Report for Sankaty Head (Massachusetts) - 1927

District: 2nd
Inspector: C. H. Robinson
Location: On E end of Nantucket Island
Date of Report: 10/20/1927
Latitude: 41° 17' 01"
Longitude: 69° 57' 57"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 05/21/1849
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 10 acres
Area Inclosed: Whole
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 450'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Wire fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Roadway from Nantucket & Siasconset, PO Siasconset - about 2 miles
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: 1850
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: Not done
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: 166'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky
Color of Tower: White at top & bottom, red band in middle, black lantern
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Whitewash & paint
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: General navigation purposes - primary seacoast
Building Materials: Brick - granite trim
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron spiral
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 8.5" x 16.5"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 4; 20.5" x 38"
Number of Doors: 2; 1 single 3' x 6' 10"; 1 double each 19.5" x 6' 9.5", double doors inside
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Tower in good condition.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 2nd
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 12
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 1 1/8"
Height Glazed: 8' 0.5"
Number of Plates in Height: 3
Number of Plates Each Side: 3
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: Upper: 32" x 36"; Middle 32" x 32"
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 leading down into ground
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: None
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: None - hatchway with stairs leading to lantern
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet wall (4)
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Spring roll curtains

How is Watchroom Fitted: 1 chair
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 5.5 hours
Intensity in Candles: F 7,000; Flash 79,000
Name of Maker: Henry LePaute
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: Paris
Order of Apparatus: 2nd
Inside Diameter: 4' 7"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: 8 minutes
Flash Interval: 50 sec
Duration of Flash: 10 sec
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 45 degrees
Number of Panels: 8
Number of Flash Panels: 8
Arc of Each: 45 degrees
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 9
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 12 fixed
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 5 fixed
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: True
Revolving Panels: 8 panels consisting of bullseye & 8 elements
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Iron 3' 3" tall 20" diam.
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: Iron draft tube, no damper
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls: Chariot wheels
Chariot Description: 6 wheels 5" diam & 6 guide wheels 2 9/16" diam.
Length of Drop Tube:
Clock Weight: About 110 lbs
Length of Winding Time: 5.5 hours
Drive During Rewind: No
Machinery Protection: Glass case
Regulated: Fan & weight governor
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 55 mm IOV type B
Type of Illuminant: Kerosene
Number of Spare Lamps: 3
Number of Spare Burners:
Candle Power: 1500 cp

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord: Cord, galv. iron
Size of Clock Cord: 1/4"
Length of Clock Cord: About 90'
How Led: Down tower by pulley
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum: 8" x 11"

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: Single mantel
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel: 2"
Diameter of Circum Circle: One only
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 for storage of spare lamp, & parts for IOV lamp
Oil House Description: 170' N'ly of tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 9' 10" x 14'
Oil House Construction Material: Bricks
Oil House Capacity: About 600
Other (Describe): None
Location: Double dwelling about 12' S'ly of tower
Coloring: White with lead colored trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6 each side
Number of Dwellings: 1 double
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: Keeper & Assistant
Furnished Quarters: All
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: Double fuel house
Outhouse Coloring: White, lead trim
Paths and Walks: Concrete walks to tower, fuel & oil house
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: 3 acres
Area Cultivated: 1/4 acre
Character of Surroundings: Sandy
Stove, Maker: Magee Grand (2)
Stove, Size: 7-18 (2)
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 22" x 48" (2)
Pump, Maker: Douglas (2)
Pump, Size: #2 (2)
Lamps: 2 brass table, 4 brass hand lamps from Gen. Depot
How Procured: Rain water & driven well
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Frequent cleaning
Tank Capacity: 4000 gals. 2 cisterns (1 N, 1 S) side of dwelling
Tank Material: Bricks cement plastered
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description: About 100' driven
Well Diameter: 1.5" pipe
Well Lining: Iron pipe
Pump or Bucket: Pump
What Power Used: Hand
Distance from Dwelling: About 50' NW
General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No