The Capstan

The lighthouse property has changed very little over the years. Strolling the grounds, the history of the Cove Island Lightstation becomes obvious. It is an enchanting step back in history.

Situated at the south end of the property, and next to the boathouse, stands a large iron capstan. Installed during the erection of the lighthouse, the capstan may have been used by John Brown’s construction workers to haul building materials and supplies ashore. On the side of the capstan there is a brass plaque that is engraved “C. Yale, St. Catherines C.W.” [Canada West]. C. Yale is most likely the manufacturer of the capstan. The capstan is a visible reminder which makes the Cove Island Lightstation such a unique and valuable historical resource.