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1865. (photo) Coast Guardsman Cleans Bulb Inside First Order Fresnel Lens, Milwaukee c.1964. Clear, close original 7” x 10” press photo shows great detail as Coast Guardsman Eugene Crowe cleans bulb inside first order lens. Likely a Milwaukee lighthouse. Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Dated December 30. Clear and close view. (VG+). $32.

4416-6. COSTON FLARE CANISTER FOR LIFEBOATS with FLARES size Small. c.1900-1935. Beautiful rare smaller size solid copper and brass flare canister, complete with 2 Coston wooden handled flares, designed to be used on ship’s lifeboats. Soldered brass label reads: “LIFE RAFTS COSTON DISTRESS OUTFIT FOR LIFE BOATS & RAFTS. Approved & Passed by the U. S. Board Supervising Inspectors. Coston Supply Company, Inc. New York .” Well made canister measures 12” high by 4 ½” in diameter and is complete with a cast brass screw-on top. Inside are two original, wooden handled Coston Friction Ship Distress Signals. Beautiful wooden handled Coston’s  flares are complete and intact with original waxed paper wrapping, designed to be used for signaling and on ship’s lifeboats. Paper label reads: “COSTON FRICTION SHIP SIGNAL. Coston Signal Company, Inc. 50 Water Street, New York.” These wooden handled Coston Friction Ship and Marine Distress Signals are now most difficult to find. The Coston Company is famous for providing similar signals and flares to the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service and others since the 1860’s and continued well into the 20th Century. Canister is in very good condition with only a few slight expected dents but all seams are intact and untouched. Screw cover screws on easily. Can can be polished and will enhance any display. It is most difficult to find these Coston canisters complete with original signals intact, especially in this small size. (VG+). $284. Sold.

1869. Coast Guardsman made Macrame Belt c.1930’s. Rare macramé belt made with whipping cord made by an early Long Island Coast Guardsman. Acquired from a Long Island estate, the beautifully detailed belt measures 50” long and 1 ¼” wide. This is an example of the many beautiful items made by the men at the early lifeboat stations in their spare time. I estimate it to have been made in the 1930’s. Belt appears to be never worn. Light soiling and toning from age. (VG+). $48. Sold.

16251. (lot) Captain Joseph M. Simms, U.S. Revenue Marine c.1865-1904. Rare lot of items belonged to Joseph M. Simms of New Bedford Massachusetts. Included in the lot are the following: c1860+ period Revenue Marine Sword Belt Buckle, lot 16 US Revenue Marine Buttons, a 1905 Revenue Cutter School of Instruction Year Book, from when Captain Simms was teaching at the school, a Jappaned tin box in which the items were found, and a long shallow cardboard box, with a hand written family note stating some of the history of the items. The authentic belt plate measures 2 3/8” in diameter by 3 ¼” long and comes in two smoothly fitting pieces. It is very difficult to see but each piece is stamped with a very tiny, number 4 (or 7). This early buckle is in very good, original condition. Each of the nine, large, 13/16” Revenue Marine Buttons are marked on the back “Tomes Melvain & Co., New York”. The seven, smaller, 9/16” buttons are marked “ E. L. E. Co. London”. Both of these companies made buttons during the Civil War. Toward the end of his career, Captain Simms taught at the School of Instruction, United Sates Revenue Cutter Service in Baltimore Maryland. The Class of 1905, which only consisted of seven students, likely presented Capt. Simms with this yearbook. Inside are numerous images of the officers and students plus many interesting stories and facts about the Service and school. The book is complete, but several of the pages are loose and some tape was added for strength. All these items came in the 6” by 12 ¼” by 4” tin box. The internet includes information about his service in the Revenue Marine, during the Civil War until his retirement in 1904, including “…An Act for the relief of Joseph M. Simms, Captain, United States revenue-Cutter Service Retired. It states “for meritorious acts of public service and wounds received in the United States service, as appeared upon the public record of the volunteer service of the Army and Navy and of the Revenue-Cutter Service. Approved March 11, 1904…” Very rare and valuable lot. (VG+). $1695. Reduced to $1,595.


1866. [Lighthouse Establishment Bookplate]. Kennedy, John P. Swallow Barn; or, A Sojourn in the Old Dominion. New York. G. P. Putnam and Sons. 1872. 506p. Red cloth wraps. With Illustrations by Strother. Swallow Barn, or a Sojourn in the Old Dominion depicts life on two neighboring Virginia plantations situated on the James River: Swallow Barn and The Brakes. The novel begins with the arrival of the narrator, Mark Littleton, who has left his native New York at the urging of his cousin, Ned Hazard, so that he might experience the aristocratic pleasures of Virginia country life. Of particular interest to scholars is Kennedy's portrayal of slave life at Swallow Barn. Incorporating character sketches of enslaved African Americans throughout the novel, he also devotes a chapter entitled "The Quarter" to contemplating the problematic nature of slavery. Despite its obvious reliance on stereotypes, particularly those associated with the southern plantation myth, the novel does provide a realistic portrait of aristocratic plantation life in the antebellum South. This copy has been well read and has a repair between the top board and title, lacks all pages prior to the title including free endpapers. Some pencil notes, foxing and age toning, a few tears, else in good condition. Illustrated with black and white plates throughout. This book was part of a U. S. Light-House Establishment keeper’s library, as evidenced by a U.S.L.H.E. bookplate stamped "Condemned" on frontis. (G+). $125. Sold.



1862. (souvenir creamer) U.S. Life Saving Station, Cape May, New Jersey c.1900. Lovely decorated crème colored creamer featuring a large, detailed full color image of the life-saving station at Cape May, NJ. The unusually detailed image includes all aspects of the Duluth-type station built at Cape May in 1896. Nice detailed image on the bright china piece make a good contrast on this rare item. Backmarked “Wheelock, Made in Germany Weimar for M.A. Scull, Cape May.” Nicely decorated with bold gilding framing the image and gilt highlights. Creamer measures 3” high and is clean, only light wear to gilding on the rim. No cracks. A very detailed, unusual presentation with bright image for your display. A striking piece. (VG+). $85. Sold.

29116b. [cabinet photograph] SEAMAN UNITED STATES REVENUE STEAMER “THOMAS CORWIN”. Rare cabinet photograph by Cramer’s Californic Gallery, San Francisco, shows a young seaman posing for the camera. On the seaman’s hat tally is clearly visible the name "SS CORWIN". The United States Revenue Cutter Thomas Corwin was the first revenue cutter to regularly cruise the Bering Sea and the Arctic Ocean. Built in the state of Oregon, she was finished and commissioned in San Feancisco which remained her home port. In a 23-year federal career, she participated in the search for the USS Jeannette, landed scientific parties on Wrangel and Herald islands, took part in the shelling of the Tlingit village Angoon, interdicted whiskey traffic, rescued shipwrecked whalers, contributed to the exploration of Alaska, and arrested seal poachers. She had at least eight captains during her federal career, but is particularly associated with two: the cool and resolute Calvin L Hooper and the volatile Michael Healy. She continued operating in the Bering Sea as a merchant and charter vessel after she was sold in 1900.” [courtesy Wikipedia] Photo measures 4 ¼” x 6 ½” on mount, and shows great detail of the uniform and backdrop. Photo has just a bit of light foxing/soiling, and some wear to corners, but is otherwise clear and quite presentable. (VG+). $144.

1836. (albumen photo) Quansigomog No.1. Fire Station and Hand Tub, Hopkinton, Mass. c.1870’s. Wonderful large period albumen photo shows the hand tub Quansigomog No.1 in front of its station. The principal part of the town of Hopkinton was purchased of the natives by Mr. Leverett, president of Harvard college: its Indian name was Quansigomog. Photo measures 6” x 8” and is close and clear. Great detail throughout. (VG+). $165.


1815. [Point Judith Lighthouse] Hawkins, N. Hawkins' Indicator Catechism: Practical Treatise on the Steam Engine Indicator. Theo. Audel & Company. 1903. 173p. 2017. Blurb. 288p. Soft wraps. This volume is inscribed as belonging to Keeper Willis A. Green (1st asst., 1906-1910, Keeper 1910-1911) at Point Judith Lighthouse in Rhode Island. Likely Keeper Green used this volume to assist in his work operating the large steam boilers for the fog signals at Point Judith. In blue-green beveled cloth binding with gilt page edges. Contents overall quite clean and tight, only two stains to front wrap. Rare book from the Keeper’s private library. (VG+). $48.

15278b. (photo) Diamond Shoal Lightship WLV-189 c.1966. 8” x 10”. Clear close official Coast Guard photo provides great detail of WLV-189 on station. The last lightship stationed on Diamond Shoals, WLV-189 was the first lightship built after the Coast Guard took over the Lighthouse Service in 1939, and the first all-welded lightship. She was expressly built for service at this station, and remained in service there until 1966. In the early 1960s, “Texas Tower” lighthouses were erected at six offshore sites on the East coast. Diamond Shoals was the second to last to be built, and was activated in 1966. Caption on back notes that the lightship is destined for service in the Eighth District and will be renamed New Orleans, where she served until 1971. Photo includes date and description on back. Clear and close view. Dated November 5, 1966. Wonderful detail. (VG+). $38.

1863. (Lot 3 sizes buttons each) U.S. Prison $22

U.S. Prison Service $18

U.S. Lighthouse Service $70

U.S. Immigration Service $24

1850. (photo) Damiscove Island Life-Saving Station, Boothbay Harbor, Maine c.1910. Wonderful clear close view shows good detail of the station as a surfman stands atop the drill pole. This modified Port Huron Type station was built in 1897 near Boothbay Harbor , Maine . Views measure 3 ½” x 4 ½” and include views of the station and the  breeches buoy drill pole. Clean, crisp but some marks from mailing in 1936. (VG+). $38.

1824. (presentation binoculars) Capt. Charles D. Stuart, U.S. Life-Saving Service, Cape Disappointment, Oregon c.1912. U.S. Life Saving Service Binoculars presented and engraved to [Life Saving station] Captain C.D. Stuart by the Fishermen of Bakers Bay. The Portland Morning Oregonian newspaper reported at the time: “ASTORIA, Or., Dec. 18. As a token of their appreciation of the meritorious services given by Captain Charlea D. Stuart, of the Cape Disappointment life saving crew, during the 23 years he has held that position, the fishermen having interests in the Bakers Bay district have presented the genial Captain with a handsome pair of Busch prism binocular marine glasses of high power. The glasses are inscribed with the following text: "Captain C. D. Stuart, U. S. L. S. S. Presented by the fishermen of Bakers Bay. for meritorious services from 1888 to 1911." Captain Stuart served at Cape Disappointment from May 1893 until Aug 1912. These are the binoculars described in the newspaper article. The binoculars are German, Busch Prisma Binocle Model LYNKOP, serial number 58470. The Busch company started producing prism binoculars in 1901. Until 1905 only three models were offered, including the Lynkop. The Lynkop was made with 6x, 9x, and 12x power. Captain Stuart obviously was well liked in the area. He certainly enjoyed this gift and used them for some time after receiving them as evidenced by moderate wear overall. The optics are good though and intact and work well. The right eyepiece has one ¾” chip, otherwise piece is complete. Without strap or case. Rare presentation piece. (VG) $1,295.

1844. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Breeches Buoy Rescue, Steamer Ohioan c.1936. Clear, close original 6 ½”  x 9” press photo shows great detail as a Coast Guardsman transfers to the SS Ohioan as salvage operations begin on the vessel. The vessel was wrecked in dense fog on the rocks 300 feet from the Golden Gate shore. The crew was taken off by the Coast Guard in surfboats. Later men were transferred back and forth by breeches buoy as salvage work began.  Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Dated October 10, 1936. Clear and close view. Good detail of breeches buoy equipment in operation. (VG+). $34.

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17193. (photo) USCGC Oleander [WAGL-264; WLR-73264];River tender Launching c.1941. Clear, close original 6” x 8” press photo shows great detail of the Coast Guard 73-foot River Cutter Oleander during launching in the Mississippi River in 1941. The Oleander was built under Coast Guard contract in 1940 by Marine Iron and Shipbuilding Corp., Duluth, Minn. Designed as a small river buoy tender, she was first assigned permanent station at Kansas City, Mo. She commenced patrol and navigational aid maintenance operations on the Missouri River in the area of Kansas City and she was so engaged when Executive Order 8929 of 1 November 1941 transferred the Coast Guard to the Navy. Through the war years Oleander continued to serve on the Missouri River as a buoy tender. When the Coast Guard returned to the Treasury Department in 1946, the tender remained in an active status. In 1961 she was assigned to a  new permanent station at Point Pleasant, W. Va., on the Ohio River. The Oleander remained active as a buoy tender through 1969. Coast Guard image to right (not included) shows the Oleander underway after the deck structures and remaining work was completed. Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Dated May 26, 1941. Clear and close view. (VG+). $38.

17188. (photo) Sherwood Point Lighthouse, Door County, Wisconsin c.1980. Clear, close original 6” x 9 ½” press photo shows great detail as Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Hullinger stands night watch (at gallery railing) at the Sherwood Point Lighthouse. The Sherwood Point Lighthouse was built 1883 and finally automated in 1983 – the last manned lighthouse on the Great Lakes. Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Dated December 13, 1980. Clear and close view. (VG+). $36.

16229b. (photo) Lightship No. 116 Chesapeake c.1962. Clear, close 7” x 9” press photo shows great detail of the Chesapeake Lightship on station. At the time this photo was published, the lightship had been reported to be in danger of sinking off the Virginia Coast. The caption notes that “the crew of 16 intended to stay aboard as the Navy had dispatched an attack cargo ship to stand by.” LV No. 116 served on the Chesapeake station from 1933-1942 and 1945-1965. During World War II she served as an examination vessel off the northern entrance to the Cape Cod Canal. Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Dated March 9, 1962. Clear and close view. (VG+). $26.

17189. (document) U.S. Light House Establishment. Specifications for Repairs to Light House Tender Zizania c.1902. 7 pages typed and in hand. 8” x 10 ½”. Specifications for repairs to be performed include hull, work spaces, electrical, boiler, machinery. Includes hand-written prices for items and notarized signature by representative of Pusey & Jones Company dated 1902. Good information and LH tender piece. (VG+). $48.

1848. (lot 3 newspaper clippings) Loss of Steamship Portland In 1898. c.1913-1928. Lot includes three newspaper clippings recalling the sinking of the SS Portland in the 1898 gale that became known as “The Portland Gale”. The first (and largest) is dated November 30, 2013 and is titled, "Sea has Kept Well the Story of the Loss of the Portland 15 Years Ago." Subtitle is "176 Lives Taken in Terrific Storm That Numbered All Aboard Steamer as Biggest Toll of Those Taken Along New England Coast."  Subsections of this article are titled "No One Legally Liable;" "Relics of the Wreck;" "Three Men Who Escaped;" "Herald Gives First News;" and "Blown Off Her Course."  This article is in two pieces and ends in mid sentence, so it is incomplete but it contains photos of the steamer.  The second clipping is dated November 27, 1927 and is titled, "Steamer Portland Lost 29 Years Ago."  It describes a few theories as to how the sinking happened.  The third clipping is dated March 1928 and is titled, "Sea Disaster Recalls Loss of Portland - Main-Bound Steamer Went Down with 263 Victims 30 Years Ago - All Hands Lost When Side-Wheeler Succummbed to Elements."  It reports that the striking of the Robert E. Lee, New York bound with 263 persons aboard, on the treacherous underwater reef known as Mary Ann rocks off Manomet beach, brings to mind the night 30 years ago when the steamer Portland went to the bottom of the sea and that weather conditions for the two ships was similar. These clippings were removed from a an old scrapbook that contained newspaper clippings dated 1898 through the 1930s. Wear and age as expected. (VG-). $34.

17184. (account pages) U.S. Light House Establishment. Port Eads, La. Account of Supplies delivered to Pansy Light Houses and Stake Lights During the Month Ending November 30, 1891. 4p. folded. 8” x 12 ½”. The four account pages list supplies delivered to various light stations from the Light House Depot at Port Eads, Louisiana. Stations delivered to include Mobile Bay, Mobile Point, Battery Gladden, Merrills Shell Bank, Pass A. L’Outre, Cat Island, Ship Island, East Pascagoula, Biloxi, Tchifunte River. Point Aux Herbes, South West Pass, Bayou St John, McCalls Flat, and more. Signed in hand by Richard A. Fitzgerald, Keeper U.S. Lt. House Depot, Port Eads, La. In good clean condition, easily readable. Has been tape repaired at most folds but will display very well. Great for research as well. Rare Louisiana document. (VG). $78.

17169. (document with envelope) U.S. Life Saving Service, Superintendent 3rd. Life-Saving Diatrict c.1905. Rare letter on letterhead with envelope is addressed to (Surfman) Elvin M. Scott at the Watch Hill Life-Saving Station by Superintendent H.M. Knowles, 3rd District. Superintendent Knowles advises Surfman Scott that if he is selected to go on duty August 1st., that, due to his accident that he will have the priviledge of declining the appointment. Typed letter signed in hand by Superintendent Knowles. Quite clean, 3 original folds. Postmarked 1907. Rare piece. (VG+). $76.

1839. (brochure) Averill Paint Co., Boston, Mass. / U.S. Life Saving Service c.1900. This is an 8 panel folder advertising Averill Paint. It consists of 6 panels of testimonials, primarily from Massachusetts, as to the suitability and reliability of Averill paint. Included is a testimonial by Superintendent Benjamin C. Sparrow [listed here as B.C. Barrow], of the Second Life-Saving District, East Orleans, Massachusetts. Supt. Sparrow states that they have used Averill paint on the inside and outside of buildings in the District and he is satisfied with the durability and ease of use. Folded pamphlet measures  5 ½” by 3" and is in nice clean conditoin. I was surprised to see such a testimonial by a supervisor in the Life-Saving Service. (VG+). $36.

1842. (document) Lighthouse Service. Department of Commerce. Notice of Check Transmittal c.1911. Lighthouse Service Form 92 advises of check enclosed in payment of vouchers. Check and envelope are not included. Clean. Nice example of this form. (VG+). $26.

1828. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Communications Van c.1930's. Rare photo of early Coast Guard communications van as men set up the equipment. 3 ½” x 3 ½”. Clear, close. (VG+). $22.

1821. (photo) U.S. Life Saving Station, New Jersey c.1900. Very nice close view shows a Bibb #2-Type station from the back. This may be a New Jersey Station – have not confirmed as yet. Great clear view includes surfboat and carriage and other equipment. Note men in boatroom. Great image. (VG+). $54.

20136b. CDV [Carte De Visite format] Grace Darling c.1883. Early CDV format shows a fine, clear photo illustration of the famed heroine Grace Darling, rescuer of the crew of the Forfarshire in the Farne Islands in 1838. The CDV is published by the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners Royal Benevolent Society and was used for fund raising, possibly at the Great International Fisheries Exhibit in 1883. By Medrington, Liverpool. Quite rare and collectible, particularly of Grace Darling history. With lengthy description of the rescue on verso. Clean, crisp. (VG). $58.

1861. (photo) U.S. Life Saving Crew, Charlotte (Summerville), NY Lake Ontario c.1907. Clear close view of the Keeper and 8 surfman on the boatroom ramp. Believe it to be the Charlotte (Summerville), NY station on Lake Ontario. Rare view, great early detail, 3 ½” x 5” on postcard paper. Postmarked 1907. Message on back. (VG+). $68. Sold.


1864. Arthur, Thomas. The Life of Grace Darling the Heroine of the Farne Isles. London. 1885. Religious Book Society. 124p. Green decorated cloth wraps. The story of the legendary Grace Darling, the daughter of a lighthouse keeper on the Northern coast of England , has been retold for over a hundred years. In 1838 Grace and her father rowed more than a mile to rescue passengers and crew of a foundering steamship, a deed that was to gain her immortality. One of the first “media” heroines, many Victorian journalists rose to the occasion, taking the simple daughter from life into legend. A very good, detailed account of her life. Contents are clean but front hinge has come loose and some pages have detached. Wrape soiled and worn to edges. (G+) $18.

1834. (photo) (President) Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Radio Station WGY photo c.1930’s. Clear, close 8” x 10” press photo shows great detail of a young (President) Franklin Delano Roosevelt standing to greet fans at a rally or political event. Rare view shows hin using his cane and a railing to support himself. FDR was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945, winning a rare 4 terms. Roosevelt is widely considered to be one of the most important figures in the history of the United States. Radio station WGY started broadcasting in 1922 and was one of the earliest radio stations in New York State, originally broadcast from building 36 at GE's Schenectady Plant. Photo is b/w and is a clear and close view. Light wear and some light cracking to emulsion. (VG+). $24.

27406b [flag] U. S. Customs Service Ensign [replica]. Replica U. S. Customs Service Ensign was made to exhibit the design of such ensign. Measures 39” x 62” and is made of nylon bunting with printed design on one side. Hoist is wide nylon with two grommets. The Customs Service ensign originated in the practice of flying at their customs houses the flag originally adopted in 1799 to identify revenue cutters at sea. This practice was officially approved in 1874 by Secretary of the Treasury William Richardson, who directed that what was then known as the revenue ensign be hoisted alongside the national flag outside all customs houses during business hours. In 1910, President Taft directed that the flag used by the Revenue Cutter Service be distinguished from that flown ashore by the addition of the RCS badge on the fly. In 1915, the U.S. Coast Guard was established as a bureau separate from the Bureau of Customs, inheriting the RCS ensign, while that without the badge was retained by what is now the U.S. Customs Service. The most recent change to the Customs Service ensign was the 1951 redesign of the national coat of arms to conform to the rendering on the great seal of the United States . This flag retains the arc of 13 stars above the eagle, dating this design before 1951. The pattern consists of vertical red/white stripes, top left corner with U. S. eagle and shield. On the left and right sides of the eagle are 4 stars each in an arc pattern, and above the eagle 5 stars. On the eagle is a crest representing the U.S. This flag design flew as the emblem of the Custom's Service from 1782 to 1951, when replaced by the current flag pattern. Flag has little or no wear and is overall very good, nicely intact and strong. Wonderful for your display and quite difficult to get these earlier ensigns or replicas. Never flown. (F-).  $58.

1234-49. U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Damariscove Life-Saving Station. November 1899. E. H. Spinney, Keeper. Original 2-page hand-written letter from Keeper Spinney to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding orders for uniform items for surfman Staples.  8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Two sheets. In the short, terse text, Keeper Spinney advises that blue uniform items that five of his men received are believed to be made from the wrong (No. 161 goods) material rather than the correct No. 949 goods. Also, the Keeper indicates that his No. 1 Surfman C.L. Gray was dissatisfied with his coat as it was returned for being too small and after being returned to be enlarged, came back and to all appearances was un-touched. Rare First District documents in overall clean, crisp condition. Most interesting reading. (VG+). $124.

1234y. (lot 4 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Wallis Sands Life-Saving Station c.1899. S.F. Wells, Keeper. Lot consists of four documents relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. The first is an original hand-written letter on official Life-Saving Service stationery to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding a change to the seniority numbers for surfman coats on order. One sheet 8” x 10” original stationery dated August 30, 1899. Quite clean and crisp. Remaining sheets 7” x 11” (2) and 5” x 8” (2) contain hand written notes on uniforms (duck suits, overcoat, Keeper’s cap, blue surfman’s cap, pants, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include Surfmen: Sidney W. Fowler, G.B. Ricker, John Cumming, Wm. M Randell, G.B. Ricker, etc. Overall quite clean. Rare Wallis Sands LSS lot. (VG+). $88.

1234-48. U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Rye Beach Life-Saving Station. February 1900. A. L. Remick, Keeper. Original 1-page hand-written letter from Keeper Remick to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding orders for uniform items for Surfman Donald A. Randall. Keeper Remick indicates that the uniform suit has been received, but the two (white) duck suits and surfman cap have not been received, and if they cannot be sent within three days then cancel the order and the Keeper will obtain them from Boston. Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. Most interesting reading. (VG+). $124.


15188c. (cabinet photo) Keeper James H. Charles, Orleans Life-Saving Station c.1900. Rare cabinet photo of Keeper James H. Charles of the Orleans Life-Saving Station by Allen & Nichols, Harwich & Chatham, Massachusetts. View measures 4 3/8” x 6 1/” overall and is in excellent condition – clean and crisp. Keeper Charles served at Orleans from November 13, 1894 until he was incapacitated and retired on July 10, 1917, two years after the service was absorbed into the Coast Guard. J.W. Dalton notes in his 1902 account that “The Keeper, Captain James H. Charles, was born in Dennis in 1857, and had at the time of the account, served in this position for nine years. He had previously served for six years as a surfman. As a young man, Charles engaged in boating and fishing on Cape Cod’s shores, and at one point became skipper of a fishing vessel. After several seasons with the fishing fleet, he entered the Life Saving Service and was assigned to the Orleans Station. Under Captain Marcus Pierce, he displayed exceptional abilities as a life saver and boatman, and was promoted to succeed Captain Pierce as Keeper. Captain Charles married Lizzie Hurd and had three daughters and one son as of 1902.” This is a rare image of a renown Cape Cod life-saver. (F-) $325. Sold.

1860. (albumen photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station No. 4, Long Branch, New Jersey c.1868. Rare original Gustavas Pach albumen photograph from his 1868 view album. Double mounted, on one side is the Life-Saving Station No. 4 - At Long Branch. On the other side is The Grove - H.M. Alexander, Esq. These are very early scenes from Long Branch, New Jersey and the views are quite rare. These original albumen photographs were once a part of a book entitled "Album of Long Branch: A Series Of Photographic Views, With Letter Press Sketches" by J.H. Schenck and published in 1868. The two photographs are original and were taken by Gustavus W. Pach, founder of the first Pach's Photography Studio in Long Branch, NJ  and what later became Pach Brothers Studio in New York.  Since the book was published in 1868 the photos could actually date to 1867, the year he opened his very first studio in Long Branch that was financed by Ulysses S. Grant. The station at Long Branch was an 1855-Type station of a simple design without windows. Inside the station can be seen a surfboat and Manby mortar. The gentleman with the telescope may be the Keeper. The text page describing the photograph is included as well. The title page is not included but is shown for informational purposes. The photographs are mounted on card stock which includes a letter press border as well as a title describing the photograph.  Since they were included in a book each card is double mounted so you are getting two Pach photographs in one. Overall card measures 5" x 8".  Image size measures 3 1/2" x 5". Clear, close view in good condition. Probably the earliest view of this station. (VG). $245. Sold.

17167. (lot 4 mounted photos) U.S. Life Saving Station, Newburyport / Merrimack River Station on Plum Island c.1905. Rare set of 4 mounted photos provides a good view of station life and work at the Merrimack River Life-Saving Station on Plum Island. There were two life-saving stations on Plum Island, Newburyport (Merrimack River) on the north end and Knobbs Beach (Plum Island) on the Ipswich end. Photos are clear and close with great early details. Images measure 3 ¼” x 4 ¼” on 5” x 6” mounts. Lot 4 mounted photos. (VG+). $295.

27115d. United States Lighthouse Service Brass Wall Clock c.1930’s. Original 8-day wall clock manufactured by the Seth Thomas Clock Company for the United States Lighthouse Service. Black on nickled 6” face marked: “U. S. L. H. Service” and “Made by Seth Thomas in USA ”. Clocks from the U. S. Light House Service are rare and always in demand. Clock case is of solid fine grained brass, bright, with removable brass bezel. Handsome nickled face is in as-found condition, some light wear and soiling. Hands are white with red second hand – may not be original. Appears in very good condition, runs and keeps reasonable time. Overall diameter 7 ¼” Overall height 2 5/8”. Includes replacement winding key. This is an exceptional find for collectors of early clocks or Light House memorabilia. As found, not restored. (VG+). $1,295.

17187. (souvenir doll) Coast Guard Academy Cadet Doll c.1975. Doll was purchased 1975 at the Coast Guard Academy as a souvenir and has been carefully stored for many years in a glass display cabinet. Doll is quite fine and detailed in a hand made LEATHER costume commemorating a vintage US Coast Guard Academy cadet in spring Parade Dress uniform. Doll is a vintage Carlson Dolls Limited Edition US COAST GUARD ACADEMY CADET, tagged Number 8 of 125. Made in USA. Bright blue sleep eyes. Leather uniform includes: Peaked white leather cap with black brim, mess jacket with two rows of "brass" leather buttons and sleeve flashes, white sword belt with scabbard and "brass" leather buckle, white trousers and black shoes. Measures 7 ¼” tall. Doll is in nice condition, just possibly some light dust, possibly a little fading on the mess jacket. Rare commemorative piece. (VG+). $164.

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27107f. (broadside) Massachusetts Humane Society. "Directions for Rescuing Drowning Persons". c.1916. Quite large 20” x 26”. Extremely rare, c.1916, large illustrated broadside published and distributed by The Humane Society of Massachusetts. This fantastic, original broadside measures 20 x 26". It is titled "Directions for Rescuing Drowning Persons". Above the title appears the Seal of the Humane Society as well as the words "The Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ". The body of the broadside contains text and illustrations giving instruction as to how to rescue a person who is in the water and is drowning as well as instruction for "Restoring Persons Apparently Dead from Drowning" once the victim has been brought ashore. At the bottom of the Broadside Poster is text that reads "Circulated by The Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts .". The Broadside is mostly blank backed but when folded (as issued) the section of the reverse side that acts as a "cover" has a list of "Life Saving Stations of the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ". Each Station is listed as well as the equipment to be found at each location. The listing includes 30 stations still in existence. Below the list is text that reads "These Stations are maintained by the HUMANE SOCIETY of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and are independent of the U. S. Life Saving Service.". The Massachusetts Humane Society was the first organizations to establish and supply Life Saving Stations in the United States . Established in 1785, the Society carried on an extensive correspondence with the Royal Humane Society of England and in 1807 commissioned the building of the first lifeboat to be stationed on the Atlantic Coast , to be stationed at Cohasset. For many years the Humane Society of Massachusetts provided the only lifeboat service along that state's busy coastline. Even after the establishment of the US Life Saving Service in the post Civil War years, the Humane Society continued to provide support and equipment to a number of coastal volunteer crews. In addition to providing equipment and training of volunteer Life-Saving crews along the Massachusetts coast, the Humane Society awarded Life Saving Medals and cash "Premiums" to men and women (and children) who risked their own lives to help passengers and crewmembers of shipwrecks along the coast. In about 1916, when this piece was published, both the Humane Society and the U. S. Life Saving Service manned Life Saving Stations along the Massachusetts Coast . This very rare piece is printed on fairly delicate stock and has somehow survived in good condition. It is clean and crisp with only one slam stain to edge. No chipping or significant damage. It still has good folds, as issued. This very rare and very attractive Life Saving broadside will frame and display beautifully. (VG+). $125. 

4521j. (stereoview) Thacher’s Island North Lighthouse, Cape Ann, Mass. c.1900 by John S. E. Rogers, Gloucester, Mass. Close, clear view shows great detail of the tall north light tower connected by a long enclosed walkway to the 1 ½-story keeper’s house. View us unusually clear, clean and close, only very light edge wear, light edge toning. (VG+). $48. Sold.

1840a,b,c,d. (lot 4 photos) Steamship Evgenia Ashore off Peaked Hill Bars, Provincetown c.1953. Clear close press photos show great detail as Race Point Coast Guardsman bring men ashore from the stricken Steamship Evgenia. Shortly before five-thirty in the wild morning of the 6th of September, 1953, the 3,500-ton Panamanian steamer Evgenia was driven ashore off Peaked Hill on the outer shore of Provincetown. The big, 225-foot freighter, manned by a Greek crew, wallowed helplessly in the furious surf. The plight of the Evgenia seemed a hopeless one. Every heavy sea that rolled in broke over her. Every eye that beheld her distress regarded her as utterly doomed. Even before striking, the afflicted craft had radioed that she was running aground. Her crew of seventeen men said she was being tossed around in the boiling seas like a floating bottle. She was out of control at a moment when full control was imperative. The crew attributed her helplessness to her lack of freight and to a broken propeller. The former would have held her lower in the water and thus have lessened her drifting; the propeller, if sound, would have given her steerage way. In the black morning hours of the gale, the Evgenia’s skipper radioed the local Coast Guard to keep in contact. His message read: “Am aground near Cape Cod lighthouse. Position unsafe. . . . Please’ keep contact with us in case of emergency.” Lifeboat stations from Race Point and beyond were ordered to keep a sharp lookout for the ship. Within an hour she was found and rescue operations began at once. By the dawn’s early light, thousands of sightseers were gathered on the beach to watch ship and storm, rescue and rescuers. The Coastguardsmen first tried to reach the ship by surfboats, but the heavy surf forced them to return to the shore. Then they resorted to the method used so many times in other storms -  shooting a line from shore to ship, in order to haul a breeches buoy to the ship. The line was shot and made fast to the ship. Then one by one the crew came ashore in the breeches buoy. The first man off was brought to shore at eleven o’clock, nearly six hours after the ship ran aground. Each rescue took more than twenty minutes’ time. Photos measures 7” x 9” and include date and description on back. Dated September 7-10, 1953. Great views of rescue operations. (VG+). $175 lot.

17175a,b. (photo) Coast Guard Cutter C-126 Aground in Narragansett Bay c.1926. Clear, close, original 7” x 11” press photos shows excellent detail of the ice-covered wreck of the Coast Guard Cutter C-126 on the rocks near Whale Rock Lighthouse, Rhode Island. The cutter’s delirious crew was saved form death by Boatswain's Mate Joseph Libby, who wandered for twelve hours in a blinding blizzard in search of aid for his five comrades. The crew was finally rescued by the cutter Mojave. Includes date and description on back. Dated February 1926. Great close view of the stricken vessel. Light wear, a few marks. (VG). $38.


1817. (photo) Umatilla Lightship No 67 c.1921-1930. Clear close early photo shows great detail of the Umatilla Reef Lightship underway. The radio antenna dates the photo to after 1921, when the radio equipment was installed. She served on Umatilla station until 1930. LV-67 was built in 1897 at Portland (OR) and served until 1930, when she was disposed of. Photo measures 7 ½” x 9 ½” and is unusually clear and sharp. (VG+). $54.

1822. (lot 6 photos) U.S. Coast Guard Beach Apparatus Drill on Album page c.1918. Nice lot includes crew, some of the buildings and three showing the crew performing the breeches buoy drill. Photos measure 1 ¾” x 2 ½” and are clear and sharp. Page dated 1918. (VG+). $36.

1846. (photo lot) U.S. Coast Guard, Pamet River Station, Truro, Cape Cod, c.1932. Lot of 9 photos on album pages provides great insight into early Coast Guard life at the Pamet River Coast Guard Station in Truro. Views include the crawler tractor pulling the surfboat carriage, crew drilling with surfboat, station view, old wreck on the beach, breeches buoy, and more. Views measure 2 ½” x 3 ½” and 3 ½” x 4 ½” and are clear, in good condition. (VG). $110 lot.  Sold.

1804. (negative) U.S. Coast Guard Motor Surfboat, Station Sheboygan c.1930’s. by Charles Winscher. 1930's Black & White Negative Photo of a Sheboygan - U.S. Coast Guard Boat on Lake Michigan with the Sheboygan Lakeshore in the background of the negative. The negative is from the Charles Winscher Professional Photographer Collection who had his business starting in the early 1900's in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and is well known for many of the early Black & White Photo postcards that he made in the Sheboygan County area. This negative measures 4 ½” x 2 ½”and is clear and close. (VG+). $26. Sold.

1825. (cabinet photo) Monhegan Island Lighthouse with Early Keeper’s Dwelling, Maine c.1870's. Unusual early view featuring a clear, close view of the Monhegan Lighthouse, about 10 miles offshore from midcoast Maine. The 48-foot granite tower built in 1850 still stands today. It is very similar to the lighthouse on Whitehead Island, built at about the same time. The keeper’s dwelling shown here was replaced in 1874 by a new two-story keeper's house. Clear, close image shows great detail of the tower and attached walkway and keeper’s dwelling. Measures 4 ¼” x 5 ¼”. Light to moderate foxing. (VG-). $34.

1801. (souvenir Mauchlineware whistle) Boon Island Lighthouse, Maine c.1900. Superb, rare wooden Victorian whistle features a beautiful b/w lithograph of the tall light tower and dwellings on Maine’s Boon Island at the turn of the century. A pretty little piece, the circular whistle is of hardwood, varnished and measures 3” high x 1” diameter. Such wooden Victorian era commemorative pieces, known as Mauchlineware, are exceptionally difficult to find and are quite pretty for display. Clean, only light wear, works. Most Rare! (VG+) $144.

SR-546. Coast Guard 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, only light wear, clean. Tally letters clear and crisp. Marked size 7 1/8. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Hat size not marked. (VG+). $144.

