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1602. Webber, Bernie. Into a Raging Sea : My Life and the Pendleton Rescue. 2016. On Cape Publications. 172p. Soft wraps. Into A Raging Sea features the riveting, firsthand account of what is widely regarded as the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history, told by BM1 Bernie Webber. Webber and his crew were awarded the prestigious Gold Lifesaving medal for the miraculous rescue of thirty-two men off the stern of the SS Pendleton with a thirty-six-foot motor lifeboat, in nighttime blizzard conditions, with seas surpassing sixty feet. Made more famous in the recently released book and movie The Finest Hours, the rescue of 32 sailors from the sinking ship caught in a ferocious winter storm is a dramatic tale, but what made this mission so special is that the boat Webber skippered that terrible night was a mere 36 feet in length and the waves were almost twice that size! In Into A Raging Sea, Bernie tells that story, but the book is so much more than that. In these pages you'll read about rescue attempts that did not turn out well, stories of fishermen from a time long past, rescues done with the by-gone technique of the "breeches buoy," humorous anecdotes, and what Cape Cod and its people meant to Bernie. Into a Raging Sea is a story of sacrifice, bravery, disappointment, and challenges. And in the background of Bernie's journey is one constant, the sea. Forward by Michael J. Tougias. (M). $15.95. SALE $10.95.

18102. (framed print) To The Rescue c.1930’s from original painting by Anton Otto Fischer (1882-1962). The print is on paper thick art board and in period ornate carved wooden frame. Print identified in lower right “Anton Otto Fischer Lt. Comdr. U.S.C.G.R.” Paper label on back identifies image as “To The Rescue by Anton Otto Fischer. U.S. Coast Guardsmen pull through heavy seas to rescue the crew of a stricken schooner. The original painting hangs at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.” A seaman first, Anton Otto Fischer (1882-1962) got his start in the art world as a model and general helper for A.B. Frost, later becoming a very popular illustrator for such publications as Harper’s Weekly and later The Saturday Evening Post, painting a great many cover illustrations. He also illustrated Moby Dick, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea and the rare tale "Tugboat Annie." During World War II, Fischer’s affinity for marine painting translated easily to nautically themed propaganda posters. Before long he was honored as artist laureate of the United States Coast Guard. Fischer was sworn in as a lieutenant commander in the Coast Guard Reserve where he served aboard cutters to document the “heroic deeds of the Merchant Mariners and Coast Guardsmen” on canvas. For other examples of his work relating to the struggle of surviving a disaster at sea, see Katrina S. Fischer, Anton Otto Fischer - His Life and Work, Mill Hill Press, Nantucket, Mass., 1984. The piece measures 29 ½” wide and 23” high. Frame has a few spots of damage that can be conserved. The print has one spot where the paper has lifted and a few abrasions but is verall in good condition. Overall would be a wonderful addition to your wall. (VG-). $175. 

21498. (lot 2 cabinet photos) North Scituate Life Saving Station by C.H. Kelly c.1894. Wonderful set of two rare early images of the early 1887  Bibb #2 Type life saving station on the beach at North Scituate, Massachusetts. Original albumen photos measure 5” x 8” each.  Images include: Entire station with boatroom doors open as the keeper and crew stand on the boatramp. Inside can be seen boats suspended from the rafters and the early beach apparatus cart on the floor. Second view includes area residents as they pose on the porch of nearby home with life-saving station behind. Images are clear and close, with only light soiling and edge wear. (VG+). $158. 

22528c. (commemorative dish) c.1900 A remarkable bright commemorative dish featuring a beautiful, detailed b/w image of “Pemaquid Light House, Pemaquid Point, Maine.”. The striking dish measures 6” round and is enhanced by a pretty gilt decorated scalloped rim. Labeled “Made in Germany (for) George Bliss, Waldoboro, Me.” Very clean, no cracks or checks, a very detailed, pretty little piece for your display and a wonderful lighthouse collectible. (VG+). $88.

8109-108. [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 use and is fresh, only light if any use, made of 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” [pre 1966]. Top left corner is white with U. S. eagle and shield, with an arc of 13 stars above. Stamped on hem is “Coast Guard Ensign No. 4”. Mfg. By American Flag Co., New York - Chicago. Wonderful for your display and quite difficult to get these original ensigns. Quite good condition save some areas of mothing. (VG+).  $164.

2630c. (souvenir cup) “Brant Point Lighthouse” Nantucket c.1900. An unusual, bright, decorated octagonal commemorative cup featuring a beautiful detailed b/w  image of the Brant Point Light station on Nantucket. This unusual item is quite attractive and bears a fine, close, detailed image of the early masonry lighthouse tower with attached keeper’s dwelling. Cup is quite bright and distinctive, and measures 2 ¼” in diameter and 2 3/8” high, and is enhanced by a decorative gilt trim around the rim and on the handle. Marked “Made in Germany [for] Phebe E. Clisby Nantucket, Mass.” Clean, no cracks, only light wear to gilding on rim. A very detailed, pretty piece for your display with beautiful detail. (VG+). $128.

18106. (souvenir Mauchlineware napkin  ring) Bakers Island Twin Lights, Beverly, Mass c.1900. Superb, rare wooden Victorian napkin ring features a beautiful b/w lithograph of the two light towers and attached keeper’s dwelling in Salem,Mass. A pretty little piece, the circular napkin ring is of hardwood, varnished and measures 1 ¼” wide x 2” diameter. The pretty, detailed image measures about 1 ¾” oval and is quite nice. The original lights on Baker’s Island went into service on January 3, 1798. The two towers were located on top of a two-story keeper's house, about 40 feet apart at either end of the building. In 1816, one of Baker's Island's twin lights was extinguished and the smaller one was rebuilt, with the new stone tower being three feet shorter than the original lower light. Mariners claimed this made it difficult to distinguish the light from Boston Light, a fact that was proven by an increased number of wrecks. In 1820, the two lights were restored. A new 47-foot tower was built alongside the shorter 1816 tower. Such wooden Victorian era commemorative pieces, known as Mauchlineware, are exceptionally difficult to find and are quite pretty for display. Clean, only very light if any wear. Most Rare! (VG+) $148.

11362g. (photo) U.S. Lightship Ambrose WLV-613 c.1960. Clear, close official Coast Guard photo measures 8” x 10” and shows great detail of the Ambrose Lightship underway to her station guarding New York’s outer harbor. In 1952, the Lightship Ambrose (WLV 613) was commissioned and became the last lightship to mark the Ambrose Channel when she was replaced by a Texas Tower in August 1967. She was reassigned as a relief ship on the Massachusetts coastline from 1967–75, and then renamed Nantucket II when she was reassigned to Nantucket Shoals. Photo is b/w, unusually clear and close view. (F-). $44.

8176-29. 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, little if any wear, and clean as it has been kept protected. Tally letters clear and crisp. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Marked to owner “REICHI F. P. C.  Hat size marked size 7. (VG+). $115.

