Photo from National Archives
There is some evidence that a lighthouse near the mouth of
Creek in 1816, but to date, no drawings or depictions of
it have been
found. It is not known who constructed the lighthouse, or
it. An appropriations of $1,000 to
purchase additional land for the site at this station was
made by the
act approved August 7, 1882. The ten acres selected were
the title-papers were approved January 24, 1883. Plans for
structure were made, and the building is now under
lighthouse built by the Lighthouse Service was constructed
in 1838 and
described as being built near the mouth of the Cohansey
Creek at "
39° 20' 19" north latitude and 75° 21' 38" west longitude,
Cumberland County, New Jersey." "The light is exhibited
from lantern on
top of dwelling, and illuminated 270° of the horizon; it
is of the
5th order, fixed white, and is 45 feet above mean high
water." An 1838
report by William D. Porter, Lieutenant, U.S.N., describes
Cohansey light.–Light on keeper's dwelling; burns eleven
spherical reflectors. The house badly built; walls
leaks. Badly kept.
No photographs of the lighthouse are known to exist, but
by W. H. Rease of Philadelphia, exist and were reproduced
Spring, 1973 issue of South Jersey Magazine. On October
23, 1879 a
storm damaged the lighthouse so badly that a the process
it began. In the meantime emergency repairs were made to
lighthouse to make it habitable.
By 1883, the new Cohansey Lighthouse was completed and the
the 1838 lighthouse were sold for salvage. It was
39° 20' 33" north latitude by 75° 21' 44" west longitude.
lighthouse was a white frame structure with green
shutters, topped by a
black square tower. The lighthouse contained 6 rooms.
supplied from four storage tanks, two of iron and two of
collected rain water from the roof. The lighthouse was
wooden beams which rested upon cast iron piles. It was
equipped with a
5th order Frensel lens built by L. Sautter & Cie, of
It's light showed 42 feet above mean high water. The 1883
was destroyed by a mysterious fire on July 21, 1933.