Report for Poplar Point (Rhode Island) - 1880

District: 3rd
Inspector: Genl. J.C. Duane, Engineer, 3rd LH Dist.
Location: Near Wickford, Narragansatt Bay, RI
Date of Report: 03/03/1880
Latitude: 41° 34' 14"
Longitude: 71° 26' 22"
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: About 3 acres
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil: Good, level & arable.
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 65'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Enclosed by a stone & rail fence across the point.
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: None
Means to Reach Light Station: By private conveyance from Wickford, RI
Distance to Nearest Road: About 1/4 mile to steamboat landing & RR station; 1/2 mile from Wickford, RI
Distance to Post Office: 1/2 mile to N Kingston P.O.
Distance to Village: 1/2 mile to N Kingston P.O.
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: By conveyance from Wickford 1/2 mile.
Means Used for Support of Lantern: On end of dwelling
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1831
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1856; new lantern & other repairs made in 1870
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Octagonal from the roof of dwelling.
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 33' to focal plane.
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 51'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Foliage etc.
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Painted, dwelling white-washed.
Tower Connection: Surmounts keeper's dwelling.
Object of Navigation: To guide thru W channel Narragansatt Bay & to Wickford Harbor, RI
Building Materials: Wood
General Description: Tower is of wood & surmounts keeper's dwelling 7' 6" btwn parallels of clapboards.
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Kind of Stairway and Steps: Of wood
Number of Landings: 3
Size of Glass: 6 3/4 x 8 3/4"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 1 square window 12 lights 25 1/4" x 39" sash.
Number of Doors: 1
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Surmounts keeper's dwelling.
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Arable, soil partly under cultivation.
Soil Susceptibility: Yes, by grass, shrubbery & trees.
Miscellaneous Remarks: Dwelling 20 x 40', 1 story high w/ 2 rooms under roof, built of rubble masonry. Kitchen is attached to rear gable end 14' x 15' - 1 story high, also built of rubble. Roofs are covered w/ shingles. Wood, octagonal tower rises from roof of front gable.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern:
Diameter to Glass: 6' 8"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 8
Type of Bars:
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 2' 11"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 3/8"
Size of Plates: 31 3/4 x 35 1/2"
Number of Storm Panes: None
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 90 degrees
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron astragals sheet iron roof, wooden deck copper covered.
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Sheet iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Iron
Lightning Spindle: Iron, platinum point
Description of Lightning Rod: Iron attached to balustrade & led down NE side of dwelling to ground.
Balustrade: Wrought iron, gallery copper over wood.
Lantern Doors: Wood - lock fastenings.
Floor of Lantern: Wood covered w/ copper.
Watchroom Doors: Trap door - wood covered w/ copper
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: 4 ventilators in parapet of lantern.
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None required
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Fastened to lining of lantern, screwed in.

How is Watchroom Fitted: With tools, brushes, wick boxes, etc.
How is Relief Called: None
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker: LePaute
Year Made:
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Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic: Fixed white
Time of Revolution:
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Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: Fixed 270 degrees; NE by E 1/2 E by E'd to S 1/2 E
Number of Panels: 3
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 7
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 5
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
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Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Iron
Service Table: None
Draft Tube Description: None
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls:
Chariot Description:
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Clock Weight:
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Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: White
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
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Lamp Description:
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Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None
Oil House Description: In cellar of dwelling no fittings.
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity: 2 - 100 gallon oil butts; 1 - 10 gallon oil butt. Oil butts placed on wooden bench.
Other (Describe): Stores are kept in different parts of dwelling. 3 closets 2nd floor 1 used for supplies.
Suitability: Dry & suited.
Location: 20' x 40', 1 story high w/ 2 rooms under roof, built of rubble masonry. From roof on front gable rises tower octagonal in shape.
Construction Materials: Rubble masonry.
Number of Rooms: 2 on 1st floor; 2 on 2nd; 1 closet in each 1st floor room, kitchen attached to rear; good cellar under the whole.
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Barn built of wood
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks: None
Area Inclosed: 3 acres by rail fence across the point.
Area of Garden: 1 acre all cultivated.
Area Timber or Shrubbery: None
Cultivation Area Available: 1 acre
Area Cultivated: 1 acre
Character of Surroundings: Level & arable.
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Pump, Maker:
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How Procured: Rain & a good well
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Filter
Tank Capacity: 780 gallons; 20' from SW side of dwelling.
Tank Material: Brick lined w/ cement
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description: 20.5' deep
Well Diameter: 2' 6"
Well Lining: Stone
Pump or Bucket: By chain bucket, also pump.
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling: 23'
General Opinion: Good
Diseases: None
Prevalency: No
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Landing easy
Distance and Direction:
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