Report for Portsmouth Harbor (New Hampshire) - 1935

District: 1st
Inspector: Thomas Sampson, Asst. Superintendent
Location: On Fort Point, New Hampshire, southwesterly side of the inner entrance to Portsmouth Harbor.
Date of Report: 05/03/1935
Latitude: 43° 04' 16"
Longitude: 72° 42' 33"
Site: Military Reservation
Date of Reservation: 02/16/1791
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 1.75 acres
Area Inclosed: Whole area by board fence on N & W sides & old fort wall on S & E sides
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: Tower stands at high water mark
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By team or boat
Distance to Nearest Road:
Distance to Post Office:
Distance to Village: New Castle, NH
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1771
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1877
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: 52 feet
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Fort & village of New Castle
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced:
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Harbor light
Building Materials: Cast iron lined with brick
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Cast iron with diamond pattern
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 20 7/8" x 10.25"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3 - 46.5" x 25"
Number of Doors: 2 - at tower entrance & watch room
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Septic tank outside; drain from toilet in dwelling
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Parapet-cylinders above parapet polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides:
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 35.75"
Number of Plates in Height: 1
Number of Plates Each Side: 1
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 25.5" x 35 1/8"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern:
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron made in 10 section, flanged & bolted on inside
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Bronze with 3 pronged copper tip
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: 1 flat rail at top; round rail at bottom, 12 posts, Gallery cast iron
Lantern Doors: Sheet iron with strengthening strips wrought iron hinges & catch
Floor of Lantern: Cast iron
Watchroom Doors: Wodden trap door fitted with hinges and ring
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Curtains hung on hooks

How is Watchroom Fitted: Door leading from stairway & 1 closet
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 2,100
Name of Maker: L. Sautter & Co.
Year Made: Unknown
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 4th Diopric
Inside Diameter: 19 5/8"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 90 degrees
Number of Panels: 4
Number of Flash Panels: None
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Hollow cast iron, flaring at top & bottom, is 5" diameter & stands 3' 4" high
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: None
Revolving Machinery: None
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: Green shade
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Incandescent electric, 200 watt, electric C-7 fill
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2 oil lights as standby
Number of Spare Burners: 2 - 1 year's supply of electric lamps
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: Closet in watch room fitted with 4 shelves & used for storing lamp supplies
Oil House Description: Red brick with white trimings
Oil House Inside Dimension: 10' x 12'
Oil House Construction Material: Brick
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): Closet in fuel house used for paints
Suitability: Dry & suitable
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Bell
Time to Start: Starts immediately
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: Single blow every 10 secs.
Duplication: Spare equalizing springs
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: On the westerly side of the entrance to Portsmouth Harbor established as a guide to Portsmouth Harbor.
Distance and Direction: Attached to tower on easterly side
Water Supply:
Reached from Lighthouse: Wooden bridge
Description of Fog Signal Building: Wodden building, 8' x 8' x 8' high with flat roof, canvas covered, bull is hung on roof
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Bell Signal
Weight: 1,048 lbs.
Metal: Bell metal
Diameter: 36"
Height: 42'
Time: 5' 20"
Weights for Operation:
Location: 100 Feet from tower on NW side
Coloring: White with red roof, lead colored trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 5 & bath with toilet, lavatory and tub.
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant: Hot water heater to quarters, Gurney #403C.
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Fuel house
Outhouse Coloring: White
Paths and Walks: White wooden bridge connects tower with oil house and fort
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available:
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Rock
Stove, Maker: Portland S.F. Co.
Stove, Size: Queen Atlantic #308
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: Ciry water in dwelling
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Cistern water used only for washing
Tank Capacity: Cistern in cellar 2,000 gals.
Tank Material: Brick
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket: Faucet in dwelling
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Very healthfull
Diseases: None
Prevalency: No
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: No landing on blat slip
Distance and Direction: Good road from public road to station
Miscellaneous Remarks: