Rutgers University Marine Field Station – Formerly USCG Station Little Egg.
The Rutgers University Marine Field Station is housed in the former United States Coast Guard Station Little Egg.
The Coast Guard Station was active until the 1960’s. The Coast Guard moved their boats and personnel to the Beach Haven Station. Rutgers University acquired the buildings and uses them to house a marine research facility. It’s proximity to the inlet and ocean make it a prime location. The station was known as Station 119
The station is located across Newman’s Thorofare from the abandoned Fish Factory.
For some period of time I grandfather was in the Coast Guard Reserves. He told a story of how sharks would start coming around when they dumped their garbage. (This was in the 1940’s before eco laws). The chief would occasionally bring out a Tommy Gun and a grenade or two. The sharks would go into a frenzy and their numbers would be reduced.
For more information:
- An article on the takeover of the station by Rutgers
- Rutgers – Marine Unit
- Coast Guard Cutter 44355. This cutter served the Beach Haven Station and was on display at the Long Beach Township Park.
A Rutgers researcher wrote a book about the transition from a Coast Guard Station to a Marine Research Center