Report for Solomons Lump (Maryland) - 1909

District: 5th
Inspector: John Murdoch, Assistant Lighthouse Engineer
Location: Off Solomons Lump on the S'ly side of Kedges Straits, E'ly side of Chesapeake Bay, & about 4 miles ESE'ly from Holland Island Bar Lighthouse
Date of Report: 09/19/1909
Latitude: 38° 02' 53"
Longitude: 76° 00' 55"
Site: Submarine
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site:
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark:
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises:
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By small boat
Distance to Nearest Road: 9 miles to steamboat landing
Distance to Post Office: 9 miles
Distance to Village: 9 mile
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: Small boat
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1875
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: Rebuilt 1895
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Square resting on cylindrical base
Form of Tower: Prismoidal
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 47'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 46' 6"
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Woods
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: By paint
Tower Connection: Built into the dwelling
Object of Navigation: General purposes
Building Materials: Iron, brick, & wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 13"
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 4"
Diameter at Base: 7' 1/4"
Diameter at Parapet: 6' 6"
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wood
Number of Landings: 3
Size of Glass: 10" x 14"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 2 in tower; 7 in dwelling; sash 5' 2 1/4" x 2' 9 3/4" x 1 3/8"
Number of Doors: 12
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Iron cylinder filled with concrete, 11' below ground line
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 5th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass: 7' 0"
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: 3/8"
Size of Plates: 34" x 36" x 3/8"
Number of Storm Panes: 8
Unglazed Side of Lantern:
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Copper, wood & iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Copper
Ventilator / Cowl: Copper
Lightning Spindle: Brass
Description of Lightning Rod: Copper, led from lantern gallery deck down side of house to water
Balustrade: Iron
Lantern Doors: Fitted with hinges to frame of lantern
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: Trapdoor, 24" x 29"
Parapet Diameter: 6' 5". octagonal
Location / Number: In upper section of parapet of lantern
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Screwed into frame of lantern
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker: L. Sautter Co., Paris
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter: 14.5"
Light Characteristic: Fixed white
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:
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Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Iron
Service Table: Iron
Draft Tube Description: None
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls:
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Drive During Rewind:
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Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Improved, 1-wick
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: None
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description: Oil kept in cellar; cement floor
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): On 1st floor, fitted with shelves, for general purposes
Suitability: Dry & suitable
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Gamewell Bell machine
Time to Start: 1 minute
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Manufacturer: Gamewell Fire Alarm Telegraph Co., Boston, Mass.
Year of Manufacture: Not known
Characteristic: A single blow every 10 sec.
Duplication: None
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Distance and Direction:
Water Supply:
Reached from Lighthouse:
Description of Fog Signal Building:
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Bell Signal
Weight: 1200 lbs
Metal: Bell metal
Diameter: 39"
Height: 28.5"
Time: 1.5 hours
Weights for Operation:
Location: Tower built into dwelling
Coloring: White
Construction Materials: Brick, iron & wood
Number of Rooms: 9 (4 cellar; 1 1st floor; 2 2nd; store & bell)
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouse Coloring:
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Area Inclosed:
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Cultivation Area Available:
Area Cultivated:
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Stove, Maker:
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Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: From roofs
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: Not liable
Purity Precaution: Cistern cleaned when necessary
Tank Capacity: 2000 gal. cistern; in cylinder below cellar floor
Tank Material: Cement
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
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What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Generally healthy
Diseases: Malarial
Prevalency: Spring & Fall
Local Causes: Marshes
Recommended Improvements: