Ambrose Channel
Fort Hancock, New Jersey
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Updated in April 2011
Name: Ambrose Channel Lighthouse / Ambrose Tower
Nearest City: Fort Hancock, New Jersey
Location: Was 7.4 miles east of Sandy Hook's tip
Body of water: Atlantic Ocean
Style of lighthouse: Skeleton
Lens & Location:
Other Lens:
Lighthouse Website:
Groups to join: New Jersey Lighthouse Society
Owned by: United States Coast Guard
Managed by:
National Register of Historic Places: No
Do the grounds have lodging: No
Web Cams: No
On a license plate: No
On a USPS Stamp: No
Haunted: No

Other Lighthouse Information:
In 1967 the Lightship Ambrose was replaced with a Texas Tower. In October 1996 the tower was struck by the inbound 754 foot tanker Aegeo carrying 430,000 barrels of crude oil. In 1999 the tower was rebuilt into a red 3 legged tower located 1 ½ miles east of the old location. On January 22, 2001 it was hit by a 492-foot Greek-Maltese freighter Kouros V. For the last time on November 3, 2007 it was hit by a tanker. In September 2008 it was dismantled and replaced with flashing buoys. This was also NOAA's National Data Buoy Center automated weather station ALSN6.

The Lighthouse Hunters Experience:
On a few days in August 2001 we sailed around the Sandy Hook Bay and the Atlantic Ocean photographing the local New Jersey lighthouses. This morning we pulled up anchor in Horseshoe Cove and sailed around the hook of Sandy Hook. Are maximum speed is 6 miles an hour so we passed some of the time by trolling for fish in the hot sun. This trip was before we had a digital camera and we used our 35 mm SLR. We were still inexperienced lighthouse hunters back then only seeing 450 lighthouses. We didn't take too many shots and now it's too late.

Photographed it: August 2, 2001

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Latitude: 40.45000 Longitude: -73.80000 approx.

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Ambrose Channel
Photo taken on August 2, 2001
Ambrose Channel
Photo taken on August 2, 2001
Ambrose Channel
Photo taken on August 2, 2001
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