Report for Lorain West Breakwater Pierhead (Ohio) - 1913

District: 10th
Inspector: Irving L. Gill, Asst. Supt.
Location: Outer end of breakwater - Lorain Harbor OH.
Date of Report: 11/27/1913
Latitude: 41° 28' 39"
Longitude: 82° 11' 26"
Site: Lake site under War Dept. control; Pierhead built for this purpose.
Date of Reservation:
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Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark:
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Breakwater
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By RR to Lorain, Ohio
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Means Used for Support of Lantern: Skeleton steel tower on concrete breakwater superstructure.
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: Sept. 1911
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: Sept. 1911
Condition at This Date:
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Height from Base to Ventilator Ball:
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 38'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: City of Lorain, OH.
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: No dwelling
Object of Navigation: Harbor light - local navigation.
Building Materials: Steel
General Description:
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Kind of Stairway and Steps: Outside ladder
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: None
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: None
Number of Doors: 1, 2' 4" x 6' 9"
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Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 350
Name of Maker: US Lighthouse Service - Thompkinsville, NY
Year Made: Remodeled by AGA, Co., 1911
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Order of Apparatus: Lens lantern
Inside Diameter: 300 mm
Light Characteristic:
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Number of Panels: 4 of 90 degrees each
Number of Flash Panels:
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Number of Elements in Central Drum: 1
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 3
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
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Compressed Gas
Gas Container: 3 steel tanks
Compressed Gas Capacity: 177 to 265 cu ft. of free gas each
Compressed Gas Charge: 147 to 220 lbs
How Supply Renewed: Tanks shipped to re-charging station.
At What Intervals: 1-2 months depending on temperature.
Spare Containers:

Gas Light
Gas Light Kind: Acetylene
Gas Light Number of Burners: 1
Kind of Burner: 1 ft. Von Schwartz
Candlepower Per Burner: 46 Heffner
Total Candlepower:
Consumption Gas Burner Per Hour: 1/10 of 1 cu ft.
Total Consumption Per Hour: 1/75 + 1/10 of 1 cu. ft.
How Gas Obtained: Compressed - dissolved in acetone

Occulting Light
Characteristic: Flash 0.3 sec, eclipse 0.9 sec., Flash 0.3 sec, eclipse 4.5 sec.
Time Limit: 0.256 sec to 38 sec with present burner
Eclipse Type: Valve
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Valve Maker: AGA Co.
Valve Pattern: Double Flasher, KK130
Reliability: Yes
General Opinion: Good
Diseases: None known to be prevalent
Local Causes:
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: W breakwater - Lorain Harbor, OH.
Distance and Direction: Lighthouse is on breakwater
Miscellaneous Remarks: Light is giving satisfaction. Light is equipped with sun valve.
Boat Number: 41
Type: Row
Length: 4' 6"
Width: 15' 6"
When Built: 1909
Date Harbored at Station: May, 1909
Sails: False
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