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1284. (document) Half Moon Shoal Lighthouse, Galveston, Texas c.1877.

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1284. (document) Half Moon Shoal Lighthouse, Galveston, Texas c.1877.

1284. (document) Half Moon Shoal Lighthouse, Galveston, Texas c.1877. Early document details cordwood purchased and delivered to Half Moon Shoal Lighthouse, Galveston, Texas. Item listed is “1 cord oak wood” at a cost of $5.50. Dated May 18, 1877. Document is signed by C.M. Schoonmaker USN Commander, who was inspector of the 8th Lighthouse District. It is signed in receipt by the supplier, Bryant Pennington who could not write his name, so made his mark “X”. The light station was built in 1854 on Half Moon Shoal in Galvaston Bay. The lighthouse was a red and white painted frame structure with galleries surrounding the main portion of the building and a captain’s walk around the light. A bell served as a fog warning device. Decommissioned during the Civil War, the lighthouse was returned to service in 1868 and provided hazard warnings until the disastrous 1900 storm, when a steamship broke free from its mooring and drifted into the structure, destroying it and killing keeper Charles K. Bowen. Document is in good condition, some toning, aging. Measures 7 x 8 ¼”. (VG). $48.