Report for Point Comfort (New Jersey) - 1880

District: 3rd
Inspector: Genl. J.C. Duane, Engineer, 3rd LH Dist.
Location: Near the beach, bay side Raritan Bay. Front light of range from inside bar to SW spit. Entrance to NY Bay.
Date of Report: 03/03/1880
Latitude: 40° 26' 51"
Longitude: 74° 07' 17"
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 2 acres
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil: Sandy
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 60'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: None
Means to Reach Light Station: By team from RR station, Middletown 4 miles.
Distance to Nearest Road: To public road, 1/2 mile; to RR station, Middletown, 4 miles; to steamboat landing Keyport, 5 miles.
Distance to Post Office: 3 miles, Port Monmouth
Distance to Village: 3 miles, Port Monmouth
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: By hiring at livery.
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Small tower on dwelling
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1856
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Square
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 40' to focal plane.
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 45'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Woodland
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Painted
Tower Connection: Connected. Small tower on keeper's dwelling.
Object of Navigation: Range, entrance to NY Bay.
Building Materials: Wood
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 6"
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 6"
Diameter at Base: 6' square
Diameter at Parapet: 6' square
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wood
Number of Landings: 2
Size of Glass: 9 x 12"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 1
Number of Doors: 1
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Brick foundation of keeper's dwelling
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Sandy
Soil Susceptibility: Yes
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 5th
Shape of Lantern:
Diameter to Glass: 6' square
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 4
Type of Bars:
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 4' 3"
Number of Plates in Height: 3
Number of Plates Each Side: 3
Thickness of Plates: 5/16"
Size of Plates: 24 x 24.5; 13.25 x 24.5; 10.5 x 24.5
Number of Storm Panes: None
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 3 sides unglazed.
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Wood
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Wood
Ventilator / Cowl: Copper
Lightning Spindle: Iron
Description of Lightning Rod: Iron spindle & conductor same piece, from upper part of lantern down corner of dwelling, a conductor on each corner of keeper's dwelling carried about 6' below surface of ground.
Balustrade: Wood
Lantern Doors: Hinges & hooks & latch trap door.
Floor of Lantern: Wood covered w/ copper.
Watchroom Doors: None
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: 4 in lower part of lantern
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None required
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: None
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
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Order of Apparatus: Range lens - 20" dia.
Inside Diameter:
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Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: Fixed - In range seen only.
Number of Panels:
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Number of Elements in Central Drum: Range lens, 20" dia., 5 concentric rings
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum:
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Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
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Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Iron
Service Table: None
Draft Tube Description: None
Revolving Machinery:
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Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: White
Red Sectors Description:
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Lamp Description: Franklin lamp, 1 wick
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1
Number of Spare Burners: 2
Candle Power:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: None
Oil House Description: Oil kept in cellar of keeper's dwelling
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity: 2 - 54 gallon oil cans. Oil butts placed on wooden bench
Other (Describe): 4 closets in dwelling - 2 each story, located back of staircase.
Suitability: Dry
Location: Surmounted by tower. Frame bldg, 1 full story & half. Pitched roof shingled.
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 4 - 2 each story.
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: None
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks: None
Area Inclosed: None
Area of Garden: None
Area Timber or Shrubbery: None
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Marsh, swamp.
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How Procured: Rain
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Filter, lime & whiting
Tank Capacity: Outside house near kitchen; 3 - 364 gallons capacity.
Tank Material: Brick lined w/ cement
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description: Well water bad, not used.
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General Opinion: Good
Diseases: None
Prevalency: No
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No