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The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers   By: (1876-1960)

The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers by Francis Rolt-Wheeler

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THE BOY WITH THE U. S. LIFE SAVERS

BOOKS BY FRANCIS ROLT WHEELER

U. S. Service Series

Illustrations from Photographs taken for U. S. Government. Large 12mo. Cloth. Price $1.50 each.

THE BOY WITH THE U. S. SURVEY THE BOY WITH THE U. S. FORESTERS THE BOY WITH THE U. S. CENSUS THE BOY WITH THE U. S. FISHERIES THE BOY WITH THE U. S. INDIANS THE BOY WITH THE U. S. EXPLORERS

LOTHROP, LEE & SHEPARD CO., BOSTON

[Illustration: THE GLEAM THAT BRINGS HOPE.

Coast Guard patrol burning the Coston Light as signal to wrecked vessel that help is at hand.

Courtesy of Outing Magazine.]

U. S. SERVICE SERIES.

THE BOY WITH THE U. S. LIFE SAVERS

BY FRANCIS ROLT WHEELER

With Forty eight Illustrations, nearly all from Photographs Loaned by Bureaus of the U. S. Government

[Illustration]

BOSTON LOTHROP, LEE & SHEPARD CO.

Published, August, 1915

COPYRIGHT, 1915, BY LOTHROP, LEE & SHEPARD CO.

All rights reserved

THE BOY WITH THE U. S. LIFE SAVERS

Norwood Press BERWICK & SMITH CO. NORWOOD, MASS. U. S. A.

PREFACE

Upon the hungry rock bound shores of Maine, and over the treacherous quicksands of Cape Hatteras, the billows of the Atlantic roll; the tropical storms of the Gulf of Mexico whip a high surf over the coral reefs of Florida; upon the Pacific coast, six thousand miles of sea fling all their fury on the land; yet no one fears. Serene in the knowledge that the United States Coast Guard and the Lighthouse Bureau never sleep, vessels from every corner of the world converge to the great seaports of America.

The towers that stand sentinel all day, or flame their unceasing vigilance all night, hold out their message of welcome or of warning to every ship that nears the coast, and not a point of danger is unprotected. Should an unreckoned with disaster cast a vessel on the breakers, there is not a mile of beach that the Coast Guard does not watch.

Far in the northern Bering Sea, a Coast Guard cutter blazes the hidden trail through Polar ice for the oncoming fleet of whalers, and carries American justice to where, as yet, no court has been; out in the mid Atlantic, when the Greenland icebergs follow their silent path of ghostly menace, a Coast Guard cutter watches and warns the great ocean liners of their peril; and when, in spite of all that skill and watchfulness can do, the sea claims its toll of wreck, it is the Coast Guard cutter that is first upon the scene of rescue. To show the stern work done by the U. S. Coast Guard, to depict the indomitable men who overcome dangers greater than are known to any others who traffic on the sea, to point to the manly boyhood of America this arm of our country's national defense, whose history is one long record of splendid heroism, is the aim and purpose of

THE AUTHOR.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I

A RESCUE BY MOONLIGHT 1

CHAPTER II

THE LIGHTS THAT NEVER SLEEP 28

CHAPTER III

HEROES OF THE UNDERGROUND 61

CHAPTER IV

SNATCHED FROM A FROZEN DEATH 96

CHAPTER V

SAVED BY THE BREECHES BUOY 120

CHAPTER VI

A BLAZON OF FLAME AT SEA 156

CHAPTER VII

REINDEER TO THE RESCUE 187

CHAPTER VIII

THE BELCHING DEATH OF A VOLCANO 222

CHAPTER IX

DEFYING THE TEMPEST'S VIOLENCE 246

CHAPTER X

ADRIFT ON A DERELICT 274

CHAPTER XI

THE WRECKERS OF THE SPANISH MAIN 294

CHAPTER XII

THE GRAVEYARD OF THE DEEP 322

ILLUSTRATIONS

FACING PAGE The Gleam That Brings Hope Frontispiece

The Light That Never Sleeps 10

The Lonely Watcher of the Coast 20

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