Report for Cape San Blas (Florida) - 1927

District: 8th
Inspector: A. M. Zibilich, Assoc. L.H. Engr.
Location: On the gulf coast of Florida at the southerly point of Cape San Blas
Date of Report: 11/04/1927
Latitude: 29° 40' 19"
Longitude: 85° 21' 22"
Site: Executive orders of June 12, 1847, Mar 23, 1849, Nov 5, 1917, Oct 21, 1926
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 300 acres
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 1400 feet.
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat or by automobile from Apalachicola, Fla, (25 mi.) or Port St. Joe (11 mi).
Distance to Nearest Road:
Distance to Post Office: Nearest post office Indian Pass, Fla. 7 miles, mail 3 times weekly
Distance to Village:
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Brown, square, pyramidal skeleton tower, inclosing stair cylinder
Number of Separate Lights: None
First Built or Established: 1849
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1919. Moved to its present site
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: 101 feet
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Pine woods. Tower, except lantern, obscured by woods.
Color of Tower: Brown, painted
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Painted
Tower Connection: Detachd. About 1200 ft to nearest dwelling. Plank walk between tower and dwellings
Object of Navigation: Seacoast
Building Materials: Iron
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Spiral stairway in iron cylinder; iron steps
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 9"x12", 6 lights (1-2 light and 1-4 light)
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3 - 21 1/2" x 40"
Number of Doors: 3 (2'-3" x 6'-5" -- 2'2" x7'-0-- 2' 2.5 "x6'9")
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: In good condition.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 3 1/2
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10 sides
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 5'-11 5/8"
Number of Plates in Height: 1
Number of Plates Each Side: 1
Thickness of Plates: 5/16" -- 2'-7 3/4" x 5'-11 5/8"
Size of Plates:
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Copper
Ventilator / Cowl: Copper
Lightning Spindle: On ventilator ball
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Iron
Lantern Doors: None
Floor of Lantern: Cast Iron
Watchroom Doors: No door. Open, hinged winding stair to lantern floor.
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Lower part of lantern
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: 1 wought iron
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Secured to soffit

How is Watchroom Fitted: Fitted with circular closet for duplicate outfit. Has winding stairway leadng to lantern gallery.
How is Relief Called: None
Where is Call System Led: N/A
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 14 hours
Intensity in Candles: 110,000 cp
Name of Maker: Barbier, Benard & Tirenes (Paris)
Year Made: 1907
Marks and Number: USLHE 318
Order of Apparatus: 3rd order bi-valve
Inside Diameter: 29 1/2 inches
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: 40 seconds
Flash Interval: 19 seconds
Duration of Flash: One second
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 6
Number of Flash Panels: 2 Flash panel 19" diameter
Arc of Each: 160 degrees
Number of Elements in Central Drum: Bulls eye 7"diam. 5 in bulls eye panel(no circular belt)
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 10
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 8 and 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: 4 brass columns with bolts and 5 discs.
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: Galv. Iron, 5" diam., set on crown piece.
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls: Balls
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube: 80 ft x 10 in (newel)
Clock Weight: 75 pounds
Length of Winding Time: 14 hours
Drive During Rewind: Yes
Machinery Protection: Glass case
Regulated: Governor
Lens Protection: Yes- linen cover
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 3rd order.
Type of Illuminant: Oil
Number of Spare Lamps: 1
Number of Spare Burners: 3
Candle Power:

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord: Steel cord 4th order type C clock
Size of Clock Cord: 3/16"
Length of Clock Cord: 140 feet
How Led: Into newel
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum: 6 1/4"x 6 15/16" long

Chariot Balls
Balls Description: Semicirclar grooves
Cage to Separate Balls: True
Number of Balls: 22
Diameter of Balls: 3/4"
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: One with shelves
Oil House Description: 125 ft southwest of tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 7 x 8 ft
Oil House Construction Material: Brick
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe):
Location: About 1200 ft southwest of tower
Coloring: White, green blinds
Construction Materials: Wood, shingle roof
Number of Rooms: 6 rooms and a hall
Number of Dwellings: 2
Heating Plant: Oil wick heaters
Number of Keepers: One in each dwelling
Furnished Quarters: Keeper & asst. keeper
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: One privy for each dwelling
Outhouse Coloring: White
Paths and Walks: Plank walk, dwellings to tower
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden: None
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Sandy, marshy, hammock land and pine woods
Stove, Maker: Perfection Stoves Co (2)
Stove, Size: 3- burner (2)
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size: 18" x 36" (2)
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
Lamps: 2 table lamp, 2 hand lamp, 2 lantern
How Procured: Rain
Quality: Good
Quantity: Fair
Injury Possible: Not liable
Purity Precaution: Cisterns are covered.
Tank Capacity: One at each dwelling, 4600 gal. Each
Tank Material: Cypress
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Fair
Diseases: Chills & Fever
Prevalency: July and August
Local Causes: Swamps
Recommended Improvements: Would draining help? Yes, but not practicable.
Access to Lighthouse: Station can be reachd from seaward in small boat only in calm weather. No wharf or boathouse. Keepers now use beach front and trails in woods to get to highway, 7 miles.
Distance and Direction:
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