Report for Tarpaulin Cove (Massachusetts) - 1927

District: 2nd
Inspector: C. H. Robinson, Asso Lighthouse Engineer
Location: On SE side of Naushon Island
Date of Report: 06/02/1927
Latitude: 41° 28' 08"
Longitude: 70° 45' 29"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 11/14/1817
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 4.5 acres
Area Inclosed: Whole
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 225'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Wire & stone wall
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Boat slip & beach
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Boat - about 5 miles, Woods Hole, Mass.
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: 1818
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1891
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: 78'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Woods
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Whitewash
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Harbor & general navigation
Building Materials: Bricks
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: 10" x 15 3/4"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 2; 19" x 24"
Number of Doors: 1 single, 2' 8" x 6' 8"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
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 1/4"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 33 3/4" x 35 3/8"
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, with copper conductor leading down into ground
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: Iron hinged
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: Iron trap door hinged
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Spring roll curtains

How is Watchroom Fitted: None
How is Relief Called: Thermostat bell
Where is Call System Led: Keepers bedroom
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: About 10 hrs
Intensity in Candles: 30,000
Name of Maker: General Depot
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 19 3/4" square sides
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: 20 sec
Flash Interval: 4.6 sec
Duration of Flash: 0.4 sec
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 4
Number of Flash Panels: 4
Arc of Each: 90 degrees
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5 flashing
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 5 flashing
Does Apparatus Revolve?: True
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Iron
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: Cone only
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls: Balls
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube: None
Clock Weight: About 100 lbs
Length of Winding Time: About 10 hrs
Drive During Rewind: No
Machinery Protection: Glass case
Regulated: Fan governor
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 35 mm IOV
Type of Illuminant: Kerosene
Number of Spare Lamps: 1
Number of Spare Burners: 1
Candle Power: 600 cp

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord: Cord
Size of Clock Cord: 1/8"
Length of Clock Cord: 150'
How Led: Down inside of tower
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum: 4" long 5" diam.

Chariot Balls
Balls Description: Semicircular on bottom
Cage to Separate Balls: False
Number of Balls: 21
Diameter of Balls: 3/8"

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: 1 with shelves for spare lamp, etc.
Oil House Description: Yes
Oil House Inside Dimension: 7' x 9'
Oil House Construction Material: Stone
Oil House Capacity: About 400
Other (Describe): Fuel house on NW side of dwelling
Suitability: Dry
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Fog bell struck by machinery
Time to Start: Immediately
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: 1 stroke 15 sec silent
Duplication: Necessary parts
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: Guide to Tarpaulin Cove harbor & sound
Distance and Direction: About 200' E'ly
Water Supply: None
Reached from Lighthouse: Path
Description of Fog Signal Building: Wooden pyramidal bell tower
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Bell Signal
Weight: 1,247 lbs
Metal: Bell metal
Diameter: 3' 4.5"
Height: 2' 11"
Time: 7 hours
Manufacturer: Blake Bell Co., Boston, Mass. 1890 Foudary 1902
Weights for Operation: 1000 lbs
Location: About 39' W'ly
Coloring: White with lead trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: One
Furnished Quarters: Keeper
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: Fuel & boathouse
Outhouse Coloring: White lead trimmings
Paths and Walks: Concrete walk to tower, path to boathouse & bell tower
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: 2 acres
Area Cultivated: 1/4 acre
Character of Surroundings: Fast ground & sandy
Stove, Maker: Howes - Monarch Premier
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 22" x 48"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 2 brass tables, 1 brass hand from General Depot
How Procured: Rain water from dwelling roof
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Frequent cleaning & washing off roof before catching
Tank Capacity: 1 in dwelling cellar 2000 gal; 1 outside dwelling 1500 gal.
Tank Material: Brick, cement plastered
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: Boathouse & boatslip - or on beach- no wharf or road
Distance and Direction: About 270' NE'ly from tower
Miscellaneous Remarks: Boatslip & bell tower need repairs which will be made in early Spring - station otherwise in good repair.
Boat #1
Boat Number: 26
Type: Dory (row)
Length: 4.5'
Width: 13'
When Built: 1922
Date Harbored at Station: Oct. 30, 1925
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes
Boat #2
Boat Number: 64
Type: Power Dory
Length: 6'
Width: 21'
When Built: Feb. 1926
Date Harbored at Station: Apr. 20, 1926
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes

Power Boat
Engine Type: Gasoline
Horsepower: 6 hp
Engine Maker: L.W. Lathrop, Mystic Conn # 22885
Spare Coil: Make & break
Battery: Dry
Propeller Diameter: 18"
Propeller Pitch: 24"

Hoisting Engines
Hoisting Engine Kind: Handwinch
Engine RPMs:
Engine Diameter:
Engine Stroke:
Engine Boiler:
Engine Maker and Date:
Serial Number:
Cylinders and Size:
Hoist Starter:
Hoist Miscellaneous:

General Information:
Boats on Station: In boathouse