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Near Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The U.S. Navy at Cape Henlopen

A Century of Service

 
 
The U.S. Navy at Cape Henlopen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, October 18, 2014
1. The U.S. Navy at Cape Henlopen Marker
Inscription. The United States Navy's ties to Cape Henlopen spanned nearly 100 years. The Navy first came to the Cape in 1898 to build a signal tower during the Spanish American War. In the 20th century, the Navy kept a communications station he, beginning with a wireless station in 1904. During World War I, a naval base helped protect the cities and industries along the Delaware River. And in World War II, the Navy watched over shipping in the area and maintained a post to guard the Delaware Bay. From 1962 until 1981, an underwater listening station, named NavFac, Lewes, traced submarines in the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Navy's Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS). After that, the Navy ran a reserve training center here until it left Cape Henlopen in 1996.
 
Erected by Delaware State Parks.
 
Location. 38° 46.25′ N, 75° 5.231′ W. Marker is near Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Dune Road. Touch for map. Located in front of the Biden Center within Cape Henlopen State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Lewes DE 19958, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Great Dune (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Cape Henlopen Lighthouse
Naval Locations at within Cape Henlopen State Park image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, October 18, 2014
2. Naval Locations at within Cape Henlopen State Park
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Standing Guard (approx. half a mile away); Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station (approx. 1.3 miles away); Quarantine Station (approx. 1.3 miles away); German Submarine at Cape Henlopen (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Ever Changing Cape Henlopen (approx. 1.7 miles away); Delaware’s Beachnesters (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewes.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, ColdWar, Spanish-AmericanWar, World II
 
Surrender of German U-Boat Captain Bode at the end of WWII image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, October 18, 2014
3. Surrender of German U-Boat Captain Bode at the end of WWII
SOSUS at Cape Henlopen image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, October 18, 2014
4. SOSUS at Cape Henlopen
Marker next to 16-inch artillery shell in front of Biden Center image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, October 18, 2014
5. Marker next to 16-inch artillery shell in front of Biden Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2014, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 275 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 27, 2014, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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