Texas Tower 4

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The Texas Towers were a set of off-shore radar facilities used by the United States Air Force during the Cold War that were modeled on the offshore oil drilling platforms first employed off the Texas coast. The platforms were used for radar surveillance of the Atlantic Ocean near the eastern seaboard of the United States from 1958 to 1963.

On January 11, 1954, the USAF approved the construction of 5 TexasTowers as part of the Air Defense System. Only three were built:

  • No. 2 – Georges Shoal, in 56-foot deep water,110 miles east of Cape Cod41°44 N, 67°47 W
  • No. 3 – Nantucket Shoal, in 80-foot water, 100 miles south-east of Rhode Island40°45 N, 69°19 W
  • No. 4 – Unnamed Shoal, in 185-foot water, 84 miles south-east of New York City39°48 N, 72°40 W

The towers were phased into operation between 1958 and 1960.

Texas Tower 4 suffered severe structural damage during Hurricane Donna and, before repairs could be completed, was destroyed by a winter storm on January 15, 1961. Twenty-eight airmen and civilian contractors were manning the station; none survived.

With the advent of Soviet ICBM s, the bomber threat was reduced in importance. Thus due to a lower need and the perceived risk, the remaining two towers were decommissioned in 1963 and demolished shortly thereafter. [1]


Texas Tower 4
(USAF radar platform)


New Jersey: Top 50 Dive Site


Top
50 Dive Site (NJ)






Lat/Long



Loran



Charts



Depth



Distance
from Shore



39.7965 / 72.6637
(D)


26313.5 / 43266.6
(A)


26313.0 / 43267.8

(D)


12323

NOAA


110-180


75


Websites



NJScuba.com

AquaExplorers.com

Radomes.org

Northeast
Dive News


Bnet

TexasTower.com

TheTexasTowers.com

Museum of NJ Maritime History

CaptainZero.com

DeepExplorers.com

BlueWaterDivers.com


Charters



Gypsy Blood



Ol Salty II

“Marine life is abundant, including cod, pollock, lobster, ling,
sea bass and flounder. Water is usually clear, but strong currents are sometimes
a problem, especially near the surface. As the Texas Tower attracts fishermen
as well as divers, there is always the danger of monofilament and fishing
nets which have snagged and been left on the wreck. Bottom temperatures
range from the upper-30s F in spring to the low-60s in summer.”


Northeast
Dive News

“… one of three offshore radar installations ( 1 was never
built ) intended to provide advance warning of enemy air attacks, all part
of the Distant Early Warning system (DEW line) encircling the United States
and Canada. … Anything interesting is below 140 ft – that s a mighty long
boat ride to see a deep junk pile.”


NJscuba.com

“… Divers can penetrate fairly easily into many of the towers
interior rooms. Tower 4 once housed over 75 crew with sleeping quarters,
hobby shops, a galley, infirmary as well as control and generator rooms.
Divers who frequent the Towers remains report seeing everything from sharks,
dolphins, turtles, pilot whales, and giant ocean sunfish. …”


AquaExplorers.com

New Jersey: Top 50 Dive Site

Notes:

  • (A)
    Gentile, Gary
    “Shipwrecks of New Jersey – North” 2000
  • (B)
    Lonsdale, Adrian
    and Kaplan, H. R. “A Guide to Sunken Ships in American Waters”
    1964
  • (C)
    Gormley, Tom
    and Gualano, Ben “Shore Diving in New Jersey” 2005
  • (D)
    [AquaExplorers
    Inc.] “Loran and GPS Shipwreck Location Coordinates” 2006
  • (E)
    [ReefsandRealEstate.com]
    “GPS List – Manasquan Version” 2006 PDF
  • (F)
    NOAA Data

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lat 39.796500000000000
Lng -72.663700000000000

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