Report for Carysfort Reef (Florida) - 1913

District: 7th
Inspector: W C Dibrell
Location: In about 2 feet of water, on the seaward edge of Carysfort Reef, one of the outer line of reefs off the coast of Florida, and near the westerly edge of the Gulf Stream, 31 miles NE'ly from Alligator Reef Lighthouse
Date of Report: 01/02/1913
Latitude: 25 ° , 13' 17"
Longitude: 80 ° , 12' 40"
Site: Submarine
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site:
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark:
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises:
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat, Jewfish, Fla, about 10 miles is nearest P.O. and is a station in FBCRy Telegraph as Jewfish
Distance to Nearest Road:
Distance to Post Office:
Distance to Village:
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
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Means Used for Support of Lantern: Iron Tower
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1852
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1906
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: 100 feet
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: The sky and tropical growth on Florida Keys
Color of Tower: Brown, lantern black- by painting
Color of Tower/ How Produced: (by painting)
Tower Connection: Dwelling in tower
Object of Navigation: Primary 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 iron stairway w/ steps
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 15" diam. Bulls eyes
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 14 bullseyes
Number of Doors: 2
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: 9 iron piles driven 10 feet in coral(?)
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: First order
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear: Diam inscribed to glass 12'-3"
Number of Sides: 16 sides
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 9' 8"
Number of Plates in Height: 3
Number of Plates Each Side: 3
Thickness of Plates: 5/16"
Size of Plates:
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Iron
Lightning Spindle: Copper rod fitted into top of dome
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Cast iron
Lantern Doors: None
Floor of Lantern: Cast iron
Watchroom Doors: None-straight iron steps
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: In parapet wall watchroom 16 in parapet wall 15 in watchroom
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: Yes
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Hooks secured to lantern

How is Watchroom Fitted: Shelving
How is Relief Called: Bell and speaking tube
Where is Call System Led: To office
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 3 1/2 hours
Intensity in Candles: White 340000, red 85000
Name of Maker: Henry Lepaute, Paris
Year Made: Unknown
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: First
Inside Diameter: 6 1/2" (seventy two and 1/2 inches)
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: 5' 20" flashing every 20 seconds
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 16
Number of Flash Panels: 16
Arc of Each: 22 degrees, 12 minutes
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 16
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 17
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 6
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
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: Cast iron 10" diameter, brass 5" diameter connected to damper tube
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls: Balls
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube: 11 feet
Clock Weight:
Length of Winding Time: 3 1/2 hours
Drive During Rewind: Yes
Machinery Protection: Glass case in brass frame
Regulated: By ordinary fan governor
Lens Protection: Yes, cover, linen
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description: From 25 degrees to 49 degrees; from 87 degrees to 145 degrees; from 184 degrees to 210 degrees.
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 3rd order Type B
Type of Illuminant: IOV
Number of Spare Lamps: One, 3rd order IOV lamp, type B;2 spare 1 o 5 wick lamps
Number of Spare Burners: One burner for each lamp
Candle Power: W 340,000; red 85,000

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord: Galvanized wire
Size of Clock Cord: 3/8 "
Length of Clock Cord: 65 feet
How Led: Straight down from barrel & returned
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum:

Chariot Balls
Balls Description: Semicircular
Cage to Separate Balls: False
Number of Balls: 32
Diameter of Balls: 1 3/4"

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 0il vapor type B single tank, one mantel system
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel: 55mm
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None
Oil House Description: 4 galvanized stands strapped under dwelling floor
Oil House Inside Dimension: 30" x 84";
Oil House Construction Material: Galvanized steel
Oil House Capacity: 1000 gallons, Installations of tanks not completed at this date
Other (Describe):
Location: In tower
Coloring: Brown
Construction Materials: Iron ceiled with wood
Number of Rooms: Two story, 4 rooms upstairs, lower floor one room
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: Keeper and two assistants
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks:
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available:
Area Cultivated:
Character of Surroundings:
Stove, Maker: Stand Oil Co.
Stove, Size: 3 wicks
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: Rain
Quality: Excellent
Quantity: Fair
Injury Possible: Not liable to be injured
Purity Precaution: Tapped
Tank Capacity: 6 iron tanks on lower floor around central column, abt 600 gallons each
Tank Material: Iron
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Excellent
Local Causes:
Recommended Improvements:
Access to Lighthouse:
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: One 3rd order IOV lamp type B (2 spare 1st 5wick lamps) One burner for each lamp.
Boat #1
Boat Number: 2
Type: One cat ?gged
Length: 8ft
Width: 21 ft
When Built: 1900
Date Harbored at Station: Dec 1900
Sails: True
Suited to Work: Yes
Boat #2
Boat Number:
Type: One Dingy
Length: 5"
Width: 14"
When Built: 1910
Date Harbored at Station: July 7, 1910
Sails: True
Suited to Work: Fairly-suitable with oars, not with sail