Report for Fort Carroll (Maryland) - 1870

District: 5th
Inspector: Commo. Dornin, Inspector, 5th LH District
Location: Patapsco River, MD
Date of Report: 09/07/1870
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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Miscellaneous Remarks: There is a regulation clock in good condition, kept in the sitting room of Keeper.
Location / Number:
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: There are none
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: There are none required.

How is Watchroom Fitted:
How is Relief Called: Not necessary
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
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Name of Maker:
Year Made:
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Order of Apparatus: 5th
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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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Lens Protection:
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Red Sectors Description:
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Lamp Description: 5th order lens. with Franklin lamp.
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1 spare lamp in good condition and clean.
Number of Spare Burners: 2 spare burners 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: The Fog bell is in good condition worked by machinery.
Time to Start:
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Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
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Water Supply:
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Miscellaneous Remarks: General condition of bldg & outhouses is very poor & I deem it necessary for comfort of Keeper & family to make a general repair. There is req'd a Lucerne Lantern & Rod Lamp chimney. I also think it necessary to have longer set of davits for hoisting boat
Boat Number: 0
Length: 5' 9"
Width: 16'
When Built:
Date Harbored at Station:
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Old & worn out.

General Information: The davits are too low & in heavy weather the boat is often struck by the seas.
Boats on Station:
Lantern: In good condition
Illuminating Apparatus: Lens is perfectly clean inside & outside.
Service Lamp: In very good condition.
Oil: The oil was found to be free from all dirt & motes. It had not been filtered.
Service Lamp Burner: In good condition & free from all gummy or burnt oil. The wicks are well trimmed.
Service Lamp Burner Level: It is level.
Plate Glass: They are clean, 1 of them badly broken.
Lens Cover: The cover is on, clean, made of linen ticking & kept hung up in the lantern room when not in use.
Lantern Curtains: 2 sets in good condition, put up & taken down at the proper time.
Carillon or Alarm Bell: None required.
Rod Lamp: Rod lamp in good condition & clean.
Dwelling: General condition of dwelling is very poor & will be necessary to make some improvement to make it comfortable for the Keeper & family.
Stairway and Landing: They were painted & clean.
Inside of Tower:
Glazing of Dwelling: Not very good.
Improvements Needed: A general repair & improvement needed throughout.
Outhouses: Very poor
Boathouse: There is none
Grounds: None.

Equipment Care
Does Keeper Understand the Use and Care of
Lens: Lens is never touched improperly.
Lantern and Trap Doors: The trap door fits properly, no lantern door.
Watch or Trimming Room: There are none of the above articles seen in the lantern room at time of inspection.
Lucernes or Matches: None of the articles mentioned were seen in or about the rooms mentioned.
Heater: Keeper understands the use of the heater.
Ventilation: Keeper understands use of the ventilators & how to air the bldg.
Dome: They were painted according to Instructions. There was no lightning conductor.

Oil Room
Oil Room Condition: It is in good condition & no waste to be seen.
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 were filled with refuse oil, covers on. Keeper understands use of covers & air cocks.
Drip Bucket Placement: They were so hung.
Oil Butt Platform: They are placed upon a raised platform of plank.
Empty Oil Butts: There was no empty oil butt.

Tool Chests and Presses
Cleaning Materials Put Away: They are
Paints Separate: They are kept separate
Tool Chest: There is none
Tool Condition:
Tools Free from Rust:
Closets Clean: They are clean & appear to have been properly aired.
Service Box In Good Order: They are
Trimming Scissors Clean: They are
Brushes and Floor Clothes: They are in good order & well arranged.
Lantern Condition: In very good condition.

Keeper and Assistants
Keeper Appearance: Keeper is neat & tidy
Keeper Interested in Duties: He does
Keeper Capacity for Duties: He shows good capacity & desires information.
Keeper Understanding of Regulations: He seems to understand the Rules & Instructions & endeavors to conform to them.
Keeper Complaints:
Keeper Family: Keeper's family occupy the dwelling with him.
Keeper Name: James Boyle
Keeper Age: Young
Keeper Present or Absent: Keeper was absent to procure medicine for his sick family.
Number of Assistants: None allowed
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Did Principal and Assistant Keepers Accompany the Inspector?: Keeper's wife accompanied me throughout the inspection. Keeper was absent.

Account and Regulations Books
Account Books
Daily Expenditures Posted: They are
Quarterly Returns on Hand: They are
Receipt and Expenditure Accounts Kept: They are
Shipwreck and Vessels Passed Book: Not very good
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: They are
Books Easily Accessible: They are
Blank Books and Forms: