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Vol 705 New Barn 1886

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Office of U.S. Light-House Engineer, THIRTEENTH DISTRICT, Portland, Oregon July 14th, 1886.

To the Chairman Of the Light-House Board, Washington, D.C. Sir: I have the honor to submit herewith report of engineer operations in this district for month of June, 1886. 626 – Cape Blanco. Lumber and posts for re-building fence around dwelling and tower were delivered at the station. 627 – Cape Arago The re-building of the tramway and steps, from beach to the top of bluff, was completed. The timbers of the new work were raised clear of the ground and all the lumber was planed and painted.

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Vol 631 Tramway Winch LH Reports 1884 and 1885

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No. 598 – Cape Foulweather (3d) In July and Aug a new drain of 6 in fire clay pipe and 90 ft. long, was laid by the keepers from the vaults at dwelling to the bluff. The kitchen sink drains, well trapped, were constructed with the new drain. In Sept. and Oct. an apparatus for hoisting supplies and material from the beach to the top of the bluff was constructed opposite a sheltered cove affording a good boat landing on the southwest side of the Cape, about 1000ft from the light-house. The apparatus consist of a tramway, 3ft. wide and 130 ft. long, extending up the slope of the bluff, which is 85 ft. high, and a suitable car with geared winch at top. A snatch block was also provided for hauling up light loads with a team of horses. Steps were fitted between the sides of the tramway for convenience of passage.

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In June the roof of kitchen at principal keeper’s dwelling and part of roof of 2nd assistant keeper’s dwelling were re-shingled. A new sill was placed under the latter building. About 150 tons of gravel were hauled up from the beach by the tramway and used in repairing roads and filling up holes around the tower where the sand had been blown out.

(4th) The station is in good condition.

No. 599 – Tillamook Rock (3d) In July, the keepers fitted a steam jet in the smoke stack and dampers in the branches of the stack in order to increase the draught of the furnaces; for the same purpose four grate-bars with larger spaces were place in the furnace. In October, some broken places in the galv. Iron

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The plastering in the dwelling, the window blinds, and plank walk from dwelling to tower were repaired and some new branch walks were made. Work by hired labor assisted by keepers.

543 – Cape Arago The brush on the land cleared last spring was burned and the clearing away of the logs and residue left was commenced and nearly completed.

544 – Cape Foulweather The iron work for the tramway car and winch were obtained and shipped to the station. The lumber for the tramway was obtained at Yaquina Bay and work commenced. Some minor repairs were made by the keepers to the dwelling occupied by the 2nd assistant keeper.

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Office of the Light House Engineer Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon Nov. 12th 1884

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

Sir: I have the honor to submit herewith report of operations in this district for the month of October, 1884 No. 543 – Cape Arago The removal, from the cleared land, of residue left by burning was completed and the land was sown with grass seed. No. 544 – Cape Foulweather The tramway hoisting apparatus, reported upon in letter of Sept. 6th was built during the month. A snatch block was furnished so that light loads can

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Office of the Light House Engineer Thirteenth District Portland, Oregon Sept 6th 1884

To the Chairman of the Light-House Board Washington, DC

Sir: In compliance with the Board’s request in letter of 26th ult., relative to means for hoisting supplies form beach at Cape Foulweather Lt. Sta., I have the honor to report that a detailed estimate for such an apparatus was included in the estimates for the current half year. The estimate was approved by the Board’s letter of Aug. 9th, 1884. The plan is to erect an inclined tramway with winch and car on the south west side of the Cape, about 1000 ft. from the

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light house, opposite a sheltered cove which affords the best boat landing at the Cape. The tramway is in two sections; the upper part, about 100ft long, extending from the top of an isolated rock, near the foot, to the top of the bluff, 85 ft. above low water; the lower part, about 30 ft. long, extending from the top of the rock to the beach, and made movable so that it can be drawn up out of danger from the surf. The upper part has stairs fitted between the rails, and a short ladder is made to reach from the rock. The car is hoisted by a geared winch at the top of the bluff. The cost as detailed in the estimate named is $267.50. This estimated, having been approved, the work is now being done. Very respectfully, Your obedient Servant, Chas F. Lowell Captain Of Engrs., Engr. 13th L.H. Dist.

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

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Office of the Light House Inspector Twelfth District San Francisco, Cal., May 28th, 1874

Professor Joseph I Lowry Chairman of the LH Board Washington DC

Sir,

I have the honor to report my return to this office from Yaquina Bay after continuing with your instruction of November 12th 1873. The joint report on the subject of the Engineer and myself have been forwarded to the Board from Portland Oregon. Upon examination at Cape Foulweather we found that it would be impossible to be build a tramway that would not be washed away every winter, and every summer it is a bad landing and could only be used in very smooth weather, it will

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YH LH location and building Vol. 311

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commencement of the work until next spring, and I be allowed an extension of time of sixty days from the 30th of next June to complete the work.

As the rainy season has already commenced at Cape Foulweather, and as there is no time during the Winter when the work can be prosecuted without considerable injury to the quality of the work. I deem it a matter of great importance that the commencement of the work should be deferred until next Spring, so that the foundation of the building can be laid without injury from the weather.

I am now building a tramway at Cape Foulweather for the purpose of landing all the materials at that place, thus avoiding the hauling from Newport to the Cape, which is altogether impracticable at this season of the year.

I can have the materials at the

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Office of the Light House EngineerThirteenth District,Portland, Oregon November 1, 1871 (writing obliterated)

Rear Admiral W.B. Shubrick,Chairman Light House Board, Washington, D.C.

Sir:

I have the honor to submit the following Report of Light House Operations for the month of October, 1871.

Yaquina Light House, OregonAll the work completed, including erection of Lantern and Lens and painting of Lantern.

Machinist traveled for Portland to Newport & back on his arrival the L.H, Overseer had succeeded in putting up the Lantern & Lens, so that his services were not needed.

Light House has been turned over to the L.H. Keeper. As no chimneys have been sent, I made application to the L.H. Inspector at San Francisco, and as soon as they are received, the lamp will be lighted.

Cape Foulweather Light Station, OregonCompleted Overseer's House, Tool House, Bridge(on road to Newport), Tramway, Road to Tramway, Road to Sand- ??? and Grading at L.H. Site.

Enclosed Mess-house and Men's quarters.

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1871-1872 keeper selection and LH building Vol. 336

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THIRTEENTH DISTRICT, PORTLAND, OREGON OCT 19 1872

???sor Joseph Henry Chairman Light-House Board, Washington D.C.

Sir: I have the honor to make the following Report operations for the month of September 1872.

Cape Foulweather, Lt Station, Ogn. Received 96101 Bricks, & 40 cases containing Lens, &c. Completed Keepers' Dwelling. Repaired Lighters & Tramway.Continued grading around Tower and Oil - house.Hauled from tramway to L.H. site assorted materials received. Commenced putting Cement Wash on Tower & Oil - House. Machinist employed fitting Iron Work. Oil house walls completed -

Tower completed 22 feet above floor - Further delay in Transportation has been caused by partial wreck of the Schooner "Elnorah" with materials from San Francisco, with loss of 10 to 12 M bricks bought for this work.

Probable Operations in October Transport balance of materials to Newport, Ogn. & commence hauling from Newport to L.H. site. The dangers attending discharge of freight at Cape and the repeated disasters to Sailing Vessels engaged in

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p-1 District 13 Reports, Keeper Appointment Records

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1884

544. Cape Foulweather (Yaquina Head), on westerly end of Cape Foulweather, Oregon.---A survey of the reservation was made and a wire fence 120 yards long was put around the pasture, and various repairs were made. The station is in good condition except as to the drainage.

An. Rep. 1885

598. Cape Foulweather (Yaquina Head), on westerly end of Cape Foulweather, Oregon.---A new drain of 6-inch fire clay pipe, 90 feet long, was laid by the keepers from the vaults at the dwelling to the bluff. The kitchen-sink drains were well trapped and connected with the new drain. An apparatus for hoisting supplies and material from the beach to the top of the bluff was constructed opposite a sheltered cove, where there is a good boat-landing on the southwest side of the cape, about 1,000 feet from the light-house. The apparatus consists of a tramway 3 feet wide and 130 feet long, extending up the slope of the bluff, which is 85 feet high, and a suitable car with a geared winch at top. A snatch-block was provided for hauling up light loads with a team of horses. Steps were fitted between the sides of the tramway. The roof of the kitchen at the principal keeper's dwelling and part of the roof of the second assistant keeper's dwelling were reshingled. A new sill was placed under the latter building. About 150 tons of gravel were hauled up from the beach by the tramway and used in repairing the roads and filling up the holes around the tower where the sand was blown out.

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1900-01 Keeper Logs

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JOURNAL of Light-house Station at Yaquina Head, Oregon

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17: [continued from previous page] Sea quite rough - General duties for the day - Barometer 29.90 to 30.17 - 1st ass't went to Newport after mail and supplies.

18: Light South wind thick fog and rain showers - Sea rough - Keeper sawing wood on beach - Barometer 29.96 to 30.00 today.

19: Light West to N. West wind these 24 hours - First part of 24 hours fog showers - Last part of 24 hours clear fine weather - Sea moderately smooth - Keeper sawing wood on the beach and went to Newport on important business - Barometer 30.22.

20: Light East to North wind these 24 hours with clear fine weather these 24 hours - Sea smooth - General duties for the day - 2nd ass't went to Newport after mail and supplies - Barometer 30.20 to 30.15 - 1st ass't sawing wood 2nd ass't U.S. Light House Tender Columbine passed station at 5 P.M. going south.

21: Light N.E. to S.E. wind to moderate breeze South clear fine weather first part of 24 horus - Last part of 24 hours fair and cloudy - Sea moderately smooth - General duties for the day - Barometer 29.998 to 29.88 today - 1st ass't went fishing - U.S. Light House Tender Columbine laying off Yaquina bar this morning and entered at 1:30 P.M.

22: Light S.E. wind light rain showers first part of 24 horus - Last part of 24 hours fresh breeze to gale S.E. to S. and S.W. hard rain sea rough - Barometer 29.90 to 29.50 - 1st ass't sawing wood for 2nd ass't - Keeper getting wood on the beach.

23: Gale S.W. to fresh breeze W. rain and hail squalls first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours cloudy and fair weather - Sea rough - General duties for the day - Keeper went to Newport after mail and supplies - U.S.S. Columbine landed lumber etc. at Newport - Barometer 30.10 to 30.25.

24: Light N. to East wind these 24 hours with clear fine and cool weather - Sea quite rough - Keeper and asst's putting 200 gallons of mineral Oil in Oil butts - Barometer 30.25 to 30.00 today.

25: Light N. to East wind these 24 hours with clear fine and cool weather - Sea smooth - General duties for the day - 2nd ass't doing house work in his Quarters - 1st ass't went fishing - Keeper clearing up the grounds - Barometer 30.24 to 29.90 today. U.S.L. House Engineer W. C. Langfitt and G. W. Freeman arrived at station at 10 A.M. Inspected and left at 11 A.M. for Newport.

26: Light N. and East wind these 24 horus with clear fine and cool weather - Sea quite smooth - 2nd ass't went over to big creek? on business - 1st ass't went fishing - Keeper cleaning out his Chicken-house - Keeper and 1st ass't stowing away material for repairs - Mr. Woodard hauling material for repairs - Barometer 29.90 - Keeper and 1st ass't tearing down the old rotten tramway - U.S.S. Columbine came out of Yaquina at 7 A.M. and steamed north.

27: Light wind and moderate breeze East these 24 hours with clear fine and cool weather - Sea moderately smooth - 2nd ass't went to Newport after mail and supplies - 1st ass't repairing road and went fishing - Keeper cleaning out barm and went after clams on the beach - Barometer 29.90 to 30.20 - Mr. Woodard hauling material today - Keeper and ass'ts stowing away material for repairs in barn wagon house and other places.

28: Light wind to moderate and fresh breeze E. cleare fine and cool weather these 24 hours - Sea smooth - General duties for the day - 1st ass't went fishing - Barometer 29.90 - Mr. Woodworth hauling material for repairs - Keeper and ass'ts stowing away material for supplies.

29: LIght E. to S.E. wind with light rain showers first part of 24 hours - Last part of 24 hours clear fine weather and light North wind - Sea smooth - Barometer 29.90 to 30.10 - Keeper and ass'ts stowing away amterial for repairs that Mr. Woodworth is hauling - 1st ass't went fishing.

30: Light wind to moderate and fresh breeze East clear fine and warm weather - Sea smooth - Barometer 30.14 to 29.94 - Keeper putting dressing on his part of garden - Keeper and ass'ts stowing material for repairs away under cover - Mr. Woodwoorth hauling lumber etc. - Keeper measuring lumber - 2nd ass't doing house work.

31: Light wind E. to moderate breeze S. East these 24 hours - First part of 24 horus dry - Last part of 24 hours cloudy but dry - Sea smooth - Keeper measuring lumber and pileing it up - Barometer 30.08. Keeper and ass'ts stowing material away in barn - 1st ass't went to Newport - Mr. Woodworth hauling lumber and other supplies.

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