Tibbetts Point Light

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Tibbetts Point Light
Tibbetts Point Light
LocationTibbetts Point on Lake Ontario at the St Lawrence River
Coordinates 44°6′00″N76°22′12″W / 44.10000°N 76.37000°W / 44.10000; -76.37000 Coordinates: 44°6′00″N76°22′12″W / 44.10000°N 76.37000°W / 44.10000; -76.37000
Tower height58 feet (18 m)
Tower shape Conical frustum
MarkingsWhite w/ Black Lantern
HeritageNational Register of Historic Places listed place  OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Admiralty no.H2836  OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
ARLHS no. USA848 OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
First lit1854
Focal height69 feet (21 m)
LensFourth Order Fresnel lens
Range16 nautical miles (30 km; 18 mi)
Characteristic Occulting White (Oc W 10s)
USCG no.7-1735  OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Tibbetts Point Light
Location Cape Vincent, New York
Area5 acres (2.0 ha)
Built1854 (1854)
MPS U.S. Coast Guard Lighthouses and Light Stations on the Great Lakes TR
NRHP reference No. 84002412 [1]
Added to NRHPJuly 19, 1984
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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. [2] 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. [3]

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 [4] with links to customized nautical charts provided by National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.


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

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

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