Report for East Chop (Massachusetts) - 1927

District: 2nd
Inspector: Geo. E. Eaton, Supt.
Location: E'Ly side of entrance to Vineyard Haven Harbor
Date of Report: 05/27/1927
Latitude: 41° 28' 13"
Longitude: 70° 34' 05"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 06/01/1876
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 1.94 acres
Area Inclosed: Whole
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 225'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Picket fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat, or public road 3/4 mile to Oak Bluffs 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: 1876
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1877
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: 79'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky & cottages
Color of Tower: Brown
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Sound, Harbor & general navigation
Building Materials: Iron, brick lined
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 21" x 10.5" - 4 panes each window; 14" dia in watchroom.
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3; 25" x 25"; 4 Round lights
Number of Doors: 1 double - 2' 10" x 6' 3" - 1 3/4" thick
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10 sides
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 1"
Height Glazed: 35.5"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 27 1/8" x 36 1/4"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None (3 painted black on land side 108 degrees)
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Iron
Lightning Spindle: Yes, with conductor leading down tower into ground
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: Iron fitted with hinges
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Spring roll curtains

How is Watchroom Fitted: Locker - 3 shelves
How is Relief Called: Electric lens alarm
Where is Call System Led: Keepers bedroom
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 8 hours
Intensity in Candles: 15,000 Electric; 360 oil
Name of Maker: Chance Bros. Co. Ltd
Year Made: 1896
Marks and Number: Birmingham, Eng.
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 19 5/8"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: 1 minute
Flash Interval: 7 sec
Duration of Flash: 3 sec
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 6
Number of Flash Panels: 6
Arc of Each: 60 degrees
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 2
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 3 flash
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3 flash
Does Apparatus Revolve?: True
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: Balls
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube: 23' by about 12" dia.
Clock Weight: About 100 lbs
Length of Winding Time: 8 hours
Drive During Rewind: No
Machinery Protection: Glass case
Regulated: Fan governor
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: Red chimney
Red Sectors Description: None
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 200 watt magda -125V- C lamp (electric); Funk Heap 4th, (kerosene), . NOTE: Oil lamp used only when electric light is inoperative (12.5 per watt of current). Station converted to electric light 9/1/1922.
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 3
Number of Spare Burners: None
Candle Power: 45 CP

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord: Glav. cord
Size of Clock Cord: 1/8"
Length of Clock Cord: About 125'
How Led: Central tube
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum: 4" x 12"

Chariot Balls
Balls Description: V groove
Cage to Separate Balls: False
Number of Balls: 7
Diameter of Balls: 3/8"

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 wick
Diameter of Outside Wick: 2 5/8"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 fitted with shelves for spare lamp etc. in watch room
Oil House Description: 90' ENE from tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' 8" x 10' 8"
Oil House Construction Material: Bricks
Oil House Capacity: About 450 5-gal cans
Other (Describe): None
Location: About 50' ESE from tower
Coloring: White with lead colored trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6 & bath
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters: Keeper
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: Fuel house
Outhouse Coloring: White lead trimmings
Paths and Walks: Concrete walks from dwelling to fuel house & street
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: 3/4 acre
Area Cultivated: About 1/3 acre
Character of Surroundings: Sandy loam
Stove, Maker: Magee Grand
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 23" x 48"
Pump, Maker: None - City water
Pump, Size:
Lamps: 1 brass table, 1 brass hand lamps from General Depot
How Procured: Town water supply
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution:
Tank Capacity:
Tank Material:
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: Beach landing, no wharf or boathouse. Good town road from lighthouse to Oak Bluffs & Vineyard Haven
Distance and Direction: Beach landing about 200' N
Miscellaneous Remarks: Station in good condition