18101. (mounted photo) Winter Quarter Lightship No. 91 by Hughes Co., c.1908-1934. Striking large mounted photo shows the Winter Quarter Lightship No. 91 underway in the harbor. Winter Quarter station was about 8 ½ miles offshore from Assateague Island (Virginia) and served as a reference mark for coastwise traffic, and for making the approach to Chesapeake Bay from the north. LV-91 served on Winter Quarter station from 1908 to 1934. LV 91 was built in 1908 at Quincy, Ma., and served a number of roles until 1961 when she was decommissioned and sold. The image is quite close and clear and measures 7 ½” x 9 ½” on 12” x 14” mount. Mount marked The Hughes Co., Baltimore. The Hughes Company was a commercial photography studio in Baltimore, MD founded by James F. Hughes, circa 1878. Business was good for Hughes, and the studio thrived into the late 1970’s, producing photographs for corporations, the government, and private individuals. Today many of the Hughes glass and film negatives have been preserved in museum and university collections. Photo and mount have moderate foxing but does not detract greatly. Mount has two broken corners and some edge wear. Overall still a great image and view. (VG-). $124.

SR-554. (ornamental wood) Carved Wood Gilded Eagle c.1940’s. Large cut and carved ornamental eagle said to have hung over a door at the old Amaganset Coast Guard Station. Eagle measures about 19” high by 19” wide and appears to have been cut to shape and then the detail carved. The surface gilded with gold colored paint. Nicely done, a good folkart piece. Piece is intact except the tip of one tail feather has broken off. (VG-). $395. 

18104a. St Augustine Lighthouse. Form No. 30 U. S. Department of Commerce, Light House Establishment. RECEIPT FOR PROPERTY DELIVERED BY SUPPLY VESSEL. Account of Property, etc., Delivered by the Master of the Light-House Supply Vessel …., and Remaining on Hand Prior to Making Deliveries, at the St. Augustine Light-Station, [Florida] on January 19, 1910. Order of Apparatus 1st ; Number of wicks  in burner 5; Characteristic FWV by flashes; ….  Signed by Keeper Peter Rasmusson. Soft wraps. Six-page Form No. 30, Account of Supplies Delivered by the Master of the Light-House Supply Vessel. Each page lists countless items on hand or delivered on this date by the lighthouse tender. Pages include listings of oil, wicks, chimneys, rouge, whiting, towels, buff skins, soap, various brushes, paint and more. Notations by the keeper indicate quantities on hand, delivered and more. 8 ½” x 14”. Listing covers 6 pages and is a must for researchers working to properly furnish your lighthouse or museum exhibit. Keeper Rasmusson would be the longest serving Principal Keeper at St. Augustine, serving 23 years. Intact, overall clean and good condition, light wear.  (VG). $295.

18104b. St Augustine Lighthouse. Form No. 210 U. S. Department of Commerce, Light House Establishment. LIGHT-KEEPER’S LIST OF YEARLY SUPPLIES at the St. Augustine Light-Station, [Florida] on November 1st., 1906. Signed by Keeper Peter Rasmusson. Soft wraps. ten-page Form No. 210, Light-Keeper’s List Of Yearly Supplies. Each page lists countless items on hand during the year and required for next year. Pages include listings of oil, wicks, chimneys, rouge, whiting, towels, buff skins, soap, various brushes, paint and more. Notations by the keeper indicate quantities on hand, and required. 8 ½” x 14”. Listing covers 10 pages and is a must for researchers working to properly furnish your lighthouse or museum exhibit. Keeper Rasmusson would be the longest serving Principal Keeper at St. Augustine, serving 23 years. Without wraps, intact, light soiling, light wear, still good. (VG-). $245.

1899. (mounted photo) Dutch Island Lighthouse, Jamestown, Rhode Island c.1900. Rare clear, close mounted photo of the light station on the south end of Dutch Island off Jamestown, Rhode Island. On January 1, 1827, a light station was established on Dutch Island to mark the west passage of Narragansett Bay and to aid vessels entering Dutch Island Harbor. The 42-foot brick tower and keeper's house shown in this image were the second at this station, constructed for $4,000 in 1857, and fitted with a fourth-order Fresnel lens showing a fixed white light. Note the many summer visitors around the station. The image is clear and close, only very light soiling. Some chipping to corners of mount. Overall 8” x 10”. (VG). $78.

 

Special Purchase Edward Rowe Snow at greatly reduced prices:

21149m. Snow, Edward Rowe. COLUMNS IN THE PATRIOT LEDGER. c. 1970. 28p. Soft wraps. Scarce edition with yellow wraps. Pamphlet published by Mr. Snow, puts together facsimile reproductions of 26 of his column “Sea and Shore Gleanings” that was a regular feature in the Patriot Ledger newspaper. Filled with New England maritime lore and legend, Snow’s articles make great reading. Light wear, some soiling, spots to wraps. (VG-). $8.

692-2. Snow, Edward Rowe. NEW ENGLAND SEA DRAMA. Boston . May 1953. Eighth printing. 62 pp. Soft wraps. This is one of Snow’s scarcer editions. Many nice lighthouse photographs and information as well as history of many of the harbor islands and forts, shipwrecks and rescues. A rare form of this hard to find book. Contents clean, tight, soft wraps with light wear, light toning and soiling. (VG). $18.

23352c. Snow, Edward Rowe. UNSOLVED MYSTERIES OF SEA AND SHORE. London , Redman. 1964. 1st. Redman ed. 276pp. DJ. Autographed by the author. Illustrated with a few photos and drawings. Twenty four thrilling accounts of riddles to which the answers may be forever lost in their ocean tombs. In chapters such as Mysteries of the Everglades, Maine Treasure Hoard, Fire on the Bombay , Derelict, Island of Lost Ships , are tales of the violence of man and nature, of watery graves and hidden treasure. Absorbing reading by New England ’s master story teller. Clean, crisp, tight, tape remnants on front cover, still a nice copy. Scarce Redman edition (VG+). $28.

6612m. Snow, Edward Rowe. TRUE TALES OF BURIED TREASURE. New York . 1951. 2nd. 272pp. Illustrated with photos, maps and drawings. A book of buried treasure - from Oak Island, Nova Scotia to Bermuda, to his account of the treasure ship Whidah [since discovered off Wellfleet, Mass.] to the discovery by the author of treasure so unusual that it was reported in Time Magazine and Readers Digest in 1945. Contents quite clean, tight, soiling to wraps and endpapers foxed, soiled. (VG-). $16. 

4738q. Snow, Edward Rowe. CRUISING THE MASSACHUSETTS COAST . Boston . 1945. 1st. 64 pp. Staple bound. Sail the Massachusetts Coast with Snow, who tells of the ports and wrecks, light-stations and forts as only he can. With wonderful detail and scarce nautical facts and lore. This edition did not come with the Map of the New England Coast in 1790. Illustrated with wonderful photos of the lights and forts, keepers and lightships, and much more. A good copy, contents clean, tight, some chipping and pen marking to wraps. Very scarce edition. (G+). $16.

4738p. Snow, Edward Rowe. CRUISING THE MASSACHUSETTS COAST . Boston . 1945. 64 pp. Spiral bound. With tipped in map of The Massachusetts Coast Compiled by Samuel Lewis 1790. Sail the Massachusetts Coast with Snow, who tells of the ports and wrecks, light-stations and forts as only he can. With wonderful detail and scarce nautical facts and lore. Complete with folding map of the New England Coast in 1790. Illustrated with wonderful photos of the lights and forts, keepers and lightships, and much more. A good copy, contents clean but light wear, some wear and soiling to wraps. Quite scarce. (VG-). $22.

