Report for Pago Pago Rear Range (Samoa) - 1911

District: 19th
Inspector: Lieut. C. S. McDowell, USN
Location: On N side of Pago Pago Bay, Tutuila, Samoa
Date of Report: 03/03/1911
Latitude: 14° 17' 26" S
Longitude: 170° 41' 50" W
Site: Island Government Land
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 10/01/1910
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Area of the Entire Site: 1600 sq. ft.
Area Inclosed: None
Character of Soil: Rocky
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 400'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: Road about 400' from tower
Means to Reach Light Station: Foot
Distance to Nearest Road: 5/8 mile to Coaling Dock at Naval Station by water
Distance to Post Office: 2 miles
Distance to Village: 500' from Lepua
Facilities for Public Conveyance: Good road or boat
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: February, 1910
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Square
Form of Tower: Pyramidal
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 8'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 150'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Thickly wooded hill
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Whitewash & cement
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Range for entering Pago Pago Harbor
Building Materials: Oregon pine around 6" iron pipe in center
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 2"
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 2"
Diameter at Base: 12' square
Diameter at Parapet: 4' square
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Ladder on outside
Number of Landings: None
Size of Glass: None
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: None
Number of Doors: None
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Iron pipe cemented in rock
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Earth & rocks
Soil Susceptibility: Yes
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 2 day lens lantern
Shape of Lantern: Cylindrical
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Construction Material Lantern: Brass
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Canvas cover over lantern during the day
Ventilator / Cowl: None
Lightning Spindle: None
Description of Lightning Rod: None
Balustrade: None
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How is Watchroom Fitted: Light keeper is Catholic priest at Catholic mission about 1000' from light
How is Relief Called: None
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
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Order of Apparatus: Lens lantern
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Arc of Each Fixed Part: 270 degrees arc - fixed red
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Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
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Number of Spare Lamps: None
Number of Spare Burners: None
Candle Power:

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 wick
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1"
Diameter of Mantel: 3/4"
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None
Oil House Description: Shelf within tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 1.5' x 3'
Oil House Construction Material: Wood
Oil House Capacity: 1 5-gal can
Other (Describe):
General Opinion: Healthy
Diseases: Native diseases
Prevalency: No
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Beach landing thru reef 350 yds from light tower.
Distance and Direction: 350 yds SW from light tower
Miscellaneous Remarks: 1 4th order lens & set of 4th order lamps are being sent out for this light.