On a recent visit to Point Reyes, I snapped a photo of some excerpts from the Keeper's Log:
1874, July 19, During the night the English ship Warrior Queen went ashore in a thick fog on the beach, north of Point Reyes (no lives lost).
1874, July 20, Mr. Lincoln, first assistant, left the station for the purpose of visiting the wrecked ship and did not return at night - he is supposed to be drowned.
1875, August 13, 1st Assistant Mr. Rane refused to work over 1/2 day. Said he would not work over 1/2 day for any man in the Lighthouse service.
1875, November 4, 3rd Assistant Parker left station at 9:00 a.m. without asking permission and remained absent until 6:00 p.m. on November 5. ... Took government horse with him and returned to station drunk and unable to perform his duty that night.
1876, Novermber 1, 3rd Asst J.C. Baker resigns and leaves the station complaining the duties are too heavy for him, an old man to perform.
1879 April 6, The first good day for outside painting for a month.
1889, January 30, 2nd Assistant left station at 1:00 p.m. crazy and was taken by 1st Assistant and his brother to Olema and turned over to a constable.
1891, September 16, Cleaned lens and clockwork.
1891, October 8, Fog watched stopped at 10:30 a.m. - 61 hour run.