Report for Upper Cedar Point (Maryland) - 1870

District: 5th
Inspector: Commo. Dornin, LH Inspector 5th District.
Location: Potomac River
Date of Report: 09/22/1870
Date of Reservation:
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Means Used for Support of Lantern: Screwpile
Number of Separate Lights: 1
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Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
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Miscellaneous Remarks: There is a Marine clock which requires repairing.
Location / Number:
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: None required.

How is Watchroom Fitted:
How is Relief Called: None
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
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Name of Maker:
Year Made:
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Order of Apparatus: 5th
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Light Characteristic: Fixed white
Time of Revolution:
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Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
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Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
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Lens Protection:
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Red Sectors Description:
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Lamp Description: Lens of 5th order, Franklin Lamp.
Type of Illuminant:
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:
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
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 machinery in very good condition.
Time to Start:
How Long Will Pressure Last:
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Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
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Water Supply:
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Miscellaneous Remarks: I deem it necessary to give this station a keel boat, as the one now on hand is found to be unsafe, being a flat bottom skiff.
Boat Number: 0
Type: Flat bottom skiff
Length: 5' 6"
Width: 16'
When Built:
Date Harbored at Station:
Sails: False
Suited to Work: In good condition, but unsafe.
Lantern: In very good condition
Illuminating Apparatus: In good condition & very clean
Service Lamp: In all respects clean & good.
Oil: Oil examined & found to be free from all objectionable matter. It had not been filtered.
Service Lamp Burner: Free from all objectionable matter, clean, & wicks well trimmed.
Service Lamp Burner Level: It was found to be level.
Plate Glass: It is clean, free from scratches, stains, dirt or dust. 1 pane cracked.
Lens Cover: Cover was on, clean, made of linen ticking placed in one of the rooms below when not in use.
Lantern Curtains: 2 sets in good condition, clean; made of linen ticking put up & taken down at proper time.
Carillon or Alarm Bell: None
Rod Lamp: Rod Lamp in excellent condition ready for use.
Stairway and Landing: They are painted
Inside of Tower: In good condition.
Glazing of Dwelling: In good condition.
Improvements Needed: The bell requires to be placed higher above the roof as the sound is deadened.

Equipment Care
Does Keeper Understand the Use and Care of
Lens: Lens is never touched improperly.
Lantern and Trap Doors: They fit properly
Watch or Trimming Room: There are none of these things to be seen at the time of inspection.
Lucernes or Matches: None of the above articles were seen in the rooms mentioned.
Heater: He understands use of the heater.
Ventilation: Keeper understands use of ventilators & how to air the bldgs.
Dome: They were painted according to instructions, the lightning conductor was in good condition.

Oil Room
Oil Room Condition: Well ventilated, clean & no appearance of waste.
Oil Carriers: In good condition, clean & properly arranged.
Number of 100 Gallon Oil Butts: 1 (25 gallons)
Number of 50 Gallon Oil Butts: 2
Number of Small Butts for Waste Oil: 1 of 10 gallons
Number of Dripping Buckets: 1 bucket, 2 drip pans
Number of Oil Tanks: 2 holding 135 gallons
Oil Butts Made According to Regulation: They are so made
Oil Butt Covers: Gutters were filled with oil & covers were on. Keeper understands use of the covers & air cocks.
Drip Bucket Placement: 1 drip bucket was so hung, drip pans to others.
Oil Butt Platform: They are placed upon a raised platform of wood.
Empty Oil Butts: None

Tool Chests and Presses
Cleaning Materials Put Away: They are so put up & packed
Paints Separate: Kept separate
Tool Chest: There is one
Tool Condition: In good condition & properly arranged.
Tools Free from Rust: Free from rust, & greased.
Closets Clean: Clean & properly aired.
Service Box In Good Order: Yes
Trimming Scissors Clean: Yes
Brushes and Floor Clothes: In good order & in their proper places.
Lantern Condition: In good condition, clean & well arranged.

Keeper and Assistants
Keeper Appearance: Keeper is neat & tidy
Keeper Interested in Duties: He does
Keeper Capacity for Duties: He shows good capacity & wishes to gain all information.
Keeper Understanding of Regulations: He seems to understand the rules & instruction & to conform to them.
Keeper Complaints: None
Keeper Family: Keeper's family does not occupy dwelling with him
Keeper Name: Thomas Bales
Keeper Age: Elderly
Keeper Present or Absent: Present
Number of Assistants: 1 allowed
Assistants Attend to Duty: He does
Assistants Capability: He seems very capable.
Assistants Complaints: None
Assistants Family: No family
Assistant Keeper Names: George Faunce, Elderly, present.
Did Principal and Assistant Keepers Accompany the Inspector?: Both keepers attended me throughout my inspection.

Account and Regulations Books
Account Books
Daily Expenditures Posted: They are
Quarterly Returns on Hand: They are
Receipt and Expenditure Accounts Kept: Yes
Shipwreck and Vessels Passed Book: They are
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: They are
Books Easily Accessible: They are
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