6338x. Snow, Edward Rowe. THE ROMANCE OF BOSTON BAY . Boston , 1944 . 1st. 319 pp.  Come with the author on a journey to the most romantic and historical sea coast in America, that of Boston Bay. In his usual entertaining style, Mr. Snow tells of the countless lighthouses, islands and forts of the area. Facts and unusual stories of the Boston Bay area fill this interesting account. Contents overall clean,  tight, light toning in lightly worn wraps, wear and spotting to spine.  (G+) $16.

5176mm. Snow, Edward Rowe. GREAT STORMS AND FAMOUS SHIPWRECKS OF THE NEW ENGLAND COAST . Boston . 3rd. April 1946. 365 pp. 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. Clean, tight, sound. Excellent reading copy and an affordable price. (VG). $12.

SR-558. GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS CLEAR. Beautiful clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and other Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners, electric, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 8 ¾” – 8 5/8”, inside diameter range from 7 ¾” - 8 1/8” and height of 8 5/16”. Lens is one piece, prism intact, clean, only a few small chips. Lens is marked “Perkins ML & HD Corp, Bklyn. N.Y. Group A 360 Perko Mould No. 38”. A great piece, perfect to repair your lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 11.5 lbs. (VG+). $240.

1894. (photo) Coast Guard Surfman on Watch Inside Tower c.1940. Clear, close original 8” x 10” press photo shows great detail as Surfman Roger Wiesner, on duty for a two hour shift in the watch tower, looks to sea for vessels in distress. Photo provides great detail of the arrangement in the watch tower during this period. Visible are the tower log book, barometer (Navy), PA system, telephone, alarm button and more. Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Dated March 17, 1940. Clear and close view. Rare. (VG+). $74. Sold.

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26104f. [life ring] Orange Life Ring , U. S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat CG-44341 Fire Island Station.  29 inch orange foam ring from the U. S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat CG-44341 at the Fire Island Station. The CG-44318 was a Coast Guard 44-foot Motor Life Boat which was built in Curtis Bay, Md. and saw service at Station Fire Island for its career. Ring is lettered “USCG FIRE ISLAND 44341” and is intact and complete with 100 foot rope. Light expected wear, but overall great for display. (VG). $245.

20274k. [silver service] U.S. Coast Guard Cream Pitcher. 4 ½” high. This beautiful United States Coast Guard silver plate piece was for use in the Officer’s Mess and is of expected high quality construction and added to a most elegant table. Piece is of heavy weight silver plate by International Silver Co. and shows a high degree of quality workmanship. Piece is marked with a U.S. 13 star crest, with “U.S.C.G.” above. Marked “International Silver Co., [Silver Soldered]  0892  16oz ” A beautiful piece. (VG+) $165.

 8341-107. [butter plate] United States Revenue Cutter Service “U.S.R.C.S.” c.1900. Dinnerware. Scarce, original United States Revenue Cutter Service butter plate in the rare later intertwined  “U.S.R.C.S.” pattern. This pattern is one of the two the later pattern used just before the service was combined with the Life Saving Service to form the Coast Guard. The pattern is done in rust and green, and consists of one green stripe around the perimeter bordered by two thin rust stripes. Beneath, in a green shield, are the letters “USRCS” in an intertwining pattern. This pattern would be continued into the early Coast Guard with only the letters changed to “USCG”. Plate is quite attractive, with little if any expected wear, free of any cracks or major defects. Piece is back-marked “M China L”. There are no other markings visible. Piece is in superb condition, complete, no chips, in wonderful condition. Measures 5 5/8” in diameter. An extremely rare pattern. (F-). $195. Sold.

 

1891. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Violet WAGL-250 c.1951. Clear, close original 7” x 10” press photo shows great detail of the Coast Guard Buoy Tender Violet working buoys along the mid-Atlantic coastal area. The Violet was the lead ship of the class, built to replace the LHT Holly. She was decommissioned and sold in 1962. Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Dated January 17, 1951. Clear and close view. (VG+). $34.

1890. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard 45-Foot Buoy Boat CG-45303 D at Menasha, Wisc. c.1961. Clear, close original 7” x 10” press photo shows great detail of the Coast Guard 45-foot Buoy boat at Menasha, Wisconsin. The 45-foot buoy boats (45302 thru 45316) were built by the Coast Guard Yard at Curtis bay to operate in sheltered areas of relatively shallow water. They have a hydraulically powered A-frame for hoisting buoys and weights over the bow with a 4,000-lb capacity. Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Dated October 9, 1961. Clear and close view. Crop marks upper margin. Rare photo. (VG+). $44.

1889. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station, North Manitou Island, Michigan c.1910. Wonderful detailed view of the 1875 Clipped-gable Type station guarding  Lake Michigan. Note the surfman on the lookout tower. Great detail includes the station details as well as the two large flag towers. Photo is clear, good detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $124.

1893. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service, Loading Surfboat on Carriage c.1908. Wonderful detailed view shows Oregon life-savers as they load the surfboat onto the boat carriage. Good detail of the operation. Photo is clear, good detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Postmarked Portland, Ore. 1908. (VG+). $54.

1892. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Wolcott After Sinking Schooner “I’m Alone” c.1929. Clear close press photo shows great detail of the cutter in the days following the sinking of the schooner “I’m Alone” after a spirited chase off the New Orleans Bar. The Cutters Dexter and Wolcott were forced to fire on the schooner “I’m Alone” when their captain refused to surrender or allow the cutters’ officers to board and search the vessel. The “I’m Alone” was a notorious smuggling vessel, having been engaged in smuggling liquor into the United States for several years. Until the latter part of 1928, the I’m Alone operated on the New England Coast and had caused the Coast Guard forces a great deal of trouble. The commanding officer of the Dexter spoke to the master of the I’m Alone through a megaphone and informed him that the I’m Alone would be sunk unless it obeyed the command to stop. Warning shots were fired ahead and when the vessel did not stop, the Dexter fired through the riggings and later put a dozen shots into the hull of the I’m Alone. The sea was too rough to permit the I’m Alone to be boarded and seized by force and the furthermore the master of the I’m Alone waved a revolver in a threatening manner indicating that he would resist forcibly any attempt to board his vessel. The I’m Alone sank at 9:05 a.m. on March 22. The Coast Guard vessels picked up the members of the crew of the I’m Alone with the exception of one person who was drowned. When the body of this seaman was taken from the water, the members of the Coast Guard worked more than two and one-half hours in an attempt to resuscitate him but without avail. On January 5th 1935 the International Commission concluded that although the I’m Alone’s business at the time she sunk was unlawful, the action taken by the Coast Guard was unlawful too. The U.S. Government apologized to the Canadian government and paid $25,000 as a token of regret. Measures 7” x 10”. Dated March 26, 1929. Includes description on back. (VG+). $44.

1896. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Station, Grand Marias, Michigan c.1980. Clear, close original 7” x 10” press photo shows great detail of the Coast Guard station at Grand Marias, at a time when the Coast Guard had proposed to close the station. USCG Station Grand Marais opened in 1938 and closed in 1981. The National Park Service began using the station as a ranger station, seasonal residence and maritime museum in 1985. In 2006, the maritime museum was closed and the exhibits moved to the Au Sable Light Station for display. Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Dated November 10, 1980. Clear and close view. (VG+). $32.

13431m. (photo) Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Stern Section Wallows in the Sea. February 18-19, 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of the stern section of the doomed SS Fort Mercer following her splitting in two in heavy seas. Crewmen of CGC Yakutat, fighting against time and the clutches of the rough seas, struggled to remove survivors from the fast sinking bow section of the tanker SS Fort Mercer by means of rubber life rafts attached to life lines. 18 crewmen were rescued from the broken tanker Fort Mercer off Chatham in this fierce northeast storm. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Dated February 19, 1952. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $44.

