Report for Gould Island (Rhode Island) - 1889

District: 3rd
Inspector: Edward L. Woodruff, Asst. Civil Engineer
Location: On E side of Gould Island Narragansett Bay, RI
Date of Report: 06/03/1889
Latitude: 41° 32' 05"
Longitude: 71° 20' 38"
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: About 1/2 acre
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil: Sand & loam
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 28' from tower to crest of bank, & about 16' more to high water.
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Fence on 3 sides, N, W & S.
Wharf or Landing on Premises: No
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: No
Means to Reach Light Station: Sail boat from Newport.
Distance to Nearest Road: Old Colony Steamboat landing Newport
Distance to Post Office: 3.5 miles
Distance to Village: Newport - 3 miles
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: Sail boat 3 3/8 miles
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1889
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date:
Shape of Tower in Plan: Circular
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 33'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 52'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: A row of pine trees (triple row)
Color of Tower: Light-red
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Brick
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Bay & channel - local
Building Materials: Stone, brick & iron
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 4'
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base: 17' 2"
Diameter at Parapet: Lantern parapet 7'
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron
Number of Landings: 1
Size of Glass: 6 3/8" x 11 1/8"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3; 16" x 4' 1"
Number of Doors: 1
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Concrete 4'
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Sandy & loam covering rocks
Soil Susceptibility: Yes
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern:
Diameter to Glass: 7'
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 8
Type of Bars:
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 3'
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 33 13/16" x 36"; (27 11/16 x 3' storm)
Number of Storm Panes: 2
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl:
Ventilator / Cowl:
Lightning Spindle: Pinnacle of 4th order lantern
Description of Lightning Rod: Copper ribbon 1/8" x 1.5" led down side of tower into pit filled with coke.
Balustrade: Iron
Lantern Doors: Double doors opening outward N-W sides.
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: In parapet of lantern, 4 brass
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None required
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: 8 screwed into upper stop of storm sash or inside glass.
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker:
Year Made:
Marks and Number:
Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic: Flashing white
Time of Revolution: 2 minutes revolutions.
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 12
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5, 6 panel
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3
Does Apparatus Revolve?: True
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Iron 3' 9.5" high to chariot base. Chariot ring has 10 vertical wheels & 12 horizontal. Driving wheel of lens has 12 horizontal wheels.
Service Table: Carries revolving machinery
Draft Tube Description: None, ventilator ball of 4th order lantern.
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls:
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube: 13' 6" from top of step 8 to under sides.
Clock Weight:
Length of Winding Time:
Drive During Rewind:
Machinery Protection: Metal case with glass doors
Regulated: Fans
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description:
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Number of Spare Lamps:
Number of Spare Burners:
Candle Power:

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord:
Size of Clock Cord:
Length of Clock Cord:
How Led: Diagonally thru deck & down N side of well in tower.
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 closet fitted with shelves
Oil House Description:
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): In dwelling - pantry & 1 closet on 1st story. 6 closets on 2nd story.
Suitability: Dry
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Bell struck by Stevens striking apparatus
Time to Start:
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: 1 blow every 15 sec
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: Bell hangs on brackets on E side of tower.
Distance and Direction:
Water Supply:
Reached from Lighthouse:
Description of Fog Signal Building:
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Bell Signal
Weight: 1200 lbs
Weights for Operation:
Location: About 30' to S of tower.
Construction Materials: 1st story of brick with stone trimming 2nd story frame covered with shingles & shingle roof.
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Privy W of tower
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks: None
Area Inclosed: About 1/2 acre, fenced 3 sides.
Area of Garden: None
Area Timber or Shrubbery: None
Cultivation Area Available: About 1/2
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Soil, sandy mixed with loam (rock underneath)
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
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Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: Rain
Injury Possible: Not liable
Purity Precaution:
Tank Capacity: Cistern in SE corner of cellar 2400 gal.
Tank Material: Brick lined with cement.
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
Access to Lighthouse: Present landing is a wharf on private property of Mr. Howans, about 1/4 mile S of station.
Distance and Direction:
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