Report for Straitsmouth (Massachusetts) - 1931

District: 2nd
Inspector: H. L. Bartlett, Junior Engineer
Location: S side entrance to Rockport Harbor
Date of Report: 05/14/1931
Latitude: 42° 39' 44"
Longitude: 70° 35' 19"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 11/19/1834
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: Whole island - about 54 acres
Area Inclosed: None
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 30'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Boatslip
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat about 1.5 miles to Rockport Post Office
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: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1835
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1896
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: 46'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Land & sky
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Harbor navigation
Building Materials: Bricks & stone
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 14" x 14"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 2; 18 5/8" x 35" (2 lights)
Number of Doors: 1; 3' x 6' 10"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 6th
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: 36"
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: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Iron
Lightning Spindle: Yes & copper conductor down into ground
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes, iron
Lantern Doors: Iron door fitted with hinges & latch
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: Iron trap door, hinged
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: In parapet 4 each
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Hanging curtains
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 630
Name of Maker:
Year Made:
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter: 14.5"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 90 degrees fixed
Number of Panels: 4 (1 open)
Number of Flash Panels: None
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 2 fixed
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 2 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: Iron stand
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: Cone only
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: Green shade
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass: Circular green shade in shadeholder
Lamp Description: 35 mm Type A IOV
Type of Illuminant: Kerosene
Number of Spare Lamps: 1 - also 1 4th O imp wick
Number of Spare Burners:
Candle Power: 500 cp

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 mantel
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel: 1 1/4"
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None
Oil House Description: 153' W'ly of tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' 8" x 10' 8"
Oil House Construction Material: Bricks
Oil House Capacity: About 450
Other (Describe):
Location: About 245' SW'ly of tower
Coloring: White, lead color trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings: One
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: One
Furnished Quarters: Keeper
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: Fuel house & barn
Outhouse Coloring: White, lead trim
Paths and Walks: Wooden bridge from dwelling to tower & oil house - concrete walk - dwelling to fuel house
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: About 1/2 acre
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Fast ground & ledge
Stove, Maker: Magee-Grand
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 20" x 37"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 1 brass table, 1 brass hand lamp from Gen. Depot.
How Procured: Cistern
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Frequent cleaning
Tank Capacity: 2500 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
Boat #1
Boat Number: 34
Type: Row Dory
Length: 5'
Width: 13'
When Built: 1922
Date Harbored at Station: 7-10-1926
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes
Boat #2
Boat Number: 143
Type: Power Dory
Length: 4.5'
Width: 13'
When Built: 1919
Date Harbored at Station: 11-27-23
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes