Congress appropriated $25,000 in 1886 for a lighthouse to mark dangerous Crabtree Ledge, a mile off Hancock Point in Frenchman Bay. An additional $13,000 was appropriated in 1888 and work began in 1889.
The steamer Sebanoa smashed into the lighthouse on November 18, 1898. The vessel subsequently went aground at Hancock Point.
Chester Brinkworth served as an assistant keeper beginning in 1914. In the fall of 1916, Chester's younger brother, Leon, filled in as a temporary assistant while principal keeper Jerome Peaseley was away recovering from an illness. In late September, 18-year-old Leon Brinkworth returned from a trip to shore. As he climbed the ladder on the side of the lighthouse, he slipped and plunged into the water. Chester, 35 years old, quickly dove into the water in a valiant but vain attempt to save his brother. Both of the Brinkworth brothers drowned in the lighthouse's worst tragedy.
The lighthouse was discontinued in 1933, the same year local ferry service ended. The lighthouse was subsequently bought by the father of Newbold Noyes, editor of theWashington Star, for a reported $115.
Noyes gave the lighthouse to his three sons as a gift. The sons sold the lighthouse in 1937 to a friend, Fritz Allis, who summered at Hancock Point. He and some friends moved a reed organ into the lighthouse. When he married Tiense Gummere, the two spent their honeymoon at the lighthouse and ended up being marooned there for several days during stormy weather. He never returned after that, and the lighthouse fell into poor conditon until it finally collapsed into the bay in a winter storm in 1950.
Some of the metal from the tower was salvaged for use in World War II, but it's said that much of the structure still lies in one piece.
Keepers: Charles Chester (1890-1908); Charles W. Thurston (assistant, 1902-1909); Joseph M. Gray (assistant, 1898-1900); Amaziah Small (?); Edward Small (?); Alton Triveau (?); Jerome H. Peasely (c. 1916); Chester Brinkworth (assistant, 1914-1916); Leon Brinkworth (assistant, c. 1916); Captain Joseph Whitmore (assistant, ?-1917); Ora Jordan (?); ? Bulgar (?), Vassar Lee Quimby (1926-?); . (If you have more information on these keepers or their dates of service please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org)