By Captain Robert F. Bennett—U.S. Coast Guard, Retired: This book contains two works. The first is a reprint of Surfboats, Rockets, and Carronades. It was originally published by the United States Coast Guard in 1976 and was long out of print. The second part is a researched chronological presentation of official correspondence and documents relating to the funding and creation of the early life-saving stations. Information is included about the tools and equipment provided by the federal government as well as the early station-keepers. Also referenced are some of the notable shipwrecks of the period from 1848 to 1871.