Report for Tenpound Island (Massachusetts) - 1928

District: 2nd
Inspector: J. G. Ramsey, Draftsman
Location: On Tenpound Island, Gloucester Harbor, Massachusetts
Date of Report: 11/22/1928
Latitude: 42° 36' 07"
Longitude: 70° 39' 58"
Site: Public land (conveyed to the US by town of Gloucester, Mass)
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 07/16/1820
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 3.64 acres
Area Inclosed: None
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 50'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Wharf for small boats
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat - one mile to Gloucester 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: 1
First Built or Established: 1821
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1881
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: 44'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: City of Gloucester, Mass
Color of Tower: Brown, black lantern
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Connected with dwelling by covered way
Object of Navigation: Harbor & local navigation
Building Materials: Iron, brick lined
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: 13.5" diameter (portholes)
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 5; 21.5" diameter
Number of Doors: 1; 3' x 6' x 1"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Tower in good condition site underlaid with ledge.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th, 5th & 6th order
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 1 1/8"
Height Glazed: 2' 11 3/4"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 27 1/4" x 36.5"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 3 plates 108 degrees
What Bearings: 12 degrees & 120 degrees
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 hinged
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: Wood trap door hinged
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: 5 - in parapet wall
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Hooks screwed into place
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 1400
Name of Maker: Henry LePaute
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: Paris - no number
Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter: 14 9/16"
Light Characteristic: Occulting red every 10 secs.(Color changed to red 2/1/1923; 4th O lens & IOV installed 3/4/1925; 5th O lens & electric light installed 10/15/1928)
Time of Revolution: Fixed lens with motor driven sign flasher
Flash Interval: 5 sec
Duration of Flash: 5 sec
Arc of Each Fixed Part: Fixed lens flashing light
Number of Panels: 4 (door panel removed)
Number of Flash Panels: None
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 1 drum & 4 prisms
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels: Sign flasher motor driven
How Flash is Produced: 2 motor driven sign flashers made by Jas. Betts & co. driven by 1/6 HP Century motors 110 V 3-4 amps 60 cycles split phase type SF serial nos SAF10 (upper) & SBH5 (lower). 1750 RPM. 500' pack cable from meter board in Fisheries hoist. eng. house to tower
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Cast iron center standard
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: Brass - 1.5" inside diameter
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls: Fixed lens
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube:
Clock Weight:
Length of Winding Time:
Drive During Rewind:
Machinery Protection: Sign flasher protected by canvas covers during day
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: Red shade
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass: 9 1/8" long, 5" diam. ruby globe
Lamp Description: 150 W 110 V G25 bulb
Type of Illuminant: Electric incandescent
Number of Spare Lamps: 1 oil lamp - 5th order imp.
Number of Spare Burners: None
Candle Power:

Occulting Light
Characteristic: Red - 5 sec flash - 5 sec eclipse
Time Limit:
Eclipse Type:
Size and Amplitude:
Axis Rotation:
Axis Relation:
Screen Revolution:
Screen Number:
Screen Time:
Screen Form:
Screen Mounting:
Screen Order:
Screen Date:
Valve Maker:
Valve Pattern:
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Fog bell struck by machinery
Time to Start: Immediately
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: 2 strokes 30 sec silent
Duplication: Necessary small parts
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: Guide to Gloucester Harbor
Distance and Direction: 38' 277 degrees
Water Supply: None
Reached from Lighthouse: Concrete walk
Description of Fog Signal Building:
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Location: On E'ly side of tower & connected to it by covered way
Coloring: White with lead colored trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings: One
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: Keeper only
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Fuel & boat houses
Outhouse Coloring: White, lead trim
Paths and Walks: Paths & concrete walks
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated:
Character of Surroundings: A little fast ground & ledge
Stove, Maker: Magee Grand
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 22" x 48"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 1 brass table & 1 brass hand lamp from General Depot
How Procured: Rain water from dwelling roof
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Frequent cleaning
Tank Capacity: About 2900 gals in dwelling cellar
Tank Material: Brick cement plastered on inside
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket: Pump
What Power Used: Hand
Distance from Dwelling: In kitchen of dwelling
General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Boathouse & slip on E'ly end of island - no road
Distance and Direction: About 345' NE'ly
Miscellaneous Remarks: Station & apparatus in good condition.
Boat Number: 141
Type: Dory Launch
Length: 4.5'
Width: 13' on bottom
When Built: 1919
Date Harbored at Station: 12/15/1922
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes

Power Boat
Engine Type: Gasoline
Horsepower: 3
Engine Maker: Lathrop - 19854 Installed 1922
Spare Coil:
Magnet: None
Battery: 6 Columbia dry cells
Propeller Diameter: 14"
Propeller Pitch: 20" 3 blades

General Information:
Boats on Station: In boathouse & at mooring