Report for Cuttyhunk (Massachusetts) - 1929

District: 2nd
Inspector: J. G. Ramsey, Draftsman
Location: On SW'ly point of Cuttyhunk Island
Date of Report: 12/02/1929
Latitude: 41° 24' 52"
Longitude: 70° 57' 01"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 08/19/1822
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 3 acres 139 rods
Area Inclosed: Yes
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 114'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Board fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: No wharf - beach landing only
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat from main land about 1 mile by land to Cuttyhunk Post Office
Distance to Nearest Road:
Distance to Post Office:
Distance to Village:
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1823
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1891
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: 61'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Skyline
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: By covered way
Object of Navigation: Guide to Buzzards Bay entrance
Building Materials: Wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wood
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 9" x 12"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3 - 30 5/8" x 4' 5"
Number of Doors: 1 - 2' 8" x 6' 8"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 5th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 9
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 1"
Height Glazed: 36"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 27 3/4" x 36"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron, copper roof, wooden parapet
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Copper
Ventilator / Cowl: Yes, copper
Lightning Spindle: Yes, copper conductor to ground
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: Yes, wooden & hinged - double door
Floor of Lantern: Wood canvassed
Watchroom Doors: Wood & hinged
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Yes, in parapet
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: No
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: In frieze - fitted with hooks

How is Watchroom Fitted: None
How is Relief Called: Thermostat bell
Where is Call System Led: Dwelling
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 2900
Name of Maker: Chance Bros
Year Made: 1902
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 19.5"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 360 degrees
Number of Panels: 4
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 7 - 6 prisms & central element
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 6 fixed
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3 fixed
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
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: 35 mm Type A
Type of Illuminant: Kerosene
Number of Spare Lamps: 1 type A & 1 4th order
Number of Spare Burners: One
Candle Power: 600 cp

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 mantel
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel: 35mm
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None
Oil House Description: 200' 38 degrees from tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' x 10'
Oil House Construction Material: Stone
Oil House Capacity: About 150 5-gal cans
Other (Describe):
Location: 12' 80 degrees
Coloring: White, lead color trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood, with asbestos shingle roof
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: Keeper only
Furnished Quarters: Keeper
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Fuel house & barn
Outhouse Coloring: White, lead trim
Paths and Walks: Wooden walks from dwelling to fuel house
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: 1/2 acre
Area Cultivated: 1/4 acre
Character of Surroundings: Fast ground
Stove, Maker: Modern Glenwood
Stove, Size: 207
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 22" x 48"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: # 2
Lamps: 1 table & 2 hand lamps LHS
How Procured: From well & from cistern
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Cleaned out at frequent intervals
Tank Capacity: About 1500 gal in cellar
Tank Material: Brick cement plastered
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description: Stoned up with field stones, 20'
Well Diameter: 36"
Well Lining: Yes, with field stones
Pump or Bucket: No
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling: About 90'
General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Beach landing, no wharf - boathouse - no road, path only over hills to tower
Distance and Direction: On beach about 960' 59 degrees from light tower
Miscellaneous Remarks: Station is in very good condition.
Boat #1
Boat Number: 138
Type: Dory
Length: 4' 6"
Width: 13' on bottom
When Built: 1919
Date Harbored at Station: 1921
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes
Boat #2
Boat Number: 21
Type: Row-boat
Length: 4' 8"
Width: 14' 3"
When Built: No record
Date Harbored at Station: 10/18/1925
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes

General Information:
Boats on Station: Boathouse