Report for Sandy Point (Maryland) - 1867

District: 5th
Inspector: J.M. Berrien, Inspector, 5th LH District.
Location: West side Chesapeake Bay
Date of Report: 09/14/1867
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: Enclosed by a fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises:
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Means Used for Support of Lantern: Keeper's dwelling
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established:
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date:
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Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea:
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Building Materials:
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Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
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Miscellaneous Remarks: There is a regulation clock, in good condition, & kept in the sitting room of the dwelling.
Location / Number:
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: There were 3 ladders without hooks at the end.
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: No

How is Watchroom Fitted:
How is Relief Called: There was no bell for calling the relief.
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker:
Year Made:
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Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic: Revolving white
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval: 1' 30"
Duration of Flash:
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Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
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Fixed Lens Covered:
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
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Chariot Float or Balls:
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Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
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Lamp Description: Lens of the 5th order. Fountain or constant level lamp.
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2, in good condition
Number of Spare Burners: 3, in good condition
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description:
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): There is a closet provided for the preservation of utensils, wicks, chimneys and cleaning materials. Paints, oils, spirits of turpentine, paint-brushes, etc. are kept in one corner of the oil cellar.
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Fog bell worked by machinery. In good condition.
Time to Start:
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: Strikes at intervals of 10".
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Distance and Direction:
Water Supply:
Reached from Lighthouse:
Description of Fog Signal Building:
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
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Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: A new boat has been furnished to this station.
Lantern: Good condition.
Illuminating Apparatus: The lens was perfectly clean in all its parts.
Service Lamp: In good condition in all respects.
Oil: Examined a specimen & found it clear, & free from all objectionable matter.
Service Lamp Burner: It was free from all gum, clean & the wick well trimmed.
Service Lamp Burner Level: Found to be level.
Plate Glass: Clean in all respects but 2 of the panes were cracked.
Lens Cover: There was no lens cover. Keeper was directed to use a sheet until a cover could be sent to him; & his attention was called to the impropriety of permitting the lens to be w/o a cover even for a day. Sept. 13th, sent Keeper material for 2 covers.
Lantern Curtains: There were none
Carillon or Alarm Bell: There was no alarm bell.
Rod Lamp: There was no rod lamp.
Dwelling: Pretty good condition. There are 2 pumps that req. repairs & the window battens also need repairing.
Stairway and Landing: Very clean.
Inside of Tower:
Glazing of Dwelling: Tolerably good.
Improvements Needed: There are 2 pumps that require repairs
Outhouses: In good condition
Boathouse: None
Grounds: In very good condition. They wear a neat appearance.

Equipment Care
Does Keeper Understand the Use and Care of
Lens: It is not allowed to touch the lens improperly.
Lantern and Trap Doors: Doors fit tightly.
Watch or Trimming Room: There were none of these articles to be seen at the time of making the inspection.
Lucernes or Matches: There were none of these to be seen at the time of making the inspection.
Heater: He understands the use of the heater.
Ventilation: Keeper understands use of the ventilators & how to air the bldg.
Dome: They were painted according to instructions. Lightning rod was in good condition & led into the ground.

Oil Room
Oil Room Condition: In good condition, with no appearance of waste.
Oil Carriers: In good condition & arranged in order for use.
Number of 100 Gallon Oil Butts:
Number of 50 Gallon Oil Butts: 2
Number of Small Butts for Waste Oil:
Number of Dripping Buckets: None
Number of Oil Tanks: 2, holding 100 gallons.
Oil Butts Made According to Regulation: They are so made.
Oil Butt Covers: Gutters were not filled. Keeper was instructed in regard to them.
Drip Bucket Placement: There was a dripping pan to catch the oil
Oil Butt Platform: Butts were placed upon plank to raise them above the cellar floor.
Empty Oil Butts: There was an empty oil butt clean.

Tool Chests and Presses
Cleaning Materials Put Away: Yes
Paints Separate: Yes
Tool Chest: None
Tool Condition:
Tools Free from Rust:
Closets Clean: Are kept properly aired
Service Box In Good Order: Yes
Trimming Scissors Clean: Yes
Brushes and Floor Clothes: Yes
Lantern Condition: Very good

Keeper and Assistants
Keeper Appearance: He was well dressed
Keeper Interested in Duties: He manifested much interest
Keeper Capacity for Duties: Yes
Keeper Understanding of Regulations: Yes
Keeper Complaints:
Keeper Family: He has family & it occupies the dwelling with him.
Keeper Name: Courtney Whiteford
Keeper Age: Young
Keeper Present or Absent: Present
Number of Assistants: No assistant allowed
Assistants Attend to Duty:
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Assistants Family:
Assistant Keeper Names:
Did Principal and Assistant Keepers Accompany the Inspector?: Keeper attended throughout the inspection.

Account and Regulations Books
Account Books
Daily Expenditures Posted: Yes
Quarterly Returns on Hand: Yes
Receipt and Expenditure Accounts Kept: Yes
Shipwreck and Vessels Passed Book: Not kept by keeper
Regulations, Instructions, and Directions
Rules and Regulations Copies: 1
Instructions and Directions Copies: 1
Placard Directions Copies: 1
Notice to Visitors Copies: 1
Summary of Duties: 1
Index of Instructions: 1
Guide for Mixed Paints: 1
Directions for Purifying Water: 1
Placards Easily Visible: Yes
Books Easily Accessible: Yes
Blank Books and Forms:

Revolving Machinery Condition
Revolving Machinery: In good condition working regularly. Clock oil used in lubricating.
Weight of Machine: Weight is placed during the day as prescribed by the printed instructions.
Screwjacks for Raising Machinery: None at station.