Report for Hillsboro Inlet (Florida) - 1911

District: 6th
Inspector: H.A. Field
Location: On the Sea coast of FL, & on N side of entrance to Hillsboro Inlet.
Date of Report: 11/25/1911
Latitude: 26° 15' 32"
Longitude: 80° 04' 44"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 11/11/1904
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 2 acres
Area Inclosed: 200' x 100'
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: To inlet 90'; to Ocean 125'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Post with face boards & 5 strands galv. twisted ribbon wire.
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Yes
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Station launch from Deefield on FL E coast RR 5.5 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: Skeleton tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1906
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1911
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: 136'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Trees & sky
Color of Tower: Lower half white, upper & lantern black
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Seacoast, for general navigation.
Building Materials: Iron
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Cast iron circular, tangent to central tube
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 10" x 14" & 10" x 15 1/4"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 5 - 2 sashes - Upper 24.5 x 18" 2 panes 10 x 15.5; Lower 24.5 x 31.5 4 panes 10 x 14
Number of Doors: Entrance, double iron 18" x 82.5" Balcony double iron 14 1/4 x 77 3/4; Single wood 30" x 80 3/4"; Service room 2 wood 27.5" x 80 1/4"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Tower very near ocean & inlet & paint hard to keep on.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 1st
Shape of Lantern: Cylindrical
Diameter to Glass: 150"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides:
Type of Bars: Helical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 116 3/4
Number of Plates in Height: 2.5
Number of Plates Each Side:
Thickness of Plates: 5/16"
Size of Plates: 36 of 32 3/4" diamond.; 18 triangular 32 3/4" x 32 3/4"; 2 door 26 3/4 x 30
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 360 degrees
What Bearings: 360 degrees
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron roof, cast iron sills, bronze glass sashes.
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron with cast iron vent. ball.
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron with brass pinnacle
Lightning Spindle: Copper & platinum tipped
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Iron
Lantern Doors: Hinged & brass bolted
Floor of Lantern: Iron & glass lead light
Watchroom Doors: 2 wood, air lock.
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: In walls of service room
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: 1 iron
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Screwed to frame

How is Watchroom Fitted: Wood floor & ceiling, 1 small wood locker
How is Relief Called: None
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 2 hours
Intensity in Candles: 1, 700,000
Name of Maker: Barbier, Benard & Turenne
Year Made: 1905
Marks and Number: 82 Rue Cureal Paris
Order of Apparatus: 2nd
Inside Diameter: 55.5" lens to lens
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: 20 sec.
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 12 radial
Number of Flash Panels: 2
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 11 - 1 bullseye & 5 concentric rings vertically
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 8 panels with 16 prisms
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 2 panels with 14 prisms; 2 panels with 8 prisms.
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 base supports clock tower pintle of float & 3 columns which support mercury basin intermediate shelf btwn columns support elevating screw.
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: Copper 8", damper tube turns loose in it.
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls: Mercury float
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube: None drops thru center of columnar stairs
Clock Weight: 100 lbs
Length of Winding Time: 2 hours
Drive During Rewind: Yes
Machinery Protection: Glass case
Regulated: Centrifugal weights act as damper on fly wheel
Lens Protection: Linen
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 55 mm IOV
Type of Illuminant: Oil
Number of Spare Lamps: 2 5-wick lamps
Number of Spare Burners: 6 5-wick burners, 1 IOV
Candle Power:

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord: Steel
Size of Clock Cord: 5/16"
Length of Clock Cord: 135'
How Led: From clock drum over friction roller to weight
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum: 9.5" x 6 7/8"

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 mantel
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel: 2.5" (55 mm)
Diameter of Circum Circle:

Mercury Float
Inside Diameter of Trough: 45"
Inside Depth of Trough: 12"
Outside Diameter of Float: 57"
Depth of Float: 12.5
Weight of Mercury in Pounds: 800 lbs
How Often is Mercury Renewed: Not since established
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 small wood, 2 shelves for tools in service room.
Oil House Description: 60' W of tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 164" x 140" x 120" high
Oil House Construction Material: Brick cement
Oil House Capacity: 400 5-gal cans.
Other (Describe): In rear of dwellings, divided into 3 rooms & toilet. Station & private stores.
Suitability: Dry & well suited.
Location: 3 in line 150' N of tower
Coloring: White, lead trimmings, green shutters.
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 4 & 1 kitchen each
Number of Dwellings: 3
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1 each dwelling
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: 3
Outhouse Coloring: Same as dwelling
Paths and Walks: Board
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Sandy, marsh, wood.
Stove, Maker: Stamford Foundry Co., Stamford Ct. (2); Monarch
Stove, Size: Orient #7 (2); Superb #8
Sink, Maker: Galv. iron (3)
Sink, Size: 30 x 18 x 6 (3)
Pump, Maker: Seneca Falls, NY; Humphreys Mfg. Co., Mansfield, OH (2)
Pump, Size: #2 (3)
Lamps: 3 table lamps, 3 hand lamps, 3 lanterns.
How Procured: Rain water
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample unless long drought
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Cleaning & screening
Tank Capacity: 4200 gals each under dwellings
Tank Material: Brick, cemented
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Fair
Diseases: Malaria
Prevalency: Summer
Local Causes: Swamp near houses which is bad when inlet closes, sea water cannot overflow it.
Recommended Improvements: Fill swamp.
Access to Lighthouse: Wood, copper sheathed, 10' x 20' at head with 30' runway. Frame boat house 15' x 30' with 60' ways & landing cradle. No road to light house. Landing at wharf or on beach.
Distance and Direction: 150' SSW
Miscellaneous Remarks: Landing inside of inlet, which closes at intervals. Station site on rock ledge which protects it from encroachments of sea.
Boat Number: 1
Type: Motor
Length: 7'
Width: 24'
When Built: March, 1911
Date Harbored at Station: Apr. 10, 1911
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes

Power Boat
Engine Type: Lathrop single cyl.
Horsepower: 6
Engine Maker: #9000 Lathrop
Spare Coil:
Magnet: Wizard
Battery: 6 Edison wet batteries
Propeller Diameter:
Propeller Pitch:

General Information:
Boats on Station: In boathouse