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CAPE MAY MILITARY
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References of guns/carriages to Mark Berhow's "American Seacoast Defenses:
A Reference Guide" Second Edition, CDSG Press 2004, which will aid you in your
Note on GPS coordinates for most of the featured sites:
I used WGS 84 except were noted by "USCGS" or "USACE."
Those marked "USCGS" or "USACE" use NAD 83 and are listed at
The accuracy between WGS 84 and NAD 83 is slightly off,
but should not cause you any difficulties in finding locations
since many GPS devices allow you to switch between them.
The military base that was here was built to compliment Fort Miles
on Cape Henlopen near Lewes, Delaware. Very little remains here due to
excessive beach erosion over the years. This base was built in 1942. However,
there was previously a World War I battery near here (1917-1919) which consisted of
a single 6-inch gun, a magazine, CRF station, and storehouse. It was located
on Beach Ave. The World War II battery here is Battery 223 (1944 - 1947).
There was also Anti Motor Torpedo Boat Battery 7 (1943 - 1946)
which washed away in the 1970's, and an unnamed WWII battery of four Panama mounts
which also washed away in the 1970's. A life saving station was also here, the site of
which has also washed away. The lighthouse at the point was erected in 1859,
replacing earlier lighthouses from 1824 and 1847. The Navy continued to use
the base after the war as a hydrophone station. A fire-control tower is located
at Sunset Beach to the north of the lighthouse, and another at the Grand Hotel on Beach
Ave & Philadelphia St. Two fire-control towers were once located at Wildwood Gables and
North Wildwood. Searchlight towers were also located around the area.
Other nearby points of intrest are: the concrete ship Atlantus which was sunk by a storm in 1926, the remains of the HMS Martin which was grounded and burned in 1813, the USCG base which was a World War II Navy base, and the Cape May County Airport which was a World War II Naval Air Station.
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last updated: 7 February 2008
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