All posts by John

Advocate, Director Rancocas Pathways

CentreTon Concrete Ship

1940 Centreton, NJ, along the Rancocas Creek (main stem). Visible is the old sea-scout base’s concrete ship and others sites from the area. Sitting along the creek under the cool shade of a lovely, sliver/swamp maple, I heard a first-hand account from an old-timer of days spent swimming with cork-filled life jackets, hanging out flags, tieing marine knots, and making the sojourn into the Philly markets by way of the Rancocas and Delaware River. Old-timer spoke of his early years watching tugs ply the creek’s tidal waters with deep-throated whistles warning of their headway, and of the hand-cranking of the original Centreton Bridge draw span. Learned of mothers working at Centreton Fireworks Factory and of sleepy days spent fishing with cane poles at the “Texas Works” pond. There was also the manure barges unloading at Cox’s Landing and of produce shipping out by barge all along the creek. Very chill to get such a from-the-horse’s-mouth account of the creek’s rich heritage on National Maritime Day. Very cool, indeed!

NWT Update

Follow Up of conference phone with National Park Service National Water Trail Program.


Application has to align GPS numbers throughout. Have to tighten up the landings and mileage data base. Standardize legend on the maps. Focus on areas inside the Rancocas Creek Watershed for inclusion by phases. Some areas will not be included in the final submission but will be tacked on in the future.


Need to correct some areas of the application including landings and land-managers approvals. Encourage final letters of approval to establish umbrella of RCNWT and associated segments of existing water trails on the Rancocas. The same for portages.


Mega tip of the hat thanks to everyone who participated and helped advance the discussion. There are some significant outstanding issues that are being reviewed before any postings take place.
Zap back any questions or concerns: ingvarja@verizon.net

Tee-Shirts ORDER Placed

Massive Tip of the Hat Thanks. Enuff orders were placed on Tee-Shirts that allow an inventory to be built up of different sizes. To everyone who placed an order thanks and obliged. Your orders will help anchor fund raising for enhancing public access at Melpine Landing. Super coolage. People who placed orders will receive e-mail notification of orders for pick-up or delivery, around 01 June. Any questions or concerns tack a note along to Friends of Melpine Landing ingvarja@verizon.net