1852 For a beacon light on the shore opposite Lyons Creek Shoals, in the State of Virginia, August 31, 1852, $5,000.
1854 Screw-pile light-houses were commenced at Pungoteague, Eastern Shore of Virginia, and on White Shoal, Point of Shoals, and Deep Water Shoal, James river, Virginia; also a light-house on Jordan's Point, on the same river.
1855 White shoals, Point of shoals, and Deep Water shoals.Screw-pile light beacons which were in course of construction at the date of my last report were completed shortly afterwards. A large sized pressed-glass masthead lens was suspended in the lantern of each house and exhibited on the 6th February, 1855. These masthead lenses were found upon trial to answer all the purposes of navigation on James river, Virginia, and were permanently substituted for the fifth order Fresnel lenses originally intended for these light-houses.
1855 Keeper James H. Ransom $500, Thomas Ransom $300.
1857 The screw-pile light-house at Deep Water shoal, in the James river, having suffered considerable damage from the ice and storms of the past winter, temporary repairs were made, to enable the keeper to continue the exhibition of the light, and an entire new structure will be erected before the close of the season.
The other screw-pile lights in James river suffered, but not to the same extent, from the effects of the running ice upon its breaking up.
All necessary repairs have been made.
1862 White shoals, Point of Shoals, Deep Water shoals, James river, lenses, &c, removed.
1862 The lights on James river, at White shoal, Point of Shoals, and Deep Water Shoal, were re-exhibited during the past summer; but, upon the withdrawal of the army from the peninsula, their services were no longer necessary, and the apparatus was taken down and stored at Fortress Monroe.
1864 Upon the movement of the army of the Potomac to the south side of James river, necessitating the use of that highway as a medium for transporting stores and supplies, the lights at Point of Shoals, White shoals, and Deep Water shoals, were re-established, and have been, up to this time, continued in operation. Their permanency will depend upon their protection from the enemy.
1865 It was only late in the year that the greater portion of the southern part of this district was brought permanently under the control of the government.
In the northern part, the service of the district has been well attended to, and the various aids to navigation maintained in an efficient condition.
In James river the screw-pile light-houses at White shoals, Point of Shoals, and Deep Water shoals, which had been but slightly injured by the enemy, were temporarily put in order, and provided with new fog-bells and illuminating apparatus.
1867 New boats have been supplied to Blackistone's island, New Point Comfort, White Shoals, Point of Shoals, and Deep Water Shoals, light-stations.
1867 The light-house at Deep-water shoals, in James river, Virginia, was destroyed by ice on the 20th of January last. Its destruction was made the subject of a special report to Congress. An estimate of the cost of a more substantial structure was submitted, and the necessary appropriation was made available on the 1st July, coupled with the condition that the work should be done by contract. Its construction is now in progress, to be finished by the 1st January, 1868.
For rebuilding light-house on Deep Water Shoals, in James River, March 2, 1867, $16,000.
1868 Deep Water shoals.The new light-house at this place, which at the date of the last annual report was under construction, was completed and lighted on the evening of January 15, 1868.
1869 Deep Water Shoals.The roof of the keeper's dwelling requires slight repairs. After these are made and a new boat supplied to the station, it will be in good order.
1872 Deep Water Shoals, River James, Virginia.This light-house was painted throughout, and had other repairs made to it. The piles of the old light-house, which was destroyed by ice in 1866, were taken out and sent to the depot at Lazaretto Point, where they will be available for other works in the district or for dumb-beacons.
1881 Deep Water Shoals, James River, Virginia. These structures were painted inside and out, and minor repairs made.
1883 Deep-Water Shoals, James River, Virginia.New boat-hoisters were provided in October. The present condition of the station is fair.
1918 R.H. Mathews, assistant keeper, rescued 4 soldiers adrift in a sailboat during a storm. Happened on August 7, 1918.
1966 Deep Water Shoals Lighthouse was torn down and replaced by a skeleton tower mounted on the screwpile foundation.