Report for Mayo Beach (Massachusetts) - 1920

District: 2nd
Inspector: Frank J. Morse
Location: Wellfleet
Date of Report: 08/01/1920
Latitude: 41° 55' 49"
Longitude: 70° 02' 05"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 09/24/1837
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 13,825'
Area Inclosed: All
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: Bounds reservation on one end
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Wooden fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: No
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Wellfleet distance by public road about 1/2 mile
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: 2 oil lamps
First Built or Established: 1839
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1880
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: 41'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Hills
Color of Tower: Brown
Color of Tower/ How Produced:
Tower Connection: Yes, by covered way
Object of Navigation: Harbor
Building Materials: Cast iron lined with bricks
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wooden
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 27 3/8" x 36.5"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 10 lights
Number of Doors: 1, 3' x 7'
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Sandy soil with large concrete foundation
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: Reflector
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 1 1/8"
Height Glazed: 36"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side:
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates:
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: Glass on land side painted black
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Yes
Lightning Spindle: Yes
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: In parapet hinged
Floor of Lantern: Cast iron
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet wall
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Yes
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 20,000
Name of Maker: American Gas Accumulator Co.
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 24" parabolic reflector
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval: 2.7 sec
Duration of Flash: .3 sec
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels:
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum:
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum:
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
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:
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2 spare oil lamps
Number of Spare Burners: 2
Candle Power:

Compressed Gas
Gas Container: 4 A-50; 4 spare
Compressed Gas Capacity: 177' at 10A
Compressed Gas Charge: 10A
How Supply Renewed: By substitution
At What Intervals: Once in 6 months
Spare Containers:

Gas Light
Gas Light Kind: Acetylene
Gas Light Number of Burners: 1
Kind of Burner: Lava
Candlepower Per Burner: 24
Total Candlepower:
Consumption Gas Burner Per Hour: 3/4
Total Consumption Per Hour: 3/4
How Gas Obtained:

Parabolic Mirror
Parabolic Opening: 24"
Parabolic Mirror Depth:
Parabolic Focal Length:
Parabolic Material:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 on top floor for spare lamps
Oil House Description: Rear of lot, about 50' from tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' x 10'
Oil House Construction Material: Bricks
Oil House Capacity: 500 5-gal cans
Other (Describe):
Location: Connected by covered way
Coloring: White lead color trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant: Stoves
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Fuel house
Outhouse Coloring: White
Paths and Walks: Concrete walk to street
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated:
Character of Surroundings: Sandy
Stove, Maker: Charm Crawford
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Cast iron
Sink, Size: 24" x 36"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
How Procured: Rain water from roof
Quality: Excellent
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Dippers at sill to turn off until roof is thoroughly washed
Tank Capacity: About 2000 gal
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
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No