Report for Nantucket Range Beacon (Massachusetts) - 1880

District: 2nd
Inspector: Engineer, 2nd & 3rd L.H. Districts
Location: On rising ground, about 1 mile in rear of Brant Point lighthouse, MA
Date of Report: 04/03/1880
Latitude: 41° 16' 22"
Longitude: 70° 04' 42"
Date of Reservation:
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Area of the Entire Site: 1 acre
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil: Light sandy soil
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 2772'
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: From Boston by Old Colony & Newport RR to Wood's Hole; thence by steamboat to Nantucket. Then hire a carriage or walk about 2 miles to station.
Distance to Nearest Road: About 2 miles to Steamboat wharf at Nantucket. A road runs past light station.
Distance to Post Office: 1 3/4 mile
Distance to Village: 1 mile
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: Take a carriage at steamboat wharf - or walk about 2 miles to light station.
Means Used for Support of Lantern: A small frame bldg.
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1794
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1869
Condition at This Date: Fair
Shape of Tower in Plan: Square base
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: No lantern - height of glass in front of reflector is 8' 10" from the ground.
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water:
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Wood
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Whitewashing
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Range
Building Materials: Wooden bldg
General Description: Board shingle
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Diameter at Base: 12' 5" x 12' 7" (square)
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Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wooden steps to bench holding reflector.
Number of Landings: None
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Number of Doors: 2
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Sills on posts; of wood - set in ground.
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Light sandy - very little loam.
Soil Susceptibility: The whole site is protected by thin grass or trees.
Miscellaneous Remarks: A wooden bldg 12' 5" x 12' 7" at base & 17' 9" to peak.
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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Lamp Description: Argand - 1 wick
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Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: 2
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: A small closet in bench that supports reflector, fitted w/ shelves: contains wicks, chimneys, brushes & cleaning materials in daily use. also spare lamp
Oil House Description: Oil kept in base of bldg for the light.
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity: 2 - 50 gallon oil butts; 1 old fashioned 50 gallon oil can. Butts sit on wooden benches.
Other (Describe): In bldg for the light, a closet w/ shelves for small stores - oil on benches - paint overhead.
Suitability: Dry
Location: Near & SW of light w/ a short open walk from back door to door of beacon.
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 7
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Woodshed - joined to house 12' 1" x 10' 2" inside, 7' 6" high.
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Area Timber or Shrubbery: Abt 3/4 of site covered w/ low pine trees.
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Sandy soil
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How Procured: By pump from cistern
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: By cleaning out cistern
Tank Capacity: About 1900 gallons, N side of dwelling, close to it & in ground.
Tank Material: Bricks & cement
Distilling Apparatus: False
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General Opinion: Healthy
Diseases: None
Prevalency: No
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: No landing. Material landed at Nantucket & carted to station.
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Tools And Accessories
Lantern Curtains: 2
Lens Covers: 1
Damper Tube and Key:
Spare Damper and Key:
Carillon for Overflow Pump:
Time Marker:
Spare Lamp Ready for Use: 2
Rod Lamp Ready for Use:
Curtain Hanger:
Heater: 1
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Gauge for Oil Cistern:
Feather Brushes: 1
Linen Towels: 5
Sponges: 1
Chamois Skins: 2
Scissors: 1 pair straight, 1 curved.
Chimney Filters: 1
Coupling Pliers:
Service Box and Implements: 1
Cleaning Materials: Rouge powder, whiting & rotten stone
Keepers Aprons: 2