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j the navy to see the world. Today, | the 24-year-old veteran has set- i tied down to a humdrum life of 'routine "lighthousekeeping" off of Bluffs' Man Settles Down fo . . . "Lighthousekeeping" Off the Coast of New England by Eight years ago, Harry B. Watts of Council Bluffs joined the coast of New England. And he's quite content. Watts is concluding a 15-day furlough here with his mother, Mrs. Blanche Auguy of 3619 the avenue. Now a boatswain's i m a t e f l r s t c i ass j n the c o a s t guard, he is stationed aboard the Nantucket Lightship as acting acting executive officer. The small craft is permanently permanently anchored at sea to stand guard over the treacherous Nantucket Nantucket shoals. Nearest land is 45 miles away. _ ,, few j E ? es Ssrvlce as Career to at The Council Bluffs vouth enlisted enlisted in the U. S. coast guard a ear ago, 10 months after com- i pleting a six-year hitch in the I navv. He is seriously eyeing the Harry B. Watts interrupt the monotonous tour at keep nis buoy-like "lighthouse" sea. In contrast, service aboard ship j is referred to as "isolated duty." j After a 30-day stint, the coast i guardsman earns a respite on in order. p i c campaigns while in the a ' F«quent trips ashore- aptly n , v y _ termed "compensatory liberty -- j Hls m a i n pro blem now is to an good we 1 - mind life o n t h e * . ° , - , «...,,, T t ,_ h nmo to he 130-foot lightship. Its home to it pitches on t l l _ Atlantlc u ke a sun buoy," he admits, wryly. Christmas Comes Early to Destitute 1 Little Mining Town SH.iLLMAR, MJ.. # --Christmas --Christmas has come carh to this "Sometimes it's so rough at i tute coal mine town. b 1 i c night that you don't even try to i sleep," he explains. "You just day for t n p 59 pupils hang onto jour bunk to keep elementary school. from falling out." He found his sealegs long ago. His proudest boast is "I've never been seasick." Powerful Beacon. Therp w e r e hot lunches Monat hf Two trucks distributed milk cess, fruit and fresh vegetables to the 50 shacks where most of Shallmar's 200 neople have been on the edlP of starvation for 1 The Nantucket Lightship is a | weeks manners. Its i Bu t W o3f Den coal minr the I p o w e rf u 1 23,000 candlepower 1 ham]c , rs o n l y i n d u s t r y still beacon sends out a shaft of light s h j t d ( W n a= , t ha5 h e e n «; lnce for 16 miles in ]ast M , rch 31 Thc 0 - \ n e r has clear weather. ^ n i _ _ , _ , , hopes of reopening it but no The lightship fills a dual role, In addition to guarding the d n v - ! shoals, it is an important aid to navigation as a direction find- i n g c o m m u n i t i e s in we»tt.rn 1 ing station. All seagoing traffic M a r y iand and nearby West Vir- mconsequen- mamed on even keel for Watts. minor distress sig- immediate prospects Relief supplies camp in b\ the truckload ondav from neighbor- There were shipments Nantucket from C u m b e r l a n d . e=;t citA in t h n arei, from had going to and from New York harbor clears the j Lightship. bi- j New York is a distance of 250 , ur£ , ATirVnivl i n n [ miles. It is 160 miles to Boston. T,i r ] anc ] pjc-l.norf, W Va. bike i "LighthoUiekecping" has re- The trucks dim-rjed t h P i r incr and c'orr ipi a' thr tVeP- room =;rbnnl' 1 ou^r Pi ''cn?l T who nal has sent him and his creu p a u i \r " \ ··(! \ ' b ( ' "T V- safe- , of eight scurrying to man their c h a i r m a n o f 1'ir t'lii'-rl Mine rescue stations. The "bosun's mate," saw plen Worker-,' local relief committee, supervised distribution. of ty of action during world war II But Serving in both the Atlantic and The b r a g g a r t Pacific theaters, he participated off that just as spring comes in the North African, Mediter- i fore summer, pride comes ranean, European end Asiatic i the fall

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  1. Council Bluffs Nonpareil,
  2. 13 Dec 1949, Tue,
  3. Page 11

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