Report for Sharps Island (Maryland) - 1870

District: 5th
Inspector: Commo. Dornin, Inspector 5th District.
Location: Entrance to Choptank River.
Date of Report: 08/31/1870
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 marine clock in good condition.
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Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: There are no ladders.
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: There is none required.

How is Watchroom Fitted:
How is Relief Called: There is no bell for calling the relief.
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
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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
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Service Table:
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Lamp Description: Lens of 5th order
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Number of Spare Lamps: 1 spare lamp in good condition.
Number of Spare Burners: 2 & in good condition.
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
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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.
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Miscellaneous Remarks: There is a Boat sail required at this station.
Boat Number: 0
Length: 5'
Width: 17.5'
When Built:
Date Harbored at Station:
Sails: False
Suited to Work: In good condition.
Lantern: In good condition.
Illuminating Apparatus: Lens is perfectly clean in all its parts.
Service Lamp: In good condition in all respects.
Oil: Specimens examined & found to be free from all objectionable matter, the oil had not been filtered.
Service Lamp Burner: It was free from all gummy or burnt oil, clean & the wicks well trimmed.
Service Lamp Burner Level: The burner was found to be level.
Plate Glass: It was clean & in perfect order.
Lens Cover: Cover was on, & clean. Made of linen ticking hung up & taken down at the proper time.
Lantern Curtains: 2 sets. 18 pieces in good condition put up & taken down at the proper time.
Carillon or Alarm Bell: There is no alarm bell.
Rod Lamp: Rod lamp in good condition & very clean.
Stairway and Landing: Painted & very clean.
Inside of Tower:
Glazing of Dwelling: In good condition
Improvements Needed: There are none required.

Equipment Care
Does Keeper Understand the Use and Care of
Lens: Lens is not touched improperly.
Lantern and Trap Doors: The doors fit properly.
Watch or Trimming Room: There are none of these things to be seen at the time of inspection.
Lucernes or Matches: There were none of the above mentioned articles to be seen in the rooms mentioned.
Heater: Keeper understands use of the heater.
Ventilation: Keeper understands how to use the ventilator & how to air the bldg.
Dome: They were painted according to Instructions. Lightning conductor is in good condition.

Oil Room
Oil Room Condition: In good condition
Oil Carriers: They are 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: 1, 25 gallons
Number of Dripping Buckets: 4
Number of Oil Tanks: 3 holding 125 gallons
Oil Butts Made According to Regulation: They are so made
Oil Butt Covers: Gutters were filled with refuse oil, the covers were on. Keeper understands use of covers & air cocks.
Drip Bucket Placement: There was a dripping bucket so hung.
Oil Butt Platform: They are placed upon a raised platform of plank.
Empty Oil Butts: There are none.

Tool Chests and Presses
Cleaning Materials Put Away: They are so put up & packed.
Paints Separate: They are kept separate
Tool Chest: There is none
Tool Condition: There are none
Tools Free from Rust:
Closets Clean: They are clean & properly aired.
Service Box In Good Order: In good order & well arranged.
Trimming Scissors Clean: They are
Brushes and Floor Clothes: They are in good order & in their proper place.
Lantern Condition: In very good condition.

Keeper and Assistants
Keeper Appearance: Keeper is neat & tidy in appearance.
Keeper Interested in Duties: He does.
Keeper Capacity for Duties: He shows good capacity & endeavors to gain every information.
Keeper Understanding of Regulations: Keeper seems to understand the Rules & Directions & to wish to conform to them.
Keeper Complaints: He made no complaint
Keeper Family: Keeper's family live with him.
Keeper Name: Daniel Hope
Keeper Age: Middle age
Keeper Present or Absent: Keeper was present
Number of Assistants: 1 assistant allowed at this station.
Assistants Attend to Duty: He does
Assistants Capability: He is capable
Assistants Complaints: He made none
Assistants Family: He has no family.
Assistant Keeper Names: James D. Hope, young, present.
Did Principal and Assistant Keepers Accompany the Inspector?: The principal keeper attended me throughout my Inspection.

Account and Regulations Books
Account Books
Daily Expenditures Posted: They are
Quarterly Returns on Hand: They are
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: 1
Summary of Duties: 1
Index of Instructions: 1
Guide for Mixed Paints: 1
Directions for Purifying Water: 1
Placards Easily Visible: They are
Books Easily Accessible: They are
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