Report for Hoopers Strait (Maryland) - 1867

District: 5th
Inspector: J.M. Berrien, Inspector, 5th LH Dist.
Date of Report: 10/09/1867
Date of Reservation:
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Area of the Entire Site:
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Means Used for Support of Lantern: Screwpile
Number of Separate Lights: 1
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Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
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Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea:
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Miscellaneous Remarks: Marine clock in good order. Kept in oil room.
Location / Number:
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement:
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Curtains put up by hand
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker:
Year Made:
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Order of Apparatus: 5th
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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:
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Lens Protection:
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Red Sectors Description:
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Lamp Description: Lens of 5th order w/ Franklin lamp.
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1, in good condition
Number of Spare Burners: 2, 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 a closet separate from other supplies.
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Bell, worked by machinery. In good condition.
Time to Start:
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: Strikes 4 times a minute.
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
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Water Supply:
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Description of Fog Signal Building:
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
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Miscellaneous Remarks: Tender was anchored close under the light all night. Saw it several times during the night, burning well.
Boat Number: 0
Length: 5' 6"
Width: 18'
When Built:
Date Harbored at Station:
Sails: False
Suited to Work: New - in good condition.
Lantern: In good condition
Illuminating Apparatus: Very clean & in good condition in all respects.
Service Lamp: In good condition, glass chimney free from soot smoke etc.
Oil: Specimen examined & found to be clear & clean. It had been filtered.
Service Lamp Burner: In good condition - prefectly clean. It being early in the day, the wick had not yet been prepared for the next lighting.
Service Lamp Burner Level: Was found to be slightly "out of level"
Plate Glass: In perfect condition.
Lens Cover: It was off, clean, made of white cotton sheeting. It is folded & put away in a closet when not in use.
Lantern Curtains: Not up but were about to be put up as is the custom on extinguishing the light in the morning. Kept in a closet when not in use. They were clean.
Carillon or Alarm Bell: None
Rod Lamp: None
Dwelling: Dwelling was in good condition.
Stairway and Landing: Perfectly clean.
Inside of Tower:
Glazing of Dwelling:
Improvements Needed:

Equipment Care
Does Keeper Understand the Use and Care of
Lens: No one is allowed to touch the lens improperly.
Lantern and Trap Doors: Yes
Watch or Trimming Room: None were to be seen
Lucernes or Matches: None were to be seen
Heater: There was no heater
Ventilation: Keeper understands use of ventilators & how to air the bldg.
Dome: They were so painted. Lightning rod was in good condition & led into the ground.

Oil Room
Oil Room Condition: In good condition, clean & well ventilated.
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: 1, of 10 gallons
Number of Dripping Buckets: 2
Number of Oil Tanks: 3, holding 110 gallons
Oil Butts Made According to Regulation: They are so made.
Oil Butt Covers: Keeper was waiting for refuse oil to fill the gutters. He understands use of covers & air cocks.
Drip Bucket Placement: Yes
Oil Butt Platform: Are placed upon a raised platform.
Empty Oil Butts: There were no empty oil butts.

Tool Chests and Presses
Cleaning Materials Put Away: Yes
Paints Separate: Yes
Tool Chest: No
Tool Condition:
Tools Free from Rust:
Closets Clean: Yes
Service Box In Good Order: Yes
Trimming Scissors Clean: Yes
Brushes and Floor Clothes: Yes
Lantern Condition: Good

Keeper and Assistants
Keeper Appearance: Was well dressed
Keeper Interested in Duties: Yes
Keeper Capacity for Duties: Yes
Keeper Understanding of Regulations: Yes
Keeper Complaints: No
Keeper Family: Keeper's family does not occupy dwelling w/ him.
Keeper Name: Bebedee Harper
Keeper Age: Middle aged
Keeper Present or Absent: Present
Number of Assistants: 1
Assistants Attend to Duty: Yes
Assistants Capability: Is so represented
Assistants Complaints: No
Assistants Family:
Assistant Keeper Names: W.L. Meekins
Did Principal and Assistant Keepers Accompany the Inspector?: Both principal & assistant keeper attended during the inspection.

Account and Regulations Books
Account Books
Daily Expenditures Posted: Yes
Quarterly Returns on Hand: Yes
Receipt and Expenditure Accounts Kept: Yes
Shipwreck and Vessels Passed Book: Yes
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: