Report for Sandy Point (Maryland) - 1870

District: 5th
Inspector: Commo. Dornin, Inspector, 5th LH District
Location: West side Chesapeake Bay
Date of Report: 09/08/1870
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:
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station:
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: Keeper's dwelling
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established:
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
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:
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea:
Color of Tower:
Color of Tower/ How Produced:
Tower Connection:
Object of Navigation:
Building Materials:
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps:
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass:
Number of Windows and Size of Sash:
Number of Doors:
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Location / Number:
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: There are 3, but without hooks.
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: There is none required.

How is Watchroom Fitted:
How is Relief Called: There is none required.
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker:
Year Made:
Marks and Number:
Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic: Revolving white
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval: 1' 30"
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels:
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum:
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum:
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
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: Lens of the 5th order. Franklin lamp.
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1, in good condition
Number of Spare Burners: 2, 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: There is a fog bell, in good condition, struck by machinery.
Time to Start:
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
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:
Construction Materials:
Number of Rooms:
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers:
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks:
Area Inclosed: Enclosed by a fence
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available:
Area Cultivated: Keeper cultivates a part.
Character of Surroundings:
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
Lamps: There is a regulation clock, in good condition.
Access to Lighthouse:
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Roof of bldg req's attention as it leaks very much. A boat is very much needed as old one was condemned. Pump & fences req. repairing. Revolving parts of app are very much worn; & horiz. & vert. wheels of carriage req. replacing.
Lantern: In good condition
Illuminating Apparatus: Very clean in all parts
Service Lamp: In good condition, the glass chimney was free from soot, smoke or stains.
Oil: Oil examined & found to be free from motes, dust or dirt. It had not been filtered.
Service Lamp Burner: In good condition, clean & free from all gummy or burnt oil. Wicks are well trimmed.
Service Lamp Burner Level: It was found to be level.
Plate Glass: Clean in all respects, 2 panes fractured.
Lens Cover: Cover was on, clean, made of linen ticking, hung up in the Lantern room when not in use.
Lantern Curtains: 2 sets in good condition, made of linen ticking, very clean, put up & taken down at proper time.
Carillon or Alarm Bell: There is none required.
Rod Lamp: The Rod Lamp is in good condition.
Dwelling: In good condition, generally, but requires some slight repairs to prevent it from leaking.
Stairway and Landing:
Inside of Tower:
Glazing of Dwelling: In good condition.
Improvements Needed: Pump & fences require repairing.
Outhouses: In good condition
Boathouse: There are none
Grounds: In very good condition. They have a neat appearance.

Equipment Care
Does Keeper Understand the Use and Care of
Lens: Lens is never touched improperly.
Lantern and Trap Doors: They fit properly.
Watch or Trimming Room: None of the above articles are seen at time of inspection.
Lucernes or Matches: There were none of these articles seen in the rooms mentioned.
Heater: Keeper understands use of the heater.
Ventilation: Keeper understands use of the ventilators & how to air the bldg.
Dome: They are painted according to instructions. Lightning conductor was in good order, & led into the ground.

Oil Room
Oil Room Condition: In good condition; ventilated; 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: 1
Number of Small Butts for Waste Oil: None
Number of Dripping Buckets: None
Number of Oil Tanks: 1 holding 50 gallons.
Oil Butts Made According to Regulation: It is so made.
Oil Butt Covers: Gutters were filled with refuse oil with covers on. Keeper understands use of covers & air cocks.
Drip Bucket Placement: There was a pan in place of a drip bucket.
Oil Butt Platform: They are placed upon a raised platform of plank.
Empty Oil Butts: None

Tool Chests and Presses
Cleaning Materials Put Away: They are so put up & packed
Paints Separate: They are kept separate
Tool Chest: None
Tool Condition: None
Tools Free from Rust:
Closets Clean: They are kept clean & properly aired.
Service Box In Good Order: They are
Trimming Scissors Clean: They are
Brushes and Floor Clothes: They are in good order & properly arranged.
Lantern Condition: Very good as regards cleanliness.

Keeper and Assistants
Keeper Appearance: Keeper is neat & tidy.
Keeper Interested in Duties: He does
Keeper Capacity for Duties: He shows good capacity.
Keeper Understanding of Regulations: He understands all the Rules & Instructions.
Keeper Complaints:
Keeper Family: His family occupy the dwelling with him.
Keeper Name: Abraham Parkinson
Keeper Age: Middle aged
Keeper Present or Absent: Keeper was present.
Number of Assistants: None allowed.
Assistants Attend to Duty:
Assistants Capability:
Assistants Complaints:
Assistants Family:
Assistant Keeper Names:
Did Principal and Assistant Keepers Accompany the Inspector?: Keeper attended me throughout the inspection.

Account and Regulations Books
Account Books
Daily Expenditures Posted: They are
Quarterly Returns on Hand: They are
Receipt and Expenditure Accounts Kept: They are
Shipwreck and Vessels Passed Book: Are not kept
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: They are
Books Easily Accessible: They are
Blank Books and Forms:

Revolving Machinery Condition
Revolving Machinery: Revolving machinery is much worn, affects the interval of flashes causing it to stop at times.
Weight of Machine: Weight is placed according to instructions.
Screwjacks for Raising Machinery: None