Report for Five Finger Light Station (Alaska) - 1932

District: 16th
Inspector: Various
Location: On most S'ly of Five Finger Islands, S end of Stephens Passage
Date of Report: 10/08/1932
Latitude: 57° 16' 05"
Longitude: 133° 37' 21"
Site: Public land reserved by Executive Order.
Date of Reservation: 01/06/1901
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 1.3 acres
Area Inclosed: None
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 40'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Small wharf & landing ladder on E side.
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By gas boat from Juneau, 70 miles or from Petersburg, 40 miles.
Distance to Nearest Road:
Distance to Post Office: On regular mail route by gas boat from Juneau, service every week in summer, every 2 weeks in winter.
Distance to Village:
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower rises from one end of fog signal & dwelling.
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1902
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: None since station was built
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: 68'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky-line
Color of Tower: White, lead color trimmings, brown roof, gray lantern.
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: In same bldg
Object of Navigation: General navigation on main steamship route thru SE Alaska by way of Wrangell Narrows.
Building Materials: Wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wood
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 8" x 9"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3 double - 1' 6" x 1' 6"
Number of Doors: 1 - 2' x 6' 2"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: On small rocky islet partly timbered with spruce.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Cylindrical
Diameter to Glass: 7' 8 1/16"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides:
Type of Bars: Helical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 3' 1 1/4"
Number of Plates in Height: 1 diamond pane alternating with 2 half diamonds.
Number of Plates Each Side:
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 2' 1.08" x 2' 1.08"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern:
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron bronze & glass
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Brass spindle with platinum tip.
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Wooden balusters, wooden floor covered with copper
Lantern Doors: Iron, bronze hinges & lock.
Floor of Lantern: Wood
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet wall of lantern
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: Wooden step-ladder
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Brass hangers, with spring rollers.
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker: Henry LePaute, 11 Rue Desnauettes, Paris
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: Maker's name & address only.
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 19 11/16"
Light Characteristic: Flash 1 sec, eclipse 9 sec
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 4
Number of Flash Panels: None
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 6, fixed
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3, fixed
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced: Valve
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: 4 iron posts encased in polished brass pipe mounted on C.I. floor ring & supporting polished steel service table & circular brass plate about midway btwn floor & service table.
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: Dia. bottom 11", dia top 7 5/8", no damper
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: Cloth cover.
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 4th order
Type of Illuminant: Acetylene
Number of Spare Lamps: 1 - 4th order oil
Number of Spare Burners:
Candle Power: 54 (cp of burner) CP of light thru lens 600

Compressed Gas
Gas Container: 4 AGA a-25 accumulators
Compressed Gas Capacity: 500 cu ft.
Compressed Gas Charge: 13 to 15 atms.
How Supply Renewed: Substitution for empty containers
At What Intervals: 6 months
Spare Containers: 4

Gas Light
Gas Light Kind: Acetylene
Gas Light Number of Burners: 1
Kind of Burner: AGA
Candlepower Per Burner: 54
Total Candlepower: 54
Consumption Gas Burner Per Hour: 1 14 cu. ft.
Total Consumption Per Hour: 1 1/4 cu. ft.
How Gas Obtained: Acetylene in acetone system is used.

Occulting Light
Characteristic: Flash 1 sec, eclipse 9 sec
Time Limit: Not known
Eclipse Type:
Size and Amplitude:
Axis Rotation:
Axis Relation:
Screen Revolution:
Screen Number:
Screen Time:
Screen Form:
Screen Mounting:
Screen Order:
Screen Date:
Valve Maker: AGA flasher
Valve Pattern: K-130
Reliability: Yes
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: Service closet in attic floor with lockers & drawers & shelves.
Oil House Description: On same foundation as bldg. 7' 2" from end, no fittings.
Oil House Inside Dimension: 7' x 10' 8"
Oil House Construction Material: Concrete
Oil House Capacity: 500 5-gal cans. Has 3 galv. iron cylindrical kerosene storage tanks, cap. 220 gal each.
Other (Describe): Storeroom on 1st floor, fitted with shelves. Room for storage of materials in basment & in attic
Suitability: Dry & suitable.
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: 3rd order, Daboll trumpet
Time to Start: 15 min
How Long Will Pressure Last: 4 min.
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: 5 sec blast, 25 sec silent
Duplication: All
Timing Device: Tripping gear, connected to engine shaft by chain & gears
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown: 8 to 11 lbs
Height Above Water: 44'
Compass Direction: 77 degrees
Location: In same bldg
Distance and Direction: Same bldg
Water Supply: Rain water from roof
Reached from Lighthouse: Same bldg
Description of Fog Signal Building: 2-story & attic frame bldg set on concrete foundation with tower rising at 1 end; fog signal machinery work room, radio room, battery room, hall store room & bathroom on 1st floor. Keeper's living quarters on 2nd floor. Bldg lighted by electricity.
Pressure And Recording Gauge: Pressure gauge, no recording gauge.
Internal Combustion Signal
Fog Signal Kind:
Internal Combustion Kind: 2 single cyl. hor. oil
Internal Combustion Manufacturer: August Mietz, 128-138 Mott St., NY NY # 4605 & 4607
Internal Combustion Date: 5/1/1906
Internal Combustion Size: 6" x 6.5"
Internal Combustion Horsepower: 4
Internal Combustion Fuel: Kerosene
Internal Combustion Starter: Oil torch
Compressor Maker: Clayton Air Compressor Co., Dec. 23, 1901
Compressor Seat: Renolds silent chain drive
Compressor Machinery: Ratio 24 : 86
Compressor Diameter: 6"
Compressor Stroke: 7"
Compressor RPMs: 108
Character of Air Inlet: 1 5/8" dia spring valves
Kind of Unloader: None
Diameter of Delivery Pipe: 1 1/2"

