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

Navigating Sandy Hook Waters

Aids to Navigation

 

—Maritime History —

 
Navigating Sandy Hook Waters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
1. Navigating Sandy Hook Waters Marker
Inscription. The broad expanse of New York Harbor is misleading. Shoals and sandbars pose underwater threats to navigation and ships must stay in channels for safe passage.

Until the Ambrose Channel was created, all ships entered the harbor through a natural channel around the tip of Sandy Hook. Currents here are treacherous and coming “round the Hook” was a challenge to seamen.

Lighthouses, lightships, floating buoys, fog bells, and horns have all served as sentinels to guide ships through the harbor.
 
Erected by National Park Service, State of New Jersey Division of Parks & Forestry.
 
Location. 40° 28.3′ N, 74° 0.359′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Click for map. Marker is in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, at the northern part of the peninsula. 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. Fort Hancock (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The World War II Years (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chemical Laboratory (approx. ¼ mile away); Locomotive Engineer’s House
Sandy Hook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
2. Sandy Hook Marker
The marker is part of the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route.
(approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Master Mechanic’s Quarters (approx. ¼ mile away); Proving Ground Foreman’s House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Hancock Officers’ Club (approx. 0.3 miles away); Barracks, School, Headquarters (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sandy Hook.
 
More about this marker. The left side of the map contains a Navigational map of Upper and Lower New York Harbor. Next to this is a photograph of the Ambrose Lightship being relieved from duty (1967). It has a caption of “The Ambrose Channel has been the main route for shipping since it was dredged through the middle of the lower harbor during the early 1900s. The channel entrance was marked first by a lightship and now by the automated Ambrose Light.” The right bottom of the marker features an illustration of a Plan for Caisson Lighthouses. Its caption reads “Shallow waters in the harbor are marked by small lighthouses built on top of cast iron and concrete bases. The automated lights of Old Orchard Shoal, Romer Shoal, and West Bank are still in operation.”
 
Also see . . .  New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route
Observation Deck at Sandy Hook image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
3. Observation Deck at Sandy Hook
The "Navigating Sandy Hook Waters" Marker is located on an observation deck on the beach.
. National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Navigating Sandy Hook Waters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
4. Navigating Sandy Hook Waters Marker
Marker can be seen here on the elevated observation deck on the Sandy Hook beach.
View from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
5. View from the Marker
New York Harbor as seen from the observation deck. The Verrazano – Narrows Bridge connecting Staten Island and Brooklyn is also visible in the photo.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 739 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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