Best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin will make an appearance at the Descendants of Whaling Masters’ 42nd annual meeting on Saturday, June 11, from 12-1 p.m. at the Wamsutta Club, at 427 County Street in New Bedford, to discuss his latest book, Brilliant Beacons.

According to South Coast, rich in maritime lore, brimming with original historical detail, and complete with more than 160 photographs and illustrations, Brilliant Beacons presents a comprehensive history of American lighthouses and traces the evolution of America’s lighthouse system. The book has been chosen as a featured alternate selection for the History Book Club, the Military Book Club, the Library of Science Book Club and the Literary Guild Book Club. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Those interested in becoming members of the Descendants of Whaling Masters should contact Chris Davis at 275 Mechanic St., Foxboro, or visit Founded in 1974, the organization is made up of over 450 members from 30 states and territories of the United States. Though membership was formerly limited to people who were direct descendants of whaling masters, today, anyone who can document that a relative served in any capacity on board a whaling vessel is eligible to join.

Tickets for the event should be reserved by June 6, along with meal selections, as lunch will be served (choice of baked stuffed chicken breast, baked scrod or Caesar salad with grilled chicken).

Checks should be made payable to Descendants of Whaling Masters Inc., c/o William H. Potter Jr., 194 Main St., Fairhaven, MA, 02719.

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