Report for Jones Island Beacon (South Carolina) - 1885

District: 6th
Inspector: B.B. Smith, Asst. Engineer
Location: On W end of Jones Island, SC., Savannah River.
Date of Report: 11/23/1885
Latitude: 32° 04' 25"
Longitude: 80° 57' 32"
Date of Reservation:
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Area of the Entire Site: 1 acre
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil: Mud
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 100'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Boat landing
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: Plank walk, 120' long connects beacon with boat landing.
Means to Reach Light Station: By RR or steamboat to Savannah, GA., thence by hired boat.
Distance to Nearest Road: 10 miles to Savannah, GA.
Distance to Post Office: 10 miles to Savannah, GA.
Distance to Village: 10 miles to Savannah, GA.
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None after reaching Savannah
Facilities for Private Conveyance: Boats can be hired at Savannah, GA.
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Triangular skeleton iron structure
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1884
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: Never
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Triangular
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 41'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 43'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky
Color of Tower: Brown
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: No dwelling. Keeper of Venus Point light station attends this light also.
Object of Navigation: Leading light to guide across Savannah River.
Building Materials: Iron
General Description: Beacon is triangular skeleton iron structure of 3 series. Each series consists of 3 posts with corresponding struts & tension rods. Lowest posts rest on disks supported by & bolted to foundation. Disks are 13' 6" apart from center to center.
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Diameter at Base: 13' 6" from center to center of disks
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Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron ladder
Number of Landings: None
Size of Glass: None
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: None
Number of Doors: None
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Foundation consists of 3 piles 20' long upon which are fastened cap timbers so that top surfaces are 6" below standing water. 3 brick piers rise from top of caps. Anchor plates are below caps & anchor bolts pass thru piers to disks.
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Mud
Soil Susceptibility: Not shifting & does not require protection. Overflowed by storm tides & sometimes very high springs.
Miscellaneous Remarks: Site not susceptible of cultivation without dikes to keep out salt water.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 8" Fresnel lens signal lights
Shape of Lantern:
Diameter to Glass: 8"
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Number of Sides: Circular
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Construction Material Lantern: Glass & tin
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: None
Ventilator / Cowl: None
Lightning Spindle: None
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Location / Number: Flues on 2 sides of lantern
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Illuminating Apparatus
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Light Characteristic: Fixed red
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Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
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How Color is Produced: By color of lens
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Lamp Description: 1 wick
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Number of Spare Lamps: 1 spare lantern with lamp
Number of Spare Burners: None - except the one in spare lantern.
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description: Lantern house at base of tower into which lantern is lowered during the day with compartment for 1 5-gallon boxed can & closet for cleaning implements.
Oil House Inside Dimension: 4' x 6'
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Other (Describe):
General Opinion: Some danger from malarial fevers
Diseases: Malarial fevers
Prevalency: In Summer & Autumn
Local Causes: All around.
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: No boat house. Landing is on bank of Savannah River & is connected with beacon by plank walk 2' above ground.
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Miscellaneous Remarks: All in good condition.