Report for Lower Cedar Point (Maryland) - 1870

District: 5th
Inspector: Commo. Dornin, LH Inspector 5th District.
Location: Potomac River
Date of Report: 09/22/1870
Date of Reservation:
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Date of Permission:
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Area of the Entire Site:
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Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark:
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Facilities for Public Conveyance:
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Means Used for Support of Lantern: Screwpile
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established:
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
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Height from Base to Ventilator Ball:
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Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea:
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Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
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Miscellaneous Remarks: There is a Marine clock in good condition.
Location / Number:
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: There is one short one.
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: None

How is Watchroom Fitted:
How is Relief Called: None
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker:
Year Made:
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Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic: Fixed white
Time of Revolution:
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Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
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Fixed Lens Covered:
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
Revolving Machinery:
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Chariot Description:
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Clock Weight:
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Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
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Lamp Description: Lens of 5th order, Franklin Lamp.
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1 in good condition.
Number of Spare Burners: 2 in good condition.
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description:
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): There is a closet provided for the preservation of utensils, wicks, chimneys and cleaning materials. There is also a closet provided for paints, oils, spirits of turpentine, paint-brushes, etc. .
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: There is a Fog Bell struck by machinery.
Time to Start:
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
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Water Supply:
Reached from Lighthouse:
Description of Fog Signal Building:
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
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Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Stove reqs repairing, wanting a new damper & fire bricks to preserve it, also a grate bar, in place of one burned out. A sail for the boat is very much needed.
Boat Number: 0
Length: 5' 4"
Width: 17' 6"
When Built:
Date Harbored at Station:
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Requires a boat sail.
Lantern: In good condition.
Illuminating Apparatus: Clean in all parts
Service Lamp: In all respects good.
Oil: Oil examined & found to be free from all objectionable matter, it had not been filtered.
Service Lamp Burner: Free from all gummy or burnt oil & clean. Wicks are well trimmed.
Service Lamp Burner Level: It was found to be level.
Plate Glass: In good condition, clean & free from scratches, stains or dirt.
Lens Cover: Cover on, clean, made of linen ticking & when not in use, placed in one of the rooms below.
Lantern Curtains: 2 sets, in good condition, clean, put up & taken down at proper time.
Carillon or Alarm Bell: None
Rod Lamp: Rod lamp in good condition clean & ready for use.
Stairway and Landing: Painted & clean.
Inside of Tower: Good condition.
Glazing of Dwelling: In good condition.
Improvements Needed: None

Equipment Care
Does Keeper Understand the Use and Care of
Lens: Lens is never touched improperly.
Lantern and Trap Doors: They fit properly.
Watch or Trimming Room: There are none of these things seen at time of inspection.
Lucernes or Matches: None of the above mentioned articles were to be seen in those rooms.
Heater: Keeper understands use of heater.
Ventilation: Keeper understands use of ventilator & how to air the bldg.
Dome: These were painted according to instructions & in good order. Lightning conductor was in good order.

Oil Room
Oil Room Condition: Clean, well ventilated, & no appearance of waste.
Oil Carriers: Good condition & properly arranged.
Number of 100 Gallon Oil Butts: 1 (25 gallons)
Number of 50 Gallon Oil Butts: 2
Number of Small Butts for Waste Oil: 1 holding 10 gallons
Number of Dripping Buckets: 1
Number of Oil Tanks: 4 holding 135 gallons.
Oil Butts Made According to Regulation: They are so made
Oil Butt Covers: Gutters were filled with refuse oil covers on. Keeper understands use of the covers & air cocks.
Drip Bucket Placement: 1 drip bucket so hung, pans under the others.
Oil Butt Platform: They are placed upon a raised platform.
Empty Oil Butts: None

Tool Chests and Presses
Cleaning Materials Put Away: They are so put up & packed.
Paints Separate: They are kept separate
Tool Chest: There is one
Tool Condition: In good condition & very clean.
Tools Free from Rust: They are free from rust & properly greased.
Closets Clean: Clean & properly aired
Service Box In Good Order: They are
Trimming Scissors Clean: They are
Brushes and Floor Clothes: In good condition & in their proper places.
Lantern Condition: Very good

Keeper and Assistants
Keeper Appearance: Keeper is neat & tidy.
Keeper Interested in Duties: He does
Keeper Capacity for Duties: He shows good capacity
Keeper Understanding of Regulations: He seems to understand the Rules & endeavors to conform to them.
Keeper Complaints: None
Keeper Family: Keeper has no family.
Keeper Name: Robert Darnell (colored)
Keeper Age: Young
Keeper Present or Absent:
Number of Assistants: 1 assistant
Assistants Attend to Duty: He does
Assistants Capability: He seems capable.
Assistants Complaints: None
Assistants Family: None.
Assistant Keeper Names: John F. Parker (colored), young.
Did Principal and Assistant Keepers Accompany the Inspector?: Both Keepers accompanied me throughout my inspection.

Account and Regulations Books
Account Books
Daily Expenditures Posted: They are
Quarterly Returns on Hand: They are
Receipt and Expenditure Accounts Kept: They are
Shipwreck and Vessels Passed Book: They are
Regulations, Instructions, and Directions
Rules and Regulations Copies: 1
Instructions and Directions Copies: 1
Placard Directions Copies: 1
Notice to Visitors Copies: 1
Summary of Duties: 1
Index of Instructions: 1
Guide for Mixed Paints: 1
Directions for Purifying Water: 1
Placards Easily Visible: Yes
Books Easily Accessible: Yes
Blank Books and Forms: