Report for Conimicut Point (Rhode Island) - 1873

District: 3rd
Inspector: Lighthouse Engineer, 3rd Dist.
Location: On end of Conimicut Sand Spit W side of entrance to Providence, RI
Date of Report: 12/03/1873
Latitude: 41° 43' 00"
Longitude: 71° 20' 25"
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site:
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark:
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Keeper's dwelling is inclosed by a wrought iron railing.
Wharf or Landing on Premises: A boat landing is built of granite connected with the tower.
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boats, lighthouse is built in the water.
Distance to Nearest Road: RR station 2.5 miles; Steamboat landing 2.5 miles.
Distance to Post Office: 1 mile
Distance to Village: 1 mile Nayat.
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1868
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: In 1873, a keeper's dwelling was built on landing wharf.
Condition at This Date: In order
Shape of Tower in Plan: Round
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 50'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 50'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Nayot Point
Color of Tower: Grey
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Natural color
Tower Connection: Connected with keeper's dwelling on landing wharf & built up against & attached to tower.
Object of Navigation:
Building Materials: Granite
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 2' 6"
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 1' 6"
Diameter at Base: 25'
Diameter at Parapet: 11' 2"
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Cast iron
Number of Landings: 4
Size of Glass: 10" x 16"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 10, size of sash 22.5" wide x 34.5" high
Number of Doors: 6
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Irregular blocks of granite at depth of 6' at low water.
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Rain water conveyed from roof of dwelling into cistern of tower, a pipe provided in cistern to lead off surplus water. Prior to dwelling, water was brought off from shore upwards of a mile distant.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern:
Diameter to Glass: 7'
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars:
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: 26.5" x 36"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern:
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron & glass
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Plate iron 1/8" thick, that is roof of lantern.
Ventilator / Cowl:
Lightning Spindle:
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Wrought iron railing.
Lantern Doors:
Floor of Lantern: Cast iron
Watchroom Doors:
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: In parapet
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement:
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Screwed into astragals of lantern
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: Fixed 270 degrees NW by W 3/4 W by E'd to NE by N
Number of Panels: 3
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 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: Cast iron 3' 6" in height.
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
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:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Franklin lamp, 1 wick to burner.
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1
Number of Spare Burners: 2
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description: Oil room placed in cellar & fitted with work bench, coal room & cistern, coal room is partitioned off.
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity: 2 50-gallon oil butts, 1 5-gallon oil can
Other (Describe): Closet in sitting room of keepers dwelling adjoining tower fitted with shelves & hooks. Closet under stairway in kitchen fitted with shelves, room adjoining tower 2nd story fitted w/ shelves.
Suitability: Dry & suited to the purpose.
Location: Located on landing wharf & connected w/ lighthouse tower.
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 5
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1 keeper & 1 asst.
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks:
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available:
Area Cultivated:
Character of Surroundings:
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: Rain water is conveyed to cistern by copper pipes tinned on inside, from roof of dwelling.
Injury Possible:
Purity Precaution:
Tank Capacity: Cistern 470 gallons, placed in cellar.
Tank Material: Boiler iron.
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter: 4'
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket: Bucket
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling: Adjoining.
General Opinion: Healthy
Local Causes:
Recommended Improvements:
Access to Lighthouse:
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: New dwelling on pier offers better facilities to attend the light & fog signal than when the Keeper & assistant resided on opposite side of Channel, at Nayat Point.