13431L. (photo) Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Bow Section Wallows in the Sea. February 18-19, 1952. Clear, close, original 5” x 8” press photo shows excellent detail of the bow section of the doomed SS Fort Mercer following her splitting in two in heavy seas. Crewmen of CGC Yakutat, fighting against time and the clutches of the rough seas, struggled to remove survivors from the fast sinking bow section of the tanker SS Fort Mercer by means of rubber life rafts attached to life lines. 18 crewmen were rescued from the broken tanker Fort Mercer off Chatham in this fierce northeast storm. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Dated February 19, 1952. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $44.

13431n. (photo) Crewmen of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Rescued by Men of CGC Yakutat. February 18-19, 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 8” press photo shows excellent detail as crewmen of CGC Yakutat, fighting against time and the clutches of the rough seas, struggle to remove survivors from the fast sinking bow section of the tanker SS Fort Mercer by means of rubber life rafts attached to life lines. 18 crewmen were rescued from the broken tanker Fort Mercer off Chatham in this fierce northeast storm. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $44.

1895. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station, Cape May, New Jersey. H.A.B.S. photo. 8” x 11”. The Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections are dedicated to preserving America’s architectural history by gathering a diverse range of historic photographs and architectural designs of buildings throughout the country. This clear, close photo provides great detail of the modified 1876-Type Cape May Life-Saving Station. The station was built for the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition and after was moved to Cape May, New Jersey where it guarded the New Jersey entrance to Delaware Bay. Clear and close view, digital print. (F-). $38.

20358. Crowley, Jim. LIGHTHOUSES OF NEW YORK – Greater New York Harbor, Hudson River and Long Island. Saugerties. 2000. 128p. Soft wraps. Illustrated with 60 photographs. At last - all the lighthouses, light towers and light ships of the Hudson River, New York/New Jersey Harbor and Long Island, including Long Island Sound, are collected in one book. Author Jim Crowley, a professional photographer and avid lighthouse fan, photographed the lighthouses and collected their history and interesting facts in this comprehensive tour of New York's sentinels. Each of the existing 45 lights is represented in a full-page photo which faces a page of descriptive text, and additional archive photos were used to illustrate their changes over the years. Complete access and contact information is provided for those who are more than "armchair travelers" and wish to view and/or visit these historic landmarks. Rounding out the book is a section of illustrated lighthouse history and lore, covering the origins and early life saving techniques used by the forerunner of the United States Coast Guard. The famous, the hidden and the long-forgotten . . . all gathered in this beautiful oversized maritime history of New York State lighthouses. (M). $15.95.

1888. (photo) New U.S. Coast Guard Station, Two Rivers, Wisconsin c.1941. Clear, close original 7” x 9 ¾” press photo shows great detail of the new Two Rovers Coast Guard Lifeboat Station as it was nearing completion. The U.S. Life Saving Service came to Two Rivers, WI in 1880. The current building was built in 1940, after the original building was moved downtown to serve as a VFW Post. During World War II, the Two Rivers facility served as a boot camp and a Marine and Boating Safety officer was attached to the station in the 1960s. Due to budgetary reasons, the station was closed in the early 1980s, but was reopened after the station building was renovated in 1987. Photo is b/w and includes credit line and description on back. Dated April 26, 1941. Clear and close view. (VG+). $54.

1885. (framed photo) Bishop and Clerk's Lighthouse off Hyannis c.1946. This is an original period black and white photograph, nicely framed, of the Bishop and Clerk's Lighthouse (1858-1952) off Hyannis c.1946. This piece is quite striking, with a bold, detailed image of the tall granite light and attached fog bell tower perched on the rocky shoal off Hyannis in Nantucket Sound. This is one of the few good images of this rare lighthouse that I have found this striking piece measures overall 7 5/8" wide by 9 5/8" in height and is in original period frame by Joseph Horne Co framing and is dated 1946. Bishop and Clerks Lighthouse once marked the remains of a large reef just south of Hyannis Harbor. In the1850s, Congress approved funds for a tower here, and the light was lit in 1858. The granite tower stood 59 feet above the water and boasted a distinctive wooden bell tower. In 1928 the light was deemed unnecessary and in 1952 was dynamited by the Coast Guard. (VG+). $115.

1887. (cabinet photo) White Island - Isles of Shoals Lighthouse c.1900 by L.V. Newell & Co., Portsmouth, N.H. Early cabinet photo shows great detail of the lighthouse and long walkway on White Island. The Isles of Shoals, a cluster of nine islands located several miles off the seacoast of New Hampshire, were described by Robert Thayer Sterling in Maine Lighthouses and the Men Who Keep Them as "a low lying group apparently composed of masses of tumbled granite bleached white by the unceasing beating of the storm king and the glare of the blazing sun." The islands were frequented by European fishermen for years before the first lighthouse built on White Island in 1820. In the 1930’s, Keeper Laighton's daughter, Celia, later gained widespread fame as Celia Thaxter, poet and author. In her 1930 book, Among the Isles of Shoals, she described the family's arrival and life White Island Lighthouse. Photo is clean and clear, providing great detail. Photo measures 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Clean, clear, only light edge wear. (VG+). $68

24224. Jones, Tristan. THE INCREDIBLE VOYAGE – A Personal Odyssey. Kansas City . 1977. 391 p. DJ. Born at sea, the author’s entire life has been measured in latitude and degrees and he has logged more miles at sea than any known sailor in the world. In this his personal odyssey, Jones sailed his small craft on a voyage of six years covering twice the circumference of the earth. (VG+). $10.

24271. Lane, Ferdinand C., THE MYSTERIOUS SEA. New York . 1947. 345 p. DJ. Filled with thousands of believe-it-or-not facts, here is a book which tells everything a reader could possibly want to know about the sea. Includes mutineers and pirates, the romance of charts, strange islands and more. (VG-). $6.

24299. Morison, Samuel Eliot. ADMIRAL OF THE OCEAN SEA – A Life of Christopher Columbus. Boston. 1942. 680 p. DJ. The story of the greatest sailor of them all, "Admiral of the Ocean Sea" is a vivid and definitive biography of Columbus that details all of his voyages that, for better or worse, changed the world. This remains the standard English-language work on the four voyages of the “Admiral”, and it reigns supreme over all other Great Explorer books as the one tome which is doubly literate - both well written and fully conversant in sailing lore. (VG-).  $14.

