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Vol 705 New Barn 1886

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Letter #732

Office of U.S. Light-House Engineer, THIRTEENTH DISTRICT, Portland, Oregon August 15th, June 30 1887.

To the Chairman of the Light House Board. Washington, D.C.

Sir: I have the honor to submit the following annual report, to June 30th, 1887, of engineer operations in the 13th L.-H. Dist.:------- This District extends from the southern boundary of Oregon to the boundary between the United States and British Columbia and embraces all aids to navigation on the Pacific Coast of Oregon and Washington Territory and in the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Straits of Fuca and Puget Sound. In the district there are Light-Houses and lighted beacons 46 Fog-signals operated by steam or hot air 6 “ “ clockwork 2.

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Vol 631 Tramway Winch LH Reports 1884 and 1885

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Office of the Light House Engineer Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon Aug 14 June 30th 1885

To the Chairman of the Light House Board Washington, D.C. Sir: I have the honor to submit the following annual report to June 30, 1885 of engineer operations in the 13th L. H. District. This district extends form the southern boundary of Oregon to the boundary between the United States and British Columbia, and embraces all aids to navigation on the Pacific coast of Oregon and Washington Territory and in the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Straits of Fuca and Puget Sound. In the district there are: - Light-Houses 16

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on the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific Coasts of the United States, corrected to January 1st 1885.

596 Cape Blanco on the highest point of the cape, Oregon. This station is in good order. 597. Cape Arago. (Gregory) On a small island at the western extremity of Cape Arago. (Gregory) Oregon This Station is in good order. 598. Cape Foulweather. On the westerly end of Yaquina Head. This station is in good order. A derrick for hoisting stores from the beach has been built. 599. Tillamook Rock on Tillamook Rock, Oregon. 18 miles South of entrance to the Columbia River. This station is in good order. A new iron landing bridge was built. 600. Point Adams. South of, and near the entrance to the Columbia River. This station is in fair order. The grass planted on the ocean beach near the Lighthouse for the purpose of holding the drift sand, is

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Vol 575 1882 and 1883 repairs

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Amounts brought forward forward 10199.88 Expenses of Buoyage, 1882- West Point Light Station, N.J. June 30 1883 By balance due the United States, as few accounts reudered 7844 Total accounts for 101998 Respectfully submitted Chris F. Prila

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Vol 446 RA Bensell letters YB repairs 1878

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United States Senate Chamber, Washington, Feb. 4, 1878 Prof. Joseph Henry, Chairman Lighthouse Board Sir: Herewith enclosed please find a communication from Hon. R.A. Bensell, of Newport, Oregon, calling attention to the Light House Station at Yaquina, Oregon. I thought it proper to communicate this letter to you and ask your attention to the same. Please advise me what

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Vol 348 Engineer Reports 13th Dist. 1873 and 1874 CF Exhibted YB Discontinued

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United States Senate Chamber

Washington Dec 5th 1873

Gen'l Michler Engineer Corps U.S.A. Portland Oregon Dear Sir I understand there is some disposition on the part of the Light-House Board to abolish the Light at Yaquina Bay, Oregon. I sincerely trust this will not be done, and trust your influence will be exerted in retaining it for the reasons urged in the enclosed letter Gov. Ben Simpson who has been a resident of Oregon for over a quarter of a century, and is thoroughly posted on its coast. Will you please transmit this to the local officers. And much oblige Very respectfully, (signed) JH Mitchell USS

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Vol 1063 1894 repairs

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Annual Report of the Engineer, Thirteenth Light House District for the fiscal year ending June 30th, 1895.

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The District extends from the Southern boundary of Oregon, to the Northern limits of the United States, and embraces all the aids to navigation on the Pacific Coast of Oregon and Washington and the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Straits of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound and Alaskan Waters. The aids to navigation, of which the Engineer Office has taken cognizance, are:-

19 Light Houses complete. 1 “ “ incomplete. 2 Steam Sirens. 4 Steam Whistles. 5 Hot Air Trumpets. 3 Bells operated by clocks. 1 “ “ “ “ incomplete.

