Report for Fort Carroll (Maryland) - 1867

District: 5th
Inspector: J. M. Berrien, Inspector, 5th District.
Location: Patapsco River, MD
Date of Report: 09/14/1867
Date of Reservation:
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Area of the Entire Site:
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Means Used for Support of Lantern: Open frame work
Number of Separate Lights: 1
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Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
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Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
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Miscellaneous Remarks: There is a regulation time piece in good condition, kept in the sitting room of Keeper.
Location / Number:
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: No

How is Watchroom Fitted:
How is Relief Called: No bell for calling relief.
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
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Name of Maker:
Year Made:
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Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic: Fixed white
Time of Revolution:
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Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
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Fixed Lens Covered:
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
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Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
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Lamp Description: 5th order lens. Fountain or constant level lamp.
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1, in good condition.
Number of Spare Burners: 3, in good condition.
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. Paints, oils, spirits of turpentine, paint-brushes, etc. are kept in the oil room.
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Fog bell worked by machinery. It is in good condition.
Time to Start:
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
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Distance and Direction:
Water Supply:
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Description of Fog Signal Building:
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Boat Number: 0
Length: 5' 9"
Width: 15'
When Built:
Date Harbored at Station:
Sails: False
Suited to Work: In good condition.
Lantern: In good condition.
Illuminating Apparatus: Lens was perfectly clean & appeared to receive great care.
Service Lamp: In good condition in all respects.
Oil: In clean condition & free from all objectionable matter.
Service Lamp Burner: Clean & well trimmed according to the Instructions.
Service Lamp Burner Level: It deviated slightly from the level.
Plate Glass: Clean, but one pane was badly broken.
Lens Cover: It was on, was clean made of cotton ticking & kept in the lantern room when not in use.
Lantern Curtains: None
Carillon or Alarm Bell: No alarm bell.
Rod Lamp: No rod lamp
Dwelling: Very good.
Stairway and Landing:
Inside of Tower:
Glazing of Dwelling: Very good
Improvements Needed: None that I know of.
Outhouses: None
Boathouse: None
Grounds: There are no grounds.

Equipment Care
Does Keeper Understand the Use and Care of
Lens: It is not allowed to touch the lens improperly.
Lantern and Trap Doors: There is no lantern door; the trap door fits tightly.
Watch or Trimming Room: There were none of these to be seen during the inspection.
Lucernes or Matches: None of these things were to be seen during the inspection.
Heater: The Keeper knows how to use the heater.
Ventilation: The Keeper understands the use of the ventilators.
Dome: They were painted according to Instructions. There was no lightning rod.

Oil Room
Oil Room Condition: In good condition; apparently no waste of oil.
Oil Carriers: In good condition & arranged in order for use.
Number of 100 Gallon Oil Butts:
Number of 50 Gallon Oil Butts: 2
Number of Small Butts for Waste Oil:
Number of Dripping Buckets: 2
Number of Oil Tanks: 2, holding 100 gallons
Oil Butts Made According to Regulation: They are so made.
Oil Butt Covers: Gutters of the oil butts were filled. Keeper understands use of covers & air cocks.
Drip Bucket Placement: Yes
Oil Butt Platform: Oil butts are placed upon a raised platform.
Empty Oil Butts: There was no empty oil butt.

Tool Chests and Presses
Cleaning Materials Put Away: They are so put up & packed.
Paints Separate: They are kept separate.
Tool Chest: No
Tool Condition:
Tools Free from Rust:
Closets Clean: All appear to have received proper attention.
Service Box In Good Order: Yes
Trimming Scissors Clean: Yes
Brushes and Floor Clothes: In good order & in their proper places.
Lantern Condition: Very good.

Keeper and Assistants
Keeper Appearance: Keeper is neat & tidy
Keeper Interested in Duties: He manifests much interest.
Keeper Capacity for Duties: He shows good capacity & appears to wish to gain information.
Keeper Understanding of Regulations: He seems to understand & to wish to conform to them.
Keeper Complaints:
Keeper Family: Keeper's family occupy dwelling with him.
Keeper Name: George McCracken
Keeper Age: Young
Keeper Present or Absent: Present
Number of Assistants: No assistant is allowed.
Assistants Attend to Duty:
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Did Principal and Assistant Keepers Accompany the Inspector?: Keeper accompanied me 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: These books are not kept.
Regulations, Instructions, and Directions
Rules and Regulations Copies: 1
Instructions and Directions Copies: 1
Placard Directions Copies: 1
Notice to Visitors Copies: 1
Summary of Duties:
Index of Instructions:
Guide for Mixed Paints:
Directions for Purifying Water:
Placards Easily Visible: As many as are at the station are so hung up.
Books Easily Accessible: Yes
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