Spermaceti Cove Station Site

Middletown Township, NJ

Also known as Spermaceti Cove

The Spermaceti Cove Station Site site was established in 1848


This is not an active site. It was active 1848-1921 and 1923 to between 1942 and 1944 (Listed as inactive 1922)


This site was closed (in) Between 1946 and 1949


This is the original site location


Designation number: 98

Station closed between 1942 and 1944. In 1962 the US Army, which owned the property, leased the south portion of Sandy Hook to the State of New Jersey, who turned it into Sandy Hook State Park. In 1974 the National Park Service took over the state park area, which became the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. 1894 station house survives at this site and is the Spermaceti Cove Life-Saving Station, a museum. 1848 boathouse was moved from Sandy Hook during the mid-1950s by the Twin Lights Historical Society and placed behind the north tower of the Twin Lights where it is the Spermaceti Cove Lifesaving Station, a museum exhibit.

Station Site Notes:

1878 repaired; 1894 rebuilt (USLSS Annual Reports). In 1922, the station appeared in the records as "discontinued as an active unit," but was back on the list in 1924 [1923?] (USCG Historian's Website).

Buildings at this Station Site

The 1894 station house; 1848 station house (moved to new site in Highlands)  is surviving at this site

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