The work of repairs and construction during the year, also the present conditions of the Stations and suggested improvements and repairs necessary to be made, are as follows:

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YH LH location and building Vol. 311

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Office of the Light House EngineerThirteenth DistrictPortland, Oregon, July 22 ???? (1871)

Rear Admiral W.B. Shubrick

Chairman Light House Board,Washington, D.C.

Sir:

The following is my annual report of Light House Operations to July 1, 1871.

This district embraces all aids to navigation on the Pacific Coast of the United States north of the boundary between California & Oregon (crossed out "42nd parallel of latitude).

Inspector - Commodore Alfred Taylor, USN

Engineer to March 31, 1871. Major L.S. Williamson Corps of Engineers.

Major Henry M. Robert Corps of Engineers U.S.A. present Engineer

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Office of the Light House EngineerTHIRTEENTH DISTRICTPortland, Oregon, May 6th (1872)

Chairman Light House Board,Washington, D.C.

SIR:

In connexion with the question of enlarging the Light house Reservation at Yaquina Bay, I would respectfully call your attention to the fact that the deed calls for about 36 acres of land, while the laws of Oregon (act approved Octo 29th 1870) provide for the purchase by the United States of only 20 acres in one tract. The cession of jurisdiction is certainly limited to 20 acres even if the government purchases more. I would respectfully inquire if 20 acres should not be surveyed and a description of such tract recorded in order to comply with the statute?

Very respectfully,Your obedient servant,[Henry M. Robert]

Major of Eng'rs and LH Engr13th District

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1888 jetty re-establish YB inquires Vol. 761

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United States Engineer Office Portland, Oregon, Dec. 17, 1887.

The Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army Washington, D.C.

Sir:- I have the honor to submit the following report as to the present status of Yaquina Harbor, and as to whether the harbor improvements have been completed, and warranted the establishment of a light there. Yaquina Bay affords ample harbor accommodation; but at present vessels of deep draught cannot enter, as there is only about 12 feet depth of water over the bar, in the deepest channel, at low-water. The average range of tide is about 7 feet. There is little or nothing in the way of local resources to build up a commerce of any extent; but as an outlet to an important railroad, the harbor is rapidly growing in importance. Its future growth will depend much upon the improvement of the entrance to the harbor, and also upon the extension of the railroad to a connection with a trans continental line. At present, almost the only vessels entering and leaving the port are the passenger steamers running from Yaquina City to San Francisco. A jetty nearly 3,000 feet long has been constructed by the government, on the south side of the entrance. The results thus

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1871-1872 keeper selection and LH building Vol. 336

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Notice to Mariners (no. )

United States of America {carat: "Northwest Coast. "} Oregon. Light-House at Cape Foulweather (Yaquina Point Head).

Notice is hereby given that a Light-House has been erected Cape Foulweather. (Yaquina Point Head) Oregon, and the lights will be erected on or about the night of the 1st of March 1st of February 1873, and every night after from sunset to sunrise.

The focal plane is 81 feet above the ground, and 150 feet above sea level. The lights can be seen in clear weather from the deck of a vessel, 15 feet above the sea, at a distance of eighteen {carat: "and a half"} nautical miles. The lens {carat: "is dioptic, of the"} a 1st order Fresnel, illuminating of the horizon 240 degrees {carat: "and"} will show a fixed white light.

The tower {carat: "is"} of brick, is painted white, and the lantern {carat: "is painted"} black.

The Keepers' Dwelling, a two-story frame building, east of the tower is painted white.

{circled:A} Latitude 44 {degree symbol} 40' North. Longitude 124 {degree symbol} 04' West.

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Office of the Light House Engineer Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon March 3, 1873

Chairman Light House Board, Washington, DC Sir:

I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your letter of March 6, 1873, and in compliance herewith to enclose the original certificate of deposit with the 1st Nat'l Bank, Portland, Ogn. for $105 # from the appropriation for Cape Foulweather light station Ogn. 1871-72, to the credit of the Treasurer of the United States to pay for 14 prismatic vault covers.

Very respectfully, Your obedient servant, Henry M. Robert Maj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'r, Thirteenth District

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p-2 Notice To Mariners

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Notice to Mariners (No. 90.) United States of America - Pacific Coast

Oregon - Yaquina Bay

Notice is hereby given, that a light will be exhibited on the evening of October 1, 1871, and on every evening thereafter, from sunset to sunrise, from a recently erected low square wooden tower, rising from the keeper's dwelling (painted white) on the north front of the entrance to Yaquina Bay, Oregon.

The structure stands 120 feet above the mean sea level, and the light 40 feet from the base of the tower, giving a focal plane of 160 feet above mean sea level.

The light will be a fixed white (underlined) light, of the 5th order of Fresnel, illuminating an arc of 240 degrees of the horizon.

The dwelling and tower are painted white (underlined). The dome of the lantern and gallery balusters are painted red (underlined).

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The position of the tower, by the United States Coast Survey Pilot, is: Latitude 44 degrees 36 minutes 35 seconds north, Longitude 124 degrees 04 minutes west from Greenwich.

The following are the magnetic bearings and distances from the light to the most prominent objects in the vicinity, which are likely to catch the eyes or attract the attention of the mariner:

Cape Perpetua, South 20 degrees east, distant 26 miles. Celilike Head, South 17 1/2 degrees east, distant 8 miles.

In approaching Yaquina entrance, mariners should observe the following directions, viz: Yaquina Point (or Cape Foulweather) bearing north 34 degrees west, limits the visibility of the light in that direction.

The angle of visibility over the water is 238 degrees. The magnetic bearings, within which the light will be visible from a vessel, are from N.N.W. by southerly to S. by E.

A dangerous reef lies off the mouth of the harbor. Vessels passing should not have less than 12 fathoms water.

By order of the Light-House Board:

Treasury Department Office Light House Board Washington, D.C. September 1871

W.B. Shubrick, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy Chairman

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Notice to Mariners No. 34, of 1873

United States of America - Pacific Coast - Oregon

Fixed White Light at Cape Foulweather, (Yaquina Head)

Notice is hereby given that, on and after the evening of August 20, 1873, a fixed white light will be shown from the tower recently erected on Cape Foulweather, (Yaquina Head,) Oregon.

The focal plane is at a height of 81 feet above the ground and 150 feet above sea level. In clear weather, the eye being 15 feet above sea level, the light should be seen at a distance of 18 1/2 nautical miles.

The illuminating apparatus is a lens of the 1st order, fixed, illuminating 240 degrees of the horizon.

The tower is of brick, painted white, and the lantern is painted black.

The keeper's dwelling, a two story frame building east of the tower, is painted white.

The approximate position of the light-house is as follows:

Latitude 44 degrees 43' 30" North Longitude 124 degrees 5' West

From the light-house, Cape Disappointment (Hancock) light-house bears N. by W. 3/4 W. 94 nautical miles; Yaquina (Harbor) light-house bears S.E. by S. 1/4 S. 3 1/4 nautical miles; Cape Perpetua bears S. by E. 3/4 E. 24 nautical miles; Cape Arago (Gregory) light-house bears S. by E. 84 nautical miles.

By order of the Light-House Board:

Joseph Henry, Chairman

Treasury Department Office Light-House board, Washington, D.C., July 25, 1873

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Notice to Mariners No. 26 of 1874

United States of America - Pacific Coast, Oregon

Discontinuance of Yaquina Bay Light

Notice is hereby given that the light at Yaquina Bay, Oregon, will be discontinued on and after the 1st day of October, 1874.

By Order of the Light-House Board:

Joseph Henry, Chairman.

Treasury Department, Office Light-House Board, Washington, D.C., July 3, 1874

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Box 258 Ewad 1902, Booth 1903

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RG 26 RECORDS OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

Lighthouse Service

LETTERS SENT TO DISTRICT INSPECTORS AND ENGINEERS, 1852 - 1910

Press Copies

Thirteenth District Inspector jan 1,1900-June.30,1900 V1.838 Jan.1,1901-Dec.31,901 V1.759

Box 258 NC-31, Entry 23

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Box 257 Keepers Dwelling 1899

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RECORDS OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

Lighthouse Service

LETTERS SENT TO DISTRICT INSPECTORS AND ENGINEERS, 1852-1910

Press Copies

Thirteenth District Inspector Jul. 1, 1899-Jun. 30, 1900 V1. 717 Jul. 1, 1900-Dec. 31, 1900 V1. 758

Box 257 NC-31 Entry 23

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Box 256 Harry G. Littlefield 1898 unsuitable

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RG 26 RECORDS OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

Lighthouse Service

LETTERS SENT TO DISTRICT INSPECTORS AND ENGINEERS, 1852-1910

Press Copies

Thirteenth District Inspector Jul. 1, 1897-Jun. 30, 1898 V1.631 Jul. 1, 1899-Jun. 30, 1899 V1.677

Box 256 NC-31, Entry 23

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Box 255 CF to YH 1896, YB 1894 1895

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RG 26 Records of the United States Coast Guard

Lighthouse Service

Letters sent to District Inspectors and Engineers, 1852-1910

Press Copies

Thirteenth District Inspector Jul. 1, 1894 - Dec. 31, 1895 V1.540 Jan. 1, 1896 - Jun. 30, 1897 V1.586

Box 255 NC-31, Entry 23

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Box 254 YB 1890, YH 1893, Isaac L. Smith & Edward Rice 1891

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RG 26 RECORDS OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

Lighthouse Series

LETTERS SENT TO DISTRICT INSPECTORS AND ENGINEERS, 1853-1910

Press Copies District 13 Insp. (Duplicate) Jan. 1, 1887-Dec. 31, 1889 Jan. 1, 1890-June 30, 1893 V. 479 Box 254 NC-31 Entry 23

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Box 251 YB YH reprimand stove 1874 to 1875

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Rg 26 Records of the United States Coast Guard

Lighthouse Series

Letters sent to district inspectors and engineers, 1853-1910

Press Copies District 13 Engineer (strike out) Inspector (Duplicate) July 1, 1874-June 30, 1880 July 1, 1880 -Dec. 31, 1886

Box 251 NC-31 Entry 23

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RECORDS OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

Lighthouse Series

LETTERS SENT TO DISTRICT INSPECTORS AND ENGINEERS, 1853-1910

Press Copies District 13 Engineer Jan. 1, 1887-Dec. 31, 1889 Jan. 1, 1890-June 30 1893 v. 479 Box 244 NC-31 Entry 23

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Box 247 1899 to 1900 JA land 4000 app 1866 reserved

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RG 26 RECORDS OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD Lighthouse Series LETTERS SENT TO DISTRICT INSPECTORS AND ENGINEERS, 1853-1910

Press Copies District 13 Engineer Jan. 1, 1899-Dec. 31, 1900 V.729 Jan. 1, 1901-Dec. 31, 1901 V.775 Box 247 NC-31 Entry 23

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Box 245 1893 to 95 YB lights CF repairs

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RG 26 RECORDS OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

Lighthouse series

LETERS SENT TO DISTRICT INSPECTORS AND ENGINEERS, 1853 - 1910

Press Copies District 13 Engineer July 1, 1893 - June 30, 1895 V.528 July 1, 1895 - Dec. 31, 1896 V.572 Box 245 NC-31 Enrty 23

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p-1 1881 YH Descriptive Pamphlet

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RG 26 RECORDS OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

Records of the Lighthouse Service

Records Relating to Operations

DESCRIPTIVE LISTS OF LIGHTHOUSE STATIONS, 1858-89, 1876-1939

13th District (Book 1)

Box 4

NC-31 Entry 63

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p-1 1910 YH Descriptive Pamphlet

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RG 26 RECORDS OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

Records of the Lighthouse Service

Records Relating to Operations

DESCRIPTIVE LISTS OF LIGHTHOUSE STATIONS, 1858-89, 1876-1939

1876-1938 North Carolina - Pennsylvania

Acc. NN372-47 NC-31 Box 8 Entry 63

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1870-73 Lighthouse Board Annual Reports

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the construction should commence. The design of placing a structure like that at Ediz Hook is approved. You are desired to forward to the Board a requisition for the lens for Yaquina light which will be of the 5th order. You state that less than 270° arc of visibility is required. Please to state how much less and what kind of light it should be. This will involve a study of the kind of light to be used at Cape Foulweather. At some time convenient to you please to have made and forwarded a set of drawings showing the structures to be placed at Yaquina.

Dec. 28 From Engineer Secretary Maj G. H. Elliot. to Col. R.S. Williamson Corps Engineers. Sir: In reply to your letter of the 19th instant, I have to say that the deed of land proposed to be purchased at Yaquina Bay, when submitted to the District Attorney should be accompanied by an abstract of title on which his opinion can be based, or else he should be requested to procure the same at the expense of the United States. If there is no conveyance at Yaquina, it is supposed the County

(aside note) Yaquina Bay abstract of title to land requested

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(SIDE BAR) Extract from Board Report boundary line 12"&12" dis ts.

1871 Mar. 8 From Engineer Secy Maj. Geo. H. Elliot To Col. R. S. Williamson Corps Engineers The following extract from the proceedings of the Board in session on the 6th instant is sent you for your information. On notion it was ordered that the northern boundary of the 12th Light-House District on the Pacific Coast be extended to the line separating the States of California and Oregon and that the 13th Light House District will extend from the boundary of the 12th Light House District to the Northern limits of the United States. It having been reported to the Board that an additional Engineer officer had been assigned to Light House duty on the Pacific Coast after consultation and discussion it was ordered that the officers of that District will have their offices within the limits of the District.

Mar 9 From Engineer Secy Maj. G.H. Elliot To Col R. S. Williamson Corps Engineers Sir: Your letter of the 1st instant transmitting title papers to land sold to the United States at Yaquina Bay, Oregon is received. Papers transmitted should be enumerated on the letter of advice

(SIDE BAR) Yaquina Bay Oregon title papers

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(SIDE BAR) Office of L.H. Engr.' 13" Dist- books &c, will be sent-

1871 Mar. 16 From Engineer Secy Maj. G.H. Elliot To Maj. H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: There is sent to you herewith for your information an extract from the proceedings of the last meeting of the Board, concerning the office of the Light House Engineer of the 13th District. A box containing books pamphlets, &c, will be sent to you as soon as you inform the Board where you will have it addressed. For Enclosure see Volume 5 page Board Journal.

(SIDE BAR) Telegram Mar 22 From Engineer Secy Maj. G. H. Elliot To Major H M Robert Corps Engineers Deed for Yaquina approved Go on with the construction of the Light House. Appropriation reverts on first of July. Letter by mail.

Mar 22 From Engineer Secy Major G.H.Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: Herewith you will find deed of Lester P. Baldwin and wife to the United States, and a copy of the opinion of the Attorney General in regard to the validity of the title. Colonel Williamson has this day been directed to turn over to you the amounts of the special ap-(propriations)

(SIDE BAR) Yaquina Bay-purchase of L.H. Site- rel.

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