Report for Ship Island (Mississippi) - 1911

District: 8th
Inspector: Comdr. C. P. Eaton, USN, Retired
Location: On W'ly end of Ship Island, E'ly side of Ship Island Anchorage from Gulf.
Date of Report: 10/09/1911
Latitude: 30° 12' 50"
Longitude: 88° 57' 57"
Site: Presidents Order
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 07/09/1852
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 50 acres
Area Inclosed: N-S front 102'; W-E side 72'
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 200'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Wooden picket fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Yes
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Biloxi, Miss.
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: Square pyramidal frame tower
Number of Separate Lights: 3
First Built or Established: 1853
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: Repaired, 1909
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: 73'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: By platform, not covered
Object of Navigation: Seacoast & for entrance to Ship Island Anchorage from the Gulf. General Navigation
Building Materials: Wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wood. Watchroom.
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 8" x 10"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: Tower 6 windows each double sash of 4 lights 14" x 6.5"
Number of Doors: 1; 6.5" x 3 lights x 1' 2"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 3' 5/8"
Number of Plates in Height: 1
Number of Plates Each Side: 1
Thickness of Plates: 5/16"
Size of Plates: 3' 5/8" x 2' 3.5"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Yes
Lightning Spindle: Yes
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: In parapet - 1
Floor of Lantern: Wood
Watchroom Doors: Hatch
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: 4 in parapet
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement:
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: In inside edge of dome

How is Watchroom Fitted: Below lantern
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 208
Name of Maker: Henry Lepaute
Year Made:
Marks and Number: Henry Lepaute a Paris E
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 19 11/16"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 360 degrees
Number of Panels: 4
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Iron
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls:
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube:
Clock Weight:
Length of Winding Time:
Drive During Rewind:
Machinery Protection:
Lens Protection: Linen cover
How Color is Produced: By red chimney
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 4th order
Type of Illuminant: Oil
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: None
Candle Power:

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1.5"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 watchroom
Oil House Description:
Oil House Inside Dimension: 11' 7" x 9' 2" x 8' 6" high
Oil House Construction Material: Brick
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): 2 closets & pantry in dwelling
Location: E'ly
Coloring: White, green blinds
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 4, kitchen, storeroom, 2 closets
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: 3; chicken house, toolhouse, water closet
Outhouse Coloring: White
Paths and Walks: Brick yard
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Shifting sand
Stove, Maker: Garland
Stove, Size: No. 7
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size: 16" x 27"
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size: No. 3
How Procured: Cistern & driven well
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: Not liable to injury
Purity Precaution: Cistern has top
Tank Capacity: Cis 23.5'; Stave 9'
Tank Material: Cistern wood
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description: 18' depth
Well Diameter: 3" pipe
Well Lining: Pipe
Pump or Bucket: Pump
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling: At dwelling on porch
Access to Lighthouse: Boathouse on W'ly side of end of wharf 6' wide, 252' long to gate, 100' of inner end in sand.
Distance and Direction: W'ly about 270'
Miscellaneous Remarks: