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1444. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Radio Station, Rockaway Point, NY c.1925.

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1444. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Radio Station, Rockaway Point, NY c.1925.

1444. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Radio Station, Rockaway Point, NY c.1925. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photos shows excellent detail of the first U.S. Coast Guard radio station, call sign NCG, at Rockaway Point, NY. This station, established in 1924 in the barn of Lifesaving Station No. 91, was responsible for communicating with northeast coastal shipping and North Atlantic shipping vessels approaching the U.S. and documenting any distress alerts. The Coast Guard’s role in communications developed during the Prohibition Era when a need was established for communications with over 300 75-footers pressed into service to deal with smugglers. Prior to this time its vessels were equipped with Navy type radio apparatus and used Navy frequencies for handling ship-shore traffic. The Rockaway Point station proved so highly successful that additional units were shortly established at Nahant , MA (“NCP”); New London , CT ; Cape May , NJ ; Cape Henry , VA ; Fernandina , FL ; Fort Lauderdale , FL ; Mobile , AL ; San Francisco CA ; San Pedro , CA ; Port Angeles , WA ; and Anacortes , WA . Good detail includes the station building, antenna mast, and surrounding shore area. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated February 2, 1925. Rare, clear, close view, showing great detail of the station in its first year of operation. Some wear and aging. (VG). $54.