Report for Old Gay Rock (Rhode Island) - 1887

District: 3rd
Inspector: Lt. John Millis, Engr, 3rd Dist.
Location: Wickford Harbor, RI
Date of Report: 02/03/1887
Latitude: 41° 34' 14"
Longitude: 71° 20' 22"
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: Circle 100' dia.
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: High water line on pier
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises:
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Small boat
Distance to Nearest Road: 1/4 mile to Wickford RR depot & Steamboat wharf
Distance to Post Office: 1/4 mile
Distance to Village: 1/4 mile
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance: 1/4 mile to Wickford steamboat wharf or RR depot then small boat.
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1882
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Square
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 42'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 52'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Land
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Painted
Tower Connection: Connected
Object of Navigation: Guide up W passage & Wickford harbor
Building Materials: Wood
General Description: Foundation consists of rip-rap placed around Old Gay Rock, 60' dia. up to low water line, upon which is placed an iron shell 50' dia., 12' high filled with Portland cement concrete.
Wall Thickness at Base: 8" - 2" x 6" studding
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 8" - 2" x 6" studding
Diameter at Base: 12' x 12' outside
Diameter at Parapet: 12' x 12' outside
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wooden
Number of Landings: 3
Size of Glass: 10" x 15"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3 round 2' dia. & 5 12-lts 10" x 15"
Number of Doors: 3
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Iron pier on rip rap foundation.
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Cellar for tower made in concrete, brick lining of which rises 3' above top of concrete making foundation for dwelling house to which tower is attached.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern:
Diameter to Glass: 7' 7.5"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars:
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 3' 3 3/8"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 3/8"
Size of Plates: 27 3/8" x 36 3/8"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern:
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Zinc sheathing
Lightning Spindle:
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: 8 - 6x6" posts w/ 2" sq. balusters fastened to wooden deck w/ angle irons.
Lantern Doors: 1 iron & 1 wood
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: Wooden trap door thru deck
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: In parapet wall
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement:
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: With screws

How is Watchroom Fitted: With 2 service closets
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker:
Year Made:
Marks and Number:
Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 4
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 7
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 6
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: Iron
Draft Tube Description: Chimney
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: White
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Hains lamp
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1
Number of Spare Burners:
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: With shelves & used for keeping outfit for light.
Oil House Description: In basement or pier
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity: 36 5-gal cans
Other (Describe): In basement of pier & watchroom of tower
Suitability: Well suited.
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Stevens fog bell & apparatus operated by clockwork.
Time to Start:
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: Stroke every 20 sec.
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: On tower, guide to Wickford Harbor.
Distance and Direction:
Water Supply:
Reached from Lighthouse:
Description of Fog Signal Building:
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Location: Tower attached to dwelling
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 8
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: 1
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks:
Area Inclosed: Iron railing around pier.
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available:
Area Cultivated:
Character of Surroundings:
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: Cistern
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible:
Purity Precaution: Filterer
Tank Capacity: In cellar, 2500 gal
Tank Material: Brick lined plastered with cement mortar.
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Good
Local Causes:
Recommended Improvements:
Access to Lighthouse: Land from boat on ladder leading to top of pier. No wharf. Boat davits.
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Good condition. About 300 tons of rip rap wanted on NW & S sides to protect foundation properly.