The Lighthouses of Delaware Bay

                         As seen on the Cover Page of this Issue of the Bay Run

Ship John Shoal Lighthouse       

                                             Was named after the Ship “John” wrecked in 1787 

                                            near the current location. of the present structure. The iron superstructure at part of                   

                                                           of the lighthouse exhibit at the International Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia,

                                                           was brought to the shoal and placed in position, where it became structure in 1877

                                                            The beacon, fully automated in 1973 is today still a working guide to navigation.



Elbow of Cross Ledge Light

                                                             Elbow of Cross Ledge Lighthouse is located off of Fortescue and was completed

                                                              and lit in 1910 and 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 were

                                                               removed never to return again. The Elbow was automated  via underground

                                                               cable.  On October 20, 1953 during a dense fog, The Elbow  was struck by an

                                                               ore laden freighter, leaving only the base and about the first 10ft. of the light.

                                                               In 1954 an automated light was installed a top a red steel skeleton tower on the

                                                               original Elbow base, which remains in operation today.

 Miah Maull Shoal Lighthouse

                                          Derived its strange name for a man named Nehemiah Maull drowned at this

                                                               site in late 18th century shipwreck. In 1909 a temporary light  shone from a

                                                              cast iron shell. In 1913 the permanent light was exhibited from its 4th order

                                                              lens  visible for 15 miles. Originally painted brown, by 1941had a red tower

                                                              and watch-room, black lanternroom and grey base.1980 renovations removed

                                                              canopy covering the walkway altering its appearance. By 1973 Miah Maul

                                                              was fully automated and is still an active guide to navigation & great fishing



Fourteen Foot Bank Lighthouse

                                                               Is located in the lower part of Delaware Bay on the west side of the shipping

                                                               channel. The “Victorian” style, was  the first lighthouse to be built on a

                                                               submarine foundation, caisson sunk pneumatically 20 ft into the shoal. Its

                                                                4th order Fresnel lens was lit on Dec. 1, 1886, allowing the Fourteen Bank

                                                                Lightship to be taken off station. During 1930’s the entire cast iron structure

                                                                hip roof and privy on the railing was repainted white with black trim as it

                                                                today. Automated since 1972, its beacon provides safe passage to all ships

                                                                traveling the Delaware Bay


Brandywine Shoal Lighthouse

                                                              On the southern most part of Delaware Bay, NW of Cape May Point. It was

                                                               the first screwpile lighthouse built in the United States. Its 3rd order Fresnel

                                                               lens shone brightly on October 28, 1850. After serving over 60  years, a new

                                                               conical structure, with less maintenance, was built on a reinforced concrete

                                                               caisson and lit on October 20, 1914.Brandywine Shoal is still an important

                                                               aid to navigation and was the last lighthouse on Delaware Bay to have a

                                                               Keeper on board! Automated in 1974…The end of a once proud era!


East Point Lighthouse

                               The last remaining beacon on the shoreline o 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 German U-Boats (known to come

                                                               into the bay) could not use it as a navigational aid. On July 15, 1971,

                                                               trespassers started a fire that gutted the roof and upper floor of the light.

                                                               Due to the effort of the Maurice River Historical Society, the USCG relit the

                                                                in July of 1960 and is today a working aid to navigation marking the

                                                                entrance channel to the Maurice River. Further restoration is taking place

                                                                and has reopen to visitors on an annual schedule For information contact

                                                        or call (856) 546-7810