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Box 254 YB 1890, YH 1893, Isaac L. Smith & Edward Rice 1891

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All communications should be addressed to "THE LIGHT-HOUSE BOARD" Treasury Department Office of the Light-House Board.

B. Enclosures: One. Subject: Yaquina Bay Whistling Buoy. July 14, 1893 Bearings.

Comdr. O. W. Farenholt, U.S.N., Inspector 13th Light-House District,

Portland, Oregon.

Sir: Referring to forms 87 for Yaquina Bay Outside Bar Whistling Buoy, seacoast of Oregon, transmitted with your letter of 3 July '93, it is found in plotting the position of the buoy on Coast and Geodetic Survey chart No. 6057 by the sextant angles, using them in two sets, that the two positions are almost identical, while the bearings on Yaquina Head (Cape Foulweather) Light-House and on Yaquina Old Tower of the four bearings given, do not cut the position by angles. The sextant angles and the chart seem to indicate that the bearings on Yaquina Head (Cape Foulweather) Light-House and Yaquina Old Tower should be, respectively, approximately N. and N.E. 1/8 N.

The Board requests you to revise and return From 87 inclosed.

Respectfully, R.D. Evans Commander, U.S.N. , Naval Secretary.

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Box 253 YB 1887 1888

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(All communications should be addressed to "THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LIGHT-HOUSE BOARD.")

Treasury Department Office of the Light-House Board

Washington, 7 June, 1888

Lieut. Uriel Sebree, U.S.N., Inspector 13th L.H. District, Portland, Oreg.

Sir:

Referring to your letter of 3 Jan'y, '88, relating to the establishment of a 1st order coast light-house on the headlands near Newport, at Yaquina Bay, Oreg., I have to inform you that the Board at its session held on 4 June, '88, considered the subject and came to the conclusion that there is at present no necessity for the establishment of a 1st order coast light-house at Yaquina Bay, Oreg., in view of the fact that the 1st order coast light on Yaquina Head, known as Cape Foulweather light is less than four miles north of the entrance to Yaquina Bay; that the channel is very narrow and that no vessels are ever known to attempt the bar at night; and that there is a whistling buoy off the entrance to Yaquina Bay.

Respectfully,

James ??? Major of Engineers, U.S.A. Engineer Secretary

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Treasury Department Office of the Light-House Board Washington, July 19th, 1889.

Lieut. Comdr. U. Sebree, U.S.N. Inspector 13th Light-house District, Portland, Oreg.

Sir:

As requested in your letter of 12 June '89, the Board approves your action in establishing buoys in the 13th Light-house District, as follows:

A 3rd class nun buoy, red, No. 2, on starboard side of channel, inside the bar, Yaquina Bay, Oreg.

An horizontal striped spar buoy on a shoal (not shown on the chart and called by you Argyle Shoal) in the norther part of Griffin Bay, Wash.

Hereafter you are requested to obtain the consent of the Board before establishing new aids to navigation, unless the case is one not permitting delay.

Respectfully,

???

Commander, U.S.N. Naval Secretary

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Enclosure.

(All communications should be addressed to "CHAIRMAN OF THE LIGHT-HOUSE BOARD".)

Treasury Department Office of the Light-House Board Washington, 16 December, 1889

Sir:

The Senate Committee on Commerce referred by its letter of 9 Dec. '89, to this Office for its opinion, Senate Bill 459, appropriating $80,000 for the establishment of a first order coast light-house on the headlands near Newport, at Yaquina Bay, Oregon. A copy of that bill is herewith enclosed.

An Adverse report was made upon this matter from your office by letter of 3 Jan'y '88, and the Board in formal session also made adverse report upon the proposition, but as the matter is again formally referred to this Office, you are again requested to make report upon the matter, taking into consideration any new facts which may have come to your knowledge since the date of the last report.

Respectfully,

???

Commander, U.S.N. Naval Secretary

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Coast Guard District narrative histories 1945

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units furnished the paint for camouflaging and structures. The last of the stations was returned to its normal peace time color by the end of the summer, 1945.

DISTRICT OFFICE PERSONNEL

Prior to, and for almost a year following the consolidation of the Lighthouse Service and the Coast Guard, the Aids to Navigation Section was administered by an Associate Mechanical Engineer with the assistance of two clerks and a stenographer. Both operational and engineering activities were combined in this section until the District was reorganized according to the Coast Guard organization plan. Engineering duties were then delegated to a separate Engineering Section and the operation and maintenance of aids to navigation became the responsibility of the Section. The Associate Mechanical Engineer, later promoted to Nautical Scientist, administered the department until the assignment of an Aids to Navigation Officer in 1944. Until that time, however the staff had increased to two Coast Guard Officers (R) (male) and one SPAR Officer, three enlisted Coast Guardsmen and six enlisted SPARS. In 1945, an Assistant Aids to Navigation Officer, trained especially in electronic aids was assigned to the section.

There was a little overlapping of activities between the Aids to Navigation Section and other departments, although its duties followed closely, in many instances, those of the Engineering Section, Vessel Operations, Port Security, Communications and Communications Engineering. These parallels were, respectively, in regards to surveying sites and deteraining??? structures, the movements of tenders, position of buoys and restricted areas, the monitoring of stations at North Head and Meadowdale and the activities of RACONS and the LORAN systems.

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