Report for Maurice River Front Range Light Station (New Jersey) - 1908

District: 4th
Inspector: Thos. J. Rout, Jr., Draftsman
Location: In marsh on W'ly side of mouth of Maurice River, NJ & about 1 5/8 miles NNW 3/8 W from Maurice River Lighthouse, Maurice River Cove, N'ly shore of E'ly side of Delaware Bay
Date of Report: 02/27/1908
Latitude: 39° 13' 09"
Longitude: 75° 02' 46"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation: 04/25/1897
Date of Deed: 04/25/1897
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 13 45/100 acres
Area Inclosed: None
Character of Soil: Salt marsh
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 23'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Boat landing
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: Boat landing connected to dwelling by elevated walk, distance about 193'
Means to Reach Light Station: By RR to Bivalve, NJ or Maurice River, NJ & thence by small private boat to station.
Distance to Nearest Road: About 1 mile over private marsh to public road. Distance to RR station at Bivalve, about 1 mile by road & 2.5 miles by boat.
Distance to Post Office: About 2.5 miles by boat or by walking about 1 mile to Bivalve
Distance to Village: About 2.5 miles by boat or by walking about 1 mile to Bivalve
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: Private boats can usually be hired at Bivalve, or one can walk to station.
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Lantern post
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1898
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: No tower
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 8.5'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 10'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Buildings, trees & sky
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Connected to dwelling by elevated boardwalks
Object of Navigation: Channel & range, for local navigating purposes.
Building Materials: No tower, post of wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: No tower
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Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: No tower
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Salt marsh
Soil Susceptibility: Is susceptible for grass
Miscellaneous Remarks: Both posts are in good condition.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: No lantern, Lights supported on wooden posts
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Unglazed Side of Lantern: No lantern
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern:
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: No lantern
Ventilator / Cowl: No lantern
Lightning Spindle: None
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: No lantern
Lantern Doors:
Floor of Lantern:
Watchroom Doors: No lantern
Parapet Diameter:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: No machinery
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker: Not known
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: Lens lantern
Inside Diameter: 11 3/4"
Light Characteristic: Fixed red
Time of Revolution: Not moveable
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 180 degrees
Number of Panels: 2
Number of Flash Panels: None
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 1
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 3
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced: No flashes
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: None
Service Table: None
Draft Tube Description: No lens
Revolving Machinery: Not revolving
Standby and Description:
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Length of Drop Tube: None
Clock Weight:
Length of Winding Time: No machinery
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How Color is Produced: Ruby chimneys
Red Sectors Description: No red sector. both lights are red
Where Color Attached: Ruby chimneys
Form of Colored Glass: Ruby chimneys
Lamp Description: Std. lens lantern lamp, 1 wick
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1 for each light, 4 in all
Number of Spare Burners: None except those on spare lamps.
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: No tower
Oil House Description: Galvanized iron oil house, 10' x 10' in plan, located about 41' N of dwelling. It has a concrete floor & set of 5 shelves 7/8" x 9 3/4" in N end.
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Other (Describe): 4 closets on 1st & 4 on 2nd floor, all with shelves & used for clothes, except 2 on 1st floor, used for provisions. Large storeroom fitted with work shelves & used as workroom & pantry & frame storehouse 8' x 12' in plan, loc abt. 17' N of dwelling.
Suitability: Dry & suitable
Location: Front post about 300' SW from dwelling. Rear post abt 1150' NW.
Coloring: White, with red roof, lead colored trimmings, green blinds
Construction Materials: Frame, pile foundation
Number of Rooms: 8
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Frame storehouse, frame privy & galvanized iron oil house
Outhouse Coloring: White, lead colored trimmings
Paths and Walks: Elevated board walks connect dwelling with lights & outbuildings
Area Inclosed: None
Area of Garden: None
Area Timber or Shrubbery: None
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Salt marsh
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How Procured: From roof of dwelling, by means of downspouts leading to tanks.
Quality: Fair, when properly cared for
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: Not liable
Purity Precaution: Downspouts are provided with cutoffs
Tank Capacity: Tanks under dwelling capacity 2100 gals
Tank Material: Tank is of wood, no cistern
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
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General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Prevalency: No
Local Causes:
Recommended Improvements: Yes, draining would improve sanitary conditions
Access to Lighthouse: Boat landing on reservation. Top os about 13' above low mean water. It has pile foundation & steps leading down to water.
Distance and Direction: Landing is about 193' SE of dwelling & connected thereto by elevated boardwalk.
Miscellaneous Remarks: Premises are in excellent condition, dwelling is well cared for & well painted. Some minor repairs would improve station. Lens lantern reflectors need resilvering.