Report for Neds Point Light Station (Massachusetts) - 1880

District: 2nd
Inspector: Engineer, 2nd & 3rd L.H. Districts
Location: Situated on the E side of Mattapoisett Harbor, MA
Date of Report: 04/03/1880
Latitude: 41° 39' 01"
Longitude: 70° 47' 45"
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 4 acres more or less
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil: Good soil
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 40'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Stone wall
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 Mattapoisett thence by private conveyance to Lt. Sta. about 1 1/4 miles.
Distance to Nearest Road: 40 rods to nearest public road.
Distance to Post Office: 1 1/8 mile
Distance to Village: 1 1/8 mile
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: 1 1/4 mile from RR station at Mattapoisett by private conveyance.
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1847
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1856
Condition at This Date: Poor
Shape of Tower in Plan: Round
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 32' to focal plane
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 43'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Woods
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Whitewashing
Tower Connection: Connected by covered way or walk.
Object of Navigation: Harbor
Building Materials: Stone & lime mortar
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 2' 10"
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 12"
Diameter at Base: 18'
Diameter at Parapet: 6' 6"
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Stone
Number of Landings: 1
Size of Glass: 8" x 10"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3 windows 3' 8" x 2' 3"
Number of Doors: 1
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Sand & loam
Soil Susceptibility: Grass
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 5th
Shape of Lantern:
Diameter to Glass: 6' 6"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 9
Type of Bars:
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 3'
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 28" x 36"
Number of Storm Panes: One
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron & copper
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron rafters covered w/ copper
Ventilator / Cowl: Zinc
Lightning Spindle: Iron on ball ventilator
Description of Lightning Rod: Copper rod - attached by clasp - below surface 6'
Balustrade: Wrought iron posts, 2 rails, top one round & bottom one of flat iron up edgeways.
Lantern Doors: Of wood - double doors in parapet wall
Floor of Lantern: Soapstone
Watchroom Doors: No watchroom - a trap door in floor of lantern.
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: In parapet wall
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement:
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Large head screws
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker:
Year Made:
Marks and Number:
Order of Apparatus: 6th
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic: Fixed white
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: Arc illuminating 215 degrees. Seen from E by S'd to NW 3/4 W.
Number of Panels: 3
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: None
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: None
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: Wood
Service Table: None
Draft Tube Description:
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 Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Haines lamp 1 wick
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners:
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: Fitted w/ 3 shelves & used to keep spare fixtures for lamps etc.
Oil House Description: No oil room
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity: 2 - 50 gallon oil butts; 20 of 5 gallon oil cans each in a wood case. Oil butts in cellar on stools.
Other (Describe): None except one in tower
Suitability: Suited.
Location: E side of tower & connected w/ it by covered walk
Construction Materials: Stone & wood
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Barn & wood house
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks:
Area Inclosed: 4 acres enclosed by wall & water
Area of Garden: 1/2 acre
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: 2 acres
Area Cultivated: 1/2 acre used for garden
Character of Surroundings: Wood land & low land.
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
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Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: From well
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution:
Tank Capacity:
Tank Material:
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description: 12' deep
Well Diameter: 3'
Well Lining: Stoned up
Pump or Bucket: Pump
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling: In the back room
General Opinion: Healthy
Local Causes:
Recommended Improvements:
Access to Lighthouse: No wharf - can land on the shore or rock.
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Tools And Accessories
Lantern Curtains: 2 sets
Lens Covers: 2
Damper Tube and Key:
Spare Damper and Key:
Carillon for Overflow Pump:
Time Marker:
Spare Lamp Ready for Use: 1
Rod Lamp Ready for Use:
Curtain Hanger:
Spare Lamp Cover:
Lamp Stand: 1
Mechanical Lamp Cords:
Revolving Machinery Cords:
Revolving Machinery Weights:
Spare Fly Or Governor:
Gauge for Oil Cistern:
Feather Brushes: 2
Linen Towels: 5
Sponges: 2
Chamois Skins: 1
Scissors: 2 pair straight, 2 pair curved
Chimney Filters:
Coupling Pliers:
Service Box and Implements: 1
Cleaning Materials: Rouge powder, whiting, & rotten stone
Keepers Aprons: 2