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Finns Point Rear Range Light

 
 
Finns Point Rear Range Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, May 9, 2013
1. Finns Point Rear Range Light Marker
Inscription. The Finns Point Range lights served as a point of entry and exit for maritime traffic between the Delaware Bay and River. In 1950, after the Army Corps of Engineers dredged the channel to 800 feet wide and 40 feet deep, the Finns Point Rangelights became obsolete.

Erected in 1876 for the U.S. Lighthouse Service at a cost of $1200, the Finns Point Rear Range Light is constructed of wrought iron as opposed to cast iron typically used in similar towers. Wrought iron was considered ideal for a tall structure exposed to both high winds and elements because of its resistance to corrosion and stress fractures.

Prior to automating the lamp in 1939, imagine the lighthouse keeper climbing each of the 130 steps to the top twice each day - once at night to light the lamp and again in the morning to extinguish the flame.

Efforts to Save the Lighthouse
In the years following its decommissioning, the Finns Point Rear Range Light went through a period of neglect, and the lighthouse keepers home burned to the ground. The toolshed is believed to be all that remains.

Through the efforts of a local citizens group called the "Save the Lighthouse Committee" and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Finns Point Rear Range Light was restored in 1983. Today, the lighthouse is part of the Supawna Meadows National
Finns Point Rear Range Light image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, May 9, 2013
2. Finns Point Rear Range Light
Wildlife Refuge.
 
Erected by National Park Serivce - U.S. Department of the Interior; State of New Jersey - Division of Parks and Forestry.
 
Location. 39° 37.017′ N, 75° 32.033′ W. Marker is in Pennsville, New Jersey, in Salem County. Marker is at the intersection of Fort Mott Road and Harrisonville Lighthouse Road on Fort Mott Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pennsville NJ 08070, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Finns Point Rear Range Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (within shouting distance of this marker); Gettysburg Address (approx. 1.2 miles away); Finnís Point National Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Finnís Point National Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Confederate Monument (approx. 1.2 miles away); Observation Towers (approx. 1.2 miles away); Union Monument (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pennsville.
 
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Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, May 9, 2013
3. Entrance
Finns Point Rear Range Light c. 1933 image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, May 9, 2013
4. Finns Point Rear Range Light c. 1933
The Finns Point Rear Range light, circa 1933, showing the keepers cottage prior to the light being made automatic in 1939.
Finns Point Front Range Light c. 1928 image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, May 9, 2013
5. Finns Point Front Range Light c. 1928
The Finns Point Front Range light was located south of Fort Mott, (circa 1928). The light was moved to a new battery powered structure and changed to "unattended status," in 1938.
Range Light Operations image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, May 9, 2013
6. Range Light Operations
Range lights are always paired and when lined up one over the other, indicate to the mariner that he is on a safe course. By steering a course which keeps these structures in line, the mariner will remain within the channel. If the vessel were to drift left or right, the rear light would appear to the left or right respectively.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 294 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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