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Sandy Hook Light House and Fort Hancock, New Jersey

Discussion in 'Special Sessions, Events, and Tour Announcements' started by vz223, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. vz223


    Dec 7, 2007
    Spent the day at Sandy Hook with the family and stopped at the light house and Fort Hancock.
    The light house was constructed in 1764 and is the oldest operating light house in the United States. It is 85 feet tall and the light can been seen for 19 miles out to the New York/New Jersey Harbor. It is operated and mantained by the U.S. Park Service.
    I brought the D300 along and used the old "stand by" 18-55 kit lens in Manual mode.



    Fort Hancock is a former United States Army base next to the light house. This coastal artillery base played an important part in the defense of New York Harbor and played a role in the History of New Jersey. Along the bay, the goverment built these homes for the ranking officers. In 1893, Fort Hancock installed Battery Potter, the nation's first disappearing gun battery. It also was important for the defense of the vital New York Harbor throughout World War II, trying to prevent the entrance of German submarines into the harbor. In the late 1950s Project Nike antiaircaft missiles were based there. Fort Hancock was decommissioned in 1972. They are abandoned and the U.S. has yet to figure out what they are going to due with them.

    Officer's residence. There are 40 on the bay front facing the bay.



    Artillery battery. The shells were brought in the battery on railroad tracks. The area is hidden inside these concrete walls just to the south of the light house.
  2. jpappas


    Aug 28, 2006
    Cranbury, NJ
    Nice pictures Vince, i've been there a couple of times and can't get enough of the scenery and history of the area. I always felt that the Park Service could do more and really improve the area and some of the buildings.
  3. vz223


    Dec 7, 2007
    Thanks Jim,
    It's a shame that it is wasting away. I would imagine tax cuts have hurt.
  4. Thanks for the tour of this area. My wife and I now have added the Sandy Hook area to our NJ places to visit soon. This is the third or forth time today that the B&W posted picture(s) has been my favorite.
  5. vz223


    Dec 7, 2007
    Thanks Steve. Definetly going back soon. If you have time, go for the tour of the light house. I'm sure the views up there of the bay are great. I didn't have time for the next tour to come around.
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