Ashtabula Pierhead Lighthouse (Stats)


Statistics shown below have been complied by me over the last tens or so years. You are encourage to fill in the blanks, question marks, errors etc.; and contribute what you know about the history of this Piehead Light along the shores of Lake Erie. You can email me at surfmen1258@gmail.com or comment on my blog. I look forward to each of your replies.

Ashtabula Pierhead Light

1878, 1892, 1905, 1916, 1917 & 1959

Ashtabula, Ohio


STATS

Operational From: 1878 to Present
Construction Cost: $ 0,000.00 in 1878 (Deeded .74 Acres of Land & Building)
                               $ 0,000.00 in 1905 (New Pierhead Light)
                               $ 0,000.00 in 1916 (Concrete Cribbing & Light Relocation)
                               $ 0,000.00 in 1917 (Move to present location & enlarge light)
                               $ 0,000.00 in 1959 (New 4th Order Fresnel Len)
Administered by: United States Lighthouse Service from 1835 to 1915
                             United States Coast Guard from 1915 to 1984
                             Ashtabula Historical Society from 1984 to Present
Lake Erie Elevation:         feet above sea level
Tower Height: 40 feet
Light Sources: Single Mantel 35 mm Oil Type “A’ Lamp 600 Candlepower, Light 14,000
                        Candlepower from 1878 to 1995
                        Two 12-volt DC Solar Batteries from 1995 to Present
Lens: 4th Order Fresnel Len from 1876 to 1959
          4th Order Fresnel Len from 1959 to 1995
          300 Millimeter Tideland Signal Acrylic Lens from 1995 to Present
Lens Manufacturer:
Light Visibility Range: 17 miles from 1878 to 1959
                                      19 miles from 1959 to Present
Flashing Sequence: Fixed Red Light from 1876 to 1905
                                Flashes White 5 seconds (Flash 0.6 sec., eclipse 4.4 sec.) from 1905 to ?
                                Six Yellow Flashes from ? to ?
Light Activation by: Weighted Centrifugal Governor
Light Focal Plane: 51 feet above the lake from 1916 to Present
Automated: 1973

FOG SIGNAL

Operational From: 1835 to Present
Powered by: “Spiro” Air Motor, Manufactured by Buffalo Forge Company
Manufacturer: Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company
Tone: First Class Siren (Diaphone) from 1905 to 1973
          Electric from 1973 to Present
Sound Sequence: 2 second blast every 18 seconds.
Fog Horn Operation:
Fog Horn Range:        miles

KEEPER’S HISTORY

Captain Bigelow, Keeper from 1836 to 1837 (?)
Samuel Minger, Keeper from 1837 to 1838
Fayette E. Walworth, Keeper from 1894 to 1905 (Resigned)
George V. Codding, 1st Assistant from 1896 to 1901
Frederick J. Hartley, 1st Assistant from 1904 to 1907
Joseph F. Crawford, Keeper from ? to ?
Charles W. Anderson, Keeper from 1905 to 1915
Frank L. Sellman, 2nd Assistant from 1915 to 1917
Frank L. Sellman, 1st Assistant from 1917 to 1919
Francis E. Comeford, 2nd Assistant from 1919 to 1926
Wylie Edwin Koepka, 3rd Assistant from 1920 to 1927 (Promoted)
Frank L. Sellman, Keeper from 1921 to 1929
Francis E. Comeford, 1st Assistant from 1926 to 1929
Wylie Edwin Koepka, 2nd Assistant from 1927 to 1929 (Promoted)
Eugene A. Ray, 3rd Assistant from 1927 to 1929
Francis E. Comeford, Keeper from 1929 to 1932
Wylie E. Koepka, 1st Assistant from 1929 to 1933 (Promoted Transferred - Galloo Island)
Eugene A. Ray, 2nd Assistant from 1929 to 1933
Eugene A. Ray, 3rd Assistant from 1933 to 1937
Eugene A. Ray, Keeper from 1937 to 1940
Neil Barton, Keeper from ? to ? (USCG)
Noel “Buck” Price, Keeper 1950’s
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