Report for Point Lookout (Maryland) - 1867

District: 5th
Inspector: J. M. Berrien, Inspector, 5th District.
Location: Entrance to Potomac River
Date of Report: 09/12/1867
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: Dwelling enclosed by a board fence; nothing else is enclosed.
Wharf or Landing on Premises:
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Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Keeper's dwelling
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established:
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated:
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Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water:
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea:
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Building Materials:
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Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
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Miscellaneous Remarks:
Location / Number:
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: There was a ladder without hooks at the end.
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: There is none provided.

How is Watchroom Fitted:
How is Relief Called: There was no bell for calling relief.
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker:
Year Made:
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Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter:
Light Characteristic: Fixed white
Time of Revolution:
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Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
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Fixed Lens Covered:
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
Revolving Machinery:
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Chariot Float or Balls:
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Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: Lens of 4th order - Franklin Lamp
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1, 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 one corner of the oil room.
Construction Materials:
Number of Rooms:
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers:
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouse Coloring:
Paths and Walks:
Area Inclosed: Dwelling enclosed by a board fence; nothing else is enclosed.
Area of Garden: There is no garden.
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available:
Area Cultivated: Keeper cultivates a small "patch".
Character of Surroundings:
Stove, Maker:
Stove, Size:
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size:
Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
Lamps: There is a regulation clock in good condition. Kept in the sitting room.
Lantern: It was in very good condition.
Illuminating Apparatus: Lens was as clean as it could be made in all its parts.
Service Lamp: It was in good condition in all respects.
Oil: It was perfectly clear & free from dirt. It had not been filtered.
Service Lamp Burner: It was free from gummy or burnt oil & wick well trimmed.
Service Lamp Burner Level: It was found to be bad.
Plate Glass: Very clean, free from scratches & stains.
Lens Cover: It was on, very clean made of cotton ticking & placed in one of the rooms of the bldg when not in use.
Lantern Curtains: There were none.
Carillon or Alarm Bell: There was no alarm bell.
Rod Lamp: There was a rod lamp.
Dwelling: Dwelling is in very neat order as regards cleanliness, but it stands in need of a general repair.
Stairway and Landing: Perfectly clean.
Inside of Tower:
Glazing of Dwelling: Condition of the glazing was not good.
Improvements Needed: A general repair is needed.
Outhouses: Very clean
Boathouse: There is none
Grounds: They are clean, but filled with weeds. The grounds look well.

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 things were all in their proper places & were not to be seen.
Lucernes or Matches: There were none of these articles to be seen in the lantern, watch or trimming rooms.
Heater: There was no heater at this station.
Ventilation: Keeper understands use of the ventilators & how to air the bldg.
Dome: They were painted according to instructions & lightning conductor was in perfect order, entering the ground.

Oil Room
Oil Room Condition: In good condition, ventilated by 2 windows; floor clean.
Oil Carriers: They were in good condition.
Number of 100 Gallon Oil Butts: 3
Number of 50 Gallon Oil Butts:
Number of Small Butts for Waste Oil:
Number of Dripping Buckets: 2
Number of Oil Tanks: 3, holding 300 gallons.
Oil Butts Made According to Regulation: They were so made.
Oil Butt Covers: Gutters were not filled. Keeper was requested to fill them. Keeper did not appear to understand use of covers & air cocks until told their use.
Drip Bucket Placement: There was a dripping bucket hung to the oil butt which was filled.
Oil Butt Platform: They are so placed upon planks.
Empty Oil Butts: 2 empty oil butts were clean & held in readiness for a new supply.

Tool Chests and Presses
Cleaning Materials Put Away: They are so put up & packed.
Paints Separate: They are kept separate
Tool Chest: There are some tools, very few.
Tool Condition: Tools are in good condition; there is a place set apart for them.
Tools Free from Rust: The few tools there are on hand are in good condition.
Closets Clean: They are kept properly aired.
Service Box In Good Order: Yes
Trimming Scissors Clean: They are kept in very good order
Brushes and Floor Clothes: They were in good order & in their places.
Lantern Condition: Very good

Keeper and Assistants
Keeper Appearance: Very neat & tidy.
Keeper Interested in Duties: Yes
Keeper Capacity for Duties: Keeper shows good capacity for his duties; but is not over anxious for information.
Keeper Understanding of Regulations: Keeper seems to understand the rules & instructions & to wish to conform to them.
Keeper Complaints:
Keeper Family: Keeper has no family.
Keeper Name: Pamela Edwards
Keeper Age: Middle aged
Keeper Present or Absent: Present.
Number of Assistants: There is no assistant.
Assistants Attend to Duty:
Assistants Capability:
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Assistant Keeper Names:
Did Principal and Assistant Keepers Accompany the Inspector?: Keeper accompanied me through the bldg while the inspection was being made.

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: They are roughly, but apparently correctly, kept.
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: 1 set blanks for quarterly returns.