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

District: 6th
Inspector: H. D. King
Location: On the southern part of Paris Island, SC. about 1-1/8 miles NNW from the extreme south point.
Date of Report: 05/12/1912
Latitude: 32° 18' 57"
Longitude: 80° 40' 43"
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: About 10 acres
Area Inclosed: About 1 acre
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 7/8 mile
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Wood picket
Wharf or Landing on Premises: No.
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Daily mail boat from Naval Station Landing. distant 6 miles.
Distance to Nearest Road:
Distance to Post Office: Port Royal PO 7 miles
Distance to Village:
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Cast iron triangular skeleton.
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1881
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1881
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: 120 feet
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: Iron.
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: None. Iron ladder.
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 8" x 10"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 2, 6 panes 8" x 10"
Number of Doors: 2, 2' x 6' 1/3"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Tower excellent condition & efficient aid. Site healthful & well kept.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: Locomotive headlight type.
Shape of Lantern:
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides:
Type of Bars:
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed:
Number of Plates in Height:
Number of Plates Each Side:
Thickness of Plates:
Size of Plates:
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern:
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Copper & iron.
Construction Material Roof / Cowl:
Ventilator / Cowl: Copper.
Lightning Spindle: Copper & alluminum tip.
Description of Lightning Rod:
Lantern Doors:
Floor of Lantern:
Watchroom Doors:
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Usual type of locomotive headlight ventilator.
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement:
Curtain Hooks / Hanger:

How is Watchroom Fitted: At foot of tower, serves as winch room and oil house.
How is Relief Called: None.
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 3100 cp
Name of Maker: General Depot.
Year Made: Unknown.
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus:
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:
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
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:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 5th order
Type of Illuminant: Oil
Number of Spare Lamps: 2, 5th order, 2, 4th order.
Number of Spare Burners: 1 for each lamp.
Candle Power:

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 wick
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1.25"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:

Parabolic Mirror
Parabolic Opening: 22"
Parabolic Mirror Depth: 13"
Parabolic Focal Length: 2"
Parabolic Material: Copper, silvered.
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None.
Oil House Description: Oil house in base of tower and serves as watch room & winch room.
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' x 11' 4"
Oil House Construction Material: Brick
Oil House Capacity: 60 5 gal. cans
Other (Describe): Storeroom in yard near dwelling.
Suitability: 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: Keeper.
Coloring: White, blue trim, green blinds.
Construction Materials: Wood & shingle roofs.
Number of Rooms: Keeper, 4 & kitchen.
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Toll house & toilet.
Outhouse Coloring: White.
Paths and Walks: Oysterbeds.
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: 1 acre.
Area Cultivated: Grass.
Character of Surroundings: Soil, sandy.
Stove, Maker: Economist
Stove, Size: 118-8
Sink, Maker: Porcelainlined Cast iron
Sink, Size: 16" x 22"
Pump, Maker: W & J Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 1 table, 1 hand, 1 lantern.
How Procured: Cistern
Quality: Good.
Quantity: Yes.
Injury Possible: Yes.
Purity Precaution: Cleaned twwice yearly.
Tank Capacity: Under dwelling
Tank Material: Brick, cemented.
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description: 6 feet deep.
Well Diameter: 4 feet
Well Lining: Yes, with brick.
Pump or Bucket: Bucket
What Power Used: Hand.
Distance from Dwelling: 20 feet.
General Opinion: Malaria.
Diseases: Fever
Prevalency: Fall, August & September.
Local Causes: Yes, low swamps.
Recommended Improvements: Not possible.
Access to Lighthouse: Boat landing in creek at front station.
Distance and Direction: 1/2 mile south.
Miscellaneous Remarks: