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Vol 575 1882 and 1883 repairs
Office of Light-House Engineer, THIRTEENTH DISTRICT, Portland, Oregon, Dec. 5th, 1882
To the Chairman of the Light-House Board, Washington D.C.
Sir: In compliance with letter of the Board, I have the honor to forward herewith a list and description of charts of light-house sites of this district as required therein. I also have the honor to state that of the sites, of which detailed, topographical large scale maps are missing, those of the following stations are more needed: Cape Blanco. Cape Arago. Cape Foulweather. Ediz Hook. New Dungenness.
540- Cape Flattery Lt. Sta. Some window sash in the light-house and dwelling were repainted and some rooms in the dwelling whitewashed. A machinist, from Seattle, W.A, has been engaged to go to the station and repair the fog-signal boiler and make other repairs that may be found necessary. 542- New Dungenness Lt. Sta. The packing of man-hole plate in boiler, the packing and valves of pumps were received. Very respectfully, Your obedient Servant Chas F. Lowell- Captain of Engineers L.H. Engr. 13th Dist.
YH LH location and building Vol. 311
Probable Work in NovemberExcavate for Tower. Finish Men's Quarters, Make Water Tanks and Sheds for Lime & Co.Cape Hancock Light Station, Wash. Ter.Continuation of Construction of Light Keeper's Dwelling
Probable Work in NovemberCompletion of L.K. Dwelling
Cape Flattery Light Station, Wash. Ter.Shipped all materials from Portland Port Townsend,& thence reshipped in part to Cape Flattery, where boiler was floated ashore, & balance of cargo landed by means of Indians & canoes. At last advices a severe storm had prevented the sailing of the vessel with balance of material. Commenced digging cisturn.
Probable Work in NovemberSuch work will be done as the weather will permit.
New Dungenness Light Station, Wash. Ter.Chimney-tops were shipped from Portland
Very respectfully,Your obedient servant,Henry M RobertMaj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'rThirteenth District
1871-1872 keeper selection and LH building Vol. 336
bringing materials to Foulweather ??? is ??? to secure transportation of the balance of freight to The Cape this season. ood??? work in Oil House to be completed. Iron work to be placed as far as the Brickwork can be finished. Complete walls of Tower, if materials can be freighted.
Cape Flattery Lt. Station, W.T. Probable Operations in October - Purchase & ship Tools & c, and send Machinist to fit Engine for Salt Water.
Ediz Hook Lt Station W.T. Probable operations in October - Transmit Estimates for Repairs. Prepare for some indispensable repairs.
New Dungenness Lt Station, W.T. Purchased materials and ??? on Spit. Prepared quarters for Men. Excavated for cistern & foundation for Wood house & c. Commenced hauling Materials to L.H. Site, including sand & water. Selected earth for garden; laid out all work for the season. Probable Operations for October - Complete Woodhouse & Store-room and Cellar. Complete woodwork inside of Lt House. Complete Picket Fence; Garden; Transportation of Water, Sand, & Rails & Cisterns. Commence laying Post-Rail Fence enclosing Pasture.
Very Respectfully, Your obedient servant, Henry M Robert Maj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'r Thirteenth District
Ediz Hook Lt Station, W. T.
Put up new stove in place of one endangering the Lt. House. Plastered Cellar, so as to keep the Oil Buts dry, & foundation of house in repair. Put zinc cover on parapet, in place of leaky zinc. Commenced slight repairs by Carpenter.
New Dungenness Lt. Station, W. T.
Built ways to landing. Completed painting of Tower. Built Boat House. Completed transportation of Earth & Rails, & building of fence. Made Garden. Repaired & lengthened Chimneys. Cement-plastered the cellar to keep out high tides. Finished plumbing, including repairs to troughs & pipes. Commenced inside repairs to Lt. House. Put zinc fire-board in place of paper ones. Probable Operations for December. Complete Carpenter work & painting - Admiralty Head Lt Station, W. T.
Replaced leaky cover to lantern parapet with zinc.
Very respectfully, Your obedient servant, Henry M Robert Maj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'r Thirteenth District
??? attempting to get foremen since for small jobs, I was unwilling to pay such prices & consequently could get the very best men, such men being pretty scarce in a small place of only twelve thousand inhabitants & not wishing to interfere with their regular business. A man that would do well in an ordinary civilized place, is frequently a perfect failure in a county like this. Mr Kirk who was the foreman at New Dungenness was said to be a good man & yet I could have scarcely gotten a poorer one. He seemed to be utterly demoralized. Mr Le Sound proved unequal to the position of Supt of Repairs & yet left if for a better position & salary. Some of them are afraid of travelling in Indian Canoes & most of them are not men of sufficient character to be masters of the situation. I have had one exception, Mr Harm whom I got for building the Oil House at Cape Disappointment during the winter when there was no work in town. He was willing to ???(?work) for $7. per day from the time he left Portland till he ??? (?left) town omitting Sunday or $182. per month.
My clerk had inspected New Dungenness and found the condition the foreman had left it in. Mr. Harm was sent up immediately & he fixed it all right. But he would not have gone could not have finished it in time to be back when the season opened & then when paid he said he would not go again for such wages (182. per month) as he lost at least one dollar per day. My own opinion is that competent men to superintend repairs or short jobs for less then $200. per month cannot be obtained - but now other Sup't of Repairs can attend to such cases. For regular Light Houses the very lowest figure that I can feel certain of getting an overseer for is $180. per month, though if they were employed through the winter ???(?months) they could be obtained at $150. per month. I would respectfully ask for information for this subject as it would make a material difference in my work this summer.
Very respectfully Your obedient servant Henry M Robert Maj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng's, Thirteenth District
Office L.H. Engineer, 13" Dist. Portland, Ogn. June 14", 1873
Chairman Light-House Board Washington, D. C.
Sir: I have honor to make the following Report of Operations for the month of May 1873.
Cape Foulweather Lt Station, Ogn. Work delayed by non-arrival of the missing parts of the Lantern. Overseer in charge of property. Probable Operations for June. Work on Lantern if missing parts are received. Point Adams Ogn and New Dungenness, W. T. Lt Stations. Made Plans & Specifications for Boilers for Steam Fog Signals. Probable Operations for June: Locate Pt Adams Light Station & secure land for the same. Advertise for Bids for Boilers. Cape Flattery Lt Station W.T. Completed plans for Water Tank Probable Operations for June. Build Water Tank and secure from falling decayed joists by under-pinning
Very Respectfully Henry M Robert Maj Engrs. LH Engr. 13" Dist.