Cape May Point in Cape May County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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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
4. Twin Lights of Navesink
5. Conover Beacon
6. Great Beds Lighthouse
7. Chapel Hill Lighthouse
8. Sea Girt Lighthouse
9. Barnegat Lighthouse
10. 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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 55.987′ N, 74° 57.61′ W. Marker is in Cape May Point, New Jersey, in Cape May County. Marker is on Lighthouse Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Marker is in Cape May Point State Park, in front of the lighthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cape May Point NJ 08212, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cape May Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); Lighthouse Keepers' Homes & Gardens (a few steps from this marker); Oil House (a few steps from this marker); Fragile Flyers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Swarms of Dragonflies (about 400 feet away); Flipper and Friends (about 500 feet away); Shorebirds Galore (about 600 feet away); Ridges, Rivers and Coastlines (about 700 feet 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.”
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Cape May Lighthouse
Also see . . .
1. New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 28, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Cape May Lighthouse. Lighthouse Friends website. (Submitted on August 28, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 27, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 724 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on March 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos: 1. submitted on March 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 28, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.