Report for Cedar Keys (Florida) - 1912

District: 7th
Inspector: H. D. King
Location: On highest point (easterly end of mound) on Sew Horse Key
Date of Report: 02/26/1912
Latitude: 29 ° , 15' 49"
Longitude: 83 ° , 03' 58"
Site: Public Land, reserved for L.H. Purposes
Date of Reservation: 09/04/1851
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 145 acres
Area Inclosed: 80 x 120 feet
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark:
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Wooden picket fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Yes
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: 775 ft long on east end of island, about 1/2 mile from station-wharf only - sandy path to station.
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat from Cedar Keys, Fla
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 on top of Keepers dwelling
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1854
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: February 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: 74.5 ft.
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Dwelling shows against live oak trees, lantern against sky
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Painted
Tower Connection: Lantern surmounts Keepers dwelling
Object of Navigation: Seacoast and harbor. It serves neither purpose well at the present time
Building Materials: Iron frame covered with wood & this in turn by sheet iron
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: None
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: None
Number of Doors: One from tower to gallery 21 5/8" x 43 1/2" flanged outside about 2"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: The station is easily Kept and site practically valueless for other purposes, but of little use for seacoast light unless tower is built higher.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
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: 32"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 5/16"
Size of Plates: 24 1/2" x 32"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern:
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Same as tower
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Galv. Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Iron
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Wooden, with iron rail
Lantern Doors: Wooden, hinged & bolted, open out
Floor of Lantern: Cast iron
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: None
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Driven into wooden blocks,screwed to iron frame

How is Watchroom Fitted: None
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 4 3/4 hours
Intensity in Candles: Fixed 520, flash 5600
Name of Maker: Henry Lepaute, clockwork, L Sautter & Cie Lens
Year Made: 1854
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 19 3/4" 500 mm
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: 2 minutes
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 360 degrees with flash panels outside
Number of Panels: 4 panels
Number of Flash Panels: 2
Arc of Each: 45 degrees
Number of Elements in Central Drum: Five
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: Four
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: Four
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels: Two (panels revolving ouside of fixed lens)
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel: 5
Fixed Lens Covered: All
Pedestal: Cast iron cylindrical, 6" diam
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls: Chariot
Chariot Description: On 3 brass wheels 2 7/8" diam, not ball bearing. Area of wheels screwed into steel ring. Four bearing wheels ? Steel ring and for ???
Length of Drop Tube: 5 3/4" x6"x21'6" 11 ft only ?/
Clock Weight: 75 to 150 pounds
Length of Winding Time: 4 3/4 hours
Drive During Rewind: No
Machinery Protection: By box of brass & glass
Regulated: Air governor
Lens Protection: No
How Color is Produced: No
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Fourth Order oil
Type of Illuminant: Oil
Number of Spare Lamps: One
Number of Spare Burners: Three
Candle Power:

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord: Twisted steel wire cable
Size of Clock Cord: 1/8 ' diam
Length of Clock Cord: 60 ft
How Led: Over wheel to weights
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum: 2 3/4" diam 5 1/8 leng

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: One wich
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1.5"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: Fitted with shelves and used for extra weights, polishing material and lens jacks
Oil House Description: 30 feet NW. from dwelling
Oil House Inside Dimension: 7' x 8' x 10'
Oil House Construction Material: Brick with slate roof
Oil House Capacity: 125 five gallon cans
Other (Describe): Pantry and Lamp room in dwelling. Store room in corner of yard
Suitability: Dry and well suited
Location: Lantern on top of dwelling
Coloring: White
Construction Materials: Wood, Cypress shingled
Number of Rooms: Five and four
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: One
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Oil house & store huse in enclosure, Toilet and chicken house outside
Outhouse Coloring: All white
Paths and Walks: Brick walks inside enclosure
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Sand & Marsh
Stove, Maker: H Wetter MFG. 60
Stove, Size: Four holes
Sink, Maker: None
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker: None
Pump, Size:
Lamps: 1 service hand pump
Assistant Keepers Dwellings
Location: Tower on top of dwelling (see info on previous screen)
Construction Materials:
Number of Rooms:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers:
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks:
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available:
Area Cultivated:
Character of Surroundings:
Stove, Maker: Michigan Stove Co.
Stove, Size: Four hole
Sink, Maker: No name
Sink, Size: 18" x 24"
Pump, Maker: None
Pump, Size:
Lamps: 1 service hand pump
How Procured: Rain water stored in Cypress Cisterns
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: Not
Purity Precaution: None. No spare reservir to allow of cleaning tanks
Tank Capacity: At each end of dwelling
Tank Material: Cypress, 5000 gal & 400 Gal
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description: None
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket: Drawn from tap
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Good
Diseases: Rheumatism
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: None
Boat Number: 1
Type: Cat boat
Length: 8
Width: 19
When Built:
Date Harbored at Station: 1892
Sails: True
Suited to Work: No- should be power boat

General Information: Cat boat (power boat belongs to Keeper)
Boats on Station: In the water