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Black, then serving as Officer in C h arge, C G Station Rockland. Black began collecting and salvaging lighthouse lenses and equipment in 1971 and, with permission from his superiors in the C oas t G uard, set up a display at the Rockland CG Station. W hen the collec tion began overflowi ng the space, Black arran ged for them to be displayed at the Shore Village Museum, also in Rockl a nd, eventually moving to its current location at 1 Park Drive ten yea rs ago. Black died in 2007; that same yea r, t h e A merican Lighthouse Foundation m erged its collection with th at of the MLM, m aking the combined collection th e la rgest of its ki nd in the country. But the museum h as struggled fi nancially for years, despite the dedication of m any volunteers, including D or Black , Ken Black 's widow, who h as ca rried rhe torch since her husband 's passing. Then, rhis p as t January a burst pipe and subsequent flo od ing collapsed the ceiling in severa l roo ms, causing considerable dam age to the interior bur leavin g rhe ligh t collection reportedly unscathed . The MLM staff and volunteers h ave been scrambling to raise funds to m ake repairs and to keep rhe museum's doors open, but a !are-April em ail to Rockland 's ciry m an ager from rhe curator of rhe US Coast G uard histo rical collection in M aryland , A rlyn D anielson, alerted rhem that rhe Coast G uard wants its artifac ts b ack. The C ity of Rockland is rhe official borrower of record fo r rhe 700 arti facts, wh ich include sixteen Fresnel lenses and pieces of addirional lenses, a Coast G uard beach ca rt, and rare aids to navigation . According to D an ielson, the collec tion is at risk because of rhe museum's fin ancial instability and because many of the irem s have been on loan for far b eyond the typical 10-year term. By limiting the loa n period to ten yea rs in most cases , the Coas t G uard can ma inta in cont rol over its assets and ensure con sisten cy in the preservation of its valuable and irreplaceable artifacts. The Coast Guard 's historical coll ection of mo re than more than 20,000 arti fac ts, models and wo rks of art is stored ar the CG Exhibit Center in Forestville, MD, in a climate-controlled faci lity. C urrently, more than SEAHISTORY 151 , SUMME R2015

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10 Effie M. Morrissey in the Pacific-a Letter from Sea, 1928, by Harry Whitney; introduction by Chester Brigham • 16 Lafayette's Hermione:...

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