Report for Narrows (Massachusetts) - 1927

District: 2nd
Inspector: J. G. Ramsey, Draftsman
Location: W'ly end of spit making out from Great Brewster Island N'ly isde of entrance to Narrows.
Date of Report: 06/19/1927
Latitude: 42° 19' 28"
Longitude: 70° 55' 11"
Site: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1855
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: Not defined
Area Inclosed: No
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: Submerged at high-water
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Boat - Boston
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: None
First Built or Established: 1856
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1911
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: 45'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Land & skylline
Color of Tower: White, dwelling surmounted by lantern, sets on black pile foundation
Color of Tower/ How Produced:
Tower Connection: Keeper lives in tower
Object of Navigation: Harbor
Building Materials: Iron screw piles with wooden dwelling
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wooden
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: None
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: None
Number of Doors: None
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Submarine site on W'ly end of sand spit.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 5th
Shape of Lantern: Cylindrical
Diameter to Glass: 5' inside diam.
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides:
Type of Bars: Helical
Thickness of Bars: 1"
Height Glazed: 35"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 25 3/4" x 11 1/4" x 2 1/4"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 110 degrees
What Bearings: 144 degrees to 254 degrees
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Yes
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: None
Floor of Lantern: Oak
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet walls
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: In frieze, 2 for each side
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 55
Name of Maker: Henry LePaute, Paris
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter: 14 3/4"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
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: 4 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: Cast 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 chimney
Red Sectors Description: None
Where Color Attached: Red chimney on lamp
Form of Colored Glass: None
Lamp Description: 5th order
Type of Illuminant: Kerosene
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: 4
Candle Power: 20 cp
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None
Oil House Description: None, Galv iron lined locker
Oil House Inside Dimension: 20" x 40" x 46"
Oil House Construction Material: Wood lined with galv. iron
Oil House Capacity: 24
Other (Describe):
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Fog bell
Time to Start: At once
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: 1 stroke 20 sec silent
Duplication: Necessary small parts
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: To keep shipping off W'ly end of sand spit
Distance and Direction:
Water Supply: On roof of dwelling
Reached from Lighthouse: In dwelling
Description of Fog Signal Building: Fog bell located on S'ly side of dwelling & striker inside of same.
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Bell Signal
Weight: 1,000 lbs
Metal: Bell metal
Diameter: 3' 4"
Height: 27"
Time: 8 hours
Manufacturer: Wm. Blake & Co.
Weights for Operation: About 1000 lbs
Location: Dwelling supports lantern
Coloring: White
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 5
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant: Stoves
Number of Keepers: 1 keeper & family
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: None
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks: None
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated:
Character of Surroundings: None
Stove, Maker: Magee Grand
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Iron
Sink, Size: 24" x 3' 6"
Pump, Maker: None
Pump, Size:
How Procured: From tank
Quality: Excellent
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Turn off water until roof has been properly washed
Tank Capacity: About 1000 gal
Tank Material: Tank - wood
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: None
Recommended Improvements:
Boat #1
Boat Number: 118
Type: Dory
Length: 4' 4"
Width: 13'
When Built: 1915
Date Harbored at Station: 3/14/1917
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes
Boat #2
Boat Number: 51
Type: Skiff
Length: 4' 3"
Width: 12'
When Built: 1926
Date Harbored at Station: 10/28/1926
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes

General Information:
Boats on Station: Hanging at davits outside gallery railing