James A. Gibbs

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James A. Gibbs
Born (1922-01-17)January 17, 1922
Died April 30, 2010(2010-04-30) (aged 88)
home at Cleft of the Rock Light[1]
Nationality U.S.
Occupation Historian & lighthouse keeper

James A. "Jim" Gibbs (January 17, 1922 – April 30, 2010) was a United States author, lighthouse keeper, and maritime historian.

He was one of the lighthouse keepers at Tillamook Rock Light for a year beginning in 1945.[2] In 1948 Gibbs was one of the five founders of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society.[3] He was the editor of "Marine Digest" magazine until 1972.

He built and lived in Cleft of the Rock Light near Yachats, Oregon, "the first privately owned working lighthouse in Oregon" until his death on April 30, 2010.[1]


  • James Gibbs, Jr. (1993) [1950, 1964]. Pacific Graveyard: A Narrative of the Ships Lost Where the Columbia River Meets the Pacific Ocean. ISBN 978-0-8323-0481-1. 
  • Jim Gibbs (1968). West Coast Windjammers in Story and Pictures. ISBN 978-0-517-17060-1. 
  • Jim Gibbs (1978) [1971]. Disaster Log of Ships-a Pictorial Account of Shipwrecks, California to Alaska. ISBN 978-0-517-16982-7. 
  • Jim Gibbs; Joe D. Williamson (1976). Maritime Memories of Puget Sound, in Photographs and Text. ISBN 978-0-88740-044-5. 
  • James A. Gibbs (1986). Lighthouses of the Pacific. ISBN 978-0-88740-054-4. 
  • Jim Gibbs (1997) [1986]. Peril at Sea: a Photographic Study of Shipwrecks in the Pacific. ISBN 978-0-88740-066-7. 
  • Jim Gibbs; Chad Ehlers (1989) [1981]. Sentinels of Solitude: West Coast Lighthouses. ISBN 978-0-945092-06-3. 
  • Jim Gibbs; Phillip Drucker (1997) [1987]. Windjammers of the Pacific Rim. ISBN 978-0-88740-086-5. 
  • James A. Gibbs (1997). Lighthouses of the Pacific. ISBN 978-0-88740-054-4. 
  • James A. Gibbs; Bert Webber (June 2003). Oregon's Seacoast Lighthouses: Oregon Documentary, Includes Nearby Shipwrecks. ISBN 978-0-936738-57-4. 
  • James A. Gibbs (April 2007). Lighthouses of the Pacific. ISBN 978-0-7643-2463-5. 
  • Jim Gibbs (2007) [1969, 1987]. Pacific Square-Riggers: Pictorial History of the Great Windships of Yesteryear. ISBN 978-0-88740-106-0. 


  1. ^ a b c "James A. Gibbs". News Times. Newport, Oregon. 2010-05-05. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  2. ^ "Tillamook Rock Light". Rudy and Alice's Lighthouse page. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  3. ^ Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society – History (official site) (accessed 06-15-11).