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Page posted November 26, 2016.
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In this month’s listing we are featuring some new books and items acquired this past month.
Also included this month are great selection of Antiques and more.
Recently Acquired Items:
Early Lighthouse Service items, Life Saving Service items, Coast Guard, Revenue Cutter Service items, Nantucket, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and more.
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Fall Sale Hundreds of Arcadia Publishing Titles at 35% off Until Christmas !
All of our Arcadia Publishing Company Lighthouse, Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard titles in stock, dated 2015 or earlier are 35% off suggested retail price until Christmas. No other discounts may apply.
Read of that day from Coxswain Webber himself:
20209. Webber, Bernard C., CHATHAM
Image Copyright Walt Disney Studio Pictures
1686. (DVD) The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue. DVD. Run time 114 min. PG-13. Based on the extraordinary true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history, THE FINEST HOURS is a tale of courage, loyalty and honor in the face of overwhelming odds. When a massive storm strikes off the coast of Cape Cod, it rips a T-2 oil tanker in half, trapping more than 30 sailors on its rapidly sinking stern. As BM1 Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) and his crew set out in the station 36-foot motor lifeboat to save them, Chief Engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) struggles to buy his men more time. Packed with heroic larger-than-life action and driven by the men's faith in their mission, themselves and one another, THE FINEST HOURS is a triumph. The Finest Hours has incredible and astonishing true-to-life heroism and action-packed rescue scenes. This marvelous and terrifying yarn ( Los Angeles Times ) deserves a place as a classic of survival at sea ( The Boston Globe). In the days following the ordeal, twenty-one Coast Guardsmen involved in multiple rescue missions would be decorated. Movie is based upon the original 1985 account by Coxswain BM1 Bernard Webber. $29.95. Sale $24.95 until Christmas.
29185-mv. Tougias, Michael and Casey Sherman. The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue. 2015. Simon & Schuster. 311+p. Soft wraps. The true story behind the major motion picture from Disney starring Chris Pine, Eric Bana, and Casey Affleck written by a recognized master of the genre a blockbuster account of tragedy at sea (The Providence Journal ). It s the winter of 1952 and a ferocious Nor'easter is pounding New England with howling winds and seventy-foot seas. Two oil tankers get caught in the violent storm off Cape Cod, its fury splitting the massive ships in two. Back on shore, four young Coast Guardsmen (BM1 Bernard Webber, Andrew Fitzgerald, Richard Livesey and Irving Maske) are issued a near impossible mission: save the lives of the stranded seamen. Sailing a tiny lifeboat into the teeth of the killer storm, the rescue crew soon loses all navigation. With no idea where the stranded seaman are nor how to get back home, the crew continues, soon coming upon the SS Pendleton in the darkness. Thirty three hopeful men appear at the wounded ship’s railings. Can the tiny lifeboat save them all? Dripping with suspense and high-stakes human drama, The Finest Hours has incredible and astonishing true-to-life heroism and action-packed rescue scenes. This marvelous and terrifying yarn ( Los Angeles Times ) deserves a place as a classic of survival at sea ( The Boston Globe). In the days following the ordeal, twenty-one Coast Guardsmen involved in multiple rescue missions would be decorated. Based upon the original 1985 account by Coxswain BM1 Bernard Webber. (M). $9.99.
1625. (burgee - pennant) U.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat CG-36500. Professionally made burgee (“A small distinguishing pennant flown by a yacht, usually representing the yacht’s home club.”) features an image of the Coast Guard motor lifeboat CG-36500 known best for the 1952 rescue of 32 sailors from the broken and foundering tanker SS Pendleton off Chatham, Cape Cod. This burgee professionally made, with brass grommets and heavy stitching and seams and can be flown. After more than two decades of meritorious Coast Guard service, the CG-36500 was decommissioned in 1968 and sat neglected and nearly forgotten for years. The Orleans Historical Society acquired the boat in 1981, and it has been carefully rebuilt and maintained by many dedicated volunteers with the support of generous grants and individual donations. A portion of the procedes from these pennants goes to the Orleans Historical Society for the continued preservation of CG-36500. Measures 12”h x 18”w. (M). $49.95. Sale $42.95 until Christmas.
13324. Coast Guard's Greatest Lifeboat Rescue. Wooden Boat Magazine. #212 January/February 2010. Excellent detailed article contains 11 detailed photos and seven pages chronicle the single greatest small-boat rescue in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard, and the fate of the CG-36500 in the years following. Includes many details of the rescues of 32 men that February day as well as the work in the following years finding and acquitting the motor lifeboat and the years of restoration work that followed. Well done. Full issue with many interesting articles. (VG+). $24.
See the video book trailer for Brilliant Beacons on YouTube- https://youtu.be/QUgQVFOjX2s.
1601. Dolin, Eric Jay. Brilliant Beacons - A History of the American Lighthouse. 2016. 448p. Stiff wraps. 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 Just $16.95 plus $4.50 media mail until Christmas.
U. S. Life Saving Service Brass Chelsea Clock
c.1912. Clocks from the U. S. Life-Saving Service are unusually rare
and always in demand. This one is quite desirabledue to its clean and working
condition and rare lusterless black dial. The 4 ½” Model E movement is in a
Chelsea red brass case with screw bezel, with early patina. We have not cleaned
or polished it as many collectors wish them to be in as found condition. Case
measures about 5 ½” across the bezel and 2 1/2" deep. Case has no dents
or gouges and is in wonderful condition. Original 4 ½” black painted
brass dial with white painted hands is in good original condition but has
luminous dots missing due to age and deterioration, and some light wear from
years of winding. Hands have paint chipping. The luminous dots correspond to
each hour, with two below the numeral 12 for nighttime orientation. The dial is
lettered “U.S. Life-Saving Service. Chelsea Clock Company,
16233. Thurlow, Sandra and Timothy Dring. U.S. Life-Saving Service: Florida's East Coast. Arcadia. 2016. 128p. Soft wraps. With over 200 vintage photographs. Ten houses of refuge, unique to Florida s east coast, were constructed by the US Life-Saving Service between 1876 and 1886. When ships traveling along the almost uninhabited coast were grounded or wrecked on reefs, survivors often made it to land but had no way to reach civilization. House of refuge keepers and their families provided food and shelter to victims of shipwrecks. The keepers lives were monotonous but punctuated with the excitement of an occasional shipwreck. The US Life-Saving Service provided the framework on which the east coast of Florida developed. With the establishment of the US Coast Guard in 1915, the Life-Saving Service houses of refuge became Coast Guard stations." This compact volume features numerous early photographs dating from the 1880’s to the present, drawn from the author’s and other private collections, most never before published, and traces the history of the Life-Saving Service in Florida through photos and text. Filled with early views. (M). $21.99.
5392o. U. S. Navy Brass Chelsea 4 1/2" Deck Clock c.1934. $1,495. Please inquire.
Kerrigan, Evans E., THE
SEA SHALL NOT HAVE THEM – A Complete Illustrated Record of the Life-Saving
Medals of the
16220. Morrison, James. Alcohol, Boat Chases, and Shootouts!: How the U.S. Coast Guard and Customs Fought Rum Smugglers and Pirates. Part I 1919-1924. Royal Exchange Publications. 2008. 329p. Soft wraps. A true story of rum smugglers, gangsters, pirates, and the Coast Guard's effort to stop them, with a bit of the boat chases, corrupt politicians, conspiracies, violence, and drunken sailors that prevailed during the time. In the 1920s, when transporting and selling alcohol was mostly illegal, brave men went to sea in an effort to stop rum smugglers and pirates. The effort proved far more challenging than anyone could imagine. The author spent two years sifting through microfilm and government documents to piece together this epic story, buried by the sands of time. Amazingly, these true stories of sea battles and chases are not from 200 years ago--they are from the 20th Century! Alcohol, Boat Chases, and Shootouts tells the real stories of how the Coast Guard, Customs, Prohibition agents, and police attempted to enforce Prohibition on the water. Good information too about the Coast Guard equipment, stations and operations of the day. (M). Published at $29. Our price $22.95. (w)
(mahogany letter opener) Steamship Portland c.1898.
16227. (lot 2 photos) Launching Surfboat at Race Point Coast Guard Station, Cape Cod c.1915. Nice lot of two photos show the Race Point Coast Guard Crew unloading and launching their surfboat into the sea. Good images, close and clear, Measure 2 ½” x 4 ¼”. Mounted on early album page remnants. (VG+). $48.
2213h. Coast Guard. A MANUAL FOR LIFEBOAT STATIONS (CG-212). June 1949. 194pp. Original gilt embossed post binding. Includes general instructions, patrols and lookouts, equipment lists, boat drills and operation beach apparatus drill and more. In addition, interesting instruction book for the use of Coast Guard Stations covers law enforcement duties of the Officer in charge, action at wrecks, patrols and lookouts, classification and descriptions of types of boats used at Coast Guard Stations, boat equipment, etc. Excellent diagrams provide good views of equipment including the new steel beach apparatus trailer, steel shot-line canister and more. Black flexible cloth covers, size is 5 ¼” by 7 ¾” with post binding. Condition is good, flat, tight, clean. Title page tape repaired. Pages toned from age. Includes update to 1953 and out of date pages removed, etc. (VG). $88.
16222. Demeter, Andrew. Chelsea Clocks: A Technical Manual. Demeter Publications, Ltd., November, 2016. 203p. Soft wraps. Cover Photo: Leonard Taube, retired master watchmaker for Chelsea Clock Company. Reference includes photos and parts lists for sixteen of the most popular Marine & Ships Bell movements made by Chelsea Clock Co. and several with schematics. Includes Models E (Chelsea’s earliest marine movement), 12E, 12EI, 13E, 14E, 16E, 17E, F, K, 17K, L, 4L, M, 4M, V1 and V2. Eight pages listing Interchangeable Parts alphabetically and separately by part number for Models E, 12E, 17E, F, K (Boston) 17K and 18K.Includes a brief history of Chelsea escapements and an Escapement Comparison Table that identifies the type of escapement used in each clock with numerous blueprints of individual escapement parts. Identifies the parts by their Chelsea factory number as well as the Waltham factory number. Parts diagrams for regulators that are found missing on clocks as well as the USN Mark I Deck clock (chrome) hinge and back plates. Chelsea Collectors and Waltham watchmakers who are seeking or selling Chelsea clock parts will now be able to cite the part by name and factory number for the most common Chelsea models on the market. Limited quantity available. (M). $79.95. (w)
16223. (mounted photo) Blackwell Island Lighthouse c.1890. Image by E.B. Sherman. Blackwell island lies in the East River just off Manhattan. The City of New York purchased the island in 1828 and transformed the island into municipal institutions including prisons, poor houses, and hospitals. The 50-foot-tall, gray gneiss, Gothic-style lighthouse was built in 1872 by the City of New York as a private aid to navigation. The lighthouse’s purpose was to “effectually light” the nearby New York City Insane Asylum for boats navigating the treacherous Hell Gate waters. The beacon was placed in operation in September 1872 and displayed a fixed red light at a focal plane of fifty-four feet above the river. Though the Lighthouse Board was not responsible for maintaining the light, the “United States” (presumably meaning the Lighthouse Board) did furnish some time later a fourth-order Fresnel lens for use in the lantern room. I presume that at that time, the lantern and conical roof was altered from that shown in this image to a conventional fourth order lantern room and roof which we see today. Photo measures 3 ¼” x 4” on 5 ½” x 7” mount. Clean, clear, only light edge wear to mount. (VG). $38.
16218. (document) U.S. Light-House Establishment, Keeper Pay Voucher Form No. 6, Assistant Keeper Hugh Walsh, Fire Island Lighthouse, New York c.1872. This is a very scarce original pay voucher for Assistant Keeper Hugh Walsh at Fire Island Light Station. Hugh Walsh was principal keeper at the Fire Island Lighthouse, New York from 1873-1874. This original document signed by Walsh when he was Assistant Keeper in 1872 under Warren F. Clock. According to Lighthouse Friends website, Walsh was a gunner aboard Admiral Farragut's ship USS Hartford and had his leg shot off during the Battle of Mobile Bay. The document is signed three times by Keeper Walsh as well as Warren F. Clock as Principal Keeper. Future president Chester A. Arthur’s signature as Superintendent of Lights, New York also appears. Chester Arthur correspondence is rare. Though Chester is generally well-regarded, he only served one term as President, succeeding to office after the assassination of James Garfield. His signature before taking office is rare and examples have sold for $375 to $3000. This original pay voucher was filled out by Walsh and signed in hand by him, receiving the amount of $100 in pay for the three month period ending September 30, 1872. Document measures 6 ½” x 8 ¼” and is overall clean with one original fold. Superb piece of this rare keeper and light station and with future President’s signature, would make an exceptional addition to any collection or display. (VG+). $295. (no discounts may apply)
5414. (clock face) U. S. Light-House Establishment / Service. c.1880's - 1939. Original 4 1/2" clock faces manufactured by Chelsea Clock Company and Seth Thomas Clock Company, removed from clocks for servicing and never replaced. Chelsea Clock Face $695. Seth Thomas clock face $625. (similar shown)
Others available priced $425 - $725.
5414d. (clock face) U. S. Light-House Service Radio Room Clock Face. c.1900 - 1939. $725.
16215. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Crew, North Scituate, Mass. c.1910. Wonderful rare early image of the boatroom of the early 1887 Bibb #2 Type life saving station on the beach at North Scituate, Massachusetts as the crew poses with the beach apparatus cart in front. Original clear close photo on postcard paper measures 3 ½” x 5 ½”. This is a wonderful view and in addition to the crew and their uniforms, visible is a torch, life ring, hawser reel and more. The North Scituate station was located near Minot, 2 ½ miles south of Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse. (VG+). $110.
16214. U.S. Coast Guard. The Bug. Coast Guard Radio School. Atlantic City Training Station. April 1944. 28p. Soft wraps. An interesting WWII United States Coast Guard periodical published by and for the Radio School with numerous articles, news reports, sports updates, non-fiction narratives, Spar news, alumni notes, and of course the “BUG” pin-up-girl, etc. Contents include: Station Briefs, Salerno Nightmare, Eniwetok Was Tough, Kwajalein Coup, Salty Spinglefinger Says, Coast Guard Communications, Radio Gimmicks, Know How of Radio, The Sport Porthole, “BUG” Pin-up-Girl, etc. Measures 8 ½ x 11 inches, stapled binding, illustrated printed wrappers. Faint shelf wear to covers otherwise in very good condition. A rare copy. The periodical ceased with the Nov. 1945 issue. (VG+) $44.
16213. (photo) Mayo's Beach Lighthouse, Wellfleet, Cape Cod c.1900 view. Rare close view shows Mayo’s Beach Light Station at about 1900. The new cast iron tower and brick and clapboard keeper's house shown here, were built in 1881, and the original lantern and wood dwelling was removed. This light station as shown, remained in service until it was discontinued on March 10, 1922. The light station property was sold at auction on August 1, 1923, to Capt. Harry Capron and the tower moved to the West Coast. 2 ¼” x 3 ½”. Removed from album. (VG-). $12.
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1650-8. Light-House Establishment. Specifications for a Fourth-Order Light-House and Keeper's Dwelling at Entrance to The Straits of Karquines, California. August 1872. [Washington, DC]: GPO, 1872. 6 x 9". 22 pages. K[C]arquinez Strait Lighthouse was approximately 20 miles inland from the mouth of the San Francisco Bay near Vallejo, California. The United States Lighthouse Board later realized that a light positioned offshore near the junction of the strait and river would better serve navigation in the area. The lighthouse was deactivated in 1951 and an automated beacon and fog signal were placed on the pier. After years of neglect, which included the smashing of the lens by vandals, the building was saved by investors who moved the residence to the Glen Cove Marina in Vallejo, California. Included are specifications for the excavation and grading, brick-work, cut stone, plastering, floor, drains, carpenter’s work, oil room, iron work and more. Also includes fold-out proposal, bidding, agreement forms, etc. This pamphlet originally accompanied a set of drawings (not present). Complete, wraps present, chipped and some soiling, worn at spine but still unusually good condition. Rare important booklet. (VG-). $125.
1372b. (cabinet photo) Pump square at Siasconset, Nantucket c.1879 by Henry S. Wyer. Wonderful close clear view of Pump Square in this fishing village on Nantucket. According to the Nantucket Historical Association, G. Fishing is on the dray at left. In addition, sitting in the dray is Henry Tucker. The horse and box wagon to the right belonged to George C. Gardner and the man in the cart may be Avery Gardner. At the pump handle is little Annie Alden. Clear, quite close, only very light wear to obverse. Measures 4 ¼” x 6 ½”. (VG+). $148.
2726-82. (stereoview) Brant Point Lighthouse, Nantucket. c.1880 by J. Freeman. Clear and crisp view provides a rare look at the early light station on Brant Point. Nine lighthouses have stood on Brant Point since the first was lit in 1746. In addition, other beacons were constructed on the Jetties Beach and in the harbor as additional aids to vessels approaching the harbor. View is clean and clear, providing a good view of the station buildings in the late 1870’s or early 1880’s. Clean, clear view. (F-). $76.
Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. c.1880 by Kilburn
Brothers. Clear and crisp view provides a rare look at the 1856 station high on
the clay bluffs as the keeper stands on the tower gallery. The handsome Gay Head
Lighthouse stands in one of the most picturesque locations in New England, atop
the 130-foot multicolored clay cliffs at the western
6775k. Coast Guard Auxiliary Cap Device. Old style c.1950-1960’s. Shield centered upon disc bearing the words “U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary” and superimposed upon crossed anchors. 2 ¼”. Brass, screw post back. $36.