1820. Coast Guard Embroidered Surfman Insignia by Vanguard. New stock in original packaging. Embroidered in white on blue rip stop. The Surfman Badge is issued to enlisted Coast Guard personnel who qualify as Coxswains authorized to operate surf boats in heavy surf. Surf boats are designed to operate under extreme weather and sea conditions. To be awarded the Surfman Badge, a service member must train in actual surf and breaking bar conditions, accumulate a minimum amount of hours operating in these conditions, while conducting practical exercises and undergoing a rigorous underway check ride as well as an oral review board. The Surfman Badge is senior to the Coxswain Badge, and Coast Guard regulations do not permit the simultaneous wear of both badges. [from Coast Guard Criteria] Although Surfmen are required at just 20 of Coast Guard boat stations, the extremely challenging training and dangerous working conditions makes keeping the billets manned an uphill battle. Exacerbating the problem is the fact that only Boatswain’s Mates are eligible for entry into the Prospective Surfman Program (PSP) the Coast Guard uses to identify and choose those Boatswain’s Mates (BMs) who have a good chance of completing the rigorous training regimen. Surfman qualification can be completed only at a Surf Station or at the National Motor Lifeboat School. Surf Stations are located where surf higher than eight feet takes place on at least ten percent of the days each year; of the 20 Surf Stations, 15 are found on the West coast. (M). $19 each. 

8109-107. [flag] U. S.  Coast Guard Ensign. c.1915-1953.  Official  U.  S. Coast Guard Ensign size #4 (30” h x 48”w) for use on small and medium size craft. Ensign manufactured for Coast Guard has never been flown. Made of wool or nylon-wool bunting. Field consists of vertical red/white stripes, with Coast Guard shield on crossed anchors overlaying on the right portion, with the words “Semper Paratus”. Top left corner is white with  U. S.  eagle and shield, with an arc of 13 stars above. Wonderful earliest of the Coast Guard ensigns for your display and quite difficult to get in this early design. Good condition, no fraying, only light soiling and some spots from light use. Staining to hem. Colors still bright. (VG+).  $254.

17171. (photo) Secretary Herbert Hoover Awards Second Officer Norman C. Manyon of the Lighthouse Tender Columbine Gold Life Saving Medal c.1927. Clear close photo shows great detail as Commerce Secretary (later President) Herbert Hoover as he awards Second Officer Norman C. Manyon of the Lighthouse Tender Columbine the Gold Life Saving Medal on February 16, 1927. Included with the photo is an account of the rescue as well as information on a number of other rescues that Mr. Manyon had been involved in. Photo measures 6 ½” x 8 ½” and includes date and description on back. Dated April 23, 1927. Note the uniform. (VG+). $54. Sold.

6514-1. (original button set) U.S. Lighthouse Service. Original button set manufactured by one of the original manufacturers of buttons of the Lighthouse Service – Superior Quality by Waterbury Button Company. This set dates to about 1900-1939 and consists of six medium (19mm) and six small (16mm) in period padded box. Light scuffing to box. Well presented. (VG+). $244 set.

17174. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk WPG-78 Steams Through the Atlantic Looking for a Scrap c.1944. Original 8X10 Coast Guard press photo provides a great view of the cutter in her wartime paint scheme. The Mohawk served throughout WWII on the Greenland Patrol. She participated in numerous attacks on submarine contacts and provided weather information for Allied forces in Europe and the British Isles. Photo measures 7 ½” x 9 ½”. With date and description on back. Dated March 1944. (VG+) $18.

1852. (photo) U.S. Coast Guardsmen Perform Winter Maintenance On CG-44334 Motor Lifeboat c.1978. Clear close press photo shows great detail as U.S. Coast Guardsmen perform winter maintenance on 44-foot motor lifeboat CG-44334 at base headquarters on South Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo measures 10 x 6 ¼” and includes date and description on back. Dated January 12, 1978. Clear, close. (VG+). $28.

1827. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Motor Surfboat, Station Point Allerton, at Floods in Springfield c.1936. Measures 5 ¾” x 9” b/w. Image shows the [motor?] surfboat from the Point Allerton Coast Guard Station in Hull, Mass. packed aboard a rack-body truck, ready to leave Springfield, Mass. after assisting during the flooding of the Connecticut River. Dated March 1936. “Point Allerton” can be clearly seen on the stern of the surfboat. Large clear close view. (VG+). $74.


1811. (early recognition views) Cape Cod, Highland Light, Nauset Beacons c.1878. [from] United States Coast Survey Atlantic Coast Pilot, Boston Bay To New York. GPO. 1878. 14” x 11 ½” overall. The three recognition views on this one sheet include Cape Cod from North including Highland Light and Race Point Light and fog bell, Highland Light bearing west, Nauset [Three Sisters] beacons bearing west. View is clean and crisp, with one original fold. Perfect for framing. (VG+). $85.

17182. (framed photo) U.S. Life-Saving Crew, Rocky Point Station, East Marion, Long Island, NY c.1904 view. Wonderful photo in original oak frame shows provides a great view of the 8 man crew of the Rocky Point Life-Saving Station, east of Greenport, Long Island, NY. Note the Keeper in the center of the first row holding the leather gunner’s haversack. Note hat tallys “U.S. LIfe Saving Service “ and insignia and surfman numbers on their arms. Includes identification sheet from long-time Long Island Life-Saving Service / Coast Guard family and confirmed by George Clark’s son. Shown are: Front row L to R: George Clark #1, Keeper Harvey Brown, Porter Rackett #2. Back row L to R: Charles Lane#7, Ben Hallock #5, William Paterson #3, Wilbur Hedges #6, Burt Udell #4. Photo measures 6 3/8 inches high and 8 3/8 inches wide, in 11” x 13” oak frame. Back has a label that reads: “Photographed By Rev. F.H. Cooper-Duplicates furnished upon application”. Photo is clean, a few slight spots on mat and on glass only. A great addition to your collection. (VG+). $185. Sold.

20209h. Bernard C., CHATHAM “The Lifeboatmen”. Orleans , Mass. 1985. 1st. 128p. Stiff cloth wraps. Autographed by the author. Illustrated with numerous photographs. Late in February 1952, a northeaster swept New England with bitter cold, snow and gale force winds. East of Chatham 70-knot winds and 60-foot seas battered merchant vessels as the tankers SS Fort Mercer and SS Pendleton met the full force of the storm. They both broke in two on the morning of February 19th with 84 half-frozen men marooned on the battered hulks. The story of how these men were rescued is retold even today. In the days following the ordeal, twenty-one Coast Guardsmen would be decorated. The men who ventured into 60-foot seas in the little 36-foot CG36500 motor lifeboat to rescue the tanker crews showed what heroism really is. How this all came about, and the story of life at Cape Cod small boat stations in the 1950’s, is a tale well worth reading and a tribute to Coast Guardsmen everywhere. Contents clean, rarely opened. A few marks to back wrap. Wonderful reading. (VG+). $144.

25172f. [advertisement] UNITED STATES COAST GUARD - STORM WARNINGS ARE UP.  c.1952. Great full page b/w illustrated advertisement from 1952 magazine shows Chatham , Mass. Coast Guard CG-36500 36-foot motor lifeboat heading out on its gold medal rescue of the crew from the tanker Pendleton in February 1952. The add for International Nickel Company touts the reliability of the eras’ new metals that help the sturdy motor lifeboat continue on its mission. Quite an attractive piece for framing. 8” x 11 ½”. Full page, clean, light toning, crisp. (VG+). $38.

25172g. [advertisement - large] UNITED STATES COAST GUARD - STORM WARNINGS ARE UP. From Saturday Evening Post 1952. Great large full page b/w illustrated advertisement from 1952 magazine shows Chatham , Mass. Coast Guard CG-36500 36-foot motor lifeboat heading out on its gold medal rescue of the crew from the tanker Pendleton in February 1952. The add for International Nickel Company touts the reliability of the eras’ new metals that help the sturdy motor lifeboat continue on its mission. Quite an attractive piece for framing. 10” x 13 ¼”. Full page, clean, crisp. (VG+). $48.

29344g. U. S. Coast Guard Sword Letter Opener. c.1950-80. Attractive solid cast metal letter opener in the form of a Coast Guard sword with sword knot and removable scabbard resembles nicely the actual dress sword. Hilt is beautifully marked with cast “USCG”. Attractive opener measures 9 ½” long and is of metal, with nicely made matching scabbard. Perfect for your Coast Guardsman’s desk. Only light wear to scabbard. (VG+). $134.

1812. Watts, Jeri Hanel. "Surfmanship, Intrepidity, and Commanding Qualities": The U.S. Life-Saving Service in Virginia. Virginia Cavalcade Volume 44, Number 2, Autumn 1994. 10p. From 1875 to 1915, the vigilant seamen of the Life-Saving Service patrolled the coast of Virginia. During their tenure, they rescued all but around one hundred of the thousands of grateful crews and passengers of nearly six hundred shipwrecked vessels along the state’s shore, and in doing so won the admiration of the nation. Nicely done article is well illustrated and discusses the work of the nation’s life-savers and some of the Virginia wrecks over the years. (F-). $28. Sold.

1814. Virginia Cavalcade Volume 45, Number 2, Autumn 1995. Articles  include: The World War II Letters of Mason Williams, The Posters of World War II, Woodrow Wilson General Hospital 1943-1946, Virginia Celebrates the End of World War II. Great reading. (VG+). $8

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20363-pd-s. Flint, Willard. LIGHTSHIPS OF THE U. S. GOVERNMENT – Reference Notes. GPO. 1989. Reprint 2017 reduced size. 540p. Maroon stiff binding. 5 ¾” x 8 ½”. The most complete work ever published on U. S. lightships and lightship stations. Lists virtually every detail available on each vessel, when and where built, cost, sister ships, design, length, propulsion, when and where it served, construction notes and modifications through the years, station assignments, masters and mates, illuminating apparatus, fog signals, final disposition and much more. Listed by vessel and by station assignment. The original is most difficult to find and sells in the $225 range when found. The ultimate reference on the subject. (M). $48.

12255d. (photo) Nantucket Lightship No. 112 c.1936. Clear, close original 7” x 9” press photo shows great detail of the Nantucket Lightship underway. No. 112 replaced Lightship No. 117, which sank with a loss of seven of her crew on May 15, 1934, when it was rammed by the liner SS Olympic. The vessel’s anchorage was 41-miles SSE of Nantucket Island. Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Dated June 17, 1936. Clear and close view. (VG+). $62.

17180. (negative) Lightship Cornfield No. 44 New York Pier c.1939. Large format photo negative measures 4” x 6” and provides a clear, close image of Lightship Cornfield No. 44 New York Pier c.1939. Photograph is by Percy Loomis Sperr (1890-1964), who was known as the "Official Photographer for the City of New York.". Beginning in 1924, he combed the five boroughs, "capturing scenes of the city's people, buildings, and neighborhoods. Negative will make fine prints. (VG+). $68.

17181. (negative) Lighthouse Tender Tulip With Deck Load of Coal c.1935. Large format photo negative measures 4” x 6” and provides a clear image of Lighthouse Tender Tulip With Deck Load of Coal c.1935. Photograph is by Percy Loomis Sperr (1890-1964), who was known as the "Official Photographer for the City of New York.". Beginning in 1924, he combed the five boroughs, "capturing scenes of the city's people, buildings, and neighborhoods. Negative will make fine prints. (VG+). $29.

1831. (photo) Steamship S.S. Portland Underway c.1890’s view. Clear close press photo c.1949 of an 1890’s image of the side wheel steamship SS Portland underway. The paddle wheel steamship SS Portland was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889 by, the steamer ran between Portland , Maine and Boston until its loss with all hands in 1898. The wooden-hulled paddle wheel steamship Portland measured 291 feet in total length with a maximum breadth of 68 feet. Built by the New England Shipbuilding Company of Bath , Maine , the steamer was one of New England 's largest and most luxurious side paddle wheel steamships, accommodating up to 800 passengers. For nearly 10 years SS Portland connected Boston , Massachusetts and Portland , Maine for the Portland Steam Packet Company without much notoriety. The Portland carried thousands of passengers and tons of cargo along the New England coast and earned the reputation as a safe and dependable steamer. On Nov. 26, 1898, the steamship left India Wharf in Boston for Portland , Maine on a regularly scheduled run. However, she never made it to port. None of the 192 passengers and crew survived the massive storm that wreaked havoc on New England 's coast - a storm that was later dubbed "The Portland Gale" after the tragic loss of the ship. Debris was washed up all along the Massachusetts coast. In the 1989, maritime researchers discovered the remains of the wreck on Stellwagen Bank just north of Provincetown on Cape Cod . Photo measures 7” x 9” and includes description and publication date on the back. Published November 1949 Associated Press. Large clear view. (VG+). $34.

SR-544. (framed photo) Keeper Charles H. Newman, Pumpkin Island Lighthouse, Maine c.1927. Wonderful photo in original oak frame of Keeper Charles H. Newman posing for the camera. Note the 3+ service stripes on his left sleeve. Keeper Newman had served at Mt. Desert Rock from 1902-1909 and Monhegan Island from 1909 to 1911. “Keeper Newman took charge of Pumpkin Island Lighthouse in 1911 and remained at the station for roughly twenty years. During this time, he was commended for rendering assistance to mariners on multiple occasions. In 1916, Keeper Newman towed a disabled, badly leaking motorboat, with two men aboard, to port. In 1920, he towed the disabled powerboat Ark to the station and repaired its engine. The following year, he made temporary repairs to a disabled powerboat and furnished food, dry clothing and lodging to its occupant. Newman rescued two ladies and two children who were adrift in a rowboat in July 1921, and in 1922 he took the station’s fire extinguisher and saved a man aboard a burning powerboat near the station. In 1927, Keeper Newman towed a powerboat with two men aboard to the station, and the following year, he assisted two vessels, one of which had run aground on Merrymans Ledge.” [from Lighthousefriends.com] Keeper Newman is buried at Mt. Height along with 3 other Newman family relatives. Photo measures 6 ½” X 8 ½” in 10 ½” x 13 ½” frame. Dated in pen Aug. 26, 1927 and identifies on the back of the mat. Nice early piece. (VG+). $235.  Sold.

17179. (framed photo & newspaper) Mount Desert Rock Lighthouse, Maine c.1890’s. Superb silver gelatin print of the Mount Desert Rock lighthouse depicts numerous figures posing outside this remote Maine island lighthouse. Mount Desert Rock is one of the most isolated and desolate places ever used as a site for a lighthouse in the United States. Photo depicts numerous figures posing outside the 1850’s granite lighthouse as well as the 45-foot bell tower and duplex keepers’ dwelling. Photo measures 6.25 x 8" matted in period 14" x 15.5" frame. Photo is generally clean, with moderate foxing to mat. Re-matted, this will be a superb display piece of an exceptionally rare image. Included with the framed photo is an extremely early newspaper, (The Portland Daily Advertiser, April 12, 1853. 4p), that describes “…the rocky coast of Maine with its numerous hazards to mariners and the precarious perch of the lighthouse on Mount Desert Island . Constructed only twenty years prior, the lighthouse lies on a dangerous granite ledge lying twenty eight miles from the nearest mainland. Storms fairly sweep over the six acre rock and nearly swept the keeper’s house away a short time ago….” Four pages, folded, quite clean. A nice lot. (VG). $595.

17195. (newspaper) The Keeper of the Alcatraz Light. San Francisco Chronicle. December 13, 1908.  Original page 35 of the  San Francisco Chronicle newspaper features an article and image of Alcatraz Island Lighthouse Keeper Henry W. Young. By 1908, Keeper Young has been in the lighthouse services for twenty-two years. Before taking charge of the light on Alcatraz he was located at Point Reyes, the Farallones and Port Harford. Before that he was with admiral Turner in the Pacific fleet during the Civil War, and served nineteen years in the United States Navy. Henry W. Young was serving as head keeper (1905-1909) at Alcatraz when the devastating 1906 earthquake struck San Francisco. The station’s logbook for April 18, 1906 reads: “5:30 A.M. violent and continuous earthquake … San Francisco on fire…is this the end of the world? …Terrible seeing S.F. from here.” The earthquake caused a slight crack in the lighthouse tower and toppled the chimneys protruding from the dwelling’s roof. The newspaper page exhibits chipping and paper loss on the edges but is intact and quite readable. Slight age toning. (VG-). $44.

10500L. (mahogany letter opener) Steamship Portland c.1898. From a Cape Cod estate, this artifact is from the famed Steamship Portland wrecked in what has come to be called the Great Portland Storm. Launched in 1889, the Portland was one of the most palatial coastal steamships afloat as it traveled between Portland , Maine and Boston with the Portland Steam Packet Company. At 7pm on 26 November 1898, the Portland left Boston Harbor bound for Portland , Maine with Captain Hollis Blanchard at the helm and approximately 192 passengers and crew. As the steamer progressed northward, a storm developing south of Cape Cod quickly moved into Massachusetts Bay until local weather stations registered wind gusts near 90 miles per hour. Ferocious winds, waves, and driving snow persisted through the evening and into the following day. Hundreds of vessels were wrecked along the Eastern seaboard as a result of the storm, later named the Portland Gale. The Portland was last seen on the 26th off Cape Ann fighting the waves. Late in the day on the 27th, debris from the Portland as well as the bodies of its passengers and crew started washing up on the outer Cape Cod beaches. Many pieces were salvaged to become portions of local homes, and souvenirs such as this. This attractive carved letter opener appears to be mahogany and may have come from a stateroom door or paneling. Letter opener measures 7 ½” long and is nicely lettered on the blade "Str. Portland” and “Wrecked off Cape Cod Nov. 27, 1898". Such Portland artifacts are extremely rare but they do turn up occasionally (Edward Rowe Snow had some remains, which he chipped and included in some of his books). Item is clean and bright with original finish. (VG+). $164.

17186. (photo) Capt. Abbott Walker of Nauset Coast Guard Attempts to Reach Stranded Submarine S-19 c.1925. Clear close press photo shows great detail as Capt. Walker with his Nauset Coast Guard crew attempt to row out through the surf to rescue the crew of submarine S-19, which had stranded on a sandbar off Nauset Heights, Orleans, Mass. Caption on back notes that “Just a few minutes after this photo was taken, Capt. Walker fell out of the boat from exhaustion and had to be hauled in.” On the first rescue attempt, the surf boat turned over, throwing the men into the icy sea. Clinging to the lifeboat, Capt. Walker and his men rode the incoming tide back to shore. On the second attempt, Walker and his men reached the sub. “When we finally got out to her we found the crew snug and comfortable as could be,” Walker recalled. “They didn’t need us. But we had a time launching the boat in that rough water.” However, in an attempt to run a hawser from the S-19 to a Navy tugboat, an errant steering oar knocked the Nauset keeper into the water, but he was rescued by his crew. His doctor ordered him not to make any more attempts to run the hawser. Walker, who replaced Alonzo Bearse as Nauset keeper in 1905, retired in 1926 to his South Eastham home, where he died on Nov. 29, 1954. His memory has lived on in the pages of Henry Beston’s book, “The Outermost House.” As Beston wrote, “My kind friend, Abbott Walker, (was) an expert among surfmen and boatmen, and one of the best liked and most respected men on all Cape Cod.” With a number of cropping marks and enhancements of the surf. Dated January 16, 1925. Photo measures 6” x 8” and includes date and description on back. (VG). $56.

1847. (cabinet photo) Southeast Lighthouse, Block Island, RI c.1890. Clear close circa 1890’s cabinet photo of the Southeast Lighthouse on Block Island (New Shoreham), Rhode Island. Note the visitors standing on the tower gallery, as well as the family’s sheets hanging on the clothesline. No photographer backmark. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Very good, clean, save a 1 ¼” crease and ink stain near top right corner. Excellent detail. (VG). $85.

17183a. Garver, Joseph G. Surveying the Shore: Historic Maps of Coastal Massachusetts, 1600-1930. Commonwealth Editions, 2006. First Edition. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket; Hardcover; 4to 11" - 13" tall; SIGNED by the author on title page. Stated first printing. 205 pages, 88 plates. Bright cover, tight binding. Interior pristine. Crisp jacket with mild rubbing on top edge. If you like maps, or if you like the history of the Massachusetts shore, you'll love this book by Joseph Garver. Eighty-nine map plates are each beautifully reproduced on a single 8x12 inch page, with a facing page(s) that explains the map. Thus the book is not a detailed scholarly account of either the mapmakers or their subject. At the same time, the explanations are concise, elegant, and erudite, with wonderful pearls that explain how the maps came to be made and about what the maps can tell us of the changing history of the towns. It is more cohesive than Mapping Boston, and more accessible than McCorkle's New England in Early Printed Maps. Garvers is the reference librarian of the Harvard Map Collection, and it shows, both in the broad collection of maps he has located from ten different collections, and in the deep knowledge of mapmaking revealed in the text. Since British, French, and Dutch colonists vied for the territory we call New England, cartographers have drawn the region to suit their political and commercial goals. Cartographic historian Joseph G. Garver analyzes and illuminates ninety historic maps, connecting them with key developments in New England history and demonstrating how a community's maps reflect its view of the world. Near fine. (F-). $55.  Sold.

6762-35. United States Light House Establishment Small Brass Light-House Keeper’s Oil Measure. c. 1870-1900. Brass one gill oil measure was used by Keepers of the Light-House Establishment to measure and transfer oil for the lamps. Measure is entirely of brass, and in clean and original condition with few if any marks and no repairs. Measures 3 ¼” high and approx. 2 ½” in diameter. The body of the can is bears the original, distinctive oval stamp:  “U. S. L. H. DEPOT, 3 DIST., LAMP SHOP, STATEN ISLAND , N.Y. ” Also bears original stamping “ U. S. LIGHT-HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT” beneath. Nice patina and will polish up beautifully, one of the best conditions that I have yet found in this rare small size. THIS STYLE OF CAN IS A RARE FIND. (VG+). $1695.

6762-37. U. S. Light-House Establishment Brass Light-House Keeper’s Oil Measure Can. c. 1870-1900.  Brass 1 quart oil can was used by Keepers of the Light-House Establishment to measure and transfer oil for the lamps. Can is entirely of brass, and in original condition, with no repairs. Can measures 6 ¾” high. The body of the can is bears the original, distinctive oval (double) stamp:  “U. S. L. H. DEPOT, 3 DIST., LAMP SHOP, STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.” Also bears original stamping “ U. S. LIGHT-HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT” beneath. This can is one of six sizes used by the Light House Establishment and has a few expected small dents. Can has not been polished in some time but will enhance any display. THIS STYLE OF CAN IS A RARE FIND in a rare size. (VG). $1,795. 

1841. Reiche, Ford S. Halfway Rock Light Station – A Granite Ledge 9.5 NM East of Portland, Maine. Presumpscot Foundation. 2018. 192p. Soft wraps. Illustrated with 240 historic and contemporary photos. Written by Ford S. Reiche, the man who purchased and restored the lonely and once doomed Halfway Rock lighthouse that sits on a rocky outcropping off the rugged coast of Maine. Perched midway across the mouth of Casco Bay on a barren ledge of two acres, Halfway Rock Light Station is a remote, wave-swept beacon, nearly inaccessible and totally exposed to the ravages of Mother Nature. Built in 1871 to guide mariners approaching Portland Harbor, the lighthouse was finally automated in 1976 and thereafter, maintenance was limited to the bare essentials required to keep the light and fog horn functioning. Declared surplus government property in 2014, Halfway Rock Light Station was offered at auction and purchased by Ford Reiche in 2015. In this book, Reiche surveys the historical background of early light stations and chronicles the lives and duties of lighthouse keepers. He then describes the adventure of restoring the property, with compelling “before and after” photos. Thoroughly illustrated and well described, this detailed work makes wonderful reading. Well done! Shipped directly from the author. (M). $30.00 plus $5.00 shipping. (x)

1803. (glass negative) Lighthouse and Fog Signal Trumpet, Massachusetts c.1900. Original 4” x 5" antique glass plate negative shows marvelous detail of the unusual sound director mounted on the fog signal trumpet at Massachusetts Light Station. In some areas fog signals had difficulty penetrating so-called “ghost walk” areas, or such baffles may have been used to shelter the area behind the signal from the penetrating horn’s blast. This may be at Boston’s Long Island Head Light, or one of the cast iron lights on Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard, etc. This glass negative is an original from the collection of Boston globe photographer W.J. Berry and was taken for the press during the early 20th century. Image is clear and close and will make wonderful prints. Glass plate negative has been scanned as a positive to show image detail. (VG+). $88. 

1854. Heglin, Suzan K., Paula The Lighthouse Years. 2005. 338p. Soft wraps. Paula The Lighthouse Years based on a true story. If you were a woman in the 1930's living in a developing, war torn country, your family and friends, your history and culture, limited what you could be. But only your own level of personal courage limited who you were or how far you could go. Paula, the Lighthouse Years, is the true story of Paula, the Estonian mail order bride of an Alaskan Lighthouse keeper. Despite his abuse and near madness, they keep lights along the rugged Alaskan coast in the 1930's, encountering families, foreigners, fools and phantoms. It's the story of one woman's life, but it is also history, adventure, technology, and culture. Paula does not dare hope for love, but love finds Paula in this touching, thrilling, true journey through one woman's life. The lights that she and her husband were stationed at include Point Retreat, Guard Island, and Tree Point. (M). $29. (x)

17178. (lot 11 negatives) Keeper John Albert Throgs Neck Lighthouse Bronx NYC c.1944. Fine set of eleven original negatives show Keeper Albert and the light towers at Throggs Neck. The light station is located on the northeasterly side of Fort Schuyler, southeasterly end of Throgs Neck and on the northerly side of the entrance from Long Island Sound into the East River. This negative lot is from the PM New York City Daily News between 1940 - 1948. Fine condition a vivid, sharp, high quality negative lot. In original sleeve dated December 6, 1944. Will make fine prints. (VG+). Set $34.

1808. (souvenir plate) Rehoboth Beach Life-Saving Station, Delaware c.1900. An exceptionally rare, bright, gilt decorated commemorative plate featuring a beautiful clear, detailed color image of “The U.S. Life Saving Station, Rehoboth Beach, Del.” One of only a few of this station that I have had, this attractive plate has a large 3” full color image of the crew posing with the surfboat on front of the 1876-Type station. This pretty display piece measures 8 ½” in diameter and is enhanced by a decorative scalloped edge. Nice detailed image on the bright white china make a good contrast on this rare item. Marked “Made in Germany .” Quite clean, bright, a beautiful display piece. (F-). $124.

8341-106. (bone dish) United States Coast Guard “U.S.C.G.” Dinnerwarec.1920’s – 1930’s. Scarce, original United States Coast Guard dish in the rare early intertwined “U.S.C.G.” pattern. Dish is back-marked “Lamberton China.”. This pattern was used shortly after the merger in 1915 and mimics the earlier Revenue Cutter Service pattern. Dish measures 5 ½” in diameter and is in excellent condition. Extremely rare pattern. (F-). $165.

8341-105. [cup] United States Coast Guard coffee cup. Scarce original early United States Coast Guard cup manufactured in the early years of the Twentieth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms and at some ‘stag’ stations. Made of heavy white institutional type china, cup is of the earlier pattern with the United States Coast Guard emblem in blue with crossed anchors surrounding Coast Guard shield, no stripes on rim. Bottom labeled "Jackson Vitrified China Made in U.S.A. Falls Creek, Pa. 1942". Attractive piece measures 3 ¾” in diameter. With little if any wear, clean, free of any cracks or major defects, scarce piece. (F-). $66.

27304. U. S. Revenue-Cutter Service. Specifications and Agreement for Repairs on U.S. Revenue Cutter Chase.  GPO. 1895. 9p. Soft wraps. Complete builders specifications for repairs on the Chase including deck fittings and plates, pumps, gangways. Hammocks, awnings, water-closets, cabins and wardroom, magazine and other spaces, masts and spars, sails, painting and much more. Contents quite clean, crisp. Light wear, light toning, a bit brittle. (VG).  $48.

1819. Brigham, Chester. Ten Pound Island: Where the Coast Guard Earned Its Wings. 2018. Whale’s Jaw Pub. 142p. Soft wraps. It was the 1920s, and flapper-age fervor was in high gear in Gloucester, Massachusetts, fueled by illegal booze flowing into every cove and beach from rum row vessels off-shore. Here are tales of the police chief who dressed as a flapper to infiltrate bootleg circles, and of the convicted bootleggers who, after their stay in a federal penitentiary, were welcomed back to town with a reception at the train station, complete with brass band. With local law enforcement outmatched, the Coast Guard set up a cutter station to combat the rum runners. In charge was young Lieutenant Commander C.C. Von Paulsen. This experienced ship's officer did his best with the pursuit boats under his command, but was frustrated that so many fast rum boats still got by. He knew a better way. Not only a seasoned mariner, Von Paulsen was an aviator - one of the first Coast Guard pilots. With encouragement from higher ups but no funding, he scrambled together a makeshift seaplane base in Gloucester harbor, sharing a tiny island with a lighthouse, the lighthouse keeper's family, and a government fish hatchery. He borrowed a bi-wing seaplane from the Navy and, along with Ensign Leonard Melka, they flew a relentless schedule of patrols that year, scanning thousands of miles of coastal waters to spot rum ships and radio his patrol boats to take up the chase. The results convinced hardened sea officers and Washington politicians alike that there was a role for the Coast Guard in the air. Von Paulsen was granted funding and more planes to expand his shoestring operation on Ten Pound Island into the Coast Guard's first permanent air station. Although bootleg whiskey still found its way into Gloucester, the sea lanes were largely cleared of mob-financed hooch delivery ships. The aircraft on the island were then free to concentrate on search and rescue, and on supporting early efforts, daring and sometimes tragic, to fly across the Atlantic. (M). $22.95.

5176LL. Snow, Edward Rowe. GREAT STORMS AND FAMOUS SHIPWRECKS OF THE NEW ENGLAND COAST . Boston . 1943. 1st. ed. 365 pp. Special signed and numbered copy No. 217 of a special autographed first edition on special paper, containing a pasted in fragment of wood from a door on the ill-fated steamer Portland.  Also includes pasted on rear pocket  of this scarce edition are two of the original three maps: Map of the Islands of Boston Harbor, color Map of Romantic Boston Bay and Cape Cod. This Special Updated Edition  also includes 26 page addendum chronicling 1944’s gales and disasters. Illustrated with over 40 b/w photos. Well written account of the many shipwrecks and sea disasters off the New England coast, including the Minot ’s Light Storm, The Portland Gale, the story of the Somerset , Cape Cod and Nantucket shipwrecks, and so much more. As always, includes many accounts of lighthouse and life-saving personnel and operations - Most interesting and quite difficult to find now. Overall clean, tight, in worn dj, some fading to spine, some toning to pages. Some ink enhancement to image on dj. (VG). $138.

1810. Baldwin, Debra & Lighthouse Digest Magazine. Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. Arcadia. 2018. 128p. Soft wraps. With over 200 vintage photographs. Built in 1880, Oregon's Tillamook Rock Lighthouse has had the most notorious reputation of any lighthouse on the Pacific Coast of the United States. Fierce storms regularly catapulted huge boulders through the lantern, with waves that broke over its 136-foot height earning it the modern nickname "Terrible Tilly." It has been described as a pint-sized Alcatraz, and many keepers could not stand its confinement. However, there were some who actually enjoyed it and even came to love it. A rare glimpse of the more pleasant side of daily life on "the Rock" is shown in newly rediscovered historic photographs taken by the keepers who faithfully served there. This important visual legacy serves to temper the horrific view of Terrible Tilly and provides a new perspective: that perhaps an assignment to Tillamook Rock Lighthouse was not so wholly terrible after all. 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. Filled with early views. Thoroughly researched, well done! (M). $23.99.

1859. Ketenheim, Bob. Coast Guard Cutter Taney. Arcadia. 2018. 128p. Soft wraps. With over 200 vintage photographs. The Taney was one of seven Secretary-class cutters built for the US Coast Guard during the Great Depression. Commissioned in 1936, she served continuously for 50 years, including service in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The Taney was in Honolulu during the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941, and participated in the defense of Honolulu and Pearl Harbor. During World War II, she saw service in the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Pacific Ocean. The Taney spent several years on ocean weather station duty in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. Later, she patrolled the East Coast of the United States, performing drug interdiction duties. The Taney is the only surviving ship that was present during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. She was decommissioned in 1986 and has since been a museum ship in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, where she hosts an annual Pearl Harbor commemoration on December 7. This compact volume features numerous early photographs, drawn from the author’s and other private collections, most never before published. Filled with early views. (M). $21.99.

1857. Panayotoff, Theodore J. and Michael R. Pittavino. Lighthouses and Life Saving at Oswego. Arcadia. 2018. 128p. Soft wraps. With over 200 vintage photographs. The oldest freshwater port in the United States is nestled firmly into the southeastern shore of Lake Ontario at Oswego, New York. Since 1822, four lighthouses have guided the mariner's safe passage to shore, and just as those lighthouses stood watch, so did the men and women who manned them. Members of the US Life-Saving Service, Revenue Cutter Service, and Coast Guard followed and remained vigilant in the face of danger, always ready to assist those in distress on the inland sea. Lighthouses and Life Saving at Oswego allows readers to step back in time and explore the iconic landmarks and exemplary individuals that afforded Oswego its commercial prominence for nearly two centuries. 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. Filled with early views. (M). $21.99.

1855. D’Entremont, Jeremy. Wave-Swept Lighthouses of New England. Arcadia. 2018. 128p. Soft wraps. With over 200 vintage photographs. The lighthouse is a pervasive icon in our culture, often used to symbolize positive qualities like faith, guidance, strength, and steadfastness. No structures embody these qualities more than wave-swept lighthouses, which were built to withstand the most extreme forces of wind and ocean waves, often in isolated, rocky locations far offshore. In the United States, the earliest attempts to build wave-swept lighthouses in the 1830s led to several masterpieces of engineering, a few of which are in the New England region. This book primarily focuses on six such structures: Whaleback (Maine), Saddleback Ledge (Maine), Minot’s Ledge (Massachusetts), Halfway Rock (Maine), Graves Ledge (Massachusetts), and Ram Island Ledge (Maine). All of these wave-swept lighthouses stand in rugged testimony to the people who designed and built them, and they also serve to remind us of the struggles and sacrifices of the lighthouse keepers who “kept a good light” for so many years before automation. 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. Filled with early views. (M). $21.99.

1856. Cesari, Cornelia J., Baker Island. Arcadia. 2018. 128p. Soft wraps. With over 200 vintage photographs. Baker Island is a quintessential Maine island, frozen in time. It was settled in 1806 by one family, and the island’s population peaked at about two dozen people in five households at mid-century. The US government made use of the island’s strategic location at the entrance to Frenchman’s Bay with a lighthouse and military facilities. Wealthy, artistic, and academic summer visitors to the region—so-called rusticators—discovered its charm as a day trip destination. However, by 1930, only the lightkeeper’s family remained. Now mostly part of Acadia National Park, these 123 acres are precious to a disproportionate number of people. Every season, visitors flock to the area, scenic tour airplanes fly overhead, and narrated boat tours skirt the shoreline. Park rangers lead interpretive tours almost daily, leaving from Bar Harbor for half-day visits. Each summer, thousands moor their private boats and row ashore—honeymooning, celebrating, and even scattering ashes. Five generations of rusticators have held picnics on the tempestuous south shore’s expansive pink granite surface known as the “Dance Floor.”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. Filled with early views. (M). $21.99.



2345b. (chart) CAPE COD BAY, MASSACHUSETTS #1208. 1942. U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. 1:80,000. 34h” x 44w”. May 1942 (Rev. Aug. 1953). Bright, very large detailed original Coast Survey chart includes all of Cape Cod and Massachusetts Bay from Fourth Cliff and Plymouth, south along the entire coastline of Cape Cod to Hyannis. Chart includes all Coast Guard Lifeboat stations in service at the time from Station No. 30 Gurnet Point to Station No. 42 Chatham (other stations shown as towers but were by this time used for shore patrol only. Also shown are all lighthouses, lightship, 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, tides and currents for the area, and soundings, rules of road, storm warnings, and more. Chart is in good condition, overall clean, only two light original folds, light wear. Rare chart showing early Coast Guard stations. Wonderful for wall display. (VG+).  $168. 

11484c. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard  52' MLB Invincible, CG-52300 c.1935. The first of its class of 52-foot motor lifeboats, boat No. 4000, later named Invincible, was completed in Fiscal Year 1936. The 52-foot motor lifeboat originally designated as "Type F" class was a developmental design. There were only two built, the Invincible and her sister, the Triumph, CG-52301. These craft were given an improved cruising radius over the standard 36-foot class of motor lifeboats, a more powerful engine, and accommodations for crew and for rescued survivors. The 52-footer was not self-bailing or self-righting, but her initial stability was very high. The superstructure, including the wheelhouse, engine-room trunk, companionway, and the survivor compartments were constructed of bronze. The hull was divided into six watertight compartments, any two of which could be flooded and the boat would remain afloat. The watertight bulkheads were made of bronze and both were all welded construction. They were designed by the Coast Guard and both were built at the Coast Guard Yard. Sixty persons could be carried below in their watertight compartments and and additional 100 could be carried on deck, weather permitting. They were not intended to replace the standard 36-foot class of motor lifeboats, but rather were designed to meet the need for a larger, more powerful lifeboat for use at locations with extreme sea conditions. During their time in service, they were the only Coast Guard craft under 100-feet in length that received names.  The Invincible was initially stationed at Sandy Hook, New Jersey, but transferred to Grays Harbor Lifeboat Station in 1941. She was transferred to Coos Bay Lifeboat Station sometime later. 7” x 9”. Dated April 21, 1935. Includes description and credit line on back. Rare view. (VG). $46.

10371t. (photo) Keeper Fanny May Salter, Turkey Point Lighthouse, Maryland c.1945. Clear, close 8” x 10” press photo shows great detail as Keeper Fanny Salter raises a flag at the light station. By 1945, Keeper Salter was the only woman lighthouse keeper remaining in the Coast Guard, having kept her vigilant watch for 20 years since her husband’s death in 1925. Great early detail includes the light tower behind. Dated May 28, 1943. Official Coast Guard photo with credit line and description on back. Superb clear, close view. (VG+) $54.

1838. (photo) Coast Guardsman Burns Coston Signal, Watch Hill, RI c.1927. Clear close press photo shows great detail as the Coast Guardsman at Watch Hill burns his Coston Flare to warn away a ship nearing the shore. Measures 6” x 8”. Includes date and description on back. Dated December 5, 1927. Great view of surfman on patrol. (VG+). $66.

5600c. Floherty, John J. GUARDSMEN OF THE COAST. New York . 1935. 1st. 100pp. 4TO. Youths book presenting the work of the Coast Guard. Well illustrated with official photographs including many of beach apparatus including the matallic life-car., breeches buoy operation, surf-boats, and more. John J. Floherty, was the author of 40 books. Mr. Floherty, was also an artist, a photographer, a former art and editorial director and a former public relations man. He went to sea aboard the Coast Guard cutter Pontchartrain to observe the great hurricane of 1938. To get his stories firsthand, he lived in lighthouses, on lightships, with oil drillers, G men and Secret Service agents. Filled with wonderful period photos. Only light wear though contents clean, tight. Scarce title by this well known author. (VG) $48. 


1446. Assateague Beach Coast Guard Station - Station House, Garage and Boathouse: Historic Structure Report. Assateague Island National Seashore. Cultural Resources, Northeast Region, U.S. Dept. of Interior, National Park Service. 2007. 192p. Soft wraps. The Assateague Beach Coast Guard Station station house, garage, and boathouse are part of the Assateague Island National Seashore (NS). The station house and the garage (the original boathouse) were built in 1922 when U.S. Coast Guard Station 150 was established at the southern end of Assateague Island in Assateague, Virginia. When the boathouse was constructed in 1938- 39 on Tom’s Cove to the north of the station house, the original boathouse was converted to a garage. The Assateague Beach Coast Guard station was decommissioned in 1967, and the same year the site became part of the Assateague Island National Seashore. This draft historic structure report for the Assateague Beach Coast Guard Station structures was prepared for Assateague Island National Seashore by the Building Conservation Branch (BCB) of the National Park Service. Historic Structure Reports provide a valuable foundation for the rehabilitation, restoration, stabilization or reconstruction of historic structures. Such a report is particularly important for finding or fabricating significant missing architectural details and other items that would have been found on such structures, and for documenting the history and changes to such structures over time. This allows one to recapture the appearance of a property at one particular period of its history, removing later additions, or substantially modifying existing historic fabric. In this case, the Assateague Beach Coast Guard Station was studied using evidence present at the site, historical documents found at the National Archives, Life-Saving Service records, logs, reports, letters from the keepers and more. The exterior of the three structures appear much as they did during their 1939-1967 period of significance. Using these and other sources, the authors are able to provide a detailed assessment of how the structure would have looked during the period of interest, and more. The report includes numerous period and current photos and diagrams, architectural plans, and excerpts from Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard books and documents, original specifications, and more for guidance. A most important reference for anyone interested in what the building would have contained and looked like. (M). $44.

2619d. (stereoview) The Southwest Ledge - Ship John Shoal lighthouse, 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. The 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, the first exposition of its kind in the United States , was held to mark the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. More than ten million visitors visited the works of 30,000 exhibitors during its six month run. This important view provides good detail of the Southwest Ledge - Ship John Shoal lighthouse at the Lighthouse Establishment exhibit there. Built to be located at Southwest Ledge in Delaware , it was one of the first of its kind, built on a cylindrical iron foundation, designed to prevent flowing ice from inflicting damage to the foundation. The 45-foot-tall lighthouse is an eight-sided three-story cast iron structure with a Mansard roof covering the top two stories. Atop the tower is an octagonal lantern room surmounted by an ogee octagonal roof. The lighthouse design was deemed such a marvel, that when the superstructure intended for Southwest Ledge was completed, it was put on display at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia , shining its light every night from July 4, 1876 until the close of the exhibition. A keeper lived at the lighthouse, tending the light each night. The displayed superstructure never found its way to Southwest Ledge. An identical structure being built was sent to Southwest Ledge during the Exposition so that construction would not be delayed. After the Exposition, the superstructure on display was sent to Ship John Shoal in Delaware . Clear close view, clean, only very light soiling back. (VG+). $88.

8333r. [stereo view] LIGHT-HOUSE EXHIBIT, U. S. GOVERNMENT BUILDING – TRANSEPT LOOKING SOUTH. International Exhibition 1876. (c.1876). By Centennial Photographic Co. Rare stereo view of the large first-order and other lenses at the Light-House Establishment exhibit at the 1876 International  Exposition. This is an extremely clean, detailed view showing most of the two lenses, and other portions of the electric exhibit. Nice, quite clear, clean view save a bit of ink spotting to margins. (VG). $48.

1807. Boylan, James and Betsy Wade. Stonington's Old Lighthouse and It's Keepers 1840-2013. Stonington Historical Society, 2013. 162p. Soft wraps. The Old Lighthouse Museum on Stonington Point is one of the most popular destinations in the local area. It’s surprising, however, that until recently the record of the lighthouse’s history was incomplete. The Stonington Historical Society, owner of the lighthouse since 1925, commissioned this book, “Stonington’s Old Lighthouse and Its Keepers,” from two well-known editors in the area. A lighthouse had first been put in the area of the borough in 1823, but was rebuilt in 1840 as the lighthouse we know today. At one point, the light was replaced by a beacon on a harbor breakwater where it stood for 50 years while the lighthouse was left to languish. When the historical society bought it and turned it into a local history museum, it was evidently the first such conversion in the country. The building has now served as a museum longer than it did as a lighthouse. The book includes more than 80 illustrations, almost half in their original colors, and was written as an adjunct to recent plans to restore the Old Lighthouse and improve access for the public. Quite interesting. (VG+). $20. 

17177. Adams, Bradley K. Cockspur Island : A Novel of the Coast Guard. 2012. Self published. 444p. Soft wraps. Bradley Adams is twenty-five year veteran of the United States Coast Guard. He has served at numerous Coast Guard units in Georgia, Michigan, Illinois and California, spending eleven years as an Officer in Charge of Coast Guard Small Boat Stations. Set in Savannah, Georgia, "Cockspur Island: A Novel of the Coast Guard" is an original work of fiction from Bradley K. Adams, the first book in the Hank Morgan Series and the first in a series of books that focuses exclusively on the Coast Guard. In the wake of a hurricane, Hank Morgan and his crew discover the remnants of a failed, fatal, drug deal. As the story unfolds, Hank, his crew and their families are pursued by ruthless drug runners who are convinced that the "Coasties" have taken their money. The action, adventure and intrigue ramp up as you, the reader, share in the peril and are left guessing as to Hank's fate and the true holder of the stolen riches. "Cockspur Island: A Novel of the Coast Guard" is a page turning, edge of the seat thriller sure to leave the reader eager for the next chapter in Hank Morgan's career. (M). $27.

1826. Grant, R. G. Sentinels of the Sea: A Miscellany of Lighthouses Past. Thames & Hudson Ltd., 2018. 160p. Stiff wraps. Lighthouses have always unsettled and attracted in equal measure, highlighting the triumphs and failures in humanitys battle with the forces of nature. Taking as its heroes the lighthouses themselves, Sentinels of the Sea describes the engineering genius that allowed their construction on even the smallest of rock outcrops and the innovations that made the lights so powerful and reliable. Intricate, elegant architectural plans and elevations, and evocative period drawings and photographs showcase the innovative designs and technologies behind fifty historic lighthouses built around the world from the 17th to the 20th century. R.G. Grants engaging and authoritative text chronicles the incredible feats of engineering and endurance that brought these iconic, isolated towers into being, the advances in lens technology that made the lights so effective, and the everyday routines of the lighthouse keepers and the heroic rescues that some performed. Packed with extraordinary stories of human endeavour, desperate shipwrecks, builders defying the elements and heroic sea rescues, the book also reveals the isolation and vulnerability of the dedicated lighthouse keepers. Over 400 wonderful color illustrations. Most interesting – well worth the price. (M). $48. (x)

26313b. (burgee – boat pennant) Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport , Rhode Island c.1930’s. Established in 1928, the Ida Lewis Yacht Club, is housed in the original Lime Rock lighthouse where Ida Lewis was to become famous. This burgee (“A small distinguishing pennant flown by a yacht, usually representing the yacht’s home club.”) has a red background and measures 13” at the hoist, and 18” on the fly. The burgee has a red background, with eighteen 1” white stars (8 vertically and 10 horizontally) representing the lives saved by Ida Lewis during her career at Lime Rock Light. In between is a representation of a lighthouse measuring 4 7/8” tall. The pennant is made of cotton muslin, double sided, with the stars and lighthouse stitched on. The hoist has 2 grommets. The tip of the fly is weathered and has been worn away somewhat. Otherwise pennant is crisp and in rather good condition. Hem with Annin Defiance label. A wonderful historical piece and excellent for display. (VG). $145.  Sold.

1851. (photo) Coast Guard CG-36505 Milwaukee Breaks A Path In The Ice c.1953. Clear close press photo shows great detail as the Coast Guardsman from the Milwaukee Station uses motor lifeboat CG-36505 to break a path through the ice. Skim ice had blocked the approaches to the McKinley Beach Coast Guard lifeboat station and, had a cold snap thickened it, might have kept the crews from answering distress calls. Petty Officer Glenn Smith, uses the station’s 36 foot motor lifeboat to smash a route from the station to the harbor entrance channel that the car ferries keep open. Measures 7” x 10”. Includes date and description on back. Dated January 31, 1953. Great close view of motor-lifeboat. (VG+). $44.

1849. (photo) U.S. Life Saving Station, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Clear close press photo shows great detail of the Bibb #3-type station located near the south harbor entrance. Note the “witch’s hat” type lookout and the storm warning tower at left. Photo measures 8” x 10”. Includes date and description on back. This photo was published in June of 1936 when the station was finally replaced with new buildings at McKinley Beach. Note lookout with binoculars on roof walkway. Great close view of station. (VG+). $55.