14251. ("tramp art") Life-Saving Service Surfman’s Hanging Necessities Holder Branded "U.S.L.S.S." c.1900. Rare hand carved holder was probably for a surfman’s razor and other hygiene necessities. This type of art is referred to as Tramp art, a true American folk art. Whittling was for men what quilting was for women during long winter evenings in the country back at the turn of the century. While the women painstakingly pieced together little fabric remnants to make comfy quilts, men might take apart and carve cigar boxes and fruit crates with penknives, creating one-of-a-kind, chipped or carved wood novelties. You name it, the men created it--picture frames, clock cases, birdhouses, furniture, etc. This craft became known as "tramp art" because early collectors mistakenly thought vagabonds or tramps had made the quirky wood objects during their travels. But nothing could be further from the truth, according to author Clifford Wallach, co-author of "Tramp Art: One Notch at a Time," which profiles individual whittlers. Tramp or hobo culture evolved over the decades between the Civil War and the Second World War. These men traveled across the country, usually by rail, looking for work, but they were not without skills, and they were not bums. Wallach noted that “Tramp art became an important art movement in regard to the artistic legacy of the common man who produced art not in the schools or workshops that taught or produced art, but in their homes. Tramp art defines folk art in its purest sense. It was a way for individuals without any formal art training to express themselves in the simplest way, by chip carving a piece of wood. Tramp art is the art of textured simplicity as men, women and children took their pocketknives to wood and carved a legacy from the heart for all of us to enjoy and celebrate.” Surfmen too had much free time and such endeavors likely flourished in many stations, although few remain and fewer still were marked as this piece is. Piece measures 15” high by 9” wide and includes a box to hold the owners supplies and a small mirror in which to see while shaving, etc. The back is branded “US. L SS” in 5/8” letters. The side molding is grooved and likely the surfman’s favorite family photo was mounted below the mirror. This is a rare piece and valuable both to collectors of Life-Saving Service artifacts as well as collectors of American folk art. Well done, rare item. (VG). $425. Reduced $325.

11125. (photo) Lighthouse Keeper Poses With His Family c.1890. Great detail in this rare early image. The keeper stands against a stone wall in the foreground with his wife, and child holding her doll. Beside them stands a young man holding his bicycle. Behind them can be seen the keeper’s well kept home. The keeper’s hat insignia and a few buttons can be clearly seen. Believe this to be a southern New England lighthouse keeper. Photo is large, measuring 7” x 10” and is in original 12 ½” x 15 ½” oak frame. Photo was re-matted in the 1990’s with a double mat. Unusually large, rare early image. Very light foxing. (VG). $225. Reduced $175.

29153. (aerial photo) Chatham and Monomoy South to Nantucket by Kelsey Airviews, Chatham, Mass c.1960-1970’s. Lovely full color aerial photo Looks south from Chatham, across North and South Monomoy with Nantucket and Great Point visible in the distance. Great view includes much of Chatham Harbor, Stage Harbor and all of Monomoy. Kelsey Airviews operated out of Chatham by Richard Kelsey, a well known portrait, wedding and aerial photographer serving the Cape for 40 years! A fellow photographer once noted in an interview that Kelsey held the flying stick between his legs to get the plane tilting the way he wanted it to go. Photo measures 8” x 10” with original mat and signed “Kelsey Airviews 78-724-40c.”, mounted in metal frame. Light soiling to mat. A striking view. (VG). $78. Reduced $48.

13431k. (photo) Crewmen of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Await Rescue by Men of CGC Yakutat. February 18-19, 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 6 ½” press photo shows good detail as crewmen aboard the SS Fort Mercer await rescue by crewmen of CGC Yakutat, fighting against time and the clutches of the rough seas, struggle to remove the survivors from the fast sinking stern section of the tanker SS Fort Mercer. 18 crewmen were rescued from the broken tanker Fort Mercer off Chatham in this fierce northeast storm. Photo is b/w and includes date. Dated February 19, 1952. Clear, close view, good detail, some staining. (VG). $44.

1883. (photo) Long Tail Point Lighthouse, Green Bay, Wisc. c.1968. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows great detail of the old lighthouse on a crib at the end of Long Tail Point as a Coast Guardsman works to put the light back into operation signaling the opening of navigation. The Lighthouse was automated in 1936. In 1973 the Lighthouse was lost to a storm, reportedly with 75 mph winds and 12 foot waves. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated April 30, 1968. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $44.

1884. (photo) U. S. Coast Guard Station Crew c.1920's. Clear, close, original 4” x 6” photo shows great detail as a station crew poses on the porch for the camera. The crew of seven include the Petty Officer Station Keeper. Worthwhile view provides good detail of the uniforms. Interestingly, there is a Public Telephone Station on the station porch. Clean, close. (VG+). $48.

1882. Stefano, Frank Jr., Pictorial Souvenirs & Commemoratives of North America. E.P. Dutton. 1976. DJ. 148p. A good early guide to the background and manufacturers of ceramic, glass, and metal souvenir collectibles, including world's fair souvenirs, along with an in-depth analysis and descriptions. Clean, crisp, in chipped dj. (VG+). $19

 

1879. (souvenir dresser or pin jar) Chatham Life Saving Station, Cape Cod c.1900. Most unusual and attractive covered dish or jar features the Chatham Life Saving station southwest of Chatham Lighthouse on a bold 5” diameter jar. This early piece is quite striking and is enhanced by a decorative edge with bright gilt border. Marked “Made in Germany for H.W. Hamilton & Co.. Chatham, Mass.” Nicely detailed is the Expanded Red House-Type station built in 1872 and expanded in 1888. Jar is clean, bright, with virtually no wear – pristine condition and is a striking example of this type of souvenir china. An unusually bright, bold piece for display and an exceptionally rare form. (F-). $225.

1877. (photo) Aerial Photo Nauset / Coast Guard Beach in Eastham Massachusetts Cape Cod c.1972. Original glossy 1972 aerial photograph of Nauset /Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, Massachusetts looking south from the Coast Guard station parking lot entrance. This photo measures about 9" x 9" and is in good condition with only light edge wear. This photo image is crisp, completely in focus from edge to edge. This aerial photograph provides wonderful view of Nauset Beach shortly before the great storm of 1978 washed out the entire parking lot, including the restroom structures, into the sea. Great detail includes the many camps along the beach to the south including Henry Beston’s cottage “The Fo’Castle”. Henry Beston spent a year in this cottage in the 1920’s, writing of life and nature on the outer beach. His book, The Outermost House, was published in 1929 and has become a classic in modern literature. After the 1978 storm, the roadway leading to the station had to be moved west to re-connect with the station. Superb image, great for framing. Dated August 2, 1972. (VG+). $44.

1868. (photo) Coast Guard Breeches Buoy Rescue Wreck SS Columbia off Coos Bay, Oregon c.1924. Rare early photo on postcard paper shows great detail of a seaman being brought ashore from the wreck of the SS Columbia off Coos Bay, Oregon. The steel-hulled steamer Columbia operated under charter in freight and passenger service by the Mc-Cormick Steamship Company between Portland, Marshfield, Eureka and San Francisco, struck the north jetty at Coos Bay, Oregon on February 17, 1924. The passengers and crew were removed safely by the Coast Guard using breeches buoy. The wrecking steamer Homer attempted to salvaga the vessel following the safe removal of passengers and crew, but she soon broke in two amidships, her cargo floating out of the broken hull. Rare view, great early detail of breeches buoy, 3 ½” x 5” on postcard paper. c.1924. Only very light soiling. (VG+). $44.

What are These ?? Are they from England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, etc ?? Reproduction ? Age ??

SR-553. (Coast Guard station folder for drill purposes) International Code of Signals, Service Flags, Merchant Flags , House Flags, Signals, etc. c.1934. Folder made up of flags used for signal drill at Coast Guard station. This folder was made up and used at a Long Island Coast Guard station for signal drill. It includes color plates from a number of official sources stapled inside as references for the drills. Dated in pen June 26, 1934. Interesting piece. Moderate wear. (VG-). $34.

