Report for Cape St. George (Florida) - 1927

District: 7th
Inspector: H.S. Salzer Asst. L.H.Engr
Location: On southern most point of St. George Island
Date of Report: 08/06/1927
Latitude: 29° 35' 15"
Longitude: 85° 02' 49"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 05/12/1947
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 6a-2R-13P
Area Inclosed: 100' x 125'
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 175'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Wood picket fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Yes, wharf with boat house on north side of island
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: 10 miles by boat from Apalachicola, FLA, nearest post office, thence 1 1/4 mile by road across island
Distance to Nearest Road: 10 miles by boat
Distance to Post Office: 10 miles
Distance to Village:
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Brick tower
Number of Separate Lights: 5
First Built or Established: 1833
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: August 1924
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: 72 feet
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Pine woods
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Painted
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Primary seacoast light
Building Materials: Brick
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wood spiral
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 12" x 12"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 5- 2'3" x 4'-4"
Number of Doors: One, double 3' x 6'-3"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 3rd order
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 8 sided
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 7'-0"
Number of Plates in Height: 2
Number of Plates Each Side: 2
Thickness of Plates: 43 3/4 x 41 3/4" (3'-7 3/4" x 3'-5 3/4")
Size of Plates:
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern:
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Copper
Ventilator / Cowl: Copper
Lightning Spindle: Iron
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: One-hinged 1 pane plate glass
Floor of Lantern: Stone
Watchroom Doors: Trap door in floor
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: 8 in parapet wall
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: No
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Secured to soffit casting

How is Watchroom Fitted: None
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 12,000 cp
Name of Maker: L. Sautter & CO
Year Made: Unknown
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 3rd order
Inside Diameter: 38 1/4" (3'-2 1/4")
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 5
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: 4 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:
Pedestal: Round hollow cast iron extending to lantern floor
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: Galv. Iron 3" connected to counnecting tube
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: Yes, cotton
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: I.O.V oil vapor;
Type of Illuminant: Oil
Number of Spare Lamps:
Number of Spare Burners:
Candle Power: 12,000 cp

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: One mantel
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel: 2"
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None
Oil House Description: Brick, 100 ft N.W. of light tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 10'2" x 12' 0" x 8' 0"
Oil House Construction Material: Brick
Oil House Capacity: 300 5 gallon cans
Other (Describe): Barn 400 ft N.E. of light tower storeroom on beach at wharf. Barn used for horse. Storeroom on beach used for storage for oil and supplies for boat and 5 separate lights
Suitability: Dry and suited to purpose
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: None
Time to Start:
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Distance and Direction:
Water Supply:
Reached from Lighthouse:
Description of Fog Signal Building:
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Location: Two dwellings one E.N.E. from tower and the other N. from tower. Both 100 ft from light tower
Coloring: Painted white with green blinds
Construction Materials: One brick, one wood, both have wood shingle roof
Number of Rooms: 4 each and each with kitchen
Number of Dwellings: 2
Heating Plant: None
Number of Keepers: One
Furnished Quarters: Keeper & Asst. keeper
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: One wash house and two toilets
Outhouse Coloring: White, painted
Paths and Walks: Brick and wood planks
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Shifting sands
Stove, Maker: Oil cook stove (2)
Stove, Size: Oil heater (2)
Sink, Maker: Enameled iron (2)
Sink, Size: 16" x 30 " (2)
Pump, Maker: 1 pitcher pump (2)
Pump, Size: No. 2 (2)
Lamps: Table lamps, hand lamps, hand lantern
How Procured: From roof drain of dwelling
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Covered and screened
Tank Capacity: 10,000 gals in rear of dwelling
Tank Material: 2 brick underground, 1 wood-cypress
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket: Pump
What Power Used: Hand
Distance from Dwelling: 10 feet
General Opinion: Very healthy
Diseases: None
Local Causes:
Recommended Improvements:
Access to Lighthouse: Wharf 939 ft. long 6ft wide, on 6x6 creosoted piles, spaced 10 ft on centers, headers 2"x8" creosoted, stringers 3"x8" creosoted x braces every other bent 2"x8" creosoted, decking 2"x12". Top of wharf to M.H.W. 7'0" Boathouse on 12" x 12" concrete piles
Distance and Direction: 1 1/4 mi by road thru pine woods, landing & wharf North of station
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Boat Number: 2
Type: Motor
Length: 7' 0"
Width: 18' 6"
When Built: Rebuilt May 1923
Date Harbored at Station: May 18, 1923
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes

Power Boat
Engine Type: Gasoline, 2cycle1cylinder
Horsepower: Six
Engine Maker: J.W. Lathrop No 20857
Spare Coil: Unknown
Magnet: Wizard, type B1
Battery: Six, dry batteries
Propeller Diameter: 13"
Propeller Pitch: 24"

General Information: No. 2, motor
Boats on Station: In boat house