Report for Fort Washington (Maryland) - 1870

District: 5th
Inspector: Commo. Dornin, Inspector 5th Dist.
Location: Potomac River
Date of Report: 09/15/1870
Date of Reservation:
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Area of the Entire Site:
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Means Used for Support of Lantern: Detached tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established:
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
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Shape of Tower in Plan:
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Height from Base to Ventilator Ball:
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water:
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea:
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection:
Object of Navigation:
Building Materials: Wood
General Description:
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Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wood painted white.
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Number of Windows and Size of Sash: None
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Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
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Miscellaneous Remarks: Clock returned to collector there being no room at the tower.
Location / Number:
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: None required.

How is Watchroom Fitted:
How is Relief Called: None
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: 6th
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:
Revolving Machinery:
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Chariot Float or Balls:
Chariot Description:
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Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 6th order lens. Funcks Hydraulic Float Lamp.
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1 in good condition.
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 house.
Lantern: In good condition.
Illuminating Apparatus: Very clean
Service Lamp: In good condition.
Oil: Oil examined & found to be free from all objectionable matter, it had not been filtered.
Service Lamp Burner: In good order.
Service Lamp Burner Level: It was found to be level.
Plate Glass: Free from scratches, stains or dirt.
Lens Cover: In good condition, clean, hung up when not in use.
Lantern Curtains: 1 set clean, put up & taken down at proper time.
Carillon or Alarm Bell: None
Rod Lamp: Rod lamp in good condition, clean, in order for use.
Dwelling: None. Keeper is a resident of the fort.
Stairway and Landing: Clean & painted
Inside of Tower: Good & clean.
Glazing of Dwelling:
Improvements Needed: None

Equipment Care
Does Keeper Understand the Use and Care of
Lens: Lens is never touched improperly.
Lantern and Trap Doors: They fit properly.
Watch or Trimming Room: There are none of the above articles to be seen at time of inspection.
Lucernes or Matches: None of these articles were to be seen.
Heater: Keeper understands use of heater.
Ventilation: He understands use of ventilators & how to air the bldg.
Dome: It is painted according to instructions & lightning conductor was in good condition with the end in the ground.

Oil Room
Oil Room Condition: In good condition & clean.
Oil Carriers: In good condition.
Number of 100 Gallon Oil Butts:
Number of 50 Gallon Oil Butts: 2
Number of Small Butts for Waste Oil: 2
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: There was one so hung.
Oil Butt Platform: They are placed upon a wooden bench.
Empty Oil Butts: None.

Tool Chests and Presses
Cleaning Materials Put Away: They are so put up & packed.
Paints Separate: They are kept separate
Tool Chest: None
Tool Condition:
Tools Free from Rust:
Closets Clean: Well ventilated & clean.
Service Box In Good Order: They are
Trimming Scissors Clean: They are
Brushes and Floor Clothes: In good condition & in good order.
Lantern Condition: Very good.

Keeper and Assistants
Keeper Appearance: Keeper is neat & tidy
Keeper Interested in Duties: He does
Keeper Capacity for Duties: He does
Keeper Understanding of Regulations: He does
Keeper Complaints:
Keeper Family: There is no dwelling provided for him.
Keeper Name: Edward Kelly
Keeper Age: Young
Keeper Present or Absent: Present
Number of Assistants: None
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Did Principal and Assistant Keepers Accompany the Inspector?: Keeper attended me throughout the inspection

Account and Regulations Books
Account Books
Daily Expenditures Posted: They are
Quarterly Returns on Hand: They are
Receipt and Expenditure Accounts Kept: Yes
Shipwreck and Vessels Passed Book: None 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: 1
Index of Instructions: 1
Guide for Mixed Paints: 1
Directions for Purifying Water: 1
Placards Easily Visible: Yes
Books Easily Accessible: Yes
Blank Books and Forms: