Report for Sandy Neck (Massachusetts) - 1931

District: 2nd
Inspector: H. L. Bartlett, Junior Engineer
Location: W side of entrance to Barnstable Harbor.
Date of Report: 07/29/1931
Latitude: 41° 43' 22"
Longitude: 70° 16' 53"
Site: Purchase from town of Barnstable
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 07/04/1826
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 2 acres
Area Inclosed: None
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 125'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: No wharf - beach landing at boathouse
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat, about 2 1/4 miles, Yarmouthport, Mass.
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
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1827
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1857
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: 48'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Skyline
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Whitewash
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Harbor & local navigation
Building Materials: Bricks
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Cast iron winding
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 14" x 18"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 2; 31 5/8" x 41"
Number of Doors: 1; 3' x 6' 10" double door
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Sandy
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 5th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 1 1/8"
Height Glazed: 36"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates:
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Yes
Lightning Spindle: Yes
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: Yes, in parapet
Floor of Lantern: Cast iron
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: 5 in parapet walls
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Curtain hooks in frieze
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 150
Name of Maker: Henry LePaute
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: Paris
Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter: 14 1/4"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 270 degrees
Number of Panels: 5 (one open)
Number of Flash Panels: None
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5 - 2 above & 2 below central drum
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5 fixed
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3 fixed
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Cast iron - old style 4th o fixed- lens stand is 5th o.
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: None
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls:
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube:
Clock Weight:
Length of Winding Time:
Drive During Rewind:
Machinery Protection:
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 35 mm type A IOV
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 4th O imp & IOV outfit
Number of Spare Burners:
Candle Power: 600 cp

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 mantel
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel: 1 1/4"
Diameter of Circum Circle: One only
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description: 175' ESE of tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' x 10'
Oil House Construction Material: Bricks
Oil House Capacity: 350 - Bulk Kerosene tank (3' dia x 9' 10") capacity 490 gal - S of tower 1 - 365 cap (2'6" x 10')
Other (Describe):
Suitability: Dry & suited
Location: About 30' W'ly of tower
Coloring: White lead trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings: One
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: 1 Keeper
Furnished Quarters: Keeper
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: Oil house, boathouse & toilet
Outhouse Coloring: White
Paths and Walks: Plank walk to tower & outbuildings
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Shifting sand
Stove, Maker: Magee Grand
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 22" x 36"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 1 brass lamp, 1 brass table from General Depot
How Procured: Cistern & driven well
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Frequent cleaning
Tank Capacity: 1500 gals - in cellar
Tank Material: Bricks, cement plastered on inside
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description: About 8' in cellar
Well Diameter: 1 1/4" pipe
Well Lining: Driven
Pump or Bucket: Pump
What Power Used: Hand
Distance from Dwelling: In cellar
General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Beach landing, no wharf, boathouse with ways - sandy beach to lighthouse
Distance and Direction: About 150' SW'ly of tower
Miscellaneous Remarks: Tower, dwelling etc, in good condition
Boat Number: 67
Type: Skiff
Length: 4' 2"
Width: 13' 9"
When Built: 1927
Date Harbored at Station: Oct. 22, 1930
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes

General Information:
Boats on Station: Boathouse