crewmen were rescued from the broken tanker Fort Mercer off Chatham in this fierce northeast storm. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Dated February 18, 1952. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $54.
1223b. (photo) Coney Island Light Station, Keeper Frank Schubert checks the lens c.1961. Crystal clear b/w press photo shows Keeper Schubert, last civilian keeper at Coney Island Light Station, in the lantern room. Keeper Schubert began his lighthouse career in 1938 aboard the buoy tender Tulip. He followed that with time at the offshore Old Orchard Lighthouse, and then was assigned to the Army Transportation Service during World War II. After the war, he served as the keeper of three lights at Governors Island. While stationed there, his wife, Marie, and their three children lived on Staten Island. In 1960, Schubert accepted an assignment to the Coney Island Light as his family would finally be able to live with him at the station to which he was assigned. When interviewed by New York Times reporter, Mrs. Shubert explained “We’ve gone from one extreme to another. We never used to see Frank. Now he never leaves home.” Keeper Shubert’s duties included tending the light and the 1,000-pound fog bell. When he could no longer see Hoffman and Swinburne Islands, he would turn the bell on. In an emergency, or if the power went out, Schubert said that the fog bell could be hit “with a sledgehammer.” Schubert’s wife passed away in the late 1980s. When the station was automated in 1989, he was allowed to stay on as a caretaker, continuing to climb the 87 steps to the lantern every day to perform required maintenance duties. During his years of service, Shubert was credited with saving the lives of fifteen sailors and was invited for a visit to the White House by President George H. W. Bush. He and his dog, Blazer, remained on duty until December 11 of 2003, when Schubert passed away at the age of 88 as the last of the Coast Guard’s civilian lighthouse keepers. His lighthouse career had lasted 65 years, including the final 43 years at Coney Island Lighthouse. "The Coast Guard mourns the loss of its most courageous sentry of the sea," said Capt. Craig T. Bone, commander of Coast Guard Activities New York. "His devotion to duty and courage are unequaled." Image from World Telegram & Sun by Roger Higgins. Published week of June 24, 1991. 8” x 10”. Clear, crisp. (F-). $28.
6240j. Owen, Francis C., SENTINELS OF THE SEA. NY. 1926. 127pp. 12MO. Written for young adults, still a comprehensive and detailed overview of the work of Light-House Service, Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard. Chapters include navigation, lighthouse history, the Lighthouse Service, fog signals, buoys, light vessels, the Coast Guard, etc. Well illustrated with over 45 unusually nice photographs. Contents clean save one underlined sentence. Wraps light wear, spine worn with some tearing to cloth. (VG). $38.
Head Lighthouse Sand Jar c.1910. Edward Rowe Snow noted in his Famous
New England Lighthouses, that “of the many keepers who have served at gay Head
Light, none has been more popular or more willing to show the visitor around the
lighthouse grounds than Keeper Charles Wood Vanderhoop….Keeper Vanderhoop
probably took one-third of a million visitors to the top of Gay Head Light to
see the wonderful view….” To earn additional income, Keeper Vanderhoop and
his family produced this clear glass replica of the old Gay Head lighthouse on
1054. (mounted photo) Aquinnah Wampanoag “Cooper & Jeffers”, Martha’s Vineyard by Baldwin Coolidge, Photographer c.1890-1900. Here is a wonderful and important large original 1887 albumen type photo on card portrait of two Gay Head (Aquinnah Wampanoag) native Americans on Martha's Vineyard - identified on back by family as "Gay Head Indians" "Cooper" (man on right) and "Jeffers" (man on left). Also written in old light pencil in corner on back is "Deacon Jeffers / Mr. Cooper". Wonderful original photo taken by the noted Boston Photographer Baldwin Coolidge (1845-1928, active 1880-1917). Includes Coolidge’s Tremont Street stamp on the back. Card is 12" x 10". The image itself is 8 ¾” x 7". Research finds an 1880 Gay Head census record which listed both an "Aaron Cooper, age 58, Farmer, Indian" (which would have made him 65 in 1887, which looks to be right age of men in photo), and a "Thomas Jeffers, age 55, Farmer, Indian" (which would have made him age 62 in 1887 which looks to be about right age also). The ancestors of Wampanoag people have lived for at least 10,000 years at Aquinnah (Gay Head) and throughout the island of Martha's Vineyard. By the 1800's there remained but three native communities on Martha's Vineyard: Aquinnah, Christiantown, and Chappaquiddick. Aquinnah being the most populous and organized, we were able to maintain control over their land, despite intense efforts by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to end their existence. Photo is close and clear, just a bit of foxing to the mount. (VG). $485. (x)
6394. (letterpress copy) Appointment of Light Keeper, Gay Head Light-House, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. December 8, 1849. Rare letter regarding appointment of the Light Keeper. [document - letterpress copy. 8” x 11”. 1 page.]. “[to] Hon. Joseph Grinnell, House of Representatives. December 8, 1849. Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 5th inst. recommending the appointment of Henry Robinson as Keeper of the Light House at Gay Head, Mass. and to inform you that he has been appointed to that office. I am very respectfully, Sir, Your Obt Servent, [signed] W. M. Meredith. Secretary of the Treasury.” Clean, crisp, unusually good condition. (VG+). $285. (x)
[Letterpress copy was a method in use fairly early in the Nineteenth century for producing one file copy of a hand-written ink document; Thomas Jefferson made extensive use of it. The process involved dampening the surface of a freshly written original letter of document, placing over it a thin sheet of paper, and pressing this sandwich in a special press. Enough ink from the original would be absorbed by the thin paper for a copy of the letter to be made. It was possible to produce an excellent reference copy using this method. Signatures as well as the text are transferred in this method, producing one copy that is difficult to distinguish from the original. Since only one copy can be produced from an original using this method, one can be fairly certain that no other copies and possibly not even some of the originals exist today.]
27130. (commemorative plate) An exceptionally rare, bright, gilt decorated and edged commemorative plate featuring a beautiful clear, detailed color image of the “Gay Head Lights and Cliffs, Cottage City”, Martha’s Vineyard. c. 1900. One of only a few of this light that I have had, this fairly large plate has a large 3 ¼” full color image on white of the tall brick light tower and keeper’s dwelling, and out buildings on the eroding clay cliffs. This pretty display piece measures 7” in diameter and is enhanced by a decorative scalloped gilded decoration around the edge. Nice detailed image on the bright white china make a good contrast on this rare item. Marked “Made in Germany for F. A. Marshall, Cottage Ciry, Mass.” Quite clean, bright, little if any wear, a beautiful display piece. (F-). $184. (x)
FG-01. Early Life-saving Line Gun. Coston Supply Company. Included is one original projectile and replacement firing mechanism. $3,900. Reduced $2,495.
FG-02. Early Life-saving Line Gun. Heat Transfer Products Company. Recent restoration. $2,900. Reduced $1,995.
FG-03. Early Life-saving Line Gun. D. Kahnweiler's Sons. Was heavily rusted, restored, fresh paint. $2,450. Reduced $1,595.
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 (2 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.
2567-1. Life-Saving Service Creamer (1 available) $49.95 each.
2567-2. Life-Saving Service Mug (5 available) $38.95 each.
We have purchased the publisher’s last remaining stock of this title. There will be no more after these have sold.
6275s. Ralph Shanks, Wick York, Lisa Woo
Shanks, editor. THE
Limited number available - Signed by the Author:
6697. Thompson, Frederic L., THE LIGHTSHIPS OF CAPE COD. 1996. 2nd printing. 112 pp. Soft wraps. Signed by the author. Illustrated with over 93 beautifully detailed photographs. Much sought after, this scarce volume chronicles the history of the lightships in this vital area. Wonderfully detailed b/w photographs enhance the author's vivid description of the history and life aboard these vessels. One of the only volumes ever written exclusively on this subject, this fine work will make a fine addition to any library (M). $14.95. (Wholesale discounts available)
Paintings by Clifton Hunt of Rutland, Massachusetts. Wonderful still-life paintings available from Clifton Hunt or Rutland, Massachusetts. Cliff and Debi own Holiday Acres Equestrian Center, teaching young and old alike to love and excel in the world that is horses and Cliff paints in his "spare time". His work is superb and an original by Cliff would grace any room of your home. Pick from is many works available or commission a piece for yourself. His paintings are on display at local museums and other venues. See more of his work on his Facebook page Clifton Hunt.
Sale - Special Price $9 including postage.
A LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY by Harold B. Jennings.
