Report for Sakonnett Point (Rhode Island) - 1887

District: 3rd
Inspector: Lieut. John Millis, Eng'r 3rd Dist.
Location: On Little Comorant rock mouth of Sakonnett River near Sakonnett Point, RI
Date of Report: 01/14/1887
Latitude: 41° 25' 10"
Longitude: 71° 12' 09"
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: About 1/4 acre
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil: Rock
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 30'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: None
Means to Reach Light Station: By small boat from Sakonnett Point, 1/4 mile.
Distance to Nearest Road: Nearest dirt road 1/2 mile; Nearest RR station 12 miles; Nearest steamboat landing 13 miles.
Distance to Post Office: 4 miles
Distance to Village: 4 miles
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: By team from Little Compton to Sakonnett Point 4 miles thence by small boat.
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Iron pier 30' dia.
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1884
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: New
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Circular
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 48'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 70'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Land
Color of Tower: Red
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Painted
Tower Connection: One & the same bldg
Object of Navigation: Entrance to Sakonnett River for harbor.
Building Materials: Iron shell lined with brick & wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 2'
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 5/8" thickness & firm
Diameter at Base: 22'
Diameter at Parapet: 18'
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron
Number of Landings: 5
Size of Glass: 10.5" x 21"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 5 - 2' x 4' 6" & 6 dead eyes
Number of Doors: 1
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Iron pier 30' dia. filled with Portland cement concrete resting on rock leveled off.
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: None
Soil Susceptibility: No
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern:
Diameter to Glass: 7' 7.5"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars:
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 3' 3/8"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 3/8"
Size of Plates: 27 3/8" x 36 3/8"
Number of Storm Panes: None
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Zinc
Lightning Spindle: Iron
Description of Lightning Rod: None
Balustrade: Iron post, gas pipe rail on iron deck
Lantern Doors: Iron on hinges
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: Wood on hinges
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Lower part of lantern
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: Not needed
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Screwed in iron frame.

How is Watchroom Fitted: Closet & ladder to lantern
How is Relief Called: None
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 3.5 hours.
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker: Sautter
Year Made:
Marks and Number:
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic: Fixed white for 30 sec followed during next 30 sec by 3 red flashes at intervals of 10 sec.
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: Arc of fixed part in degrees, 90.
Number of Panels: 8
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 8
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 6
Does Apparatus Revolve?: True
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced: Whole lens revolves with 3 panels
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Iron
Service Table: Iron
Draft Tube Description: Chimney
Revolving Machinery: Clockwork with weights
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls:
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube: 39'
Clock Weight:
Length of Winding Time: 3.5 hours.
Drive During Rewind:
Machinery Protection: In case with iron frame & glass sides.
Regulated: By weights & governors.
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: Screens
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 4th order Hains
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: None
Candle Power:

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord:
Size of Clock Cord:
Length of Clock Cord:
How Led: Down thru 10" tube in center of tower.
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 on 1st, 3rd & 4th floors & 2 on 2nd floor built in wall or lining & fitted with shelves & doors.
Oil House Description: In iron pier
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity: 33 5-gal cans
Other (Describe): In walls of pier
Suitability: Dry & suitable
Location: In tower
Construction Materials: Iron shell with brick & wood sheathing
Number of Rooms: 4 rooms, watchroom & basement
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: 1
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks: None
Area Inclosed: None
Area of Garden: None
Area Timber or Shrubbery: None
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Surrounded by water
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: Rain
Quality: Good generally
Quantity: Considered ample
Injury Possible: Not
Purity Precaution: Filters
Tank Capacity: About 8000 gals
Tank Material: Brick & cement mortar.
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket: Pump in sink
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Considered healthy
Local Causes: None
Recommended Improvements:
Access to Lighthouse: Land on rock from small boat when not too rough. A crane is provided for hoisting provisions, coal etc from boat onto pier.
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: In good order.
Tools And Accessories
Lantern Curtains: 2 sets
Lens Covers: 2
Damper Tube and Key: None
Spare Damper and Key: None
Carillon for Overflow Pump: None
Time Marker: 1
Gauge: None
Spare Lamp Ready for Use: 1
Rod Lamp Ready for Use: 1
Curtain Hanger: 1
Heater: None
Spare Lamp Cover: None
Lamp Stand: 1
Mechanical Lamp Cords: None
Revolving Machinery Cords: 1 extra
Revolving Machinery Weights: 1 set
Clutch: 1
Spare Fly Or Governor: None
Gauge for Oil Cistern: None
Feather Brushes: 2
Linen Towels: 10
Sponges: 2
Chamois Skins: 1
Scissors: 2
Chimney Filters: None
Coupling Pliers: None
Service Box and Implements: 1
Cleaning Materials: 1 outfit
Keepers Aprons: 4