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1870-73 Lighthouse Board Annual Reports
small and movable. If however the changes in the bar are very frequent and extensive, you may consider the advisability of making them both movable and of having a separate dwelling.
This should be considered in the selection of sites and you are requested to make purchase of sites on the best terms you can, subject to the approval of the Board and the Attorney General, the latter as to title.
There will be sent you a drawing of a light suitable for your rear light and drawings of the two range lights at Amelia Island, on of which can serve as a model for your front light. It should be remembered that the main light should be at the same time a range light and a harbor so that the lens and lantern should be made to illuminate the proper arc of the horizon as in other cases but the front light will illuminate but a few degrees.
Please return the drawings which are herewith sent.
I send you by this day's mail a Chart of the Western Coast of the United
the archives of the Light House Board For Enclosure see Column 287 page 72 of Letters Record.
In accordance with the request of the Inspector, you will please to erect as soon as your other duties will permit a small and cheap crane at Tatoosh Light Station the expense of which will be charged to "Repairs"
By today's mail I forward to your address a chart of Yaquina Bay which
1 Tracing and 1 Drawing of Beacons in Newark Bay (West Oyster Bay & Mill Reef). 2 Tracings each of Bullocks, Point and Connimicut Point. Providence River, RI 2 Tracings of Beacons (one iron and one wooden) Billingsgate Shoal, Mass. 1 Facing South West Reef and Moose Rock, Maine. 1 Gilchrist's, Rock, Half Tide Ledge, Snow's, Rock and ship and Barges- Coast of Maine tracings and drawings. You need no return lithographs.
Nov. 19. From Engineer Secretary Major Elliot. To Col. R.S. Williamson, Corps Engineers. Sir: Your letter of the 9th instant relating to purchase of site for Light House purchase at Yaquina Bay Oregon, has been received with the accompanying papers. The purchase, subject to the following modifications in boundary and to the approval of the Attorney General is approved by the Board and you are requested to prepare the papers for his action as required by the Circular. Attorney General on Titles. A copy of which you have. A copy will be enclosed here, with for use of the District Attorney for Oregon. You are requested to prepare a plat of the track proposed to be purchased, and which will show the lots.
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
1870 Clerk will be competent to make out and certify to this abstract.
1871 Jan. 4.
From Engineer Secretary Elliot. To Col. R.S. Williamson Corps of Engineers. Sir: Herewith there is sent to you a bound volume for each of your offices, containing Plans and Specifications of Light Houses at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and St Simons Georgia.
Jan. 11. From Chrmn. L.H.B. Rear Adml. W.B. Shubrick. To Col. R.S. Williamson Corps Engineers. Sir: Herewith is sent to you a copy of an authorization of the Honorable the Secretary of War for the erection of a house and shop for the Lampist of the Pacific Coast, on the Presidio Military Reservation. The Board requires that the Lampist shall live on the Reservation, and it is desirable that he shall be as near the public wharf at Fort Point as the Military authorities will allow. You are requested to forward
Bien will be paid for the repairs you mention in the same manner as heretofore, and his monthly pay will commence when you have the house and shop ready for him at Fort Point. The Board in authorizing the employment of Mr Bien made it distinctly understood that he was to live and have his shop at Fort Point, and devote his entire time to the Government, and if he is not satisfied with these conditions, he will inform you at once, so that one of the lampists in the service of the Establishment at the Depot at Staten Island may be sent to you. When not otherwise employed, the lampist will be required to make the burners and the tin, copper, and brass utensils for the supply of the Light Stations of your Coast.
Jan. 20. From Engineer Secretary Maj G.H. Elliot. To Col. R.S. Williamson Corps Engineers. Sir: Your letter of the 12th instant transmitting estimates for funds from the appropriations for Yaquina Bay and Trinidad Head Light Houses, is
1871 Jan. 24 received and the estimates have been approved and forwarded
From Engineer Secretary Maj. G H Elliot to Col R. S. Williamson Corps Engineers Sir: There is sent you today a package of photographs of water color views of some of the Light House of the Pacific Coast. The following is a list of them: 1. Cape Hancock 2. Mouth of Columbia River 3. Alcatraz Looking W 4. " N. 87 W. 5. Bonita W. S. 6. " E. S. 7. Farallones S. E. 8. " (district) 9. " N.E. 10. " S.S.W. 11. Point Pinos 12. Point Conception 13. " " Looking W. 14. " " " S. 15. " " " S.W. 16. Santa Barbara 17. Point Loma N. by E. 18. " " S. W.
(Written on side) Houses on Pacific Coast Photographs Sent-
1871 Feb. 8 From Engineer Secretary Maj. G H Elliot To Col R.S. Williamson Corps Engineers Sir: In reply to your letter of the 30th January transmitting drawings of structures proposed for Yaquina Bay and Trinidad Head. I have to say that at Trinidad Head it is thought better to construct the Light House and tower of bricks, if it can be done within the appropriation. I send you a plan from which many of our smaller Light-houses are constructed and which is probably well adapted to Trinidad Head. Col. Gillespie's estimate of the cost of the Light House at Horse Island N.Y. was $10,395. It has cost more than this amount but as the accounts are not all in the exact cost cannot now be determined here. The plan herewith sent is of stone walls, but in tracing it, you are requested to modify it by making the walls a brick and a half thick and coloring the plan yellow. It is supposed that there is no doubt of the permanency of the foundation at Trinidad Head as it is high land. If you cannot build the structures like that represented for Horse Island with in the amount of the appropriation, then the next best plan will be to build a small tower like that at Tchefuncte, La. only of a smaller height to suit your site the diameter at top and of the cylinder remaining the same as shown in the plan
At your leisure you are requested to furnish drawings showing the L.H. sites at Yaquina and Trinidad Head, and of the Light Houses constructed there- the positions of the structures should always be determined with reference to the exterior lines of the Government property and located on the plats.
Feb.23 From Engineer Secretary Maj. G. H. Elliot. To Col. R.S. Williamson Corps Engineers Sir: Referring to your letter of the 15th instant, relative to lantern for Trinidad Head Light- station, I have to say that lanterns for the Pacific Co. Light-stations will be made on this coast and sent to you, but requisitions there- for should be made in time for your constructions. These requisitions should not be embodied with the requisitions for lenses.
The lanterns for the 4th,5th and 6th orders are the same, and you can use the one which arrives first, for Yaquina.
(SIDE BAR) Yaquina Bay & Trinidad Head lanterns for rel
(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
(SIDE BAR) Photographer on Shubrick- aurth'd
1871 Mar 14 From Engineer Secy Maj. G. H. Elliot To Col. R.S. Williamson Corps Engineers Sir: Referring to your letter of the 6th instant I have to say that the employment of a photographer on the terms heretofore state by you to go in the "Shubrick" on her next trip for the supply of the Pacific Coast lights is approved.
Mar 15 From Chrmn. L.H.B Rear Adml. W.B. Shubrick To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Your letter of the 4th instant addressed to the Secretary of the Treasury reporting for duty in the Light House Establishment has been received at this office and I have to inform you that you are assigned to duty as Light House Engineer of the 13th Light House District which embraces the Pacific Coast of the United State north of the northern boundary of California. Col. R. S. Williamson U.S.A.
Engineers, Light House Engineer for the 12th &13th Districts, will turn over to you the property pertaining to the 13th District, and the directions which he has received from this Board in relation to it.
(SIDE BAR) Detailed for duty as L.H. Engineer 13" Dist.
of a light-house site and have the honor to state that in my opinion the deed of conveyance from Lester P. Baldwin and wife to the United States, executed on the 11th of January last and offered for the acceptance of the government is sufficient to pass a valid title to the premises.
Sir: Gen. Woodruff has today been requested to send you by the first steamer a 5th order lens, fixed 240° for Yaquina Bay Light House.
(SIDE BAR) Telegram Mar.25 From Engineer Sec'y Major G. H. Elliot. To Col. R. S. Williamson Corps Engineers.
Foulweather appropriation made. Yaquina reverts.