Report for Lorain Range Front Beacon (Ohio) - 1909

District: 10th
Inspector: Chas. Bartlett, Chief Clerk & Norris Works, Supt.
Location: On W pier, 25' from its outer end. Entrance to Black River, Lorain Harbor, OH.
Date of Report: 02/03/1909
Latitude: 41° 28' 29"
Longitude: 82° 11' 10"
Site: On US W Pier
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Wharf or Landing on Premises: On W pier
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: Elevated walk, 955' long on pier from shore to tower.
Means to Reach Light Station: By Lake Shore Electric RR or Nickel Plate RR to Lorain or by L.S. & M.S. RR to Elysia & thence by electric car to Lorain, walk thru ore docks & out W Pier.
Distance to Nearest Road: 1/3 mile from Lake St. 3/5 mile to Electric L.S. RR 1 1/5 mile to Nickel Plate RR
Distance to Post Office: Lorain, OH 3/4 mile
Distance to Village: In city of Lorain.
Facilities for Public Conveyance: By L.S. Electric or Nickel Plate RR to Lorain or by L.S. & M.S. RR to Elysia & thence 8 miles to Lorain.
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Frame tower.
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1836
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1875
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Square
Form of Tower: Pyramidal
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 45 3/4'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 50'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea:
Color of Tower: Lower half brown, upper half white - black lantern.
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: No dwelling. Keeper lives in Lorain, about 1/2 mile from tower.
Object of Navigation: Lake coast & harbor light.
Building Materials: Wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 10"
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 10"
Diameter at Base: 12' 2.5" sq. interior
Diameter at Parapet: 7' 3" sq. interior
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wooden step ladder
Number of Landings: 5
Size of Glass: 12" x 14" & 12" x 15"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 6 - 16" x 2' 9.5"; 2' 4.5" x 2' 11.5"
Number of Doors: 1
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Beacon supported by 4 concrete piers on deck of concrete superstructure of W Pier.
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
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Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass: 7'
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 36.5"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 3/8"
Size of Plates: 26.5" x 36"
Number of Storm Panes: None
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 2 = 72 degrees
What Bearings: N 41 degrees 10' W to N 30 degrees 50' E; Azimuth 318 - 50 to 30 - 50; Rear Beacon bears S 41degrees 10' E
Construction Material Lantern: Wooden circular parapet covered with zinc, lantern proper of iron & brass.
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron lined with zinc.
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Copper with platinum tip
Description of Lightning Rod: 3/4" iron rod, wrapped about lower part of ventilator ball & led down side of tower & into water 12"
Balustrade: Wooden floor, covered with zinc. Iron railing.
Lantern Doors: 1 double door, outside one sheathed with zinc. Door is low down, thru parapet under glass.
Floor of Lantern: Wood, covered with copper.
Watchroom Doors: Trap door, covered with copper.
Parapet Diameter: 6' 8"
Location / Number: 4 in parapet wall, wooden slides.
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: 1 iron, 8' long.
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Brass hooks screwed into lantern posts.

How is Watchroom Fitted: Corner shelves for lamps, box with 3 spare panes on 1st landing.
How is Relief Called: None
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
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Name of Maker: Henry LePaute, Paris
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Marks and Number: A - No. 1
Order of Apparatus: 4th order 270 degrees
Inside Diameter: 19 11/16"
Light Characteristic: Fixed white
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Arc of Each Fixed Part: 270 degrees visible bearing N 48 degrees 50' E to N 41 degrees 10' W; Azimuth 48 - 50 to 318 - 50; Side of reflector is on range line. Bearing of range S 41 degrees 10' E.
Number of Panels: 3
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Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
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Pedestal: Diameter = 5"
Service Table: None
Draft Tube Description: 2.5" brass tube
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Lamp Description: 4th order, with constant level float feed.
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Number of Spare Lamps: 3
Number of Spare Burners: None
Candle Power:

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 wick
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1.5"
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Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: In base of tower
Oil House Description: Round iron oil house, located on pier, on stone foundation, at end of old pier.
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General Opinion: Healthful
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Access to Lighthouse: Elevated walk on pier, from shore out to light 950' long. Inner portion steel concrete upper, middle portion steel wood type, outer portion steel concrete type. Concrete steel type erected in 1908.
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