Report for Maumee Bay Straight Channel Range Westerly Front (lower) Inner Beacon (Ohio) - 1909

District: 10th
Inspector: Chas. Bartlett, Chief Clerk and Norris Works, Supt
Location: On axis of Straight Channel thru Maumee Bay, 1242' S 57 degrees 45' W from Outer Beacon on inner end of artificial island.
Date of Report: 02/03/1909
Latitude: 41° 43' 51"
Longitude: 83° 23' 40"
Site: On artificial island or "dyke", submarine site granted by state - Ohio
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 04/08/1883
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: Area granted 11.9 acres, 1/2 never used. Concrete area around Inner tower = 3025 sq. ft.; area around wharf 9616 sq. ft.; Dyke = 47, 904 sq. ft.; Concrete around outer tower = 5920 sq. ft. = total 66, 465 sq. ft. = 1.52 acres.
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark:
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Boat house, over slip, adjoining dwelling.
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat
Distance to Nearest Road: To nearest public road about 3 miles; to Ohenry St. Bridge, Toledo, 9 mi.
Distance to Post Office: 9 miles - Toledo, OH.
Distance to Village: 9 miles - Toledo, OH.
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: By boat from Toledo
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Structural Steel Tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1884
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1898
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Square
Form of Tower: Pyramidal
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: Above concrete deck 24'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 25'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky & bay
Color of Tower: Metallic brown, white lanterns & watchrooms.
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached. Dwelling 65' distant
Object of Navigation: Middle range for navigation of Straight Channel
Building Materials: Structural steel towers. Cast iron watchrooms & lanterns.
General Description: Skeleton tower.
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base: 23' 11.5" cc posts
Diameter at Parapet: 11' 2.5"
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Steel channels, cast iron treads
Number of Landings: 4 intermediate
Size of Glass: 24" x 24"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3 in each watchroom - each 1 sash, 1 light 24" x 24"
Number of Doors: 1 outer iron & 1 inner wood in each watchroom. 1 double iron & 1 single wooden in each lantern.
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Piling at 1' MLL - Tower surrounded with stone & concrete to 6' 3" MLL
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility: Yes
Miscellaneous Remarks: There are 2 lanterns in this skeleton iron tower, each contains a square iron watchroom surmounted by an octagonal lantern. Watchrooms & lanterns are painted white.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass: 7' 2"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 8
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 36"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 34.5" x 36"; Glass sash made to provide for double panes inner & outer, sep'd by abt 3" air space.
Number of Storm Panes: None
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 1 door 45 degrees
What Bearings: S 35 degrees 15' W to S 80 degrees 15 ' W; Azimuth 215 - 15 to 260 - 15
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron, zinc lining
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Brass spindle on top of ball with platinum point.
Description of Lightning Rod: Iron tower, forms conductor down to 3' MLL
Balustrade: Iron balcony & railing, about watchrooms & lanterns
Lantern Doors: Outside storm door in 2 leaves, wooden inside door.
Floor of Lantern: Cast iron
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter: 6' 7 1/4"
Location / Number: 7 in parapet, with brass revolving discs.
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Brass, screwed into iron.

How is Watchroom Fitted: Square iron watchrooms of cast iron, painted white. Fitted with corner closet for lamps, etc., & corner shelf for work table.
How is Relief Called: None
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker: Henry Le Paute & Co. Paris
Year Made: Unknown
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter: 14 3/4"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 2
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3
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: Round iron
Service Table: Iron, over stairs, with 3 shelves beneath
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:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 5th order
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 3 for each lantern
Number of Spare Burners: None
Candle Power:

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 wick
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1 1/4"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: Corner closet in watchroom fitted with shelves for lamps, etc.
Oil House Description: Square iron oil house on concrete foundation, located about 30' SW of tower.
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): None
Access to Lighthouse: Access to boat in boat well is secured by means of 2 iron ladders, of 9 rounds each, from platform floor.
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: For dwelling desc., see Upper beacon.