Report for Duxbury Pier (Massachusetts) - 1931

District: 2nd
Inspector: H. L. Bartlett, Junior Engineer
Location: On N side of main channel to Plymouth, Duxbury & Kingston Harbor
Date of Report: 05/14/1931
Latitude: 41° 59' 15"
Longitude: 70° 38' 57"
Site: Submerged site
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: Submerged
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Boat - 2 miles Plymouth, Mass.
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: 1871
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
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: 35'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: High land
Color of Tower: Brown
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Keeper's live in town quarters
Object of Navigation: Harbor navigation
Building Materials: Iron, brick & concrete lined
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron & wood
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 7 5/8" x 10.5"; 10 3/4" x 17"; 19.5" x 21 5/8"; 19.5" x 12"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 4; 24.5" x 26 5/8"
Number of Doors: 2; 1 - 3' x 7'; 1 - 3' x 6' 6"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Built on a shoal foundation protected by rip-rap.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 5th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 1 1/8"
Height Glazed: 36"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 27 3/8" x 36 3/8"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Iron
Lightning Spindle: Yes
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: Iron - hinged with latch
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: Iron trap door hinged
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: In parapet 5 each
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Brass hooks screwed to frieze

How is Watchroom Fitted: None
How is Relief Called: Thermostat bell
Where is Call System Led: To Keeper's bedroom
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 870
Name of Maker: Henry LePaute
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: Paris
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 19 5/8"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 4
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5, 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: Iron
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: Cone only
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 shade (375 mm)
Red Sectors Description: None
Where Color Attached: Illuminating apparatus
Form of Colored Glass: Inside 9 1/8" tall by 5 7/8" diameter in 3rd district shade holder
Lamp Description: 35 mm IOV type A
Type of Illuminant: Kerosene
Number of Spare Lamps: One
Number of Spare Burners: One
Candle Power: 500 CP

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels:
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel: 1 1/4"
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 2 clothes closets & 1 dish closet in kitchen; 2 in bedroom for clothes, spare lamps etc.
Oil House Description: Oil stored in base of tower
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity: About 300 5-gal cans
Other (Describe): As above stated
Suitability: Dry & suited
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Bell
Time to Start: Immediately
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: 1 stroke, 15 sec silent
Duplication: Necessary parts
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: On main gallery deck
Distance and Direction:
Water Supply: None
Reached from Lighthouse: Gallery deck
Description of Fog Signal Building: Bell striker enclosed by wood sheathing
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Bell Signal
Weight: 1,000 lbs
Metal: Bell
Diameter: 38.5"
Height: 26.5"
Time: 4 hrs
Manufacturer: McNeely & Co., Troy, NY, 1902
Weights for Operation:
Location: Keeper lives in tower
Construction Materials:
Number of Rooms:
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: Keeper lives in tower
Furnished Quarters: Keeper
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: Hawes Queen
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 15" x 26"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 1 brass table, 1 brass hand lamp from General Depot
How Procured: Rain water from tower roof & decks
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Frequent cleaning of tanks
Tank Capacity: 675 gal cistern in base of tower, tanks in cellar
Tank Material: Cistern - bricks cement plastered; tanks - iron
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Landing ladder only, no wharf
Distance and Direction: Below entrance doorway
Miscellaneous Remarks: Station & apparatus in good condition.
Boat #1
Boat Number: 42
Type: Power Dory
Length: 4' 10"
Width: 13'
When Built:
Date Harbored at Station:
Sails: False
Suited to Work:
Boat #2
Boat Number: 51
Type: Dory
Length: 4' 10"
Width: 13'
When Built: 1913
Date Harbored at Station: 1913
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes

Power Boat
Engine Type: Gasoline
Horsepower: 3.5
Engine Maker: Palmer "S" type #S-I-650712
Spare Coil: Commercial
Magnet: None
Battery: Dry 6
Propeller Diameter: 16"
Propeller Pitch: 23 - bronze

General Information:
Boats on Station: Davits