The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thurs., Oct. 5, 1820

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From the Sackets Harbor Gazette

Galloo Light House

On the night of the 4th inst. the Light House recently erected on the south west point of the Galloo Island, about 16 miles from this place, was for the first time lighted. We are indebted to the politeness of J.M. Canfield, Esq. Collector of this port, for the following description:

The base of the building is four feet above the surface of the water, and is 26 feet in diameter, uniformly graduated to one half of its diameter at the summit height of 65 feet. The building is of stone. The lantern is an octagon, containing 21 lights of 14 by 12 glass. Within are 15 patent lamps with reflectors, 2 feet apart, placed in two circles; giving an elevation to the light of 66 feet above the water's surface, and at the distance of 5 miles, gives athe appearance of an entire globe of light.

The light is distinctly visible at a distance of 22 miles on the lake. Owing to the timber on the island, the light cannot be discovered from this place, but we understand this timber will soon be removed. This is the first Light House ever erected on this lake.

Great credit is due to Mr. Ely the contractor for the faithfulness with which the contract has been executed. The selection of the site has been most judiciously made, and the advantages resulting to the commerce of the Lake, particularly of this port must be great. The erection of such works of permanent utility hear honorable testimony of the attention of government to the interests of every portion of the union; and, as a further evidence of this, we would mention the appropriation of $5,000 for the eirection of another Light House at Genesee River, of which also Mr. Canfield is superintendent.

We cannot her forbear the expression of a wish that an end may be put to the infamous practice of violating the revenue laws - the turplitude of which is greatly enhanced by the consideration that it robs the government of the means by which such establishments as tend in an eminent degree to the safe navigation of the lake, are erected and supported.

The coercion and penalties of laws have always been found inadequate to supress this evil: the only remedy is in the public opinion; and for the honor of our citizens on this frontier, we sincerely hope that all persons will unite in giving a tone to public sentiment on this subject, which, (in the language of Mr. Jefferson), will deter even the worthless part of community from pursuing the practice.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thurs., Oct. 5, 1820