Report for Pooles Island (Maryland) - 1870

District: 5th
Inspector: Commo. T.A. Dornin, Inspector, 5th Dist.
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Date of Report: 09/02/1870
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site:
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark:
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Partly enclosed by a board & pale fence.
Wharf or Landing on Premises:
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station:
Distance to Nearest Road:
Distance to Post Office:
Distance to Village:
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Detached tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established:
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan:
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball:
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water:
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea:
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Whitewashed
Tower Connection: There is none required.
Object of Navigation:
Building Materials:
General Description: The tower is built of stone rough masonry. In good condition & whitewashed.
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Made of wood in good condition.
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: In good condition & very clean.
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: Wood in good condition.
Number of Doors:
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: There is a Regulation clock in good condition, kept in sitting room.
Location / Number:
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: There is 1 ladder for outside use.
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: There are none required.

How is Watchroom Fitted:
How is Relief Called: There is none required.
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker:
Year Made:
Marks and Number:
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic: Fixed white
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels:
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum:
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum:
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls:
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube:
Clock Weight:
Length of Winding Time:
Drive During Rewind:
Machinery Protection:
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Lens of 4th order, Franklin lamp.
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1, in good condition.
Number of Spare Burners: 2, in good condition.
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description:
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): There is a closet provided for the preservation of utensils, wicks, chimneys and cleaning materials. Paints, oils, spirits of turpentine, paint-brushes, etc. are placed in a corner of the oil room.
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: There is a fog signal worked by machinery in good condition.
Time to Start:
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Distance and Direction:
Water Supply:
Reached from Lighthouse:
Description of Fog Signal Building:
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Construction Materials:
Number of Rooms:
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers:
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks:
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available:
Area Cultivated: Keeper cultivates about 1/2 of the land.
Character of Surroundings:
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
Access to Lighthouse:
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: This station requires a Rod Lamp & a Lucerne Lantern.
Boat Number: 0
Length: 5' 6"
Width: 16' 7"
When Built:
Date Harbored at Station:
Sails: False
Suited to Work: In good condition.
Lantern: It was in good condition.
Illuminating Apparatus: Lens was in very good condition & perfectly clean in all its parts.
Service Lamp: In good condition in all respects
Oil: Specimens were examined & found to be free from all objectionable matter. It had not been filtered.
Service Lamp Burner: It was in good condition & free from all gummy or burnt oil. Wick was well & properly trimmed.
Service Lamp Burner Level: It was found level.
Plate Glass: Very clean & free from scratches stains or dirt, 2 panes slightly cracked.
Lens Cover: Cover was on, clean. Made of linen ticking & hung up in the lantern room when not in use.
Lantern Curtains: 2 sets in good condition. Made of linen ticking; put up & taken down at the proper time.
Carillon or Alarm Bell: There is none required.
Rod Lamp: There is a Rod lamp required at this station.
Dwelling: Dwelling is in good condition, whitewashed & very clean.
Stairway and Landing: Clean & whitewashed.
Inside of Tower: It is whitewashed throughout.
Glazing of Dwelling: In good condition.
Improvements Needed: There are none required
Outhouses: In very good condition.
Boathouse: Boat house in good condition.
Grounds: They are in good condition. They have no appearance of neglect.

Equipment Care
Does Keeper Understand the Use and Care of
Lens: Lens is never touched improperly.
Lantern and Trap Doors: Doors fit properly.
Watch or Trimming Room: There are none of these articles to be seen at time of inspection.
Lucernes or Matches: There were none of the above articles to be seen in the rooms mentioned.
Heater: Keeper understands use of heater.
Ventilation: Keeper understands use of ventilators & how to air bldg.
Dome: They were painted according to Instructions. Lightning conductor was in good condition & led into the ground.

Oil Room
Oil Room Condition: It is in good condition with no appearance of waste.
Oil Carriers: In good condition & arranged in order for use.
Number of 100 Gallon Oil Butts: 1
Number of 50 Gallon Oil Butts: 1
Number of Small Butts for Waste Oil:
Number of Dripping Buckets: 1
Number of Oil Tanks: 2 holding 150 gallons.
Oil Butts Made According to Regulation: They are so made.
Oil Butt Covers: Gutters were filled with refuse oil & covers on. Keeper understands how to use covers & air cocks.
Drip Bucket Placement: There was a dripping bucket so hung to one butt & pan placed under the other.
Oil Butt Platform: They are placed upon a raised platform of plank.
Empty Oil Butts: There is none.

Tool Chests and Presses
Cleaning Materials Put Away: They are so put up & packed.
Paints Separate: They are kept separate.
Tool Chest: There is none
Tool Condition: 1 hammer in good condition.
Tools Free from Rust:
Closets Clean: They are clean, & appear to have been properly aired.
Service Box In Good Order: They are clean & properly arranged.
Trimming Scissors Clean: They are kept clean.
Brushes and Floor Clothes: In good order & in their proper places.
Lantern Condition: In very good condition.

Keeper and Assistants
Keeper Appearance: Keeper is neat & tidy in appearance.
Keeper Interested in Duties: He does
Keeper Capacity for Duties: He shows good capacity & desires to gain information.
Keeper Understanding of Regulations: He seems to understand the Rules & Directions, & a desire to conform to them.
Keeper Complaints:
Keeper Family: Keeper's family occupy dwelling with him.
Keeper Name: Isaac J. Allen
Keeper Age: Middle Age
Keeper Present or Absent: Keeper was absent for provisions.
Number of Assistants: None allowed.
Assistants Attend to Duty:
Assistants Capability:
Assistants Complaints:
Assistants Family:
Assistant Keeper Names:
Did Principal and Assistant Keepers Accompany the Inspector?: Keeper was absent, but his wife attended me throughout my Inspection.

Account and Regulations Books
Account Books
Daily Expenditures Posted: They are
Quarterly Returns on Hand: They are
Receipt and Expenditure Accounts Kept: They are
Shipwreck and Vessels Passed Book: It is kept properly
Regulations, Instructions, and Directions
Rules and Regulations Copies: 1
Instructions and Directions Copies: 1
Placard Directions Copies: 1
Notice to Visitors Copies: 1
Summary of Duties: 1
Index of Instructions: 1
Guide for Mixed Paints: 1
Directions for Purifying Water: 1
Placards Easily Visible: They are
Books Easily Accessible: They are
Blank Books and Forms: