Report for Sassafras Point Beacon (Rhode Island) - 1873

District: 3rd
Inspector: Lighthouse Engineer 3rd dist.
Location: On W side of river, composed of a pier of granite supporting a wooden tower with lantern.
Date of Report: 12/03/1873
Latitude: 41° 48' 58"
Longitude: 71° 23' 09"
Date of Reservation:
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Area of the Entire Site:
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Wharf or Landing on Premises:
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Boats; the beacon is in the water.
Distance to Nearest Road: 1.5 miles Providence RI
Distance to Post Office: 1 mile Providence RI
Distance to Village:
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Wooden tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1872
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date: In order
Shape of Tower in Plan: Hexagon
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 14'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 25'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Providence RI
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Oil paint
Tower Connection:
Object of Navigation:
Building Materials: Wood (white pine) sills, floor beams, corner posts & plates.
General Description: Beacon is composed of a pier of granite built on a foundation of rip rap & supporting a wooden tower w/ lantern. Pier is a frustum of a cone, 18' dia., at base, 15' at top & 12' high.
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base: 8' btwn parallel sides
Diameter at Parapet: 4' 6" btwn parallel sides.
Kind of Stairway and Steps: White pine step ladder
Number of Landings:
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Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Rip rap foundation 3' of water
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
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Miscellaneous Remarks: A step ladder of wrought iron is secured to the stone pier, foundation of pier is placed on a sand spit, in 3' of water. A platform of 1" pine plank is secured to plate of tower for supporting the illuminating apparatus.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 6th
Shape of Lantern:
Diameter to Glass: 42" btwn parallel sides
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 6
Type of Bars:
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 16.5"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 3/8"
Size of Plates: 24.5" x 26.5"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern:
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Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron & glass, roof of lantern is composed of plate iron 1/8" thick.
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Illuminating Apparatus
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Name of Maker:
Year Made:
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Order of Apparatus: 6th
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic: Fixed red
Time of Revolution:
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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:
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How Color is Produced: Fixed red, produced by red chimney.
Red Sectors Description:
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Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Funck's lamp, 1 wick to burner
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1
Number of Spare Burners: 2
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description: Wooden stand of yellow pine.
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity: 2 50-gallon oil butts, 1 5-gallon oil can.
Other (Describe):
General Opinion: Healthy
Local Causes:
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