Report for Pools Island (Maryland) - 1867

District: 5th
Inspector: J. M. Berrien, Inspector, 5th District
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Date of Report: 09/15/1867
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: By a paling fence in part & partly by a board fence.
Wharf or Landing on Premises:
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station:
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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:
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:
Color of Tower/ How Produced:
Tower Connection:
Object of Navigation:
Building Materials:
General Description: Built of stone "rough masonry"; in good condition & whitewashed.
Wall Thickness at Base:
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Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Stone, in good condition.
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: In good condition - kept 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:
Location / Number:
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: 1 for outside use.
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: No

How is Watchroom Fitted:
How is Relief Called: There is no bell for calling the relief.
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: 2, 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 etc., are kept in a corner of the oil room.
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Bell worked by machinery in good condition.
Time to Start:
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: Strikes about 9 times a minute.
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: Nearly all of it.
Character of Surroundings:
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
Lamps: A regulation time piece in good condition - kept in the sitting room of the dwelling.
Boat Number: 0
Length: 5' 6"
Width: 16' 7"
When Built:
Date Harbored at Station:
Sails: False
Suited to Work: In good condition
Lantern: In good condition
Illuminating Apparatus: Lens was in good condition & perfectly clean in all its parts.
Service Lamp: In good condition in all respects.
Oil: Specimen examined & found to be clear & clean - it had been filtered,
Service Lamp Burner: In good condition & free from gummy or burnt oil.
Service Lamp Burner Level: Burner was found to be level.
Plate Glass: Very clean, free from scratches, stains & dirt.
Lens Cover: It was on; not very clean- was made of cotton ticking, & kept in the lantern room when not in use.
Lantern Curtains: None
Carillon or Alarm Bell: None
Rod Lamp: None
Dwelling: Dwelling is now under repair & will soon be in good condition.
Stairway and Landing: Clean & whitewashed.
Inside of Tower: Whitewashed throughout.
Glazing of Dwelling: In good condition
Improvements Needed: Do not know of required.
Outhouses: 2 of the outhouses are falling to pieces. They are not considered worth repairing.
Boathouse: There are none
Grounds: In good condition. Grounds appear to be well cared for.

Equipment Care
Does Keeper Understand the Use and Care of
Lens: It is not allowed to touch the lens improperly.
Lantern and Trap Doors: They fit tightly.
Watch or Trimming Room: No
Lucernes or Matches: No
Heater: No heater
Ventilation: Keeper understands use of ventilators & how to air the bldg.
Dome: They were so painted. Conductor was in good condition & led into the ground.

Oil Room
Oil Room Condition: In bad condition - there was a waste of oil on the floor.
Oil Carriers: Only tolerable.
Number of 100 Gallon Oil Butts:
Number of 50 Gallon Oil Butts: 2
Number of Small Butts for Waste Oil:
Number of Dripping Buckets: 3
Number of Oil Tanks: 2 holding 100 gallons
Oil Butts Made According to Regulation:
Oil Butt Covers: Gutters were not filled. Keeper was instructed in regard to them & to the air cocks.
Drip Bucket Placement: No; Keeper's attention called.
Oil Butt Platform: On plank raised from floor.
Empty Oil Butts: There were no empty oil butts.

Tool Chests and Presses
Cleaning Materials Put Away: Yes
Paints Separate: Yes
Tool Chest: No
Tool Condition: There was 1 hammer in good condition.
Tools Free from Rust:
Closets Clean: Yes
Service Box In Good Order: Yes
Trimming Scissors Clean: Yes
Brushes and Floor Clothes: Yes
Lantern Condition: Good

Keeper and Assistants
Keeper Appearance: Was well dressed
Keeper Interested in Duties: Yes, much interest
Keeper Capacity for Duties: Keeper appears capable & seems to wish to gain information.
Keeper Understanding of Regulations: Seems to understand Rules & Instructions, & to wish to conform to them.
Keeper Complaints:
Keeper Family:
Keeper Name: Isaac Allen
Keeper Age: Young
Keeper Present or Absent: Present
Number of Assistants: No assistant allowed.
Assistants Attend to Duty:
Assistants Capability:
Assistants Complaints:
Assistants Family:
Assistant Keeper Names:
Did Principal and Assistant Keepers Accompany the Inspector?: Keeper attended throughout the inspection.

Account and Regulations Books
Account Books
Daily Expenditures Posted: They were not. Keeper's attention called to this neglect.
Quarterly Returns on Hand: Yes
Receipt and Expenditure Accounts Kept: Yes
Shipwreck and Vessels Passed Book: Yes
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: Yes
Books Easily Accessible: Yes
Blank Books and Forms: