Report for Race Point (Massachusetts) - 1927

District: 2nd
Inspector: C.H. Robinson, Asso. Lighthouse Engineer
Location: On NW point off Cape Cod, Mass.
Date of Report: 06/10/1927
Latitude: 42° 03' 45"
Longitude: 70° 14' 37"
Site: Deeded to US by Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 07/14/1816
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 10 acres
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 530' due west
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises: No wharf, beach landing
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By horse drawn vehicle from US Coast Guard Station, approx. 1.5 miles. State road from Provincetown, Mass. to Coast Guard Station, about 3 miles.
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: Tower only
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1816
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1876
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: 41'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sand dunes & sky
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Seacoast & local navigation around Cape Cod.
Building Materials: Iron plates - brick lined
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 10.5" x 21"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3; 24" x 25", one sash
Number of Doors: 1; 6' 3" high x 2' 10" wide
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Tower is in very good condition & no repairs needed for a considerable time.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 1"
Height Glazed: 36"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 27 1/4" x 36 1/4"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 2 dark sides 72 degrees land side
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Iron
Lightning Spindle: Yes, copper conductor to ground
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: Wood door - hinged
Floor of Lantern: Iron plate
Watchroom Doors: Wood - hinged
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: In parapet wall - 5 each
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: No
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: No curtains, lens cover used.

How is Watchroom Fitted: Closet for storage of spare lamps
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 4 1/4 hours
Intensity in Candles: Fixed 2400; Flashing 14,000
Name of Maker: Henry Lepaute, Paris
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: As above
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 19.5"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: 3 minutes
Flash Interval: 86 sec
Duration of Flash: 4 sec
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 115 degrees
Number of Panels: 4
Number of Flash Panels: 2
Arc of Each: 65 degrees
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 2 fixed
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 2 fixed
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced: By vertical elements outside lens - 2 panels.
Number of Vertical Elements Panel: 5
Fixed Lens Covered: 9
Pedestal: Iron
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: 4th order brass lens cowl.
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls: Chariot wheels
Chariot Description: 5 = 2 15/16" dia.
Length of Drop Tube: 12' x 18" dia.
Clock Weight: 100 lbs
Length of Winding Time: 4 1/4 hours
Drive During Rewind: No
Machinery Protection: Glass case
Regulated: Fan governor
Lens Protection: Linen cover
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 35 mm Type A
Type of Illuminant: Kerosene
Number of Spare Lamps: 1 spare 35 mm Type A & 2 4th order wick lamps
Number of Spare Burners: 4 spare burners for type A lamp; 2 for wick lamps.
Candle Power: 500 cp

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord: Clock cord
Size of Clock Cord: 1/8" diam.
Length of Clock Cord: About 140'
How Led: Straight down from clock
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum: 4" x 5"

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 mantel
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel: 1 1/4"
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 closet in watch room for storing spare lamps, etc.
Oil House Description: About 200' S'ly
Oil House Inside Dimension: 10' 9" x 8' 1"
Oil House Construction Material: Brick
Oil House Capacity: 450
Other (Describe): 1 barn, about 80' N'ly, 1 storehouse about 120' NW'ly
Suitability: Well suited
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: 1 10" air whistle & 1 12" air whistle
Time to Start: 15 min.
How Long Will Pressure Last: 5 min.
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: 3 sec blast, 3 sec silent, 3 sec blast, 51 sec silent
Duplication: Necessary parts
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown: 65#
Height Above Water: 35'
Compass Direction:
Location: To warn mariners of dangerous tide rips off Race Point in foggy weather
Distance and Direction: 180' W'ly
Water Supply: Cistern inside fog signal house - 30.5' x 6' & 1 outside size 21' x 11.5 x 6'
Reached from Lighthouse: Concrete walks
Description of Fog Signal Building: 1 story brick building about 30' x 30' in plan
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Internal Combustion Signal
Fog Signal Kind:
Internal Combustion Kind: Kerosene
Internal Combustion Manufacturer: August Meitz Corp.
Internal Combustion Date: Not known
Internal Combustion Size: 7" x 8"
Internal Combustion Horsepower: 13
Internal Combustion Fuel: Kerosene
Internal Combustion Starter: Hot ball
Compressor Maker: August Meitz Corp.
Compressor Seat: Same bed & shaft
Compressor Machinery:
Compressor Diameter: 7"
Compressor Stroke: 8"
Compressor RPMs: 400
Character of Air Inlet: Disc 2.5"
Kind of Unloader: Blow off cocks
Diameter of Delivery Pipe: 2.5"

Whistle Signal
Whistle Diameter: 10" & 12"
Whistle Height: 24"
Whistle Orifice: 2.5"
Whistle Tone: Yes
Whistle Chime:

Air Receiver
Number: 2
Diameter: 5'
Height: 10'
Capacity Cubic Feet: 200
Pressure in Each: 65#
Make of Reducing Valve:
Location: Keeper's Dwelling 90' SW'ly.
Coloring: White, lead trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6, keepers
Number of Dwellings: 2; Keeper in single, assts in double
Heating Plant: Direct Hot water
Number of Keepers: 1 in keepers - 2 in asst.
Furnished Quarters: All
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: 1 barn & 1 storehouse
Outhouse Coloring: White - lead trimmings
Paths and Walks: Cement & plank
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Shifting sands
Stove, Maker: Magee Furnace Co.
Stove, Size: #7
Sink, Maker: Unknown
Sink, Size: 22" x 36"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 1 brass table lamps. 1 brass hand lamps.
Assistant Keepers Dwellings
Location: 25' SE'ly
Coloring: White, lead trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 7, 1st asst; 6, 2nd asst.
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: 2
Outhouses: 1 barn & 1 storehouse
Outhouse Coloring: White, lead trimmings
Paths and Walks: Cement & plank
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: Non
Character of Surroundings: Shifting sands
Stove, Maker: Magee Grand (2)
Stove, Size: #7 (2)
Sink, Maker: Unknown
Sink, Size: 22" x 40" (2)
Pump, Maker: Douglas (2)
Pump, Size: # 2
Lamps: 2 brass table lamps. 2 brass hand lamps.
How Procured: From fog signal bldg & dwelling roofs
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Frequent cleaning
Tank Capacity: Cisterns in cellars, about 2000 gals.
Tank Material: Brick - cement lined
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket: Pump
What Power Used: Hand
Distance from Dwelling: In cellars of dwellings
General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Prevalency: No
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Only beach landing, no boathouse, no road to station, same being reached by horse drawn vehicle only from Provincetown, Mass.
Distance and Direction: Beach landing about 530' due W from lighthouse
Miscellaneous Remarks: Station is in very good condition at this time. More concrete walks should be laid for easy access to Kprs. dwelling & outhouses.
Boat Number: 42
Type: Dory
Length: 4' 10"
Width: 13'
When Built: Nov. 1911
Date Harbored at Station: Aug. 1922
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes