Report for Bird Island (Massachusetts) - 1928

District: 2nd
Inspector: J. G. Ramsey, Draftsman
Location: On Bird Island, E side of entrance to Sippican Harbor
Date of Report: 06/19/1928
Latitude: 41° 40' 10"
Longitude: 70° 43' 04"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 05/05/1819
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: About 2 3/4 acre
Area Inclosed: None
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 96'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Boatslip with piers on each side.
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Boat - 2.5 miles Marion, Mass.
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: One
First Built or Established: 1819
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1889
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: 37'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Whitewashed
Tower Connection: Connected by short covered way
Object of Navigation: Guide to Wareham Sippican Harbors & W'ly entrance to Cape Cod Canal.
Building Materials: Cobble stones, brick floor
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Granite with wood stair-rail
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 8" x 10"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3; 2 - 23.5" x 27.5"; 1 - 19" x 23"
Number of Doors: 1 double each 3' x 6' 10" opening
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: Cylindrical
Diameter to Glass: 7' 8"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides:
Type of Bars: Helical
Thickness of Bars: 7/8"
Height Glazed: 2' 11.5"
Number of Plates in Height:
Number of Plates Each Side:
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: Standard 4th order helical
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Iron
Lightning Spindle: Yes, with copper conductor leading down into ground.
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: Iron hinged
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: Steel trap door hinged
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Spring roll curtains

How is Watchroom Fitted: None
How is Relief Called: Thermostat bell
Where is Call System Led: To keeper's bedroom
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 2900
Name of Maker: Henry LePaute
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: Paris
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 19.5"
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: None
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5 fixed
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3 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: Iron
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: Cone only
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: 35 mm Type A
Type of Illuminant: Kerosene
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: 2
Candle Power: About 600 cp

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 mantel
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel: 1 1/4"
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 with shelves for spare lamps, chimneys, etc.
Oil House Description: Stone 250' NW 1/2 W from light tower.
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8'4" x 10' 4"
Oil House Construction Material: Cobble stone
Oil House Capacity: About 400 5-gal cans
Other (Describe): None
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Fog bell operated by machinery
Time to Start: Instantly
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: 2 storkes 12 sec silent
Duplication: Necessary vital parts
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: Guide to upper parts of Buzzards Bay & W entrance to Cape Cod Canal
Distance and Direction: About 300' 210 degrees
Water Supply: None
Reached from Lighthouse: By path
Description of Fog Signal Building: Pyramidal wooden structure 35' tall
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Bell Signal
Weight: 1,037 lbs
Metal: Bell
Diameter: 36"
Height: 27"
Time: 4 hours
Manufacturer: McShane Bell Foundry 1902
Weights for Operation: 1,000 lbs
Location: NW'ly side of tower
Coloring: White - lead color trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters: Keeper
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Fuel & boathouse
Outhouse Coloring: White lead trim
Paths and Walks: Paths & plank walks to boathouse
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: 1/2 acre
Area Cultivated: 1/8 acre
Character of Surroundings: Sandy & small beach stones
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 22 x 48
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 1 brass table, 1 brass hand lamp from Gen. Depot
How Procured: Rain water
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Cisterns cleaned frequently
Tank Capacity: 2; 1 in dwelling cellar, 1 outside in ground; Total capacity 2500 gal.
Tank Material: Bricks cement plastered
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Landing at boathouse with ways leading to low water - no road.
Distance and Direction: 260' NE from tower
Miscellaneous Remarks: Station needs a seawall on SW'ly side to protect same from sea. Light characteristic changed from fixed & flashing to fixed 6/17/1928.
Boat #1
Boat Number: 113
Type: Dory
Length: 4' 6"
Width: 13'
When Built: 1914
Date Harbored at Station: 1916
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes
Boat #2
Boat Number: 111
Type: Dory
Length: 4' 6"
Width: 13'
When Built:
Date Harbored at Station: 11/3/1927
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes

General Information:
Boats on Station: Boathouse