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Old 05-21-2019, 04:57 PM   #1
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Couldn't find an appropriate spot for this, but...
Here's a tid-bit I missed this Winter.

Old Barney's Anniversary,

‎Reilly P Sharp‎ to Remember When Long Beach Island ( LBI ) ...

On a year full of anniversaries, there's one more that was passed back in January -- the 160th of the lighting of our lighthouse.

Official notice was given to mariners in early January 1859 that the new Barnegat light would be active, and provided details of what features they could expect. This included the fact it was a first class lighthouse (over 150 ft tall), contained a first-order fresnel lens, bore daymark colors of red on top and white on bottom, flashed a bright white light, and flashed that light every ten seconds for four minutes. No other lighthouse in America bore those colors or flashed on that timing. This was how the new lighthouses of America would allow mariners to tell them apart and know exactly where they were along US shores.

In this early 1900s Real Photo Postcard, the once vast grounds are still visible in their former state. And in the very early pre-dawn hours, no less.

The long, towering dune that used to separate the lighthouse property from the rest of town is unmistakable, capped by those tall pines at the point out in the channel. Today, only a small portion of that dune survives in the maritime forest.

The old Ashley House stood not even twenty years earlier in front of the large dune in front of the light.

The grand old keeper's house stands proudly just out the door where people line up today by their thousands to climb her steps.

And the gigantic lens is still atop the beacon in this postcard, the high technology that made Barnegat light able to guard the coasts and steer mariners on their way to New York harbor and arrive at last in the land of opportunity.

All the land to the left of the tower has been lost, along with just as much in the years before the light was built from 1857-1859. When the first light was built a safe distance from the Inlet in 1834, the channel was where Island Beach begins today. And when the second light was built, as we can see here, it, too, was a safe distance from the Inlet. But, the tides know no master...except perhaps the Army Corps of Engineers.

But on her 160th anniversary, we remember her as she and her backyard once was -- vast, lush, sandy, and indisputably Barnegat Light.

Look for coverage of her and other stories in the Memorial Day weekend special edition of the Beachcomber put out by the Sandpaper.

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Old 05-21-2019, 06:26 PM   #2
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I remember when there used to be a huge beach in front of Barnegat Lighthouse.
Last time I was there, you practically fall into the water when you are in front of it.

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I like lighthouses. There were quite a few up here on islands or just a big ledge.

Coast Guard guys would go out for 2 weeks at a time. Some would sneak their girlfriends along.
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Best NJ Shore culture tradition is getting your local lighthouse tattooed on you.
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Best NJ Shore culture tradition is getting your local lighthouse tattooed on you.
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Best NJ Shore culture tradition is getting your local lighthouse tattooed on you.
What happens if you move?
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I don't think you understand...

You could take these dudes to Mars and they'd be a walking NJ Embassy. There's no hiding it if you're from Brick. You could not My Fair Lady that out of them.
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At least it's not Lucy the Elephant

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There is a lighthouse challenge in NJ, visit all of the lighthouses and go to the top of each if open all in 1 day
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That sounds exhausting.

My wife's aunt/uncle used to live on a houseboat. They had a retirement goal to visit every lighthouse in America. There's a lot of lighthouses in America.
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I remember when there used to be a huge beach in front of Barnegat Lighthouse.
Last time I was there, you practically fall into the water when you are in front of it.
Same could be said for the Hatteras Light, (pre-1999 move), as well as many others situated on sandy shoals.

Haven't been to LBI in probably 30something years, but I understand Barnegat Inlet isn't near a rough as back in the day.
Spent many, many years in and out of there, diving and fishing. However we probably made more trips out of Little Egg, depending where we were going, since we were docked closer.

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That sounds exhausting.

My wife's aunt/uncle used to live on a houseboat. They had a retirement goal to visit every lighthouse in America. There's a lot of lighthouses in America.
My sons goal is to photograph every lighthouse in America. I believe he's got all of them on lake Michigan.

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