Absecon Inlet

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Absecon Inlet is a narrow strait on the southeastern coast of New Jersey in the United States.[1]

Entrance to inlet looking to Brigantne

Absecon Inlet leads from the Atlantic Ocean through barrier islands in Atlantic County, New Jersey. Its southern shore is the north end of Absecon Island, on which lies Atlantic City, New Jersey.[2] Absecon Lighthouse is south of the inlet and overlooks it from the north end of Absecon Island. Brigantine Island is to the north and east. The Brigantine Bridge carries New Jersey Route 87 over the inlet.

Two United States Navy ships—the cargo ship USS Absecon, in use briefly in 1918, and the aircraft catapult training ship USS Absecon, in commission from 1943 to 1947—and the United States Coast Guard cutter USCGC Absecon, in commission from 1949 to 1972, were named for Absecon Inlet.


  1. ^ Merriam Webster's Geographical Dictionary, Third Edition, pp. 3-4.
  2. ^ Merriam Webster's Geographical Dictionary, Third Edition, p. 3-4


Coordinates: 39°22′33″N 74°24′47″W / 39.37583°N 74.41306°W / 39.37583; -74.41306