Report for Broad Sound Channel Inner Rear Range Light (Massachusetts) - 1909

District: 2nd
Inspector: Lieut. Col. Edw. Burr, USA Engineer 2nd lighthouse
Location: On E'ly end of N'ly part of Spectacle Island, 337' 263 degrees (W 5/8 S) in rear of front range.
Date of Report: 03/13/1909
Latitude: 42° 19' 39" N
Longitude: 70° 59' 07" W
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 11/22/1902
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: .21 acre
Area Inclosed: None
Character of Soil: Grass ground
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 100'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Boathouse & slip (Spectacle Island Reservation)
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: Path
Means to Reach Light Station: Boat
Distance to Nearest Road: Steamboat landing of N. Ward Co., S Boston, Mass. 1 5/8 miles
Distance to Post Office: 3 miles S Boston, Mass.
Distance to Village: 1/4 mile Spectacle Island
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: Boat or private steamboat N Ward Co., from S Boston, Mass 1 5/8 miles
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1903
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Circular
Form of Tower: Conical
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 41'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 70'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky
Color of Tower: White - black lantern
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Range. Guide from an intersection with the Lovells Island Range line to President Roads.
Building Materials: Wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 6"
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 6"
Diameter at Base: 14'
Diameter at Parapet: 7' 9"
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wood
Number of Landings: 2
Size of Glass: 14" x 16"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3; 17" x 19.5"
Number of Doors: 1
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Brick - stone post - 3'
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Grass ground
Soil Susceptibility: Grass
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass: 6' 10"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 8
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 36"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 5/16"
Size of Plates: 34" x 36"
Number of Storm Panes: 8
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 7 - 315 degrees
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Iron
Lightning Spindle: Wrought iron - copper tip
Description of Lightning Rod: Copper attached to lantern deck, led down outside tower to ground - end 3' below surface
Balustrade: Wood
Lantern Doors: In parapet
Floor of Lantern: Wood covered with canvas
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter: 6' 6" polygonal.
Location / Number: Parapet
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: On sash bars
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker: Chance Brothers
Year Made: 1903
Marks and Number: Birmingham, England
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 20"
Light Characteristic: Fixed red
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
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: In base of tower
Draft Tube Description: None
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:
How Color is Produced: Red chimney
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Improved 4th order - 1 wick
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners:
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description: Spectacle Island Reservation
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): White fuel house (Spectacle Island Reservation) Fuel, paint stock, etc.
Suitability: Dry & suited to purpose
How Procured: Rain water
Quality: Unsatisfactory, due to smoke from factory W.
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Cisterns cleaned frequently
Tank Capacity: In cellar of dwelling, 2,000 gal
Tank Material: Brick
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket: Pump
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling: In dwelling
General Opinion: Very healthful
Diseases: None
Local Causes:
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: (Spectacle Island) Boathouse & slip
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Premises, towers, buildings & illuminating apparatus are in good condition.