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

All Shapes, Sizes and Materials

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—Maritime History —

 
All Shapes, Sizes and Materials Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2011
1. All Shapes, Sizes and Materials Marker
Inscription. Primary seacoast lights were located to warn mariners of their proximity to land, the presence of navigational dangers, and to help set their course. By 1852, however, 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 tower also has a “daymark” or distinctive design and paint pattern. The yellow-black-yellow painted pattern on Absecon Lighthouse helped mariners to distinguish it from others. Some lighthouses, especially those located on dangerous shoals in the harbors and bays, are also equipped with fog signals to warn mariners of potential danger. What other unique characteristics and features help make each of New Jersey’s lighthouses distinctive?

Lighthouses of New Jersey
1. Sandy Hook Lighthouse
2. Robbins Reef Lighthouse
3. Romer Shoal Lighthouse
4. Twin Lights of Navesink
5. Conover Beacon
6. Great Beds Lighthouse
7. Chapel Hill Lighthouse
8. Sea Girt Lighthouse
9. Barnegat Lighthouse
10.
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By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2011
2. Markers in North Wildwood
Two markers are found at this location. The All Shapes, Sizes and Materials marker is seen here on the left.
Absecon Lighthouse
11. Hereford Inlet Lighthouse
12. Cape May Point Lighthouse
13. East Point Lighthouse
14. Finns Point Rear Range Lighthouse
15. Brandywine Shoal Lighthouse
16. Elbow of Cross Ledge Lighthouse
17. Miah Maull Shoal Lighthouse
18. Ship John Shoal Lighthouse
19. Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse
 
Erected by State of New Jersey Division of Parks & Forestry and National Park System.
 
Location. 39° 0.413′ N, 74° 47.5′ W. Marker is in North Wildwood, New Jersey, in Cape May County. Marker is at the intersection of N Central Avenue and E 1st Avenue, on the right when traveling north on N Central Avenue. Click for map. The marker is located at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Wildwood NJ 08260, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hereford Inlet Lighthouse (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Life Saving Station No.35 (Tatham Life Saving Station) (approx. 2.6 miles away); Salt Marshes (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet (approx. 3.9 miles away); Historic Cold Spring Village
All Shapes, Sizes and Materials Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2011
3. All Shapes, Sizes and Materials Marker
(approx. 6.8 miles away); Cape May County Fishermans Memorial (approx. 7.4 miles away); Veterans Plaza (approx. 7.7 miles away); S. S. Cape May (approx. 8.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The upper right of the marker features a map of New Jersey showing the location of the 19 lighthouses listed on the marker. The bottom of the marker contains photographs of some of New Jersey’s lighthouses, including: Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Gateway NRA; Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City; Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May; Navesink Twin Lights Lighthouse, Highlands; Barnegat Lighthouse, Long Beach Island; East Point Lighthouse, Heislerville; Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, North Wildwood; and Miah Maull & Ship John shoal lights, Sea Breeze & Fortesque. The caption indicates that “Some navigational aids, especially those located on dangerous shoals, are also equipped with fog signals.”
 
Also see . . .
1. New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. History of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2011
4. The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse
All Shapes, Sizes and Materials Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2011
5. All Shapes, Sizes and Materials Marker
The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is part of the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. This marker explaining the trail is located in front of the lighthouse.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 307 times since then and 5 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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