Sandy Hook in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Spermaceti Cove Station No. 2
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—Maritime History —
Commerce in and out of New York Harbor made the waters off Sandy Hook the busiest in the country. Surfmen stationed on Sandy Hook rescued hundreds of passengers and crew from ships wrecked along the coast. The Spermaceti Cove station, built in 1894, replaced an earlier one near the same site.
U.S. Life-Saving Service
During the 1870s, the United States Life-Saving Service (USLSS) was officially established to patrol the coast and rescue people stranded by shipwrecks. By 1900, forty-two Life-Saving Stations were operating along the New Jersey coast. In all, over 270 stations were built along the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf, and Great Lakes shorelines. When the U.S. Coast Guard was established in 1915, it assumed the search and rescue mission of the U.S. Life-Saving Service.
Erected by National Park Service, State of New Jersey Division of Parks & Forestry.
Location. 40° 25.597′ N, 73° 59.048′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker can be reached Touch for map. Marker is located at the Sandy Hook Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Highlands NJ 07732, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sandy Hook (within shouting distance of this marker); Nike Missile Site (approx. half a mile away); British Embarkation (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named British Embarkation (approx. 1.5 miles away); Captain Joshua Huddy — Prisoner of War (approx. 1.6 miles away); A Last Tragic Episode of the American Revolution (approx. 1.6 miles away); H.M.S. Assistance Tragedy Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Longshore Sediment Movement (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandy Hook.
More about this marker. The top of the marker contains two old photographs. One depicts “Station Keeper Captain Joel Wooley, on far right, outside Spermaceti Cove Life-Saving Station No. 2, circa 1900.” The other shows “The British ship ‘County of Edinburg’, grounded off Squan Beach, New Jersey in February 1900.” Two photographs at the bottom of the marker are of USLSS surfmen at work. One has a caption of “Launching the Life Boat at Sea Bright. Life Saving equipment
The lower right of the marker features a map of the New Jersey and southern Long Island coastline indicating the locations of Life-Saving Stations.
Also see . . . New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 21, 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 September 21, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 738 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 21, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.