Report for Wings Neck (Massachusetts) - 1928

District: 2nd
Inspector: J. G. Ramsey, Draftsman
Location: N side of entrance to Pocasset Harbor & S side of W'ly entrance to Cape Cod Canal
Date of Report: 06/16/1928
Latitude: 41° 40' 49"
Longitude: 70° 39' 42"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 03/15/1849
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 9.5 acres
Area Inclosed: Whole
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 43'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Stone wall
Wharf or Landing on Premises: No wharf - boat slip
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat & by highway 3.5 miles to Pocasset PO
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: 1849
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1889
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: 50'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Woods
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Connected by covered way
Object of Navigation: Bay, harbor & canal navigation
Building Materials: Wood - plastered on inside
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wood - winding
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 9" x 12"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3; 31" x 53"
Number of Doors: 1; 2' 11" x 6' 5" clear opening
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: 9
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 1"
Height Glazed: 36"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 28 1/4" x 36"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 2 plates 80 degrees
What Bearings: 39 degrees & 119 degrees
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Copper
Ventilator / Cowl: Iron
Lightning Spindle: Yes, with copper conductor into ground
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: Wooden hinged outer & inner doors
Floor of Lantern: Wood
Watchroom Doors: Wooden trap door, hinged
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: None

How is Watchroom Fitted: None
How is Relief Called: Telephones
Where is Call System Led: Dwelling kitchen
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 3.5 hours
Intensity in Candles: 13,300
Name of Maker: Chance Bros.
Year Made: 1889
Marks and Number: Birmingham, England
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 19.5"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: 1 rev. per minute
Flash Interval: 4-8 sec
Duration of Flash: 1.2 sec
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 10
Number of Flash Panels: None
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 7
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 6 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 - revolving on ball bearings
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: Cone only
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls: Ball bearings
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube: 15' drop no tube
Clock Weight: 150 lbs
Length of Winding Time: 3.5 hours
Drive During Rewind: No
Machinery Protection:
Regulated: Weight governor
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 35 mm IOV type A
Type of Illuminant: Kerosene
Number of Spare Lamps: 1
Number of Spare Burners: 1 for emergency oil lamp.
Candle Power: 600 cp

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord: Steel cord
Size of Clock Cord: 1/8" diam.
Length of Clock Cord: 100'
How Led: Through center of tower
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum: 3 3/4" x 4" long

Chariot Balls
Balls Description: Semi-circular grooves
Cage to Separate Balls: True
Number of Balls: Radial - 10 ball; Thrust - 19 balls
Diameter of Balls: Radial 3/8"; Thrust 1/2"

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 mantel
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel: 1 1/4"
Diameter of Circum Circle: One only
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 fitted with shelves for spare lamps, etc.
Oil House Description: About 300' E'ly of tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' x 10'
Oil House Construction Material: Field stones
Oil House Capacity: About 400 gal - tank in rear (4' D x 11' 4")
Other (Describe): None
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: 1st class reed horn
Time to Start: About 10 min
How Long Will Pressure Last: About 10 min
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: 2 sec blast, 18 sec silent. or should horn be disabled - bell - 1 stroke, 10 sec silent
Duplication: Engines, compressors & automatic clock also necessary small parts for bell machine
Timing Device: Automatic
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown: Trumpet - 8#
Height Above Water: 31'
Compass Direction: 221 degrees
Location: Guide for W'ly entrance to Cape Cod Canal & Pocasset Harbor
Distance and Direction: Horn about 65' 324 degrees; Bell close to tower 19
Water Supply: Rain water
Reached from Lighthouse: By path
Description of Fog Signal Building: Red brick building with hip roof
Pressure And Recording Gauge: 8 lbs 30# gage on each tank - no recording gauge
Bell Signal
Weight: 1045 lbs
Metal: Bell metal
Diameter: 37"
Height: 27.5"
Time: About 6 hours
Manufacturer: Henry McShane, 1902
Weights for Operation: 1000 lbs

Internal Combustion Signal
Fog Signal Kind:
Internal Combustion Kind: Oil
Internal Combustion Manufacturer: August Mietz Corp.
Internal Combustion Date: 1916
Internal Combustion Size: 7" x 8"
Internal Combustion Horsepower: 9
Internal Combustion Fuel: Kerosene
Internal Combustion Starter: Hot ball
Compressor Maker: August Mietz Corp. 1916
Compressor Seat: Same crank shaft
Compressor Machinery:
Compressor Diameter: 7"
Compressor Stroke: 8"
Compressor RPMs: 350
Character of Air Inlet: Disc 3 5/8"
Kind of Unloader:
Diameter of Delivery Pipe: 2.5"

Daboll Signal
Daboll: 1st class
Daboll Reed: Reed horn
Daboll Length: 1' 8"
Daboll Breadth: 5"
Daboll Base Thickness: 11/16"
Daboll Tip Thickness: 5/16"

Trumpet Signal
Trumpet Length: 7' 9"
Trumpet Diameter: 2' 4"
Trumpet Material: Copper

Air Receiver
Number: 2
Diameter: 4'
Height: 7' 6"
Capacity Cubic Feet: 94
Pressure in Each: 40 high, 6 low
Make of Reducing Valve: Leslie, Co.
Location: 20' NE'ly of tower
Coloring: White with lead colored trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings: 2
Heating Plant: Direct hot waters
Number of Keepers: Keeper only
Furnished Quarters: Both
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: Barn
Outhouse Coloring: White, lead trim
Paths and Walks: Paths & cement walks
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: 2 acres
Area Cultivated: 1/4 acres
Character of Surroundings: Sandy
Stove, Maker: Howe Lincoln
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 22" x 48"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: # 2
Lamps: 1 brass table, 1 brass hand lamp from General Depot
Assistant Keepers Dwellings
Location: 120' NE'ly
Coloring: White lead trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: 1
Outhouses: Barn
Outhouse Coloring: White lead trim
Paths and Walks: Paths & cement walks
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: 2 acres
Area Cultivated: 1/4 acres
Character of Surroundings: Sandy
Stove, Maker: Howe Queen Premier
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 22" x 48"
Pump, Maker: Gould
Pump, Size: 35-54-3
Lamps: 1 brass table, 1 brass hand lamp from Gen. Depot
How Procured: Rain & well water
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Frequent cleaning
Tank Capacity: About 3000 gals. Keepers cellar (Asst. uses well water)
Tank Material: Bricks cement plastered
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description: 20'
Well Diameter: 2' 6"
Well Lining: Field stones topped with bricks
Pump or Bucket: Bucket & pump to assts sink
What Power Used: Hand
Distance from Dwelling: About 15'; Assts about 70'
General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Boathouse & boat slip. Town road to lighthouse from PO at Pocasset Mass, about 3 miles distant
Distance and Direction: 550' N'ly
Miscellaneous Remarks: Station in general good condition.
Boat Number: 32
Type: Power Dory
Length: 4.5"
Width: 13'
When Built: 1922
Date Harbored at Station: 7/30/1927
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes

Power Boat
Engine Type: Gasoline
Horsepower: 3
Engine Maker: J. W. Lathrop Co. Eng # 21897
Spare Coil: Make & Break
Magnet: None
Propeller Diameter: Bronze 14"
Propeller Pitch: 20"

Hoisting Engines
Hoisting Engine Kind: Hand winch in boathouse
Engine RPMs:
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Engine Boiler:
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General Information:
Boats on Station: In boathouse