Report for South Jetty Channel Rear (South Carolina) - 1909

District: 7th
Inspector: E.M. Adams, Captain, Corps of Engineers, USA.
Location: South Jetty Channel Rear; on South Island, SC. 1220 feet (1/3 mile) 271 degrees 30' in rear of South Jetty Channel Front.
Date of Report: 04/18/1909
Latitude: 33° 11' 36"
Longitude: 79° 12' 46"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 01/03/1903
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 66' x 66'
Area Inclosed: None
Character of Soil: Marsh
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 3/8 mile
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None.
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None.
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: Private road from South Island PO to this light.
Means to Reach Light Station: Take Light-house tender from Georgetown, SC to South Island; secure a team at South Island & drive to light.
Distance to Nearest Road: RR station, Georgetown, SC 14 miles.
Distance to Post Office: South Island, 3.5 miles.
Distance to Village: South Island, 3.5 miles.
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: Take Light-House tender from Georgetown, SC 14 miles, to South Island.
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Steel skeleton Tower.
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1903
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: Never
Condition at This Date: Excellent
Shape of Tower in Plan: Square.
Form of Tower: Pyrimidal
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball:
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 43 feet.
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Trees & sky.
Color of Tower: N'ly half black; S'ly half white; slatted day mark.
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint.
Tower Connection: No dwelling.
Object of Navigation: Range, local
Building Materials: Steel skeleton tower on brick piers.
General Description:
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Diameter at Base: 10 feet
Diameter at Parapet: 4 feet
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron ladder.
Number of Landings:
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Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Brick pillars; 2.5 feet.
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Earth & marsh
Soil Susceptibility: Grass & cane grow.
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: Locomotive head light
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Balustrade: Wooden platform; iron hand rail.
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Illuminating Apparatus
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Name of Maker: No name; came from Tompkinsville
Year Made: Unknown
Marks and Number: 1.
Order of Apparatus: Reflector
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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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Pedestal: Wooden box.
Service Table:
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How Color is Produced: White.
Red Sectors Description:
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Lamp Description: 5th order improved; 1 wick.
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Number of Spare Lamps: 1
Number of Spare Burners: 1
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: Pedestal is a locker; for storage of cleaning material.
Oil House Description: Small brick oil house immediately adjacent to tower.
Oil House Inside Dimension: 6' 6" x 5' 6" x 6' 6" floor to rafters.
Oil House Construction Material: Brick.
Oil House Capacity: 145 cans.
Other (Describe): Pedestal is a closet for storage of cleaning material.
Suitability: Dry & suitable.
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: None.
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Location: No dwelling.
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General Opinion: Unhealthful
Diseases: Malarial Fever.
Prevalency: Summer & Autumn
Local Causes: Swamps & marshes.
Recommended Improvements: Impracticable.
Access to Lighthouse: There is an earth causeway between front & rear lights of this range; a private road leads from South Island PO to this tower.
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: The terms of the deed permit shifting the site of this structure in order to swing the range whenever changes in the channel require such action.