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January 9 in CRAIG PICKRALL FIELD & PERSONAL GEAR SECTION
Interesting, it appears the body to be of a doped fabric, presumably over a fiber tube. Another indication of very early. By using other indicators, there was a large transition to the use of celluloid bodies by the end of 1942. More durable, corrosion resistant and waterproof. The Buship floating lanterns were tin bodies. The majority of the USCG approved types were of this more modern plastic body.
Cool stuff, man!
To revive this topic for a minute.
Here is a display of equipment for Merchant Marine lifeboats, included is the floating lamp. Additionally to note is the 37mm flare gun, brass frame type. Fairly common type which were used by the Merchant Marine.
This image illustrates another variation of a floating lamp along with other watertight storage containers.
Thanks again for the excellent reference photos Dustin!
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