[insignia set] U. S.
Coast Guard Auxiliary. Wonderful collection from the uniform of a Lieutenant
serving in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. I believe from the insignia that this
gentleman was a Division Vice Captain and Flotilla Commander. Set includes
shoulder boards, hash marks, and a complete set of buttons by
8176-23. COASTGUARD ENLISTED MAN’S CAP. Dark navy-blue enlisted man’s “duck” style cap. Around the barrel is stitched a ribbon of black silk, 1 ½” in width with the words “U. S. Coast Guard” stitched in gold. Cap is in very good condition, complete, with no apparent tears, little if any wear, and clean as it has been kept protected. Tally letters clear and crisp. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Hat size marked 6 7/8. (VG+). $110.
16219. (photo) Interior of Abandoned Tillamook Lighthouse, Tattered and Mildewed c.1974. Clear, close, original 7” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of the abandoned and deteriorated “old light tender room” in the Tillamook Lighthouse after about 18 years of neglect. Great view of the remains of what once was the Keeper’s desk and chair, and even the file cabinet. Photo is b/w and includes date and brief description on back. Dated May 31, 1974. Clear, close view, good detail. (VG+). $36.
16217. (photo) Master Chief Boatswain Thomas D McAdams, U.S. Coast Guard c.1972. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of Master Chief Boatswain Thomas D McAdams, U.S.C.G. as his wife adjusts the Coast Guard’s first new boat Coxswain’s insignia. Master Chief Thomas D. McAdams entered the U.S. Coast Guard on 7 December 1950, at Seattle, Washington. He retired on 1 July 1977, while serving as the Officer-in-Charge of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay, Newport, Oregon. According to Coast Guard accounts, “Master Chief McAdams is noted for his seamanship in small boat operations, especially motor lifeboats. His career spanned working with 36-foot and 44-foot motor lifeboats and he helped in the design of the modern 47-foot motor lifeboat. Throughout the Coast Guard, his exploits in the high surf of the Pacific Northwest are legendary. McAdams is one of the few people in the service to receive both the Gold Life Saving Medal and the Coast Guard Medal. He earned the Gold Lifesaving Medal for a case in 1957 at Yaquina Bay in which, McAdams, as the coxswain of a 52-foot motor lifeboat, helped save four people capsized in the surf. At one point, McAdams entered the water to help in the rescue. He earned the Coast Guard Medal for a 1968 case near Umpqua River, Winchester, Oregon, where, as coxswain of a 44-foot motor lifeboat, fighting 35-knot winds and 12-15-foot breakers, he rescued three people. McAdams also received the Legion of Merit, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and Coast Guard Unit Commendation Ribbon. His civilian awards include an Oregon Governors Award, the City of Newport, Oregon, Valor Award and the Newport Chamber of Commerce Award for Civil Action. In 1972 the Commandant of the Coast Guard at that time, Admiral Chester R. Bender, presented him with the first Coxswain's Insignia ever issued, because, as Admiral Bender noted: "[BMCM McAdams] has a tremendous record of rescues and that he truly represents all Coast Guardsmen." BMCM McAdams commanded many of the small boat stations in the Pacific Northwest, including the Coast Guard's Motor Lifeboat School at Cape Disappointment, Ilwaco, Washington, where he wrote the textbook used to train future lifesavers. Master Chief McAdams is surely one of the most famous enlisted person who ever served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He appeared in Life, National Geographic, True and other national publications. He appeared on numerous television programs, including "To Tell The Truth" and the "Who's Who" feature of Charles Kuralt's "On the Road" program.” McAdams used to say that he “was born on a bar during a storm”, resulting in his 26-year career in rescue work. McAdams retired from the Coast Guard in 1977 and later served as an officer in the Newport Volunteer Fire Department. Photo is b/w and includes date and brief description on back. Dated April 7, 1972. Clear, close view, good detail. (VG+). $38.
16202. Johnson, Leland R. Ph.D. Heroes at the Falls: Louisville's Lifesavers. Edited by Charles E. Parrish. Butler Books. 2014. 128 pages. Large 8 ½” x 11”. Life-Saving Station #10, docked at the wharf in Louisville, Kentucky, is a unique installation in American history. As the only such federal installation on the inland waterways, this rare floating life-saving station guarded against navigational disasters from 1882 until 1972. The only other similar life-saving station in the country was the City Point Station in Boston Harbor. This station in Louisville was lobbied for and manned by locally-grown heroes who maintained a constant vigil to protect vessels and their passengers, cargoes and crews from destruction on the jagged rocks of the Falls of the Ohio River in the days prior to modern lock and dam systems. This Falls area was considered the most dangerous point along the 981 miles of the Ohio River. From the time it was authorized by Congress in 1881 until 1915, thousands of people were rescued from the treacherous falls area and more than $5 million worth of boats, possessions and cargo were saved. The Coast Guard would continue this fine record at the station until 1972, when the completion of the newer McAlpine Locks and Dam submerged most of the Falls and now required that all boat traffic pass through the canal and locks instead of passing over the Falls. The third floating station remains today, with its white double-decker building and watchtower aboard - the last of three river rescue stations at the site. Dr. Johnson tells, for the first time, the compelling story of the U.S. Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard stations at this site, and the remarkable crews who saved thousands of lives, countless numbers of boats, and millions of dollars of cargoes at the Falls of the Ohio. (M). Published at $20. Our price $18.50. (x)
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)
14261. (framed photograph) U.S. Lighthouse Tender GOLDENROD c.1900. Rare period mounted photo provides a superb close view of the Goldenrod tied up at a pier. Steam is up as the crew works to load supplies and buoys. Note the Lighthouse Service pennant prominent near the bow as the officers and crew stop work for the photographer. The United States tender Goldenrod was "a steel stern wheel steamer built from a special appropriation for a 'steam-tender for the Western Rivers." She was built at Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1888 for a contract price of $26,400 with the final cost being $33,221.44 as built. She was powered by two high pressure, lever non-condensing steam engines. She was placed on duty in the 14th Lighthouse District in December, 1888. She was used by the Army Corps of Engineers during World War I. She was decommissioned in 1924 and sold. Photo is clean and crisp, and is in a period gold painted or gilded flat oak frame. Needs to be re-matted and the frame cleaned up but will be quite nice. Superb view. (VG+). $295. (x)
13441b. (photo) Surfboat Drill, Virginia Beach Coast Guard Station c.1942. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows excellent detail of the station surfboat as Coast Guardsmen perform their weekly drill. Despite the War, Coast Guardsmen must remain proficient in these life-saving duties. Shown is the surfboat heading out to sea, with 8 men pulling at the oars and the officer at the steering oar. Nice view of the surfboat and crew. Photo is b/w and includes date and lengthy description on back. Dated August 14, 1942. Clear, close view, good detail. (VG+). $88.
