Report for Port Clinton (Ohio) - 1909

District: 10th
Inspector: Chas. Bartlett, Chief Clerk and Norris Works, Supt
Location: On outer end of W pier at entrance to harbor of Port Clinton, S'ly shore of W'ly end of Lake Erie.
Date of Report: 02/03/1909
Latitude: 41° 31' 12"
Longitude: 82° 56' 15"
Site: Beacon on US W Pier - dwelling site (original site of tower) purchased.
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 10/19/1832
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: Dwelling site - 50.21' x 200.9' = 0.23 acres
Area Inclosed: Not inclosed
Character of Soil: Clay loam
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark:
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises:
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By walking from dwelling 800' thru streets etc., to boat house on E pier, thence 1880' by boat to beacon.
Distance to Nearest Road: Port Clinton, OH, on L.S. & M.S. RR, station about 1/2 mile from dwelling.
Distance to Post Office: Port Clinton, OH
Distance to Village: In village of Port Clinton
Facilities for Public Conveyance: By L.S. & M.S. RR, or by electric cars from Toledo
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1833
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1896
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Square
Form of Tower: Pyramidal
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 23' 9"
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 25' 8"
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky & village of Port Clinton, OH
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Pierhead & harbor light
Building Materials: Wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 10"
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 10"
Diameter at Base: 12' x 12'
Diameter at Parapet: 8' 2" x 8' 2"
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wooden, circular
Number of Landings: None
Size of Glass: 12" x 20"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 1 - 2 sash - 4 lts 12" x 20"
Number of Doors: 1
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Concrete piers; resting in crib, protected on all sides by heavy rip rap.
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Water
Soil Susceptibility:
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Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass: 6' 11 1/8"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 8
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 36"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 2 - 31" x 36"; 3 33" x 36"
Number of Storm Panes: None
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 3 = 135 degrees
What Bearings: N 46 degrees 30 degrees W to N 88 degrees 30 E; Azimuth 313 - 30 to 88 - 30
Construction Material Lantern: Wood
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Wood, covered with copper
Ventilator / Cowl: Copper
Lightning Spindle: Copper, platinum point
Description of Lightning Rod: Fastened to ventilator ball & side of tower, leads down inside of pier into water.
Balustrade: Wood, covered with copper, iron pipe hand rail.
Lantern Doors: Double. 1 swinging in & 1 swinging out.
Floor of Lantern: Hard wood
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter: 6' 5 1/8"
Location / Number: 4 in parapet walls
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: 8, screwed into corner posts.
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
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Year Made:
Marks and Number: B
Order of Apparatus: Lans lantern 5 day attachment
Inside Diameter: 11 13/16"
Light Characteristic: Fixed red
Time of Revolution:
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Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 180 degrees visible between S 69 degrees E to N 69 degrees W; Azimuth 111 degrees to 291 degrees
Number of Panels: 2
Number of Flash Panels:
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Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 3
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
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Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Wooden
Service Table: Wooden, over stairway
Draft Tube Description: None
Revolving Machinery:
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Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: Ruby chimney
Red Sectors Description:
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Lamp Description: 5th order
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: None
Candle Power:

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 wick
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1 1/4"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 3 - 1 in corner fitted with shelves & 3 doors, 1 under cleaning shelf, & 1 under stairs.
Oil House Description: Brown, cylindrical, iron oil house, 65' in rear of tower, on W Pier.
Oil House Inside Dimension:
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Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe):
Location: On E side of Portage River channel, about 1/2 mile from beacon, on Peasy St. in village of Port Clinton.
Coloring: White with green trim
Construction Materials: Wooden frame, on stone foundation.
Number of Rooms: 6 rooms, bath, attic, & cellar
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: None
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks: At dwelling - cement walk on 2 street sides of corner lot, 251 lin. ft., with branch walks to front & rear doors.
Area Inclosed: Not inclosed
Area of Garden: 50' x 75' = 3750 sq. ft. = 0.086 acre.
Area Timber or Shrubbery: Lawn, with some fruit & shade trees
Cultivation Area Available: 50' x 75'
Area Cultivated: 50' x 75'
Character of Surroundings: Clay loam
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How Procured: From city water works, pumped from lake.
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution:
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Distilling Apparatus: False
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General Opinion: Healthful
Local Causes:
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Access to Lighthouse: Boat house in harbor along side the W side of inner end of E Pier, about 800' from dwelling & 1880' from beacon. Arranged so that boat may be floated into house & hoisted out by tackle. Built 1902. Painted white with green trim.
Distance and Direction: Can land at wharf in rear of city water works, N of boat house.
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