Report for Cape Poge (Massachusetts) - 1929

District: 2nd
Inspector: J. G. Ramsey, Draftsman
Location: NE point of Chappaquiddick Island (Tower moved 5/23/1922 96' 184 degrees true)
Date of Report: 01/05/1929
Latitude: 41° 25' 16"
Longitude: 70° 27' 06"
Site: Purchase at 4 different dates
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: About 3 acres
Area Inclosed: Whole
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 150'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Wooden fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Boat slip & boathouse
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat from Edgartown 3.5 miles or by ferry to point opposite Edgartown & by team to station 6.5 miles.
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: 1802
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1893
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: 55'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky line
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Local & harbor navigation
Building Materials: Wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wooden spiral
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 8" x 10" 12 lights
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 2; 2' 3 5/8" x 3' 9"
Number of Doors: 1; 2' 10" x 6' 10"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Purchase dates 1801, 1825, 1836, 1871; Site gradually eroding - tower moved back from time to time as necessary.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 7/8"
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: 36" x 26.5" (2 panes on station)
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Yes, copper conductor to ground
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: Steel plate hinged
Floor of Lantern: Wood
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet wall
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: No
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Roll curtains

How is Watchroom Fitted: Cupboard wooden floor
How is Relief Called: Thermostat bell
Where is Call System Led: From lantern to keepers bedroom
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 5 to 6 hours
Intensity in Candles: W 21,000; R 6,300
Name of Maker: Chance Bros. England
Year Made: 1896
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 19.5"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: Once every 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: None
Arc of Each: 60 degrees
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 4 flashing
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 4 flashing
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: Cast iron & steel
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: 2" pipe
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls: Balls
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube: 35'
Clock Weight: 200 lbs
Length of Winding Time: 5 to 6 hours
Drive During Rewind: Yes
Machinery Protection:
Regulated: Weight governor
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: Red shade attached to lens
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached: Illuminating apparatus
Form of Colored Glass: Outside rectangular
Lamp Description: 35 mm IOV Type A
Type of Illuminant: Kerosene
Number of Spare Lamps: One
Number of Spare Burners: One
Candle Power: 600 CP

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord: Galv. steel
Size of Clock Cord: 1/8"
Length of Clock Cord: 150'
How Led: Shieves [sic]
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum: 6 1/4" x 6 5/16"

Chariot Balls
Balls Description: Semi-circular
Cage to Separate Balls: True
Number of Balls: 19 thrust; 10 radial
Diameter of Balls: 1/2" thrust; 3/8" radial

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 mantel
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: Wood - shelves for spare lamp etc.
Oil House Description: 220' 265 degrees
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' 8" x 10' 8"
Oil House Construction Material: Bricks
Oil House Capacity: About 450 5-gal cans
Other (Describe): None
Suitability: Dry & suited to the purpose
Location: 300' 270 degrees
Coloring: White, lead color trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6 each half
Number of Dwellings: 1 double
Heating Plant: Direct hot water heating plant for each half
Number of Keepers: Keeper in 1 half, the other is vacant
Furnished Quarters: Keeper
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: Double fuel house & boathouse
Outhouse Coloring: White - lead trim
Paths and Walks: Walk from dwelling to tower & fuel house
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: 1/2 acre
Area Cultivated: 1/8 acre
Character of Surroundings: Sandy
Stove, Maker: Magee Grand
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 22" x 48"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 1 brass hand, 1 brass table lamp from General Depot
How Procured: 2 driven wells & 2 cisterns
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Frequent cleaning
Tank Capacity: 2000 gal each - dwelling cellar
Tank Material: Bricks & cement
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description: Driven well in each half of cellar dwelling about 15' deep
Well Diameter: 1 1/4"
Well Lining: Not lined- galv iron pipe
Pump or Bucket: Pump
What Power Used: Hand
Distance from Dwelling: In cellar of dwelling
General Opinion: Healthful
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Beach landing, no wharf, boathouse & boatslip, sandy road.
Distance and Direction: 190 degrees about 3000'
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Boat Number: 13
Type: Cat with motor
Length: 8'
Width: 18'
When Built: 1895
Date Harbored at Station: 1911
Sails: True
Suited to Work: Yes

Power Boat
Engine Type: Gasoline
Horsepower: 6
Engine Maker: Lathrop Co. # 19716 New in 1923
Spare Coil: Enduro 27-A
Magnet: None
Battery: Dry cells - 6
Propeller Diameter: 18"
Propeller Pitch: 24"

General Information:
Boats on Station: Boathouse