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Cape May in Cape May County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Top of the Fire Tower

 
 
The Top of the Fire Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 18, 2010
1. The Top of the Fire Tower Marker
Inscription. At the top of the Fire Tower are the slits for the observation level and the rooftop platform. As it was being designed, there was debate about whether the Cape May tower should have one, two or three observation levels. In March 23, 1942, it was decided that the Cape May tower would have a single two-slit observation level, since it was only connected with one battery, at Cape May Point. In Cape May, wood was used for the door, ladders and top railing, instead of the steel used on the Delaware side. A 1942 report called for the substitution of wood for steel whenever possible because of the shortage of steel needed for the war effort.

Notice the copper cables running up the side of the tower. They are connected to lightning rods that are mounted on the top railings. This lightning protection was installed in August 1943, almost a year after the tower was completed, at a cost of $70.
 
Location. 38° 56.612′ N, 74° 58.013′ W. Marker is in Cape May, New Jersey, in Cape May County. Marker is on Sunset Blvd. (County Route 606), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located near the World War II Lookout Tower. Marker is in this post office area: Cape May NJ 08204, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Markers at Cape May image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 18, 2010
2. Markers at Cape May
Several markers are found at this location. The Top of the Fire Tower marker is seen here on the left.
. Construction of Fire Control Tower No. 23 (here, next to this marker); History of Coastal Defenses (here, next to this marker); Fire Control Tower No. 23 (here, next to this marker); The abrupt end of Fort Miles (here, next to this marker); Landscape (here, next to this marker); The Construction of Fort Miles (a few steps from this marker); Cape May during World War II (a few steps from this marker); S.S. Atlantus (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cape May.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a silhouette of the area showing Fire Control Tower No. 23. The right of the marker features a photo of two other towers and has a caption of “These Fire Control Towers in Delaware show two and three level viewing slots for azimuth sightings. Photo Courtesy of Delaware State Parks, www.fortmiles.org
 
Also see . . .  Fort Miles website. (Submitted on August 27, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. War, World II
 
The Top of the Fire Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 18, 2010
3. The Top of the Fire Tower Marker
The marker is on the walkway to the Fire Tower.
World War II Fire Tower image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 18, 2010
4. World War II Fire Tower
The two viewing slots and copper cables mentioned on the markers can be seen in this photo on the Fire Tower.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 605 times since then and 4 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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