Report for Upper Cedar Point (Maryland) - 1867

District: 5th
Inspector: J.M. Berrien, Inspector 5th LH District.
Location: Potomac River
Date of Report: 09/12/1867
Date of Reservation:
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Means Used for Support of Lantern: Screwpile
Number of Separate Lights: 1
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Miscellaneous Remarks: There is a government time piece in good condition hung up in the sitting room.
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Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: There is one small ladder without hooks at the end.
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: There is none furnished.

How is Watchroom Fitted:
How is Relief Called: There is no bell for calling the relief.
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
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Order of Apparatus: 5th
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Light Characteristic: Fixed white
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Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
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Service Table:
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Lamp Description: Lens of 5th order - Franklin lamp.
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Number of Spare Lamps: 1 in good condition.
Number of Spare Burners: 2 in good condition.
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description:
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Other (Describe): There is a closet provided for the preservation of utensils, wicks, chimneys and cleaning materials. There is also a closet provided for paints, oils, spirits of turpentine, paint-brushes, etc..
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: There is a fog bell worked by hand.
Time to Start:
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Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
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Miscellaneous Remarks: Keeper complains of his boat as being too large to hoist up conveniently; & as drawing too much water. He would like to have a good "skiff" sent him in place of boat furnished. This boat had already been taken to Baltimore by the Engineer.
Lantern: It was in very good condition.
Illuminating Apparatus: Lens was in excellent condition. Very clean.
Service Lamp: It was in good condition in all respects.
Oil: Specimen examined & found to be perfectly clean & clear. It has been filtered.
Service Lamp Burner: It was free from gummy or burnt oil, clean & the wick well trimmed.
Service Lamp Burner Level: It was found to be level.
Plate Glass: It was clean, free from scratches & stains but one of the panes had been broken at the corner in putting it in.
Lens Cover: It was off, was clean made of cotton ticking, & is placed in one of the rooms below when not in use.
Lantern Curtains: They were not up; were clean, made of white linen sheeting & are kept in one of the rooms below when not in use.
Carillon or Alarm Bell: There is no alarm bell.
Rod Lamp: There was a rod lamp clean & ready for use; Keeper knows the object for which it was furnished.
Dwelling: Dwelling was in very good condition.
Stairway and Landing: Very clean.
Inside of Tower:
Glazing of Dwelling: It was in good condition.
Improvements Needed: There do not seem to be any needed.

Equipment Care
Does Keeper Understand the Use and Care of
Lens: Lens is never touched improperly.
Lantern and Trap Doors: These doors fit tightly.
Watch or Trimming Room: These things were all in their proper places & were not seen.
Lucernes or Matches: Matches were seen in one of the rooms. The impropriety was pointed out to the Keeper.
Heater: The Keeper understands how to use the heater.
Ventilation: Keeper understands use of the ventilators & how to air the bldg.
Dome: They were painted according to instructions & lightning conductor was in perfect order.

Oil Room
Oil Room Condition: In very good condition; ventilated by windows & doors; floor clean.
Oil Carriers: They were in good condition & arranged in order for use.
Number of 100 Gallon Oil Butts: 1 (25 gallons)
Number of 50 Gallon Oil Butts: 2
Number of Small Butts for Waste Oil: 1 - 10 gallons
Number of Dripping Buckets: 1
Number of Oil Tanks: 4 holding 135 gallons.
Oil Butts Made According to Regulation: Yes
Oil Butt Covers: Gutters were not filled. Keeper was directed to fill them. Keeper understands use of covers & cocks.
Drip Bucket Placement: There was a dripping bucket hung to one butt; a pint measure stood under the other to receive the oil.
Oil Butt Platform: Oil butts are on platform raised above the floor.
Empty Oil Butts: There was no empty oil butt.

Tool Chests and Presses
Cleaning Materials Put Away: They are so put up & packed.
Paints Separate: They are kept separate from the other supplies.
Tool Chest: There is a tool chest.
Tool Condition: The tools are in good condition & kept in the chest.
Tools Free from Rust: The tools are free from rust & clean.
Closets Clean: They are kept properly aired.
Service Box In Good Order: Yes
Trimming Scissors Clean: Yes
Brushes and Floor Clothes: They were in good order & in their proper places.
Lantern Condition: Very good.

Keeper and Assistants
Keeper Appearance: Keeper was well dressed.
Keeper Interested in Duties: Yes
Keeper Capacity for Duties: He showed good capacity, & appeared to wish to gain information.
Keeper Understanding of Regulations: Keeper seems to understand & he wishes to conform to the rules, regulations & instructions.
Keeper Complaints: He made none.
Keeper Family: Keeper has a family which occupy the dwelling with him.
Keeper Name: James Treakle
Keeper Age: Old
Keeper Present or Absent: Keeper was present.
Number of Assistants: There is 1 assistant allowed at this station.
Assistants Attend to Duty: Assistant does & appears to understand his duties remarkably well.
Assistants Capability: The assistant is capable.
Assistants Complaints: He made no complaint.
Assistants Family:
Assistant Keeper Names: George Fannce, young.
Did Principal and Assistant Keepers Accompany the Inspector?: Both keepers attended while inspection was being made.

Account and Regulations Books
Account Books
Daily Expenditures Posted: Yes
Quarterly Returns on Hand: Yes
Receipt and Expenditure Accounts Kept: Yes
Shipwreck and Vessels Passed Book: Keeper had not yet commenced keeping these books, but he would do so.
Regulations, Instructions, and Directions
Rules and Regulations Copies: 1
Instructions and Directions Copies: 1
Placard Directions Copies: 1
Notice to Visitors Copies: 1
Summary of Duties: 1
Index of Instructions: 1
Guide for Mixed Paints: 1
Directions for Purifying Water: 1
Placards Easily Visible: Yes
Books Easily Accessible: Yes
Blank Books and Forms: 2 sets blanks for quarterly returns.