Report for Sabins Point (Rhode Island) - 1873

District: 3rd
Inspector: Lighthouse Engineer, 3rd district
Location: Providence River, RI., on shoal off Sabins Point near E edge of channel, foundation is formed of irregular blocks of granite placed in rip rap upon which a square stone pier is built surmounted by keeper's dwelling.
Date of Report: 12/03/1873
Latitude: 41° 45' 42"
Longitude: 71° 22' 11"
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: Wrought iron railing
Wharf or Landing on Premises: A boat landing is built of granite connected with pier.
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boats, the lighthouse is built in the water.
Distance to Nearest Road: 1.5 miles to RR station; 1 mile to steamboat landing.
Distance to Post Office: 1.5 miles
Distance to Village: 1 mile (Cedar Grove)
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Wooden tower lined with brick
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1872
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date: In order
Shape of Tower in Plan: Square, watchroom roof & lantern deck octagon in shape
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 36' from top of pier to focal plane.
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 48'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Providence, RI
Color of Tower: Light stone color
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Oil paint, white lead & lamp black mixed
Tower Connection: Connected, tower rises in center of front of keeper's dwelling.
Object of Navigation:
Building Materials: Wood lined with brick
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 6" wood frame
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 6" wood frame
Diameter at Base: 8' 4"
Diameter at Parapet: 8' 4"
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Stairway white pine, steps yellow pine
Number of Landings: 2
Size of Glass: 8" x 12"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3 windows, sash 17" wide x 37.5" high
Number of Doors: None. stairway landing
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Irregular blocks of granite at depth of 8' at low water.
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Tower rises in center of front of dwelling to height of 36' from top of pier to focal plane Foundation is formed of irregular blocks of granite placed in rip rap upon which a square stone pier is built.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 6th
Shape of Lantern:
Diameter to Glass: 6' 7 7/8"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 8
Type of Bars:
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 35"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 3/8"
Size of Plates: 30" x 35"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern:
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Plate iron, cast iron, wrought iron & sheet copper, interior of roof of lantern lined w/ sheet zinc.
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Plate iron 1/8" thick, that is, roof of lantern.
Ventilator / Cowl:
Lightning Spindle: A platinum lightning point is attached to top of pinnacle of lantern
Description of Lightning Rod: 1/2" copper wire rope properly insulated reaches from top of lantern to stone pier; from there a solid copper rod extends below bottom of stone pier & properly connected w/ wire rope & well secured to stone pier by galv. wrought iron brackets.
Balustrade: Wrought iron railing
Lantern Doors: Made of white pine flooring 1 1/4" thick x 4" wide double thick tongued & grooved & secured w/ wood screws & hung w/ 8" brass strap hinges & screws, internal door has brass locks & knob.
Floor of Lantern: Laid w/ 2 courses of yellow pine flooring plank & covered with sheet copper.
Watchroom Doors: Lantern floor is covered w/ door made of white pine flooring 1 1/4" thick x 4" wide double thick tongued & grooved secured w/ wood screws hung w/ galv. wrought iron strap hinges & ring.
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: In parapet, 3 ventilators.
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement:
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Holes are drilled in astragals of lantern & brass curtain hooks screwed in.

How is Watchroom Fitted: Stairway leads from 2nd floor to watchroom, & step ladder from there into lantern.
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
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Name of Maker:
Year Made:
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Order of Apparatus: 6th
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic: Fixed white
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: Fixed 315 degrees NE by W'd to SE
Number of Panels: 4
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
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:
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Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Cast iron 3' 8" in height
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
Revolving Machinery:
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Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Funck's lamp, 1 wick to burner
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1
Number of Spare Burners: 2
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None
Oil House Description: Oil room is placed in 1st story of dwelling & is provided w/ a stand for oil butts made of yellow pine, 2 closets for supplies, tools & glass box, 1 of the closets is provided under work bench for tools.
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity: 3 50-gallon oil butts, 1 5-gallon oil can.
Other (Describe): Closet in supply room fitted w/ hooks & shelves. Closet in 1st & 2nd stories fitted w/ shelves & hat & clothes hooks. Storeroom in pantry fitted w/ shelves & adjoins kitchen.
Suitability: Dry & suited to purposes.
Location: Connected, tower is built on top of keeper's dwelling
Construction Materials: Rock faced granite, covered w/ a mansard roof made of wood.
Number of Rooms: 8
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1 keeper
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouse Coloring:
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Stove, Maker:
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Sink, Maker:
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Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: Rain water conveyed from roof of dwelling into cistern
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: Not liable
Purity Precaution: Rain water is filtered thru charcoal on entering cistern, thru a perforated tin box filled w/ charcoal.
Tank Capacity: Cistern placed in cellar, capacity is 4215 gallons
Tank Material: Brick, interior walls forming cistern are covered w/ 3 coats of cement mortar, last coat of cement only. Cistern closed on top by vault of 8" brick.
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter: 10' 6" x 11' 6"
Well Lining: Lined w/ cement
Pump or Bucket: Pump
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling: In cellar of keeper's dwelling
General Opinion: Healthy
Local Causes:
Recommended Improvements:
Access to Lighthouse: In connection w/ supporting pier a boat landing is built of granite; boat davits are provided & secured to stone pier.
Distance and Direction:
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Tools And Accessories
Lantern Curtains:
Lens Covers:
Damper Tube and Key:
Spare Damper and Key:
Carillon for Overflow Pump:
Time Marker:
Spare Lamp Ready for Use:
Rod Lamp Ready for Use: 1
Curtain Hanger:
Spare Lamp Cover:
Lamp Stand:
Mechanical Lamp Cords:
Revolving Machinery Cords:
Revolving Machinery Weights:
Spare Fly Or Governor:
Gauge for Oil Cistern:
Feather Brushes:
Linen Towels:
Chamois Skins:
Chimney Filters:
Coupling Pliers:
Service Box and Implements:
Cleaning Materials:
Keepers Aprons: