Report for Stepps Point (Samoa) - 1911

District: 19th
Inspector: Lieut. C. S. McDowell, USN
Location: S coast of Tutuila, Samoa
Date of Report: 03/03/1911
Latitude: 14° 23' 25"
Longitude: 170° 47' 10"
Site: Private land
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission: 09/03/1906
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site:
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil: Lava
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark:
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: Fair trail about 8 miles from Naval Station
Means to Reach Light Station: Foot or horse
Distance to Nearest Road:
Distance to Post Office: 8 miles
Distance to Village: 2 miles from Futiga
Facilities for Public Conveyance: Foot or horse
Facilities for Private Conveyance: None
Means Used for Support of Lantern: 2 towers
Number of Separate Lights: 2
First Built or Established: September 1, 1906
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date: Fair
Shape of Tower in Plan: Both square
Form of Tower: Both pyramidal
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: E range 24' high; W 7'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: E light 76'; W 66'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Thick growth of trees
Color of Tower: Both white
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Whitewash & cement
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Seacoast & Range for clearing W Cape
Building Materials: Oregon pine around 6" pipes
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 1"
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 1"
Diameter at Base: 16' square
Diameter at Parapet: 4' square
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Ladder
Number of Landings: None
Size of Glass: None
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: None
Number of Doors: None
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Iron 6" pipe in cement
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Lava
Soil Susceptibility: Yes
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 2 day lens lantern
Shape of Lantern: Cylindrical
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides:
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
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Unglazed Side of Lantern:
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Brass
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Canvas cover over lantern during day time
Ventilator / Cowl: None
Lightning Spindle: None
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: None
Lantern Doors:
Floor of Lantern:
Watchroom Doors:
Parapet Diameter:
How is Watchroom Fitted: Light keeper in private dwelling about 400' from lights.
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker: Bauer Lamp & Reflector Co.
Year Made:
Marks and Number:
Order of Apparatus: Lens lantern
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 2 - 270 degrees fixed white
Number of Panels:
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Number of Prisms Above Center Drum:
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum:
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
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Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
Revolving Machinery:
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Chariot Float or Balls:
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Drive During Rewind:
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Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
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Lamp Description:
Type of Illuminant: Oil
Number of Spare Lamps: None
Number of Spare Burners:
Candle Power:

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 wick
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1 1/8"
Diameter of Mantel: 7/8"
Diameter of Circum Circle:
How Procured: From spring
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution:
Tank Capacity:
Tank Material:
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Healthy
Diseases: Native diseases
Local Causes:
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: None
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: The 6" pipe in highest tower is corroded thru in 1 place & will be shortly replaced. A plot of land containing 5.11 acres has been surveyed & marked & can be bought for $300.