 

6762-38. United States Light House Establishment Lighthouse Lamp Feeder / Oil Filling Can c.1880. Scarce, original, early United States Light House Establishment brass oil can is in excellent and complete condition. The bottom of the can bears the marking “ U. S. LIGHTHOUSE ESTABLISHMENT” and the distinctive oval stamp:  “U. S. L. H. DEPOT, 3 DIST., LAMP SHOP, STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.” Brass lamp feeder is complete including both caps, each with attachment chain, and both handles. There are no repairs and no dents other than 3 or 4 insignificant small dents. Base measures 7” diameter. Overall height 6 ½”. Overall diameter approx. 11 ½”. Early patina but will polish nicely if you should desire. A fine example of this scarce sought after standard of the Light House Establishment for your display. (VG+). $1,895. 

 

24102J. United States Life Saving Service / Coast Guard Beach Apparatus Hawser Cutter. After a shipwrecked crew was landed from a stranded vessel, it would be necessary to release the large hawser from the vessel so that it could be used again. In this case, the hawser cutter would be used. The cutter is hinged and would be closed around the hawser with the white painted end on the inshore side. The whip was then tied to the cutter and with it pulled back toward the wreck. Once as close to the wreck as possible, the hauling in whip would be pulled, closing the knives in the cutter and severing the hawser. The hawser, cutter and whips could then be pulled ashore. Cutter is in wonderful condition, with original two-color finish still visible although well worn, complete with 3 of the 4 original operating ropes. Knives intact, includes hand forged locking pin. Unit is in good working order. Unit is not marked (many were not). This is an extremely difficult to find piece from the beach apparatus cart. Condition is very good and this will make an important addition to your collection. Exceptionally scarce, and simply a must if you have a Lyle gun or beach apparatus, or to complete your collection or exhibit. Because we purchased this “right”, we are offering it at a greatly reduced price. (VG-). (Regularly $1,495 - $1,695.) Sale price $1,045. Reduced $985. (no discounts may be applied). 

 

D&D Lines - United States Lighthouse Service Logo Reproduction Dinnerware. Long ago discontinued, this wonderful quality china is much sought after. We find a few pieces now and then. 

2566-70. Lighthouse Service Sugar Bowl $84. 

2566-69. Lighthouse Service Sugar Creamer  $84. 

Set Creamer & Sugar $148.

 

8458. [model kit] U. S. Coast Guard 36-Foot Motor Lifeboat. c.1989. Complete unassembled plastic model kit by Glencoe Models reproduces this renown rescue craft in splendid detail, including all decals and three scale figures. This sturdy craft has been responsible for the rescue of hundreds of seamen and now you can build one for display on your shelves too. This is a High Quality, injection molded plastic, made in the USA Coast Guard Rescue Boat Model Kit - 1/48 scale including three figures. This is a Hard to find Glencoe Model, known and respected by model collectors and aficionados world wide. Award Winning unique model made from the highest quality materials. Certain to create hours of excitement for any model enthusiast. 1/48 scale, unassembled kit. Includes new decal set for CG-36500. (M).  $24.98.

1875. US Mint Sheet Coast Guard Armed Forces Series 3¢ Scott #936 c.1945. Full original mint sheet features fifty Coast Guard Armed Forces Series stamps. Issue date was November 10, 1945. U.S. #936 commemorates the role of the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II. The bright blue green stamp pictures two coast guard landing craft with a supply ship in the background. (VG+) $14.

  

10413. (lithograph printing plate) Steamship SS Portland c.1890’s. The Portland ran from Boston to Portland, Maine from 1895 until 1898, when she was lost with all hands in what became known as the Great Portland Gale. The plate consists of a copper plate applied to heavy lignum vitae wood. Lignum vitae is hard and durable, and is the densest wood traded; it will easily sink in water. The block measures 6 ½” x 10” by 1” thick. Engraved into the copper plate is a detailed reverse image of the SS Portland underway. Image is signed “Blanchard”. Included with the printing plate is an original printed image made from this plate, on 9” x 12” paper. The side-wheel steamship 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 Portland's loss was New England's greatest steamship disaster prior to the year 1900. The wooden-hulled paddle wheel steamship measured 291 feet in total length with a maximum breadth of 68 feet. Built in 1889 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 Portland connected Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Maine for the Portland Steam Packet Company (later renamed the Portland Steamship Company) without much notoriety. Portland carried thousands of passengers and tons of cargo along the New England coast and earned the reputation as a safe and dependable steamer. A wonderful Portland collectible. (VG+). $195.

889. Williams, Lawrence W., A COLLECTORS GUIDE TO SOUVENIR CHINA – Keepsakes of a Golden Era, Identification and Value Guide. Paducah , KY. 1998. 232p. Soft wraps. Completely illustrated with over 500 color photographs. A hundred years ago, souvenir china was all the rage in the US . For the first time this well known expert from Chatham , Mass. presents a complete guide to the background and manufacturers, along with an in-depth analysis, descriptions, and current values. For those of you who have been collection lighthouse and life-saving commemorative pieces, or who would like to collect pieces from your hometown, this is a most valuable reference. Wonderful reading, with over 500 beautiful, clear color photographs of every type and style, manufacturer’s marks and details. (M). $32.95

 

4705c. (stereo view) West Chop Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard c.1876. Superb vintage view of the light station at West Chop. The harbor at Vineyard Haven was Martha's Vineyard's busiest in the nineteenth century, and is protected by two areas of land known as East Chop and West Chop. To aid vessels heading in and out of the harbor as well as coastal traffic passing through Vineyard Sound, Congress appropriated $5,000 on March 3, 1817 for a lighthouse on West Chop. The first lighthouse at West Chop, a 25-foot rubblestone tower, was erected along with a stone dwelling in 1817. In 1843 Keeper James West reported that the tower and dwelling were both leaky. The inside of the tower was coated with ice in winter. The keeper also pointed out that the bluff on which the lighthouse stood had eroded to within 37 feet of the tower's base. For these reasons, the station was rebuilt in 1846. A round stone tower and a stone Cape-style keeper's house shown here were constructed about 1,000 feet southeast of the old location. The 1846 tower was later enclosed in shingled wooden sheathing, creating in an octagonal form that is also seen here. This was apparently done to cut down on leaks. Note the Keeper on the lighthouse gallery looking through the telescope out to the harbor. Great early detail. Only very light soil / foxing. Identified on back in early ink. (VG+). $88.

1871. (photo) U.S. Life Boat Station, North Manitou Island, Michigan c.1900. Rare detailed view of the area around the North Manitou Island Life Boat Station [Usually the sign above the boatroom door would read “Life Saving Station”. Here it reads "Life Boat Station".]. Great view includes the 1875 clipped gable-Type station, Keeper’s house or crew  quarters, flag and signal towers, and more. Photo measures 4” x 5” and is clear and relatively close. Nice view. (VG+). $45. 

1873. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Tender Jonquil WAGL-330 Portsmouth, VA. Clear close original photo with caption appears to be an official U.S. Coast Guard photo and provides detailed view of the vessel’s starboard side. The U.S. Coast Guard commissioned her USCGC Jonquil (WAGL/WLB-330) on 29 August 1946. She was converted to a buoy tender and assigned to the Fifth Coast Guard District, based out of Portsmouth, Virginia. Jonquil serviced aids to navigation (ATON), participated in search and rescue (SAR) and law enforcement as needed. Jonquil was decommissioned on 15 September 1969 after 23 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard. Photo measures 7 ½” x 9 ½” on 10” x 10 ½” mount. Quite nice for display. Clean, only light wear. (VG+). $46.

