Virtual Lighthouse Challenge: Tinicum

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Tinicum Lighthouse Virtual Tour

Every October the NJ Lighthouse Society runs the Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey in order to raise funds for the state’s historic lighthouses and maritime sites. This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event was mostly virtual. A visitor at the Tinicum Lighthouse put together an exterior tour of the light tower.

Virtual Tour of Tinicum Lighthouse

I visited the Tinicum Lighthouse during the 2019 20th Anniversary Challenge. It was the first stop on my list, and I arrived right at dawn. I climbed the stairs to the top to watch the sun rise over Philadelphia.

Tinicum is in Paulsboro, NJ and is one of a pair of lights marking a section of the Delaware River. It is still an active navigational aid. By aligning the front and rear range lights and aiming for the center, ship avoid Little Tinicum Island as the travel up the Delaware.

The light was first activated on December 31, 1880 and had keeper’s quarters. The Coast Guard automated the signal in 1933. The Keeper’s homes were demolished in the 1950s, leaving just the steel frame towers.

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Location: 70 Second Street, Paulsboro, NJ 08066, USA

Designation: National Register of Historic Places

Date designated or established: September 15, 2005

Date of my visit: October 19, 2019