Report for Crooked River (Florida) - 1927

District: 7th
Inspector: Assistant L.H. Engineer E. ? Lamphier (?)
Location: On the Gulf coast of Florida and the northwesterly shore of St. George Sounda nd on the Northerly prolongation of the axis of the channel thru East Pass
Date of Report: 08/06/1927
Latitude: 29 ° , 49' 42"
Longitude: 82 ° , 42' 05"
Site: Site secured by condemnation
Date of Reservation: 02/18/1893
Date of Deed: 02/18/1893
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 12.02A
Area Inclosed: 164.5' x56.1'
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 800 feet
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Wood picket fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Yes, wharf with boathouse
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat from Carrabelle, Fla. Nearest post office, distance 2 miles, also by road
Distance to Nearest Road:
Distance to Post Office: 2 miles
Distance to Village:
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Skeleton iron tower
Number of Separate Lights:
First Built or Established: 1895
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1925
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: 115 ft.
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Pine woods
Color of Tower: Lower half white, upper half, red
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Painted
Tower Connection: Attached
Object of Navigation: Secondary seacoast, channel range and general navigation
Building Materials: Iron
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Spiral iron
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 10" x 12"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3-sash 20 1/2"x3' 3 1/4"
Number of Doors: Two, 2'-3" x 6' 9"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th order
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal, 10 sided
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides:
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 1"
Height Glazed: 5' 11 1/2"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4" x 2'-7 1/2" x 6'-0"
Size of Plates:
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern:
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Brass & Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Copper
Ventilator / Cowl: Copper
Lightning Spindle: Yes
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: None
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: Has iron double doors hinged
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: 5 in parapet
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Secured to lantern soffit

How is Watchroom Fitted: Has clockwork for revolving lens and semicircular locker for supplies
How is Relief Called: None
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 12 hours
Intensity in Candles: 7,600 cp
Name of Maker: Henry Lapaute
Year Made: 1894
Marks and Number: As above
Order of Apparatus: 4th order two annular flash panel lenses at 90 deg
Inside Diameter: No central drum
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: 12.5 sec
Flash Interval: 3.7 & 7.8
Duration of Flash: 0.5 & 0.5
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 2
Number of Flash Panels: 2
Arc of Each: Bulls' eye 6" diam
Number of Elements in Central Drum: No central drum
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum:
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum:
Does Apparatus Revolve?: True
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels: Mercury float
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Round hollow column
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: Hs 5" diam. Draft tube connected to damper tube.
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls:
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube: 11 1/2" diam 80ft drop ??
Clock Weight: 150 pounds
Length of Winding Time: 12 hours
Drive During Rewind: Yes
Machinery Protection: Iron and brass case with glass door
Regulated: Sensitive pendulum friction governor
Lens Protection: Yes, cotton
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 2nd order
Type of Illuminant: Oil
Number of Spare Lamps: One
Number of Spare Burners: Two
Candle Power: Intensity not known

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord: Flexible steel cord
Size of Clock Cord: 3/16"
Length of Clock Cord: 90 feet
How Led: Diagonally into ?
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum: 4 3/4" x 7"

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 3 wicks
Diameter of Outside Wick: 2 5/8"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:

Mercury Float
Inside Diameter of Trough: 20 1/2"
Inside Depth of Trough: 8 1/2"
Outside Diameter of Float: 19 1/2"
Depth of Float: 9"
Weight of Mercury in Pounds: 175
How Often is Mercury Renewed: Only when dross forms and it is necessary to clean
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: Semicircular used for keeping supplies. Fitted with shelves
Oil House Description: 625 feet south of tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 10' x12' x 9' high
Oil House Construction Material: Birck
Oil House Capacity: 500 (5-gallon cans)
Other (Describe): In dwellings
Suitability: Dry suited to purpose
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: None
Time to Start:
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Distance and Direction:
Water Supply:
Reached from Lighthouse:
Description of Fog Signal Building:
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Location: In rear 75 feet each side of tower- two dwellings
Coloring: White, green blinds
Construction Materials: Wooden with asbestos shingle roof
Number of Rooms: 5
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant: None
Number of Keepers: One (each dwelling)
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: One to each dwelling
Outhouse Coloring: White
Paths and Walks: Wood walks
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Sandy & sifting sands
Stove, Maker: Oil cook stove
Stove, Size: Unknown
Sink, Maker: Enameled
Sink, Size: Iron 18" x36"
Pump, Maker: None
Pump, Size:
Lamps: Table lamps, hand lamps, hand lantern
How Procured: By drain from roof into cisterns
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Covered and secured
Tank Capacity: N of dwellings 9000 gale
Tank Material: Cypress, wood
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Very good
Diseases: No
Local Causes:
Recommended Improvements:
Access to Lighthouse: Wharf 340ft long,2x12 decking,3"x8"stringers 2"x8" X braces 2"x8" stringers Wharf 7'10" wide,7'6" from MHW to top of decking. Walk 625ft long, 7'10" wide.3"x8" headers and stringers 8"x8" concrete piles. Boat house 12"x12" piles
Distance and Direction: Southeast 1145 feet
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Boat Number: 26
Type: Skiff
Length: 4ft
Width: 15ft
When Built: May 1909
Date Harbored at Station: 1909
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes

Power Boat
Engine Type:
Engine Maker:
Spare Coil:
Propeller Diameter:
Propeller Pitch:

General Information: 1 each No 26
Boats on Station: In boat house