(print advertisement) The Lightship c.1985 with
Maria Brandauer, Robert
Duvall. Variety [newspaper] May 1, 1985. 11" x 15½". Original
large 1985 b/w print advertisement carefully removed from an entertainment
industry trade magazine announcing screenings of the film The Lightship at
Cannes Film Festival. Film was based upon the novel by Siegfried Lenz, which
relates a tale of the crew of an aging lightship and its captain who are about
to be withdrawn from service in the
25171. (stationary) U. S. REVENUE CUTTER SERVICE LETTER SHEETS. Cover sheet includes Revenue Cutter Service letterhead with subject information on back. Second style is blank on front, with subject information on back. (35 sheets available) 8” x 10 ½”. Light moisture to one corner. $5 each.
25345. (stationary) U. S. COAST GUARD LETTER SHEETS. Early c.1916 letter sheet includes early letterhead comprised of Treasury shield with crossed anchors. 7 ½” x 10 ½”. $10 each.
16207. (box) Cuttyhunk Light Station, Mass. c.1930’s – 1950’s. Cardboard box was mailed to: ”James H. Dobbins c/o Cuttyhunk Light Station, Cuttyhunk, Mass.”. James H. Dobbins is listed as a Coast Guard keeper in the 1940s at The Graves and Chatham Light, among others. He is not on the roster for Cuttyhunk but may have been sent to Cuttyhunk to fill in or to help with some type of project and spent some time there. There was a Harry Dobbins listed as Keeper at Cuttyhunk Light in the 1930's, who may have been the father, or James may have used his middle name (H for Harry ?) as his primary name. Box measures 9 ¾” x 4” x 1 ½”. Box is from Edward J. Hodgdon Company, New Bedford, who were purveyors of “talking machines” (Victrolas). Box is empty except for original tissue packing. Interesting collectible. (VG). $24.
SR-531. [paperweight] U.S. Coast Guard Academy c.1950 – 1980’s. Heavy glass paperweight featuring the Coast Guard insignia and “New London, Conn.”. Paperweight measures 3” diameter. Nice desk item. (VG+). $48.
2176. [paperweight] Maine Lighthouse c.1900. Heavy glass paperweight featuring an early c.1900 photograph of probably a Maine lighthouse as the Keeper poses on the lantern gallery. Nice early lighthouse item, clear, close. Paperweight measures 3 ½” x 4” x 7/8”. Rare early piece. (VG+). $24.
15185. (portable toilet paper pack) Marked “LIGHTHOUSE S.F. CA”. Your guess is as good as mine on this item. Maybe packaged by “Lighthouse for the Blind” for use on ships, camping, etc. 2 ¼” x 1 ¼” x ½”. $12.
15232b. (padlock key) U.S. Light House Establishment c.1880-1900. Brass or bronze padlock key was used by the Lighthouse Service to unlock any number of things including the lighthouse door, gates, oil house, boathouse, sheds, tool boxes and more. In the past I have had a similar key complete with lock, which was made by Wilson Bohannan Co., Brooklyn, New York and has a patent date of 1879. This key is marked “USLHE”, and also “109”. Key measures 4 1/8” in length. Extremely rare Lighthouse Service item. (VG+). $225.
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.
2566q. Lighthouse Service Mug (1 available) $54.95 each.
2566r,s,t. Lighthouse Service Dinner Plate (3 available) $54.95 each.
12432b,c,d,e. (lot mounted photos) Cape Cod Life-Saving & Lighthouses c.1890. Lovely early, clear mounted views include Cape Cod Highland Light Station, Long Point Light, Wreck of Ship Jason, and Race Point Station No. 6 crew launching surfboat. The photos are clear and crisp, measuring 3 ¼” x 4 ¼” on 4” x 5 ¾” mounts. Mounts have two holes, disbound from early photo view book. Unusual, quite nice. (VG+). $44 each or $158 for lot of four.
25171b.c. (stationary) U. S. REVENUE CUTTER SERVICE LETTER SHEETS c.1900. Cover sheet includes Revenue Cutter Service letterhead with subject information on back. (2 sheets available) Light soiling on one, two original folds. $12 each.
16178. (lot photos & documents) Ensign Gilbert M. Betts, United States Coast Guard c.1941-1950’s. From his personal estate comes this lot of about 40 items, primarily consisting of photographs and ephemera, including letters, postcards and more. Includes a couple of interesting letters concerning service life, including one dated December 1941 in which he writes about being ordered to report to DC in uniform, and another with his thoughts on the Korean War. One of Betts’ assignments was on the USS Hunter Liggett. The USS Hunter Liggett was originally operated by the US Shipping Board and was acquired by the War Department in 1939. On 27 May 1941 Hunter Liggett was turned over to the Navy, first classed as the transport AP-27 and then reclassed as the attack transport APA-14 on 1 February 1943. The ship served throughout World War II and was decommissioned 18 March 1946. Hunter Liggett and her US Coast Guard crew were ordered to the Pacific in April 1942 and participated in a number of invasions including Guadalcanal. About 11 of the photos relate to Betts’ service in the Pacific on board the USS Hunter Liggett [named for US Army General]. (VG). $32.
16209. (photo) Boathouse, U.S. Coast Guard Station, Fishers Island c.1944. Nice view of the boathouse and ramp includes a motor surfboat in the left bay, as two seamen pose in a small dory. The station was located on the "north side of Fishers Island, west shore of East Harbor”. It is not known when the station was built but it is known that in 1916, the launching facilities were extensively improved. The boathouse shown is a Roosevelt style, likely built in the 1930’s. The station is listed in 1940 as being active, but does not appear in the 1945 listings. It was turned over to the GSA in 1958. Clear close view. Some soiling top corner. Measures 3 ¼” x 4 ¼”. (VG). $22.
5414j. (clock face) U. S. Life-Saving Service. c.1880’s - 1915. Original clock face manufactured by the Seth Thomas Clock Company was removed from a clock for servicing and never replaced. Dial is lettered “U.S. Life Saving Service” and “Made by Seth Thomas in USA. Face is brass, 6” in overall diameter with six mounting holes around perimeter. Also included is a Seth Thomas #10 movement, which may (or may not) have been the type used with this face. The holes in the face do line up, however, to the arbors on the front of the movement. Unknown if the movement is complete and how much effort would be needed to put in running operation. Case is not included. This face is a rare find and in great demand. (VG). $1,195.
1650-7. Light-House Establishment. Specifications for The Foundation and Iron-Work of the Hilton Head Range Light-Houses, South Carolina. [Washington, DC]: GPO, 1877. 6 x 9". 11 pages, plus two loose two-page sheets with specifications. On July 31, 1876, Congress authorized the expenditure of $40,000 for range lights on Hilton Head and Bay Point to guide vessels into Port Royal Sound. Contracts for the work were executed in 1878. Both lights and dwellings were completed in June 1880, but the Lighthouse Board decided to delay activation of the lights until August 1, 1881, when the range lights on nearby Parris Island would be finished. Included are specifications for the concrete foundation (2 copies) central core and piers, iron work for rear and front light houses. Includes foundation discs and bars, columns, watch room floor, watch room and lantern room gallery railings, hand rails, stairs, wood-work, lanterns and roofs, and much more. This pamphlet originally accompanied a set of drawings (not present). Complete, wraps present, chipped and some soiling but still unusually good condition. Rare important booklet. (VG). $125.
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.
(framed gravure print) Life-Saving Service Landing
on the Beach c.1902. Beautiful vintage hand colored gravure print
showing a lifesaving crew landing the surfboat on
16200. (copy photo) Long Point Lighthouse, Provincetown , Mass. c.1890 view. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” older copy photo shows excellent detail of the second light station at Long Point. Image may be from noted early Cape Cod photographer Rosenthal . Image includes the 1 ½ story keeper’s dwelling with square brick light tower, fog bell tower 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. Photo is b/w and includes description on back. Clear, close view, good detail. (VG+). $56.
16195. (photo) Restored Roosevelt Style Coast Guard Barracks, Umpqua River Station, Oregon c.1980. Clear, close, original press photo shows excellent detail of the Coast Guard barracks building at Umpqua River, Oregon. In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), authorized the building of 45 United States Coast Guard Stations around the country. The United States Coast Guard took over the Umpqua River Lighthouse in 1939 and over the years there were constructed several new buildings including a barracks and a boathouse. The original lighthouse keepers' dwellings were torn down in the 1950s. By the 1960s, the station was automated, but watched over by the service personnel of the nearby Coast Guard base in Winchester Bay and the Aids to Navigation team based out of Coos Bay. At some point, the Coast Guard vacated the station completely and in March 1976, the Coast Guard deeded the barracks and boathouse to the Douglas County Parks Department. On October 21, 1977, the Umpqua River Lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of Interior. Douglas County restored the Coast Guard barracks building in 1980, shown here. After the restoration was completed, the ground story of the building was transformed into a lighthouse museum. Photo is b/w and measures 6 ¼” x 10”. Includes short caption on back. Clear, close view, good detail. (VG+). $36.
(photo) United States Coast Guard Horse Patrol,
11th Naval District c.1943. Wonderful clear, close original 8” x
10” official Coast Guard photograph provides a great look at a horse-patrol
Coast Guardsman as he scans the ocean for intruders. On July 25, 1942, Coast
Guard Headquarters authorized all Naval Districts that were adjacent to the
coast to organize a well-armed and maintained beach patrol, with proper
communication equipment to relay messages. Normal foot patrol procedures
required men to travel in pairs, armed with rifles, or sidearms and flare
pistols. In 1942, the Coast Guard recognized that the use of dogs, with their
keen sense of smell and their ability to be trained for guard duty, would help
enhance the patrols. The first dog patrols began at
(souvenir dish) Ship Jason, Wrecked Dec. 5, 1893
Cape Cod. One of the nicer commemorative dishes, a superb, bright,
white, gilt edged commemorative dish featuring a nice detailed full b/w image of
the ship Jason pounding on the bar with the Life-Saving Service surfboat
returning from the wreck. It was on the dreaded Peaked Hill Bars that the
terrible ocean tragedy, the wreck of the ship Jason, occurred in a furious
winter storm on December 5, 1893. The wreck of the Jason was one of the most
appalling disasters that has ever taken place on the shores of
16181. [chart]. Atlantic Coast of the United States - Cape Hatteras to Cape Canaveral #903. United States Coast and Geodetic Survey. August 1885. 115th Edition Feb 1934, corrected through 1939 by Notice to Mariners. Scale 1:835,591. Original detailed 4-color chart measures 34” x 49” and includes all of the coastline from Chicamacomico and Cape Hatteras south to Jupiter Inlet, Florida. Chart includes all Coast Guard Lifeboat stations as well as all lighthouses, buoys, towns and features and more. The area has numerous shoals and bars, and the entire area is exceedingly treacherous. Included on the chart are bearings and soundings. Chart has been well used and includes navigator’s course markings with many notations. Chart is intact except for one 16” tear from bottom that has old tape repair on the back. Overall light to moderate soiling, a few small stains. Would make a very interesting wall decoration. Rolled but with some early folds as well. Notations indicate that this chart was used on some type of patrol vessel, likely during WWII. Chart is from the estate of Navy Rear Admiral Irwin Chase Jr.(1911-2001). Admiral Chase served in the Pacific theater during WWII under Admiral Halsey and was awarded the Silver Star. During WWII he was assigned to the Fast Attack Carrier Ticonderoga as Navigator. On January 21, 1945 the Ticonderoga was attacked by kamikaze planes near Formosa and with the Captain & Executive officer wounded, then commander Chase, took command and led the ship through fire fighting and damage control and brought the ship back to her base at Ulithi. He was also present in Tokyo Bay on the USS Missouri when Japan formally surrendered to General MacArthur and Admiral Nimitz. In1957 he returned to command the Ticonderoga for a Far Eastern Cruise to Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Okinawa. He retired from the Navy in 1959. (P+). $58.
