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Cape May postcard face - click to enlarge

Cape May postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Cape May

State: NJ
Year established: 1823
Latitude: 38 deg 55 min 59 sec N
Longitude: 74 deg 57 min 37 sec W
Height above sea level: 165 feet

Original construction:
conical tower

1847: lighthouse rebuilt
1859: Current 157-foot conical brick tower built

automated in 1946; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing white every 15 seconds, visible for 24 nautical miles

More information:
Bachand, Robert G.,Northeast Lights - Lighthouses and Lightships - Rhode Island to Cape May, NJ, (Norwalk, CT: Sea Sports Publications, 1989), pp. 382-386