Toms River in Ocean County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Preserving Baymen Heritage
Industry & Trade
— Maritime History —
Many of the various types of specialty boats and artifacts associated with local marine history are displayed here on the grounds of the Toms River Seaport Society Museum. Here you will find unique examples in the evolution of the Barnegat Bay Sneakbox, the Garvey, and the Jersey Shore Skiff.
Founded in 1976, the Toms River Seaport Society is dedicated to preserving the rich maritime heritage of New Jersey – with emphasis on the significant watercraft developments created for the Barnegat Bay Area.
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Estate of Joseph Francis
The Society’s headquarters and museum occupy the former estate of Joseph Francis, developer of the corrugated metal “lifecar” and “lifeboat.” Examples of these are preserved here as well. The 1868 Carriage
Erected by State of New Jersey Division of Parks & Forestry and National Park System.
Location. 39° 57.074′ N, 74° 11.63′ W. Marker is in Toms River, New Jersey, in Ocean County. Marker is on Hooper Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Marker is on the east side of the parking lot of the Toms River Seaport Society. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Toms River NJ 08753, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Revolutionary Cannon (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elizabeth Sculthorp Force (about 800 feet away); Anchor from the Aircraft Carrier USS Randolph CV-15 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Captain Joshua Huddy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Toms River Block House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Toms River Blockhouse Fight (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Toms River Block House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Toms River Township’s First Park (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toms River.
More about this marker. Several pictures appear along the bottom of the marker. On the left is an illustration of the “Barnegat Bay Sneak Box,” courtesy of Larry Morrison. Next to this is a photograph of a man restoring a vessel with a caption of “As part of the on-going boat restoration program at the Seaport museum, a Toms River Seaport Society volunteer makes repairs to the keelson of a 15 foot, 1902 Perrine Sneak Box. (Photograph courtesy of the Toms River Seaport Society).” The right side of the marker contains a portrait of Joseph Francis and an illustration of his lifeboat. They have the caption “In 1890, Joseph Francis was presented with the Congressional ‘Medal of Honor’ for his numerous maritime inventions and improvements. By the mid 1800s, the ‘Francis’ lifecar and lifeboats were credited with saving nearly 2500 lives and volumes of valuable cargo from coastal shipwrecks.”
Also see . . .
1. Toms River Seaport Society & Maritime Museum. (Submitted on January 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route (Submitted on January 11, 2010, 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 January 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 915 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.