Report for Maurice River Light Station (Name changed later to East Point) (New Jersey) - 1908

District: 4th
Inspector: Thos. J. Rout, Jr. Draftsman
Location: On East Point, NJ E'ly side of Maurice River cove off mouth of Maurice River & on N'ly shore of E'ly part of Delaware Bay.
Date of Report: 02/26/1908
Latitude: 39° 11' 45"
Longitude: 75° 01' 40"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 04/13/1849
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: Present area about 5 9/10 acres
Area Inclosed: None
Character of Soil: Marsh mud
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 460' to high water in Maurice River Cove & about 119' to high water in ditch
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: No Gevernment wharf or landing, but there is a private boathouse on reservation.
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: Private boathouse about 110' NW of lighthouse & connected thereto by brick & wooden walks.
Means to Reach Light Station: By RR to Bivalve, Maurice River or Heislerville, NJ. By private boat from Bivalve or Maurice River, or by private conveyance from Heislerville to station.
Distance to Nearest Road: About 1/8 mile to public road. About 3 3/4 miles to RR station at Heislerville, by road.
Distance to Post Office: About 3 miles to Heislerville
Distance to Village: About 3 miles to Heislerville
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: Teams can be hired in Heislerville. Boats can usually be hired at Bivalve or Maurice River, distance about 3 miles
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Lantern tower on brick dwelling, forming a lighthouse
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1850
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date: Fair
Shape of Tower in Plan: Octagonal
Form of Tower: Prismatic
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: No detached tower. This distance on lighthouse is 42' 9"
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 43'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Trees & sky
Color of Tower: White, with lead colored trimmings, green shutters & black lantern
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Woodwork is painted, brickwork is whitewashed
Tower Connection: Lantern tower is on dwelling
Object of Navigation: Bay & harbor, for local navigating purposes
Building Materials: Main building of lighthouse is brick. Kitchen addition & lantern tower, frame
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 13"
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 13"
Diameter at Base: About 7' 1.5"
Diameter at Parapet: About 7' 1.5"
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wood
Number of Landings: None but 2nd floor
Size of Glass: 6 5/8" x 10.5" (9 panes)
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 1; 25" x 36.5" (Window in watchroom)
Number of Doors: 16
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Stone, depth not known
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Loam inside of bank; marsh mud outside.
Soil Susceptibility: Not susceptible
Miscellaneous Remarks: Inside of tower is well painted. In a beating storm, lantern leaks & should be repaired. If site was filled in, it would be a great improvement.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th order
Shape of Lantern: From floor to glass, cylindrical; above this polygonal 10 sides
Diameter to Glass: About 7' 5/8" (red glass 6' 7 5/8")
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: Circular
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 3'
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 8; 27.5" x 36.5"; Ruby glass - 24.5" x 32", 22 7/8" x 32" & 15" x 32"
Number of Storm Panes: None (3 panes of ruby glass, 1 each size, on hand
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 2 sides 72 degrees
What Bearings: SW3/8 W & NW by W 3/16 W. Dark red sector covers shore
Construction Material Lantern: Below glass sills, lantern is wood, above this cast iron.
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Cast iron, round
Description of Lightning Rod: Platinum point is slipped on spindle of lantern. Solid copper rod, 5/8" dia., runs from iron sill of lantern down N side of lighthouse to std. ground connection.
Balustrade: Deck of wood, covered with tin, no grillage. Balustrade of wood.
Lantern Doors: Wooden door 20" x 26.5" hung on hinges & provided with ring & hook & eye is placed on lower wall of lantern.
Floor of Lantern: Wood
Watchroom Doors: Wooden trap door in lantern floor, hung on T hinges & provided with lifting ring
Parapet Diameter: 6' 8.5"
Location / Number: 4 ventilators in lower wall of lantern, each having brass disc covers
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: 10 metal hooks are tapped into lantern posts

How is Watchroom Fitted: No closets, but wooden shelf on 1 side, a wooden stairway leading up to lantern, 1 window, 1 door leading down stairs & 2 doors leading up to attic
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker: Henry LePaute, Paris
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: None, except name of maker
Order of Apparatus: 6th
Inside Diameter: 11 3/4"
Light Characteristic: Fixed red with a fixed white sector between NE 7/8 W & NE 3/4 E
Time of Revolution: Not moveable
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 270 degrees
Number of Panels: 3
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
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: No flashes
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Cast iron, 46" high
Service Table: Cast iron, fan shaped, 39.5" above floor, attached to pedestal.
Draft Tube Description: No tube. Directly over lens is a 3" iron pipe which leads to ventilator ball.
Revolving Machinery: Not revolving
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls:
Chariot Description:
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Clock Weight:
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Drive During Rewind:
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Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: Ruby glass placed against inside of lantern posts & held in place by means of wooden frames
Red Sectors Description: Light shows fixed red with a fixed white sector between NE 7/8 W & NE 3/4 E
Where Color Attached: To lantern
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 5th order Funk tubular, 1 wick
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1 (3 in all)
Number of Spare Burners: None, except 1 on spare lamp.
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None, but 2 small doors open into attic, which can be used for storage purposes
Oil House Description: Brick oil house 8' x 12' in plan, is located about 17' NE of lighthouse. It has a concrete floor, hinged door & set of paint shelves on left side.
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): Storehouse on 1st floor has 1 shelf, 1 window & is used for storage of food. 6 closets on 1st floor, are fitted with shelves & used for storage of books, preserves, etc. 3 closets on 2nd floor fitted with shelves & used for clothes.
Suitability: All closets are damp & unsuitable due to fact that plaster is put directly on brick walls with no furring.
Location: Lantern upon dwelling, forming a lighthouse
Coloring: White, with black lantern, green blinds & lead colored trimmings
Construction Materials: Main building is brick, addition is wood
Number of Rooms: 7
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Frame barn, frame storehouse, brick oil house
Outhouse Coloring: Oil house is unpainted, other outbuildings are white with lead colored trimmings
Paths and Walks: Brick & wooden walks
Area Inclosed: None
Area of Garden: None
Area Timber or Shrubbery: None
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Salt marsh
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: From roof of lighthouse & barn by downspouts to tanks
Quality: Not very good
Quantity: Not ample in a dry season
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Downspouts are provided with cutoffs
Tank Capacity: 1 tank in cellar, cap about 1000 gal; 1 tank in tank house near barn, cap about 1200 gal
Tank Material: Wood
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
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Well Lining:
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Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Local Causes:
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Private boathouse about 8' x 20.5' in plan. It has 2 windows, a tin roof & an incline leading down to water. Keeper has his gasoline launches in it.
Distance and Direction: About 110' NW of lighthouse
Miscellaneous Remarks: Illuminating apparatus is in excellent condition. Buildings & grounds are in good condition generally. Some minor repairs are required.