Report for Newburyport Harbor (Massachusetts) - 1927

District: 2nd
Inspector: C. H. Robinson
Location: N'ly end of Plum Island
Date of Report: 10/09/1927
Latitude: 42° 48' 55"
Longitude: 70° 49' 10"
Site: Conveyed to US by Commonwealth of Massachusetts, June 10, 1790 & deed from Pettingell heirs
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 02/11/1920
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: About 53 acres
Area Inclosed: About 2 acres
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 400'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Wire wooden post fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Train to Newburyport team from there to station, distance about 5 miles
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: 1789
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1898
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: 50'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Skyline
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Harbor
Building Materials: Wood tower, cast iron lantern
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Stairs of wood
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 8" x 10", 12 lights to each
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 2; 27.5" x 22 3/4"
Number of Doors: 1; 1' 8" x 6' 8"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Tower built light so it could be easily moved if found necessary
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Cylindrical
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides:
Type of Bars: Helical
Thickness of Bars: 7/8"
Height Glazed: 2' 11.5"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side:
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates:
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Yes copper
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: Cast iron, hinged
Floor of Lantern: Wood
Watchroom Doors: None - no watchroom
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet - 4 each
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: No
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Yes, in frieze
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 5800
Name of Maker: La Sautter & Co. Paris
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 19.5"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 90 degrees
Number of Panels: 4 -1 with mirror reflection
Number of Flash Panels: None
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5 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: Iron
Service Table:
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: 100 W; 220 V type P.S. 25 bulb ring type filament electric lamp; Oil lamp to be used only when electric current not available. 220W electric current; 5800 cp - efficiency in watts per candlepower is .017.
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: 2
Candle Power:

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1 1/2"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 used storing spare parts,etc.
Oil House Description: About 200' SE'ly of tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' x 10'
Oil House Construction Material: Bricks
Oil House Capacity: About 400
Other (Describe): None
Location: About 100' S'ly of tower
Coloring: White lead colored trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 7
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters: Keeper
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: Fuel, boathouse & privy
Outhouse Coloring: White
Paths and Walks: Planks & concrete walks
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Shifting sand
Stove, Maker: Magee Grand
Stove, Size: 177
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 22" x 36"
Pump, Maker: The Gould Mfg. Co.
Pump, Size: 1165
Lamps: 2 brass table & 2 brass hand lamps made General Depot
How Procured: From cistern in ground outdoors
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Turned off at sill & cleaned frequently
Tank Capacity: About 1500 gals
Tank Material: Bricks
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 place in Basin & 1 on NW'ly beach
Distance and Direction: About 400'
Miscellaneous Remarks: Station in good condition