Report for Five Finger (Alaska) - 1936

District: 13th
Location: On N end of most S'ly of Five Finger Islands, 60 miles from Juneau, 40 miles from Petersburg, in S end Stephens Passage.
Date of Report: 03/07/1936
Latitude: 57° 16' 05"
Longitude: 133° 32' 31"
Site: Public land reserve by Executive Order
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 1.3 acres
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 36'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises:
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station:
Distance to Nearest Road:
Distance to Post Office: 6 miles to Funshaw by station launch
Distance to Village:
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern:
Number of Separate Lights:
First Built or Established: 1902, destroyed by fire December 8, 1933
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: Rebuilt in 1935, placed in commission in December.
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: 71'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea:
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Medusa cement
Tower Connection:
Object of Navigation:
Building Materials: Reinforced concrete
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps:
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass:
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 7 - 24" x 34"
Number of Doors: 1 door in tower
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Lantern raised on reinforced concrete base 5" above level of gallery floor. Contains 8 sections inc. door in base, 4 sections in roof, 7 ventilators, 7" dia.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Cylindrical
Diameter to Glass: 92 3/4"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides:
Type of Bars: Helical
Thickness of Bars: 15/16" o.s. beveled to 7/16" i.s. 3" deep or wide.
Height Glazed: 37 1/4"
Number of Plates in Height: Total square plates = 8
Number of Plates Each Side: Total triangle plates = 16
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 25" x 25"; 24.5" x 24.5" x 34 7/8"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: Height 41 1/4", 360 degrees
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern:
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle:
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Brass railing. Gallery, reinforced concrete.
Lantern Doors: Cast iron, height of unglazed section.
Floor of Lantern: Reinforced concrete
Watchroom Doors:
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: 7, 7" dia.
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement:
Curtain Hooks / Hanger:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 7100
Name of Maker:
Year Made:
Marks and Number:
Order of Apparatus:
Inside Diameter: 1' 2 3/4"
Light Characteristic: Flash 1 sec, eclipse 1 sec, flash 1 sec, eclipse 7 sec.
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
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Number of Panels:
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum:
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum:
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced: Code motor
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Iron pipe with brass base & top. Dist. Dr. No. M-189
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
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: Electric 300 W
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps:
Number of Spare Burners:
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: Closet N hallway main story. Locker 1st landing tower.
Oil House Description: Oil tanks cast in concrete, sizes 11' x 9' x 8', 7' x 5' 5" x 10', 5' 2" x 5' 2" x 10', 5' 2" x 5' 4" x 10'
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe):
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Diaphone, Type CC, Serial No. 20 - Lower, No. 21 - upper.
Time to Start:
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: Blast 5 sec., silent 25 sec.
Duplication: When fully installed, will be in duplicate.
Timing Device: In combination with radio beacon, W&T controllers in duplicate.
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water: 49'
Compass Direction: East
Distance and Direction:
Water Supply:
Reached from Lighthouse:
Description of Fog Signal Building: Reinforced concrete throughout. Square bldg with square tower in center. 1 story on W side, 2 stories on E side, tower 3 stories above roof.
Pressure And Recording Gauge: American Steam Gauge 0 - 120 lbs No. 1117089
Internal Combustion Signal
Fog Signal Kind:
Internal Combustion Kind: Electric Motor drive
Internal Combustion Manufacturer: Fairbanks Morse Co.; X 56601 (N) X56602 (S)
Internal Combustion Date:
Internal Combustion Size:
Internal Combustion Horsepower: 15
Internal Combustion Fuel: Electricity DC
Internal Combustion Starter: Cutler Hammer motor control - hand operated
Compressor Maker: Gardner Denver 69910 (S) 69911 (N)
Compressor Seat:
Compressor Machinery: 60 lbs per sq. in.
Compressor Diameter:
Compressor Stroke: 5 3/4" x 5"
Compressor RPMs: 700
Character of Air Inlet:
Kind of Unloader:
Diameter of Delivery Pipe:

