Sunday, May 2, 2021

Cycling Cape May New Jersey With My Camera

Cape May is located on the southern tip of NJ in Cape May County,
on an island south of the Cape May Canal. 

Cape May Lighthouse
215 Lighthouse Avenue, Cape May Point State Park, Cape May, NJ 08204

The Historic District encompasses Cape May City 
where there are many preserved Victorian homes. 
I definitely recommend a little extra time exploring 
the streets of this city. 

Cape May City (Historic District) 

Our 13.9 mile ride started and ended along the beach at Sunset Pavilion. 
Here are the details of our ride: 
and here is a screen shot of the map. 

The ride is in the busier areas of the island 
so off season in April was a perfect time. 
I would not attempt this ride in peak season. 
Oh, and Cape May has clean public restrooms along the beach! 

A Beachfront Gal Gets a Lift

We've been to Cape May so many times, 
but only to the Lighthouse, Sunset Beach and the Lobster House. 
Riding the streets was new to us 
and finding all these beautiful Victorian homes 
was a delight. 

Fishing Boats, Cape May, NJ

But what impressed me most was 
the Fishermen's Memorial. 

Fishermen's Memorial, Cape May, NJ

I had never given much thought to the hidden cost of seafood. 
The fishermen who risk their lives to bring seafood to our tables. 
The list of names lost at sea here gave me great pause - 
And often many from the same family lost together.

The disabled Motivation returns by power of a tug. 

When I came home I researched some of those wrecks, 
but so far have only found details of a few.

Here are details of one from 1921


Cape May, N.J., Nov. 1. -- Eleven fishermen were drowned last night off Anglesea, when they went out to take up their nets for the Winter. They were employed by the Hilton Fishing Company of Anglesea. Two boats, lashed together, went off shore to pull up the pound net poles, which are sixty-five feet long and weigh over one hundred pounds each.
It is supposed by Captain James A. Price of the Coast Guard Station of Anglesea, they pulled up the poles and started in shore when the heavy seas on the Anglesea bar caused their boat to fill and capsize. The seas were running high on the Anglesea bar at the time.
Augustus Hilton, former Mayor of Anglesea, President of the Hilton Fishing Company, notified
Captain Price that the men were missing at 8 o'clock last night. Despite the heavy sea running, Captain Price and his crew put to sea and searched the coast from Sea Isle City to Cape May for the boats. Not a light or a boat could be seen. At daylight the Coast Guard crew put back to the beach. Captain Jesse Hearon of the Coast Guard station at Stone Harbor on being notified put out to sea, but after an all-night search failed to find the boats.
Those in the boats were:

RICHARD STEVENSON, a brother of Charles Stevenson.
JOHN LUNDY, Anglesea, whose body came ashore at Wildwood Crest, as did the bodies of the STEVENSON brothers.
Captain ANDREW HANSON, of Anglesea, commander of the two boats.
Captain GUNNY JOHNSON, Anglesea.
JOHN JOHNSON, of Anglesea.
Captain GEORGE NICHOLSON, of Anglesea, who leaves a wife and two small children.
HARRY KEEN, of Brooklyn.
N. T. DALSTROM, of Brooklyn.
TONY DOMNICO, of Wildwood.

Crowds of anxious watchers lined the beach all day hoping that some one would survive the big seas and heavy tides that have prevailed on the New Jersey coast. Only the three bodies have washed ashore. It is thought that the southerly breeze now blowing will set the bodies on the Delaware shore.

New York Times New York 1921-11-02

And here is a link to another lost at sea story from 2009. 
Vintage Bath House, maybe? 
Sunset Beach, NJ

We lunched at the Lobster House Take Out, and at on their pier. 
It was a little more somber experience having just visited the memorial. 

Fishing Boats at the Lobster House, Cape May, NJ
Yes, I've watched Deadliest Catch
but that is in the Bering Sea. 
I had never thought of that with respect to Cape May, NJ! 
WW II Lookout Tower, Cape May, NJ

There are more photos from this set here 
which includes photos of the names lost at sea
and of course more photos of Victorian homes. 
Cape May Harbor, Delaware Ave. Cape May, NJ

Mostly flat on road ride. 
13.9 miles + exploration. 
Allow 1/2 day to include exploration 
or about an hour +  for the ride 
without stops. 


Tamar SB said...

I miss Cape May so much!

James Gallol said...

Cape Town is my favorite city. I was spend a lot of time there and enjoy a lot with my family. baby carriage