In the last post, I took a close look at Morrisville Borough in Pennsylvania on one side of the Delaware River, and Trenton, New Jersey, the capital of New Jersey, directly across from Morrisville on the other side of the River.
The starting point on the circle alignment for this post is Sayreville, a borough in New Jersey located in Middlesex County New Jersey…
… near the Raritan Bay…
…at the Raritan River, long a transportation and trade route pre-dating colonial times. This S-shaped river bend at Sayreville…
…compared with the S-shaped river bend shown here in the Ukok National Park in the Altai Mountains of Central Asia…
…the Big Bend of the Rio Grande River in South Texas…
…and the Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River near Page, Arizona.
Charles Morgan III and the Morgan Clan were said to have arrived from New York in the early 1700s to settle the 645-acres granted to them by New Jersey’s first proprietors, John, Lord Berkeley of Stratton and Sir George Carteret. This land became known as the Morgan section of Sayreville.
Members of the Morgan family were the proprietors of the Morgan Inn, which was established sometime around this same time in 1703. The Morgan Inn later became somewhat known infamous as the Old Spye Inn, as this place saw a lot of activity during the Revolutionary War.
It was believed to be haunted, and the Old Spye Inn burned down in 1976.
The Welsh pirate Henry Morgan was mentioned as having a possible connection to these New Jersey Morgans, but the dates didn’t check out when I looked into it. Henry Morgan was said to have died in 1688, so he could never have gone to the Inn as he was purported to have done on occasion.
However, I will take this opportunity to mention that Henry Morgan was given the credit historically for the sacking of star Fort San Lorenzo in Chagres, Panama, near Colon, in 1670…
…and the sacking and destruction of Old Panama City the following year in 1671.
Old Panama City before, with a star fort depicted in this diorama here…
Old Panama City after, without a star fort left standing….
You know, the Captain Morgan’s Rum Captain Morgan. Exactly the same historical character.
Sayreville received its final naming from James Sayre, Jr, of Newark, one of the two co-founders of the Sayre and Fisher Brick Company in 1850.
There are extensive clay deposits in the area, and the Sayre and Fisher Company quickly became one of the largest brick-making companies in the world.
Big companies including, but not limited to, DuPont established plants in Sayreville for gunpowder production initially in 1898, and later for paint and photo products.
The Raritan River Railroad operated freight and passenger service through here between 1888 and 1980, after which time Conrail took over rail operations.
This the logo for the Raritan River Railroad…
…and this is the logo for Rolls Royce.
The similarity between these two logos tells me these two companies were connected in some way. Besides the fact the logos look virtually identical, it brings to mind what I found in Derby, England.
I found Derby near the Algiers’ Circle Alignment as I was tracking it through England in the last series. Derby is the geographic center of England, and the Derwent River Valley in Derbyshire is considered the Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
Rolls-Royce is a global aerospace, defense, energy, and marine company focused on world-class power and propulsion systems, and its civil aerospace and nuclear divisions are in Derby…
…as well as the Railway Technical Center, the technical headquarters of British Rail, and considered the largest railway research complex in the world…
…and Derby is the location of Bombardier Transportation, the rail equipment division of the Canadian company Bombardier, and for many years the United Kingdom’s only train manufacturer.
There are certainly interconnecting pieces of the puzzle to be found lying around these tidbits of otherwise disconnected information.
Back to Sayresville. The extensive clay deposits here include the Crossman Clay pit…
… having gained recognition as a premiere source for amber, as well as pyrite and a diversity of fossils.
The John F. Kennedy Memorial Park is adjacent to the Crossman Clay pit.
Look at all the swans and koi fish here at the park! And pay no attention the man-made water’s edge….
Moving on from Sayreville, the alignment enters the Raritan Bay, which has a number of places at which to look.
I am going to start by looking at the Navesink Twin Lights, next to a long and narrow land feature called Sandy Hook Island. While these two places are a distance east off of this particular alignment, they are both noteworthy.
The Navesink Twin Lights are on the headlands of the Navesink Highlands, overlooking Sandy Hook Bay, the entrance to the New York Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean.
Navesink was also the name of the Lenni Lenape people who inhabited the Raritan Bayshore near Sandy Hook, and Mount Mitchill in the scenic highlands in eastern New Jersey.
We are told, however, that the Twin LIghts were built in 1862.
The American Civil War is said to have taken place between 1861 to 1865, so we are expected to believe this solid masonry structure was built during war-time, and we will keep seeing similar attributions given to many structures.
Sandy Hook is described as a barrier spit in Middletown Township, which is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
It is 6-miles, or 10-kilometers long, and at its widest, 1-mile, or 2-kilometers, across. It encloses the southern entrance of the New York Bay, and provides protection from the open waters of the Atlantic to the East.
Fort Hancock, and the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, is located at the northern end of Sandy Hook.
The lighthouse on Sandy Hook at Fort Hancock is said to be the oldest working lighthouse in the United States, and we are told it was built in 1764.
The construction of the Fort of Sandy Hook was said to have started in 1857 and ended in 1867, without completing the building of the fort under the supervision of then-Captain Robert E. Lee of the Corps of Engineers, and was designed as a five-bastion irregular pentagon (describing a star fort perhaps?), built primarily of granite (which rates as 7 – 9 on the Mohs scale of relative hardness to other minerals scale).
Not only was the fort said not to have been completed, it was also said to have had most of its surviving parts taken down by the U. S. Army after World War II.
The batteries of the now designated Fort Hancock were said to have been constructed starting in 1890 as part of the Sandy Hook Proving Ground for the testing of coastal defensive weapons, like Battery Potter.
Battery Potter is described as the prototype for a steam-hydraulic, gun-lift carriages, otherwise known as “disappearing guns.”
Fort Hancock is said to have become inactive in 1974, and is now part of the National Parks of New York Harbor, and the Gateway Recreation Area, under the National Park System.
Just north of Sandy Hook is the Ambrose Channel, the main shipping channel in and out of the Port of New York and New Jersey.
On the other side of the Ambrose Channel from Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook is Fort Tilden on the Rockaway Peninsula in New York, a now abandoned Army installation that was said to have been built in 1917, and in use until 1995. It is now part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, and administered by the National Park Service, like Fort Hancock.
Now back to Raritan Bay, where the Great Beds Lighthouse is on the alignment I am tracking, just offshore from the northwestern New Jersey coast, located at the Great Beds Shoal near the mouth of the Raritan River. It was said to have been built in 1880, and manned until 1945.
The Old Orchard Lighthouse is said to have been built in 1883, and is three-miles south of the center of Staten Island.
This is the West Bank Lighthouse, which serves as the front-range light for the Ambrose Channel, which is used in navigation to indicate safe passage, or position fixing. It was said to have been built in 1901.
The Staten Island Lighthouse is on Richmond Hill is the rear-range light for the Ambrose Channel, a 90-ft-high, or 27-meter, tower said to have been built in 1912, and is 141-feet, or 43-meters, above sea-level.
This is the Coney Island Lighthouse on the western end of Coney Island, in Seagate, and situated east of the Ambrose Channel of New York Harbor. It was said to have been built in 1890.
The Romer Shoal Lighthouse is situated between the ship channels of Ambrose, Swash, and Sandy Hook, and is approximately 3-miles, or 5- kilometers, north of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. It was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It was said to have been built in 1838.
My personal position after 3-years of intensive study of this subject is that the lighthouses around the world were built by the maritime Ancient Advanced Civilization that has been removed from our collective awareness.
This alignment tracks very close to, if not directly over, Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island.
It is described as a former United States Military Installation on Staten Island, situated on The Narrows, which divides New York Bay into upper and lower halves, said to have been established before the War of 1812, as well as between 1845- 1861. I could not find clear reference dates on its construction.
…and a natural defense point for the Upper Bay of Manhattan and beyond.
This sturdy structure was closed in 1994, and is now also administered by the National Park Service’s Gateway National Recreation Area.
On the southern side of the other end of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge from Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island is Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn. Fort Hamilton is an active United States Army installation.
This is the Fort Hamilton Community Club…
…the high school for the community of Fort Hamilton…
…the historic Fortway Theater of Fort Hamilton, which was said to have opened in 1927, and closed in 2005, to become a supermarket in 2007…
…and Fort Hamilton community real estate for sale.
John Paul Jones Park, named for the Naval hero of the American Revolution, is on the northern side of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, with its cannon…
The rest of the southwest corner of Brooklyn is the neighborhood of Bay Ridge.
This was Bliss Castle on the Bliss Estate, said to have been built by the wealthy manufacturer Eliphalet Bliss…
…and after he died, his will stipulated it could be sold to New York City at less than market prices if it was used as park land.
So his former estate became first Bliss Park, and then later Owl’s Head Park, and all of the original infrastructure on it has long-been removed, having been demolished in 1940.
This is the Union Church of Bay Ridge, with cornerstones said to have been laid in 1896 for two church congregations, one Presbyterian and the other Dutch Reformed, with its beautiful heavy masonry…
…and this was the historic Crescent Athletic Club Boathouse in Bay Ridge. It burned down in 1904.
I will pick up the alignment in Upper New York Bay in the next post.