Report for Whale Rock (Rhode Island) - 1887

District: 3rd
Inspector: Lieut. John Millis, Eng'r 3rd Dist.
Location: Entrance to Narragansett Bay, RI. Marks entrance to W passage, to Providence & opposite Beavertail, RI.
Date of Report: 01/03/1887
Latitude: 41° 26' 40"
Longitude: 71° 25' 26"
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 1/4 acre
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil: Rock
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 15'
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: Small boat
Distance to Nearest Road: 3 miles to Narragansett Pier Steamboat Wharf or RR station
Distance to Post Office: 3 miles
Distance to Village: 3 miles
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance: 3 miles to Narragansett Pier Steamboat Wharf or RR station, then by small boat to light station.
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1882
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Circular
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 48'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 76'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Land
Color of Tower: Red
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Painted
Tower Connection: In the tower
Object of Navigation: Mark entrance to W passage
Building Materials: Iron & brick
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 18"
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 4"
Diameter at Base: 21'
Diameter at Parapet: 18'
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron
Number of Landings: 5
Size of Glass: 10.5 x 21
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 2' x 4' 6"
Number of Doors: 1
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Iron shell filled with Portland cement concrete resting in circular groove cut in surface of rock.
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Rock
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Iron & concrete pier upon which tower is built is 24' high & 30' in dia. Surface of rock was leveled off to receive lower edge of iron shell leaving a cone-shaped piece of rock remaining inside about 5' high.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern:
Diameter to Glass: 7' 7.5"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars:
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 3' 3 3/8"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 3/8"
Size of Plates: 27 3/8" x 36 3/8"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern:
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Zinc lined
Lightning Spindle:
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Iron post gas pipe rail in iron deck.
Lantern Doors: Iron hung on hinges
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: Wooden trap door, iron hinges
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Lower part of lantern
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement:
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Screwed in iron frames

How is Watchroom Fitted: Ladder to lantern & fog bell machinery
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker:
Year Made:
Marks and Number:
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic: Fixed red
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: Fixed red 315 degrees btwn N around by E & S to W.
Number of Panels:
Number of Flash Panels: 4
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 8
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 6
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Iron
Service Table: Iron
Draft Tube Description: Red chimney
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls:
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube:
Clock Weight:
Length of Winding Time:
Drive During Rewind:
Machinery Protection:
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: Red chimney
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Constant level lamp
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1
Number of Spare Burners:
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: Built in brick lining of tower, fitted with drawers & shelves & used for clothes presses, dishes, etc.
Oil House Description: In basement or pier
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity: 36 5-gal oil cans.
Other (Describe): Storeroom in basement, 1 closet on 1st, 3rd, 4th floors & 2 on 2nd floor.
Suitability: Well suited.
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Stevens fog bell apparatus operated by clockwork
Time to Start:
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: Stroke every 20 sec.
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: Mark Whale Rock & entrance to W passage to Narragansett Bay
Distance and Direction: On tower
Water Supply:
Reached from Lighthouse:
Description of Fog Signal Building:
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Location: In tower
Construction Materials: Iron & brick
Number of Rooms: 5
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: 1
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks:
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available:
Area Cultivated:
Character of Surroundings:
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: Cistern
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Filters
Tank Capacity: 2500 gal
Tank Material: Brick plastered with cement mortar
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
Access to Lighthouse: Land on rock from small boat. Davits for hoisting boat.
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: In good condition.