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Journal of Light-House Station at Cape Foulweather
1892

March

11: Moderate breeze to S. to S.E. to light wind first part of 24 hours with frequent fog showers. Last
part of 24 hours light S. to No.W. wind, fair weather. Sea very smooth. General duties for day. Keeper went to Newport.

12: Light variable wind and calm these 24 hours with fair and dry weather. Sea very smooth. General duties
for the day. Keeper, 2nd asst, & Mr Ford cleaning hack??? ready to paint. Had five visitors. The barometer is going down a little.

13: Light variable winds and little damp first part of 24 hours last part of 24 hours light S. E. to South wind
cloudy and little damp. See smooth. General duties for the day. 1st and 2nd asst went fishing today.

14: Light South wind with thick damp fog first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light N. E. to North
wind fair weather. Sea smooth 1st. asst went to Newport. Keeper and 2nd asst went to Newport.

15: Light variable winds and calm rain thunder and lightening & thunder first part of 24 hours. Last part of
24 hours cloudy and some thick fog. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day. 2nd asst went to Newport. 1st asst went after some brush??? to support his peas.

16: Light N. W. to S. E. wind and calm these 24 hours first part of 24 hours thick damp fog. Last part of 24
hours high dry fog. See little rough. General duties for the day. 1st asst went to Newport today.

17: Light South wind and calm these 24 hours. with frequent fog showers during first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours cloudy but dry. Sea quite rough. General duties for the day. Steamer Williamett Valley arrived and crossed bar at 10.30 A.M.

18: Light S. E. wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours moderate breeze S.E. to S. and S.W. with frequent rain showers during 24 hours. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day. 2nd ass't planting some garden today.

19: Moderate breeze S.W. to East wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds, fair weather during 24 hours. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper went to Newport today. 1st ass't went fishing. 2nd ass't went to Newport for recreation. Left the station at 8.30 A.M.

20: Light variable winds these 24 hours with rain showers during first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours cloudy and a little damp. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day. The barometer is going up. Mr. I. L. Smith returned to the station at 3.30 P.M. Steamer Willamett Valley sailed for San Francisco today.

21: Light W.N.West wind first part of 24 hours with little damp weather. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds and calm fair weather. Sea little rough. 1st ass't went fishing. Keeper & 2nd ass't painting the Keeper's hack???.

22: Light East and S.East wind with cloudy but dry weather during first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light to moderate & fresh breeze S. to S.W. with rain showers. Sea quite smooth. 1st ass't went to Newport. Keeper and 2nd ass't painting hack???

23: Moderate to fresh breeze S.W. to West and N. West these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours light rain showers. Last part of 24 hours cloudy and fair weather. Sea quite smooth. General duties for day. Keeper painting on hack today. Had two visitors.

24: Fresh to moderate breeze S. to S.W. and West with rain first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light wind to moderate breeze N.W. to S.W. fair weather. Sea quite rough. General duties for day. Keeper went to Newport today.

25: Moderate breeze S.W. to N.W. with rain showers first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable winds fair weather. Sea rough. General duties for day. Keeper & 2nd ass't vanishing hack today.

26: Fresh to moderate breeze S. East to South and S. West these 24 hours, first part of 24 hours little damp. Last part of 24 hours frequent rain and hail squalls. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day.

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Owlivia

There is a lot of activity around a hack??? On the 12th they clean it, paint it on the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, and varnish it on the 25th. It would be helpful to know what it is.

Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses

I have no idea what a hack is. I tried looking up hack or hach with no luck. My coworker was wondering maybe they meant shack, buy why repeatedly forget the "s". This is quite the mystery, I'll keep asking around. Nice find!

Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses

After discussing what they could be cleaning, painting, varnishing, then putting back together, my brilliant coworker said maybe it's a small boat. Low and behold, I looked up "hack boat" and found: "Definition of hack boat in US English: NOUN. A (small) boat used for general work such as the transport of goods or passengers, especially one which is available for hire. Now somewhat rare. Origin Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle." from https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/hack_boat :)