Lighthouse Inspector letter
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Lighthouse Inspector letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: United States. Lighthouse Service.
Title: Lighthouse Inspector letter
Dates: 1879
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1168

Biographical/Historical Note

The United States Lighthouse Service formed in 1852, replacing the Bureau of Light-Houses. The United States was divided into 12 districts with a naval inspector appointed to each district; originally there were 8 districts, but this number grew to 19. The inspector performed a light inspection every three months. Lighthouse keepers were members of the military. In 1910, civilians began to run the lighthouses. In 1939, the Coast Guard absorbed the Lighthouse Service, reducing the number of districts to 10. Charleston (encompassing the Tybee Lighthouse in Savannah, Georgia) was the 6th district under the Lighthouse Service; it was combined into the 5th district in 1939.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter from the Office of the Light-House Inspector, 6th District to Patrick Egan, Principal Keeper of Tybee Lighthouse. Written from Charleston, South Carolina, in 1879, the letter reports on the drunkenness of the 1st Assistant Keeper and emphasizes the necessity for keeping the lights up. This is a photocopy of the original letter.

Index Terms

Aids to navigation--Atlantic Coast (U.S.)
Letters (correspondence)
Tybee Island Lighthouse (Ga.)
United States. Lighthouse Service.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Lighthouse Inspector letter, MS 1168, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of John Duncan, 1969.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Item 1: Office of the Light-House Inspector, Sixth District, to Patrick Egan, Principal Keeper of Tybee Lighthouse. Charleston, S.C., 1879 September 16 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding drunkenness of the 1st Assistant Keeper and necessity for keeping the lights up. Photocopy.