Report for Point Lookout (Maryland) - 1909

District: 5th
Inspector: Major W. E. Craighill, Lighthouse Engineer
Location: N'ly side of the entrance to Potomac River, W'ly side of Chesapeake Bay
Date of Report: 06/17/1909
Latitude: 38° 02' 19"
Longitude: 76° 19' 20"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 12/15/1832
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 2 lots; 1st, 1acre, 46 square perches; 2nd, 2 acres 2 square perches.
Area Inclosed: 2 acres
Character of Soil: Sand & clay
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 100'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Garden inclosed
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Buoy wharf
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: None
Means to Reach Light Station: By wagon
Distance to Nearest Road: 10 miles from steamboat landing, Millers Wharf, MD.
Distance to Post Office: 1/4 mile
Distance to Village: 14 miles
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None
Facilities for Private Conveyance: 10 miles from steamboat landing by wagon
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Dwelling
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1830
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: No tower
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball:
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 41'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Woods
Color of Tower:
Color of Tower/ How Produced:
Tower Connection:
Object of Navigation: General
Building Materials:
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
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Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps:
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass:
Number of Windows and Size of Sash:
Number of Doors:
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Sandy
Soil Susceptibility: Yes
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Cylindrical
Diameter to Glass: 7'
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 12
Type of Bars: Helical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 37"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 3/8"
Size of Plates: 37" x 29" x 12"
Number of Storm Panes: None
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 2 plates
What Bearings: N & NW
Construction Material Lantern: Iron & wood
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Iron
Lightning Spindle: Iron
Description of Lightning Rod: Copper. By slip connection led over roof of dwelling down wall to earth & water
Balustrade: Iron
Lantern Doors: Iron fitted with hinges to barrel of lantern
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: Fitted in floor of lantern with hinges to floor
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: Lower part of lantern
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Screwed in frame of lantern
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker: Sautter & Co., Paris
Year Made: Not given
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 19.5"
Light Characteristic: Fixed white
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 4
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
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:
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Iron
Service Table: Iron
Draft Tube Description: None
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: Improved 4th order
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: None
Candle Power:

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels:
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1 7/8"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description: Outside of dwelling
Oil House Inside Dimension: 6' x 8'
Oil House Construction Material: Iron & brick
Oil House Capacity: 48 5-gal cans
Other (Describe): None
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Stevens machine
Time to Start: 2 minutes
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Manufacturer: Geo. M. Stevens Co., Boston, Mass.
Year of Manufacture: Not given
Characteristic: A single blow every 10 seconds
Duplication: None
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Distance and Direction:
Water Supply:
Reached from Lighthouse:
Description of Fog Signal Building: Wooden tower attached to coal shed
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Bell Signal
Weight: 1200 lbs
Metal: Bell metal
Diameter: 39"
Height: 28"
Time: 2.5 hours
Weights for Operation:
Location: Supporting tower
Coloring: White
Construction Materials: Brick
Number of Rooms: 5
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Buoy & coal shed, 1 each
Outhouse Coloring: White
Paths and Walks: Brick
Area Inclosed: 2 acres, picket fence
Area of Garden: 2 acres, inclosed by picket fence
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: Inclosed portion
Area Cultivated: 2 acres
Character of Surroundings: Sandy & clay
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: From roofs
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: By cleaning tanks
Tank Capacity: 10,000 gal in buoy shed
Tank Material: Wood
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Healthy
Diseases: Malarial
Prevalency: Spring & Fall
Local Causes: Marshes outside of reservation
Recommended Improvements:
Access to Lighthouse: Wharf for handling buoys & other articles of supply
Distance and Direction: 40' westerly from dwelling
Miscellaneous Remarks: