In after-dinner conversation at his home near VersaillesLaboulaye, an ardent supporter of the Union in the American Civil Waris supposed to have said:
Aerial view of Statue of Liberty Photograph courtesy U.
The War Department controlled the eastern part of the island and had police powers over the statue. The Lighthouse Board controlled three acres at the northwestern corner of the island and had jurisdiction over the statue as a navigational aid.
The American Statue Committee looked after the actual statue itself and the grounds around it and provided ferry service for visitors.
Electric lights, then a fairly new invention, were the popular choice. He also proposed lights in the torch shining straight up into the clouds and around the entire horizon as well through two rows of circular windows made in the copper flame.
The lighting system, designed by James J. Wood of the American Electric Manufacturing Company, used arc lights powered by a dynamo. The system was widely praised for its simplicity and effectiveness.
The American Electric Manufacturing Company had donated the dynamo and other lighting equipment to the statue as a patriotic gesture, since Congress had so far failed to approve any funding for the lights, but they had only agreed to operate and maintain the lights for one week.
Early view of Statue of Liberty Photograph courtesy U.
Coast Guard The statue was first illuminated at 7: The sculptor was impressed and reacted favorably. On November 7,the statue went dark for two weeks. The Statue of Liberty became operational as a lighthouse on November 22, Littlefield, his family, and his assistant keepers and their families all lived in a three-story post hospital on the northwest corner of the island.
The following account of the lighting of the statue appeared in the Annual Report of the Lighthouse Board for The statue consists of an iron skeleton covered with a copper skin and stands on a granite pedestal in the center of Fort Wood.
In the daytime it is a most commanding figure, as it is of colossal size, the combined height of pedestal and statue being feet. At night it would be invisible unless illuminated by artificial means.
The very name of the statue almost imperatively demanded that it should exhibit a light, and as the right hand carries a torch from which flares an immense copper flame, the most natural thing to do was to make the flame luminous.
Various methods were proposed; one was to place electric lights on the balcony surrounding the flame, which, by reflectors, would throw their light on the flame, while the direct light would be screened from the eye of the observer.
This might have answered fairly well had the flame been gilded, but one serious objection was that these outside lamps would be exposed to all weathers. On September 28,Lieut. John Millis, Corps of Engineers, U.
Army, was directed to report to Maj. Schofield, to assist in the preparation of a suitable plan. On October 11, he submitted a project, which, in brief, was as follows: I copy from his report: This plan was approved and was so promptly carried into effect that everything was in readiness for the inauguration ceremonies which took place on November 1, The problem was that they never considered the Statue of Liberty to be important as a navigational aid.
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