1876. Oleszewski, Wes. World War II & the Great Lakes - Submarines, Bombers and Ore Boats. Avery. 2018. 288p. Soft wraps. Well illustrates with photos and maps. While it is not well known or publicized, the Great Lakes region played a major role as the United States was embroiled in World War II. Those who had yet to be born when World War II raged cannot imagine the fear, anger, suffering and sacrifice experienced by those who witnessed and fought in that conflict. Not only was freedom threatened, but the very fabric of human civilization was in danger. In order to preserve their very existence, free people had to mobilize and fight the evil that threatened to envelope the world. When FDR coined the term "Arsenal of Democracy" he knew that the heart of that arsenal was the industrial strength of the Great Lakes region. This book is not the complete story of that effort. Rather this is a series of stories that will give the reader a historically accurate glimpse into the efforts of everyday working people who did their part to save the world during the dark days between 1939-1945. Extremely well research and written this latest "Wes" book is an interesting and captivating read. (M). $17.95.

13443e. (photo) Experimental Lightship No. 99. c.1950. Lightship No. 99 was constructed in 1916. She was assigned to a number of stations on the Great Lakes and the East Coast until 1949, when  the Coast Guard modified Lightship No. 99 to an unmanned, experimental radio-controlled vessel named Exp or Exp-99, and later Sandy Hook Experimental Lightship. The vessel was to have a "crew" of electronic devices operating automatically or controlled by radio from shore. Each of its signals --marker light, foghorn, radio beacon, and bell -- is either duplicated or otherwise arranged to defy failure. Cost of the new ship was $375, 000 --just half of a manned lightship. An annual saving of $59,000 in maintenance and personnel was also anticipated. The vessel was moved to the Coast Guard's Third District headquarters at Staten Island , New York , in May 1950, for a three-month experimental trial run at the Ambrose station. However, the experiment was postponed indefinitely and the experimental vessel was apparently never used. The electronic fog signal shown employed 180 speakers in a five-sided array. Original Coast Guard b/w photo and includes detailed description on back. Dated April 29, 1950. Photo measures 8” x 10” and is clean and clear. (VG+). $48.

1867. (photo) Lighthouse Fresnel Lens, Biloxi, Mississippi. Clear, close original 8” x 8” press photo shows great detail of the bulbs inside the 5th or 6th order Fresnel Lens in a Biloxi lighthouse lantern room. Photo is b/w and includes credit line on back. Date not discernable. Great clear and close view. (VG+). $42.

8176-28. 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, little if any wear, and clean as it has been kept protected. Tally letters clear and crisp. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Marked to owner “REICHI F. P. C.  Hat size marked size 7 ¼. (VG+). $115.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

Say "Hello" to your Favorite Lighthouse Keeper with our Reproduction of the Original United States Lighthouse Service Triangular Station Flag.

Treat your family to these replicas of the official sewn U. S. Lighthouse Service flags. Flag is professionally made in the United States of high quality two-ply spun woven polyester flag material, double sewn, with appliquéd (hand sewn) pattern, reverse back and finished with brass grommets for attaching to halyard. Professionally made to withstand rugged use. 

 

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.  $98.95.

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.

21426. . [reproduction] U. S. Lighthouse Service District Superintendent’s Flag. This rectangular flag measures 48” long by 24” and is typical of the flags once flown on Lighthouse Service Tenders when the District Superintendent was on board. The flag is of the standard design, with navy blue border on a field of white, with a large blue lighthouse silhouette. Made in America. $149.95. 

 

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.

 

D&D Lines - United States Lighthouse Service Logo Reproduction Dinnerware. Long ago discontinued, this wonderful quality china is much sought after. We find a few pieces now and then. 

2566-1,9,10. Lighthouse Service Mug (7 available) $54.95 each. 

2566-3,5. Lighthouse Service Dinner Plate (2 available) $54.95 each. 

2566-4,6,-17,47,48. Lighthouse Service Cereal Bowl (6 available) $54.95 each. 

2566-15. Lighthouse Service Soup Bowl (8 available) $54.95 each. 

2566-29,-31. Lighthouse Service Sugar Bowl (1 available) $84 each. 

2566-29. Lighthouse Service Salt & Pepper Set (1 available) $76 set. 

2566-8. (set 4 pieces) Lighthouse Service Mug, Dinner Plate, Cereal Bowl, Soup Bowl  $169.95 each. Please inquire.

D&D Lines - United States Life-Saving Service Logo Reproduction Dinnerware. Long ago discontinued, this wonderful quality china is much sought after. We find a few pieces now and then. 

28121b. Revenue Cutter Service Mug (1 available) $42.95 each. 

 

11/1/2016

 

We have purchased the publisher’s last remaining stock of this title. There will be no more after these have sold.

6275s. Ralph Shanks, Wick York, Lisa Woo Shanks, editor. THE U. S. LIFE-SAVING SERVICE - HEROES, RESCUES AND ARCHITECTURE OF THE EARLY COAST GUARD. 1996. Petaluma , CA. 262p. Winner of the first Foundation for Coast Guard History Award for Best Book on Coast Guard History, this long heralded work by Ralph Shanks and Wick York is once again available. Filling a longtime void in the chronicles of the Life-Saving Service, this book is the result of two decades of research by these highly respected maritime historians. In 272 large format pages, the authors present unforgettable stories of the surfmen and their unsurpassed bravery. Unique to this work is the authors coverage of the architecture of each of the stations across the country. Using over 400 rare photos from the Library of Congress and other historic sources, the authors provide a station by station look at the architectural features that make them such a unique and unforgettable piece of our history. Considered the best reference on the U.S. Life Saving Service on the market. (M).   Softcover $29.95 while they last. 

 

Limited number available - Signed by the Author:

6697. Thompson, Frederic L., THE LIGHTSHIPS OF CAPE COD. 1996. 2nd printing. 112 pp. Soft wraps. Signed by the author. Illustrated with over 93 beautifully detailed photographs. Much sought after, this scarce volume chronicles the history of the lightships in this vital area. Wonderfully detailed b/w photographs enhance the author's vivid description of the history and life aboard these vessels. One of the only volumes ever written exclusively on this subject, this fine work will make a fine addition to any library (M). $14.95. (Wholesale discounts available)

Paintings by Clifton Hunt of Rutland, Massachusetts. Wonderful still-life paintings available from Clifton Hunt or Rutland, Massachusetts. Cliff and Debi own Holiday Acres Equestrian Center, teaching young and old alike to love and excel in the world that is horses and Cliff paints in his "spare time". His work is superb and an original by Cliff would grace any room of your home. Pick from is many works available or commission a piece for yourself. His paintings are on display at local museums and other venues. See more of his work on his Facebook page Clifton Hunt

 

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Sale - Special Price $9 including postage. 

6721. A LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY by Harold B. Jennings. Read a wonderful narration of boyhood memories while growing up at Lovell’s Island Lighthouse in Boston Harbor . Lovell’s Island Range Lights were erected in 1902 for the accommodation o f mariners coming up the South Channel of Broad Sound, Boston Harbor . A wonderful story of adventures, shipwrecks, storms, living without electricity and learning how to run a lighthouse combine to provide entertainment and a learning adventure. Now long out of print, we have finally found a stock of unused copies. 

Published at $15. Now $9 including postage ($5.95 plus $3.05 Media Mail).

118pages with dust jacket. 

