Report for Conimicut (Rhode Island) - 1887

District: 3rd
Inspector: Lt. John Willis, Engr, 3rd LH Dist.
Location: Narragansett Bay, on end of Conimicut sand spit, W side of entrance to Providence River, RI.
Date of Report: 01/14/1887
Latitude: 41° 43' 02"
Longitude: 71° 20' 46"
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: Circle, 100' dia.
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil: Rip rap
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: High water mark at base of pier.
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: Small boat from Nayatt Point - 3/4 mile.
Distance to Nearest Road: Nearest road 1 1/4 miles; RR station 3.5 miles; Steamboat Landing 3 miles, Rocky Pt.
Distance to Post Office: 4 miles
Distance to Village: 4 miles
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: By rail to Nayatt Station, thence to Nayatt Point - & small boat to lighthouse.
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower on iron pier.
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1868
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: Rebuilt in 1883
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Circular
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 48'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 60'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea:
Color of Tower: Red (changed to white in 1896)
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: One & the same bldg.
Object of Navigation: Marks entrance to Providence River.
Building Materials: Outside iron & brick lining for interior walls.
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 2'
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 5/8" thickness of iron
Diameter at Base: 22'
Diameter at Parapet: 18'
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron
Number of Landings: 5
Size of Glass: 10.5" x 21"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 5; 2' x 4' 6"
Number of Doors: 1
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Iron pier 30' dia. filled with cement & concrete on rip-rap foundation
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: None
Soil Susceptibility: No
Miscellaneous Remarks: New iron pier incloses about 8' in height of original stone structure which was about 22' in dia.
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' 3/8"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 3/8"
Size of Plates: 27 1/4" x 36 3/8"
Number of Storm Panes: None
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron sheathed with zinc inside
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Iron
Description of Lightning Rod: None
Balustrade: Iron post, gas pipe rail on iron deck.
Lantern Doors: Iron on hinges
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: Wood on hinges.
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Lower part of lantern.
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None needed
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Screwed to frame.

How is Watchroom Fitted: Machinery for striking bell & ladder to lantern.
How is Relief Called: None
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker:
Year Made:
Marks and Number:
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic: Fixed white
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: NW to SW 270 dgrees
Number of Panels: 3 (4th panel open, without door)
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 8 (5)
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 6 (3)
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: 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:
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: White
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 4th order Funck Heap
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: None
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 closet on 1st, 3rd & 4th & 2 on 2nd floor built in wall or lining & fitted with doors & shelves.
Oil House Description: In pier
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): On walls & pier
Suitability: Dry & Suitable.
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Bell struck by machinery
Time to Start:
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: Struck every 15 sec.
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: Conimicut sand spit entrance to Providence River & marks same.
Distance and Direction:
Water Supply:
Reached from Lighthouse:
Description of Fog Signal Building: Watch room
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Location: In tower
Construction Materials: Iron shell lined with brick & wood sheathing
Number of Rooms: 4 rooms, watchroom & basement
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: None
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks: None
Area Inclosed: None
Area of Garden: None
Area Timber or Shrubbery: None
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Water
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: Rain
Quality: Good
Quantity: Considered ample
Injury Possible: Not
Purity Precaution: Filter
Tank Capacity: 8000 gal - in basement or pier of tower.
Tank Material: Brick & cement mortar.
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Considered healthy
Local Causes: None
Recommended Improvements:
Access to Lighthouse: Land from small boat on rocks, a crane is provided for hoisting provisions, coal etc., out of boat into pier.
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: In good order.