Report for Piney Point (Maryland) - 1870

District: 5th
Inspector: Commo. Dornin, Inspector 5th District.
Location: Potomac River
Date of Report: 09/23/1870
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site:
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark:
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Enclosed by board fence.
Wharf or Landing on Premises:
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
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Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Detached tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established:
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:
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea:
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Whitewashed inside & out.
Tower Connection:
Object of Navigation:
Building Materials: Built of brick
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
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Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wood, painted, in good condition.
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: Good condition.
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: Wood, in good order.
Number of Doors:
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Location / Number:
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: 1 ladder without hooks.
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: None required.

How is Watchroom Fitted:
How is Relief Called: None
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker:
Year Made:
Marks and Number:
Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic: Fixed white
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
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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: Lens of 5th order. Franklin lamp.
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1 in good condition.
Number of Spare Burners: 2 in good order.
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description:
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): There is a closet provided for the preservation of utensils, wicks, chimneys and cleaning materials. There is also a closet provided for paints, oils, spirits of turpentine, paint-brushes, etc. in the oil room.
Construction Materials:
Number of Rooms:
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers:
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks:
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: Ground is not fit for cultivation.
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings:
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
Lamps: Regulation clock, in very good condition.
Access to Lighthouse:
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: There is a Rod Lamp required at this station.
Lantern: Good condition
Illuminating Apparatus: Clean in all parts.
Service Lamp: In good condition.
Oil: Sample examined & found to be free from all objectionable matter, it had not been filtered.
Service Lamp Burner: In very good condition.
Service Lamp Burner Level: It was found to be level.
Plate Glass: Clean & free from scratches, stains or dirt.
Lens Cover: Cover was on; clean; made of white linen & hung up when not in use.
Lantern Curtains: 2 sets; clean, in good condition; put up & taken down at the proper time.
Carillon or Alarm Bell: None
Rod Lamp: There is no Rod Lamp at this station.
Dwelling: In general, good condition.
Stairway and Landing: Painted & very clean.
Inside of Tower: Clean & whitewashed.
Glazing of Dwelling: Good condition
Improvements Needed: None required
Outhouses: None
Boathouse: None
Grounds: Very good condition. They look very neat & have the appearance of care.

Equipment Care
Does Keeper Understand the Use and Care of
Lens: Lens is never touched improperly.
Lantern and Trap Doors: They fit properly
Watch or Trimming Room: There are none of these articles to be seen at the time of inspection.
Lucernes or Matches: None of the above articles were seen in the rooms mentioned.
Heater: The Keeper understands the use of the heater.
Ventilation: Keeper understands the use of the ventilators & how to air the bldg.
Dome: They were painted according to Instructions & in good order. The Lightning Conductor was in good condition & led into the ground.

Oil Room
Oil Room Condition: Clean, well ventilated, no appearance of waste.
Oil Carriers: In good condition & arranged in order.
Number of 100 Gallon Oil Butts: 1
Number of 50 Gallon Oil Butts: 2
Number of Small Butts for Waste Oil: None
Number of Dripping Buckets: 3 cups
Number of Oil Tanks: 3 holding 200 gallons.
Oil Butts Made According to Regulation: 2 are so made, the 100 gall is not.
Oil Butt Covers: Gutters were so filled & covers on; Keeper understands use of covers & air cocks.
Drip Bucket Placement: No buckets, drip cups were so hung.
Oil Butt Platform: They are placed upon a raised platform of plank.
Empty Oil Butts: On & clean ready for use.

Tool Chests and Presses
Cleaning Materials Put Away: They are so put up & packed.
Paints Separate: Kept separate
Tool Chest: None
Tool Condition: No tools
Tools Free from Rust:
Closets Clean: Clean & properly aired.
Service Box In Good Order: They are
Trimming Scissors Clean: They are
Brushes and Floor Clothes: In good order & in their proper places.
Lantern Condition: Very good.

Keeper and Assistants
Keeper Appearance: Keeper is neat & tidy
Keeper Interested in Duties: He does
Keeper Capacity for Duties: He shows good capacity & wishes to gain information.
Keeper Understanding of Regulations: He seems to understand the Rules & Directions & endeavors to conform to them.
Keeper Complaints:
Keeper Family: Keeper's family occupy dwelling with him.
Keeper Name: Noah Wilson
Keeper Age: Elderly
Keeper Present or Absent:
Number of Assistants: None allowed.
Assistants Attend to Duty:
Assistants Capability:
Assistants Complaints:
Assistants Family:
Assistant Keeper Names:
Did Principal and Assistant Keepers Accompany the Inspector?: Keeper accompanied me throughout my inspection.

Account and Regulations Books
Account Books
Daily Expenditures Posted: They are
Quarterly Returns on Hand: They are
Receipt and Expenditure Accounts Kept: They are
Shipwreck and Vessels Passed Book: None kept
Regulations, Instructions, and Directions
Rules and Regulations Copies: 1
Instructions and Directions Copies: 1
Placard Directions Copies: 1
Notice to Visitors Copies: 1
Summary of Duties: 1
Index of Instructions: 1
Guide for Mixed Paints: 1
Directions for Purifying Water: 1
Placards Easily Visible: They are
Books Easily Accessible: They are
Blank Books and Forms: