Report for Spectacle Island (Massachusetts) - 1927

District: 2nd
Inspector: Geo. E. Eaton, Supt.
Location: On E bank, N part of Spectacle Island, Boston Harbor, Mass
Date of Report: 10/08/1927
Latitude: 42° 19' 40"
Longitude: 70° 59' 03"
Site: Acquired by condemnation proceedings
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 07/04/1896
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 1.6 acres
Area Inclosed: 1.6 acres
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: Front 20'; Rear 80'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Wire fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Boat, 3 miles to S. Boston
Distance to Nearest Road:
Distance to Post Office:
Distance to Village:
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: 2 towers
Number of Separate Lights: 2
First Built or Established: 1897
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1920
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: Front: 53'; Rear: 70'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Range for local navigation
Building Materials: Wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wooden, winding
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 15 3/4" x 14"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 2 front; 3 rear; 19 3/4" x 31.5"
Number of Doors: 1 each tower 2' 6" x 6' 3"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Wooden towers shingled on outside plastered inside. Foundations of towers on nearly same level.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th, 5th & 6th - 1 lantern each tower
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 8
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 1 1/8"
Height Glazed: 35.5"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 34" x 36"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 7 sides 315 degrees
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Yes
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: 1/4" sheet steel hinged to swing out
Floor of Lantern: Wood canvassed
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Lantern parapet
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Screwed
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: Each 750
Name of Maker: 3rd District
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus:
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels:
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum:
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum:
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: Wooden bench
Service Table:
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 lamp chimney
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Locomotive headlights
Type of Illuminant: Kerosene
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: 2
Candle Power:

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1 3/8"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:

Parabolic Mirror
Parabolic Opening: 22"
Parabolic Mirror Depth: 13 1/4"
Parabolic Focal Length:
Parabolic Material: Copper silver plated
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None
Oil House Description: 75' E'ly of rear tower - no fittings
Oil House Inside Dimension: 11' 9" x 9' 9"
Oil House Construction Material: Bricks
Oil House Capacity: 400
Other (Describe): None
Location: NW'ly of front tower
Coloring: White
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: 1 keeper
Furnished Quarters: Keeper
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Fuel house
Outhouse Coloring: White
Paths and Walks: Wooden walks
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available:
Area Cultivated: Small garden
Character of Surroundings: Clay
Stove, Maker: Magee Grand
Stove, Size: 77
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 22" x 36"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 1 table lamp & 2 hand lamps make LHS
How Procured: Rain water from roof of dwelling
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Cistern cleaned frequently
Tank Capacity: 2000 gals
Tank Material: Bricks, cement plastered on inside
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse:
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Premises & structures are in good condition. Range lights changed from lens to reflectors Aug. 18, 1924