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

District: 6th
Inspector: F.P. Dillon, Asst. Supt.
Location: On Southern part of Paris Island, SC, about 1 1/8 miles NNW from extreme S point.
Date of Report: 03/06/1914
Latitude: 32° 18' 57"
Longitude: 80° 40' 43"
Date of Reservation:
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Area of the Entire Site: 10 acres
Area Inclosed: 1/4 acre
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 7/8 mile
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
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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: 1909
Condition at This Date:
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Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 120'
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
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Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: None
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: None
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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: Locomotive headlight style
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Construction Material Lantern: None
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: None
Ventilator / Cowl: None
Lightning Spindle: None
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: None
Lantern Doors: None
Floor of Lantern: None
Watchroom Doors: None
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Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 2,500
Name of Maker: General Depot
Year Made: 1913
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Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
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Lamp Description: 5th
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
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1 3/16
Diameter of Mantel:
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Parabolic Mirror
Parabolic Opening: 22"
Parabolic Mirror Depth: 13"
Parabolic Focal Length: 2"
Parabolic Material: Copper silvered
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description: Alongside rear tower; lockers & shelves.
Oil House Inside Dimension: 11;' 8" x 8' 2" - 10' 10" high
Oil House Construction Material: Brick, wood rafters, wood shingles.
Oil House Capacity: 120 5-gal cans easy.
Other (Describe): 12' x 20', rear of Rear dwelling, bench racks & shelves.
Suitability: Dry, suited.
Coloring: White, lead trim, green blinds
Construction Materials: Wood, shingle roof.
Number of Rooms: 4 with separate kitchen
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant: None except kitchen stove
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: 1 storehouse, 1 privy
Outhouse Coloring: White
Paths and Walks: Shell
Area Inclosed:
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Cultivation Area Available: 4 acres
Area Cultivated: 4 acres
Character of Surroundings: Sandy soil, marsh land
Stove, Maker: Miller Gem
Stove, Size: 950
Sink, Maker: Porcelain lined
Sink, Size: 16 x 22
Pump, Maker: W & J Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 2 tubular, 1 hand lamp, 2 hand lanterns
Assistant Keepers Dwellings
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Stove, Maker: Monarch
Stove, Size: Beaver #8
Sink, Maker: Porcelain lined
Sink, Size: 22 x 36
Pump, Maker: W & J Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: None
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
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Pump or Bucket: Pump
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General Opinion: Malarial
Diseases: Malaria
Prevalency: July, August & September
Local Causes: Marshes
Recommended Improvements: No