Report for Edgartown (Massachusetts) - 1931

District: 2nd
Inspector: H.L. Bartlett, Junior Engineer
Location: On W side of inner end of harbor
Date of Report: 07/18/1931
Latitude: 41° 23' 27"
Longitude: 70° 30' 13"
Site: Purchase, 1828
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: Necessary area for bridge & pier
Area Inclosed: Pier
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: Water all around pier
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Wood fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Small landing on side of bridge - foot bridge from light to shore about 1100' long.
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By bridge - Edgartown about 3/4 miles
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 surmounting roof of dwelling
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1828
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: 48'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Tree, sky & houses
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Surmounts roof of dwelling
Object of Navigation: Harbor
Building Materials: Wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Winding
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: None
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: None
Number of Doors: None
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Dwelling & outbuildings set on stone pier 40' x 45' in plan about 2' of water at mean low tide.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 9
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: 28" x 36"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron on wood parapet
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Yes, copper conductor leading to water
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: Yes, hinged
Floor of Lantern: Wood
Watchroom Doors: Wooden trap door hinged
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet walls
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: No
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Roll curtain
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 680
Name of Maker: L. Sautter & Co. France
Year Made: Not known
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: 90 degrees
Number of Panels: 3 (exclusive of mirror in door)
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: Cast iron 37" tall 16" dia. at top
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: None - 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 Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Aladdin lamp, I.O.V., 88 cp
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 3
Number of Spare Burners: None
Candle Power:

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 wick & 1 mantel
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1 1/4"
Diameter of Mantel: 1 5/8"
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description: At side of bridge 125' 275 degrees
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' 8" x 10' 8"
Oil House Construction Material: Bricks
Oil House Capacity: 1 bulk kerosene tank 450 gal capacity
Other (Describe): Fuel house at S & tank house on E side of dwelling
Suitability: Dry
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Bell struck by machinery
Time to Start: 5 sec.
How Long Will Pressure Last: About 8 hours
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: 1 stroke 15 sec silent
Duplication: None
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: Guide to Edgartown Harbor
Distance and Direction: Attached to SE corner of dwelling
Water Supply: None
Reached from Lighthouse: Covered way attached to dwelling
Description of Fog Signal Building: Square tower on corner of dwelling
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Bell Signal
Weight: 1,086 lbs
Metal: Bell metal
Diameter: 36"
Height: 28"
Time: 8 hours
Manufacturer: Mannly & Co. - date not known
Weights for Operation:
Location: Dwelling surmounted by tower
Coloring: White, lead color trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 8
Number of Dwellings: One
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters: Keeper
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: Fuel & tank house
Outhouse Coloring: White
Paths and Walks: Foot bridge to shore - about 3/4 mile.
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available:
Area Cultivated:
Character of Surroundings: Sandy loam
Stove, Maker: Hawes - Monarch Premier
Stove, Size: No. 7-18
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 23" x 48"
Pump, Maker: City water
Pump, Size:
Lamps: 2 hand lamps & 1 brass table from General Depot.
How Procured: Town supply in warm weather tank supply during cold weather
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Turn off before each rain until roof has been thoroughly washed.
Tank Capacity: About 2000 gal
Tank Material: Wood
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: Small landing on S side of footbridge; footbridge leading to beach; no boathouse, town highway from end of footbridge to Post Office
Distance and Direction: SW corner of pier about 20'
Miscellaneous Remarks: Buildings, appartus & footbridge in good condition.