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Mystery Bow Insignia

By Timothy Harrison


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This old cabinet photograph of a lighthouse bow insignia on an unidentified vessel may be of great historical significance or of no historical significance at all.

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We know that all lighthouse tenders of the United States Lighthouse Service and, for a while, the United States Coast Guard, had a brass lighthouse affixed to the bow of the ships. But, in the early days, going back to when the government used a contact vessel for this purpose, did one of the ship’s owners paint this lighthouse insignia on the bow? Or was this lighthouse insignia painted on the bow of a lighthouse tender from a country other than the United States?

We don’t know the answer yet, but perhaps one of our readers has the answer at the tip of their fingers. If so, we’d like to hear from you by e-mail at Editor@LighthouseDigest.com or by mail to Editor, Lighthouse Digest, P.O. Box 250, East Machias, ME 04630. In the meantime, it remains a lighthouse history mystery.

This story appeared in the May/Jun 2013 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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