Report for Chatham (Massachusetts) - 1927

District: 2nd
Inspector: C.H. Robinson, Asso. Lighthouse Engineer
Location: On mainland W side of Chatham Harbor
Date of Report: 06/10/1927
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 04/03/1807
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 36 acres
Area Inclosed: 2.5 acres
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: About 400'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Concrete post with wire fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Public highway about 3/4 mile to Chatham Post Office.
Distance to Nearest Road:
Distance to Post Office:
Distance to Village:
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: One
First Built or Established: 1808
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1877
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: 80'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Village of Chatham
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Paint
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Seacoast & guide to Nantucket Sound
Building Materials: Iron, lined with bricks
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron circular
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 10.5" x 21"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3 - 25" x 24"
Number of Doors: 1 - 3' x 6' 10"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Tower in excellent condition
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 1 1/8"
Height Glazed: 35 3/4"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 27 3/8" 36 3/8"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl: Iron
Lightning Spindle: Yes - copper conductor to grouns
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Yes
Lantern Doors: Iron fitted with brass hinges
Floor of Lantern: Iron
Watchroom Doors: Wood - hinged
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: 5 in parapet walls
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Spring roll curtains

How is Watchroom Fitted: 1 closet with shelves for storing spare parts
How is Relief Called: Thermostat bell
Where is Call System Led: To keeper's bedroom
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus: 8 hours
Intensity in Candles: 20,000
Name of Maker: L. Sautter et Cie A Paris
Year Made: Not known
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 21"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution: 30 sec
Flash Interval: 4.4 sec
Duration of Flash: 0.6 sec
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 6
Number of Flash Panels: 4
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 2
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5 flashing
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3 flashing
Does Apparatus Revolve?: True
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Cast iron (made in 2nd District)
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: Cone only
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls:
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube: None
Clock Weight: About 325 lbs
Length of Winding Time: 8 hours
Drive During Rewind: No
Machinery Protection: By clock case
Regulated: Fan governor
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced:
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached:
Form of Colored Glass:
Lamp Description: 35 mm I.O.V. Kerosene [Change from Kero installation to a 35 mm I.O.V. Type A outfit was made 1/26/1928]
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 1
Number of Spare Burners: 2
Candle Power:

Clock Cord Description
Revolving Cord: 5th order
Size of Clock Cord: 1/4"
Length of Clock Cord: 120'
How Led: Through lantern floor
Diameter and Length of Clock Drum: 3 3/4" x 5"

Chariot Balls
Balls Description: No raceway
Cage to Separate Balls: True
Number of Balls: 10
Diameter of Balls: 3/8"

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 mantel
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel: 1 1/4" [35 mm 1/26/1928]
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 in tower fitted with shelves for spare lamp etc.
Oil House Description: 90' S'ly of tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 3' 8" x 10' 8"
Oil House Construction Material: Brick
Oil House Capacity: About 450 - tank outside, oil house for kerosene storage 317 gal capacity
Other (Describe): Non
Location: Double dwelling NW'ly of tower
Coloring: White with lead trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 6 each half
Number of Dwellings: One
Heating Plant: Direct hot water each half
Number of Keepers: 1 each half
Furnished Quarters: Keeper & additional Keeper
NOT Furnished Quarters: None
Outhouses: Barn & double fuel house
Outhouse Coloring: White lead trim
Paths and Walks: Brick walks between tower & dwelling
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: Whole
Area Cultivated: About 1/4 acre
Character of Surroundings: Sandy
Stove, Maker: Cham Crawford Royal; Howes Queen Premier
Stove, Size: 7-18; 7-18
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 18" x 34"; 22" x 48"
Pump, Maker: Douglas (2)
Pump, Size: #2 (2)
Lamps: 1 brass hand (each), 1 brass table (each), lamp from General Depot (each)
How Procured: From a well, also from a cistern
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No
Purity Precaution: Frequent cleaning
Tank Capacity: About 1500 gals
Tank Material: Brick cement plastered on inside
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description: 40'
Well Diameter: 33"
Well Lining: Brick lined
Pump or Bucket: Bucket
What Power Used: Hand
Distance from Dwelling: 10'
General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: None, landings made on beach with public road from there to Light Station - also public road to tower & Post Office about 3/4 mile SW'ly
Distance and Direction:
Miscellaneous Remarks: Tower & double dwelling are in good condition. (Fuel house needs new sills, floor hoists corner posts etc.) [Repairs completed Aug. 1927]
Boat Number: 65
Type: Row dory
Length: 5' 3.5"
Width: 16'
When Built: 1911
Date Harbored at Station: Apr. 1924
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes

General Information:
Boats on Station: On beach