Cape Vincent


Tibbitts point, at the head of the St. Lawrence, took its name from Captain John Tibbitts, of Troy, who received a patent for 600 acres of land, and which was surveyed in 1799. The first light-house and dwelling were built in 1827. The second tower, which is now standing, was erected in 1854, and stuccoed on the outside in 1870. Supplies were furnished annually. The visibility of the light, by means of the Fresnel lens, is fifteen nautical miles, although the flame, in very clear weather, may be seen full thirty miles. The lamp burns about nine months in the year; and the number of vessels that have passed that point during the past five years has averaged a little less than thirteen hundred for each season of navigation. It may be said, also, that the three acres of land attached to the house and tower belong to the United States, as well as the light-house, although the State of New York has reserved the rights of criminal and civil jurisdiction therein. A. J. Cratsonberg is the present keeper. (Transcribed by Holice B.Young. Original HTML by Debbie Axtman top


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