Email from Chris:
Just returned from Cape May and thought you'd appreciate this.
The attached pictures are of a naval gun emplacement fort on the beach just
northeast of the Cape May light. The emplacement was completed in 1942 by US
Army Corp of Engineers for use by the Navy as a coastal defense against German U Boats.
The fort originally had 2 large naval guns that had the ability of firing 17 miles.
What's so weird about it? Well, most people think that WW2 was fought 'over there'
with the exception of Pearl Harbor. Not true. In fact this very fort and
several coastal gun batteries from New Jersey to Delaware defended the entrance of the
Delaware Bay against several attempts by German U Boats (submarines) from disrupting US
cargo shipping out of Philadelphia.
The German Navy had sunk numerous Liberty ships, fuel tankers and civilian cargo ships in
and around the Cape May and Lewes, DE coastal waters. Of further interest, German U
Boats prowled the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and got as close as New Orleans port
waters. Anyway, this was my first trip to Cape May where I could get close enough to
explore the exterior. The fort is now under the control of the NJ State Parks
and is being preserved.