Report for Piney Point (Maryland) - 1909

District: 5th
Inspector: Major W.E. Craighill, Lighthouse Engineer
Location: On point of same name, NE'ly side of Potomac River, about 12 miles NW'ly from Point Lookout
Date of Report: 05/26/1909
Latitude: 38° 08' 07"
Longitude: 76° 31' 48"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 12/26/1835
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 2 acres, 2 rods, & 10.5 perches
Area Inclosed: 13,416 sq. ft.
Character of Soil: Sandy
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 75 yards
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: Sandy; 1/4 mile
Means to Reach Light Station: Boat or county road from Washington, DC
Distance to Nearest Road: 1 mile to county road; 1/4 mile to boat landing.
Distance to Post Office: 2 miles.
Distance to Village: 18 miles
Facilities for Public Conveyance: By steamboat
Facilities for Private Conveyance: Wagon, 1/4 mile
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1836
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: August, 1909
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Round
Form of Tower: Conical
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 35'
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 33.5'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Woods
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Whitewash
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: General purposes
Building Materials: Brick
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 3'
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 18"
Diameter at Base: 11' 4"
Diameter at Parapet: 7'
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wooden
Number of Landings: 1
Size of Glass: 7" x 9"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3; sash 21 3/4" x 24.5"
Number of Doors: 1
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Not known
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Sandy
Soil Susceptibility: Yes
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 5th
Shape of Lantern: Cylindrical
Diameter to Glass: 79"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 9
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 35.5"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 3/8"
Size of Plates: 36" x 28"
Number of Storm Panes: None
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 2
What Bearings: Not known
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Copper
Ventilator / Cowl: Copper
Lightning Spindle: Copper
Description of Lightning Rod: Copper; to base of lantern, led down side of tower to water.
Balustrade: Iron
Lantern Doors: Iron; fitted with hinges to barrel of lantern
Floor of Lantern: Cement
Watchroom Doors: Iron; fitted to frame in floor with hinges opening into lantern
Parapet Diameter: 6' 9.5"
Location / Number: Lower part of lantern
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Screwed
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker: LePaute
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 5th
Inside Diameter: 14.5"
Light Characteristic: Fixed white
Time of Revolution:
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Duration of Flash:
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Number of Panels: 3
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 4
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
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Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Iron
Service Table: Iron
Draft Tube Description: None
Revolving Machinery:
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Lens Protection:
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Red Sectors Description:
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Lamp Description: 5th order, 1 wick
Type of Illuminant:
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Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1 1/4"
Diameter of Mantel:
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Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1, in lower part of tower fitted with shelves for general purposes.
Oil House Description: In lower part of tower
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity: 35 5-gal cans.
Other (Describe): None
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Bell & Martin machine
Time to Start: 5 minutes
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Manufacturer: E.J. Codd Co., Baltimore, MD.
Year of Manufacture: Not known
Characteristic: A single blow every 20 sec.
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: About 15' W
Distance and Direction: About 15' W
Water Supply:
Reached from Lighthouse: Wood walk
Description of Fog Signal Building: Square wooden frame structure
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Bell Signal
Weight: 1200 lbs.
Metal: Bell metal
Diameter: 36"
Height: 26"
Time: 1 1/4 hours
Weights for Operation:
Location: 43' 8" NE from tower
Coloring: White
Construction Materials: Brick
Number of Rooms: 9
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: 5
Outhouse Coloring: White
Paths and Walks: Wood & cement
Area Inclosed: 13, 416 sq. ft.; with panel fence
Area of Garden: None
Area Timber or Shrubbery: None
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Sandy & marshy
Stove, Maker:
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How Procured: Rain
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: By cleaning twice each year
Tank Capacity: 30,000 gal.; in cellar
Tank Material: Bricks & cement
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
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General Opinion: Good
Diseases: Malarial
Prevalency: Spring & fall
Local Causes: Marshes
Recommended Improvements:
Access to Lighthouse:
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: All in good condition except wooden walk from kitchen to storehouse, 25' long, 3' wide. Slight leak in roof of dwelling.