Report for Bloody Point Front Beacon (South Carolina) - 1885

District: 6th
Inspector: B.B. Smith, Asst. Engineer
Location: On SE end of Daufuskie Island, SC.
Date of Report: 11/16/1885
Latitude: 32° 05' 18"
Longitude: 80° 51' 55"
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 1.72 acres
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil: Sandy
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 150'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Post & rail fence incloses dwelling & out house.
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Natural landing on beach.
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: Common path - 150'
Means to Reach Light Station: By steamboat or rail to Savannah, GA or Beaufort, SC. Thence by hired boat.
Distance to Nearest Road: 30 miles to Savannah, GA
Distance to Post Office: 30 miles
Distance to Village: 30 miles
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None except hire of boat.
Facilities for Private Conveyance: None except hire of boat.
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Light shown from dormer window in roof of dwelling.
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1883
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: Never
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: None
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 20'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 23'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Part of dwelling
Object of Navigation: 1 of the system of range lights for entering Savannah River.
Building Materials: Wood
General Description:
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Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Sandy
Soil Susceptibility: Barren
Miscellaneous Remarks: Site is on Atlantic Beach of Daufuskie Island & sea is encroaching. Soil is of beach sand & offers little resistance to water. Nothing grows upon it excepting a little salt grass.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: Closed on roof of dwelling
Shape of Lantern:
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Height Glazed: 28"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: Only 1 side glazed.
Thickness of Plates: 5/16"
Size of Plates: 28" x 30"
Number of Storm Panes: 1
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 270 degrees
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Wood
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: None
Ventilator / Cowl: Tin ventilator
Lightning Spindle: 3/4" gas pipe with platinum point.
Description of Lightning Rod: 3/4" iron gas pipe attached to dwelling & lead down to standing water.
Balustrade: None
Lantern Doors: Ordinary room door.
Floor of Lantern: Wood
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: None
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: No fixed ladder
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Screwed in wall.
Illuminating Apparatus
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Order of Apparatus: Locomotive headlight lamp with 23" reflector
Inside Diameter: 23"
Light Characteristic: Fixed
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Arc of Each Fixed Part: Range lights SE 1/2 S
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Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
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How Color is Produced: By ruby chimney
Red Sectors Description:
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Lamp Description: Locomotive headlight lamp with 1 wick
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: 2
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description: Oil kept, excepting in small quantities, at rear beacon.
Oil House Inside Dimension:
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Other (Describe):
Location: Dwelling is the tower.
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 5 including lantern room
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1 Keeper
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Kitchen, privy & boat-shed.
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks: Plank walk where necessary btwn front & rear beacons of range.
Area Inclosed: 1/4 acre by post & rail fence
Area of Garden: None
Area Timber or Shrubbery: None
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Shifting sands
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How Procured: Cistern
Quality: Good
Quantity: Sufficient
Injury Possible: Not liable at present
Purity Precaution: Shingle roof with tin gutters & spouts.
Tank Capacity: Under house - 2500 gals.
Tank Material: Brick & Portland cement.
Distilling Apparatus: False
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General Opinion: Some danger from malarial fevers
Diseases: Malarial fevers
Prevalency: In Summer & Autumn
Local Causes: None in immediate vicinity, but whole of Daufuskie Island is subject to malarial fever.
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Landing principally used is on the "New River", 3/4 mile from dwelling - which is private property. Boat house is a shed with skid approaches on the Atlantic beach, near dwelling.
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Premises, bldgs & illuminating apparatus are in good condition & do not require any repairs or additions excepting that boat house ought to be moved a little further inland.