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Light Station Boston in 1897

Original caption reads: "Boston Light Station; 1st Naval District (Boston)";
photo dated 1897; no photo number; photographer unknown.

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The signal cannon at Boston Light.  The first "foghorn" used in the U.S.

Original caption reads: "OLD CANNON AT BOSTON LIGHT STATION: The following is quoted from [the book] Lighthouses and Lightships by George R. Putnam: 'In 1719 the keeper petitioned the General Court 'that a great Gun be placed on Said Island to answer Ships in a Fog.' The Court voted the gun, and it was probably the earliest fog signal established in this Country.  Though long since out of service for this purpose, this cannon is still at Boston Light Station; it bears the date 1700."; photo is dated October, 1950; no photo number; photographer unknown.

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Boston Light Station circa 1916

Original caption reads: "Boston Light Station; 1st Naval District (Boston); Recd.
with 2d inspr's let. of 11/11/16 f. 190-E; Filed 4/12/17.";
photo date stamped 13 November 1916;
photographer unknown.

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Photo of the fog signal equipment at Light Station Boston, 1919

Original caption reads: "Fog Signal Engine Room; Right Hand Unit [top photo];
Automatics [bottom photo]."; dated May, 1919; no photo number; photographer "Morse."

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Boston Light Station, 1941

Original caption: none; photo dated 1941; Photo No. NYD-90741013;
photographer unknown.

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A photo of Boston Light, circa 1945 with a Sikorsky HNS-1 flying overhead
Original caption reads: "COAST GUARD'S OLD AND NEW IN PROTECTION: In its constant vigil over life and property, the Coast Guard employs a wide variety of ships, planes and aids to navigation.  Here, the newest of these devices -- The Helicopter-hovers over one of the oldest -- Boston Lighthouse, which has stood at the present site since 1716 as a sentinel of safety to ships moving along the New England coastline.  Helicopters have proved effective in rescuing stranded survivors in isolated areas where plane landings are impossible."; photo dated 29 July 1945; Photo No. 4766; photographer unknown.

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Aerial photo of Boston Light Station, circa 1951.

Original caption: none; photo dated May, 1951; Photo No. 12-7;
photographer unknown.

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Aerial photo of Boston Light, circa 1974

Original caption: none; photo dated 1974; photo number 1CGD-03247413;
photographer unknown.

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Light Station Boston, circa 1998.

Original caption: none; photo dated 1998; Photo No. 98-306;
photographer unknown.

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