Report for Fishing Battery (Maryland) - 1867

District: 5th
Inspector: J. M. Berrien, Inspector 5th LH Dist.
Location: Mouth of Susquehanna River.
Date of Report: 09/16/1867
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:
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Little yard enclosed by a board fence.
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Means Used for Support of Lantern: Keeper's dwelling
Number of Separate Lights: 1
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Miscellaneous Remarks: Regulation clock in good condition - kept in the sitting room of the dwelling.
Location / Number:
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: 2 for outside use.
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: No

How is Watchroom Fitted:
How is Relief Called: There is no bell for calling relief.
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
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Order of Apparatus: 6th
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Light Characteristic: Fixed white
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Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
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Service Table:
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Lamp Description: 6th order lens, Fountain or constant level lamp.
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Number of Spare Lamps: 2 in need of repair.
Number of Spare Burners: 3, in bad condition. Took them away for repair.
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description:
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): There is a closet provided for the preservation of utensils, wicks, chimneys and cleaning materials
Access to Lighthouse:
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: A new boat is required here.
Boat Number: 0
Length: 5' 6"
Width: 18'
When Built:
Date Harbored at Station:
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Old & nearly worn out
Lantern: In good condition.
Illuminating Apparatus: Lens was in good condition & clean in all its parts.
Service Lamp: In good condition in all respects.
Oil: Found to be clear & clean. It had not been filtered.
Service Lamp Burner: Not in very good condition, not having been cleaned for the day.
Service Lamp Burner Level: It deviated slightly from the level.
Plate Glass: In good condition, free from scratches & stains.
Lens Cover: Was on the lens, was clean, made of linen sheeting & is kept in the lantern room when not in use.
Lantern Curtains: None
Carillon or Alarm Bell: None
Rod Lamp: None
Dwelling: Dwelling was in good condition
Stairway and Landing: Tolerably good
Inside of Tower: Tolerably good
Glazing of Dwelling: Very good
Improvements Needed: None that I know of.
Outhouses: Very good
Boathouse: None
Grounds: There is only a small yard. It is in tolerable order. The little yard looks very well.

Equipment Care
Does Keeper Understand the Use and Care of
Lens: It is not permitted to touch the lens improperly.
Lantern and Trap Doors: Yes
Watch or Trimming Room: None were to be seen
Lucernes or Matches: There were matches & a lucerne in the lantern room. The Keeper's attention was called to the impropriety of their being there.
Heater: The Keeper knows how to use the heater, & is provided w/ one.
Ventilation: Keeper understands use of the ventilators & how to air the bldg.
Dome: They were so painted. The lightning conductor was in good order & led into the ground.

Oil Room
Oil Room Condition: In bad condition, there was a waste of oil on the floor.
Oil Carriers: Only tolerable.
Number of 100 Gallon Oil Butts:
Number of 50 Gallon Oil Butts: 2
Number of Small Butts for Waste Oil:
Number of Dripping Buckets: 3
Number of Oil Tanks: 2 holding 100 gallons
Oil Butts Made According to Regulation:
Oil Butt Covers: The gutters were not filled. Keeper was instructed in regard to them & to the air cocks.
Drip Bucket Placement: No; the keeper's attention called.
Oil Butt Platform: On plank raised from floor.
Empty Oil Butts: There were no empty oil butts.

Tool Chests and Presses
Cleaning Materials Put Away: Yes
Paints Separate: Yes
Tool Chest: Yes
Tool Condition: They are only in tolerable condition.
Tools Free from Rust: Not very clean.
Closets Clean: They appear to receive proper attention in this respect.
Service Box In Good Order: No
Trimming Scissors Clean: No
Brushes and Floor Clothes: Yes
Lantern Condition: Only tolerable

Keeper and Assistants
Keeper Appearance: Dresses very well
Keeper Interested in Duties: He manifested some interest in his duties.
Keeper Capacity for Duties: He doesn't show any great aptitude; though he was not reluctant to receive information.
Keeper Understanding of Regulations: Yes, so far as I could tell.
Keeper Complaints:
Keeper Family: Yes
Keeper Name: James H. Price
Keeper Age: Middle aged.
Keeper Present or Absent: Present
Number of Assistants: None
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Did Principal and Assistant Keepers Accompany the Inspector?: He attended me through the bldg while making the inspection.

Account and Regulations Books
Account Books
Daily Expenditures Posted: Yes
Quarterly Returns on Hand: Yes
Receipt and Expenditure Accounts Kept: Yes
Shipwreck and Vessels Passed Book: Not kept
Regulations, Instructions, and Directions
Rules and Regulations Copies:
Instructions and Directions Copies: 2
Placard Directions Copies:
Notice to Visitors Copies: 2
Summary of Duties:
Index of Instructions:
Guide for Mixed Paints:
Directions for Purifying Water:
Placards Easily Visible: Such as were at station were so hung up.
Books Easily Accessible: Yes
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