Report for Annisquam Harbor (Massachusetts) - 1931

District: 2nd
Inspector: J. G. Ramsey, Draftsman
Location: On Wigwam Point E'ly side of entrance to Annisquam Harbor
Date of Report: 01/18/1931
Latitude: 42° 39' 43"
Longitude: 70° 40' 55"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 10/29/1800
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 6.5 acres
Area Inclosed: Whole
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 30'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Stone walla & picket fences
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Public highway or boat - 1/2 mile from Annisquam Post Office
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: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1801
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1897
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: 45'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Land
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: By covered way
Object of Navigation: Harbor & local navigation
Building Materials: Brick
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron circular
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 15" x 15" 2 lights
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3 18.5" x 35"
Number of Doors: One 3' x 6' 4"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Tower in good condition
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 5th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 8 sides
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 1 1/8"
Height Glazed: 36"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 34" x 36"
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: Yes, copper
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Iron
Lantern Doors: Iron fitted with hinges & latch
Floor of Lantern: Cast iron
Watchroom Doors: Iron hinged
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet - 4 each
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Hooks
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 6 hours (3rd District 4th order type C clock)
Intensity in Candles: White - 28,000; red 8,400
Name of Maker: L. Sautter & Co.
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: Paris
Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter: 14 3/4"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: 1 revolution per minute
Flash Interval: 6.6 sec.
Duration of Flash: 0.9 sec.
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 8
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 2
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5, flash
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3, flash
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: 2nd district std. ball bearing pedestal
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: None - cone only
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls: Ball bearings
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube:
Clock Weight: 100 lbs.
Length of Winding Time: 6 hours (3rd District 4th order type C clock)
Drive During Rewind: Yes
Machinery Protection: Glass case
Regulated: Governor (3rd Dist type C 4th order clock)
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: White light with red sector
Red Sectors Description: 180 degrees to 217 degrees
Where Color Attached: Red glass attached to lantern
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 100 W, 125 V P-25 bulb
Type of Illuminant: Electricity
Number of Spare Lamps: 2 improved 5th order lamp
Number of Spare Burners: 2
Candle Power: White 28,000 cp, red 8,400 cp

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord: Steel cord
Size of Clock Cord: 1/8" dia.
Length of Clock Cord: 320'
How Led:
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum: 6 1/4" dia. 6 15/16 long

Chariot Balls
Balls Description: Semi-circular groove
Cage to Separate Balls: True
Number of Balls:
Diameter of Balls:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: In workroom - shelves for spare lamp, etc.
Oil House Description: 260' SE'ly from tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' 8" x 10' 8"
Oil House Construction Material: Bricks
Oil House Capacity: 450 5-gal cans
Other (Describe):
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Elec. siren, motor driven,
Time to Start: Instantly
How Long Will Pressure Last: No air
Manufacturer: Sterling Siren Fire Alarm Co
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: 4 blasts every 120 sec., 60 sec silent
Duplication: None
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: To warn vessels off point on which signal is located.
Distance and Direction: 12' 270 degrees from tower
Water Supply: None required
Reached from Lighthouse: Path
Description of Fog Signal Building: Switch & code machine located in service room of tower. Siren mounted on concrete base outdoors
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Siren Signal
Siren: Cylindrical electric
Siren Diameter:
Siren Built Date: 1930
Siren Manufacturer: Sterling Siren Fire Alarm co.
Siren Ports:
Siren Revolutions: 1750 RPM
Siren Governor: None
Siren Condition: New 1930
Location: About 100' E by N
Coloring: White lead colored trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings: One
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters: Keeper
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: Fuel house & barn
Outhouse Coloring: White lead trim
Paths and Walks: Plank walk between dwelling & fuel house
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: About 1/8 acre
Area Cultivated: About 1/8 acre
Character of Surroundings: Fast ground, ledge & rocks
Stove, Maker: Magee Ground
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 22" x 48"
Pump, Maker: No pump
Pump, Size:
Lamps: 1 brass table, 1 brass hand, lamp from General Depot
How Procured: Town system, cistern & well
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Frequent cleaning of cistern
Tank Capacity: About 2000 gals.
Tank Material: Bricks cement plastered on inside
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description: In yard 12' 0" deep
Well Diameter: About 3'
Well Lining: Lined - field stones
Pump or Bucket: Pump
What Power Used: Hand
Distance from Dwelling: 78'
General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Prevalency: No
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Beach landing - no wharf - town road to lighthouse
Distance and Direction: Beach about 30' W'ly
Miscellaneous Remarks: Tower & illuminating apparatus in excellent condition. Dwelling & outbuildings fair condition.