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Sandy Hook in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

200 Years of Service

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—Maritime History —

 
200 Years of Service Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
1. 200 Years of Service Marker
Inscription. From the first federally funded lifesaving stations built in 1849 to today’s busy bases, the history of the United States Coast Guard can be traced along New Jersey’s coast.

In 1915, the Life-Saving Marine Service were combined to form the U.S. Coast Guard. The new federal agency eventually assumed the combined responsibilities of the Steamboat Inspection Service, the Lighthouse Service, and the Bureau of Navigation as well. Coast Guard missions today revolve around maritime safety, navigational security, law enforcement, and marine environment protection.

“You have to go out, but nothing says you have to come back,” was the unofficial motto of the United States Life-Saving Service, and stands as a reminder to the vital job of today’s Coast Guard.

Life-Saving Service Stations
Driving along the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail you will find active Coast Guard stations, some still using their inherited Life-Saving Service buildings, while others have constructed modern-day structures and facilities. Many of these 19th century Life-Saving Service stations have also been converted for use as private homes and offices. Their distinctive shapes add interest to the coastal landscape. The Duluth style, seen below, is one of two common types found along the Jersey Shore.
 
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Markers at Fort Hancock image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
2. Markers at Fort Hancock
Two different markers are found at this location in Fort Hancock's Historic District. The "200 Years of Service" marker can be seen on the right.
National Park Service, State of New Jersey Division of Parks & Forestry.
 
Location. 40° 27.894′ N, 74° 0.41′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is on Gateway NRA Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in the Fort Hancock Historic District in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Marker is in this post office area: Highlands NJ 07732, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Protecting American Coasts (here, next to this marker); Army Docks (a few steps from this marker); Officers Row (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Post Chapel (about 300 feet away); Rodman Gun (about 400 feet away); Mule Barn (about 400 feet away); Fire House Number 1 (about 400 feet away); Post Theater (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sandy Hook.
 
More about this marker. Pictures of old time and modern ships appear on the bottom of the marker, with a caption of “From lifeboats and sailing ships to modern high-speed rescue and law enforcement cutters, Coast Guard vessels keep pace with advancing marine technology.”
 
Also see . . .  New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. National
Sandy Hook Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
3. Sandy Hook Markers
These markers are part of the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route.
Park Service website. (Submitted on September 23, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryWaterways & Vessels
 
Spermaceti Cove Station No. 2 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
4. Spermaceti Cove Station No. 2
This Duluth style Life-Saving Service station, built in 1894, is located several miles south of the marker. It currently serves as the Sandy Hook Visitor Center.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 530 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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