Report for Merrill Shell Bank (Mississippi) - 1927

District: 8th
Inspector: Superintendent
Location: On S end of the Tail of the Square Handkerchief, N side of Pass Marianne, Mississippi Sound
Date of Report: 09/10/1927
Latitude: 30° 14' 28"
Longitude: 89° 14' 56"
Site: Located in the water
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site:
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: In the water
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises:
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat to Pass Christian, Miss. about 5 miles
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: Wooden dwelling on iron piles surmounted by lantern
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1847 - reestablished 1883
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1923
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: 42'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: The sky
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Lantern on top of dwelling
Object of Navigation: Mississippi Sound navigation
Building Materials: Wooden dwelling on iron piles
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron ladder outside; wooden steps inside
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass:
Number of Windows and Size of Sash:
Number of Doors:
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
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: 27 1/4" x 36"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern:
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Iron
Lightning Spindle: Iron
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Wood. Lantern gallery covered with galv. iron.
Lantern Doors: 1 in parapet
Floor of Lantern: Wood
Watchroom Doors: Hatch
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: 5 in parapet
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Screwed into metal
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 490
Name of Maker: Barbier & Fenestre
Year Made:
Marks and Number: B.F. 70
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 19 11/16"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 360 degrees
Number of Panels: 4
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 6 fixed
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 4 fixed
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: Cast iron spindle
Service Table:
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: Linen cover
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 4th order
Type of Illuminant: Kerosene
Number of Spare Lamps: One
Number of Spare Burners: One
Candle Power: 52 cp

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1.5"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None
Oil House Description: Part of room below lantern. Floor covered with sheet lead.
Oil House Inside Dimension: 6' 10" x 3' 6"
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity: 88 5-gal cans
Other (Describe): 1 in lower room under stairs
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Gamewell No. 3 Bell
Time to Start: 1 minute
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: 1 stroke, 20 sec silent
Duplication: None
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: On S gallery of structure
Distance and Direction:
Water Supply:
Reached from Lighthouse:
Description of Fog Signal Building: None - on gallery of lighthouse
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Bell Signal
Weight: Not known
Metal: Bell
Diameter: 28"
Height: 35.5"
Time: 2.5 hours
Manufacturer: Bell marked USLHS 1913
Weights for Operation:
Location: Dwelling on screw piles surmounted by lantern
Coloring: Whte
Construction Materials: Wooden dwelling on iron screw piles
Number of Rooms: 4
Number of Dwellings: One
Heating Plant: Kerosene stove
Number of Keepers: 2
Furnished Quarters: Both
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: None
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks: None
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: In water
Area Cultivated:
Character of Surroundings: Station in water 5 miles from land.
Stove, Maker: Perfection
Stove, Size: 3 burner cookstove
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
Lamps: 1 table lamp, 2 hand lanterns
How Procured: Rain water from roof
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Strainers in every gutter
Tank Capacity: 1 cistern 16.5' cir. 7' staves, 1400 gals; 1 cistern 19' cir. 6' 10" staves, 2200 gal
Tank Material: Wood
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Good
Local Causes:
Recommended Improvements:
Boat #1
Boat Number: 120
Type: Yawl with motor
Length: 5'
Width: 16'
When Built: 1917
Date Harbored at Station: 7/27/1920
Sails: True
Suited to Work: Yes
Boat #2
Boat Number: 111
Type: Skiff
Length: 4' 3"
Width: 16'
When Built: 1916
Date Harbored at Station: Oct., 1923
Sails: True
Suited to Work: Yes

Power Boat
Engine Type: "Kermath"
Horsepower: 364
Engine Maker: Standard Gear Co., Detroit; # 12560
Spare Coil:
Battery: Dry
Propeller Diameter: 14"
Propeller Pitch: 20"

Hoisting Engines
Hoisting Engine Kind: Handwinch
Engine RPMs:
Engine Diameter:
Engine Stroke:
Engine Boiler:
Engine Maker and Date:
Serial Number:
Cylinders and Size:
Hoist Starter:
Hoist Miscellaneous:

General Information:
Boats on Station: In davits