Tibbetts Point Light

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Tibbetts Point Lighthouse
Tibbetts Point Lighthouse
Tibbetts Point Light is located in New York
Tibbetts Point Light
LocationTibbetts Point on Lake Ontario at the St Lawrence River
Coordinates44°6′00″N 76°22′12″W / 44.10000°N 76.37000°W / 44.10000; -76.37000Coordinates: 44°6′00″N 76°22′12″W / 44.10000°N 76.37000°W / 44.10000; -76.37000
Year first lit1854
Tower shapeConical frustum
Markings / patternWhite w/ Black Lantern
Tower height58 feet (18 m)
Focal height69 feet (21 m)
Original lensFourth Order Fresnel lens
Current lensoriginal lens
Range16 nautical miles (30 km; 18 mi)
CharacteristicOcculting White (Oc W 10s)
Admiralty numberH2836
ARLHS numberUSA-848 [1]
USCG number7-1735 [2]
Heritageplace listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata
Tibbetts Point Light
LocationCape Vincent, New York
Area5 acres (2.0 ha)
Built1854 (1854)
MPSU.S. Coast Guard Lighthouses and Light Stations on the Great Lakes TR
NRHP reference #84002412[3]
Added to NRHPJuly 19, 1984
Tibbetts Point Lighthouse

The Tibbetts Point Lighthouse is located in Cape Vincent (town), New York. The land upon which the lighthouse stands is a part of a 600-acre (240 ha) grant of land to Captain John Tibbetts of Troy, New York. The lighthouse is a circular tower that stands 69 feet (21 m) above the water

The current lighthouse was constructed in 1854.

The Tibbetts Point Lighthouse is on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail.

Its Fresnel lens is still used. Only 70 such lenses are still operational in the United States, 16 being on the Great Lakes of which two are in New York.[4]

Tibbetts Point Light is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


The Archives Center at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History has a collection (#1055) of souvenir postcards of lighthouses and has digitized 272 of these and made them available online. These include postcards of Tibbetts Point Light [5] with links to customized nautical charts provided by National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.


  1. ^ ARLHS World List of Lights
  2. ^ Light List, Volume VII, Great Lakes (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  4. ^ United States Coast Guard, Fresnel Lenses Still in Operation. Archived 2009-03-25 at Archive-It
  5. ^ Smithsonian lighthouse postcards


DeWire, Elinor, "Tibbets Point Lighthouse." Mariners Weather Log (Fall 1991), pp. 30–31.

Further reading[edit]

  • Oleszewski, Wes. Great Lakes Lighthouses, American and Canadian: A Comprehensive Directory/Guide to Great Lakes Lighthouses, (Gwinn, Michigan: Avery Color Studios, Inc., 1998) ISBN 0-932212-98-0.
  • Scott T. Price. "U. S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation: A Historical Bibliography". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
  • U.S. Coast Guard. Historically Famous Lighthouses (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1957).
  • Wright, Larry and Wright, Patricia. Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia Hardback (Erin: Boston Mills Press, 2006) ISBN 1-55046-399-3

External links[edit]

Media related to Tibbetts Point Light at Wikimedia Commons