Report for South Bass Island (Ohio) - 1909

District: 10th
Inspector: Chas. Bartlett, Chief Clerk and Norris Works, Supt
Location: On SW'ly point of S Bass Island, W'ly part of Lake Erie.
Date of Report: 02/03/1909
Latitude: 41° 37' 47"
Longitude: 82° 50' 31"
Site: Purchased from Alfred & Mary Parker, consideration $1,000
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 05/20/1895
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: About 1.92 acres. Deed called for 2 acres.
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil: Black loam
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 40'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By steam boat from Cleveland & Sandusky to Put-in-Bay on S Bass Island, thence by team 2.5 miles.
Distance to Nearest Road: Steam boat landing at Put-in-Bay - 2.5 miles. Country road about 660'
Distance to Post Office: Put-in-Bay 2.5 miles; also telephone at Put-in-Bay.
Distance to Village: Put-in-Bay 2.5 miles; also telephone at Put-in-Bay.
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1897
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Square, projecting from SW'ly corner of dwelling.
Form of Tower: Right prism
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 45'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 60' 6"
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky & woods
Color of Tower: Red brick, black lantern
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Natural color of brick
Tower Connection: Connected with dwelling, projects from SW corner & extends above roof.
Object of Navigation: Lake Coast
Building Materials: Red brick
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 12"
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 12"
Diameter at Base: 10' sq.
Diameter at Parapet: 10' sq.
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron circular, 8" rise to watchroom, 12" above.
Number of Landings: 2
Size of Glass: 28" x 28"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3 windows, each 2 sash with 1 light; 2 windows, each single sash, with 1 light.
Number of Doors: 1
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Bed rock
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Black loam, light.
Soil Susceptibility: Yes
Miscellaneous Remarks: Lantern, balcony deck & stairs come from Gibralter, MI., light.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass: 7' 1"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
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: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 27" x 36"
Number of Storm Panes: None
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron lined with zinc.
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: On ball, with platinum point
Description of Lightning Rod: Cast iron stairs form conductor down to 1st floor, thence copper connected to newel post at foot of stairs carried 6' below surface, in damp clay & led into 3" iron pipe, packed with nails & coak.
Balustrade: Cast iron, 12' sq.
Lantern Doors: Iron, fitted with iron hinges & brass bolt.
Floor of Lantern: Cast iron
Watchroom Doors: Iron, turns up into lantern.
Parapet Diameter: 6' 8"
Location / Number: 4 brass, in parapet wall
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: 10 brass

How is Watchroom Fitted: 3 corner closets, cleaning shelf, cupboard for temporary supply of oil, tray & measures.
How is Relief Called: None
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker: L. Sautter & Co. , Constructeurs a Paris
Year Made:
Marks and Number:
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 19 3/4"
Light Characteristic: Fixed red
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 360 degrees - Obscured by tiers in island to E'd of S 7 - 02 E (172 degrees 58') & N'd of S 68 degrees 54 W (248 - 54)
Number of Panels: 4
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
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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Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Iron
Service Table: Iron
Draft Tube Description: Brass, 3" dia. Flanges to 6 1/4" to rest on upper ring of lens.
Revolving Machinery:
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Chariot Float or Balls:
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Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: Ruby chimney
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 4th order
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 3
Number of Spare Burners: None
Candle Power:

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 wick
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1.5"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 3 closets with shelves & a door & closet for oil
Oil House Description: Square, red iron, oil house. 18' 6" W, S side in line with S face of tower.
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe):
Suitability: Dry, suited.
Location: Attached to tower.
Coloring: Red brick, natural color, lead trimmings.
Construction Materials: Brick
Number of Rooms: 15, 2 halls
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Iron oil house, barn & chicken house built in 1899.
Outhouse Coloring: Oil house, red; barn, lower story lead color, upper part dark red; chicken house, lead color.
Paths and Walks: Cement walk from house to barn
Area Inclosed: Wire fence on NE'ly side - lake on other sides.
Area of Garden: 100' sq = 10,000 sq. ft. = 0.23 acres.
Area Timber or Shrubbery: Original peach orchard on place died & has been cut down.
Cultivation Area Available: 1 3/4 acres.
Area Cultivated: 1 3/4 acres
Character of Surroundings: Dry, black loam, about 10' over lime rock. Slate roof.
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Sink, Maker:
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Pump, Maker:
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How Procured: From Lake & cisterns
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: Not liable
Purity Precaution: 2 large cisterns for lake water & for rain water, properly ventilated & entrance screened.
Tank Capacity: 103 barrels each, 6' x 12' x 6', under porch at N end of dwelling. Water tank is 6' x 4' x 3' = 495 gal = 15 barrels
Tank Material: Of brick & plaster with cement. Water tank in garret of wood, lined with zinc, for house water supply to modern bathroom on 2nd floor & to kitchen. Tank supplied by hand force pump from either cistern.
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
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General Opinion: Healthful
Local Causes:
Recommended Improvements:
Access to Lighthouse: Right of way 660' x 15' from public road to lighthouse lot.
Distance and Direction:
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Supplemental Reports
Light Characteristic Change
April 1, 1926
Changed to: Alternate flashing white & red 30 sec (1.5 sec white, 13.5 sec eclipse, 1.5 sec red flash, 13.5 sec eclipse.