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.
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.
Original caption: none; photo dated May, 1951; Photo No.