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HB-142b. (framed photo) Morris Island Life-Saving Station, South Carolina c.1893.

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HB-142b. (framed photo) Morris Island Life-Saving Station, South Carolina c.1893.

HB-142b. (framed photo) Morris Island Life-Saving Station, South Carolina c.1893. 8” x 10” framed to 13” x 16”. The Morris Island Life Saving station was constructed in 1885 near Morris Island (Charleston) Lighthouse. The station was an 1882-type station, almost identical to the Cape Lookout station. This photograph was taken in March of 1893 when the station was only eight years old. View is a wonderful, clear, crisp view of the station from the front left side. This close view clearly shows the entire building. On the boatramp is the surfboat on its carriage with the Keeper and four surfmen posing for the camera. Light moisture surrounds the surfmen at the bow, detracting only slightly from an otherwise stunning photo. Good contrast and crisp details make this photo a most desirable view. This image is one of only two printed, from the files of U.S. Lighthouse Engineer Herbert Bamber, who designed and supervised the construction of lighthouses across the country in the 1880-1920 period. Image is a cyanotype, blue on white, a process which lent itself to being printed in the field, and one that was able to capture exquisite detail. Photo has been beautifully matted and professionally framed. (VG+). $295.