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East Point (formerly Maurice River) postcard face - click to enlarge

East Point (formerly Maurice River) postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Additional illustration

East Point (formerly Maurice River)

State: NJ
Year established: 1849
Latitude: 39 deg 11 min 45 sec N
Longitude: 75 deg 1 min 41 sec W
Height above sea level: 43 feet

Original construction:
40-foot octagonal tower on square dwelling

1970s: restoration of burnt lighthouse

automated in 1911; decommissioned 1941 - 1980; severely damaged by fire in 1971; re-lit in 1980; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
alternating 3 seconds white and 3 seconds dark visible for 9 nautical miles, red sector

post card image is printed in reverse (left-to-right flip) - see the additional illustration; the second lighthouse built in New Jersey; name changed to East Point in 1913; acquired by State of NJ, managed by Maurice River Historical Association; first phase exterior restoration completed in 1999

More information:
Office of the Light House Board, List of Lights and Fog Signals on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States, (Washington, DC: GPO, 1895), pp. 74-75