Report for Ocracoke Light Station (North Carolina) - 1927

District: 5th
Inspector: M.G. Jory
Location: West part of Ocracoke Island about 2.2 miles north of Ocracoke Inlet.
Date of Report: 11/03/1927
Site: Purchase from Jacob Gaskill
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 12/07/1822
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 2 acres
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 1/8 mile, approx.
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Picket fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises:
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: Road from wharf.
Means to Reach Light Station: Water & road.
Distance to Nearest Road:
Distance to Post Office: Ocracoke PO 1/2 mile by sand road.
Distance to Village:
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Brick tower.
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1798
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: Rebuilt 1823 & 1897
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: 75 feet
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: White-wash
Tower Connection:
Object of Navigation: Seacoast.
Building Materials: Brick tower, stone base.
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wooden steps; iron ladder to lantern.
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 8" x 10"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 6; 23" high x 27.75" wide.
Number of Doors: 1; 2' 4.5" x 6' 4"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Cylindrical
Diameter to Glass: 6 feet
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides:
Type of Bars: 12 helical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed:
Number of Plates in Height: 1
Number of Plates Each Side:
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 37" high, 29.25" width at bottom & 12" at top
Number of Storm Panes: None
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Cast iron.
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron.
Ventilator / Cowl: Iron cap.
Lightning Spindle: Iron
Description of Lightning Rod:
Balustrade: Iron balustrade, stone tread.
Lantern Doors: Iron door on hinges.
Floor of Lantern: Iron.
Watchroom Doors: Iron trap door, hinged.
Parapet Diameter:
Location / Number: 3 in lower part of lantern.
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: None
Curtain Hooks / Hanger:

How is Watchroom Fitted: None.
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 2900 cp
Name of Maker: L. Lauter & Co.
Year Made: Unknown
Marks and Number: L.Lauter & Co.
Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 20"
Light Characteristic: Fixed white.
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 90 degrees
Number of Panels: 3
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:
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description:
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: Type "B"
Type of Illuminant: I.O.V.
Number of Spare Lamps:
Number of Spare Burners:
Candle Power: 600 dp

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 mantel
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel: 35 mm
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use:
Oil House Description: Located about 25 feet from tower
Oil House Inside Dimension: 6' 6" x 9' 9" x 6' 9" high.
Oil House Construction Material: Concrete.
Oil House Capacity: 1200 gal. oil storage tank outside of house.
Other (Describe): Storehouse located about 110 feet from tower.
Suitability: Suited
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: None.
Time to Start:
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
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:
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Location: 135 ft. SE of tower.
Coloring: White wash
Construction Materials: Brick
Number of Rooms: 6
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant: L.Coles, Wood heater, #618
Number of Keepers: 1 keeper
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Oil house, store house, woodshed, WC.
Outhouse Coloring: Whitewash.
Paths and Walks: Concrete.
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: 60' x 30'
Area Cultivated: 60' x 30'
Character of Surroundings: Sandy.
Stove, Maker: Grand Susquehanna range
Stove, Size: #7
Sink, Maker:
Sink, Size: 16" x 24"
Pump, Maker: Pitcher Pump.
Pump, Size: 306-C-3-1.25"
How Procured: Rain water in cistern.
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No injury.
Purity Precaution: Cleaning of cistern.
Tank Capacity: 2000 gal. back of dwelling.
Tank Material: Brick cistern.
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Good
Local Causes:
Recommended Improvements:
Access to Lighthouse: Private wharf landing; road.
Distance and Direction: 1/4 mile.
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Hoisting Engines
Hoisting Engine Kind: None.
Engine RPMs:
Engine Diameter:
Engine Stroke:
Engine Boiler:
Engine Maker and Date:
Serial Number:
Cylinders and Size:
Hoist Starter:
Hoist Miscellaneous:

General Information: No boats.
Boats on Station: