Report for Butler Flats (Massachusetts) - 1931

District: 2nd
Inspector: H. L. Bartlett, Junior Engineer
Location: In 2.5 fathoms on W side of dredged channel into New Bedford Harbor
Date of Report: 05/14/1931
Latitude: 41° 36' 14"
Longitude: 70° 53' 42"
Site: Conveyed by Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 09/21/1895
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 800' x 500'
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: Tower sits in water
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None - ladder only
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat - 1 mile New Bedford
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: 1898
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: Has never been rebuilt
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: 53'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Land, trees & buildings
Color of Tower: White - base black
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Keepers quarters are in tower
Object of Navigation: Harbor, bay & local navigation
Building Materials: Iron, concrete & bricks
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron winding
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 1 8" x 10" fog bell room; 6 2" x 10"; 1 8x9"; 3 13.5" x 10"; 6 10.5" diam.
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 17; 6 2' 3" x 2'; 1 21" x 2' 11"; 1 45" x 27 5/8"; 6 14.5" x 14.5"; 3 19" x 2'
Number of Doors: 12, 1 double 3' x 6' 10"; 11 2' 6" 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"
Height Glazed: 2' 11.5"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 34" x 36"
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 down to water
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: Yes, iron with hinge & latch
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: Iron trap door hinged
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: In parapet
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Hooks screwed into frieze

How is Watchroom Fitted: Closet for spare lamp etc., & trimming table
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 6 hours
Intensity in Candles: 2400
Name of Maker: Barbier & Benard
Year Made: 1896
Marks and Number: Paris
Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter: 14 7/8"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: 30 sec.
Flash Interval: 4.3 sec
Duration of Flash: 0.7 sec
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 6
Number of Flash Panels: 6
Arc of Each: 60 degrees
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 3
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5 flash
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3 flash
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: Length 37'; diam. about 12"
Clock Weight: About 100 lbs
Length of Winding Time: 6 hours
Drive During Rewind: No
Machinery Protection: Glass case
Regulated: By fan governor
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Aladdin lamp - style no 12, I.O.V.
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: One
Number of Spare Burners: One
Candle Power: 88 cp

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord: Cord, galv. iron
Size of Clock Cord: 1/8"
Length of Clock Cord: About 150'
How Led: Down central tube
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum: 4" x 12"

Chariot Balls
Balls Description: V groove
Cage to Separate Balls: False
Number of Balls: 8
Diameter of Balls: 3/8"
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 fitted with shelves for household use
Oil House Description: Oil stored in cellar
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity: About 200 5-gal cans
Other (Describe): 1 room for coal, 1 for wood, 1 for oil for paints in base of tower.
Suitability: Suitable
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Fog bell struck by machinery
Time to Start: Instantly
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: 2 strokes 15 sec silent
Duplication: None
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: Guide to New Bedford Harbor
Distance and Direction: On E'ly side of tower
Water Supply: None
Reached from Lighthouse: By main gallery deck
Description of Fog Signal Building: Sheathing structure under main gallery deck roof
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Bell Signal
Weight: 835 lbs
Metal: Bell metal
Diameter: 2' 11.5"
Height: 2' 3"
Time: About 2 hours
Manufacturer: Geo. M. Stevens, Boston
Weights for Operation:
Location: Quarters in tower
Construction Materials:
Number of Rooms: 5
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant: Stoves
Number of Keepers: Keeper & assistant
Furnished Quarters: Both
NOT Furnished Quarters: No quarters ashore furnished
Outhouses: None
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks: None
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available:
Area Cultivated:
Character of Surroundings: Water
Stove, Maker: Magee Grand Railway Champion
Stove, Size: 7-18 # 18
Sink, Maker: Noe known
Sink, Size: 22" x 36"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: # 2
Lamps: 1 brass table, 2 brass hand lamps from Gen. Depot
How Procured: Delivered by tender
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution:
Tank Capacity: About 2800 gal base of tower
Tank Material: Concrete & bricks
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: Landing ladder only, no wharf, boathouse or road
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Station in good repair