There is very little known about these
appear to have been a series of range lights on the
that were lighted seasonally, from spring thaw to
whenever the river
became unnavigatable due to ice. It does not seem that
each light had a
resident keeper, rather, they may have been
periodically serviced the lights.
The National Archives in Sutcliff,
Maryland has a
journals from the station that covers the period June
4, 1898 to April
19, 1929. Below is some information that was extracted
The station is referred to as the
Shrewsbury River Beacon". It had 5 white and 2 red
which of these was in which station is unclear. All of
the lights were
put into operation on June 4, 1898 being first lighted
at 7:26 p.m.
Most of the journals note the weather and amount of
The entry for December 11, 1898 notes
lights in the Shrewsbury River discontinued for the
season of 1898."
- June 1, 1899 re-lit - January 1, 1900
- April 16, 1900 relit - December 17, 1900
- March 18, 1901 relit - December 17, 1901
- An inspection by Stuart T. Woods on October 29,
noted and the lights are said to be in "very
- March 17, 1902 relit - December 16, 1902
- March 17, 1903 relit - December 19, 1903
- March 23, 1904 - relit - December 15, 1904
- May 1, 1904 An inspection mentions the stations in
condition throughout. H. W. Harrison, Commander.
- July 29, 1904 entry mentions Sands Point Light out
- August 5, 1904 Northwest Point Light mentioned.
15, 1904 reports "All lights discontinued by reason
of it being
impossible to navigate the Shrewsbury River on the
account of ice."
- February 26, 1906 - Rocky Point Light mentioned.
- March 17, 1905 - relit.
- June 14, 1905 - All lights lit by acetylene gas.
- October 4, 1905 Lower Rock Point mentioned.
A second volume covers the period from
June 30, 1915. The third volume covers the period July
3, 1915 to April
A December, 1915, entry mentions Low
Northwest Point, Little Silver, Goose Neck Point.
The Annual Report of the Light-House
the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1902, reports the
402 to 410. Shrewsbury
beacons, New Jersey. --A brick oil house was
402. United States Dike beacon No. 1. -- A
house was built.
403. United States Dike beacon No. 3. -- A
house was built.
404. Lower Rocky Point beacon No. 2. -- the
rebuilt and reestablished on May 5, 1902.
406. Northwest Point beacon, No. 2 A. --
equipment were delivered, and the light was
established on May 20, 1902.
408. Goose Neck Point beacon lights, No. 11, New
with all equipments were delivered, and the light was
May 5, 1902.
409. Cooks Sedges beacon light, No. 13, New Jersey.
beacon was completed on May 5 and was established on
May 20, 1902.
The names of the lights seem to be:
Cooks Sedges beacon light, No. 13
Goose Neck Point beacon lights, No. 11
Lower Rocky Point beacon No. 2
Northwest Point beacon, No. 2 A. - about 73° 59' 00"
by 40° 23'
Sands Point Light
United States Dike beacon No. 1
United States Dike beacon No. 3