1816. Holden, William C III. Mark Island – Songs of a Dreamer – Lighthouse Diaries. Self published. 2016. 288p. Soft wraps. Roaring Bull, a ledge awash in only 3 feet of water at mean low tide, lies in eastern Frenchman Bay. When it’s blowing hard from the northwest and a heavy sea is running from the south, the waves strike the shoals, sending the white foam up and billowing back like a bridal train. That particular display of the North Atlantic’s might is just one of the many dramas and memorable moments William C. Holden III experienced while living for much of each year for a decade on Mark Island off the western shore of Winter Harbor on the Schoodic Peninsula. The largely treeless isle also is home to the Winter Harbor Light, which was deactivated in 1933. During his years on the island, Holden poured his energy (and money) into restoring the lighthouse, lighthouse keeper’s house, workshop, oil house, henhouse, outhouse, boathouse, ways and pier. He also read, cooked, painted and even lazed around a bit. All was recorded in a daily diary kept most days. Twelve years after selling the island in 2004, Holden has produced this  book chronicling his decade-long adventure. Filled with the author’s photos, drawings and more as well as numerous excerpts from his detailed logbook. (M). $38. (x)

1829. Collin, David R. Life and Death on Little Ross: The Story of an Island, a Lighthouse and its Keepers. Whittles Publishing. 2017. 240p. Soft wraps. Scotland’s Little Ross is an attractive and unspoiled island and its lighthouse, beautifully designed by the famous Stevenson family, is officially a 'lesser' light, far away from busy sea lanes, at the summit of this remote island. The island was unknown to most people until 1960 when a murder in the lighthouse buildings brought it widespread notoriety, to the grief and consternation of all who were involved. The author was at the island on the day of the murder, and was a witness in the High Court trial that followed. Over the subsequent 57 years, he has repeatedly been asked to tell his story but the 117 years of diligent tending of the light by numerous lighthouse keepers and their families has been largely forgotten. In Life and Death on Little Ross, the author has redressed the balance by telling the story of the island, its lighthouse and its people who lived and worked there including extracts from a detailed diary that has survived from WWI. Also featured are the island's earliest inhabitants, the ships and their crews that came to grief, the case made by concerned local people for a lighthouse to be erected, the political wrangling that frustrated its approval for many years, the lighthouse design, and the eventual construction of the buildings.The story did not end with the murder. The process of automation began immediately after the event and the work of conversion, repair and maintenance, including first-hand accounts by some of the tradesmen is provided. The story of the restoration and conversion of the lighthouse keepers' derelict cottages is one of courage, patience, stamina, skill and resourcefulness which should inspire all of the many people that love wild, beautiful and unspoiled places like Little Ross Island and care about the future of buildings of distinction. Illustrated with period photos. (M). $39. (x)

24104. Haywood, Charles F. EASTWARD THE SEA. Lynn . 1959. 304 p. DJ. A adventure novel about old Salem and Marblehead set in 1803, in the days when their square-rigged ships and rugged Yankee mariners sailed the Seven Seas. (VG). $12.

 24205. Riggs, Doug. KEELHAULED. Newport . 1986. 308 p. DJ. Inscribed by the author. By the time the Australians snatched the America ’s Cup from the New York Yacht Club in 1983, little remained of the spirit of “friendly competition” that  inspired the original Deed of Gift. Herein the author presents a history of unsportsmanlike conduct at the America ’s Cup. (VG+). $12.








Do you know what this early flag is ?

This flag has come with a lot of early flags from the US Revenue Cutter Woodbury (Mahoning) and date from 1860 – 1890. This “1 9 5 9” Flag measures 93 x 56 1/2" and is definitely hand sewn on linen or cotton muslin (?). We would appreciate any help that you can provide to determine the origin and use of this flag design.


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. Perfect for decorating. 

14114. 36-foot Motor Lifeboat. $69

14114b. 36-foot Motor Lifeboat. Inscribed  "To Barry". $44

14115. Breeches Buoy Drill. $69

14115b. Breeches Buoy Drill. Inscribed  "To Barry". $44

14116. Lyle Gun Firing. $69

17156. Boonisar, Richard M. Gurnet Point: A Small Remote Summer Community with a Fascinating History. West Barnstable Press. 2017. 112p. Soft wraps. Gurnet Point is on a point of land at the tip of Duxbury Beach, that extends out from Duxbury and protects Plymouth from the fierce gales. Its first lighthouse was built there in 1768, and in 1806 two Huts of Refuge were erected along the beach by the Massachusetts Humane Society. The first life-saving station was erected at the Gurnet in 1874 following the wreck of Brig “Regulator”. The author has spent summers on the Gurnet since 1939 and brings to this work a wealth of knowledge about the area gleaned from years of research, as well as over 160 early photos from his private collection, nearly all never before published. Includes two wonderfully detailed chapters covering the history of the lighthouses and life-saving stations there. Wonderful reading, well done. (M). $23. (x)

Special Purchase

26114. (Fine art print) The Point Allerton Life Saving Station at Hull, Massachusetts by Donna Elias. 8” x 20”. New, ready to frame print by acclaimed maritime artist Donna Elias presents a wonderful water color-like view of the Bibb #2-Type station built in 1890 on the beach at Nantasket , Massachusetts . Artist Donna Elias began painting for lighthouse prints since the 1980’s. Donna’s lighthouse work continues and today she has completed an astonishing 250 paintings. To accompany her lighthouse collection, she has created “Heroes of the American Coast ”, a series of paintings celebrating the US Lifesaving Service, the forerunner of the Coast Guard, and the sister service of the lighthouse service. Only a hundred or so of these historic structures survive today and the stories of the heroic lifesavers that worked these stations are fascinating. All are in brand new excellent condition. These superb prints regularly retails for up to $15.00 each!  Our price $6.95. (wholesale quantities available)


See the video book trailer for Brilliant Beacons on YouTubehttps://youtu.be/QUgQVFOjX2s

Sale Price $14.95 plus $4.50 media mail. (x)

1601. Dolin, Eric Jay. Brilliant Beacons - A History of the American Lighthouse. 2016. 1st. 448p. Stiff wraps. DJ. 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 $14.95 plus $4.50 media mail.

29325. Karentz, Varoujan. Beavertail Light Station on Conanicut Island. Booksurge. 2008. 242p. Soft wraps. For over 250 years, America’s 3rd oldest lighthouse has stood as a sentinel at the entrance of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay. The author tells the story of technological innovation and federal bureaucratic conflict as four different organizations, beginning in 1749, attempt to improve operations and reliability of the light station there. Woven into this history, the author follows the early slave trade and Colonists who insisted that the lighthouse be built, and describes the work ethics and reporting requirements of the generations of 'Keepers' who tended the light. (M). $47.99. (x)



FG-02. Early Life-saving Line Gun. Heat Transfer Products Company. Recent restoration. $2,900. Reduced $1,995.

FG-03. Early Life-saving Line Gun. D. Kahnweiler's Sons. Was heavily rusted, restored, fresh paint. $2,450. Reduced $1,595.



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.


  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. 



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...


957  [lightship model] Nantucket Lightship No. 112. WAL 534. Again we have found this sought after model of the Nantucket Lightship No. 112, by Lindberg Classic Replicas. This kit #717, copyright 1986, is a 1/95 scale replica and one of only a few ever designed of a U. S. light vessel It is also fairly close to HO railroading scale of 1/87. It likely had its origins as the Pyro and Frog kit of the same subject in the late 50s. Lindberg bought the molds and produced the kit for a few years. It has been sought after for many years since going out of production in the late 1980’s. This is complete and un-built, new old stock and is a perfect way to spend the cold days remaining of winter. This is an exceptional find for you lightship enthusiasts as very few were produced and still fewer have survived. (VG+). $78. Sale Price $24. (no discounts apply)


20272a,b,c. Gleason, Sarah C., KINDLY LIGHTS – A History of the Lighthouses of Southern New England . Boston . 1991. 175p. DJ. A wonderful account of the evolution of a lighthouse system in Southern New England with considerable historic detail on the 98 light stations in the area. Covering the area from Great Captain Island in Connecticut, to Newburyport Harbor Light on the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border, the author weaves tale of Pleasonton, Winslow Lewis and notable others in the evolution a system of lights. Well done and a most worthwhile investment. (VG+).   $15.95. Sale $8.95.

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, NANTUCKET – Their History and Lore. Beverly . 2006. DJ. 244p. With a chapter devoted to each light station, this is surely the most interesting and comprehensive book on the subject. Profusely illustrated with fine early photographs and engravings. The author traces the history of each lighthouse from the beginning, the story of the construction and changes over the years, and of the men and women who lived and worked at the stations. The author’s emphasis on stories of the people who lived and worked in the lighthouses makes this book most enjoyable - readers are infused with a sense of daily life at each lighthouse, while also reading the extraordinary events that make their histories. Wonderful reading and most well done. (F). Published at $36.95. Sale $14.95.

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.


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 “The Lifeboatmen”. Orleans , Mass. 1985. 1st. 128p. Illustrated with numerous photographs. Late in February 1952, a northeaster swept New England with bitter cold, snow and gale force winds. East of Chatham 70-knot winds and 60-foot seas battered merchant vessels as the tankers SS Fort Mercer and SS Pendleton met the full force of the storm. They both broke in two on the morning of February 19th with 84 half-frozen men marooned on the battered hulks. The story of how these men were rescued is retold even today. In the days following the ordeal, twenty-one Coast Guardsmen would be decorated. The men who ventured into 60-foot seas in the little 36-foot CG36500 motor lifeboat to rescue the tanker crews showed what heroism really is. How this all came about, and the story of life at Cape Cod small boat stations in the 1950’s, is a tale well worth reading and a tribute to Coast Guardsmen everywhere.  Wonderful reading. (M).  $44.95.

Special numbered edition with actual wood piece from MLB CG-36500.  $59.95. 



Filled with early images, many from private collections and never before published.

Read 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

Read about the lightship crews and their dangerous missions, guarding the shoals and coastline of Cape Cod

Read about the Momomoy Disaster, in which seven life-savers perished while attempting to rescue the crew of the barge Wadena.

Read about Nauset’s famous “Three Sisters” lighthouses, the only such lighthouse configuration in the country, why they were built and what became of them.

Read about the Chatham lights and why they were moved so often.

Read about the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station, who’s crew rescued 34 persons in the first five years of operation.

Read about the many changes at Race Point Light Station and its renewed importance today


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) 


23299. Southeastern Lighthouses U. S. Commemorative Stamp Packet. Issued June 13th. at Tybee Island , Georgia , the five new lighthouse commemorative stamps include Old Cape Henry, Virginia; Cape Lookout , North Carolina ; Morris Island, South Carolina; Tybee Island , Georgia ; and Hillsboro Inlet , Florida . From Virginia to Florida , these historic beacons have guided uncounted ships along America ’s shores. Commemorative stamp packet includes the following: Full pane of 20 mint commemorative stamps, set of five First Day of Issue cover cancellations, one of each design, and booklet of 20 stamped Postal Cards. (M).  $29.90. (additional postage needed if intending to use for mailing) 

Set 5 First Day of Issue cover cancellations $15

Booklet of 20 stamped Postal Cards using each design $6. 

One remaining:

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 America 's lighthouses and lightships could not have survived. More than 150 years ago the first tender was launched, to be followed by 300 ships of varying design used for lighthouse service-all of which are presented in this thoroughly researched book. Vintage photographs, drawings, plans and statistics illustrate the historic profile of each ship. This long awaited book recognizes these often overlooked ships of the U.S. Lighthouse Service and their important contribution to America 's maritime heritage. 9.5"x9.5", hardbound. 175+ b/w photos and plans. Out of print, difficult to find. As new. (M) $79.95.


New 2nd Edition:

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 America ’s highest quality products, Chelsea Clocks have been presented to heads of state throughout the world. Photographs taken in the White House throughout this century show Chelsea Clocks in settings of distinction. Collectors have long prized them for their quality, beauty, unique design and historic significance. Now in this updated and lengthened second edition, the history of the Chelsea Clock Company has been written and it reads like a contemporary enterprise including mysteries, disasters, near failure and a fascinating collection of characters. Historical photographs, vintage advertisements, as well as illustrations and photographs from old catalogues are included. This updated and expanded second edition also includes: Ten more vintage models added to the Identification Guide to help collectors in identifying seldom seen designs, with color photographs from the finest collections in America, an Alphabetical Index on every movement model developed by the company by date and designated purpose, individual indices that list every clock made for the U.S. Lighthouse Establishment & Service, U.S. Life-Saving Service, and U.S. Revenue Cutter Service by serial number, type, and date of issuance, a new Boston Clock Co. Index of this subsidiary’s manufacture of clocks from 1909 to 1931. With eighty-five more pages of material to assist the collector in identifying factory issued models and their origins, this work will surely be a “must have” for collectors and professionals alike. Andrew and David Demeter have created a remarkable volume complete with lists of serial numbers to aid you in authenticating your piece, and photographs of Chelsea Clock Company’s current staff. In Chelsea Clock Company: The First Hundred Years, the Demeters have once again provided a valuable and sought after resource for collectors and those who appreciate American craftsmanship at its finest. Only 1000 of this second edition have been printed and they will be in great demand! (M). $145. (no discounts apply) 



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