Cross Ledge Lighthouse
Fortescue, New Jersey
Off-shore about 4 miles SW of Fortescue, NJ
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The Cross Ledge lighthouse was on the Delaware Bay in New Jersey. It was built in 1875 and it was discontinued in 1910 when the Miah Maull Shoal and Elbow of Cross Ledge lights were built. The Cross Ledge lighthouse was used for bombing practice during World War II and then burnt down by the United States Coast Guard in 1962. Today all that remains in the water is an unlit concrete caisson for birds to rest on. This has been a navigational hazard to mariners for decades. It's about 9 ½ miles to the Ship John Shoal lighthouse. Often during the NJ Lighthouse Challenge weekend, boat trips are offered to a few off shore lights.
The Lighthouse Hunters Experience:
To see this lighthouse and several other off-shore lights in the Delaware Bay we went on the Cape May Whale Watcher
both times. The first time we motored 80 miles in 4 ½ hours seeing the Cape May, Brandywine Shoal, Fourteen Foot Bank, Miah Maull Shoal, Cross Ledge, Elbow of Cross Ledge and Ship John Shoal lights. The second time we motored for 6 ½ hours seeing all those lights again plus the Harbor of Refuge and Delaware Breakwater lighthouses. We loved these boat trips and even had a buffet lunch with shrimp cocktail and dessert while on the boat.
Photographed it: August 3, 2001 and June 11, 2006
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