Report for Fort Pickering (Massachusetts) - 1920

District: 2nd
Inspector: Frank J. Morse
Location: On Winter Island, Salem Harbor, Mass.
Date of Report: 08/01/1920
Latitude: 42° 31' 36"
Longitude: 70° 52' 01"
Site: Military reservation. Permit from war department
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission: 09/23/1878
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 6 acres
Area Inclosed: None
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 10'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Public road with street car 3 miles, team or foot 1/2 mile Salem 3.5 miles.
Distance to Nearest Road:
Distance to Post Office:
Distance to Village:
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: 2
First Built or Established: 1871
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
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: 28'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Land & sky
Color of Tower: Brown tower white base
Color of Tower/ How Produced:
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Harbor
Building Materials: Cast iron on concrete base
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Cast iron
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: None
Number of Windows and Size of Sash:
Number of Doors: 1; 3' x 7'
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Tower located in water on ledge & is dry at about half tide. It is reached by wooden bridge.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 6th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 1 1/8"
Height Glazed: 36"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 27" x 36.5"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 4 sides painted
What Bearings: On land side
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Yes
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: Sheet iron hinged
Floor of Lantern: Cast iron
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet wall
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: No
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Roll curtains
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 100
Name of Maker: Not known
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 6th
Inside Diameter: 11 3/4"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 90 degrees
Number of Panels: 4
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 1
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 3 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:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
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: 6th, Haines, oil; 100 cp - Oil light substituted for electric light in event of loss of current
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: None
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 with shelves for lamp chimneys, etc.
Oil House Description: Old magazine for oil
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe):
Location: NW'ly of tower
Coloring: White
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant: Hot water
Number of Keepers: 1 keeper
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Fuel house & stable
Outhouse Coloring: White
Paths and Walks: None
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: About 2 acres
Area Cultivated: 1/2 acre
Character of Surroundings: Fast ground
Stove, Maker: Magee Grand
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Cast iron
Sink, Size: 22" x 48"
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: Town supply
Quality: Excellent
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Cistern not in use
Tank Capacity: About 1800 gal in ground
Tank Material: Brick & cement
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse:
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: This station has been taken over by the Plummer Farm School, and electricity of equal candle power has been substituted for the oil lamp.