Pat Shingleton: "A Fortress-Forgotten..."
When Hurricane Sandy banged the New Jersey barrier islands in 2012 it uncovered something else. Weatherwise magazine noted that a hidden seawall, built in 1882, emerged from the sand to assist from its original design 150 years ago. The seawall was abandoned, buried by sand and unused. But the reappearance of the 4,135-foot stone structure came as a surprise to unaware residents. It was originally constructed to provide a breakwater to the Bay Head community and prevent catastrophic damage to another community - Mantoloking. The entire dune almost vanished in Mantoloking as water washed over the barrier spit and swept away land. Three breaches of 540, 195 and 115 feet occurred. However, in Bay Head only a portion of the seawall eroded.