Report for North Point Western Tower (Maryland) - 1867

District: 5th
Inspector: J. M. Berrien, Inspector, 5th District.
Location: Patapsco River.
Date of Report: 09/14/1867
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site:
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Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark:
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Enclosed with board & rail fence.
Wharf or Landing on Premises:
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Means Used for Support of Lantern: Detached tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established:
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
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Building Materials:
General Description: Built of stone "random" laid as nearly as I could tell. It leaks.
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Kind of Stairway and Steps: Of stone & whitewashed.
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: In pretty good condition. There is 1 pane out.
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: Wood - in good condition.
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Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: 1 ladder - no hooks at end of ladder.
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: No

How is Watchroom Fitted:
How is Relief Called: No bell for calling the relief.
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
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Order of Apparatus: 6th
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Light Characteristic: Fixed white
Time of Revolution:
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Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
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Fixed Lens Covered:
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
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Lens Protection:
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Red Sectors Description:
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Lamp Description: Lens of the 6th order - Franklin lamp
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2, in good condition
Number of Spare Burners: 2, in good condition.
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description:
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): There is a closet provided for the preservation of utensils, wicks, chimneys and cleaning materials. Paints, oils, spirits of turpentine, paint-brushes, etc. are kept in the oil room by themselves.
Construction Materials:
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Heating Plant:
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Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks:
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Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available:
Area Cultivated: Keeper cultivates all of it.
Character of Surroundings:
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
Lamps: There is a regulation clock in good condition - kept in the sitting room of the dwelling.
Access to Lighthouse:
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: A boat seems to be needed at this station. There are times when a boat is necessary to enable the Keeper to get from one tower to the other.
Lantern: In good condition.
Illuminating Apparatus: Lens was not clean, owing to sickness of Keeper who was confined to his bed.
Service Lamp: Tolerably good condition.
Oil: Specimen examined. It was clear & clean, it had been filtered.
Service Lamp Burner: Good condition
Service Lamp Burner Level: The burner was found to be somewhat out of level.
Plate Glass: Not clean; Keeper sick as before stated.
Lens Cover: It was on; made of cotton ticking. Hung up in the lantern room when not in use. It was clean.
Lantern Curtains: No curtains here.
Carillon or Alarm Bell: No alarm bell.
Rod Lamp: No rod lamp.
Dwelling: The roof of the dwelling is reported to leak badly in storms.
Stairway and Landing: Tolerably clean
Inside of Tower: Inside of tower was whitewashed.
Glazing of Dwelling: Some panes of glass are wanted.
Improvements Needed: Repairs to roof are needed. It leaks badly as the Keeper states.
Outhouses: In pretty good condition.
Boathouse: None
Grounds: Very good. They appear to be well taken care of.

Equipment Care
Does Keeper Understand the Use and Care of
Lens: It is not allowed to touch the lens improperly.
Lantern and Trap Doors: These doors fit tightly.
Watch or Trimming Room: None of these articles were to be seen at the time of inspection.
Lucernes or Matches: Matches were seen, & the attention of the Keeper called to the impropriety of this being allowed to be about.
Ventilation: Keeper understands the use of the ventilators & how to air the bldg.
Dome: Painted according to instructions. Lightning conductor in good condition & led into the ground.

Oil Room
Oil Room Condition: In good condition, well ventilated & no waste of oil
Oil Carriers: In good condition.
Number of 100 Gallon Oil Butts: 1
Number of 50 Gallon Oil Butts: 1
Number of Small Butts for Waste Oil:
Number of Dripping Buckets: 3
Number of Oil Tanks: 2, holding 50 gallons
Oil Butts Made According to Regulation: They are so made.
Oil Butt Covers: Gutters were not filled. Instructed the Keeper on the subject of filling them.
Drip Bucket Placement: There was a dripping bucket to one butt only.
Oil Butt Platform: They were clear of the masonry, on a raised platform.
Empty Oil Butts: There was no empty oil butt.

Tool Chests and Presses
Cleaning Materials Put Away: Yes
Paints Separate: Kept separate
Tool Chest: No
Tool Condition:
Tools Free from Rust:
Closets Clean: They are properly aired.
Service Box In Good Order: Tolerably good order
Trimming Scissors Clean: Tolerably clean, will look better no doubt, when Keeper can attend.
Brushes and Floor Clothes: Tolerably good order; in their proper places.
Lantern Condition: Tolerably good.

Keeper and Assistants
Keeper Appearance: Could not ascertain as he was sick in bed.
Keeper Interested in Duties: He does
Keeper Capacity for Duties: He does as far as I could see in the interview I had with him.
Keeper Understanding of Regulations: I think he understands & wishes to conform to them.
Keeper Complaints:
Keeper Family: Keeper's family resides with him.
Keeper Name: Thomas Hamlin
Keeper Age: Middle aged
Keeper Present or Absent: Keeper was sick in bed with "chills & fever".
Number of Assistants: No assistant allowed.
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Did Principal and Assistant Keepers Accompany the Inspector?: He was sick in bed. I had an interview with him in his room.

Account and Regulations Books
Account Books
Daily Expenditures Posted: Yes
Quarterly Returns on Hand: Yes
Receipt and Expenditure Accounts Kept: Yes
Shipwreck and Vessels Passed Book: Not kept by the Keeper
Regulations, Instructions, and Directions
Rules and Regulations Copies: 1
Instructions and Directions Copies: 1
Placard Directions Copies: 1
Notice to Visitors Copies: 1
Summary of Duties: 1
Index of Instructions: 1
Guide for Mixed Paints: 1
Directions for Purifying Water: 1
Placards Easily Visible: Yes
Books Easily Accessible: Yes
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