Report for Fishing Battery (Maryland) - 1909

District: 5th
Inspector: John Murdoch, Assistant Lighthouse Engineer
Location: On Fishing Battery, MD. E'ly side of the channel into Susquehanna River, head of Chesapeake Bay
Date of Report: 07/17/1909
Latitude: 39° 29' 41"
Longitude: 76° 05' 01"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
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Area of the Entire Site: 2,025 sq. feet
Area Inclosed: None
Character of Soil: Sandy
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: Submarine, on piers & piles
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Belongs to US Fish Commission
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: None
Means to Reach Light Station: Boat
Distance to Nearest Road: 3 miles to RR station & steamboat landing at Havre De Grace, MD.
Distance to Post Office: 3 miles
Distance to Village: 3 miles
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: Boat, 3 miles
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Dwelling
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1853
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: September, 1909
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: No tower
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Height from Base to Ventilator Ball:
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 34.5"
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Woods
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Tower Connection:
Object of Navigation: Channel light for Susquehanna River
Building Materials:
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Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wooden stairway & to upper landing, then ladder to lantern
Number of Landings: 2
Size of Glass: 9" x 12"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 7 windows; 2' 10" x 2' 4" - 2 to each window
Number of Doors: 10
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Pile & stone foundation. Depth not known
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
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Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 6th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass: 3'
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 9
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 36"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 3/8"
Size of Plates: 36" x 28" x 3/8"
Number of Storm Panes: None
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Wood, iron & copper
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Copper
Ventilator / Cowl: Copper
Lightning Spindle: Brass
Description of Lightning Rod: Spiral conductor of copper, led from lantern to roof, then on side of house to ground.
Balustrade: Iron
Lantern Doors: With hinges to side of lantern
Floor of Lantern: Wood
Watchroom Doors: No door - platform with ladder to lantern
Parapet Diameter: 9 sided parapet - inside dia. 6'
Location / Number: Lower part of lantern
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Screwed into frame of lantern
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker: L. Sautter & Co. Paris
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 6th
Inside Diameter: 11 3/4"
Light Characteristic: Fixed white
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Number of Panels: 4
Number of Flash Panels:
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Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
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Pedestal: Iron
Service Table: Iron
Draft Tube Description: None
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Lamp Description: Improved, one-wick
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: None
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description: Oil on floor in room of dwelling
Oil House Inside Dimension:
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Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): In several rooms of dwelling; fitted with shelves, for general purposes.
Suitability: Dry & suitable
Location: Dwelling supports lantern
Coloring: White
Construction Materials: Wood & brick
Number of Rooms: 5
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
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Outhouses: 1 storehouse
Outhouse Coloring: White
Paths and Walks: Wood
Area Inclosed: No gorounds
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Character of Surroundings: Dwelling on small artificial island
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How Procured: From river, filtered by US Fish Commission
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: Not liable
Purity Precaution:
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Distilling Apparatus: False
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General Opinion: Healthy
Diseases: Malaria
Prevalency: Spring & fall
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Access to Lighthouse: Lighthouse property, 45' square is surrounded by houses belonging to the US Fish Commission, with basins, ponds, etc.
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