National Lighthouse Day is August 7th

by Ed Magdziak • August 7, 2012 • EventsComments (0)1091

Barnegat Lighthouse

Thanks to our friends at the Scarborough Inn in Ocean City we learned that today is National Lighthouse Day.  According to the American Lighthouse Foundation, “[i]t was on this day in 1789, that Congress approved an Act for the establishment and support of lighthouse, beacons, buoys and public piers.”  On this same date in 1989 Congress passed a resolution making August 7th National Lighthouse Day.

I have a very romantic view of lighthouses.  I am always in awe of them.  In fact I have often told my wife that I think it would be wonderful for us to be lighthouse keepers.  I imagine doing the upkeep of the huge bulbs and lens, scanning the sea.  Most lighthouses in the United States are automated these days but it is still fun to think about it once in a while.

Sandy Hook Lighthouse

Lighthouses have saved countless ships and sailors.  New Jersey, being a peninsula, has many lighthouses.  Here is a list of the New Jersey lights from Christine and Thomas Cardaci’s “Lighthouses and Lightships of America — The Hunters Guide;”

  • Lightship Winter Quarter/LV-107/WAL-529
  • Robbin’s Reef/Katie’s Light
  • Great Beds/Great Kills
  • Romet Shoal
  • Conover Beacon/Conover Front Range
  • Chapel Hill Rear Range
  • Sandy Hook
  • Ambrose Channel
  • Twin Lights of Navesink
  • Sea Girt
  • Barnegat
  • Tuckerton Replica
  • Absecon
  • Hereford Inlet
  • Cape May
  • East Point/Maurice River
  • Brandywine Shoal
  • Miah Maull Shoal
  • Elbow of Cross Ledge
  • Ship John Shoal
  • Finn’s Point Rear Range/Fort Mott
  • Tinicum Rear Range
  • Lightship Barnegat/LV-79/WAL-506

Many of these can be visited so why not grab the family and visit a New Jersey lighthouse?

 

Absecon Lighthouse

 

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