Delaware Bay Lighthouse Keepers
& Friends Association, Inc.
"Our mission is to preserve the history of the Delaware Bay
and River Lighthouses, Lightships and their Keepers."
East Point Lighthouse
Delaware Bay, NJ
East Point Lighthouse, the last remaining beacon on the shoreline of the Delaware Bay, was built in 1849 and commissioned in 1852. In 1941, due to the onset of WWII, its 6th order flashing light was extinguished so that German submarines (known to come up into the bay) could not use it as a navigational aid. On July 15, 1971, trespassers accidentally started a fire that gutted the roof and upper floor of the Light. Due to the rebuilding effort of the Maurice River Historical Society, the USCG re-lit the beacon in July 0f 1980 – and is still today a working aid to navigation marking the entrance/channel to the Maurice River. The society has received grants and the exterior restoration has begun. Further grants will allow the interior to also be restored.
Referenced from "Guiding Lights of the Delaware River and Bay" by Jim Gowdy and Kim Ruth