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Barnegat Light in Ocean County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Maritime Sentinels

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—Maritime History —

 
Maritime Sentinels Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2010
1. Maritime Sentinels Marker
This marker is part of the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route.
Inscription. Primary seacoast lights were located to warn mariners of their proximity to land, areas of danger, and to help set their course. Sandy Hook and Navesink Twin Lights marked the entrance to New York Harbor. Cape May and Cape Henlopen Lighthouses marked the entrance to the Delaware Bay.

By 1852 lighthouses and lightships often looked so much alike that it was difficult to distinguish one from another. Today, each lighthouse has a “characteristic” or coded sequence of light flashes making it possible for the mariner to identify the light and its location along the coast. For example, Barnegat Light’s “characteristic” was a flash every ten seconds at each point of the compass.

Each lighthouse is also designed or painted in a distinctive pattern, called a “daymark,” which makes it easy to identify by day. Absecon Lighthouse is painted yellow-black-yellow so mariners will not mistake it for any other lighthouse. Some lighthouses, especially those located on dangerous shoals, are also equipped with fog signals to warn mariners of potential danger.
 
Erected by State of New Jersey Division of Parks & Forestry and National Park System.
 
Location. 39° 45.812′ N, 74° 6.385′ 
Maritime Sentinels Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2010
2. Maritime Sentinels Marker
W. Marker is in Barnegat Light, New Jersey, in Ocean County. Marker can be reached from Broadway, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Barnegat Light NJ 08006, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Massacre at Long Beach (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Salty Survivors (within shouting distance of this marker); Maritime Forest Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Vigilant Guardian (within shouting distance of this marker); Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barnegat Lighthouse (about 300 feet away); U.S. Merchant Marine WW II Memorial (about 300 feet away); How Much Water Flows Through Barnegat Inlet (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Barnegat Light.
 
More about this marker. Photos of local lighthouses appear along the bottom of the marker. These include Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Gateway NRA, NJ; Navesink Twin Lights Lighthouse, Highlands, NJ; Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May, NJ; Cape Henlopen Lighthouse, Delaware; Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City, NJ; and Barnegat Lighthouse, Long Beach Island, NJ. The Cape Henlopen Lighthouse photo has a caption of “Plagued for nearly a century and a half by erosion and shifting sands,
Maritime Sentinels Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2010
3. Maritime Sentinels Marker
Barnegat Lighthouse can be seen behind the marker.
a severe storm toppled the old lighthouse on April 13, 1926. (Photograph provided by the Delaware State Archives)”
 
Also see . . .
1. Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. New Jersey Division of Parks & Forestry website. (Submitted on August 22, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 22, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Landmarks
 
Sandy Hook Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
4. Sandy Hook Lighthouse
Navesink Twin Lights Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
5. Navesink Twin Lights Lighthouse
Cape May Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 18, 2010
6. Cape May Lighthouse
Absecon Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2011
7. Absecon Lighthouse
Barnegat Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2010
8. Barnegat Lighthouse
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 562 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   7. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   8. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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