Report for Sharps Island (Maryland) - 1867

District: 5th
Inspector: J.M. Berrien, Inspector 5th LH District.
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Date of Report: 09/13/1867
Date of Reservation:
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Means Used for Support of Lantern: Screwpile
Number of Separate Lights: 1
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Miscellaneous Remarks: There is a time piece in bad condition. Directed it to be sent away for repairs.
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Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: There were no ladders.
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: There is none provided.

How is Watchroom Fitted:
How is Relief Called: There was no bell for calling relief.
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
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Name of Maker:
Year Made:
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Order of Apparatus: 5th
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Light Characteristic: Fixed white
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Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
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Service Table:
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Red Sectors Description:
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Lamp Description: Lens of 5th order. Franklin lamp.
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2, in good condition.
Number of Spare Burners: 3, 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. There is also a closet provided for paints, oils, spirits of turpentine, paint-brushes, etc..
Boat Number: 0
Length: 5' 4"
Width: 17.5'
When Built:
Date Harbored at Station:
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Very good condition
Lantern: It was in good condition.
Illuminating Apparatus: Lens was perfectly clean in all its parts.
Service Lamp: It was in good condition in all respects.
Oil: Specimen examined; it was found to be free from all objectioinable matter. It had not been filtered.
Service Lamp Burner: It was free from gummy or burnt oil, clean & wick well trimmed.
Service Lamp Burner Level: Burner was found to be slightly out of level.
Plate Glass: It was clean & in perfect order.
Lens Cover: It was on; clean; made of cotton ticking & kept in one of the rooms below when not in use.
Lantern Curtains: There were no lantern curtains.
Carillon or Alarm Bell: There was no alarm bell.
Rod Lamp: There was no rod lamp.
Dwelling: Dwelling was very clean; but it requires a coat of paint.
Stairway and Landing: Very clean.
Inside of Tower:
Glazing of Dwelling: In very good condition
Improvements Needed: House requires painting.

Equipment Care
Does Keeper Understand the Use and Care of
Lens: It is not allowed to touch the lens improperly.
Lantern and Trap Doors: Trap door fits tightly, but lantern door does not.
Watch or Trimming Room: There were no rags, towels, dirty cloths etc., in the rooms mentioned.
Lucernes or Matches: There were none of the above named articles to be seen at the inspection.
Heater: There is no heater at this station.
Ventilation: Assistant states that the principal Keeper understands use of the ventilators & how to air the bldg.
Dome: They were painted according to instructions. Lightning conductor did not reach the water. Asst. was directed to procure a piece of wire & lead it into the water.

Oil Room
Oil Room Condition: In good condition, there seems to be no waste of oil.
Oil Carriers: In good condition & arranged in order for use.
Number of 100 Gallon Oil Butts:
Number of 50 Gallon Oil Butts: 2
Number of Small Butts for Waste Oil:
Number of Dripping Buckets: 3
Number of Oil Tanks: 2 holding 100 gallons
Oil Butts Made According to Regulation: Yes
Oil Butt Covers: Gutters of oil butts were filled with refuse oil. Assistant Keeper understands use of covers & air cocks.
Drip Bucket Placement: There was
Oil Butt Platform: Oil butts are placed upon a raised platform.
Empty Oil Butts: There was no empty oil butt.

Tool Chests and Presses
Cleaning Materials Put Away: They are so put up & packed.
Paints Separate: They are kept separate
Tool Chest: There is no tool chest.
Tool Condition:
Tools Free from Rust:
Closets Clean: They are kept properly aired.
Service Box In Good Order: Yes
Trimming Scissors Clean: Yes
Brushes and Floor Clothes: They were in good order & in their proper places
Lantern Condition: It is very good.

Keeper and Assistants
Keeper Appearance: Principal was absent. Assistant was well dressed.
Keeper Interested in Duties:
Keeper Capacity for Duties:
Keeper Understanding of Regulations:
Keeper Complaints: Principal Keeper was absent.
Keeper Family: Keeper's family lives with him.
Keeper Name: J.B. Gibson
Keeper Age: Aged
Keeper Present or Absent: Principal keeper was absent; but returned a few minutes after the inspection. He is not often absent; at least it is so stated.
Number of Assistants: 1
Assistants Attend to Duty: From all appearances the assistant attends regularly to his duties.
Assistants Capability: Assistant appears to be capable.
Assistants Complaints: He made none
Assistants Family:
Assistant Keeper Names: J.W. Gibson, young.
Did Principal and Assistant Keepers Accompany the Inspector?: Assistant Keeper attended & accompanied me while the Inspection was being made.

Account and Regulations Books
Account Books
Daily Expenditures Posted: Yes
Quarterly Returns on Hand: Yes
Receipt and Expenditure Accounts Kept: Yes
Shipwreck and Vessels Passed Book: These books have not been kept at this station.
Regulations, Instructions, and Directions
Rules and Regulations Copies: 1
Instructions and Directions Copies: 1
Placard Directions Copies: 1
Notice to Visitors Copies: 2
Summary of Duties:
Index of Instructions: 1
Guide for Mixed Paints: 1
Directions for Purifying Water:
Placards Easily Visible: Yes
Books Easily Accessible: Yes
Blank Books and Forms: 1 set of blanks for quarterly returns.