Lighthouses, Lightships, Tenders & Other Aids to Navigation Subjects


 

U.S. Lighthouse Service History:

U.S. Lighthouse Service Chronology, 1716-1939

History of the U. S. Lighthouse Service [Power Point]

A history of the Lighthouse Act of 1789, written by the U.S. Senate's Historical Office.

 A report on the nation's lighthouses, dated 18 October 1799.  Signed by William Miller, Esquire, Commissioner of the Revenue, & Benjamin Lincoln, Superintendent of Lighthouses and Buoys.  PDF copy provided by Candace Clifford (original on file in the National Archives and Records Administration [NARA]).

Instructions to Light-Keepers, July, 1881 By Authority of the Light-House Board (Washington: GPO, 1881).

The United States Lighthouse Service (An official publication of the U.S. Commerce Department that included general information, organization, duties, etc. of the U.S. Lighthouse Service). Provided courtesy of Google Books.

Lighthouses & Light Stations:
An historic drawing of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse

Light Stations: Information & Historic Photography

 A report on the nation's lighthouses, dated 18 October 1799.  Signed by William Miller, Esquire, Commissioner of the Revenue, & Benjamin Lincoln, Superintendent of Lighthouses and Buoys.

19th Century West Coast Lighthouse Gallery: a series of photographs dating from 1871 of some of the West Coast's most famous lighthouses taken by the noted English photographer Eadweard Muybridge.

Lighthouse Plans, Blueprints & Drawings

Lighthouse Subject Files Held by the Historian's Office

Light Station Files Held by the Historian's Office (Alphabetical Listing): pdf

Light Station Files Held by the Historian's Office (Listed by State): pdf

Fresnel Lenses Still in Operation

"Care of [Lighthouse] Lights and Their Appurtenances," Chapter III, excerpted from Instructions to Light-Keepers and Masters of Light-House Vessels 1902 Instructions to Lighthouse Keepers, U.S. Lighthouse Establishment: by Authority of the Light-House Board (Washington: GPO, 1902)

Lighthouse Evolution & Typology

"Pioneering the use of Alternative Energy Sources through Appropriate Technology by the United States Coast Guard" by MSSE4 Richard Williams.

Lighthouses, Lightships, & Aids to Navigation Bibliography

Interesting Lighthouse Facts

U.S. Lighthouse Service Uniforms

Lighthouses Then & Now

Women Lighthouse Keepers

"Woman's Work: Female Lighthouse Keepers in the Early Republic, 1820-1859"; a Master of Arts' Thesis by Virginia Neal Thomas.

Lighthouses & Other Aids to Navigation in Alaskan History (pdf file)

Historically Famous Lighthouses, CG-232 (pdf)

Remaining Lighthouses: Provided by the U.S. Lighthouse Society

Aids to Navigation During World War II: The Official U.S. Coast Guard History (Volume XV Aids to Navigation, 1949)

Teachers: a Guide to Teaching About Lighthouses, Kindergarten Through the Fourth Grade (pdf)

Teachers: A Gallery of Lighthouse Images (pdf)

Researching Lighthouses & Keepers?

So you'd like to buy a lighthouse or become a lighthouse keeper?

Personal photos with captions covering the professional career of T. M. McKevlin, who served in the Navy during World War I and then joined the U.S. Lighthouse Service as an Engineer on board a Lighthouse Tender out of Charleston, South Carolina after the war.  He continued in service with the Coast Guard after the USLHS was absorbed in 1939.


 

Official U.S. Coast Guard & Lighthouse Service Documents & Publications:

1799:  A report on the nation's lighthouses, dated 18 October 1799.  Signed by William Miller, Esquire, Commissioner of the Revenue, & Benjamin Lincoln, Superintendent of Lighthouses and Buoys.  Copy provided by Candace Clifford (original on file at NARA).

1816: Captain Winslow Lewis's 1816 report of his visit to every lighthouse in the country.  He reported to the Commissioner of Revenue on the keepers' annual salary and noted if such salary was appropriate depending upon the location of the light.  Copy provided by Candace Clifford (original on file in NARA). The official seal of the US Lighthouse Service

1881: Instructions to Light-Keepers, July, 1881 By Authority of the Light-House Board (Washington: GPO, 1881).

1884: List of the Persons Who Have Served as Members of the Light-House Board and as Inspectors and Engineers of the Several Light-House Districts. (Appendix No. 2, 1884 Annual Report of the Light-House Board.)

1893: U.S. Lighthouse Service Uniform Regulations, 1893

1904: U.S. Lighthouse Service Discharge Certificate, Lighthouse-Board Form 77, dated 1904

1914: U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Painting Regulations (only an excerpt of the relevant sections of the 1914 U.S. Lighthouse Service Regulations regarding the painting of tenders and lightships)

1915: The United States Lighthouse Service (an official publication that contains general information, organization, duties, etc.). Provided courtesy of Google Books.

1920: U. S. Lighthouse Service Uniform Regulations, 1920

1927: U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Painting Regulations (only excerpt of relevant sections of the 1927 U.S. Lighthouse Service Regulations regarding the painting of tenders and lightships)

1939: Index to Lighthouse Service Bulletin, Volumes I-V (1912-1939)

1952: U.S. Coast Guard Paint and Color Manual, CG-263 (includes information on painting Coast Guard shore installations, including Light & LORAN stations)


 

Lightships:

Lightship Index

Lightships: A Historic Photo Gallery

Five lightship sailors describe what life was like on the Chesapeake Lightship during the 1930's.


 

Long Range Aids to Navigation (LORAN):

LORAN Index


 

Buoys & Tenders:

A 180 foot buoy tender at workA History of Buoys & Tenders; by Amy K. Marshall; based on her Master's Thesis  (pdf format)

"Frequently Close to the Point of Peril: A History of Buoys and Tenders in U.S. Coastal Waters, 1789-1939." A Master's Thesis by Amy K. Marshall (pdf).

U.S. Coast Guard 133-Foot Buoy Tenders": The illustrated HAER Report for the National Park Service on the White-class buoy tenders; the report contains a detailed history of this class of tender, including historic photographs as well as a complete set of plans. (pdf file).

"U.S. Coast Guard 180-Foot Buoy Tenders": The HAER Report for the National Park Service on the 180-foot buoy tenders;  the report contains a detailed history of this class of tender, including historic photographs as well as a complete set of plans. (pdf file)

"U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Fir (WLM-212): A Lighthouse Buoy Tender for the Pacific Northwest."  The illustrated National Park Service HAER Report on this historic Coast Guard tender. (pdf file)

Sea Going & Coastal Buoy Tenders, A Historic Photo Gallery

Inland, River & Construction Tenders, A History Photo Gallery


The crew of the tender Cedar


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