Report for Nantucket (Great Point) (Massachusetts) - 1927

District: 2nd
Inspector: C.H. Robinson, Asst. Lighthouse Engineer
Location: On point, N end of Nantucket Island
Date of Report: 10/20/1927
Latitude: 41° 22' 24"
Longitude: 70° 02' 24"
Site: Cession from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 06/12/1790
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: Not determined
Area Inclosed: Dwelling inclosed
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 630'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Board fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Beach landing & boathouse
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat about 8 miles or by team about 18 miles to Nantucket
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: 1769
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1818
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: 70'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Skyline
Color of Tower: White, black lantern
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Whitewash
Tower Connection:
Object of Navigation: Seacoast
Building Materials: Rubble stones, brick lined
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron spiral
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 10" x 13 1/4" & 9" x 10" (1)
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 5 - 23.5" x 56"; 1 - 21.5" x 45"
Number of Doors: 1 - 2' 10 3/4" x 6' 8"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Located on a sandy point & has base surrounded by walled area to prevent erosion of sand by wood.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 3rd
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 12
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 1 1/8"
Height Glazed: 5' 10.5"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 26 5/8" x 5' 11 3/4"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 1 door to lantern gallery 4' tall 30 degrees
What Bearings: 330 degrees & 0 degrees
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Yes, copper conductor to ground
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: Yes, hinged to swing out
Floor of Lantern: Cast iron
Watchroom Doors: Hatch in floor with iron stairs leading into same.
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet wall, below lantern glass
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Spring rollers

How is Watchroom Fitted: Yes, has no fittings
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: W 12,000; R 3,600
Name of Maker: L. Sautter & Co. A Paris
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 3rd
Inside Diameter: 39 3/4"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 5 (1 silver reflector (door))
Number of Flash Panels: None
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 13
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 11 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 6' tall
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:
How Color is Produced: White with red sector
Red Sectors Description: 84 degrees to 106 degrees
Where Color Attached: To inside of lantern glass
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 55 mm
Type of Illuminant: Kerosene
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: 2
Candle Power: 1500 cp

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 mantel
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel: 55 mm
Diameter of Circum Circle: One only
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None
Oil House Description: SW about 600' from tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' x 10'
Oil House Construction Material: Bricks, slate roof
Oil House Capacity: 1000
Other (Describe): None
Location: 30' S'ly
Coloring: White, lead trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6 each side
Number of Dwellings: 1 double
Heating Plant: Hot water - direct
Number of Keepers: Keeper & 1 asst.
Furnished Quarters: Both
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: 2 fuel houses, 1 stable used as garage
Outhouse Coloring: White lead trimmings
Paths and Walks: Plank walks
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated:
Character of Surroundings: Shifting sand
Stove, Maker: Magee Grand (2)
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 22" x 3' 6"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 2 brass table lamps, 3 brass hand lamps 3rd district
How Procured: Dug well & cisterns
Quality: Cistern - good; well - fair
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Thoroughly wash roof before turning water into cistern & frequent cleaning
Tank Capacity: About 1500 gal
Tank Material: Bricks cement lined
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description: Not known - cement cover
Well Diameter: Not known
Well Lining: Not known
Pump or Bucket: Pump
What Power Used: Hand
Distance from Dwelling: About 20'
General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Local Causes: None
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Beach landing at boat house. No road to lighthouse
Distance and Direction: About 1600' W
Miscellaneous Remarks: Station in very good general condition
Boat Number: 39
Type: Dory (poor condition)
Length: 4' 7"
Width: 13'
When Built: About 1904
Date Harbored at Station: 6/25/1912
Sails: True
Suited to Work: Yes

General Information:
Boats on Station: Boat house