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Journal of Light-House Station at Cape Foulweather

1892
January
31: Light East wind these 24 hours with fair weather dry & cool during 24 hours. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day. Had one visitor today. Steamer Willamett Valley sailed today for San Francisco.

February
1: Light East wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light North wind, clear, fine and cool weather during 24 hours. Sea quite smooth. General duties for day. 1st asst went to Newport. Keeper putting 200 gals of Mineral Oil in Oil room.

2: Light N.W. to East wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light East to N.W. wind. Clear, fine and cool weather during 24 hours. Sea smooth. Keeper went fishing today. 1st asst fixing garden fence. 2nd asst putting a frame of glass in cellar window.

3: Light N.W. to fresh breeze East to S.E. first part of 24 hours. Cloudy but dry. Last part of 24 hours light S.E. wind; rain showers. Sea very rough. General duties for the day. The barometer is down to 29.80 Had a light shock of Earthquake at about 8.20 P.M. from N.E. to S.W.

4: Light S.E. to East and N.W. these 24 hours with clear, fine, and cool weather during the 24 hours. Sea very rough. General duties for the day. 1st asst Edward Rice went to Newport today.

5. Light S.E. to South wind these 24 hours, little cloudy but dry during 24 hours. Sea moderately smooth. General duties for the day. 1st asst went over to beach to clear out the rhoad (sp). Keeper went to Newport after supplies. Left the station at 9.30 A.M.

6: Light S. East to East and N.W. winds these 24 hours with clear, fine, and cool weather during the 24 hours. Sea little rough. General duties for the day. Keeper F.M. Plummer returned to the station at 2 P.M.

7: Light S. East to South wind these 24 hours with frequent light rain showers. Last part of 24 hours cloudy but dry. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper and 1st asst went fishing today.

8: Light South to East wind, damp first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light N.W. wind, light rain showers. Sea moderately smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper went to Newport today. Steamer Maggie Ross??? sailed for San Francisco today at 8 A.M.

9: Moderate breeze N.W. to S.W. and South these 24 hours with rain most of the 24 hours. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day. 1st Asst Edward Rice??? went to Newport for the day.

10: Light South wind with rain first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds with thick damp fog. General duties for the day. Keepers went fishing today.

11: Light variable winds & calm with thick damp fog first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours clear fine and warm wind light N.W. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. 2nd Asst went to Newport today.

12: Light N.W. to S.E. wind these 24 hours with thick fog, showers most of 24 hours. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper F.M. Plummer returned to the station at 8.30 A.M.

13: Light winds to moderate breeze N.W. these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours little damp. Last part of 24 hours fair weather. Sea little rough. General duties for the day. 1st asst went to Newport today.

14: Light N.W. to S.E. wind & calm first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light wind to moderate breeze. N.W. clear fine and cool weather during 24 hours. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day.

15: Light N.W. to variable winds and calm for first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light N.W. wind, clear fine and cool weather during 24 hours. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. 1st asst went fishing today. A boat with six men & mate landed here at 11 A.M. from the Sealing schooner Oscar and Hattie hunting for a missing boat. [continued on following page]

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Owlivia

Earthquake felt at 8.20 p.m. February 3, 1892 ("light shock" and "from N.E. to S.W.")

Owlivia

February 15, 1892 - first report of missing (and, it is eventually learned, drowned) men lost off the Sealing Schooner Oscar and Hattie.

gkazebier

Head Keeper - Frank Plummer, First Assistant -Edward Rice, Second Assistant - Isaac L. Smith