Report for Fairport West Pier (Ohio) - 1914

District: 10th
Inspector: Irving L. Gill, Asst. Supt.
Location: On outer end of W Pier, Fairport Harbor, Ohio
Date of Report: 01/11/1914
Latitude: 41° 45' 45"
Longitude: 81° 16' 50"
Site: United States West Pier - built by US Engineers
Date of Reservation:
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Area of the Entire Site:
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: Adjacent
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Located on pier
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Walk along W pier to US Life Saving Station, ferry across Grand River to E pier - thru RR yards to village
Distance to Nearest Road:
Distance to Post Office: 3/5 mile
Distance to Village:
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: 65' skeleton, structural steel tower standing on concrete piers within the timber crib pier
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: Built 1911. Light established, April 9, 1912
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: 74.5'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Docks & warehouses, more or less smoky atmosphere
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: W Pierhead Light & forms range for approaching harbor
Building Materials: Skeleton, structural steel - accumulator house of steel plate, within base
General Description:
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Kind of Stairway and Steps: Steel steps or stairs within tower
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: None
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: None
Number of Doors: 2' 4" x 6' 6" steel door to Accumulator house
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
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Miscellaneous Remarks: Tower is 1st one of this type erected in this district. Tower presents a satisfactory appearance.
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: General Lighthouse Depot - remodeled by AGA Co for acetylene illumination.
Year Made:
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Inside Diameter: 11 13/16" - 300 mm
Light Characteristic:
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Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 360 degrees
Number of Panels: 4 - 90 degrees each
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
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: 10 AGA A-50" accumulators
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:
Spare Containers:

Gas Light
Gas Light Kind: Acetylene
Gas Light Number of Burners: One
Kind of Burner: 1' Von Schwartz
Candlepower Per Burner: 40.5 English
Total Candlepower:
Consumption Gas Burner Per Hour: 1/2 ft. + 1/75 cu ft.
Total Consumption Per Hour: 1/2 ft. + 1/75 cu ft.
How Gas Obtained:

Occulting Light
Characteristic: Light 1 sec., Eclipse 1 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: None
Oil House Description: None
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): Accumulator house, 5' x 5', of plate steel located within limits of base of open tower.
Access to Lighthouse: By W pier to Life Saving Station, thence across Grand River by boat to E side, thence thru ore docks & RR yards to village & dwelling at Main Light, on the hill, about 3/5 mile.
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Tower & installation has given very goood satisfaction. A sun valve is used with the illuminating apparatus.