Report for Paris Island Front Range (South Carolina) - 1914

District: 6th
Inspector: F.P. Dillon, Asst. Supt.
Location: At low water line, S end of Paris Island, SC
Date of Report: 03/06/1914
Latitude: 32° 17' 51"
Longitude: 80° 40' 06"
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 3 acres
Area Inclosed: 1/4 acre
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: At low water
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Picket fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: No
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Only convenient way of reaching station is by tender at high water.
Distance to Nearest Road:
Distance to Post Office: Port Royal 7 miles
Distance to Village:
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Pyramidal wooden skeleton
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1881
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1909
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: 45'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Woods & sky
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Range for entering Port Royal Sound.
Building Materials: Wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
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Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wood steps
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 8 x 10
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 2 - 6 lt. 8 x 10
Number of Doors: 2 - 2' x 6'
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: An excellent range. Set of quarters belonging to keeper of front light now lying in disuse on account of consolidation of lights under 1 keeper.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: Remodeled after AGA range lens style
Shape of Lantern:
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Number of Sides:
Type of Bars:
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Number of Plates in Height:
Number of Plates Each Side:
Thickness of Plates: 5/16
Size of Plates: 28 x 30
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern:
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Wood, tin roof
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Tin
Ventilator / Cowl: Iron
Lightning Spindle: 1/2 galv. pipe copper tip
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Iron rod, wood rail
Lantern Doors: Outside hinged, floor trap
Floor of Lantern: Wood
Watchroom Doors: Trap door.
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Wall
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: Wood to roof
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Screws in sash

How is Watchroom Fitted: Small locker
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 4,600
Name of Maker: AGA Co.
Year Made:
Marks and Number:
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Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
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Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
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Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls:
Chariot Description:
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Clock Weight:
Length of Winding Time:
Drive During Rewind:
Machinery Protection:
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
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Lamp Description: Not rated
Type of Illuminant: Acetylene gas
Number of Spare Lamps: 2 - 5th order & 2 4th order
Number of Spare Burners: 1 for each lamp.
Candle Power:

Compressed Gas
Gas Container: 6 - A50
Compressed Gas Capacity: 177 cu. ft.
Compressed Gas Charge: 225 lbs
How Supply Renewed: Shipped to AGA Co. for recharging.
At What Intervals: 2 accumulators every 4 months.
Spare Containers: Use 2 at a time

Gas Light
Gas Light Kind: AGA
Gas Light Number of Burners: 1
Kind of Burner: Flat flame
Candlepower Per Burner: 25
Total Candlepower: 25
Consumption Gas Burner Per Hour: 3/4 cu. ft.
Total Consumption Per Hour: 1/4 cu. ft.
How Gas Obtained: Compressed in accumulators.
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description: On creek bank near unused dwelling
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' x 12' - 8' high
Oil House Construction Material: Wood
Oil House Capacity: 600 5-gal cans
Other (Describe): In yard, rear of Fr. dwelling, shelves & racks.
Suitability: Dry, suited.
Coloring: White, lead trim, green blinds
Construction Materials: Wood, shingle roof.
Number of Rooms: 4
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant: None except kitchen stove
Number of Keepers: None
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: 1 storehouse, 1 privy
Outhouse Coloring: White
Paths and Walks: Shell
Area Inclosed:
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: Yes
Purity Precaution: Cleaned at frequent intervals
Tank Capacity: Under kitchen, 2000 gals.
Tank Material: Brick, cemented
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket: Pump
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Malarial
Diseases: Malaria
Prevalency: July, August & September
Local Causes: Marshes
Recommended Improvements: No