Report for Conanicut Light (Rhode Island) - 1887

General
District: 3rd
Inspector: Lieut. John Millis, Eng'r 3rd Dist.
Location: N end of Conanicut Island, Narragansett Bay, RI
Date of Report: 01/14/1887
Latitude: 41° 34' 23"
Longitude: 71° 22' 20"
Premises
Site:
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 1 acre
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil: Sandy loam
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 75'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Picket rail fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises:
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: Good dirt road to Conanicut Park steamboat landing about 1 mile.
Means to Reach Light Station: By steamer from Newport or Providence to Conanicut Park steamboat wharf then either by walking or private conveyance.
Distance to Nearest Road: 75' to public road leading to steamboat landing 1 mile.
Distance to Post Office: 1 mile to Narragansett Co's wharf
Distance to Village: 1 mile
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance: 1 mile to Park Co. wharf
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1886
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Square
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 45'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 60'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Painted
Tower Connection: Connected
Object of Navigation: To clear N end of Conanicut Island
Building Materials: Wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 8" 2x6 studding
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 8" 2x6 studding
Diameter at Base: 12' x 12' outside
Diameter at Parapet: 12' x 12' outside
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wood
Number of Landings: 3
Size of Glass: 10" x 15"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3 round 2' dia.; 5 - 12 lights 10" x 15" glass
Number of Doors: 3
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Brick 4' below surface
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Sandy loam
Soil Susceptibility: Yes
Miscellaneous Remarks: Tower is attached to 1.5 story frame house brick foundation & cellar.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern:
Diameter to Glass: 7' 7.5"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars:
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 3' 3 3/8"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 3/8"
Size of Plates: 27 3/8" x 36 3/8"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern:
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Zinc sheathing
Lightning Spindle:
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Of wood 8 6" x 6" posts & 2" sq. balusters fastened to wooden deck with angle irons.
Lantern Doors: 1 iron & 1 wood.
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: Wooden trap door thru deck.
Parapet Diameter:
Ventilators
Location / Number: Lower part of lantern
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement:
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Screwed into iron frame.


Watchroom
How is Watchroom Fitted: With 2 service closets.
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker:
Year Made:
Marks and Number:
Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic: Fixed red
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 360 degrees fixed
Number of Panels: 4
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 7
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 6
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
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: Red chimney
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls:
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube:
Clock Weight:
Length of Winding Time:
Drive During Rewind:
Machinery Protection:
Regulated:
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: Red chimney
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Hains lamp
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1
Number of Spare Burners:
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: With shelves used for keeping outfit for light.
Oil House Description: In basement
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity: 36 5-gal cans
Other (Describe): In cellar of house & watchroom of tower
Suitability: Well suited.
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Stevens fog bell apparatus operated by clockwork.
Time to Start:
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Manufacturer:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: Double stroke every 30 sec.
Duplication:
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: Guide clear of Conanicut Point
Distance and Direction: On tower
Water Supply:
Reached from Lighthouse:
Description of Fog Signal Building:
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Dwelling
Location: Attached to tower
Coloring:
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 8
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: 2
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks: Yes
Area Inclosed: 1 acre
Area of Garden: 1/4 acre
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: 1/2 acre
Area Cultivated: 1/4 acre
Character of Surroundings: Sandy loam
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
Lamps:
Water
How Procured: Cistern
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Filters
Tank Capacity: 2500 gals.
Tank Material: Brick plastered with cement mortar.
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
Miscellaneous
Access to Lighthouse: Land from small boat on beach. Only road is to steamboat wharf & S end of island or Jamestown 7 miles.
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Good condition.