Report for Lovells Island (Range) (Massachusetts) - 1927

District: 2nd
Inspector: C. H. Robinson
Location: On NE side of Lovells Island, Boston Harbor, Mass.
Date of Report: 10/17/1927
Latitude: 42° 19' 58"
Longitude: 70° 55' 49"
Site: Transferred from War Department 1903
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: About 4000'
Area Inclosed: About 2500'
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: Front: about 100'; Rear: 500'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Board & wire fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Boat to Lovells Island wharf - about 9 miles to nearest Post Office - Fort Standish on the Island.
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: Towers
Number of Separate Lights: 2
First Built or Established: 1903
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
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: 31'; Rear: 40'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Distant land
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Connected by elevated bridge
Object of Navigation: Guide into Boston Harbor via Broad Sound Range
Building Materials: Wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wooden stairs
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 16" x 14"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 1 front, 2 rear; 1' 7 5/8" x 3'
Number of Doors: 1 each tower 2' 6" x 6' 3"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Towers set on brick foundation site liable to be flooded at extreme high tides & heavy sea.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 6
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 1 1/8"
Height Glazed: 36"
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: 5 sides, sheet iron, 1 side glazed
What Bearings: 215 1/4 degrees
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Yes, copper
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: Sheet iron, hinged
Floor of Lantern: Cast iron
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Yes, on frieze
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: Front: 490; Rear: 750
Name of Maker: Front: Chance Bros. Birmingham; Rear: unknown
Year Made: 1902
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 4th & reflector
Inside Diameter: 10 3/4" front; Rear 24" reflector
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 90 degrees
Number of Panels: Front: 4
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: Front: 7 - 6 prisms & central element
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 6 fixed
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3 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: 4 iron standards (front). Rear of wood
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: Rear: Red chimney
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Front: 4th order imp. Rear: 45 cp
Type of Illuminant: Kerosene
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: 2
Candle Power: 45 cp.

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 wick
Diameter of Outside Wick: 2 5/8"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:

Parabolic Mirror
Parabolic Opening: 21"
Parabolic Mirror Depth: 9"
Parabolic Focal Length:
Parabolic Material: Silvered copper
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None
Oil House Description: Halfway between towers - no fittings
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8.5' x 10' 5"
Oil House Construction Material: Bricks
Oil House Capacity: 800 5-gal cans
Other (Describe):
Location: About 300' W'ly of rear tower
Coloring: White lead color trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6 & bath
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: Fuel house
Outhouse Coloring: White, lead color trimmings
Paths and Walks: Plank walk
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: 1/8 acre
Area Cultivated: 1/16 acre
Character of Surroundings: Sandy
Stove, Maker: Magee Grand
Stove, Size: 77
Sink, Maker: Not known, enamel sink
Sink, Size: 22" x 36"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 1 table lamp, 2 hand lamps from General Depot
How Procured: Double cistern & city water
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Turned off at sill
Tank Capacity: About 1500 gal in dwelling cellar
Tank Material: Brick
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: Landing on beach, or Army wharf, gravel road to lighthouse - no boat house
Distance and Direction: About 3/8 mile - S'ly
Miscellaneous Remarks: Station in good condition.