Report for Fairport West Breakwater Pierhead Light (Ohio) - 1914

District: 10th
Inspector: Irving L. Gill, Asst. Supt.
Location: On W Breakwater Pierhead at N'ly end of W Breakwater
Date of Report: 01/11/1914
Latitude: 41° 46' 3.1"
Longitude: 81° 16' 52.5"
Site: On United States West Breakwater, built by US Engineers
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Area of the Entire Site: Crib 50' x 50'
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Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: Adjacent
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises: On pierhead
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Thru RR yds & ore docks from village of Fairport to E pier, thence by boat to W Breakwater total 4/5 mile. Or walk ashore to land on W Bkw & thence to village of Fairport.
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Means Used for Support of Lantern: 25' square, pyramidal, skeleton, steel tower with inclosed base
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: Built 1911, est. Sept. 1, 1911
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
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Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 40'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Ore docks, warehouses, smoke, etc.
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached. See "Main Light"
Object of Navigation: Forms front light of range with West Pier light, for entrance to harbor.
Building Materials: Steel
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Kind of Stairway and Steps: Steel ladder - upper portion fixed, lower portion moveable
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Size of Glass: None
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: None
Number of Doors: 2' 4" x 6' 9"
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Miscellaneous Remarks: Steel tower stands on 4 small concrete piers, located near SE corner of pierhead.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: No lantern - open lens lantern is secured to top of tower.
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Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 350
Name of Maker: Made by General Lighthouse Depot, modified for acetylene by AGA Co.
Year Made: 1911
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Order of Apparatus: Lens lantern
Inside Diameter: 11 13/16"; 300 mm
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Arc of Each Fixed Part: 360 degrees
Number of Panels: 4 - 90 degrees
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Number of Elements in Central Drum: 1
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 3
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
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Compressed Gas
Gas Container: 6 A50 accumulator
Compressed Gas Capacity: 177 cu ft
Compressed Gas Charge: 13 to 15 atmospheres; 195 to 225 lbs
How Supply Renewed: Accumulators are shipped to works
At What Intervals: When empty
Spare Containers:

Gas Light
Gas Light Kind: Acetylene
Gas Light Number of Burners: 1
Kind of Burner: Von Schwartz
Candlepower Per Burner: 40.5 english cp
Total Candlepower:
Consumption Gas Burner Per Hour: 3/10 cu ft.
Total Consumption Per Hour: 3/10 + 1/75 cu ft
How Gas Obtained: Compressed, disabled in acetone

Occulting Light
Characteristic: Single flash every second - flash 0.3 sec; eclipse 0.7 sec
Time Limit: 0.16 sec. to 3.8 sec. With 1' burner
Eclipse Type: Valve
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Valve Maker: American Gas Accumulator Co.
Valve Pattern: Single flasher
Reliability: Yes
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: Base of tower is inclosed with steel plates to form accumulator house.
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Miscellaneous Remarks: A sun valve is used at this station.
Boat Number: 83
Type: Row
Length: 4 1/3'
Width: 15.5'
When Built: 1909
Date Harbored at Station: Oct. 30, 1910
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes

General Information:
Boats on Station: Under Dock companies are wharf, East Pier.