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SHIP JOHN SHOAL LIGHT

State: NEW JERSEY
Location: ON SHOAL IN DELAWARE RIVER
Nearest City: GREENWICH
County: CUMBERLAND
U.S.C.G. District: 5
Year Station Established: 1854


Ship John Shoal Light
1999 photo courtesy Ted Smith
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1874 (TEMPORARY LIGHT)
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1973
  • Foundation Materials: CAST IRON/CONCRETE CAISSON
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: BROWN HOUSE ON BROWN CYLINDER
  • Shape: OCTAGONAL W/MANSARD ROOF
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height:
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1877
  • Present Optic: SOLAR POWERED VRB-25
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1997
  • Height of Focal Plane: 50
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: FOURTH-ORDER FRESNEL LENS IS AT COAST GUARD AIR STATION, PONOMA, NEW JERSEY
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s): NO

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO
  • Fog Signal Type: HORN
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1877
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: SECOND EMPIRE OCTAGONAL
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON INTEGRAL
Other Structures: STORAGE PLATFORM

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site:

National Register Status: NONE; Reference # 0
Name of Listing:
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
In 1854, Congress authorized $30,000 for the construction of a permanent lighthouse on the shoal. The light station was to be similar to that designed for Cross Ledge also in Delaware Bay. Additional funding for the construction was provided in 1856. However, plans were soon cancelled following news of the destruction of the screwpile foundation for the Cross Ledge lighthouse in the winter of 1856. The 1857 Annual Report of the Light-House Board stated "It is very doubtful as to the practicability of erecting screw-pile light-house structures at that locality and on Ship John Shoal which would resist the ice, and, unless Congress should direct otherwise, (the funds being insufficient for completing the works,) they will not be commenced."



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