On a recent boat trip around Cape May Point over the 4th of July Weekend I shot the following picture.
The concrete tower in the background is Fire Control Tower No. 23 that was part of the defense system known as Fort Miles. The Tower was built in 1942 and was one of 15 towers stretching from North Wildwood, New Jersey to Bethany Beach, DE that helped aim batteries of coastal artillery in defense of Delaware Bay. The tower was listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places on May 29, 2003 and on the National Register on Nov. 17, 2003.
By the way the wreck in the water in the foreground is the S.S. Atlantus a ship made out of concrete. Yes, it actually floated. If you want to learn more about the history of the interesting concept of concrete ships check out http://www.concreteships.org/ships/ww1/atlantus/
If you visit the tower make sure to climb to the top for a great view of the surrounding area. You will see memorial plaques lining the stairway to the top. The founder of our company, Karl Bennung, is one of those memorialized for his service in the navy during WW II. We owe a debt of gratitude to all those who have served in the defense of our country. Restoring and maintaining structures such as Fire Control Tower 23 is one way to make sure we never forget.
So, what does this all have to do with Acrymax? Well the roof of the tower is now protected by an Acrymax coating system that was applied during the restoration of the tower in 2008. Cape May demands products that can withstand the punishing effects of the weather in a tough coastal environment. Acrymax has been and continues to be more than up to the challenge. In fact our products have been used on numerous other historic buildings in Cape May which was declared a National Historic Landmark City in 1976.
Acrymax has been used on countless historic structures around the country. Our sister company, Preservation Products, markets Acrymax to this unique and challenging market. Check out their website at www.preservationproducts.com for additional information.