Report for Bloody Point Rear Beacon (South Carolina) - 1885

District: 6th
Inspector: B.B. Smith, Asst. Engineer
Location: On SE end of Daufuskie Island, SC.
Date of Report: 11/16/1885
Latitude: 32° 05' 50"
Longitude: 80° 52' 20"
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 5 acres
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil: Sandy with some woods
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 3/8 mile
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Iron railing around beacon
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: Country road 3/8 mile leads from beacon to nearest landing.
Means to Reach Light Station: By steamboat or rail to Savannah, GA or Beaufort, SC thence by hired boat.
Distance to Nearest Road: 30 miles to Savannah, GA.
Distance to Post Office: 30 miles
Distance to Village: 30 miles
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None except hire of boat.
Facilities for Private Conveyance: None except hire of boat.
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Triangular skeleton iron structure
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1883
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: Never
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Triangular
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 92' from base to extreme top of structure
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 85'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Lower 50' woods, above sky
Color of Tower: Lower 50' white, above red
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: 1 of the system of Ranges for entering Savannah River.
Building Materials: Iron with brick oil house, attached at base.
General Description: Beacon is triangular iron structure of 6 series. 6 posts to 2 lower series, 3 to the others. Each series consists of posts, struts & tension rods. Lowest series rests on disks supported by & bolted to foundation.
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Ladder
Number of Landings: None
Size of Glass:
Number of Windows and Size of Sash:
Number of Doors:
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Concrete foundation 4' thick.
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Sandy
Soil Susceptibility: By grass, shrubbery or trees
Miscellaneous Remarks: A hoisting arrangement raises & lowers a locomotive headlight lantern which during the day is housed in the brick oil room attached to beacon & resting on same foundation serves also as oil room. Site is uncultivated.
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: Locomotive headlight lantern & reflector.
Shape of Lantern:
Diameter to Glass: 23" reflectors
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: Glass & iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: None
Ventilator / Cowl: None
Lightning Spindle: None
Description of Lightning Rod: None
Lantern Doors:
Floor of Lantern:
Watchroom Doors:
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Upper part of lantern
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement:
Curtain Hooks / Hanger:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker:
Year Made:
Marks and Number:
Order of Apparatus: Locomotive headlight lamp with 23" reflector
Inside Diameter: 23"
Light Characteristic: Fixed
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: Range lights SE 1/2 S
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: By ruby chimney
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Locomotive headlight lamp with 1 wick
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: 2
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description: At base of beacon so as to receive lantern when lowered during the day as well as to serve as oil house for mineral oil in boxed cans.
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe):
General Opinion: Some danger from malarial fevers
Diseases: Malarial fevers
Prevalency: In Summer & Autumn
Local Causes: None in immediate vicinity, but whole of Daufuskie Island is subject to malarial fever.
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Landing principally used is on the "New River", 3/8 mile from rear beacon; road to it is common country road but landing belongs to Mr. Stoddard but he makes no objection to its use by the orderly public.
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Boat house is a shed with skid approaches on the Atlantic beach, near front beacon and dwelling. Beacon, premises, & illuminating apparatus are in good condition & do not require any repairs or additions.