Report for Upper Cedar Point (Maryland) - 1909

District: 5th
Inspector: John Murdoch, Assistant Lighthouse Engineer
Location: On the end of the shoal off Upper Cedar Point, above the mouth of Port Tobacco River, MD., N'ly side of Potomac River
Date of Report: 06/23/1909
Latitude: 38° 24' 10"
Longitude: 77° 04' 59"
Site: Submarine
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site:
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark:
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises:
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat
Distance to Nearest Road: 4 miles to steamboat landing at Riverside Md.
Distance to Post Office: 3.5 miles
Distance to Village: 13 miles
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: None
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Dwelling
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1821
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: July, 1905
Condition at This Date: Fair
Shape of Tower in Plan: Square
Form of Tower: No tower
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball:
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 33' 6"
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Woods
Color of Tower:
Color of Tower/ How Produced:
Tower Connection:
Object of Navigation: Local navigation
Building Materials:
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
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Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wood
Number of Landings: 2
Size of Glass: 8" x 12"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 10, 26.5" x 28.5"
Number of Doors: 16
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: 18" oyster shells, after this sticky blue mud.
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 5th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass: 7'
Diameter in the Clear: 9
Number of Sides:
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 36"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 3/8"
Size of Plates: 36" x 28"
Number of Storm Panes: None
Unglazed Side of Lantern:
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Wood, iron & copper
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Copper
Ventilator / Cowl: Copper
Lightning Spindle: Brass
Description of Lightning Rod: Copper, led over roof to side of house to foundation
Balustrade: Wood
Lantern Doors: Wood, fitted with hinges
Floor of Lantern: Wood
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Base of lantern
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Screwed in frame of lantern
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker: L. Sautter Co., Paris
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter: 14 7/8"
Light Characteristic: Fixed white with fixed red sector
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 4
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 2
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
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Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Iron
Service Table: Iron
Draft Tube Description: None
Revolving Machinery:
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Chariot Float or Balls:
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Clock Weight:
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Machinery Protection:
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: By ruby glass
Red Sectors Description: Between 225 degrees true (SW 7/16 W mag.) & 256 degrees true (W 3/4 S mag.)
Where Color Attached: To lantern
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Improved 5th order
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: None
Candle Power:

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels:
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1 3/8"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description: On 2nd floor, on platform covered with zinc
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): On 1st floor, fitted with shelves, for general purposes
Suitability: Dry & suited
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Custer bell machine
Time to Start: 2 minutes
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Manufacturer: Not known
Year of Manufacture: Not known
Characteristic: Single blow every 15 secs.
Duplication: None
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Distance and Direction:
Water Supply:
Reached from Lighthouse:
Description of Fog Signal Building:
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Bell Signal
Weight: 400 lbs
Metal: Bell metal
Diameter: 28"
Height: 24"
Time: 1 1/4 hours
Weights for Operation:
Location: No tower
Coloring: White
Construction Materials: Wood & iron
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouse Coloring:
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Stove, Maker:
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Sink, Maker:
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Pump, Maker:
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How Procured: From roof
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: Not liable
Purity Precaution: By cleaning tanks
Tank Capacity: 4 tanks, 200 gal each, on 1st floor
Tank Material: Iron
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
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Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Fairly healthy
Diseases: Malarial
Prevalency: Spring & Fall
Local Causes: Apparently no.
Recommended Improvements: