Report for Southeast Five Finger Island (Alaska) - 1913

District: 16th
Inspector: Various
Location: On most S'ly island of group, off N part of Frederick Sound, entrance to Stephens Passage
Date of Report: 10/02/1913
Latitude: 57° 16' 05"
Longitude: 133° 37' 21"
Site: Public land reserved by Executive Order
Date of Reservation: 01/06/1901
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 1.3 acres
Area Inclosed: None
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 40'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Small wharf & landing ladder on E side.
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Small boat from passing steamer, launch from Petersburg 40 miles
Distance to Nearest Road:
Distance to Post Office: Mail contract from Juneau, 70 miles - weekly delivery.
Distance to Village:
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower rises from 1 end of fog signal & dwelling.
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1902
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: Not since station was built
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: 68'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky line
Color of Tower: White, green trimmings, brown roof
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Connected
Object of Navigation: Aid to general navigation S'ly entrance to Stephens Passage.
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
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 8" x 9"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3 double - 1' 6" x 1' 6"
Number of Doors: 1 - 2' x 6' 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 standard
Shape of Lantern: Cylindrical
Diameter to Glass: 7' 8 1/16"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides:
Type of Bars: Helical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 3' 1 1/4"
Number of Plates in Height: 1 diamond paned alternating with 2 half diamonds.
Number of Plates Each Side:
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 2' 1.08" x 2' 1.08"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern:
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron, bronze & glass
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Brass spindle with platinum tip
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Wooden balusters, wooden floor covered with copper.
Lantern Doors: Iron bronze hinges & lock
Floor of Lantern: Wood
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet wall of lantern
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: Wooden step ladder
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Brass hinges with spring rollers
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 520
Name of Maker: Henry LePaute
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: Henry LePaute, 11 Rue Desnauettes, Paris
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: None
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 1
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 8, fixed
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 5, fixed
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: 4 brass pipe stanchions supporting pedestal
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: Diameter bottom, 11"; Diameter top, 7 5/8", no damper
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: Cloth cover
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 4th
Type of Illuminant: Oil
Number of Spare Lamps: None
Number of Spare Burners: 2
Candle Power: 520

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 wick
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1 1/2"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: Service closet in attic floor, with locker, drawers & shelves
Oil House Description: On same foundation as bldg - 7' 2" from end, no fittings.
Oil House Inside Dimension: 7' x 10' 8"
Oil House Construction Material: Concrete
Oil House Capacity: 500 5-gal cans
Other (Describe): Storeroom on 1st floor fitted with shelves. Room for storage of materials in basement & attic.
Suitability: Dry & suitable
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: 3rd order Daboll trumpet
Time to Start: 15 min
How Long Will Pressure Last: 4 min
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: 5 sec blast, 25 sec silent
Duplication: Engines, compressors & horns
Timing Device: Tripping gear, connected to engine shaft by chain & gears
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown: 8 to 11 lbs
Height Above Water: 44'
Compass Direction: 77 degrees
Location: In same bldg
Distance and Direction: Same bldg
Water Supply: Rain water from roof
Reached from Lighthouse: Same bldg
Description of Fog Signal Building: 2 story & attic frame bldg set on concrete foundation, with tower rising at 1 end, fog signal machinery 1st floor, Keeper's dwelling 2nd floor.
Pressure And Recording Gauge: Pressure gauge, no recording gauge
Internal Combustion Signal
Fog Signal Kind:
Internal Combustion Kind: Mietz & Weiss oil
Internal Combustion Manufacturer: August Mietz, 128-138 Mott St. NY; #'s 4605 & 4607
Internal Combustion Date: May 1, 1906
Internal Combustion Size:
Internal Combustion Horsepower: 4
Internal Combustion Fuel: Oil
Internal Combustion Starter: Heated by torch
Compressor Maker: Not known
Compressor Seat: Same bed, chain driven
Compressor Machinery: 24 : 86 ratio
Compressor Diameter: 6"
Compressor Stroke: 7"
Compressor RPMs: 108
Character of Air Inlet: Spring valve 1 5/8" dia.
Kind of Unloader:
Diameter of Delivery Pipe: 1.5"

Daboll Signal
Daboll: 3rd class
Daboll Reed:
Daboll Length: 8 7/16"
Daboll Breadth: 2 1/4"
Daboll Base Thickness: 3/8"
Daboll Tip Thickness: 7/32"

Trumpet Signal
Trumpet Length: 12'
Trumpet Diameter: 3" & 40"
Trumpet Material: Copper

Air Receiver
Number: 2
Diameter: 3.5"
Height: 7.5"
Capacity Cubic Feet: 72
Pressure in Each:
Make of Reducing Valve: None
Remarks: Air receiving valve on tanks, no marks
Location: In same bldg, 2nd floor
Coloring: White, green trimmings, brown roof
Construction Materials: Concrete & wood
Number of Rooms: 5
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant: No 202 (Perfect) hot water heater with radiator in each room
Number of Keepers: 3
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Engine house, workshop, boathouse
Outhouse Coloring: Same as dwelling
Paths and Walks: To all bldgs
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Rocky
Stove, Maker: Bridge Beach & Co - St. Louis
Stove, Size: Top 37" x 22 3/8", 6 - 8 3/8" holes; oven 20" x 20
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size: 20" x 30"
Pump, Maker: The Dening Co., Salem, OH
Pump, Size: 2 3/4" cylinder
Lamps: 3 table lamps, 3 bedroom lamps, 3 lanterns
How Procured: Rain water from roof
Quality: Fair
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Filtered thru brick walls
Tank Capacity: 2 cisterns, 4600 gal each; 2 cisterns 1200 gal each.
Tank Material: Concrete
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket: Pump
What Power Used: Hand
Distance from Dwelling: Same bldg
General Opinion: Good
Diseases: Rheumatism
Prevalency: All seasons
Local Causes: No more than anywhere else in Alaska
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Iron ladder leading up side of rock; small wooden wharf on platform built over rocks
Distance and Direction: 50' from lighthouse on E'ly side
Miscellaneous Remarks: Hoisting engine to be installed at an early date
Boat #1
Boat Number: 15
Type: Launch
Length: 5'
Width: 18'
When Built: 1910
Date Harbored at Station: Oct. 29, 1910
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes
Boat #2
Boat Number: 16
Type: Whaleboat
Length: 5' 8"
Width: 18'
When Built: Not known
Date Harbored at Station: Aug. 14, 1908
Sails: True
Suited to Work: Yes
Boat #3
Boat Number: 17
Type: Dinghy
Length: 4' 8"
Width: 14'
When Built: Not known
Date Harbored at Station: July 1, 1902
Sails: True
Suited to Work: No- worn out

Power Boat
Engine Type: Scripps motor
Horsepower: 4:5
Engine Maker: Scripps Motor Co., # 296
Spare Coil:
Magnet: None
Battery: Dry 6
Propeller Diameter: 14"
Propeller Pitch: 16"

Hoisting Engines
Hoisting Engine Kind: Mietz & Weiss 4 HP oil engine
Engine RPMs:
Engine Diameter: 6"
Engine Stroke: 7"
Engine Boiler:
Engine Maker and Date: Date not known
Serial Number:
Cylinders and Size:
Hoist Starter:
Hoist Miscellaneous:

General Information:
Boats on Station: In boat house