Daboll Signal
Daboll: 3rd class
Daboll Reed:
Daboll Length: 8 7/16"
Daboll Breadth: 2 1/4"
Daboll Base Thickness: 3/8"
Daboll Tip Thickness: 7/32"

Trumpet Signal
Trumpet Length: 12'
Trumpet Diameter: 3" & 40"
Trumpet Material: Copper

Air Receiver
Number: 2
Diameter: 3.5'
Height: 7.5'
Capacity Cubic Feet: 72
Pressure in Each: 8 to 11 lbs
Make of Reducing Valve: None
Remarks: Air relieving valve on tanks, no marks
Location: In same bldg (2nd floor)
Coloring: White with lead color trimmings, brown roof, gray lantern.
Construction Materials: Wood frame bldg with shingle roof, on concrete foundation.
Number of Rooms: 5, on 2nd floor (3 bedrooms, office, kitchen & pantry).
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant: No. 202 (Perfect) hot-water heater with radiators in each room.
Number of Keepers: 3
Furnished Quarters: All
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: Hoist house, work shop, boathouse
Outhouse Coloring: Same as dwelling
Paths and Walks: To all bldgs
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Rocky
Stove, Maker: Bridge Beach & Co., St. Louis
Stove, Size: Top 37x22 3/8", 6 - 8 3/8" holes; oven 20x20x29" h
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size: 20" x 30"
Pump, Maker: The Demming Co., Salem, OR
Pump, Size: 2 3/4" cylinder
Lamps: 3 table lamps, 3 bedroom lamps, 3 lanterns.
How Procured: Rain water from roof
Quality: Fair
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Filtered thru brick walls
Tank Capacity: 2 cisterns, 4600 gal each; 2 cisterns 1200 gal each located in foundation under bldg.
Tank Material: Concrete
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket: Pump from cistern
What Power Used: Hand
Distance from Dwelling: Same bldg
General Opinion: Good
Diseases: Rheumatism
Prevalency: All seasons
Local Causes: No more so than anywhere else in Alaska
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Small timber wharf built over a break in rock & a timber platform back of & above this at level of bldg foundation. A wooden derrick with 2 stiff legs & wire guys is used for landing supplies either on the wharf or on the upper platform.
Distance and Direction: 50' E of bldg.
Miscellaneous Remarks: An iron ladder leads up face of rock at landing. Hoist is used for landing supplies by means of derrick. Hoist is not equipped with boom swinging gear; boom is swung by hand.
Boat #1
Boat Number: 17
Type: Dinghy
Length: 4' 8"
Width: 14'
When Built: Not known
Date Harbored at Station: 7/1/1902
Sails: True
Suited to Work: No, worn out
Boat #2
Boat Number: 36
Type: Launch
Length: 5' 11"
Width: 20' 01"
When Built: Not known
Date Harbored at Station: 9/15/1917
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes

Power Boat
Engine Type: Sheffield Marine Motor
Horsepower: 4:5
Engine Maker: Fairbanks, Morse & co.
Spare Coil:
Magnet: K.W. Ignition Co., Model SA 90295 Cleveland, OH
Battery: Dry, Columbia, Miltiple, Metal, No. 246.
Propeller Diameter: 14"
Propeller Pitch: 19.6"

Hoisting Engines
Hoisting Engine Kind: Mietz & Weiss, 1-drum horizontal oil engine
Engine RPMs:
Engine Diameter: 6"
Engine Stroke: 6/5"
Engine Boiler:
Engine Maker and Date: August Mietz. Date not known
Serial Number:
Cylinders and Size:
Horsepower: 4
Hoist Starter:
Hoist Miscellaneous:

General Information:
Boats on Station: In boathouse.