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Cape Henlopen from space, October 1994

Cape Henlopen is the southern cape of the Delaware Bay along the Atlantic coast of the United States. It lies in the state of Delaware, near the town of Lewes, Delaware. Download high resolution version (636x639, 145 KB)Cape Henlopen, Delaware, USA - October 1994 image description here File links The following pages link to this file: Cape Henlopen Categories: NASA images ... Download high resolution version (636x639, 145 KB)Cape Henlopen, Delaware, USA - October 1994 image description here File links The following pages link to this file: Cape Henlopen Categories: NASA images ... The bay at San Sebastián, Spain A Headland is an area of land adjacent to water on three sides. ... Delaware Bay Delaware Bay is a large esturarial inlet of the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Delaware River along the coast of the United States. ... The Atlantic Ocean is Earths second-largest ocean, covering approximately one_fifth of its surface. ... State nickname: The First State Other U.S. States Capital Dover Largest city Wilmington Governor Ruth Ann Minner Official languages None Area 6,452 km² (49th)  - Land 5,068 km²  - Water 1,387 km² (21. ... Seal of the City of Lewes Lewes (pronounced LOO-is) is an incorporated city located in Sussex County, Delaware. ...


Cape Henlopen State Park is a 5,193 acre (21 km²) state park that includes Cape Henlopen. William Penn made it one of the first public lands established in the United States in 1682 with the declaration that Cape Henlopen would be for "the usage of the citizens of Lewes and Sussex County." State park is a term used in the United States and in Mexico for an area of land preserved on account of its natural beauty, historic interest, or other reason, and under the administration of the government of a U.S. state or one of the states of Mexico. ... For the British admiral, see William Penn (admiral). ... In all modern states, some land is held by central or local governments. ... Events March 11 – Chelsea hospital for soldiers is founded in England May 6 - Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles. ...


The park has a popular, 24 hour and year round fishing pier (on the bay) as well as a campsite (not directly on water). The remainder of the park is only open from sunrise to sunset, and includes a bathhouse on the Atlantic Ocean, an area for surf-fishing, a disc golf course, and bicycle and walking paths.


Entrance is free during off-season (winter), but runs $2.50-$5 during the on-season (summer).


During World War II, the U.S. Army built Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen. Numerous bunkers, concrete observation towers and the pier that was built to accommodate the laying of mines on the harbor floor remain today. Within the park grounds are a handful of stone towers from that era, as well as underground ammo bunkers dug to be used with the towers against the eventuality of air attack. Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km (over 11 miles) into the air. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Fort Miles is an American military installation located on Cape Henlopen near Lewes, Delaware. ...


Off the coast on the bay side are two lighthouses, called breakwater lights. The Peggys Point lighthouse in Nova Scotia, Canada An aid for navigation and pilotage at sea, a lighthouse is a tower building or framework sending out light from a system of lamps and lenses or, in older times, from a fire. ...


Timeline of Cape Henlopen

  • 1767-9 Construction of the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse completed at the Great Dune - the sixth lighthouse on American soil. This construction was funded by the merchants of Philadelphia.
  • 1777 the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse was gutted by fire
  • 1784 the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse was repaired and returned to active duty
  • 1824 The Cape Henlopen Beacon was constructed on a 45 foot (14 m) tower about a mile (1.6 km) north of the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse.
  • 1855 Construction of the Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse completed.
  • 1862 William Penn designates the area as public land.
  • 1869 Construction of the Delaware Breakwater West End Lighthouse and stone breakwater barrier completed.
  • 1885 The steel Strickland Lighthouse replaces the lighthouse on the inner breakwater.
  • 1901 Construction of the 8,000 foot (2.4 km) long outer stone breakwater barrier completed.
  • 1903 The Strickland Lighthouse is retired from service.
  • 1920 Cape Henlopen Lighthouse badly damaged by a storm.
  • 1924 Cape Henlopen Lighthouse abandoned - lens removed.
  • 1926 (April 13) Cape Henlopen Lighthouse collapsed due to movement of Great Dune.
  • 1941 U.S. Army established Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen.
  • 1950 The Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse demolished and the East End Lighthouse was automated.
  • 1964 The U.S. Department of Defense declared 543 acres as surplus property and the State of Delaware established Cape Henlopen State Park.
  • 1978 The Fenwick Lighthouse is decommissioned.
  • Gordon's Pond Wildlife Area established
  • 1982 The State of Delaware assumed ownership of the Fenwick lighthouse and it was electrified and returned to operation.
  • 1997 The State of Delaware purchased the East End lighthouse and placed it on the National Register of Historic Places.

National Harbor of Refuge, outer breakwater off Cape Henlopen. All metal, built in 1926 and automated in 1973. Maintained by US Coast Guard. Visible from Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Philadelphia is a village located in Jefferson County, New York. ... The Peggys Point lighthouse in Nova Scotia, Canada An aid for navigation and pilotage at sea, a lighthouse is a tower building or framework sending out light from a system of lamps and lenses or, in older times, from a fire. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... The United States Department of Defense, abbreviated DoD or DOD and sometimes called the Defense Department, is a civilian Cabinet organization of the United States government. ... The National Register of Historic Places is the USAs official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects worthy of preservation. ...


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Cape Henlopen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (948 words)
Cape Henlopen is the southern cape of the Delaware Bay along the Atlantic coast of the United States.
Originally spelled Cape Hinlopen, Cape Henlopen is named after Thijmen Jacobsz Hinlopen who was a prominent Dutch trader in corn from the Baltic carrying on trade to Genoa and Portugal.
Cape Henlopen State Park is a 5,193 acre (21 kmĀ²) state park that includes Cape Henlopen.
Cape May-Lewes Ferry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1382 words)
The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is a ferry system that traverses a 17-mile crossing of the Delaware Bay to connect Cape May, New Jersey with Lewes, Delaware.
The original Cape May-Lewes Ferry fleet consisted of steamships purchased in 1964 from a defunct ferry line in Virginia, that was no longer needed due to the construction of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
The M.V. Cape Henlopen, the fourth vessel of the fleet in terms of original construction date, is the other "small" vessel, along with the M.V. New Jersey.
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