Shark River Salt Works

Shark River Salt Works (HM56J)

Location: Belmar, NJ 07719 Monmouth County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 10.883', W 74° 0.717'

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April 8, 1778
Destruction of
Shark River Salt Works

On this date some 150 men, composed of British Highlanders and loyalists, landed south of Shark River and completely destroyed the salt-works which produced this commodity essential to the well-being of the American soldiers. They were driven off by some fifteen Monmouth Militia, whom they thought to be scouts for a larger group, in such a panic that they swamped some of the longboats used to ferry them to the three British vessels lying offshore.

The salt was produced by boiling the sea-water in large flat pans over wood fires until only the salt was left.

Dedicated July 4, 1976, on the 200th anniversary of our independence from Great Britian.
HM NumberHM56J
Year Placed1976
Placed ByBelmar Bicentennial Committee
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 6:10pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 584116 N 4448357
Decimal Degrees40.18138333, -74.01195000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 10.883', W 74° 0.717'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 10' 52.98" N, 74° 0' 43.02" W
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Area Code(s)732
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 663 Belmar Boardwalk, Belmar NJ 07719, US
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