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