Air Receiver
Number: 2
Height: 41" x 108"
Capacity Cubic Feet: 74.2
Pressure in Each:
Make of Reducing Valve:

Engine Generators
Engine Kind: Model 36A 4 1/4 OB full diesel
Engine Manufacturer: Fairbanks Morse
Engine Serial Number:
Number of Cylinders (Engine): 2
Engine Cylinder Size: 4.5" x 6"
Engine HP: 20
Fuel: Diesel
Starter: Electric - Sevis winding in generator
Date Installed: Nov., 1935
Generator Kind: DC
Generator Maker: Fairbanks Morse
Generator Serial Number: X56648 (S) X56647 (N)
Generator Cylinder Size: Frame 110
Air Capacity: 1200 RPM, 10 KW, 80 amps
Number of Cylinders (Generator): Compound wound type DO2M

Storage Battery
Kind: Lead acid type - glass jars
Maufacturer: Philadelphia Storage Battery Co.
Number of Cells: 56
Cells Per Tray: Single jars
Capacity: 224
Location: Engine room floor
Date Installed: Nov. 1935, Serial No. 10943; 26 amps for 8 hours; Spec. grav. 1.225; Finish rate 8.7 amps;
Location: All 1 bldg including large combination living, dining & kitchen room, bathroom, 3 bedrooms & 1 spare bedroom & radioroom.
Construction Materials:
Number of Rooms:
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant: US Radiator Co. "The Capital Red Top Heater", Size B7, serial No. 86911, hot water system
Number of Keepers:
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Boat house, 50' 8" x 20' 5"; Carpenter shop, 20' 4" x 28' 4"; Hoist house 18' x 11'
Outhouse Coloring: Hoist house reinforced concrete; Boathouse & carpenter shop wood.
Paths and Walks:
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available:
Area Cultivated:
Character of Surroundings:
Stove, Maker: Monarch range
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size: 20" x 30" no back
Pump, Maker: Electric driven - Delco in duplicate; Motor model 3889; Serial G-5-0;
Pump, Size: 115V DC 1.6 A, 1/6 HP, 1750 RPM
Access to Lighthouse: Reinforced concrete wharf containing oil storage tanks, fresh water cisterns & circulating water cisterns.
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Electric grinder, US Electric Tool Co., 7", serial No. 40733. Lathe, 11" swing, 5' bed, Cat. No. 338D South Bend, Westinghouse DC motor. Type 8KL 1/2 HP, drill press - Black & Decker, serial No. 3443A, with stand, 110V DC, 9 Amps.
Boat #1
Boat Number: 36
Type: Carvel
Length: 5' 11"
Width: 20' 1"
When Built:
Date Harbored at Station:
Sails: False
Suited to Work:
Boat #2
Boat Number: 76
Type: Carvel
Length: 4' 8"
Width: 16'
When Built: 1927
Date Harbored at Station: 1927
Sails: False
Suited to Work:
Boat #3
Boat Number: 91
Type: Skiff
Length: 58"
Width: 12'
When Built: 1932
Date Harbored at Station: 1932
Sails: False
Suited to Work:

Power Boat
Engine Type: Palmer Model ZR1, 1 cyl; Evinrude No. 8200514, W16
Horsepower: 7 & 8
Engine Maker: Palmer Engine Co., Inc., Cascob, CT.
Spare Coil:
Propeller Diameter:
Propeller Pitch:

Hoisting Engines
Hoisting Engine Kind: Ons
Engine RPMs:
Engine Diameter:
Engine Stroke:
Engine Boiler:
Engine Maker and Date: Continental Motors Corp.
Serial Number: Z9-6108
Cylinders and Size: 4
Horsepower: Continental pur. - unit F27A2 - 101
Fuel: Gasoline
Hoist Starter: Elec. for storage battery
Hoist Miscellaneous:

General Information: Derrick - 55' boom 12" x 12" creosoted 30' mast 14" x 14" creosoted; 2 - 14" x 14" stiff legs creosoted; 18' bull wheel - all metal parts galvanized.
Boats on Station: