Cape May Light, NJ
Cape May Light
Cape May, NJ
The wind it blew from Sou’sou’east,
It was a pleasant breeze
And the man upon the lookout cried:
“A Light upon the lee!”
They reported to the Captain and
These words did he say –
“Cheer up my sailor lads,
T'is the light on old Cape May.
This lighthouse station was established in 1823, but the beautiful tower standing today was built in 1859 . . . it was the third lighthouse to be constructed on Cape May Point. The first two lighthouses fell to shore erosion!
Cape May Light is still operational and shows a flashing white light every sixteen seconds that can be seen from twenty-four miles away; and she stands a magnificent one hundred and sixty-five feet tall.
Sailing in from seaward, on a moonless, black night, just sighting the loom of these wonderful sentinels makes you feel a little safer.
Heading south, I usually try to go through Cape May - always paying my respects to this vanishing castle of America. In addition, the town of Cape May is a very special place and it's a pleasure to just walk down the streets, seeing so many charming restored Victorian homes. At Christmas time, the whole town turns into a beautiful winter wonderland.
Don't miss a visit to this lovely place!