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List of National Register Bulletins

Maritime Heritage Program

National Maritime Initiative Inventory of Historic Aids to Navigation, a photocopied publication, is available at no charge by writing the Maritime Preservation Program, National Park Service (418), P.O. Box 37127, Washington, D.C. 20013-7127.

National Historic Landmark Program

Further information concerning the National Historic Landmark Program may be obtained by writing the National Historic Landmark Program, National Park Service (418), P.O. Box 37127, Washington, D.C. 20013-7127.

Published Sources

These are provided as an indication of the variety of source materials available as well as certain highly recommended works which will aid researchers. This listing is not intended to be a comprehensive bibliography.

Adamson, H.C. Keepers of the Lights. New York: Greenberg, 1955.

Albion, Robert Greenhalgh. Naval and Maritime History: An Annotated Bibliography. Mystic, Connecticut: The Marine Historical Association, Inc., 1972.

Blunt, Edmund and George. Blunt's Coast Pilot. New York, New York: E.& G. Blunt, various editions to 1856.

Brewington, Marion V. Chesapeake Bay: A Pictorial Maritime History. Cambridge, Maryland: Cornell Maritime Press, 1953.

Campbell, John F. History and Bibliography of the New American Practical Navigator and the American Coast Pilot. Salem, Massachusetts: The Peabody Museum, 1964.

Capron, Walter C. The U.S. Coast Guard. New York: Franklin Watts, Inc., 1965.

Conklin, Irving. Guideposts of the Sea. New York: MacMillan and Co., 1939.

Gibbs, James A. Sentinels of the North Pacific. Portland, Oregon: Binfords and Mort, 1955.

Heap, D.P. Ancient and Modern Lighthouses. Boston, n.p., 1889.

Holland, Francis Ross, Jr. America's Lighthouses: An Illustrated History. Brattleboro, Vermont: Stephen Greene Press, 1972, 1981, reprint ed. 1988, Dover Publications, Inc., New York.

Hussey, John A., ed. Early West Coast Lighthouses. San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1964.

Johnson, Arnold B. The Modern Lighthouse Service. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1890.

Johnson, Robert Erwin. Guardians of the Sea: History of the United States Coast Guard, 1915 to the Present. Annapolis, Maryland: United States Naval Institute, 1987.

Kerchove, Rene de. International Maritime Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Useful Terms and Phrases, Together With Equivalents in French and German. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1961.

Kobbe, G. "Life in a Lighthouse," The Century Magazine, XL, January 1894.

Macy, Robert H. "Consolidation of the Lighthouse Service with the Coast Guard," United States Naval Institute Proceedings LXVI (1), January 1940.

Manning, Gordon P. Life in the Colchester Reef Lighthouse. Shelbourne, Vermont: The Shelbourne Museum, 1958.

Mills, Robert. The American Pharos, or Lighthouse Guide. Washington, D.C.: Thompson and Homans, 1832.

Nordhoff, Charles. "The Lighthouses of the United States," Harpers Magazine, XXXVIII, March 1874.

Martone, Camille, et al. Preserving Historic Lighthouses: An Annotated Bibliography. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1989.

O'Brien, T. Michael. Guardians of the Eighth Sea: A History of the U.S. Coast Guard on the Great Lakes. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Coast Guard, 1976.

Putnam, George R. "Beacons of the Sea," National Geographic Magazine, XXIV, January 1913.

-------. Lighthouses and Lightships of the United States. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1917 and 1933. . Sentinel of the Coasts: The Log of a Lighthouse Engineer. New York: W.W. Norton, 1937.

Scott, Kenneth. "The Sandy Hook Lighthouse," The American Neptune XXV (2), April 1965.

Shanks, Ralph and Janetta Thompson Shanks. Lighthouses of San Francisco Bay. San Anselmo, California: Costano Books, 1976.

-------. Lighthouses and Lifeboats of the Redwood Coast. San Anselmo, California: Costano Books, 1977.

Stevenson, Alan D. The World's Lighthouses Before 1820. London: Oxford University Press, 1959.

Stick, David. North Carolina Lighthouses. Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina of Archives and History, 1982.

Strobridge, Truman R. Chronology of Aids to Navigation and the Old Lighthouse Service, 1716-1939. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1974.

U.S. Coast Survey. Pacific Coast Pilot. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1854,1858,1889 and subsequent editions. See also other Pilots for information on selected lights.

Updike, Richard W. "Augustin Fresnel and His Lighthouse Lenses," The Log of Mystic Seaport, XIX (2) 1967.

-------. "Winslow Lewis and the Lighthouses," The American Neptune, XXVIII (1), January 1968.

U.S. Bureau of Lighthouses. Lighthouse Service Bulletin. 1917-

U.S. Coast Guard. Historically Famous Lighthouses. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1957.

-------. United States Coast Guard Annotated Bibliography. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1982.

-------. The Light List. 7 vols., Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1987.

U.S. Lighthouse Board. Annual Report of the U.S. Lighthouse Board. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1852-1939.

-------. Documents Relating to Lighthouses, 1789-1871. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1871.

-------. Instructions to Light-Keepers, July 1881. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1881.

-------. Organization and Duties of the Lighthouse Board; and Rules, Regulations, and Instructions of the Lighthouse Establishment of the United States with the Laws and Circulars Relating Thereto. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1869.

Weiss, George. The Lighthouse Service: Its History, Activities and Organization. Service Monographs of the United States Government No. 40, Baltimore, Maryland: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1926.

Wroth, Lawrence C. Some American Contributions to the Art of Navigation, 1519-1802. Providence, Rhode Island: 1947.


The American Neptune: A Quarterly Journal of Maritime History. American Neptune Inc. Quarterly, 1941- . Peabody Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.

Inland Seas. Great Lakes Historical Society. Quarterly, 1945- . 480 Main Street, Vermillion, Ohio.

United States Lighthouse Society Keeper's Log. 244 Kearny Street, San Francisco, California 94108.

The Log of Mystic Seaport. Quarterly, 1948- . Mystic Seaport Museum, 50 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, Connecticut 06355.

U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. 2062 Generals Highway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.

Sea History. National Maritime Historical Society, 132 Maple Street, Croton-on-Hudson, New York 10520.

Waterways Journal. Weekly. 319 N. Fourth Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63102.

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