Lighthouses and Lightships


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149Antique nautical view of Corduan, France lighthouse by Tassin.DetailsTassin, Christophe Nicholas1636
Tour de Corduan
Tassin, Christophe Nicholas
1636
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$350.00Tassin--Christophe-NicholasTour-de-Corduan<b>A recommended item</b> for any collector of maritime, lighthouse, or nautical antiques. Should appeal to collectors of coastal charts of France. Very unusual and quite interesting engraving from Tassin who produced almost exclusively charts and plans of the French coast and little else. <br></br> Extremely scarce antique view of the lighthouse "Tower of Corduan" ca. 1636 after an earlier work by Claude Châtillon in 1612. The "Tour de Corduan" is the oldest lighthouse in France and one of the oldest lighthouses in the world. The structure was completed in 1611, more than 35 years after its initial design by Louis de Foix. <br></br> Sometimes called the King of Lighthouses because of its large size and extravagant construction details, Le Phare Corduan marks the entrance to the Gironde river near Royan, France. As is common with Tassin engravings numerous sailing vessels are shown offshore the lighthouse, with one firing a blast from its cannon. <br></br> Published in the small-sized atlas "Les Plans et profils de toutes les principales villes et lieux considerables de France" by Christophe Nicholas Tassin (d. 1660) . Tassin's background was as a military engineer, and he is best known for his nautical atlas of 30 sheets, dedicated to Richelieu, documenting France's coastline. Tassin's work contains topographic maps, often of militarily important sites, either sketched on site, composed from firsthand drawings by military engineers, or sometimes borrowed from other mapmakers.
5282Plat of land near Choctaw Point Lighthouse, Mobile Bay Alabama.DetailsU.S. Congress1837
Antique plat of lands Choctaw Point Lighthouse Mobile Bay Alabama
U.S. Congress
1837
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$275.00U-S--CongressAntique-plat-of-lands-Choctaw-Point-Lighthouse-Mobile-Bay-AlabamaScarce plat map of land near Mobile, Alabama from 1837 to support the published opinion of Benjamin Franklin Butler, Attorney General of the United States (1833-1838) in a case dated August 5, 1837. The plat shows the Mobile River at right with Choctaw Point Lighthouse. Lot contains 2 page of legal opinion, supported by the plat, probably from a report to Congress. <br></br> Choctaw Point is located on the west bank of the Mobile River about one mile south of downtown Mobile and one mile SW of the U.S.S. Alabama memorial. A brick lighthouse (63' Fixed light), visible for 15 miles, existed at Choctaw Point from 1831 until the beginning of the Civil War. The American Lighthouse Guide of 1845 found the light of little use in navigating the Dog River. <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> "To mail steamers and bay craft familiar with the shoals, and Choctaw Pass, this light is a valuable aid in dark nights, but of little benefit to strangers. This light is of little utility in consequence of forming too great an angle in its bearing from the courses required through the intricate and narrow channels of the river and passes." (Mills, Robert. The American Light-house Guide: with Sailing Directions, for the Use of the Mariner. 1845. p. 11) </div> Among the land holdings near Choctaw Point that are identified in the map are plots belonging to Antoine Espijo, John Forbes & Co., Regist Burnady, Simon Favre, and John Murrill.
611Rare antique nautical photographic Coast Pilot by StebbinsDetailsStebbins, Nathaniel L.1891
First Edition Stebbins' Illustrated Coast Pilot - 1891
Stebbins, Nathaniel L.
1891
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$465.00Stebbins--Nathaniel-L-First-Edition-Stebbins--Illustrated-Coast-Pilot---1891FIRST EDITION of this antique, late 19th century landmark in coastal navigation from the famous Boston-based marine photographer Nathaniel Stebbins. An interesting late 19th century artifact that combined the (then) new technology of photography with the oldest known form of recorded navigational instructions- the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Periplus">periplus</a> or book of written sailing directions. <br></br> Stebbin's fascinating antique coast pilot first demonstrated the practical application of photography to navigation, a field long dominated by man-made representations of coastal features. Contains numerous photographs of key landmarks and navigational aids accompanied by textual sailing directions. Among the hundreds of photographs are Stepping Stones lighthouse, Execution Rocks lighthouse, Stamford Harbor lighthouse, Bartlett Reef light vessel, Newport Harbor lighthouse, Hen and Chickens light vessel, Vineyard Sound light vessel, Hyannis wharf and range lights, Great Round Shoal light vessel (appears to be a decrepit wreck of a sailing vessel), Nantucket lighthouses at Brant Point and Great Point, and the Boston and Marblehead lighthouses. <BR> </BR> Includes numerous interesting nautical advertisements. Covers the United States northeast from New York to Maine. <BR> </BR> We are not aware of an earlier coast pilot containing photographic coastal images. Already scarce, this overlooked volume with a sea-worthy canvas cover belongs in the collection of all those interested in 19th century U.S. coastal charts. Numerous nautical-related advertisements scattered thoughout. The author describes this internal advertising as an effort to hold down the cost to the reader. Boston. 1st ed.
5277Antique 19th-century nautical reference chart of the English Channel.DetailsStanford, Edward1900
Superb late 19th-century nautical chart of the English Channel
Stanford, Edward
1900
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$1,275.00Stanford--EdwardSuperb-late-19th-century-nautical-chart-of-the-English-ChannelA very decorative, visually captivating, and informative 19th-century nautical reference chart of the English Channel. This original, rolled, linen-backed chart, based on data from Lieutenant H.C. Lockyer in 1899, was published by Edward Stanford from Stanford's Geographical Establishment in London on March 1, 1900. Stanford's, established in 1853, remains in business today, now at 7 Mercer Walk in Covent Garden. <br></br> Coverage includes relevant portions of the coast of Ireland, Wales, England, and France, with Cornwall near chart center. Scarce, especially in fine condition as this example. <br></br> Contains drawings of the uniform system of buoyage: starboard hand buoys, port hand buoys, middle ground buoys; pillar, spar, and gas buoys; and wreck-marking vessels. Of great visual interest are the dozens of lighthouses identified on the chart with the range, frequency, duration, and color of each light provided for navigators. The chart is filled with tide tables, general information, soundings and distances and sailing directions for numerous ports. Topographical detail useful to navigators is shown for coastal locations and for those inland locations where the height of a feature warranted inclusion, e.g. Brecknock Mountain, Wales at 2862 ft. elevation. <br></br>
4946Report of the United States Light-house BoardDetailsLighthouse Board of the United States1901
Report of the United States Light-house Board. 1901.
Lighthouse Board of the United States
1901
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$675.00Lighthouse-Board-of-the-United-StatesReport-of-the-United-States-Light-house-Board--1901-Annual report of the United States Light-house Board for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1901. <br></br> Contents include: <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Index chart of all lighthouse districts.</li> <li>Seventeen colored folding charts of individual lighthouse districts.</li> <li>Eleven black and white plates.</li> </ul> </div> Washington. Government Printing Office. Treasury Department. Document No. 2228. Office of Lighthouse Board.
705Antique book of navigational lights on all the U.S. Western RiversDetailsU.S. Department of Commerce and Labor1903
List of Post Lights on the Western Rivers
U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor
1903
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$165.00U-S--Department-of-Commerce-and-LaborList-of-Post-Lights-on-the-Western-RiversSmall, antique, pocket size book of lights on all the U.S. Western Rivers corrected to September 1903. Lights are grouped into three sections by Lighthouse District each with a sectional title page. The 3 book sections are: <div class="indenttextblock"><ul> <li>Fourteenth District: List of Lights on the Ohio, Kanawa, and Tennessee Rivers.</li> <li>Fifteenth District: List of Lights on the Mississippi (above Cairo, Ill.) Missouri, and Illinois Rivers.</li> <li>Sixteenth District: List of Lights on the Mississippi (Below Cairo, Ill.) and Red Rivers.</li></ul></div> Format is the same throughout: the left page header contains the river name and the starting point from which river channel mileage is measured. Detail columns on left pages capture the light number, official light name, distance from the starting point, side of channel, and color of light. Right facing pages are ruled and blank for use of the reader to record notes; the header reads: "Remarks, Changes, Etc." <br></br> Each sectional title page bears a request to readers for help in identifying lights with usability issues: <div class="indenttextblock">"Pilots and all masters are particularly requested to report to the Light-House Inspector at Cincinnati, Ohio, lights which are out or dim or burning during the day; also changes in location of lights required, using the official name and number of the light. Pilots are also requested to blow their whistles when a light is out to notify the keeper."</div> The Ohio River distances are measured from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Kanawa River distances from Point Pleasant; Tennessee River Distances from Paducah, Kentucky; Upper Mississippi River distances from St. Paul, Minnesota; Lower Mississippi River distances are measured starting from Cairo, Illinois. <br></br> A few user manuscript pencil entries of birthdays and other notes on the first few notes pages. 253 pages total.