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Journal of Light-house Station at Cape Foulweather Oregon
1896

July

7: Light wind to moderate breeze North these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours high dry fog. Last part of 24 hours clear, fine and warm weather. Sea smooth. General duties for day. Keeper & 2nd asst went to Newport after supplies. 1st asst showing 8 visitors in Tower. Barometer 29.95

8: Moderate to fresh breeze North these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours high dry fog. Last part of 24 hours clear fine weather. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper & 1st watering garden. 2nd asst varnishing chairs and painting under his sink in his Kitchen. Keeper cleaning furnace pipes and painting the iron work on Furnace. 2nd asst also doing same. Barometer 29.81 today.

9: Moderate breeze North, thick, damp fog first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours thick and high dry fog. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper and 1st asst showing 5 visitors in Tower. 2nd asst went to Newport. Barometer down to 29.93.

10: Fresh breeze North these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours high dry fog. Last part of 24 hours clear fine weather. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. 1st asst went to Newport after mail & supplies. Keeper painting sink in his Quarters. Barometer 29.88. Had one visitor.

11: Fresh to moderate breeze North with high dry fog first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light North wind, fair and warm. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper & 2nd asst went to Newport after supplies. Had 5 visitors. Barometer 29.90 today.

12: Calm and light North wind these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours high dry fog. Last part of 24 hours clear fine weather. sea smooth. General duties for the day. Str Farallon arrived from San Francisco to Yaquina at 9 A.M. 1st asst went fishing. 2nd asst showing 11 visitors in Tower.

13: Moderate breeze to light North wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours moderate & fresh breeze to gale N.West with fair weather during 24 hours. Sea moderately smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper & 2nd asst went to Newport after supplies and to get Keeper's horses shod. Had six visitors today. Str Farallon sailed for San Francisco at 3 P.M. 1st asst watering and working in his garden. Barometer down to 29.80 today. Had six visitors today.

14: Fresh breeze to a gale N.West these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours fair weather. Last part of 24 hours thick damp fog. Sea moderately smooth. Keepers showing visitors in the Tower. Keeper & 2nd asst cleaning Oil carrier??? and other brass work in Oil room. Barometer 29.77. Had 16 visitors.

15: Fresh breeze to a gale N.West and North these 24 hours. First part of 24 hour thick damp fog. Last part of 24 hours some thick fog and fair weather. Sea quite rough. General duties for the day. Keepers cleaning Lenses Lamp. Had two visitors. Barometer 29.82 today.

16: Strong and fresh breeze thees 24 hours. First part of 24 hours thick damp fog. Last part of 24 hours fair weather and some smook. Sea moderately smooth. General cuties for the day. Had three visitors. Keeper went to Newport after supplies. Barometer 29.5 today.

17: Fresh and moderate breeze North these 24 ours. First part of 24 hours thick fog & smook. Last part of 24 hours fair and smooky weather. Sea quite smooth. General duties for day. 1st asst went to Newport after mail and supplies.2nd asst putting wood in his celler. Barometer 29.80. Had 3 visitors.

18: Moderate breeze to light North wind these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours thick damp fog. Last part of 24 hours fair and smocky weather. Sea smooth. General duties for day. Keeper & 2nd asst went to Newport after supplies. 1st asst showing 15 visitors in Tower. Barometer 29.85.

19: Moderate breeze and light North wind these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours thick fog and smoke. Last part of 24 hours fair and smokey weather. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. 2nd asst showed 8 visitors in Tower. Barometer 29.86.

20: Moderate breeze to light N. wind with thick fog and smoke first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours moderate to fresh breeze North, fair and smokey weather. Sea smooth. General duties for day. 2nd and 1st asst showing fifteen visitors in the Tower. Barometer 29.76 today.

21: Light North to S. East wind these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours thick damp fog. Last part of 24 hours cloudy and smokey. Sea quite smooth. 2nd asst putting wood in his celler and went to Newport after supplies. Keepers showing 21 visitors in Tower. Barometer down to 29.77/

22: Light South wind these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours thick damp fog. Last part of 24 hours some fog and fair weather [continued on following page]

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Owlivia

July 16ff: when reporting "smook" and "smooky" weather - smokey? Where is the smoke coming from? In days gone by they say vast tracts of land would be burning in the summer (just like now, alas) in the dry summer, sparked by lightning and/or human negligence. Is there any report of forest fires around this same time?

Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses

I haven't been able to find anything that documents forest fires in July 1896, but I imagine the smoke from burns to the east would have been a normal summer problem. Fortunately the coast rarely burns, but the smoke can blow this way when the wind is right. It's a funny coincidence, as I write this it's smoky here from a prescribed burn that got out of control near the Lighthouse.