Report for Piney Point (Maryland) - 1867

District: 5th
Inspector: J.M. Berrien, Inspector 5th LH District.
Location: Potomac River
Date of Report: 09/09/1867
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: They are enclosed by a 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.
Tower Connection:
Object of Navigation:
Building Materials:
General Description: Built of brick & neatly whitewashed inside & out.
Wall Thickness at Base:
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Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: They are of wood, painted & in good condition.
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: They are clean, & free from scratches & cracks.
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: They are of wood, & in good condition.
Number of Doors:
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: There is a LHE Regulation clock in good condition, kept in the dwelling.
Location / Number:
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: There is one ladder.
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: There is none provided.

How is Watchroom Fitted:
How is Relief Called: There is no bell for calling relief.
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:
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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
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2, in good condition.
Number of Spare Burners: 2, in good condition.
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. Paints, oils, spirits of turpentine, paint-brushes, etc. are kept in a corner of the oil room.
Access to Lighthouse:
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: It is respectfully recommended that the conductor on Tower be repaired & a new lightning conductor be erected on the dwelling.
Lantern: It was in good condition.
Illuminating Apparatus: Lens was perfectly clean in all its parts.
Service Lamp: In good condition in all respects.
Oil: Sample examined & found to be very clean; it had not been filtered.
Service Lamp Burner: It was in good condition in all respects.
Service Lamp Burner Level: It was found to be level.
Plate Glass: It was very clean & free from scratches & stains.
Lens Cover: It was on, perfectly clean & made of white linen sheeting.
Lantern Curtains: There were no lantern curtains.
Carillon or Alarm Bell: There was no alarm bell.
Rod Lamp: There was no rod lamp.
Dwelling: It is very good.
Stairway and Landing: Very clean.
Inside of Tower: Clean & whitewashed.
Glazing of Dwelling: In good condition.
Improvements Needed: Conductor to tower is broken in 2 & ought to be repaired. Dwelling is without a conductor & should have one.
Outhouses: They are in good condition.
Boathouse: There are none
Grounds: They are in very good condition. Grounds are in neat order & seem to have received every requisite attention.

Equipment Care
Does Keeper Understand the Use and Care of
Lens: Lens is never touched improperly.
Lantern and Trap Doors: They fit tightly.
Watch or Trimming Room: These were in their proper places; there were none seen elsewhere.
Lucernes or Matches: There were none of these in the rooms mentioned.
Heater: Keeper understands use of heater.
Ventilation: Keeper was confined to his bed sick; but from appearances, the tower & dwelling receive proper attention as to the above.
Dome: Dome was painted according to instructions; conductor requires repairs.

Oil Room
Oil Room Condition: It is in good condition. Tower door gives it ventilation.
Oil Carriers: In good condition & arranged in order for use.
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: 4 dripping cups
Number of Oil Tanks: 3, holding 200 gallons.
Oil Butts Made According to Regulation: The 2 "50s" were made according to Lighthouse Board regulations - the 100 gallon oil but was not.
Oil Butt Covers: Gutters of the regulation butts were filled with refuse oil, & covers on.
Drip Bucket Placement: There were dripping cups so hung.
Oil Butt Platform: There was a plank btwn the oil butts & the masonry.
Empty Oil Butts: There was 1 butt empty. It was well cleaned ready for a new supply of oil.

Tool Chests and Presses
Cleaning Materials Put Away: They are so put up & packed.
Paints Separate: They are kept separate
Tool Chest: There was no tool chest.
Tool Condition: There was no tool chest.
Tools Free from Rust: There were no tools at station.
Closets Clean: They are kept properly aired.
Service Box In Good Order: They are well arranged & kept in order.
Trimming Scissors Clean: Yes
Brushes and Floor Clothes: They were in good order & in their proper places.
Lantern Condition: Very good, better than it is generally found to be.

Keeper and Assistants
Keeper Appearance: Keeper was sick in his bed.
Keeper Interested in Duties: He does
Keeper Capacity for Duties: Judging from the neat appearance of the station, the Keeper has good capacity.
Keeper Understanding of Regulations: Keeper was too sick to enable me to ascertain; but he is intelligent & the station is well kept.
Keeper Complaints: There is no assistant
Keeper Family: Keeper is unmarried, but has a sister living with him.
Keeper Name: Henry Steinhice
Keeper Age: Young
Keeper Present or Absent: He was sick at the dwelling confined to his bed.
Number of Assistants: There is no assistant allowed at this station.
Assistants Attend to Duty:
Assistants Capability:
Assistants Complaints:
Assistants Family: There is no assistant.
Assistant Keeper Names:
Did Principal and Assistant Keepers Accompany the Inspector?: Keeper was too sick to accompany me through the inspection.

Account and Regulations Books
Account Books
Daily Expenditures Posted: Yes
Quarterly Returns on Hand: Yes
Receipt and Expenditure Accounts Kept: Yes
Shipwreck and Vessels Passed Book: Yes
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: Yes
Books Easily Accessible: Yes
Blank Books and Forms: