Report for Middle Ground Channel Front (South Carolina) - 1909

District: 6th
Inspector: E.M. Adams, Captain, Corps of Engineers
Location: Middle Ground Channel Front; on the E'ly shore of South Island, SC, about 7/8 mile W'ly from Georgetown Light Station.
Date of Report: 04/18/1909
Latitude: 33° 13' 11"
Longitude: 79° 12' 01"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 01/03/1903
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 4,356 sq. feet. (66' x 66')
Area Inclosed: None.
Character of Soil: Sand
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 200 feet
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None.
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: None.
Means to Reach Light Station: Take Light-House tender from Georgetown, SC, and land on the beach opposite the light.
Distance to Nearest Road: RR station, Georgetown, SC, 12 miles
Distance to Post Office: South Island, 3/4 miles
Distance to Village: South Island, 3/4 mile
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance: Take Light-House tender from Georgetown, SC 12 miles.
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Steel skeleton tower.
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1903
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: Never
Condition at This Date: Excellent
Shape of Tower in Plan: Square
Form of Tower: Pyramidal
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball:
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 28 feet
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Trees & sky.
Color of Tower: White, slatted day mark.
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: No dwelling
Object of Navigation: Range; local
Building Materials: Steel skeleton tower on brick piers.
General Description:
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Diameter at Base: 8 feet
Diameter at Parapet: 3' 9"
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron ladder.
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Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Brick piers; 4 feet.
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Sand
Soil Susceptibility: Beach grass, scrub pine & myrtle grow.
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: Locomotive head light.
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Balustrade: Wooden platform; iron hand rail.
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Illuminating Apparatus
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Name of Maker: No name; came from Tompkineville
Year Made:
Marks and Number: 2.
Order of Apparatus: Reflector
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Light Characteristic: Fixed white.
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Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
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Pedestal: Wooden box.
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How Color is Produced: No color, white.
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Lamp Description: 5th order improved; 1 wick.
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Number of Spare Lamps: 1
Number of Spare Burners: 1
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Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: Pedestal is a locker; used for storage of cleaning material.
Oil House Description: Oil house is at rear light of this range.
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Suitability: Dry & suitable.
Location: No dwellling
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General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: No sickness reported
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Access to Lighthouse: No landing.
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Miscellaneous Remarks: The terms of the Deed permit shifting the site of this structure in order to swing the range whenever changes in the channel require such action.