Report for Sandusky Bay Inner Range Rear Beacon (Ohio) - 1909

District: 10th
Inspector: Chas. Bartlett, Chief Clerk & Norris Works, Supt.
Location: In 8.5' of water, on N'ly prolongation of the axis of the Straight Channel on Sandusky Bay, about 1500' N 17 degrees E in rear of Front Beacon.
Date of Report: 02/03/1909
Latitude: 41° 29' 45"
Longitude: 82° 41' 44"
Site: Title & concurrent jurisdiction conveyed by State of Ohio.
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Wharf or Landing on Premises: Landing ladder
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat from Cedar Point or Sandusky
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Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1896
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: General repairs begun Sept. 1908
Condition at This Date: Crib superstructure decayed.
Shape of Tower in Plan: Square
Form of Tower: Pyramidal
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 45' 3"
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 50'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Lake Erie
Color of Tower: Chrome yellow, on crib painted red.
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Dwelling at Front Beacon, 1500' distant.
Object of Navigation: Forms range with Front Beacon for leaving Sandusky Bay.
Building Materials: Wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 10"
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 10"
Diameter at Base: 16' sq.
Diameter at Parapet: 9' sq.
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wooden
Number of Landings: 2 intermediate
Size of Glass: 10" x 14"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 8 windows - 8 lts. 10" x 14"
Number of Doors: 1
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Timber crib & superstructure 40' x 40' filled with stone.
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Water
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Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th order
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass: 7' 2 3/4"
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Number of Sides: 8
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 36"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 2 - 32" x 36"; 5 - 36" x 36"
Number of Storm Panes: None
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 1 door, 45 degrees
What Bearings: N 84 degrees 34' E to S 50 degrees 26' E; Azimuth 84 -34 to 129 - 34
Construction Material Lantern: Wood
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Wood, covered with copper
Ventilator / Cowl: Copper
Lightning Spindle: Copper with platinum point
Description of Lightning Rod: Galvanized twisted conductor, down side of tower, over crib, into water.
Balustrade: Wood, covered with copper. Iron hand rail.
Lantern Doors: Double door, 1 swinging out & 1 swinging in.
Floor of Lantern: Wood, painted
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter: 6' 5 3/4"
Location / Number: 4 brass register ventilators
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Iron, screwed into wooden corner posts.
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
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Name of Maker: US General Lighthouse Depot
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: No. 3
Order of Apparatus: Lens lantern - 5 day
Inside Diameter: 11 13/16"
Light Characteristic: 90 degrees fixed red
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Arc of Each Fixed Part: 90 degrees visible between N 27 degrees 56' to N 62 degrees 04 E; Azimuth 332 - 04 to 62 - 04; 45 degrees on each side of range line.
Number of Panels: 3 panels of 90 degrees - 2 panels covered by iron screens so only 1 panel is used.
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Number of Elements in Central Drum: 1
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 3
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
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Pedestal: Wooden
Service Table: Wooden
Draft Tube Description: None
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How Color is Produced: Ruby chimney
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Lamp Description: 5th order with 5 day attachment
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Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: None
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Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 wick
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1 1/4"
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Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: One on 2nd floor
Oil House Description: Oil kept at Front Beacon, in oil room.
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Access to Lighthouse: 3 iron landing ladders down side of crib opening & wooden steps in S side of crib.
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