the nelson dionne salem history collection

Salem Common, ca. 1890


118 pages, paperback, illustrated, indexed; revised edition with new material.

"Salem's Forgotten Stories"
is published by Create Space at Amazon

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Our first title is available at:

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- Winter Island office (Salem)

- Wicked Good Books (Salem)

- Custom House Maritime Museum (Newburyport)

- U. S. Coast Guard Heritage Museum (Barnstable)

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About the book...

U. S. Coast Guard Air Station Salem, Massachusetts:

1935-1970, A Pictorial and Chronological History

by Bonnie Hurd Smith; produced by Nelson Dionne

On February 15, 1935, Coast Guard Air Station Salem opened on Winter Island to respond to emergency calls off the Atlantic Coast from as far south as Connecticut and as far north as Halifax. Two years later, the Salem Evening News reported that the air station in 1937 had “established one of the most progressive records for flying and participating in mercy errands of any Coast Guard air station in the country.” A few years later, the men patrolled the coast in search of German U-boats during World War II. Until the Air Station closed in 1970 during a Coast Guard consolidation, Coast Guard Air Station Salem played a vital role in Salem and far beyond for thirty-five years. The men bravely saved dozens of lives at sea, and risked their own.  

The City of Salem seized control of the vacant Coast Guard property in 1972. Sadly, vandals had taken over the area and some of the buildings were eventually destroyed for safety reasons. Of the buildings that remain today, in 2015, City of Salem officials and citizens alike are keenly aware of their potential. City, state, and federal funding has been secured, and restoration work on Winter Island and Fort Pickering was underway as of June 2015.

Drawing upon the archive of Salem collector Nelson Dionne, this book presents a brief chronological history of Coast Guard Air Station Salem and photographs of its story. Although the station is no longer active, it will always be remembered. So must the Coast Guard Air Station Salem men who lost their lives in the line of duty.

We salute the U. S. Coast Guard on its 225th Anniversary on August 4, 2015!