Report for Nantucket Cliff Range Front Beacon (Massachusetts) - 1880

District: 2nd
Inspector: Engineer, 2nd & 3rd L.H. Districts
Location: On beach NW of Nantucket Harbor, MA
Date of Report: 04/03/1880
Latitude: 41° 17' 31"
Longitude: 70° 06' 23"
Date of Reservation:
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Area of the Entire Site: 3 acres
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil: Light sandy & wet lowlands
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 245'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Partly enclosed
Wharf or Landing on Premises: No wharf - boats land on beach near lighthouse site.
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: None
Means to Reach Light Station: From Boston by Old Colony & Newport RR to Wood's Hole - thence by steamer to Nantucket - then in carriage to station or can walk about 3/4 mile.
Distance to Nearest Road: About 3/4 mile to Steamboat landing at Nantucket Harbor.
Distance to Post Office: 1 mile
Distance to Village: 1/8 mile
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: Fair road about 3/4 mile from steamboat wharf in harbor.
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Small frame bldg.
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1838
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1856
Condition at This Date: Fair
Shape of Tower in Plan: Nearly square
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: Glass in front of reflector is 7'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water:
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: High bluff
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: By whitewashing
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Range for channel
Building Materials: Wood
General Description: Board & shingle
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet: No parapet
Diameter at Base: 10' 4" x 12' 4"
Diameter at Parapet: No parapet
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wood
Number of Landings: None
Size of Glass: None
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: None
Number of Doors: 2
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Sills rest on posts set in ground
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Light sandy & low wet ground.
Soil Susceptibility: Abt 2/3 is protected by grass.
Miscellaneous Remarks: Small bldg for light is of wood - 10' 4 " x 12' 4" at base, from floor to plate 7' 5" high. There is a plate of glass in front of the reflector, 27" x 27".
Illuminating Apparatus
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Order of Apparatus: 21" 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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How Color is Produced: White chimney
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Lamp Description: Argand - 1 wick
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Number of Spare Lamps: 3
Number of Spare Burners: 3
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None
Oil House Description: In base of bldg, oil butt stand.
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity: 3 - 50 gallon oil butts; 1 - 40 gallon oil can. Oil butts on wooden stand.
Other (Describe): Closet in parlor of dwelling, fitted w/ shelves, used for wick, towels, brushes etc. Large stores are kept under eaves of dwelling.
Suitability: Dry
Location: House is to W of light.
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Woodshed 12" x 14" w/ 7' 6" posts. Water closet 5' 2" x 5' 4" w/ 6' 6" posts & close to house.
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks: Plank walk from one beacon to other 260' long. & 1 from back door of dwelling 164' long joins the other walk about 1/2 way btwn beacons.
Area Inclosed: About 3 acres partly enclosed by post & rail fence.
Area of Garden: None
Area Timber or Shrubbery: None
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Sandy, wet, some high land at rear of beacons.
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How Procured: By pump from well
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
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Distilling Apparatus: False
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Well Description: Circular - 5' 4" deep
Well Diameter: 3'
Well Lining: Lined up w/ bricks; upper part laid in cement
Pump or Bucket: Wood pump in yard & iron pump to kitchen
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Distance from Dwelling: Close to back door.
General Opinion: Healthy
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Tools And Accessories
Lantern Curtains: 8
Lens Covers: 2
Damper Tube and Key:
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Carillon for Overflow Pump:
Time Marker:
Spare Lamp Ready for Use: 3
Rod Lamp Ready for Use:
Curtain Hanger:
Heater: 2
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Feather Brushes: Wool duster - 4
Linen Towels: 14
Sponges: 4
Chamois Skins: 4
Scissors: 2 straight - 2 curved
Chimney Filters: 2
Coupling Pliers:
Service Box and Implements: 2
Cleaning Materials: Rouge powder, whiting, 1 rotten stone
Keepers Aprons: 2