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Whale Beach

Posted by Stu On February - 21 - 2006

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We had read about something strange among the dunes near Strathmere, just north of Sea Isle City. While not very large and not necessarily worth the drive from Bayville, it sure is…..different.

From the road, it just looks like a high part of the dunes – with a weather vane sticking out of it. Climbing up the steps reveals a small fenced off section, with oars, signs, pieces of boats, angel statues, and other random knick knacks. The walkway is even carpeted.
A storm in 1962 destroyed many of the homes nearby, and Whale Beach is where one of them stood. From what I’ve read, the family across the street owned the house and created Whale Beach as a memorial.

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Grassy Sound (2005)

Posted by Stu On April - 20 - 2005

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Originally visited in June 2004

I’ve been wanting to come back to Grassy Sound ever since I first visited because it’s such a unique place. The first thing I noticed this time around was that the boardwalk’s holes had all been repaired; we ended up walking to the very end and seeing houses I didnt’ even know were there. At the very end we saw where a house had recently burned down.

The boardwalk takes you over 2 small streams. While now hole-free, parts of it still squeak and make you wonder whether or not it’ll support your weight. The boardwalk is still uneven planks, and in a few spots we noticed pieces of fencing and even police barriers were also used to build it.

Overall, it’s the same ol’ Grassy Sound I saw last year.

The town off in the distance

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Grassy Sound

Posted by Stu On June - 20 - 2004

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Grassy Sound is a virtually unknown town in southern NJ. Just minutes from Wildwood and Cape May, the residents enjoy the summer with no tourists or traffic in their town. How’s that? Besides being somewhat hidden, the town has no roads. A boardwalk connects all the houses (we saw about 8 houses). There’s a small dirt parking lot the Grassy Sounders use which one could easily drive by without noticing. Up at the front of the boardwalk are some carts which the townsfolk use to bring groceries and whatnot to their houses.

A few of the houses looked pretty beat up; I questioned if some of them were still in use. Most of them are summer houses. Each one has a ramp leading up to it from the main boardwalk.

There were a few spots where the boardwalk looked…well…not very safe.

Out of respect for the residents, I won’t be providing directions.

Check out our return visit to Grassy Sound in 2005 here.

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Bunker on Cape May Point Beach

Posted by Stu On November - 20 - 2003

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Updated on 4/05

The lighthouse guide in Cape May told me a brief history about the bunker. It’s from one of the world wars (forget which one). Back then, it was actually under the sand, with 900 feet of beach in front of it. Think about that. That’s not a whole lot of time that’s passed since.
Unfortunately there was no way in, since the only entrance I saw was at least 8 feet off the ground.

The Bunker from the top of the lighthouse…

…and from across a sand dune.


We revisited all the Cape May places to get new photos and info. I was surprised to see the bunker with sand underneath it. A ranger told us they’ve been trying to reclaim much of the lost beach. Much of the beach was off limits at this time.

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Concrete Shipwreck S.S. Atlantus

Posted by Stu On November - 20 - 2003

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I was a bit disappointed. There’s not much of it left above water.
The ship, S.S. Atlantus, was an experiment from WWI. After a few trips across the Atlantic to bring soldiers back home, the concrete ship proved to be near-useless (it was concrete, afterall). The ship was eventually sold to a man who had hoped to make it into a ferry between DE & NJ. During a storm in ’26 the Atlantus got loose and became stuck just off Sunset Beach. They tried freeing her, but once again we’re talking about concrete here. So she’s been there ever since. What you’re looking at is actually the ship’s center; over the decades she’s split in 2. I was amazed to see old photos of nearly the entire ship, still intact, above water. Fishermen and curiosity seekers would row or swim out to her often. She briefly had a sign for boat insurance on her as well.
Who knows how much longer she has before she completely disappears beneath the waves.

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World War II Watchtower

Posted by Stu On November - 20 - 2003

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Photos from 2003 & 2009
Originally posted 2003, updated 12/10

I didn’t even know about this place until I went to the Cape May Lighthouse and saw it off in the distance. The guide at the top of the lighthouse told me a bit about the history of the Watchtower, the Bunker, & the Concrete Shipwreck. The Shipwreck’s just down the street from the tower. And now for the sake of scribbling on pics, here’s the tower & shipwreck from the lighthouse:

Don’t know too much about the tower actually. The guide told me it was from World War II and that it’s closed off. He wasn’t kidding; there wasn’t even a door to get in. They sealed it off completely. He also mentioned they plan on reopening it within 3-5 years. I hope they go through with this ‘cuz I really want to see the inside.

There’s a faint outline of where the door was

Update – 12/10

In July of ’09, I took a friend from out of the country to the shore since he had never seen a boardwalk before.  We went to Wildwood, and during our time there, I decided to swing by Sunset Beach to check up on things.  Turns out the tower is finally open.  There is a fee to climb to the top; military and veterans can go for free.







Looks like a long way down.







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