SHORE VILLAGE MUSEUM NEWSLETTER No. 1-99, May 30, 1999 - page 4
PORTLAND HEAD LIGHT & FORT WILIAMS: By Kenneth E. Thompson: A comprehensive guide to the historic fort, which literally surrounds Maine's famous lighthouse. Includes 100 photographs and illustrations, many of them rare including gun emplacements at the lighthouse and World War II activities in the area. Great one for lighthouse and military history buffs alike. Soft cover, Cost $11.50 plus $1.75 p & h.
LIGHTHOUSES OF DELAWARE BAY: The Lighthouses of Delaware Bay and River by Patrick Hornberger and Joy Waldron was originally scheduled to be published in early spring 1999. There have been problems and the book has been withdrawn from the original publisher and has been sent to another publisher. Final date has not been named but it should be mid-summer. The book has been ordered by a few from the Shore Village Museum. They will be forwarded as soon as received.
MATINICUS ROCK LIGHTHOUSE TEE SHIRT: The tee shirt has an outstanding laser enlarged 1910 antique post card. The card is in color on a white background. This would be a great one for Abbie Burgess fans. Abbie was the young heroine which kept Matinicus Rock Lighthouse operating during a savage storm in the mid 1880's. Comes in sizes M, L, Extra L and Extra Extra large. Cost $14.95 plus $1.25 p & h.
SET OF LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARDS: A set of 55 of 4 X 6" continental size post cards of lighthouses of Maine are available from the Museum shop,. The set is made up of cards from different publishers and does include some new cards of lighthouses that have not been published for many years. There is also one card with the Longfellow's Poem and another of the Shore Village Museum. A listing of the cards in the set is available. Cost $15.00 Post paid.
BOON ISLAND Including Contemporary accounts of the Wreck of the NOTTINGHAM Galley: Editors Jack Bales and Richard Warner:. The book that brought the terrors of shipwreck to everyone. This current re-publication of the Kenneth Roberts classic tale of survival includes several essays that provide a historical perspective to his story. A must-have for anyone who seeks the whole story. Soft cover, 37 pages. Cost $15.95 plus $1.75 p & h.
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WHITEHEAD LIGHT STATION RESTORATIONS: The restoration of the Whitehead Light Station is a project of Pine Island Camp, a non-profit corporation. Thus far the expenses incurred have been covered by generous contributions from Lightkeeper members. The annual report of the Whitehead Lightkeepers is really very well done and it outlines the great amount of restoration that has been made to the keepers dwelling. David Gamage has included a brief history of Whitehead in the report. Anyone interested in receiving a copy of the annual report or helping with the restoration or help out financially can contact the Pine Island Camp, P. O. Box 242 Brunswick, ME 04011
SHAKE IT UP BABY: That is the title of a feature story by Alan Jaffe in the Collector Column of the Courier-Post in New Jersey. The article notes that early cocktail shakers recall an elegant, intoxicating, giddier era. There is a growing interest in collecting antique bar ware, particularly the Art-Deco-designed shaker. They are hot items now because of those that wish to return to a more elegant time, explains Steven Visakay, shaker collector and author of Vintage Bar Ware (Collector Books $24.95) which traces the intoxicating history of the cocktail shaker. One of the more novel of the popular shakers was in the form of the Boston Lighthouse of the late 1920's which came in two sizes. According to antique experts the Boston Lighthouse shaker is valued at $3,000. To talk cocktail shakers, you can reach 20th century antiques dealer Harry Greenberger at 718-549-4712. Thanks to Sandry Adrion for the clipping. Zerox copy available.
A PERSONAL STORY: For many years I have admired the painting "I Will Not Abandon You" The painting portrays the SS PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT standing by the sinking British freighter ANTINOE during a violent storm in the North Atlantic in January 1926. The title of the painting was taken from the message the two code signal flags, "A over I" conveyed to the men on the sinking ship. I have tried for years to find the signal book that used that signal. The two signal flags being flown by the ANTINOE were not really identifiable. One day last fall while waiting for someone to arrive I picked up a copy of the Winter 1980-81 issue of Sea History Magazine and there was a copy of the painting and the story of the A over I international code signal. This was in late fall so I went to our local jeweler and had him make me up a gold brooch featuring the code flags A over I. This was my major Christmas present to my wife Dot International Marine Company did carry prints of the painting for a number of years but they are all gone. Perhaps someone might have some information where I might be able to find a copy. I guess sailors can be sentimental old fools on occasion.
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