Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Lighthouse Details, 1927

 In case you might be interested in a detailed description of the Ocracoke Lighthouse from almost a century ago, the US Lighthouse Service prepared a report dated November 3, 1927. Here are a few selected facts:
  • The deed for the property was dated  12/07/1822
  • Access to the light was by wooden steps; then an iron ladder to the lantern room.
  • The illuminating apparatus is "4th Order"
  • The glass in the lantern is 1/4" thick 
  • The light is produced by a vapor oil lamp with one 35mm wick
  • A 1200 gal. oil storage tank is located outside of the concrete oil house.
  • The keeper's house has 6 rooms, and is heated by an L.Coles Wood heater, #618
  • The keeper and his wife cooked on a #7 Grand Susquehanna range
  • Drinking water was procured from rain water collected in a 2000 gal. cistern 
  • Access to the lighthouse was via a private wharf 1/4 mile distant
Ocracoke's 4th Order Fresnel Lens

You can read the entire report here: http://uslhs.org/inventory/light_station_report.php?id=874.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of the Ocracoke Lighthouse, with information (and an artist's sketch) about the earliest lantern room. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/ocracoke-lighthouse/.  


  1. Anonymous5:13 PM

    This is the first good closeup of the light that I have seen. In 1823 I wonder what kind of oil they used.(?)

  2. Anonymous8:52 AM

    "The illuminating apparatus consisted of fifteen Argand lamps and an equal number of parabolic reflectors and glass magnifying lenses. Whale oil was the fuel." From Philip's newsletter about the Ocracoke lighthouse. See link above.

  3. Anonymous5:35 PM

    your right...I should have read down to end end of the link...thanks...


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