Report for Nauset Beach (Massachusetts) - 1927

District: 2nd
Inspector: C. H. Robinson, Asst. Lighthouse Engineer
Location: On beach at Eastham, E side of Cape Cod
Date of Report: 06/11/1927
Latitude: 41° 51' 39"
Longitude: 69° 57' 06"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 04/28/1888
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 5.037 acres
Area Inclosed: Whole
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 230'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Wire fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Team or auto over public road & right of way about 2 miles to N Eastham
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: 1839
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1923
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: 114'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Seacoast - general navigation
Building Materials: Iron lined with bricks
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: 10.5" x 21"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 25" x 24"
Number of Doors: 1; 34" x 6' x 2.5"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Right-of-way acquired 9/14/1837. New tower 200' at rear of old one & will be secure from danger of erosion for some years to come.
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 1/4"
Height Glazed: 35 3/4"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 27.5" x 36 3/8"
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 copper conductor into ground
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes, iron
Lantern Doors: Iron, fitted
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: Wood hinged
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: 5
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Curtains

How is Watchroom Fitted: 1 closet for storing spare parts for lantern
How is Relief Called: Thermostat call bell
Where is Call System Led: Keepers hallway
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 8 hours
Intensity in Candles: 30,000
Name of Maker: Barbier & Benard Paris
Year Made: 1910
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 20 1/4"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: 10 secs
Flash Interval: 1.4 & 6.6 sec
Duration of Flash: 0.2 sec
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 3 & 180 degree mirror
Number of Flash Panels: 3
Arc of Each: 60 degrees
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 6 flashing
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3 flashing
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: Mercury float
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube: None - guard center of tower
Clock Weight: About 200 lbs
Length of Winding Time: 8 hours
Drive During Rewind: Yes (3rd district type C clock)
Machinery Protection: Glass case
Regulated: Weight type governor
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 35 mm IOV Type B
Type of Illuminant: Kerosene
Number of Spare Lamps: 2 IOV; 1 Aladdin
Number of Spare Burners: 1
Candle Power: 600 cp

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord: Cord - steel
Size of Clock Cord: 1/8"
Length of Clock Cord: 360'
How Led: Center tower
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum: 6 1/4" diam. & 6 5/16" long

Chariot Balls
Balls Description: Semi-circular grooves
Cage to Separate Balls: True
Number of Balls:
Diameter of Balls: Thrust 11/16"; Upper radial 5/8"; Lower 1/2"

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 mantel
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel: 1 1/4"
Diameter of Circum Circle: One only

Mercury Float
Inside Diameter of Trough: 20"
Inside Depth of Trough: 8 1/16"
Outside Diameter of Float: 9 15/16"
Depth of Float: 8 1/8"
Weight of Mercury in Pounds: 17.5
How Often is Mercury Renewed: Clean & renew annually

Parabolic Mirror
Parabolic Opening: 20 1/4"
Parabolic Mirror Depth: 20.5"
Parabolic Focal Length:
Parabolic Material: Glass silvered
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: Fitted with shelves for spare lamps, etc.
Oil House Description: 145' N'ly from tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' 8" x 10' 8"
Oil House Construction Material: Bricks
Oil House Capacity: About 450 - 1 outside tank 3 x 10 capacity 525 gals
Other (Describe): 1 garage about 9' x 18' about 200' SW
Location: About 40' N'ly of tower
Coloring: White lead color trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings: One
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters: Keeper
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: Garage 190' S of tower
Outhouse Coloring: White, lead trim
Paths and Walks: Paths
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Sandy
Stove, Maker: Howe Monarch Premier
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 18" x 34"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 2 brass table, 2 brass hand lamps from Gen. Depot
How Procured: Cistern
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Frequent cleaning
Tank Capacity: 3500 gals
Tank Material: Bricks cement plastered on inside
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: No landing wharf or boathouse. Town road & right of way to lighthouse reservation
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Station now in good condition with exception to grounds being graded by Keeper. Old wooden tower replaced on new site by cast iron tower removed from Chatham 1923