Report for Cutoff Channel Rear Light Station (Maryland) - 1909

District: 5th
Inspector: Major W.E. Craighill, Lighthouse Engineer
Location: On the N'ly shore of Old Road Bay, Md., on the prolongation of the axis of Cutoff Channel
Date of Report: 08/16/1909
Latitude: 39° 12' 58"
Longitude: 76° 27' 47"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 07/27/1885
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 5 acres
Area Inclosed: Entire site
Character of Soil: Clay
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 30'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Board fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Railroad or boat
Distance to Nearest Road: RR station, 1/2 mile; public road, 4 miles
Distance to Post Office: 1 mile
Distance to Village: 1 mile
Facilities for Public Conveyance: Wagon or railroad
Facilities for Private Conveyance: Wagon
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1886
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1907
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Square
Form of Tower: Pyramidal
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 64'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 64'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Woods
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Channel range, local.
Building Materials: Wood, covered with corrugated iron, supported by cast iron columns
General Description:
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Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wood
Number of Landings: 10
Size of Glass: 14" x 16.5" & 14" x 24.5"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 4
Number of Doors: 5
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Brick capped with stone, 6'
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Clay
Soil Susceptibility: Yes
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern:
Shape of Lantern: Square inclosure for headlight at top of tower, 1 side glazed.
Diameter to Glass:
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Height Glazed: 36"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 3/8"
Size of Plates: 36" x 36"
Number of Storm Panes: None
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 3 sides
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Wood, covered with corrugated iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Tin
Ventilator / Cowl: Copper
Lightning Spindle: Brass
Description of Lightning Rod: Spiral copper cable, led from spindle over roof to corner column to ground & water
Balustrade: Iron, wood platform.
Lantern Doors: Wood, fitted with hinges to frame of lantern
Floor of Lantern: Wood
Watchroom Doors: Wood, fitted with hinges.
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Location / Number: 2, in wall
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: None

How is Watchroom Fitted: With service table of wood
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
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Name of Maker: Made at General Depot, Tompkinsville, N.Y.
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 4th order lamp
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic: Fixed white
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Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
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Pedestal: Wood
Service Table: Wood
Draft Tube Description: None
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Lamp Description: Reservoir lamp, 1-wick
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Number of Spare Lamps: One
Number of Spare Burners: One
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: With shelves, for general purposes
Oil House Description: 100' NW of tower. Brick floor, no shelves
Oil House Inside Dimension:
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Other (Describe): In rooms of dwelling, fitted with shelves & hooks.
Suitability: Dry, suited.
Location: 60' NE'ly
Coloring: Drab, with brown trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood & brick
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
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Outhouses: 1 oilhouse, 1 storehouse
Outhouse Coloring: Drab
Paths and Walks: Brick
Area Inclosed: 5 acres by board fence
Area of Garden: None
Area Timber or Shrubbery: About 4 acres
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Clay
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How Procured: From roof
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Cleaning
Tank Capacity: 2,700 gal., near dwelling
Tank Material: Brick
Distilling Apparatus: False
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General Opinion: Generally good
Diseases: Malaria
Prevalency: Spring & Fall
Local Causes: Swamps on adjoining property, which are now being filled
Recommended Improvements: