American Defenders of Land, Sea & Sky
A Nation in the Making
   The American Revolution (1775-1783)


We recovered a light tower.

Sandy Hook Light


Gateway National Recreation Area
Sandy Hook, New Jersey

  Built in 1764, Sandy Hook Light must have been a welcome sight for merchant ships bringing goods to the colonies after dark. Then in March, 1776, the light tower was attacked by the British Navy. Retreating American colonists took the operating mechanism of the light apart to keep the enemy from using it. When the war was over in 1783, the British returned the light tower to the United States, and the Americans re-assembled it! Sandy Hook Light has been shining brightly ever since, continuing to lead ships safely into New York Harbor. Owned and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard, this is the oldest standing light tower in the United States.


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