Report for Sea Girt Light Station (New Jersey) - 1907

District: 4th
Inspector: H. Bamber, Assistant Engineer
Location: On beach in village of Sea Girt, just to S'd of Sea Girt Inlet & about 1 5/8 miles to N'd of Manarguan Inlet, sea coast of New Jersey
Date of Report: 11/14/1907
Latitude: 40° 08' 12"
Longitude: 74° 01' 40"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 07/31/1885
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 10,000 sq. ft.
Area Inclosed: No enclosures (village lot)
Character of Soil: Loam, covering original sand
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 80'. To ocean high water mark about 270'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None (village lot)
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By RR to Sea Girt, NJ
Distance to Nearest Road: Station at intersection of Ocean & Bellevue Aves, distance to RR station, by road about 1.2 miles
Distance to Post Office: Abut 1 1/4 miles to Sea Girt Post Office
Distance to Village: Light station in village of Sea Girt, NJ
Facilities for Public Conveyance: Street car line on 3rd Ave. extending to RR station passes within four squares of light station
Facilities for Private Conveyance: Hacks sometimes meet trains. Distance from RR station about 1 1/5 miles.
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Lantern tower on brick dwelling forming a lighthouse
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1896
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Lantern tower is square
Form of Tower: Prismatic
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 440'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 52'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Buildings & trees
Color of Tower: Red, with lead colored trimmings & green blinds. Lantern black
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Lantern tower is on dwelling
Object of Navigation: Seacoast & general navigating purposes
Building Materials: Brick
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 1.5 bricks
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 1 brick
Diameter at Base: 9' 8 1/4"
Diameter at Parapet: 9' 8 1/4"
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wooden
Number of Landings: 2
Size of Glass: 2' 3" x 20"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 2 - sash 2' 5.5" x 2' 3/4"
Number of Doors: 30
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Brick - 6' 6". Foundation probably on sand
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Beach sand, lighthouse lot covered with loam.
Soil Susceptibility: Loam is fertile, surrounding sand is not
Miscellaneous Remarks: Site of lighthouse is threatened by encroachment of Sea Girt Inlet (Locally known as Wreck Pond Inlet.)
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass: 7'
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 8
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 2' 11 3/8"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: About 1/4"
Size of Plates: 8 plates 2' 10 1/4" x 3'
Number of Storm Panes: 3 on hand 11/12/1907
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Brass & iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Brass
Description of Lightning Rod: Platinum point soldered to brass spindle & copper ribbon attached to lantern balcony deck which passes down wall of lantern to veranda roof to post thence to std ground connection.
Balustrade: Railiing of wrought iron. Deck of cast iron.
Lantern Doors: Double swinging doors fastened with vertical brass latch provided with T handles.
Floor of Lantern: Cast iron
Watchroom Doors: Sheet steel trap door in lantern floor hung on brass hinges & provided with brass handles
Parapet Diameter: 6' 7.5"
Location / Number: 4 openings in lower wall of lantern; covered with brass registers
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: 8 brass hooks tapped into lintels.

How is Watchroom Fitted: Closet with 2 swinging doors & shelves & ladder to lantern.
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 7.5 hours
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker: None found "Clock made in shop of General Depot 1896"
Year Made: No date found on apparatus
Marks and Number: HL 305 on lens door
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 19 3/4"
Light Characteristic: Flashing red every 6 seconds
Time of Revolution: 72 seconds
Flash Interval: 6 seconds
Duration of Flash: About 2 seconds
Arc of Each Fixed Part: None
Number of Panels: 12
Number of Flash Panels: 12
Arc of Each: 30 degrees
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 6
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3
Does Apparatus Revolve?: True
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced: Whole lens actuated by clock revolver on ball bearings.
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Cast iron
Service Table: Cast iron, attached to pedestal
Draft Tube Description: No tube
Revolving Machinery: Weight actuated clock in glass case, standing on service table. Has fan governor & provided with electric storm
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls: Lens revolves on ball bearings
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube: 17'
Clock Weight:
Length of Winding Time: 7.5 hours
Drive During Rewind:
Machinery Protection: Glass case
Regulated: Vertical 2-fan governor
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: By ruby chimney
Red Sectors Description: No red sector
Where Color Attached: No colored glass except lamp chimney
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Standard 4th order
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1 (3 in all)
Number of Spare Burners: None
Candle Power:

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord:
Size of Clock Cord:
Length of Clock Cord:
How Led: Vertically down through lantern floor, thence horizontally to right & front to top of weight box in right front corner of lantern tower.
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum:

Chariot Balls
Balls Description: Semicircular
Cage to Separate Balls: False
Number of Balls: 7
Diameter of Balls: 3/8"
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 closet in watchroom, fitted with 2 swinging doors & 5 shelves is used for lamps & cleaning apparatus
Oil House Description: Brick oil house, 8' x 12' is situated about 22' W of lighthouse. It has concrete floor & 5 shleves on left end.
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): 3 2nd floor rooms & stair landing of lighthouse are each provided with a closet having shelves & used for clothes. There is a provision room & coal room in basement. Part of basement used as general storage.
Suitability: Dry & suitable
Location: Lantern is on dwellnig, forming a lighthouse
Coloring: Red, with lead colored trimmings & black lantern
Construction Materials: Brick
Number of Rooms: 6 besides bathroom, pantry & halls
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: One
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Brick oil house
Outhouse Coloring: Red
Paths and Walks: Walks are of flag stone
Area Inclosed: None
Area of Garden: None
Area Timber or Shrubbery: None
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Sea Girt Inlet (locally known as Wreck Pond inlet) to N'd beach sand to E'd & S'd; cultivated lands partly occupied by dwellings to W'd.
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: Supplied by water company through pipe connection
Quality: Fair
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: Not liable
Purity Precaution: Cistern is not now in use; tank has been removed
Tank Capacity: Cistern under pantry - cap about 3400 gals
Tank Material: Brick, with concrete bottom
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description: Well not now in use; although provided with pump
Well Diameter: 3'
Well Lining: Brick
Pump or Bucket: Pump
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling: About 25'
General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Prevalency: No
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse:
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: General character & condition of premises etc., are excellent. Station is threatened by encroachment of Wreck Pond Inlet. If encroachment continues, works of protection will be required.