1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 24, 2020 4:01 PM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking records about Navy Signalmen Lookouts at Lighthouses


      During World War I, the US Navy assigned Signalmen to a number of lighthouse stations on the Atlantic Coast. The signalmen served as additional lookouts and communicated with passing vessels using signal flags as a way to track merchant shipping. Where would I find records - correspondence or muster rolls - pertaining to these activities?

        • Re: Seeking records about Navy Signalmen Lookouts at Lighthouses
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Liller,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Logbooks of Lighthouses, 1872 - 1944 and various Vessel Documentation Files in the Records of the Records of the U.S. Coast Guard (Record Group 26) that may include the information you seek. Please contact the NARA unit listed in the series descriptions.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from various NARA units. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

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