Report for Maumee Bay Range Main Beacon (Ohio) - 1888

District: 10th
Inspector: Major S.M. Mansfield, Corps of Engineers
Location: On S bank, exactly at elbow of S & Longreaches OH.
Date of Report: 02/13/1888
Latitude: 41° 43' 48"
Longitude: 83° 23' 02"
Date of Reservation:
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Area of the Entire Site: Crib 40 x 60' in plan.
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Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: At crib
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: None
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat from Toledo, OH.
Distance to Nearest Road: 10.5 miles to Toledo, OH.
Distance to Post Office: 10.5 miles to Toledo, OH
Distance to Village: 8 miles to Manhatten, E Toledo, OH
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: 10.5 miles by boat from Toledo, OH
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Wooden platform suppoted by roof of buoy house.
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1884
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan:
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 16'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 26'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: White lead paint
Tower Connection: Platform on buoy house connected to gallery of Keeper's dwelling by stairway & walk.
Object of Navigation: With S beacon forms a guide thru cut towards Turtle Island & also forms a range with E Beacon thru cut to intersection w/ outer range.
Building Materials:
General Description: There is no tower, light is shown from a triangular sheet iron lantern, glazed on 2 sides, fitted w/ lamp 5.5" dia., 3" high, w/ collar for Richmond burner & 2 glass reflectors 8" dia.
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Miscellaneous Remarks: Lantern placed on platform at NW end of buoy house roof, which is connected by stairway & walk to gallery of Keeper's dwelling. Temporary range lights were est. July 26, 1875 on cluster piles, placed by Engineer Dept & maintained for 2 seasons by LH Dept.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: Reflector (sheet iron triangular lantern)
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Number of Sides: 3
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Height Glazed: 22"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 2 plates 14" x 22"
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Unglazed Side of Lantern: 1 - back of lantern
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Construction Material Lantern: Galvanized sheet iron
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Lightning Spindle: On dwelling, has brass spindle & platinum point.
Description of Lightning Rod: Wrought iron, 3/4" dia., projects 3' above chimney in center of bldg, led along roof to E side & thence into lake to depth of 10'. Secured by means of iron clamps & rubber insulators.
Balustrade: Dwelling has a gallery, w/ balustrade, on NE & NW sides.
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Illuminating Apparatus
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Order of Apparatus: Lens lantern replaced by present lantern 8/19/1887
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Arc of Each Fixed Part: Fixed
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Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
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Pedestal: None - lantern placed on wooden platform
Service Table: In oil room under dwelling.
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Lamp Description: Mineral oil lamp 5.5" x 3", 1 wick
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Number of Spare Lamps: One
Number of Spare Burners: One
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Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description: Located under dwelling, 8' x 10' in plan, fitted with cleaning table & 4 shelves for oil cans, also contains privy with galvanized funnel & 4" wrought iron waste pipe leading into lake.
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Other (Describe): None, except oil room located under dwelling.
Location: Dwelling & buoy house located on 40' x 60' crib - light is displayed from platform on roof of buoy house. Dwelling 24' sq. Buoy house 21 x 31'/
Construction Materials: Dwelling of wood, with shingle roof, supported by iron columns resting in crib sunk in 11' of water & rises 10' above.
Number of Rooms: 4 living rooms, entry, pantry & 2 closets/
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Number of Keepers: 1 - no asst.
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Outhouses: Buoy house (21' x 31'), Oil house (8' x 10') & Privy, & woodshed (6' x 22')
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How Procured: Cistern & bay
Quality: Good
Quantity: Bay is ample
Injury Possible: Bay - yes
Purity Precaution: Cistern is coated inside w/ 2 coats of brewer's shellac - Keeper was furnished w/ a Kedzie water filter in 1885.
Tank Capacity: 30 barrels cap'y, placed in pocket of crib below deck in 1887.
Tank Material: Of white pine, staves 1.5", 6' in height & 6' dia. at bottom. fitted w/ removable cover & manhole - outside of cistern was painted 2 coats of lead color paint.
Distilling Apparatus: False
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Access to Lighthouse: Crib forms landing pier, snubbing posts, being provided for supply steamer & a "Strachan" boat launching apparatus for use of Keeper. Boat is landed under dwelling when drawn in - as no other shelter is deemed necessary. Iron ladders on face of crib.
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Miscellaneous Remarks: Crib upon which all bldgs are placed, is sunk in about 11' of water & rises 10' above. All bldgs on crib are frame structures painted white & have shingled roofs.