Report for Rebecca Shoal (Florida) - 1913

District: 7th
Inspector: Major W.E. Craighill, LH Engineer, 7th & 8th Dist.
Location: In 12' of water on the SW'ly edge of Rebecca Shoal, Florida Reefs, FL. N'ly side of W'ly part of straits of Fl.
Date of Report: 06/02/1913
Latitude: 24° 34' 43"
Longitude: 82° 35' 07"
Site: Submarine site
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:
Wharf or Landing on Premises:
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat - Key West 45 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: Dwelling on iron piles surmounted by lantern
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1886
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: Repaired in 1907
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: 66'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: The sky
Color of Tower: Structure brown piles, white dwelling, green blinds, black lantern.
Color of Tower/ How Produced:
Tower Connection: Lantern surmounts dwelling
Object of Navigation: For local navigation purposes
Building Materials: Iron foundation, wooden superstructure.
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wooden steps
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 10 x 12 - 12 lights; & 10 x 12 - 8 lights.
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 5 - 2' 9" x 4' 9" & 8 - 1' 5" x 3' 6"
Number of Doors: 2 outside, 8 inside
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Structure supported on 9 iron piles driven 10' into sand & coral.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 8
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 3'
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 36 1/4" x 34"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern:
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Wood & iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Copper
Ventilator / Cowl: Copper
Lightning Spindle: On ball
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Has
Lantern Doors: Has wooden door hinged & bolted
Floor of Lantern: Wood
Watchroom Doors: Hatch opening with hinged trap door.
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: 4 in parapet wall.
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None, not necessary
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Secured to lantern with rings on curtains.

How is Watchroom Fitted: Room has closet & shelves for spare articles, etc.
How is Relief Called: Electric bell
Where is Call System Led: To kitchen room
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 4.5 hours
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker: Not on lens
Year Made:
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 20"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: 50 sec.
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 10
Number of Flash Panels: 10
Arc of Each: 36 degrees
Number of Elements in Central Drum: No central drum, is bulls eye
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5 flash
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3 flash
Does Apparatus Revolve?: True
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: 4 column pedestal.
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls: Balls
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube: No tube; lead thru floor.
Clock Weight:
Length of Winding Time: 4.5 hours
Drive During Rewind: No
Machinery Protection: Glass case
Regulated: By wing governor
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: Flashing red alternately by red glass framed & attached to each alternate flash panel.
Red Sectors Description: 254 degrees to 307 degrees
Where Color Attached: Red sector to lanterns, red flash panel to illuminating apparatus.
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 4th
Type of Illuminant: Oil
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners:
Candle Power: Wh. flash 4500; red 1100

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord:
Size of Clock Cord:
Length of Clock Cord:
How Led: Diagonally thru lantern floor to lower living room.
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum:

Chariot Balls
Balls Description: Semi-circular
Cage to Separate Balls: True
Number of Balls: 18
Diameter of Balls: 1/2"

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 wick
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 3 used for storing supplies.
Oil House Description: Oil is stored in cellar
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): Cellar also used for storeroom
Suitability: Suitable & dry
Location: The light surmounts dwelling. House has 2 stories. Upper used as dwelling, lower for water tanks & storeroom.
Coloring: White with green blinds
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 4
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant: None
Number of Keepers: 1 Keeper, 2 assts.
Furnished Quarters: All
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: None
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks:
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available:
Area Cultivated:
Character of Surroundings:
Stove, Maker: Perfection oil stove
Stove, Size: 3-wick
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: Rain
Quality: Good
Quantity: Fair
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Tanks covered to prevent impurities entering.
Tank Capacity: In cellar - 4 - 900 gal each
Tank Material: Cypress
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Good
Diseases: None
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements:
Access to Lighthouse: Ladder only.
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Boat #1
Boat Number: 8
Type: Motor
Length: 8' 6"
Width: 21' 4"
When Built: Oct. 1897
Date Harbored at Station: Oct. 1897
Sails: True
Suited to Work: Yes
Boat #2
Boat Number: 26
Type: Round bottom dinghy
Length: 4' 6"
Width: 15'
When Built: Dec., 1904
Date Harbored at Station: Dec., 1904
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes

Power Boat
Engine Type: 2 cycle gas engine
Horsepower: 7
Engine Maker: J.W. Lathrop 12392
Spare Coil: "Enduro" 27 A. American Electric Works
Battery: Dry cells. Columbia No. 6 2 sets 8 to set
Propeller Diameter: 18"
Propeller Pitch: 24"

General Information:
Boats on Station: Hoisted to davits