Restored Monomoy Life Saving Boat Gets New Life at Cape May Lighthouse


Visitors to the Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May Point State Park can now see a Monomoy life-saving boat on display. The boat is a restoration project of the Cape May Maritime and Educational Center and is on long term display in association with Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture).

“Thanks to everyone involved in making this happen,” said Center President Edward Melega. “I feel it is a win/win for us all.”

“The display represents a nice partnership between two not-for-profits, featuring our maritime history, in particular Coast Guard history,” said Cape May MAC President Tom Carroll.

Monomoys are 26 feet long with a 7-foot beam and draw of about two feet with the crew on board, said Center Board Member Jerry Tarrant. Most weigh over 2,000 lbs., he said.

The design developed from boats used to hunt whales. Donors to the project include Andrew Joyce, lead carpenter and project manager at Cape May Contracting, Cape May Lumber, who donated lumber; Ricciardi Brothers, who donated stain and paints; and, Media in Motion, who donated signs.

Cape May MAC: Museum. Arts. Culture.