 

  

28348. Wilkinson, William D. and CDR Timothy R. Dring, USNR (Retired). American Coastal Rescue Craft - A Design History Of Coastal Rescue Craft Used By The United States Life-Saving Service And The United States Coast Guard. University Press. 2009. 185p. Unjacketed cloth. With CD-ROM with 323 b/w illustrations. Long awaited, this exhaustive reference work describes detailed history and technical design information on every type of rescue craft ever used by the U.S. Life Saving Service (USLSS) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) from the 1800s to current day. By looking at these vessels, many of which featured innovative designs, the authors shed light on the brave men and women who served in these heroic services. The first of its kind ever to be published in the United States on this topic, the book and accompanying CD provide detailed information, drawings, and photographs (many of which have never before appeared in print) for each type of surfboat, lifeboat, and utility craft, along with a complete list of every boat ever built and assigned coastal rescue station(s). Included are motorized, wind-powered and human-powered vessels. The book is organized into two major sections: 1) a general, historical narrative, and 2) detailed technical appendices. This college text-sized book is 185 pages in length, with about 140 photos and diagrams. In addition, a reference/appendix section on a co-packaged CD will include 323 additional photos and diagrams. The book is co-authored by William D. Wilkinson, Director Emeritus of the Mariners Museum in Newport News , VA , and CDR Timothy R. Dring, USNR (Retired). Mr. Wilkinson has been engaged since the 1950s in the historical research of small craft used for rescue purposes, and is a well-recognized expert in this field. He is currently an official historical consultant to the USCG on this subject. CDR Dring, although not a professional historian, has had previous experience in the Navy working closely with the Coast Guard on harbor and coastal defense, and has a great interest in and respect for the humanitarian rescue operations this Service conducts with specialized small craft. The extensive research that went into this book, including reference to original USLSS and USCG documents held by the National Archives, has had the full support of the USCG’s Historian, Dr. Robert Browning, and his staff. The most comprehensive work on Coastal Rescue Craft used by the United States Life-Saving Service and the United States Coast Guard ever published. (M). $125. Order now as only a limited number have been printed. 

 

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)

 

  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  have the DVDs available on our DVD or out Pendleton pages. 

 

Read first-hand of the rescue in Coxswain Bernie Webber's book, now available 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. 

 

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.

 

2nd Edition Recently Released:

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) 

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 $23.95.

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.

 

SALE!  Booklets by Tom Tag - Fresnel Lenses & Lighting...

~ Early American Lighthouse Illumination ~ 

     

Thomas Tag has long been probably the only authority on lamps, lens apparatus and illumination for lighthouses, with his articles on the subject appearing in our catalogue, as well as the U. S. Lighthouse Society’s Keeper’s Log, Lighthouse Digest and other publications. Now Tom has put together much of this information in seven publications which detail the entire subject, from lamps and fuels, to burners, lens apparatus, manufacturing processes and more. This is a superb collection that answers the questions that many of us have been asking for some time, and will serve as a reference on the subject for years to come. Each of the booklets includes a complete set of footnotes defining the sources of the data for those interested in further research. 

Normally priced at $26 each - now on sale for $18 each while they last. Click here to see our Tom Tag page

 

 

5/1/2014

 

 (buttons) U.S. Lighthouse Establishment / Service, Life-Saving Service, Revenue Cutter Service, Coast Guard, U.S. Customs. Please inquire. 

 

957-21. [lightship model] Nantucket [Relief] Lightship No. 112. WAL 534. Again we have found this sought after model of the Nantucket Lightship No. 112, by Pyro Plastics Corp. c.1967. This replica is one of only a few ever designed of a U. S. light vessel and has been sought after for many years since going out of production in the 1970’s. This is a 1/95th scale model kit and is complete as-new condition and is a perfect way to spend the cold days remaining of winter. This early version is an exceptional find for you lightship enthusiasts as very few were produced and still fewer have survived. (VG+). $78.

13240. American Flag. 3’ x 5”. Sewn nylon flags are the most popular outdoor flags. They are very attractive to look at, durable, affordable, and they fly with the least wind. Our flags are beautiful with embroidered stars and sewn stripes , very durable, should typically last 12 months or more. These flags are 100% Made in the USA of Dupont Solarmax nylon fabric with 4 rows of stitching on fly end, and strong brass grommets. Perfect for flying at your home or camp. New, Made in USA. $21.95. 

 

Do you know where this is ?. 

I recently picked up this c.1920-1930 photo of this unidentified U.S. lighthouse. Note the tall flag mast to the left. There is also a U.S. Life-Saving station nearby as evidenced by the surfboat crew launching for the daily drill. There is also another double-ended boat sitting on the dune top. Photo measures 3 1/2" x 5 1/2". 

The first person to identify this location and I can confirm it, this original photo is yours free. 

Now Available: 

  

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.

  

28348. Wilkinson, William D. and CDR Timothy R. Dring, USNR (Retired). American Coastal Rescue Craft - A Design History Of Coastal Rescue Craft Used By The United States Life-Saving Service And The United States Coast Guard. University Press. 2009. 185p. Unjacketed cloth. With CD-ROM with 323 b/w illustrations. Long awaited, this exhaustive reference work describes detailed history and technical design information on every type of rescue craft ever used by the U.S. Life Saving Service (USLSS) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) from the 1800s to current day. By looking at these vessels, many of which featured innovative designs, the authors shed light on the brave men and women who served in these heroic services. The first of its kind ever to be published in the United States on this topic, the book and accompanying CD provide detailed information, drawings, and photographs (many of which have never before appeared in print) for each type of surfboat, lifeboat, and utility craft, along with a complete list of every boat ever built and assigned coastal rescue station(s). Included are motorized, wind-powered and human-powered vessels. The book is organized into two major sections: 1) a general, historical narrative, and 2) detailed technical appendices. This college text-sized book is 185 pages in length, with about 140 photos and diagrams. In addition, a reference/appendix section on a co-packaged CD will include 323 additional photos and diagrams. The book is co-authored by William D. Wilkinson, Director Emeritus of the Mariners Museum in Newport News , VA , and CDR Timothy R. Dring, USNR (Retired). Mr. Wilkinson has been engaged since the 1950s in the historical research of small craft used for rescue purposes, and is a well-recognized expert in this field. He is currently an official historical consultant to the USCG on this subject. CDR Dring, although not a professional historian, has had previous experience in the Navy working closely with the Coast Guard on harbor and coastal defense, and has a great interest in and respect for the humanitarian rescue operations this Service conducts with specialized small craft. The extensive research that went into this book, including reference to original USLSS and USCG documents held by the National Archives, has had the full support of the USCG’s Historian, Dr. Robert Browning, and his staff. The most comprehensive work on Coastal Rescue Craft used by the United States Life-Saving Service and the United States Coast Guard ever published. (M). $125.  Order now as only a limited number were printed. (Ask about our U.S.L.S.S.H.A. discount.) 

 

Protect your investment with Ultra-Pro Top Loader All Clear Card, Postcard or Photo Holders:

  

Ultra-Pro Top Loader All Clear Card, Postcard or Photo Holders. Keeps cards, photos and more safe and clean. Ultra-clear. UV protected, acid free for archival protection. Numerous sizes from 3” x 5” up to 32” x 43”. Pricing from $.35 each and up. Other supplies available including poly bags, etc. Please inquire for pricing. 

 

 

 

 

 

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