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New Book by Jerry Biggs


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Noted maritime historian Jerry Biggs has just released, in time for the holidays, a great new book, “Rescue and Refuge: Florida.”

For anyone with a love for maritime history, this book is for you. The book fills a missing gap in Florida’s maritime lore and is loaded with rare historical images of life-saving stations, lighthouses, and the keepers who served at them.

Biggs, who has written a number of stories for Lighthouse Digest over the years, admits that the book at times is quirky and whimsical, but as we found - it is never boring. The book covers Florida’s entire shoreline frontier with true-life heroic rescue tales of shipwreck survivors, homicide on the high-seas, hurricanes, primitive living conditions and long periods of isolation broken by moments of sheer terror.

Even the publication of the book was met by the fury of Mother Nature as it rolled off the press during a tropical storm.

The United States-Life Saving Service, (sister organization to the U.S. Lighthouse Service,) and their successor The United States Coast Guard, contributed greatly to establishing Florida’s shore line frontier for the growth of the state through heroic deeds of valor.

At $19.95 plus $4.95 for shipping for a total of $24.90 the book is available directly from Jerry Biggs, P.O. Box 5576, Navarre, Florida 32566.

This story appeared in the December 2009 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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