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

The Whaling Bark Stafford

Absecon Lighthouse

 
 
The Whaling Bark Stafford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2011
1. The Whaling Bark Stafford Marker
Inscription. Before construction of Absecon Lighthouse, many ships and many lives were lost off the coast of Absecon Island. Even though the beam from this light lessened these losses, other disasters plagued seagoing vessels.

The anchor you see here, weighing 1,805 pounds, may be one of two that were recovered by fishing boat crews working near Cape May. It may originally have sailed aboard the United States Navy Destroyer Jacob Jones, which was hit by German torpedoes in February 1942 and sank in the waters off Cape May. The anchor was permanently installed here as a reminder of the important role Absecon Lighthouse played in reducing losses at sea.
 
Location. 39° 21.956′ N, 74° 24.859′ W. Marker is in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and S Rhode Island Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Pacific Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located near the Absecon Lighthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Atlantic City NJ 08401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Keeper’s Dwelling (within shouting distance of this marker); Lighthouse History (within shouting distance of this marker); Assistant Keepers’ Dwelling
Marker and Anchor image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2011
2. Marker and Anchor
The anchor mentioned on the marker, possibly from the US Navy Destroyer Jacob Jones, is seen here next to the marker.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Absecon Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Life-Saving Station (within shouting distance of this marker); 44th National Encampment Grand Army of the Republic (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edna Patricia Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); They Called It “KY & The Curb” (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlantic City.
 
More about this marker. A photograph of the Whaling Bark Stafford appears on the right side of the marker. It has a caption of “The three-masted whaling vessel Stafford ran aground in 1891. The ship was moved to the Boardwalk and open to the public for four years. Photograph courtesy of the Atlantic County Historical Society.”
 
Also see . . .  Historic Absecon Lighthouse website. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
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Marker at the Absecon Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2011
3. Marker at the Absecon Lighthouse
The Absecon Lighthouse is visible behind the marker. At 171 feet, the Absecon Lighthouse is the third tallest lighthouse in the United States and the tallest in New Jersey.
Anchor from the Jacob Jones image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 19, 2011
4. Anchor from the Jacob Jones
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 539 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 21, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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