******LIGHTHOUSES FROM ALOFT - 51 SCENIC NEW ENGLAND LIGHTS: by Charles Feil: The aerial photographs in this new book are simply outstanding. Readers will be able to take in the full visual impact of the spectacular terrain on which many of the lighthouses are situated - on sheer bluffs, gem-like islands, wave-torn ledges, and sweeping arcs of sand. 51 lights of the area from Maine to Rhode Island are presented, ranging from West Quoddy Head to Watch Hill. Paperback of 64 pages, 7 X 9" with location . Cost $14.95 plus $1.50 p & h.
*******BRUCE ROBERTS AND RAY JONES LlGHTHOUSE BOOKS: This is an update on the various books presently available from Bruce Roberts and Ray Jones: 1. PACIFIC NORTHWEST Lighthouses- 2. CALIFORNIA Lighthouses, 3. MID-ATLANTIC Lighthouses; 4. SOUTH Lighthouses (Second Editions); 5. EASTERN GREAT LAKES Lighthouses; 6. WESTERN GREAT LAKES Lighthouses; and 7. NEW ENGLAND Lighthouses. All of these books have dramatic tales of survival on the rugged Pacific Coast to the building of the first true lighthouse in America at the entrance to Boston Harbor. The books in the Lighthouse series tell the stories that link North merica's seafaring past with the present. Each features superb color and black-and-white photographs as well as complete travel directions to all accessible lights. All books are soft cover. Cost of each is $19.95 plus $1.75 p & h.
*******lSLAND JOURNAL VOLUME 14: Another outstanding annual edition of the Journal! This issue does not have any special articles on lighthouses, however there are a number of features that should be interested in this beautiful State of Maine. There is an excellent article on the cleanup of Boston Harbor to the point many species of fish have returned there. Also a truly interesting one on lobsters and explanation of Maine's double gauge lobster measure. Cost $14.95 plus $1.50 p & h.
REFRACTION - FACTS OF LIGHT VIDEO: Bv GPN, a Service Agency of the Universitv of Nebraska: There have been a number of inquiries about the operation of the Fresnel lenses used in lighthouses so this item is run again because of all the renewed interest. An outstanding 15 minute video that demonstrates the principles of the Fresnel lens. A ray of ordinary light travels in a straight line, but it can be refracted or bent, when it enters a new medium at an angle. It is important to be able to bend light. Lighthouses, for example use lenses to bend light from one lamp and send it far out to sea to warn of dangers and assist in navigation. This tape is just nicely done! Wayne wheeler explains details aboard a Coast Guard buoy tender. There is an outstanding section showing the first order lens at Point Reyes. Some of the background details are very clearly seen. The lens is rotated with a weight actuation drive and is on chariot wheels. The lamps are 1,000 watt and an older lamp changer is in use. The first order lens has a total of 1,032 prisms. Cost $14.95 plus $1.75 p & h.
**********MARTINS REEF LIGHTSHIP TO LIGHTHOUSE: By John J. Sellman: Very nice booklet of 70 pages with 65 black and white photos. This gives the details of how Martin Reef Light in Lake Huron was built. Four miles from the nearest land, in ten feet of water, it was a major undertaking. Passing ships were kept from Martin Reef by an anchored lightship from 1909 until 1927 when the lighthouse was built. The foreman for the project was the author's father, John Sellman, whose photographs guide the reader through the preparations and construction of the lighthouse. Cost $7.50 plus $1.50 p & h.
**********LADDIE OF THE LIGHT: by Jane Briggs-Bunting: The story of a young girl coming to terms with her parents' divorce during a summer spent with her grandfather at his cottage on the Great Lakes. While there, she meets a special dog and in an engaging story within the story learns the legend of Laddie of the Light. Juvenile Fiction illustrated by Jon Buechel. Hard cover of 43 pages. Cost $17.00 plus $1.50 p & h.
*********MARYLAND LIGHTHOUSES OF CHESAPEAKE BAY: by F. Ross Holland. Another outstanding work by Ross Holland! This is an illustrated history celebrating 175 years of lighthouse history. This is the first history ever compiled on aids to navigation past and present, standing and destroyed - in Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The history and construction details of 60 Maryland lighthouses and eight lightboats are reported, both for original lighthouses and those built to replace the early structures lost to storms, erosion and other causes. Maps, rare architectural elevations and site plans, some never before published, help the reader to understand the main types of beacons constructed in Maryland waters and the changing need of those who used the bay and the deep rivers. This book is in the category of a coffee table work. Hard cover. 200 pages, 9 x 12", Cost $32.50 plus $2.00 p & h.
**********LIGHTHOUSE FAMILIES: By Cheryl Shelton-Roberts and Bruce Roberts: Living in a lighthouse was a way of life for the families of more than 5,000 keepers and employees of the U S. Lighthouse Service. They were quiet people who formed the spine of America's prolific shipping history. They withstood enemy attack, hurricanes, dishonest bureaucrats, and abandonment. They saved thousands of lives. Publishing the book was delayed but it is certainly worth the wait. This is Cheryl's first collaboration with Bruce. Hopefully there will be more. There are a great number of photographs in the book. An excellent one of the U.S.L.H.S. exhibit at the 1926 sesqui-centennial exposition shows some of the old artifacts of the service. There are a number of favorite recipes of lighthouse families. Hard cover. 194 pages. 6 x 11". Cost $29.95 plus $1.50 p & h.
REPLICA OF THE U.S LIGHTHOUSE WATCHMAN'S CAP ORNAMENT: The museum shop now has the replica of the U.S. Lighthouse Service Cap Ornament for sale in the Museum shop. The device has the appearance of a badge however was worn on the watchman's cap. It has a hinged pin and an antique gold finish. Measures 2 5/8 inches by 1 7/8 inches. It is American made and comes in a blue presentation box. Would make a nice Christmas present for the collector. Cost $50.00 plus $1.50 p & h.
**********NAUSET LIGHT: A PERSONAL HISTORY: by Mary Daubenspeck van Roden The author has compiled great details of the history of the different lighthouses that were named "NAUSET." These included the first Three Sisters, the second set of Three Sisters and the modern tower of today. There are a number of black and white interesting photographs and diagrams. There is a drawing of the old Second Lighthouse District showing the various lights and aids to navigation. The author is delighted that every retailer stocking this book has agreed to do so at 20% instead of the usual 40% knowing that every penny of the proceeds (which amounts to just $2.36 per copy sold) are going to the relocating and preservation of the three historic and endangered Nauset Light structures. Soft cover of 82 pages. Cost $12.95 plus $1.50 p & h.