About the Book
"Blue Water and Rocky Lights" takes you back to a Coast Guard that would hardly be recognizable today with officer candidate school at the Coast Guard Academy, and cutters of World War II or older vintage. Lawrence G. Desmond, a junior officer aboard the cutters Mclane and Avoyel, tells a historic story sprinkled with anecdotes and good humor. It’s illustrated with color and B&W photos of shipboard life, crewmembers, rescues, and photographic documentation of the exceptional seamanship required to supply St. George Reef lighthouse in the often-treacherous seas off the coast of northern California.
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Lawrence G. Desmond received a PhD in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Colorado, Boulder; an MA in anthropology from the Universidad de las Americas in Cholula, Mexico, and carried-out archaeological research in Mexico and Guatemala for more than 40 years. He taught at the University of Minnesota and San Francisco State University. His books, "A Dream of Maya" and "Yucatán through her eyes," are about the photography and studies of the ancient Maya by Alice and Augustus Le Plongeon who worked in Yucatán in the 1870s. His photographs of Mexico and Guatemala are at Harvard University's Peabody Museum, photographs of the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project (MMARP) are at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, and his earliest photos are at the Bancroft Library at UC-Berkeley. He is a senior research fellow in archaeology with the MMARP at Harvard University, and a research associate with the Dept. of Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences.