Report for Paris Island Range Front (South Carolina) - 1912

District: 6th
Inspector: H.D. King
Location: At low water line south end of Paris Island, SC.
Date of Report: 05/11/1912
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: 30,000 sq. feet approx.
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 1.5 miles
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Wood picket
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Boat landing in creek.
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Mail boat to Port Royal from Naval Station Landing, 8 miles.
Distance to Nearest Road:
Distance to Post Office:
Distance to Village:
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Framed timber tower on piling.
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1881
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
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 feet.
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Woods & sky.
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached. 1/2 mile board walk across marsh.
Object of Navigation: Range. Local.
Building Materials: Wood.
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wood stairs.
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 8" x 10"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3, 4 lights
Number of Doors: 2 doors of plank about 2 x 7.
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Site very inaccessible except by board waok kept up at considerable expense.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: Special.
Shape of Lantern: Square.
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 4
Type of Bars: None
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 24"
Number of Plates in Height: 1
Number of Plates Each Side: 1
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 24" square
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 3, glazed on 1 side only
What Bearings: Glazed for rnage light.
Construction Material Lantern: Wood.
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Galvanized iron over wood.
Ventilator / Cowl: Iron.
Lightning Spindle: Copper. Aluminum tip.
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Wood. Rail stiffened with iron rods.
Lantern Doors: 1 wood, opens out to gallery.
Floor of Lantern: Wood.
Watchroom Doors: Trap door hinged.
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Wall.
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Screws in sash.

How is Watchroom Fitted: Wood locker.
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 3000 cp
Name of Maker: C>G.A.
Year Made: 1913
Marks and Number: None.
Order of Apparatus: Focal distance of lens, 9.5"
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels:
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum:
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum:
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: Wooden post.
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: None.
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: Linen cover only.
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description:
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: None
Number of Spare Burners: None.
Candle Power:

Compressed Gas
Gas Container: 4
Compressed Gas Capacity: 177 cubic feet each.
Compressed Gas Charge: 225 lbs.
How Supply Renewed: Shipped to NY for charging.
At What Intervals: 2 tanks every 4 months.
Spare Containers: 2

Gas Light
Gas Light Kind: A.G.A. acetylene
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
Total Consumption Per Hour: 1/4
How Gas Obtained: From magagine of compressed gas. 6 A-50 tanks.

Occulting Light
Characteristic: 0.3 seconds light, 0.7 seconds dark.
Time Limit: Light from 0.3 sec. to 3 sec.
Eclipse Type: Valve.
Size and Amplitude:
Axis Rotation:
Axis Relation:
Screen Revolution:
Screen Number:
Screen Time:
Screen Form:
Screen Mounting:
Screen Order:
Screen Date:
Valve Maker: A.G.A. Co.
Valve Pattern: 1/130 with sunvalve S-10
Reliability: Yes
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None.
Oil House Description: On creek bank near dwelling.
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' x 8' x 12'
Oil House Construction Material: Wood.
Oil House Capacity: 600 cans.
Other (Describe): 12' x 20' wood, rear of dwelling.
Suitability: Dry, well suited.
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: None.
Time to Start:
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Distance and Direction:
Water Supply:
Reached from Lighthouse:
Description of Fog Signal Building:
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Location: 1/2 mile north at edge of gast ground.
Coloring: White, lead trim, green blinds.
Construction Materials: Wood.
Number of Rooms: 3
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Toilet, Chicken house.
Outhouse Coloring: White.
Paths and Walks: Shell.
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None.
Area Cultivated: None.
Character of Surroundings: Marsh to seaward fast gound landward.
Stove, Maker: Monarch, Beaver
Stove, Size: #8
Sink, Maker: Unknown
Sink, Size: 6" x 22" x 36"
Pump, Maker: W.I. Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 1 table, 1 hand.
How Procured: Cistern.
Quality: Good.
Quantity: Except in lang drought.
Injury Possible: Yes.
Purity Precaution: Cleaned twice a year.
Tank Capacity: 5' x 5' x 7' under rear porch.
Tank Material: Brick, cemented.
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Malarial.
Diseases: Fever.
Prevalency: August & September.
Local Causes: Yes.
Recommended Improvements: Impracticable
Access to Lighthouse: Boat landing in creek 75 yards from house.
Distance and Direction: 1/2 mile NNW
Miscellaneous Remarks: