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Block Island, Rhode Island
721d. Longo, Mildred Santille. PICTURE
POSTCARD VIEWS OF RHODE
2183. Claflin, James W., LIGHTHOUSES AND LIFE SAVING ALONG THE CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND COAST. 228p. 200 vintage photographs. Published as part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. This is the third volume in a series of photographic histories of lighthouses and lifesaving along the coasts of the United States. Included too is a section covering the US Revenue Cutter Service and the subsequent formation of the Coast Guard, all illustrated with wonderful vintage views. Arcadia is a well known publisher of local and regional histories, including the popular Images of America series. This compact volume features over 200 early photographs dating from the 1870's through the 1940's, drawn from my and other private collections, most never before published and traces the history of these services through photos and text. (M) $19.99.
20178. [Light-House District Maps]. U. S. Light-House Service. c. 1900-1908. A rare opportunity to obtain early, official U. S. Light-House Service District charts of all district aids to navigation as bound in their Annual Reports. Normally these charts are included within the Annual Reports and we are unable to offer them separately but we have found a lot of disbound charts in wonderful condition. These are perfect for matting and framing for your wall. Charts detail the entire Light-House District in three colors, and show all lighthouses, beacons, light vessels, fog signals, lighted buoys, Light-House Depots, and more. Charts average about 9" x 10 ˝" in size with one original fold and are clean and crisp. A rare chance to obtain the chart of your Light-House District for framing. (VG).
SECOND LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire to Elisha Ledge off Warren, Rhode Island. Includes all of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. $88.
Holmes, Richard. RHODE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSES – A
Pictorial History. 2008. 212p. Soft wraps. A complete pictorial guide
of the past and present
28308. Ellsberg, Commander Edward. On the Bottom. Flat Hammock Press. 2004. 256 pages w/ photos, with added CD, & DVD. With an introduction by Edward L. Beach, Captain, U. S. Navy (Retired). First published in 1929, this enthralling work has become one of the greatest true stories of adventure, dogged determination, courage and loyalty ever written. On the evening of September 25, 1925 the U.S. Navy Submarine S-51 was rammed by the steamship SS City of Rome in open seas off Block Island, Rhode Island, and sank in 132 feet of water, with the loss of 33 lives. This disaster evoked such a storm of popular indignation against the Navy Department that something had to be done. It was felt that at all costs a determined attempt must be made to raise the S-51, if only to restore public confidence. No vessel had ever been raised from such a depth, and to the technical mind the thing was impossible. The task of salvaging the submarine fell to Lieutenant Commander Edward Ellsberg and a group of naval divers scavenged from all over the fleet. It was done painstakingly over a nine month period and involved obstacle after obstacle, all the while battling rough seas, icy waters, and "the bends." Working in hard hats with lead boots, in minimal light, while dragging air lines behind them, each diver had about an hour of exhausting and terrifying work before a lengthy decompression process. It is no exaggeration to say that the impossible was achieved. Originally published in 1929, this magnificent account of the struggle on the ocean floor to salvage the sunken U.S. Navy submarine, S-51, has become a modern classic of the sea. What was not included in Edward Ellsberg’s gripping account are specifics of the accident, the aftermath, and the extent that the event touched the nation. This expanded edition presents this and more by including an introduction, a publisher’s preface, additional photographs, an afterword, and appendixes. Also added is a recording of the period song "Sinking of the Submarine S-51," an oral history by Commander Ellsberg, and a video disc of rare on scene newsreel footage. "A marvelous tale, filled with moments of horrified expectancy, of glad thrills, of impossible deeds and endurances, of achievements that smack of magic." (The New York Times). (M). $34.95
2699. D’Entremont, Jeremy. THE
LIGHTHOUSES OF RHODE ISLAND. Beverly. 2006. Soft wraps. 240 p. With
The Lighthouses of Rhode Island, author Jeremy D’Entremonthe continues his new
series, "Lighthouse Treasury," which describes the fascinating history
of our American lighthouses, state by state. Read about: A feud between two
keepers at Whale Rock Light led to a harrowing life-and-death chase; The
hurricane of 1938 devastated the state's lighthouses. The keepers at Plum Beach
Light off North Kingstown miraculously escaped with their lives; others weren't
so lucky; Ida Lewis lived at Newport's Lime Rock Light for more than 60 years
and became one of the world's most celebrated lightkeepers; The keeper and his
family at Block Island North Light aided the survivors of one of New England's
worst shipwrecks, the Larchmont disaster of 1907; Pomham Rocks Light on the
Providence River was home to a famous fish-catching cat; and much more. The
Lighthouses of Rhode Island is meticulously researched and copiously
illustrated, with photographs from the author's enormous collection. (M).
na. FIRST ANNUAL REPORT OF THE UNITED STATES LIFE
SAVING CORPS IN RHODE ISLAND, MADE TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AT ITS JANUARY
Commemorative Coast Guard and Lightship Covers
Commemorative envelopes, each addressed and stamped and postmarked on the commissioning day and first day on station, or from Officer in Charge, and with the return address of the light station or vessel commanding officer. Covers clean, crisp, and are important Coast Guard and light vessel collector’s items:
22361a. Block Island Coast Guard Station, Officer in Charge, South East Lighthouse cachet, Postmarked March 30, 1983. $28.
21462b. Benson, Frederick. RESEARCH, REFLECTION AND RECOLLECTIONS OF BLOCK ISLAND. Westerly. 1977. 1st edition. 147p. Signed by the author. Truly captivating 147-page volume was written by local legend and life long Block Island resident Frederick Benson. Fascinating work offers an insightful look at the rich maritime history of this little island located off the coast of Rhode Island, in Long Island Sound. Detailed chapters include Block Island Harbors, Block Island Natives, Rhode Island Wrecks (Cruel Points and Reefs along Ocean Bay and Island Tales of Disasters, Origin of the Storms, Grounding of The Princess Augustus, Wreck of the Ship Ann and Hope, The Warrior, A-124, The Sprigg Carroll, The Steamer New Shoreham, The Brigatine Plover, Loss of the Schooner Percy, Wreck of the Vamoose, Wreck of the Tug Boat Leyden, Sinking of the Dubois, Wreck of the Steamer Spartan, Sinking of the Larchmont, etc.), Block Island Lighthouses (Lifesaving Stations, Block Island Wrecking Co., etc.), The Seiners, The Rise of Tourism and Hotel Life on Block Island (Prohibition and before Rum Running Days, Mail Transportation to Block Island, R.I., etc.), Block Island Climate, Size and Other Information (Hurricane at Block Island, etc.), Water Works in the Town of New Shoreham (Postmaster Nicholas W. Ball, From Cable to Telephone to Microwave, The Block Island Electric Lighting and Transportation Co., The Gristmill and Waterwheel on Block Island, The Wireless Station, etc.) and The Seaman's Belief (Nautical Terms, etc.). Clean, tight volume, as new. (F). $68.
23454. Ellsberg, Edward. ON THE BOTTOM. New York. 1929. 322. The thrilling story of the men who go down in the sea, and of the rescue attempts of the men from the submarine S-51 off Block Island, RI. (VG-). $20
Henry, Joseph. A SUMMARY OF RESEARCHES IN
SOUND: Conducted in the Service of THE UNITED STATES LIGHT-HOUSE BOARD,
by Joseph Henry During the Years 1865 to 1877. GPO. 1879.
104pp. Comprehensive report details the extensive experiments conducted
by Prof. Henry in an effort to improve the fog signaling in the
Champlin, Richard L., SOME GUARDIANS OF THE
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