Report for St. Joseph Point Rear Range (Florida) - 1927

District: 8th
Inspector: A.M. Zihilich, Assoc. LH Engineer
Location: About 3.5 miles N'ly from St. Joseph Point.
Date of Report: 11/03/1927
Latitude: 29° 55' 08"
Longitude: 85° 22' 43"
Site: Executive Order of Oct. 29, 1900 reserving Lot 5, or SW quarter of NE quarter of Sec. 31, T 6S, R 11 W for lighthouse purposes.
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 30.5 Acres
Area Inclosed: 110' x 210'
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 900'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Wood picket
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By automobile, 10 miles Port St. Joe.
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: Lantern on top of dwelling
Number of Separate Lights: 1 front range 220 yds 242 11' from main light.
First Built or Established: 1902
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1919
Condition at This Date: In good condition
Shape of Tower in Plan:
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball:
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 63'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Pine woods
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Lantern house on top of dwelling.
Object of Navigation: Seacoast & range for entering harbor.
Building Materials: Dwelling built of wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: 2 flights wood, 1 winding.
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 11" x 18"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 4 twin sash
Number of Doors: 1 trap door
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 3rd
Shape of Lantern: Cylindrical
Diameter to Glass: 8' 6" dia.
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides:
Type of Bars: Helical
Thickness of Bars: 5/8" x 3 1/4"
Height Glazed: 5' 11.5"
Number of Plates in Height: 2 curved diamond
Number of Plates Each Side:
Thickness of Plates: 5/16"
Size of Plates: 24.5" x 24.5" diamond curved x half panes.
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Brass
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Iron
Lightning Spindle: Brass & platinum Copper ribbon 1/8" x 1.5"
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Wood
Lantern Doors: Hinged & half pane curved.
Floor of Lantern: Wood
Watchroom Doors: Trap door.
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: 5 in parapet wall
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: 1 iron ladder
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Spring roller.

How is Watchroom Fitted: On top of dwelling, square, with 4 windows & locker.
How is Relief Called: None
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 2000
Name of Maker: Phares le Famaux (Barbier, Benard & Turenes)
Year Made:
Marks and Number:
Order of Apparatus: 3rd - 3-wick
Inside Diameter: 3' 2..5"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 11 (2 in door)
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 13
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 11
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 4
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: Flanged hollow column
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: Copper, 5", set on crown piece
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: Linen cover.
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 2nd order
Type of Illuminant: Oil
Number of Spare Lamps: 1
Number of Spare Burners: 2
Candle Power:

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 3 wicks
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 with doors for spare supplies.
Oil House Description: Btwn house & shore near wall.
Oil House Inside Dimension: 7' x 9'
Oil House Construction Material: Brick
Oil House Capacity: 200 5-gal cans.
Other (Describe):
Location: Lantern house on top of dwelling
Coloring: White
Construction Materials: Wood on brick piers, concrete pavement under dwelling.
Number of Rooms: 5
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant: Oil wick heater
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters: Keeper
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: 1 privy
Outhouse Coloring: White
Paths and Walks: Brick walk btwn dwelling & front range light.
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Sandy, pine woods.
Stove, Maker: Perfection Stove Co.
Stove, Size: 3-burner
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size: 18" x 36"
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size: No. 2
Lamps: 2 table lamps, 1 hand lamp, 1 hand lantern
How Procured: Rain
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Cover
Tank Capacity: 2 under house, 4600 gal each
Tank Material: Wood
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Fair
Diseases: Malaria
Prevalency: Summer
Local Causes: Low land & imperfect drainage
Recommended Improvements: Draining would improve conditions, but it is not practicable.
Access to Lighthouse: Station can be reached from seaward in small boat only in calm weather. The road to lighthouse from Port St. Joe is a winding trail thru the woods which can be used by automobiles.
Distance and Direction: Beach is about 900' S of lighthouse. No wharf.
Miscellaneous Remarks: