Report for Long Island Head (Massachusetts) - 1920

District: 2nd
Inspector: Frank J. Morse
Location: N'ly end Long Island entrance to Boston Harbor
Date of Report: 09/12/1920
Latitude: 42° 19' 49"
Longitude: 70° 54' 29"
Site: Purchase by condemnation original exchanged with War Department
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 07/15/1819
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 1 acre 32 perches
Area Inclosed: Yes
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 150'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Wire fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: No
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat from Boston, distance about 8 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: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: None
First Built or Established: 1820
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1900
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: 120'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Skyline
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Connected by covered way
Object of Navigation: Harbor
Building Materials: Bricks
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Cast iron spiral
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 15" x 15" - 2 lights
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3 - 18 5/8" x 35"
Number of Doors: 1 - 3' x 6' 4"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Additional deed Sept. 13, 1900. On high part of land overlooking harbor
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 3rd
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: 48"
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: Cast iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Yes
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: In parapet, hinged
Floor of Lantern: Cast iron
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: In frieze

How is Watchroom Fitted: None
How is Relief Called: Alarm bells
Where is Call System Led: To dwelling
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: Computed by arot Nov 3, 1920 to be approx. 5500
Name of Maker: Not known
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 3 1/2 order
Inside Diameter: 2' 5"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 4
Number of Flash Panels: None
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 1
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 14 fixed
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 9 fixed
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Cast iron
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls:
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube:
Clock Weight:
Length of Winding Time:
Drive During Rewind:
Machinery Protection:
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 100 W con fill
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps:
Number of Spare Burners:
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None
Oil House Description: 160' W'ly of tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' x 10'
Oil House Construction Material: Bricks
Oil House Capacity: About 200 5-gal cans
Other (Describe): None
Location: About 40' SW
Coloring: White
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant: Hot water direct
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Fuel house & barn
Outhouse Coloring: White
Paths and Walks: Plank walk to fuel house
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: Whole
Area Cultivated: About 1/4
Character of Surroundings: Clay loam
Stove, Maker: Magee 7-18
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Cast iron
Sink, Size: 22" x 36"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 1 brass table lamp, 1 brass hand lamp made in 3rd District.
How Procured: Cistern & city
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Turn off at will until roof has been washed
Tank Capacity: About 1500 gal
Tank Material: Bricks
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: The War Department's wharf is used by Lighthouse Department
Distance and Direction: About 200 yds W'ly
Miscellaneous Remarks: