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JOURNAL of Light-station at Yaquina Head Oregon

May

1st Leight to a gale from south west with rain squalls. Barr 29.40. Keeper and assts painting inside tower lantern. 2 visitors were shown in tower.

2 Gale from south west with rain squalls. Sea mod. Bar 29.10. 29.85. Keeper and assts cleaning floors of lantern and watch room and whitewashing inside tower. Steam schooner Minnie Kelton anchored off Cape Foulweather in distress at 4:00 P.M.

3 Light south west wind cloudy dry. Sea smooth. Bar 29.97. Keeper and asst white washing inside tower. Cleaning tower stairs. 1st asst went to Newport for mail. Eleven of the crew of the Kelton were lost overboard with the deck load. ??? reached shore alive.

4 Light south west to westerly wind dry. Sea smooth. Bar 30.02. Keeper and assts cleaning tower stairs and painting floor of lantern and watch room. Steam schooner Minnie Kelton was taken in tow by steam schooner Washington at 1:30 P.M. for Columbia River.

5 Light west to north west wind clear dry. Sea smooth. Bar. 30.03. 1st and second assts painting outside of tower lantern. Keeper went to Newport for mail.

6 Light to a gale from south to south west rain. Sea rough. Bar. 29.72. Keeper and 1st & 2nd assts painting tower stairs and painting brackets top of tower outside.

7th Southerly to south west rain squalls to north west squalls to clear. Bar. 30.10. Keeper and 1st asst cleaning paint work in tower office. 2nd asst went to Newport for mail.

8th Light north west occational squalls with rain. Sea smooth. Bar. 29.98. Keeper and two asst keeper painting tower stairs and painting office floor.

9th Light north west wind clear warm and dry. Sea smooth. Bar. 30.33. Keeper, 1st & 2nd asst painting bracketts and under side tower balcony of tower. 1st asst went to Newport for mail.

10 Fresh north west breeze cloudy dry. Sea moderate. Bar. 30.00. General duties for the day.

11 Fresh north west with occational rain squalls. Bar. 30.00. Sea moderate. Keeper, 1st and 2nd assts washing and cleaning tower lens.

12 Fresh north west squally to calm. Sea smooth. Bar. 29.98. Keeper, 1st and 2nd assts cleaning oil room & painting window cashee??? 2nd asst went to Newport for mail.

13 South west to south rain squalls. Sea smooth. Bar. 29.90. Keeper, 1st and 2nd asst painting window frames and cashes scrubbing tower floor.

14 Squalls rain southerly to south west breeze to clear. Sea mod. Bar. 29.85. Keeper and 1st asst painting window cashes outside of office and oil room. 2nd asst cleaning brass.

15 Stormy rain with squalls from south west. Sea mod. Bar. 29.82. Keeper working in his quarters. 1st asst working in garden. 2nd asst working in his quarters.

16 Light south west wind cloudy dry. Sea smooth. Bar. 29.75. 1st ass went to Newport for mail. Keeper writting in the office. 2nd asst washing.

17 Light to fresh south west breeze to ??? a gale continuous rain. Sea rough. Bar. 29.85 - 29.73. General duties for the day.

18 Fresh south west breeze with rain squalls. Sea moderate. Bar. 30.01. Keeper working on kitchen pump. 2nd asst went to Newport for mail.

19 Light to fresh to light south west wind. Sea moderate showery. Before 30.20. Keeper working in his quarters. 2nd asst went to Newport for mail. 1st asst went to Newport left 7 P.M.

20 Moderate south west wind. Fleet of warships passed the station at 5:00 A.M. Rain. Bar. 30.15. 1st asst returned at 6 A.M. General duties for the day.

21 Light south west wind showers to north west clear. Sea mod. Bar. 30.01. Keeper sawing wood. 1st asst working in shop. 2nd asst washing.

22 Light to fresh north west breeze clear. Sea mod. Bar. 30.28. Keeper whitewashing in tower. 2nd asst working in his quarters. 1st asst working in garden.

23 Light westerly to south west wind clear till 10:00 P.M.

24th North west breeze rain squalls. Sea rough. Bar 30.28. General duties for the day.

25th Frequent north west rain squalls. Sea rough. Bar 30.12. Keeper, 1st & 2nd asst painting south side of base of tower and tower office.

26 North west breeze clear and dry. Sea mod. Bar 30.34. Keeper putting new wicks in lenns burner. 1st asst working in shop. 2nd asst went to Newport.

27 Fresh north west breeze to calm rain squalls. Sea mod. Bar 30.15. Keeper 1st & 2nd asst painting balconeys and trim work base of tower.

28 South west showers to north west rain squalls. Sea smooth. Bar 30.2. Keeper 1st & 2nd asst painting outside oil room cleaning window panes lens lantern.

29 North west wind with rain squalls. Sea mod. Bar 30.15. 1st asst mending his garden fence. Keeper washing. 2nd asst working in his quarters.

30 North west breeze occational rain squalls. Sea smooth. Bar 30.22. Keeper working garden. 2nd asst working in tower office. 1st asst went to Newport for mail. 2nd asst need permission for leave of absence for 14 day from Insptr.

31 Calm to north west wind rain squalls. Sea smooth. Bar 30.18. General duties for the day.

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