Report for Nobska Point (Massachusetts) - 1922

District: 2nd
Inspector: F. J. Morse, 1st Asst. Supt.
Location: On point E of entrance to Woods Hole Harbor & Vineyard Sound
Date of Report: 03/09/1922
Latitude: 41° 30' 57"
Longitude: 70° 39' 20"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 07/09/1828
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 5.61 acres - by deed 4 acres +/-
Area Inclosed: 2.54 acres
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 125'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Wood fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: By town highway from RR depot at Woods Hole, distance about 1 mile
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: 1829
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1876
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: 87'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Trees & cottages
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Connected by covered way
Object of Navigation: Sound, local navigation
Building Materials: Cast iron, brick lining
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron winding
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 21" x 10.5"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 2; 24 3/4" x 48"
Number of Doors: 1; 2' 9.5" x 6' 3"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
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 1/8"
Height Glazed: 36 1/4"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 27.5" x 36 1/4"
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: Copper with conductor leading down into ground
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes, iron
Lantern Doors: Sheet iron, hinged
Floor of Lantern: Cast iron
Watchroom Doors: Trap door, hinged
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Parapet
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: No
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Yes, screwed

How is Watchroom Fitted: Bench for lamps & closet for supplies
How is Relief Called: Thermostat, wires
Where is Call System Led: Keeper's bedroom
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: W 6500; R 2000
Name of Maker: Henry LePaute
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:
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: 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: Hollow cast iron 42" tall
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: None, 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 glass
Red Sectors Description: 263 degrees to 289 degrees
Where Color Attached: Lantern
Form of Colored Glass: Rectangular set in front
Lamp Description: 200 Watt, electric, 16.7 cp of light per watt of current, kerosene IOV about 500 candles used as emergency
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2; 1 vapor, 1 oil
Number of Spare Burners: 2 oil
Candle Power:

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 mantel
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel: 1 1/4"
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None
Oil House Description: Brick, painted brown
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' 8" x 10' 8"
Oil House Construction Material: Brick
Oil House Capacity: About 450
Other (Describe): None
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: 1st class Daboll trumpet
Time to Start: About 5 min.
How Long Will Pressure Last: About 5 min.
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: Group 3 blasts: 2 sec blast, 1 sec silent; 2 sec blast, 1 sec silent; 2 sec blast 22 sec silent
Duplication: Engine & compressors automatic clocks & horns also 5 HP motor which is used most of the time
Timing Device: Automatic clocks
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown: 6.5 lbs
Height Above Water: About 25'
Compass Direction: 180 degrees
Location: E'ly to Vineyard Sound & Woods Hole Harbor
Distance and Direction: 210' 215 degrees 15'
Water Supply: Cisterns & town water supply
Reached from Lighthouse: Path
Description of Fog Signal Building: Brick with wooden hip roof surmounted by horn
Pressure And Recording Gauge: Yes
Internal Combustion Signal
Fog Signal Kind:
Internal Combustion Kind: Oil
Internal Combustion Manufacturer: Secor
Internal Combustion Date: 1909
Internal Combustion Size: 6' x 6"
Internal Combustion Horsepower: 6
Internal Combustion Fuel: Kerosene
Internal Combustion Starter: Hot ball
Compressor Maker: Am. Air Compressor Co., 1909, 5HP electric motor now used, oil engines used for share
Compressor Seat: Same bed geared
Compressor Machinery: 1 to 3.38 ratio
Compressor Diameter: 10.5
Compressor Stroke: 6"
Compressor RPMs: 148
Character of Air Inlet: 2"
Kind of Unloader: None
Diameter of Delivery Pipe: 2"

Daboll Signal
Daboll: 1st class
Daboll Reed:
Daboll Length: 1' 8"
Daboll Breadth: 5"
Daboll Base Thickness: 11/16"
Daboll Tip Thickness: 5/16"

Trumpet Signal
Trumpet Length: 7' 9"
Trumpet Diameter: 2' 4"
Trumpet Material: Copper

Air Receiver
Number: 2
Diameter: 1 - 4'; 1 - 5'
Height: 7'
Capacity Cubic Feet: 87 & 137
Pressure in Each: 6.5 lbs
Make of Reducing Valve: None
Location: 40', 98 connected by covered way
Coloring: Brown
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings: 2
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: Keeper in 1, asst in other
Furnished Quarters: Both
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: Double fuel house
Outhouse Coloring: Brown
Paths and Walks: Paths from dwellings to fuel house
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: 1 acre
Area Cultivated: About 3/4 acre
Character of Surroundings: Fast ground
Stove, Maker: Magee Grand (2)
Stove, Size: 7-18 (2)
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 22" x 48"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 2 brass hand, 2 brass table lamps from General Depot
How Procured: Town supply & cisterns
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Cisterns used for cooling purposes & washing water
Tank Capacity: About 1300 gal each
Tank Material: Bricks plastered with cement
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 wharf or boathouse. Town highway from village of Woods Hole to lighthouse
Distance and Direction: About 1 mile to village NW'ly
Miscellaneous Remarks: Station in good condition.