Report for Brant Point (Massachusetts) - 1931

District: 2nd
Inspector: H. L. Bartlett, Junior Engineer
Location: On Brant Point W side of entrance to Nantucket Harbor, Mass.
Date of Report: 07/19/1931
Latitude: 41° 17' 24"
Longitude: 70° 05' 27"
Site: Granted by Commonwealth of Massachusetts & purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 08/08/1856
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease: 06/25/1795
Area of the Entire Site: About 4.9 acres
Area Inclosed: Whole
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: High tide washes foundation
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Picket fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: No wharf - beach landing
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat & by public highway 3/4 mile to Nantucket Post Office
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: 1746
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1901
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: 26'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Guide to Nantucket Harbor, local navigation
Building Materials: Wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wooden
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 15" x 15"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 2; 18 5/8" x 35"
Number of Doors: 1; 2'8" x 6' 8"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Foundation piles protected from ice by large rip-rap
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 1"
Height Glazed: 35.5"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 27" x 36"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Iron
Lightning Spindle: Yes, with conductor to water
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes, gallery canvas covered
Lantern Doors: Steel plate fitted with brass hinges & latch.
Floor of Lantern: Wood - covered with canvas
Watchroom Doors: Wood trap door hinged
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet - 5 each
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Brass hooks screwed into lantern
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 680
Name of Maker: Henry LePaute
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 19.5"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 90 degrees
Number of Panels: 4 (1 open)
Number of Flash Panels: None
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
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: Iron
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: Cone only
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: Aladdin lamp, I.O.V.
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 3 complete
Number of Spare Burners: 3 complete
Candle Power: 88 cp

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 wick & 1 mantel
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1 1/4"
Diameter of Mantel: 1 5/8"
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 with shelves for spare lamp, etc.
Oil House Description: Tank with drain in oil house about 200' W'ly from tower outside
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' 8" x 10' 8"
Oil House Construction Material: Brick
Oil House Capacity: About 450 5-gal cans. Supply tank - 500 gals. capacity - has been installed on E'ly side of oil house. Drain pipe in oil house.
Other (Describe): None
Suitability: Dry
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Fog bell
Time to Start: Instantly
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: 2 strokes 30 sec. silent; 1 stroke 30 sec. silent
Duplication: Necessary parts
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: Guide to Nantucket Harbor
Distance and Direction: 110' 288 degrees
Water Supply: None
Reached from Lighthouse: By path. NOTE: Nautophone at end of Nantucket E Breakwater operated by Keepers of this station by remote control.
Description of Fog Signal Building: Conical pyramidal shingled bell tower painted white
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Bell Signal
Weight: 1,000 lbs
Metal: Bell metal
Diameter: 42"
Height: 30"
Time: 6 hours
Manufacturer: E. A. Williams Jersey City, NJ 1915
Weights for Operation: 1,000 lbs
Location: 596' W'ly from tower
Coloring: White with lead trimmings
Construction Materials: Brick
Number of Rooms: 6 in each
Number of Dwellings: 2
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: Keeper only & asst.
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: None
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks: Walks from dwelling to boathouse & Nantucket Harbor Range Lights
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: Small garden
Area Cultivated: Small garden
Character of Surroundings: Sandy soil
Stove, Maker: Modern Glenwood
Stove, Size: 207
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 22" x 48"
Pump, Maker: City Water
Pump, Size:
Lamps: 2 brass tables, 1 brass hand lamp from General Depot
How Procured: Town supply
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: None
Tank Capacity:
Tank Material:
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Boatslip from boathouse to water, no wharf, public road from lighthouse to town
Distance and Direction: 600' W'ly
Miscellaneous Remarks: Foundation piles to tower will need renewing or replacing with concrete foundation within a few years, otherwise station in good condition.
Boat Number: 9
Type: Dory
Length: 4' 2"
Width: 13'
When Built: No record
Date Harbored at Station: 1911
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes

General Information:
Boats on Station: In boathouse