Cape May Point in Cape May County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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—Maritime History —
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
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. 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. Touch for map. Marker is in Cape May Point State Park, in front of the lighthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Cape May Point NJ 08212, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cape May Lighthouse (here, next to 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); What is it? (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape May Point.
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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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 605 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 28, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.