Report for Ipswich Range (Massachusetts) - 1931

District: 2nd
Inspector: H. L. Bartlett, Jun. Engr.
Location: On Castle Neck S side of entrance to Ipswich Harbor
Date of Report: 05/14/1931
Latitude: 42° 41' 08"
Longitude: 70° 46' 00"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation: 05/28/1809
Date of Deed: 07/16/1837
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: Front: undetermined; Rear: 4 acres
Area Inclosed: About 2 acres
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: Front: 40'; Rear: 1000'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Wire fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By public road or by boat. About 6 miles, Ipswich Mass
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: Front light in pyramidal house; Rear in tower.
Number of Separate Lights: 2
First Built or Established: Front 1899; rear 1838
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: Front 1927; rear 1880
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: Front 25'; Rear 42'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Hills
Color of Tower: Front: white, black on range face; Rear: white
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: No
Object of Navigation: Harbor, bay & local navigation
Building Materials: Front: wood; Rear: iron lined with bricks
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: Front: 24" x 24"; Rear: 10.5" x 21"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: Front: 1 - 27" x 27"; Rear: 3 - 24 5/8" x 47" & 4 12" diameter
Number of Doors: Front: 24" x 30"; Rear: 34 3/4" x 7' - 1 3/4"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Right-of-way granted Sept 14, 1837. This range marks the best water to Ipswich Harbor. Front beacon moved as necessary when channel changes.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: Front: reflector; Rear: 5th order
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: 36.5"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates:
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Iron
Lightning Spindle: Yes
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes, iron
Lantern Doors: Iron fitted with hinges & lock
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: Wooden fitted with hinges.
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: In parapet walls
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Hooked curtains
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 5 hours
Intensity in Candles: Front: 2500; Rear: fixed 500, flash 1700
Name of Maker: L.Sautter & Co.
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: Paris
Order of Apparatus: Front: reflector 21 5/8" dia.; Rear: 5th order
Inside Diameter: 14 3/4"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: 180 sec
Flash Interval: 90 sec.
Duration of Flash: 6.5 sec.
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 90 degrees
Number of Panels: 4 (one open)
Number of Flash Panels: 2
Arc of Each: 40 degrees
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5 fixed
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3 fixed
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels: 2
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel: 5
Fixed Lens Covered: 13 each
Pedestal: Iron
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: None
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls: Chariot wheels
Chariot Description: 6 wheels each 3 7/8" dia are attached to chariot which supports the 2 flash panels.
Length of Drop Tube: About 15" x 27'
Clock Weight: About 150 lbs
Length of Winding Time: 5 hours
Drive During Rewind: No
Machinery Protection: Glass case
Regulated: Fan governor
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Front: 5th oder, constant level; Rear: Aladdin lamp Style No 12. I.O.V, 88 cp
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1 front, 1 rear
Number of Spare Burners: 1 each
Candle Power:

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord: Clock cord- galc
Size of Clock Cord: 1/8"
Length of Clock Cord: About 125'
How Led: Through double tube
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum: 4" x 12"

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 mantel
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel: 1 5/8"
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 in rear fitted with shelves for spare lamps, etc.
Oil House Description: 175' NW'ly from tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' 8" x 10' 8"
Oil House Construction Material: Bricks
Oil House Capacity: About 450 5-gal cans
Other (Describe): None
Location: About 365' W'ly from rear tower.
Coloring: White with lead trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 7
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters: Keeper
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: Shed remodelled for garage purposes
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks: Plank walk around 1 side of dwelling, concrete driveway at garage
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Sandy & shifting
Stove, Maker: Magee-Grand
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 22" x 48"
Pump, Maker: 2 Douglas
Pump, Size: # 2
Lamps: 1 brass table, 1 brass hand lamp from General Depot
How Procured: From cistern & well
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Frequent cleaning
Tank Capacity: About 1200 gals - cistern in cellar
Tank Material: Bricks plastered with cement on inside
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description: About 6' deep
Well Diameter: About 3'
Well Lining: With bricks
Pump or Bucket: Pump
What Power Used: Hand
Distance from Dwelling: In dwelling cellar
General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Beach landing - no wharf or boathouse, road to lighthouse from highway very sandy
Distance and Direction: Beach landing about 1/8 mile - NE'ly
Miscellaneous Remarks: Station & apparatus in very good condition.