Old Orchard Shoal Lighthouse, Raritan Bay, NJ – 2012
Old Orchard Shoal Ligthouse stood for 119 years, but when Hurricane Sandy struck the area on October 29, 2012, it swept the lighthouse away, leaving behind just a mound of riprap and concrete. Alas, it was no match for the 14-foot storm surge and waves. The remains of the 51-foot tall cast iron lighthouse currently lies in pieces 17 feet under Raritan Bay. Photo courtesy of the US Coast Guard.