Report for Marblehead (Massachusetts) - 1931

District: 2nd
Inspector: H.L. Bartlett, Jun Eng
Location: On N point of Marblehead Neck
Date of Report: 05/14/1931
Latitude: 42° 30' 20"
Longitude: 70° 50' 03"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 07/12/1835
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 3.97 acres
Area Inclosed: Whole
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 50'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Picket fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: No wharf - boat slip landing
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat or by public road 2 3/4 miles to Marblehead P.O. by road
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: One
First Built or Established: 1836
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1897
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: 130'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky
Color of Tower: Brown to gallery, black above
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Harbor & local navigation
Building Materials: Iron
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron spiral
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 9" x 12" 6 lights
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 4; 21 5/8" x 3' 4.5"
Number of Doors: 2; each 13 7/8" x 6' 9"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Tower in good condition. Dwelling needs reshingling.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 6th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 8
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 1 1/8"
Height Glazed: 35"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 2' 9 3/8" x 3'
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Iron
Lightning Spindle: Yes
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: Double iron door - brass hinges & lock
Floor of Lantern: Cast iron
Watchroom Doors: Iron trap with ring bolt
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: In parapet wall (4)
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Spring roll curtains

How is Watchroom Fitted: Closet for spare lamps, chimneys etc. & service table
How is Relief Called: None
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 700
Name of Maker: Not known
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number:
Order of Apparatus: 300 mm
Inside Diameter: 11 5/8"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 90 degrees
Number of Panels: 3
Number of Flash Panels: None
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 3 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: Iron
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: None
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: Ruby shade
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass: Ruby globe - type "D"
Lamp Description: Spec. lighthship lamps 150W G25 110V, Note: Oil lamp used only when electric light is inoperative.Changed to electric light 8/1/1922; Unattended light 10/31/1930
Type of Illuminant: Electric
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: 2
Candle Power: 700 cp

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord: Wire cable
Size of Clock Cord:
Length of Clock Cord:
How Led:
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum:

Chariot Balls
Balls Description: Flat surface
Cage to Separate Balls: False
Number of Balls: 30
Diameter of Balls: 3/4"

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 3
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1/8"; 1 7/8"; 2.7"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1, fitted with 3 shelves used for spare parts
Oil House Description: 189' SW'ly from tower, no fittings
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' 8" x 10' 8"
Oil House Construction Material: Bricks
Oil House Capacity: About 450 5-gal cans
Other (Describe): None
Location: About 150' S'ly
Coloring: White with lead colored trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 8
Number of Dwellings: One
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters: The keeper
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: Barn & fuel house
Outhouse Coloring: White lead trim
Paths and Walks: Plank walk from dwelling to tower, paths otherwise
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: 1 acre
Area Cultivated: 1/4 acre
Character of Surroundings: Fast ground
Stove, Maker: Magee-Grand
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 22" x 48"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 1 brass hand lamp & 1 brass table lamp from General Depot
How Procured: Town system
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Cistern not in use
Tank Capacity: About 2000 gals in dwelling cellar
Tank Material: Bricks, cement plastered inside
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
Prevalency: No
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Wooden boatslip to low water. Boathouse removed to Wings Neck Light Station - Jan. 25, 1930
Distance and Direction: About 375' SW'ly
Miscellaneous Remarks: General condition of station good. This station being unattended is controlled by an automatic time switch for operating the light - a switching relay substitutes a standby lamp should the lamp service fail.