27314g. U.S. Coast Guard “U.S.C.G.” Branding Iron. Rare early branding iron was used to mark wooden items including oars, blocks, quoins and other wooden items. Head measures about 1” x 3” with ½” letters “U.S.C.G.”. Overall length including handle is 19 ¾”. These branding irons were first issued in 1915 when the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service and the U.S. Life-Saving Service were merged to become the Coast Guard, and were used to re-mark existing equipment already in use by both organizations and newly acquired equipment up into the 1950’s or later. An exceptional rare item. (VG+). $675.
8109-96. [flag] U. S. Coast Guard Ensign c.1966-date. (1973). Official U. S. Coast Guard Ensign size #5 (about 14 ½” h x 26"w) for use on small craft. Ensign manufactured for Coast Guard use and is new in original packaging, never used. Pattern is of the later design consisting of vertical red/white stripes, with Coast Guard shield on crossed anchors overlaying on the right portion, without the words “Semper Paratus” [post 1950’s]. Top left corner is white with U. S. eagle and shield with bunched stars above. Manufactured by the Paramount Company. As new in original unopened paper package labeled: “1-ea. CG 8345-242-0275 U.S.C.G. Ensign Size 5. 35-1379-73 B. Paramount Flag Co. For Gen. Stores Stock.” Wonderful for your display and quite difficult to get these original ensigns. As new old stock. (M). $48.
8109-97. [flag] U. S. Coast Guard Ensign c.1966-date. (1972). Official U. S. Coast Guard Ensign size #5 (15” h x 24"w) for use on small craft. Ensign is of nylon/wool bunting manufactured for Coast Guard use and is new in original packaging, never used. Pattern is of the later design consisting of vertical red/white stripes, with Coast Guard shield on crossed anchors overlaying on the right portion, without the words “Semper Paratus” [post 1950’s]. Top left corner is white with U. S. eagle and shield with bunched stars above. Manufactured by the American Flag & Banner Co., Clifton, N.J. As new in original unopened package labeled: “Stock # CG 8345-242-0275 Flag U.S.C.G. Ensign, Nylon-Wool, Size: Hoist 1’3” x Fly 2’. #5. Contract #Q-424-72-B 35-1853-72-B. Date 5/72. One Each. American Flag & Banner Co., Clifton, N.J. For Gen. Stores Stock.” Wonderful for your display and quite difficult to get these original ensigns. As new old stock. (M). $48.
13119c. (photo) Cape Cod (Highland) Lighthouse c.1930’s. 5" x 7". Nice close clear view of the light station in the early Twentieth Century showing many of the out-buildings fog signal building and more. Clean, clear. (VG+). $28.
Just in! Wonderful early photos and history:
16122. Snowman, Sally R. and James G. Thompson. Boston Light. Arcadia. 2016. 128p. Hard cover. With over 200 vintage photographs. On September 14, 1716, Boston Light became the first lighthouse established in Colonial America. With many ships foundering in the treacherous waters of the Massachusetts harbor, there was a great need for navigational aid. At night and during storms, it was difficult to discern the entrance to the main shipping channel of Nantasket Roads, situated between the Brewster islands and the town of Hull. The ledges had become a graveyard for ships, resulting in great loss to human life and cargo deterrent to European colonization efforts. Ship captains and merchants petitioned the colonial government for a lighthouse to be erected on Little Brewster Island as a way of safe passage to the inner harbor. Three hundred years later, Boston Light continues to serve its purpose. Today, the lighthouse is protected by an ever-present Coast Guard civilian keeper and a cadre of specially trained Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer assistant keepers. Sally Snowman is the 70th Keeper of Boston Light. With her husband, Jay Thomson, they have done extensive historical research on this distinctive piece of Americana. Highly recommended for readers interested in history, New England, lighthouses, sea stories. This compact volume features numerous early photographs dating from the 1870’s to the present, drawn from the author’s and other private collections, most never before published, and traces the history of this light station through photos and text. Filled with early views. (M). $24.99. Our price $22. (x)
A Few More Gift Ideas...
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.
Lighthouse Lens and U. S. Life-Saving Service Rubber Stamps.
In response to your requests for the Rubber Stamp that I use on my mailings and packages, I have commissioned to have produced three designs of lighthouse lens and Life-Saving Service insignia. Each detailed lens image measures approximately 3” high by 2” wide, while the USLSS stamp measures approx. 2” square. Stamps are of commercial quality and are mounted on solid wooden pads with wooden handles. Choose From Three Designs ! Made in America.
#6654. Stevenson’s Improved Lens Rubber Stamp. 3”H x 2”W. $17.95.
#6653. Fresnel Lens Rubber Stamp. 3 3/8”H x 1½”W. $17.95.
#795. Life-Saving Service
1 ¾”H x 1 ¾”W. $16.95.
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 will have the DVDs of this thrilling account as soon as they are available in late January. Reserve yours now and we will send it out as soon as they come in.
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 on back. Perfect for decorating. $69 each
14114. 36-foot Motor Lifeboat
14115. Breeches Buoy Drill
14116. Lyle Gun Firing
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. (design as shown above) $98.95.
20418. [flag] U. S. Lighthouse Service Station Flag. This similar triangular station flag measures 48” long by 25” and is made of cotton - polyester for light to average weather conditions or for display. The flag is of the standard design, with red border on a field of white, with a large blue lighthouse silhouette. Made in America. (design as shown above) $79.95.
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.
Our flag shown being raised at the Graves Lighthouse in Boston Harbor. The light, now privately owned, is being carefully restored and cared for by its new owners.
Reproduction of the Original United States Life Saving Service Pennant.
Treat your family to this replica of the official sewn U. S. Life Saving Service flag. Flag is professionally made of high quality flag material, with sewn hem and brass grommets for attaching to halyard. Professionally made and will last longer than most others that you may find. Our pennants are flown at stations across the country as well on vessels of the U. S. Coast Guard and have received the highest praise.
27463. [reproduction] U. S. Life Saving Service Station Flag. This triangular station flag measures 48” long by 25” and is typical of the flags 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. Heavy duty for moderate weather conditions. Made in America. (designs as shown above, both available) $89.95.
21444. Lighthouse Stationery. Create outstanding Letters, Reports, Correspondence, Memos. High quality, 8½” x 11”, 24lb. bond paper available in packs of 25, 50 or 100 sheets, compatible with Laser Printers, Photocopiers, and Ink Jet Printers. a. Pack of 25 sheets $3.99. b. Pack of 50 sheets $5.99. c. Pack of 100 sheets $7.99.
A Few Reduced Priced Items...
1500. Follansbee, Joe. The Fyddeye Guide to America's Lighthouses - 750+ Lighthouses, Lightships, and Life-Saving Stations You Can Visit Today! Fyddeye. United States. 2012. 224p. Soft wraps. Foreword by Jeremy D'Entermont. The Fyddeye Guide to America’s Lighthouses makes your travel planning easier by showing you hundreds of fascinating lighthouses, life-saving stations and lightships that you can visit today on the east coast, Great Lakes, Gulf coast, and the west coast, including Alaska and Hawaii. From remote islands in Maine to the metropolises of southern California, you’ll discover the historic structures that have inspired travelers for millennia. You can get close to virtually all of America’s lighthouses, and many allow you to climb to the top and stay as long as a month in historic buildings. More than 750 lighthouses, life-saving stations and lightships are conveniently organized by coastal region and state. Included are brief histories and complete contact information, including website, email address, and phone. Includes too three maps with suggested itineraries for discovering lighthouses in New England, Michigan, and California, notes on whether you can stay overnight on the lighthouse grounds, possibly in the keepers’ historic quarters, and more. Chapters also on lightships and historic life-saving stations, including availability of overnight accommodations. More than 40 images of many from coast to coast. (M). $19.95. Sale $9.95.
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.
11372. HABS Co-Author Alan Giagnocavo. Lighthouses - A Close-Up Look : An Intimate Tour Through Historic Photos and Architectural Drawings. Fox Chapel Publishing (2011). 176p. Soft wraps. The Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections are dedicated to preserving America’s architectural history by gathering a diverse range of historic photographs and architectural designs of buildings throughout the country. Along with over 90 vintage and recent photos of lighthouses across the country from the HABS/HAER website, this book includes over 50 detailed architectural plans that feature the internal and external structure of the lighthouses. In this book, readers will find unique lighthouse structures, such as the Port Mahon Lighthouse, which hovers over the water on pilings and the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, which contains architectural details similar to those found on the White House. Not to worry, though, the towering buildings typically associated with the word lighthouse can also be found on these pages. Color photos, plans, GPS coordinates and a brief history of many of the locations are also included. Well worth reading. (M). $19.95. Sale $11.95.
New Books from 2015...
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)
Available once again:
20209. Webber, Bernard C., CHATHAM
Special numbered edition with actual wood piece from MLB CG-36500. $59.95.
with early images, many from private collections and never before
about the heroic 1952 rescue of the crews from the SS Pendleton and SS
Fort Mercer, still considered today the most heroic small-boat rescues in
Coast Guard history
about the lightship crews and their dangerous missions, guarding the
shoals and coastline of Cape Cod
about the Momomoy Disaster, in which seven life-savers perished while
attempting to rescue the crew of the barge Wadena.
about Nauset’s famous “Three Sisters” lighthouses, the only such
lighthouse configuration in the country, why they were built and what
became of them.
about the Chatham lights and why they were moved so often.
about the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station, who’s crew rescued 34 persons
in the first five years of operation.
about the many changes at Race Point Light Station and its renewed
1443. Claflin, James W. Lighthouses and Life-Saving Along Cape Cod. Arcadia. 2014. 128p. Soft wraps. With over 200 vintage photographs, this is the fourth volume in a series of photographic histories of lighthouses and lifesaving along the coasts of the United States by the author. For centuries, heroic men and women have guarded the treacherous yet beloved Cape Cod coastlines. From Provincetown to Chatham, Sandwich to Cuttyhunk, and many towns in between, residents have relied on the Atlantic for employment and nourishment. But Cape Cod has always been plagued with a shifting coastline that consistently defies mariners’ efforts to pass through Massachusetts waters. In 1792, as shipping increased, mariners petitioned for a sorely needed lighthouse. It was not until 1797 that the first lighthouse on Cape Cod was built at the Highlands in North Truro. More lights and rescue stations would follow as the seas claimed their toll. Many lightship stations were also established from Chatham through Nantucket Sound to mark the constantly changing sandbars submerged offshore—more than in any other spot along the US coastline. Today, as sea levels change and sands continue to shift, some of these historic stations have been lost or moved, while still others are preserved only in such photographs as these. This compact volume features over 200 early photographs dating from the 1870’s through the 1960’s, drawn from the author’s and other private collections, most never before published, and traces the history of these services through photos and text. (M). $21.99. (x)
Set 5 First Day of Issue cover cancellations $15
Booklet of 20 stamped Postal Cards using each design $6.
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 Just Out:
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
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