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Elbow of Cross Ledge Lighthouse

Delaware Bay, NJ


Located off of Fortescue, NJ, Elbow of Cross Ledge was completed  and lit in 1910 -  and has been described as having a brown lantern on top of a red, octagonal brick dwelling, sitting on top of a brown cylindrical base. During a hurricane in 1951, The Elbow was damaged and the 4-man crew (who routinely slept in life jackets because of repeated blows from passing ships) were removed - never to return! Elbow was then automated via underwater cable. On Oct. 20, 1953, during a dense fog, Elbow was struck by an ore-laden freighter - leaving only the base and about the first 10' or the light! In 1954, an automated light was installed atop a red, steel skeleton tower on the original Elbow base - which still remains in operation today as an aid to navigation.


Referenced from "Guiding Lights of the Delaware River and Bay" by Jim Gowdy and Kim Ruth

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