The U.S. Light-House Establishment and the U.S. Life-Saving Service, when merged, became the U.S. Coast Guard. Author James Claflin combines here a descriptive text and a diverse collection of over 200 vintage images, from private as well as museum collections, in a tribute to the men and women who assumed the responsibility of lighting New England‘s rocky coastline and protecting the mariners who traveled it.
Thousands of vessels faced the dangers of the rugged sea, which caused hundreds of shipwrecks off the coast with devastating losses. Here you will see the lighthouse keeper at Bullock's Point Light as he surveys the damage from the Hurricane of 1938, witness the life savers at Block Island's Sandy Point Station where first word of the wreck of the steamer Larchmont was received, and experience life on an offshore lightship. This book chronicles the days of the rescuers, the lighthouse keepers and the evolution of lighthouse architecture.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs
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