Report for Cape Sarichef (Alaska) - 1914

District: 16th
Inspector: Compiled from various sources
Location: On W end of Unimak Island
Date of Report: 01/19/1914
Latitude: 54° 35' 50"
Longitude: 164° 56' 02"
Site: Public land reserved by Executive Order
Date of Reservation: 01/06/1901
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 1845 Acres
Area Inclosed: 7 acres partly inclosed
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 185'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Wire fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Reached by water from Dutch Harbor (Unalaska) about 65 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: Octagonal tower rising from center of 1 story octagonal frame bldg.
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1904
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
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: 126'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Dark (tundra)
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: For general navigation from Pacific Ocean thru Unimak Pass to Bering Sea.
Building Materials: Wood, shingled.
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Circular, wood
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 10" x 18" (21 oz)
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 4; 2' x 3' 6"
Number of Doors: 2, 2' 8" x 6' 8"; 2 - 2' 2" x 6'
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 3rd
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 5' 9"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/2"
Size of Plates: 9 plates 2' 7.5" x 5' 8.5"; 1 plate in door, 2' 3.5" x 2' 9.5"; 1 plate over door, 2' 7.5" x 2' 9.5"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron, brass, bronze & glass.
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron, 22" in dia.
Lightning Spindle: Brass with platinum point.
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Wood; 2' 10" high.
Lantern Doors: 1; cast iron, brass, glass, hinged.
Floor of Lantern: Wood, t&g, 7/8" x 4", double; g.i. nails.
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: In lantern parapet
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: 1; 12', iron, movable
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Spring rollers, brass hangers.

How is Watchroom Fitted:
How is Relief Called: Telephones
Where is Call System Led: From tower to dwellings of keeper & asst. keepers
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 2700
Name of Maker:
Year Made:
Marks and Number:
Order of Apparatus: 3rd
Inside Diameter: 39.37"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: Fixed
Number of Panels: 5, 2 are reflectors
Number of Flash Panels: None
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 13
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 11, fixed
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 6, fixed
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
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 Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 2nd; Funck-Heap
Type of Illuminant: Oil
Number of Spare Lamps:
Number of Spare Burners:
Candle Power: 120

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 3 wicks
Diameter of Outside Wick: 2 17/32"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 2 lockers
Oil House Description: 2 houses
Oil House Inside Dimension: 7.5" x 11"
Oil House Construction Material: Wood & corr. iron
Oil House Capacity: 980 5-gal cans each
Other (Describe): 2 closets in vestibule; 2 lockers in tower; 1 locker under sink.
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: 1st class automatic siren
Time to Start: 15 min.
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: 3 sec blast, 5 sec silent, 3 sec blast, 49 sec silent.
Timing Device: Crosby automatic tripping gear
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown: Siren 45 lbs
Height Above Water: 110'
Compass Direction:
Location: In same bldg as light
Distance and Direction:
Water Supply: Rain water from roof of tower drained into underground cistern.
Reached from Lighthouse:
Description of Fog Signal Building: 1 story, octagonal frame bldg.
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Internal Combustion Signal
Fog Signal Kind:
Internal Combustion Kind: Hornsby-Akroyd oil
Internal Combustion Manufacturer: DeLaVergne Refrigerating Mach. Co.; N eng #2918; S eng # 2919
Internal Combustion Date: 1902
Internal Combustion Size: 11" x 15"
Internal Combustion Horsepower: 13
Internal Combustion Fuel: Mineral oil
Internal Combustion Starter: Heated by torch
Compressor Maker: Ingersoll-Sargeant Air Compressor Co.; N comp. #5628; S comp. # 5627
Compressor Seat: Same bed; geared
Compressor Machinery:
Compressor Diameter: 8"
Compressor Stroke: 8"
Compressor RPMs:
Character of Air Inlet:
Kind of Unloader:
Diameter of Delivery Pipe:

Air Receiver
Number: 2
Diameter: 3'
Height: Length, 20'
Capacity Cubic Feet: 141
Pressure in Each:
Make of Reducing Valve:
Location: 3 dwellings, only middle one presently occupied.
Coloring: White
Construction Materials: Concrete basements; frame houses
Number of Rooms: Kitchen, dining room, sitting room, fuel room, 3 bedrooms.
Number of Dwellings: 3
Heating Plant: "Perfect" hot water heater, #202; 8 radiators
Number of Keepers: 3 Keepers (all) occupy same dwelling
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Barn, 2 oil houses, hoisting engine house
Outhouse Coloring: White
Paths and Walks: Concrete walk connecting tower & dwellings.
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Tundra
Stove, Maker: John Van Range Co.
Stove, Size: 30" x 37"; 6-hole
Sink, Maker: Clow's
Sink, Size: 5' long
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: Rain water
Injury Possible:
Purity Precaution:
Tank Capacity: 2600 gal. under fog signal bldg.
Tank Material: Concrete
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Excellent
Diseases: Mental aberration
Prevalency: No
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: 14' x 26' frame boathouse
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Boat #1
Boat Number: 36
Type: Whaleboat
Length: 5' 11"
Width: 20' 1"
When Built: 1903
Date Harbored at Station: 1904
Sails: True
Suited to Work: Yes
Boat #2
Boat Number: 37
Type: Whaleboat
Length: 5' 11"
Width: 20' 1"
When Built: 1903
Date Harbored at Station: 1904
Sails: True
Suited to Work: Yes

Hoisting Engines
Hoisting Engine Kind: Small hoist marked: "dake engine"
Engine RPMs:
Engine Diameter:
Engine Stroke:
Engine Boiler:
Engine Maker and Date:
Serial Number:
Cylinders and Size:
Hoist Starter:
Hoist Miscellaneous: Uses compressed air from tanks in signal thru pipe