Report for Fort Adams Fog Signal Station (Rhode Island) - 1889

District: 3rd
Inspector: Lighthouse Engineer 3rd Dist.
Location: Narragansett Bay, RI; Tower located on NW corner of wharf at Fort Adams.
Date of Report: 12/21/1889
Latitude: 40° 28' 55"
Longitude: 71° 20' 16"
Date of Reservation:
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Wharf or Landing on Premises: On gov't wharf.
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By small boat from Newport or by carriage road to Fort Adams.
Distance to Nearest Road: 1/2 mile to road. 1 mile by water to Old Colony Steamboat landing.
Distance to Post Office: 3 miles by road, 1 1/4 by water
Distance to Village: 3 miles by road, 1 1/4 by water
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: By small boat from Newport or carriage by road to Fort Adams.
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: No light
First Built or Established: 1889
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date:
Shape of Tower in Plan: Square
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball:
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Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea:
Color of Tower: Lower part white, upper part wood color.
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint & natural shade of wood.
Tower Connection: No dwelling
Object of Navigation: To guide vessels into S entrance Newport Harbor during thick weather.
Building Materials: Wood
General Description: Tower is in shape of a frustrum of a square pyramid, 15' at base, 6' at top & 19' high, surmounted by an open lantern shaped covering 6' 6" high.
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Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wooden ladder
Number of Landings: None
Size of Glass:
Number of Windows and Size of Sash:
Number of Doors: 1 door
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Brick piers
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: None
Soil Susceptibility: None
Miscellaneous Remarks: Lower portion of tower is clapboarded & painted white; upper portion contains an open gallery for fog bell, this gallery has archways on 4 sides all shingled.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: No glazed lantern. There is a space for reception of a lens or tubular lantern in case a light is ever established here.
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Lightning Spindle:
Description of Lightning Rod: None
Balustrade: None
Lantern Doors: None, trap door
Floor of Lantern: Exposed floors are of wood tinned.
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter:
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Bell operated by Stevens Striking Apparatus
Time to Start:
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Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: Single blow every 5 sec.
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: Turning point for entering S entrance of Newport Harbor coming from S'd.
Distance and Direction:
Water Supply:
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Description of Fog Signal Building:
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Bell Signal
Weight: 1222 lbs
Weights for Operation:
Access to Lighthouse: Government wharf on which Fog Signal structure stands.
Distance and Direction:
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