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Keystone View Photograph


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This Keystone View vintage newswire photograph just came to our possession and we thought we'd share it with our readers. The caption on the back of the undated photograph says, “The SS Yankton, a New England coast steamer, ran aground at the Nix's Mate Lighthouse. She was a former private yacht of Col. Converse, then a gunboat during the Spanish-American War and then the World War and then sold to the Province Line.”

The caption is partially wrong in referring to Nix's Mate in Boston Harbor as a lighthouse. It is actually an unlighted day-beacon, which has served the harbor as an aid to navigation for two centuries. To learn more, refer to the story about Nix's Mate by Jeremy D'Entremont that appeared in the December 2003 issue of Lighthouse Digest. The story is also on our website at www.LighthouseDigest.com.

The photograph will now be donated to the American Lighthouse Foundation.

This story appeared in the May 2006 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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