Report for Anclote Key (Florida) - 1888

District: 7th
Inspector: Capt. W.L. Fisk, LH Engineer, 7th & 8th Dist.
Location: On small island, called Anclote Key, in Gulf of Mexico, about 3 miles W of mouth of Anclote River, FL.
Date of Report: 01/08/1888
Latitude: 28° 10' 15"
Longitude: 82° 52' 00"
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 177 acres
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil: White sand
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 242'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: 1 wharf of wood
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: Plank walk 2' wide & 400' long leads from tower to wharf.
Means to Reach Light Station: By steamer from Cedar Keys, distance 60 miles N or by stage from Tampa to Tarpon & from Tarpon by small boat 6 miles to light station.
Distance to Nearest Road: To nearest Public Road, 6 miles; to nearest steamboat landing, 2 miles.
Distance to Post Office: 3 miles
Distance to Village: 6 miles
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: By small boat from Anclote, distance 3 miles from light station.
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Iron skeleton structure
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: August 1887
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date: New & in good order
Shape of Tower in Plan: Square
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 103' 7.5"
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 103'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Mangrove's color green
Color of Tower: Brown
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Oxide of iron
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Seacoast, general navigating purposes.
Building Materials: Iron
General Description: Iron skeleton structure
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base: Square base; side of sq. 28'
Diameter at Parapet: 15'
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron
Number of Landings: 1
Size of Glass: 8 7/8" x 12"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 4; Lower sash 1' 9" x 2' 3"; upper sash 1' 9" x 1' 3/4"
Number of Doors: 3
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: White sand & shell
Soil Susceptibility: Cannot be protected by grass, shrubbery or trees.
Miscellaneous Remarks: Tower located in center of sand ridge, S end of island, said ridge runs about NW entire length of island & is about 200' wide. Yellow pine, Palmetto, Mangroves & Cedars are on island.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 3rd
Shape of Lantern:
Diameter to Glass: 8' 3"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars:
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: Entire height
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 5/16"
Size of Plates: 2' 7 3/8" x 5' 11 5/8"
Number of Storm Panes: None
Unglazed Side of Lantern: All sides are glazed
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron & glass
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Copper
Ventilator / Cowl: Block tin
Lightning Spindle: Brass
Description of Lightning Rod: None
Balustrade: Iron
Lantern Doors: Iron. 4 bolts & 1 spring catch
Floor of Lantern: Iron & glass
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: 5 slide ventilators
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: 2 hooks with screw fastenings.

How is Watchroom Fitted: 1 table, bench, lamp box & clock.
How is Relief Called: None
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 5 hours
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker:
Year Made:
Marks and Number:
Order of Apparatus: 3rd
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: Movable, time of revolution 6 minutes
Flash Interval: 15 sec
Duration of Flash: 15 sec
Arc of Each Fixed Part: All around
Number of Panels: 24
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 11
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 4
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 box enclosing driving machinery
Service Table: Steel
Draft Tube Description: Russia iron, inside dia. 4 5/8" thickness 1/2", damper tube is connected to tube by screw thread.
Revolving Machinery: Henry LePaute, Engineers, Paris 1884
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls:
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube: None, length of drop, 14'
Clock Weight:
Length of Winding Time: 5 hours
Drive During Rewind:
Machinery Protection: Iron & glass cover
Regulated: By revolving or governing fan, vanes of fan are turned to present more or less surface to air, to regulate slow or fast.
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: By colored glass chimney
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Funck's float, 2 wicks
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1
Number of Spare Burners: 3
Candle Power:

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord:
Size of Clock Cord:
Length of Clock Cord:
How Led: Thru watchroom floor
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None
Oil House Description: Occupies 1 end of a frame bldg 12' x 25' raised 2' from ground. Size of room 12' x 12'. Bldg is 60' NE of light tower.
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity: 60 5-gal cans.
Other (Describe): Storeroom occupies 1 end of frame bldg 12' x 25' raised 2' from ground. Size of room 12' x 12'. Bldg is 60' NE of light tower.
Suitability: Dry & suited for purposes for which they were designed.
Location: 2. NW from tower. About 50' from center of tower.
Construction Materials: Frame bldgs.
Number of Rooms: 5
Number of Dwellings: 2
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1 each dwelling
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: 1
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks: 1 plank walk to wharf
Area Inclosed: No enclosures
Area of Garden: 3600 sq. ft.
Area Timber or Shrubbery: About 125 acres
Cultivation Area Available: About 5 acres
Area Cultivated: 3600 sq. ft.
Character of Surroundings: Outside portion of island is sand & shell; inside portion marshy.
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: Rain water from roof of dwellings
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: Not liable to be injured by storm tides. Tanks are 2' above ground.
Purity Precaution: None
Tank Capacity: 4000 gal. Behind each dwelling
Tank Material: Wood
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Healthy
Diseases: Cannot be answered - Station has not been long enough established.
Local Causes: None
Recommended Improvements: Drainage is good.
Access to Lighthouse: Wharf is of wood 9' x 11, plank walk 3' wide & 54' long leads to it. There is no boat house. Depth of water at wharf mean tide about 2'. Plank walk 2' wide & 400' long leads from wharf to light tower.
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Tools And Accessories
Lantern Curtains: 2 sets
Lens Covers: 2
Damper Tube and Key: 1
Spare Damper and Key: 1
Carillon for Overflow Pump: None
Time Marker: 1
Gauge: None
Spare Lamp Ready for Use: 1
Rod Lamp Ready for Use: None
Curtain Hanger: None
Heater: None
Spare Lamp Cover: None
Lamp Stand: None
Mechanical Lamp Cords: 1 in each lamp, no spare ones
Revolving Machinery Cords: 1 steel wire cord & 2 lamp cords
Revolving Machinery Weights: 4
Clutch: None
Spare Fly Or Governor: 1
Gauge for Oil Cistern: None
Feather Brushes: 2
Linen Towels: 12
Sponges: 2
Chamois Skins: 3
Scissors: 2
Chimney Filters: None
Coupling Pliers: 1 pair
Service Box and Implements: 1
Cleaning Materials: 2 lbs rotten stone, 2 lbs whitening
Keepers Aprons: 4