Aug 20, 2009, 01:02 PM
New Buoy off Jersey?
This looks to me like a brand new NDBC buoy?? Like 100 miles off Central Jersey.
Considering budgets..it seems coincidental that it started reporting data right when 44009 stopped. But its way further out...More like a replacement for the old "Hotel" that went adrift last year?
Aug 20, 2009, 01:15 PM
look at the title of the buoy - Station 44066 - Texas Tower #4
Sounds like a buoy that went a drift from Texas, and they decided to moor it off the Jersey coast for whatever reason. Perhaps, as you said as a replacement for the hotel buoy.
Aug 20, 2009, 02:28 PM
I believe it was named in honor of the original Texas Tower Air Force Radar platform (1957-1960) that once stood off of NJ.
Aug 20, 2009, 02:39 PM