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Pennsville in Salem County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Wharf

 
 
The Wharf Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2009
1. The Wharf Marker
Inscription. The construction of a fortification the size of Fort Mott required the delivery of a large amount of materials and equipment. The river provided an excellent “highway” and the government constructed a wharf to receive the construction materials. Equipment, materials, and supplies were unloaded at the wharf onto a rail line which was built from the wharf to the fortification site. Once the fort was completed, the rail line additionally served to transport ammunition and supplies to the various magazines. Eventually the rail line was extended through the parados to access the newly constructed Peace Magazine. The Army used teams of mules to pull large service carts along the rail line.
 
Erected by State of New Jersey.
 
Location. 39° 36.216′ N, 75° 33.121′ W. Marker is in Pennsville, New Jersey, in Salem County. Marker can be reached from Fort Mott Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the walking trail in Fort Mott State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Pennsville NJ 08070, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Two Batteries in one (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery Harker (within shouting
Marker in Fort Mott image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2009
2. Marker in Fort Mott
The Delaware River, where the wharf was located, can be seen in the background of the photo.
distance of this marker); Pea Patch Island (within shouting distance of this marker); The Latrines (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battery Arnold (about 300 feet away); Generator Room (about 400 feet away); Battery Gregg (about 500 feet away); Switchboard Room / Plotting Room (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pennsville.
 
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker features a photo from the National Archives, labeled: Fort Mott, N.J., No. 1. February 14, 1898. Unloading U.S. Disappearing Carriage for 12” B.L. Rifle on Government Wharf.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Mott State Park. NJ Division of Parks & Forestry website. (Submitted on August 29, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMilitary
 
Rail Line through the Parados image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2009
3. Rail Line through the Parados
Ammunition and supplies were transported along these rail lines from the wharf to the Peace Magazine.
Fort Mott State Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2009
4. Fort Mott State Park
The Wharf marker can be found on the Walking Tour of Fort Mott State Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 29, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 656 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 29, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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