Report for Cat Island (Mississippi) - 1911

District: 8th
Inspector: Comdr. C. P. Eaton, USN retired
Location: In shallow water at W'ly end of Island
Date of Report: 10/11/1911
Latitude: 30° 13' 55"
Longitude: 89° 09' 41"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 11/24/1830
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 1 acre
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: In water
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Yes
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Boat. Gulfport, 10 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: Lantern & parapet on roof of dwelling
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: This building first lighted Dec. 15, 1871. Old building torn down.
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: Rebuilt, 1871; Repaired 1910
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: 46'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky
Color of Tower: Lantern & piles red. Building white.
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Connected
Object of Navigation: Local navigation
Building Materials: Wood on iron screw piles
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wooden
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 10 x 12
Number of Windows and Size of Sash:
Number of Doors:
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 5th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 9
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 36"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 28.5" x 36"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern:
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Sheet iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Copper
Lightning Spindle: Copper
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Wood floor of gallery covered with sheet iron.
Lantern Doors: Double doors in parapet
Floor of Lantern: Wood
Watchroom Doors: Hinged hatch
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: In parapet
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Soldered to roof

How is Watchroom Fitted: In middle of 2nd floor of dwelling & under lantern, stairs from below lead into it. A room on each side of it. Ladder from it to lantern.
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 5 hours
Intensity in Candles: Flash 3500; fixed 360
Name of Maker: Henry LePaute
Year Made:
Marks and Number:
Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter: 14 3/4"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: 3 minutes
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 90 degrees
Number of Panels: 4
Number of Flash Panels: 2
Arc of Each: 60 degrees
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels: 2
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel: 5
Fixed Lens Covered: One
Pedestal: Cast iron
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: None
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls: Flash panels on chariot
Chariot Description: 4 vertical 3" wheels. 4 lower horizontal 1.5" wheels. 8 upper horizontal 1.5" wheels
Length of Drop Tube: Hole 8 3/4" dia. through floor into watchroom
Clock Weight: About 45 lbs
Length of Winding Time: 5 hours
Drive During Rewind: Yes
Machinery Protection: Brass & glass case
Regulated: Fan governor
Lens Protection: Linen cover
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 5th order
Type of Illuminant: Oil
Number of Spare Lamps: 1 (2 in use, 1 spare)
Number of Spare Burners: 1 in spare lamp
Candle Power: 38 cp

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord: New-improved wire
Size of Clock Cord: 1/8" dia.
Length of Clock Cord: 30' about
How Led:
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum: 2.8" x 5 3/8"

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1 3/16"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:

Occulting Light
Time Limit:
Eclipse Type:
Size and Amplitude:
Axis Rotation: Vertical
Axis Relation: Same axis
Screen Revolution: Independently
Screen Number:
Screen Time:
Screen Form:
Screen Mounting:
Screen Order:
Screen Date:
Valve Maker:
Valve Pattern:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description: Partly around watchroom, oil room & store room
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material: Wood
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): In dwelling
Suitability: Dry & suitable
Location: Light on dwelling
Coloring: White
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 5
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant: Herald stove #22
Number of Keepers: 1 keeper, no assistant
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: None
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks:
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings:
Stove, Maker: Bowie Stove Co., Rome GA
Stove, Size: Advance 7-18
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size: 16" x 27"
Pump, Maker: The Demirig Co., Salem O.
Pump, Size: No 4
Lamps: 1 table lamp, 1 hand lamp, 1 lantern
How Procured: Rain
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: None
Tank Capacity: 7500 gal; 1-31' 6.5" circum, 6' staves; 1-27' 7 " circum, 6' staves
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: Healthy
Diseases: None
Prevalency: None
Local Causes:
Recommended Improvements: None
Access to Lighthouse: 153' x 5' 10" extends to N of light. Boathouse at N'ly end.
Distance and Direction:
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