Read a wonderful narration of boyhood memories while growing up at Lovell’s
Island Lighthouse in
Published at $15. Now $9 including postage ($5.95 plus $3.05 Media Mail).
118pages with dust jacket.
Wilkinson, William D. and CDR Timothy R. Dring, USNR (Retired). American
Coastal Rescue Craft - A Design History Of Coastal Rescue Craft Used By The
United States Life-Saving Service And The United States Coast Guard. University
Press. 2009. 185p. Unjacketed cloth. With CD-ROM with 323 b/w illustrations.
Long awaited, this exhaustive reference work describes detailed history and
technical design information on every type of rescue craft ever used by the U.S.
Life Saving Service (USLSS) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) from the 1800s to
current day. By looking at these vessels, many of which featured innovative
designs, the authors shed light on the brave men and women who served in these
heroic services. The first of its kind ever to be published in the United States
on this topic, the book and accompanying CD provide detailed information,
drawings, and photographs (many of which have never before appeared in print)
for each type of surfboat, lifeboat, and utility craft, along with a complete
list of every boat ever built and assigned coastal rescue station(s). Included
are motorized, wind-powered and human-powered vessels. The book is organized
into two major sections: 1) a general, historical narrative, and 2) detailed
technical appendices. This college text-sized book is 185 pages in length, with
about 140 photos and diagrams. In addition, a reference/appendix section on a
co-packaged CD will include 323 additional photos and diagrams. The book is
co-authored by William D. Wilkinson, Director Emeritus of the
15218. Richmond, Arthur P. Massachusetts Lighthouses and Lightships. Schiffer. 2015. 256p. DJ. A must-have book for the lighthouse enthusiast, maritime buff, and anyone who is interested in Massachusetts history. Massachusetts Lighthouses and Lightships includes more than 850 images, many never before published. Also include historic plans that describe the details of these aids to navigation, and archival and contemporary photos that trace through their history. The book covers all the lighthouses and lightships that marked the shores (exclusive of Cape Cod and the Islands) and guided mariners through the challenging waters surrounding Massachusetts. This volume also explores the interiors of towers, shows the lantern rooms of rarely-visited lighthouses and gives fascinating facts about these beacons over their 200-year history. More than 876 images in color and b/w, some more than 130 years old, show the original towers and stations. (M). $44.99. (x)
15228. Richmond, Arthur P. Lighthouses and Lightships of Rhode Island. Schiffer. 2015. 144p. DJ. This pictorial guide provides a photographic tour of the last 400 years of Rhode Island lighthouse history. More than thirty lighthouse stations are described, from Watch Hill, near the Connecticut border in the south, to the inner harbor of Providence. The lighthouse station locations are identified using navigational charts and their characteristics, including date established, tower structure, optics, and fog signals. Also included are the dozen or so lighthouses that no longer exist. Probably not as well known, images and characteristics of these aids are similarly discussed. Over 300 images, some more than 130 years old, show the original towers and stations, accompanied by present-day photographs that compare the development and evolution of these lighthouses. Many of the images found on these pages have been collected from historical resources and are being published for the first time. This book is a must-have for the lighthouse enthusiast, maritime buff, and anyone who is interested in Rhode Island history. (M). $34.99. (x)
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
Special numbered edition with actual wood piece from MLB CG-36500. $59.95.
9496. Peterson, Douglas, (U.S.C.G.
Retired) U. S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE TENDERS.
Eastwind Publishing. 2000. 169p. DJ. This is the first book to feature all of the lighthouse
tenders and auxiliary craft of the United States Lighthouse service from 1840
until 1939. Lighthouse Tenders, the lifeline to the keepers of America's
lighthouses and lightships, towed lightships, tended buoys, carried necessities
and saved lives day and night, in weather fair or foul. Without these services
the keepers of
2nd Edition Recently Released:
23290e. Demeter, Andrew and David. CHELSEA
CLOCK COMPANY: The First Hundred Years. 2nd edition. 2014. For over a
hundred years the Chelsea Clock Company has manufactured a distinguished line of
high quality clocks. Regarded as one of
Gleason, Sarah C., KINDLY LIGHTS – A History of the
26211. LaGuardia-Kotite, Martha J. So Others May Live – Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers: Saving Lives, Defying Death. Guilford. 2006. 208p. DJ. So Others May Live is the untold story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s quiet but resolute rescue swimmers. From deep ocean caves on the Oregon coast to the panicked and chaotic streets of post-Katrina New Orleans, here are their stunningly heroic stories and the greatest maritime rescues attempted since the program began in 1985. These feats, told through the eyes of the heroes, reveal an understanding of how and why the rescuer, with flight crew assistance, risks his or her own life to reach out to save a stranger. The book covers diverse environments: oceans, hurricanes, oil rigs, caves, sinking vessels, floods, and even Niagara Falls. It is truly a can’t-put-it-down collection of accounts. (M). ). Published at $22.95. Sale $13.95.
26249. Clark, Admont. LIGHTHOUSES
OF CAPE COD, MARTHA’S VINEYARD,
7209s. Shelton-Roberts, Cheryl. LIGHTHOUSE FAMILIES. 2006. 210p. Soft cover. Living in a lighthouse was a way of life for the families of more than 5000 keepers and employees of the United States Lighthouse Service. These quiet people faithfully manned their remote outposts and withstood enemy attacks, hurricanes, and dishonest bureaucrats while saving countless thousands of lives. These men, women and children daily experienced physical hardship, round-the-clock work, isolation, and danger - and the strong bond of family. Though the Lighthouse Service no longer exists, many of the children who grew up at these stations do and their stories are preserved for the first time in this remarkable book. Family tales from Pigeon Point California, St. Augustine Florida, Saddleback Ledge Maine, Old Mackinac Point Michigan, Morris Island South Carolina and many more. Illustrated with over 100 family vintage photographs and a beautiful full color photo of the light as it appears today. This is a book that you won’t want to put down. (M). Published at $14.95. Sale $9.95.
SALE! Booklets by Tom Tag - Fresnel Lenses & Lighting...
~ Early American Lighthouse Illumination ~
Thomas Tag has long been probably the only authority on lamps, lens apparatus and illumination for lighthouses, with his articles on the subject appearing in our catalogue, as well as the U. S. Lighthouse Society’s Keeper’s Log, Lighthouse Digest and other publications. Now Tom has put together much of this information in seven publications which detail the entire subject, from lamps and fuels, to burners, lens apparatus, manufacturing processes and more. This is a superb collection that answers the questions that many of us have been asking for some time, and will serve as a reference on the subject for years to come. Each of the booklets includes a complete set of footnotes defining the sources of the data for those interested in further research.
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Do you know where this is ?.
I recently picked up this c.1920-1930 photo of this unidentified U.S. lighthouse. Note the tall flag mast to the left. There is also a U.S. Life-Saving station nearby as evidenced by the surfboat crew launching for the daily drill. There is also another double-ended boat sitting on the dune top. Photo measures 3 1/2" x 5 1/2".
The first person to identify this location and I can confirm it, this original photo is yours free.
12119a. (reproduction mug) United States Lighthouse Service Mug. 10 oz. $8.95 each.
12119b. (reproduction mug) United States Life-Saving Service Mug. 10 oz. $8.95 each.
28348. Wilkinson, William D. and
CDR Timothy R. Dring, USNR (Retired). American
Coastal Rescue Craft - A Design History Of Coastal Rescue Craft Used By
The United States Life-Saving Service And The United States Coast Guard. University
Press. 2009. 185p. Unjacketed cloth. With CD-ROM with 323 b/w
illustrations. Long awaited, this exhaustive reference work describes
detailed history and technical design information on every type of rescue
craft ever used by the U.S. Life Saving Service (USLSS) and the U.S. Coast
Guard (USCG) from the 1800s to current day. By looking at these vessels,
many of which featured innovative designs, the authors shed light on the
brave men and women who served in these heroic services. The first of its
kind ever to be published in the United States on this topic, the book and
accompanying CD provide detailed information, drawings, and photographs
(many of which have never before appeared in print) for each type of
surfboat, lifeboat, and utility craft, along with a complete list of every
boat ever built and assigned coastal rescue station(s). Included are
motorized, wind-powered and human-powered vessels. The book is organized
into two major sections: 1) a general, historical narrative, and 2)
detailed technical appendices. This college text-sized book is 185 pages
in length, with about 140 photos and diagrams. In addition, a
reference/appendix section on a co-packaged CD will include 323 additional
photos and diagrams. The book is co-authored by William D. Wilkinson,
Director Emeritus of the
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