Cape May in Cape May County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
History of Coastal Defenses
This system was still in use during World War II.
With each generation of coastal defense, fewer fortifications were required. And as guns became more and more powerful, forts could be moved further and further away from the harbors that they protected. With the construction of Fort Miles in 1940, the Harbor Defenses of the Delaware had moved fully 100 miles South of the Port of Philadelphia.
Location. 38° 56.615′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cape May NJ 08204, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fire Control Tower No. 23 (here, next to this marker); The Top of the Fire Tower (here, next to this marker); Construction of Fire Control Tower No. 23 (here, next to this marker); The abrupt end of Fort Miles (a few steps from this marker); The Construction of Fort Miles (a few steps from this marker); Landscape (a few steps from this marker); Cape May during World War II (a few steps from this marker); S.S. Atlantus (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape May.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a silhouette of the area showing Fire Control Tower No. 23. Also present is a photograph of “The gun battery at Fort Mott in Pennsville, NJ, [which] was part of the late 19th-century defense of the Delaware River.” and a map of fortifications along the lower Delaware River. The map has a caption of “The map above shows how the fortifications of the Delaware River shifted some 100 miles downstream from the American Revolution to World War II. The arc in red shows
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 604 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 20, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.