Report for Cedar Point Light Station (Maryland) - 1909

District: 5th
Inspector: Major W.E. Craighill, Lighthouse Engineer
Location: On Cedar Point, Md., on the southerly side of the entrance to Patuxent River, westerly side of Chesapeake Bay.
Date of Report: 03/21/1909
Latitude: 38° 17' 58"
Longitude: 76° 22' 05"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 03/20/1894
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 1 acres, 2 roods, 5 2/5 perches.
Area Inclosed: None
Character of Soil: Sand & gravel
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 10'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: None
Means to Reach Light Station: By public road & beach.
Distance to Nearest Road: 7 miles to Millstone Landing
Distance to Post Office: 7 miles
Distance to Village: Leonardtown, 20 miles
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: By team from Millstone, 7 miles
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower on dwelling
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1896
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Square
Form of Tower: Pyramidal
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 51'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 45'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: On the dwelling
Object of Navigation: River & Bay, general
Building Materials: Wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wood
Number of Landings: 2
Size of Glass: 30" x 13"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 4
Number of Doors: 1
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Concrete, 6'
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Sand & gravel
Soil Susceptibility: No
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass: 7'
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 8
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: 3/8"
Size of Plates: 35 7/8" x 34 1/6"
Number of Storm Panes: None
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Copper
Lightning Spindle: Copper
Description of Lightning Rod: Copper ribbon attached to lower part of lantern & led down side of house to water.
Balustrade: Wood & iron
Lantern Doors: Hung on outside by hinges
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: Trap door
Parapet Diameter: 6' 7.5"
Location / Number: In lower part of lantern
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: Wooden stepladder
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Screwed into cornice

How is Watchroom Fitted: With closets
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 4 hours
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker: No name
Year Made: Not given
Marks and Number: No marks
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 19 3/4"
Light Characteristic: Red falsh every 5 seconds
Time of Revolution: 50 secs.
Flash Interval: 5 secs.
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 10
Number of Flash Panels: 10
Arc of Each: 36 degrees
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 4
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 6
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 4
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: Iron
Service Table: Iron
Draft Tube Description: None
Revolving Machinery: Clockwork
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls: Balls
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube: About 16'
Clock Weight:
Length of Winding Time: 4 hours
Drive During Rewind:
Machinery Protection: Glass case
Regulated: By fans
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: Ruby chimneys
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached: Illuminating apparatus
Form of Colored Glass: Chimneys
Lamp Description: 4th order - 1 wick
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 3
Number of Spare Burners: None
Candle Power:

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord:
Size of Clock Cord:
Length of Clock Cord:
How Led: Across about 3' then down drop tube
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum:

Chariot Balls
Balls Description: Flat surface
Cage to Separate Balls: False
Number of Balls: 20
Diameter of Balls: 1/4"
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 2, for supplies
Oil House Description: About 20' from tower, no shelves
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): None
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Bell & No. 3 Gamewell machine
Time to Start: 5 minutes to wind
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Manufacturer: Gamewell Fire Alarm Telegraph Co.
Year of Manufacture: Not given
Characteristic: Single blow every 30 secs.
Duplication: 1 connecting link & 1 spring
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: To keep vessels off Cedar Point Shoal
Distance and Direction: 12' SE
Water Supply:
Reached from Lighthouse: Brick walk
Description of Fog Signal Building: Square wooden structure, 1 closet on floor
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Bell Signal
Weight: 1,962 lbs.
Metal: Composition
Diameter: 3' 8"
Height: 36"
Time: 1.5 hours
Manufacturer: Gamewell Fire Alarm Telegraph Co.
Weights for Operation:
Location: Tower on dwelling
Coloring: Red, tower white
Construction Materials: Brick & wood
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Oil house, chicken house, water-closet, & fog signal tower
Outhouse Coloring: Brown
Paths and Walks: Wood & brick, between dwelling & fog signal tower
Area Inclosed: None
Area of Garden: None
Area Timber or Shrubbery: None
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Shifting sands
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: From roof of dwelling
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: Not liable
Purity Precaution: Wire strainers attached to downspouts & gutters
Tank Capacity: 4,800 gals. Under back porch of dwellings
Tank Material: Brick
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Good
Local Causes:
Recommended Improvements: