Report for Bishop & Clerks (Massachusetts) - 1922

District: 2nd
Inspector: F. J. Morse, 1st Asst. Supt.
Location: On N'ly part of Bishop & Clerks Ledge
Date of Report: 03/12/1922
Latitude: 41° 34' 28"
Longitude: 70° 15' 02"
Site: Submerged site
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 04/03/1878
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site:
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark:
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 - about 6 mile to Hyannis Post Office.
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: 1858
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: Has never been rebuilt
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: 56'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky line
Color of Tower: Gray granite
Color of Tower/ How Produced:
Tower Connection: Keepers live in tower
Object of Navigation: Sea coast - general navigation
Building Materials: Granite
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 8.5" x 13"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 9; 20.5" x 16.5"
Number of Doors: 10; Entrance 3' x 7'; others 2' 8" x 6' 8"
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: 1"
Height Glazed: 35.5"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 26 7/8" x 36"
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 conductor to water
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: Iron with brass hinges
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: Yes, fitted with hinges & latch
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Curtain hooks screwed into lantern.

How is Watchroom Fitted: Closet for spare lamp etc., & service table
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: About 4 hours
Intensity in Candles: W 1800 R sector 540
Name of Maker: Not Known
Year Made: Not Known
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 21"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: 3 minutes
Flash Interval: 23 sec
Duration of Flash: 7 sec
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 6
Number of Flash Panels: 6
Arc of Each: 60 degrees
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 2
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5 flash
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3 flash
Does Apparatus Revolve?: True
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: Cone bearing
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube: None - guards
Clock Weight: About 100 lbs
Length of Winding Time: About 4 hours
Drive During Rewind:
Machinery Protection: Glass case
Regulated: Fan governor
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: White
Red Sectors Description: 342 degrees to 16 degrees
Where Color Attached: Red sector attached to lantern
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 4th order lamp
Type of Illuminant: Kerosene
Number of Spare Lamps: One
Number of Spare Burners: One
Candle Power: 45 cp

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord: Clock cord
Size of Clock Cord: 1/4"
Length of Clock Cord: About 125'
How Led: Down stair well
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum: 4" x 12"

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: Single wick
Diameter of Outside Wick: 2 5/8"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description: In base of bell tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 6' x 8'
Oil House Construction Material: Wood, iron lined,
Oil House Capacity: About 300 5-gal cans
Other (Describe): Store-room for supplies, fuel, etc., in base of tower
Suitability: Suitable
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Bell struck by machinery
Time to Start: Instantly
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: 1 stroke, 15 sec silent
Duplication: Necessary parts
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: To keep shipping off from ledge & a guide to Hyannis Harbor
Distance and Direction: Attached to tower
Water Supply: None
Reached from Lighthouse: From main gallery deck
Description of Fog Signal Building: Wooden bolted to side of tower
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Bell Signal
Weight: 900 lbs
Metal: Bell metal
Diameter: 36"
Height: 2' 3"
Time: 1 3/4 hours
Manufacturer: McShane, 1906
Weights for Operation:
Location: Keepers quarters in tower
Construction Materials:
Number of Rooms:
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant: Coal stoves
Number of Keepers: 1 keeper, 2 assistants
Furnished Quarters: All at tower
NOT Furnished Quarters: No quarters furnished on shore
Outhouses: None
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks: None
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available:
Area Cultivated:
Character of Surroundings: Water
Stove, Maker: Magee Coronet (All keepers use same stove)
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 22" x 48"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 1 brass table, 2 brass hand lamps from General Depot.
How Procured: Drinking water brought to station by keepers, rain water used for domestic purposes
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Frequent cleaning of cistern
Tank Capacity: Cistern, 1000 gal, in cellar
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 platform suspended from E'ly side of pier
Distance and Direction: Attached to base of tower
Miscellaneous Remarks: This is a conical gray granite tower on a circular granite base with black lantern. There are 4 rooms for keepers, with cellar in base for cistern storeroom etc.
Boat #1
Boat Number: 4
Type: Power dory
Length: 4' 11"
Width: 13'
When Built: 1921
Date Harbored at Station: 12/28/1921
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes
Boat #2
Boat Number: 111
Type: Dory
Length: 4' 6"
Width: 13'
When Built: 1914
Date Harbored at Station: 1916
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes

Power Boat
Engine Type: Gasoline
Horsepower: 3
Engine Maker: Lathrop - 19394 (1921)
Spare Coil: None
Magnet: None
Battery: Dry 6
Propeller Diameter: 14"
Propeller Pitch: 20"

General Information:
Boats on Station: Davits & platform