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Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey, Inc.

Rating: 4.71 stars   14 reviews 1,868

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62 Battleship Pl Camden NJ 08103 USA

Mission:

The Battleship New Jersey''s mission is to preserve, restore, exhibit and intrepret the history of the USS New Jersey and her veterans.

Programs:

The Battleship New Jersey has a variety of programs. The museum offers three distinct tour routes, serves as a locale for community, corporate and private events, offers educational classes that meet core curriculum requirements and offers overnight encampments. The Battleship Blast, an annual fundraising gala, coincides with the Independence Day fireworks display across the Delaware River.

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Reviews for Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The USS New Jersey is an amazing experience! The history of the ship and the people who served on it is fascinating, and the volunteers are such a deep source of knowledge. There is so much to see and experience it is worth visiting more than once.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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Most people see Navy ships only in pictures. The opportunity to visit a preserved battleship is a very valuable direct connect to our historic past. You don't really understand the scale of things, the technology, the human effort that went creating and deploying and maintaining such a thing, the discipline it must have take to keep such a thing in fighting form. I think they have done a great job of maintaining the ship and make it open and accessible to the public. Especially the kids. As we lose more and more WWII veterans, the USS New Jersey will become a more and more valuable link to the past.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The volunteers and staff of the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial are doing a fantastic job preserving, restoring, and interpreting the ship for current and future generations. In 2001 the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial opened for tours on the Camden Waterfront. More than a million visitors have toured the ship over the past 15 years. The ship is directly across the river from Philadelphia, which hosts approximately 40 million tourists each year and is home to the USS Olympia, the oldest steel warship still afloat in the world. Today the New Jersey continues her ongoing mission – to teach the public the history and workings of this great ship, and the stories of the tens of thousands of Sailors and Marines who proudly served onboard from 1943 to 1991. Sometimes visitors hear those stories directly from the source – there are many former crewmembers who serve as tour guides, docents, and volunteers. The Battleship’s self-guided audio tours also feature crewmember stories, and the Museum has recorded the stories of more than 300 veterans through its ongoing Oral History program. The Battleship is also a fantastic resource for teaching kids about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The New Jersey was a technological marvel when she was launched, and even in the 1980s and 90s she was equipped with state of the art weapons systems. The Battleship gives visitors guided and self-guided tours. One of the ways the museum seeks to educate visitors is by allowing them to “touch history.” Unlike some museum ships that put most of their spaces behind Plexiglas, the New Jersey lets visitors get up close and personal with the Ship. You can aim her .50 caliber machine guns. You can operate a hoist to take a 16” shell up to the gun house from the shell deck. You can load powder bags onto the hoists. You can even pull the trigger to fire the 16” guns (simulated, of course.) The ship has special events throughout the year, like World War II Victory Day and Vietnam War Living History Day. The Battleship offers group tours, many of which are taken by area schoolchildren. The ship can host any kind of event, like weddings, retirement parties, birthdays, book clubs, you name it. And the ship has an award winning overnight program. Groups of any size – from as small as one adult and one child, to as large as 250 adults and kids – can spend the night on the Battleship, sleeping in the bunks used by sailors, and eating dinner and breakfast in the mess hall. For one night, you can experience a taste of what life was like for Sailors and Marines on the ship.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

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Where is the 2010 990? Also this organization has failed to file with the NJ State Charities Unit of the State Attorney General's Office since 2008 and has been deemed "non-compliant" to collect any donations under the Charitable Registration & Investigation Act of 1994. The museum is currently closed and under investigation by several government agencies and the CEO has testified to the NY State Senate Budget Committee in March of 2011 that with the lose of $1.74 million in State Aid (which they did loose), they would be insolvent and close by this past Fall. They also have a $900,000 loan they cannot repay that is not going to be guaranteed anymore and will be likely called in.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Somewhat badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

All of the Home Port Alliance's 990s are current as required by the IRS. The Organization is current and compliant with the NJ State Charities Unit. The Museum is open seven days a week and received $1.4 million from the State of New Jersey in 2015 (the third year in a row the ship has received State funding.) The $900,000 loan was never defaulted on, and payments on the loan are current. The comment from 01/30/2012 was posted by Christopher von Zwehl, who in 2012 was President of a now defunct organization called the USS New Jersey Battleship Foundation, which was advocating a plan to move the ship to Liberty State Park. That plan has since been abandoned. Philip P. Rowan, Executive Director and CEO Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer curatorial support specialist aboard Battleship New Jersey Musuem and Memorial for nearly ten years, I have grown to appreciate what a great educational and heritage resource the ship represents. The experience of the ship is a complate and accurate presentation of what Navy life is all about, even today. The sights, the sounds, the presentation all represent how the ship appeared to the sailors who served in her. During my most enjoyable efforts in helping restore the ship likness of the power it represented during her sea service, I was able to create displays and restored systems that presented her in her true fashion and helped clarify what the visitors take away from Battleship New Jersey. Though experiencing severe economic hardships the splendid staff has perservered and maintains the her in great fashion. As I said before, Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial represents a priceless example of the technology and industry of the people who built and the era she was consructed in.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Observing how the restored systems performed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I really don't believe that the organization needs to be changed.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a student of history I was thrilled to walk the decks of the USS New Jersey, imagining myself on the high seas on the far reaches of the globe. It's one thing to read about the battles, admirals, and sailors of the past, but it's another to actually reach out and touch the sides of the heavily armored main gun turrets with their 50 foot barrels overhead.

This ship is well located and easily accessible from the nearby expressways, and the shore facilities, gift shop and dock present a clean and modern appearance. I opted for the "self tour" and followed the guide signs along the deck. All seagoing ships need constant maintenance, and there were several maintenance projects in process, and was actually glad to see that work was being done so that future visits would be possible. The wooden decks must be the hardest thing to maintain, as they were very different from what I read about.

There are many areas available to tour in the interior of the ship, and I enjoyed sitting in the Admiral's chair up on the bridge, and touring the officer's quarters and other crew areas. I'd love to see some more audio visual support to recreate the on-board experience, perhaps a recording of some typical sounds and announcements over the ship's squawk boxes (PA). We finished up by having a snack in the crew's mess, nothing special but very adequate. A nice option would have been some "period" food.

This vessel is more than just thousands of tons of steel. It is a reminder to the new generations that the world has experienced huge clashes between civilizations, and this ship defended the country and the freedoms every American citizen enjoys today. If not for ships like this and courageous sailors to man them our world would be very different today, and not in a good way. I think it is important to remind the younger generations that this country's existence is not a given and has to be earned.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Public tour guides, gift shop personnel. All were friendly an helpful.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It is a very rewarding experience as is, I'm sure with additional financial backing more could be done. Maintenance is most important, but when that is under control perhaps additional on-shore support facilities would be nice. Technology today may allow some interesting experience re-creations.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

Website

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a Midshipman in 1956 I had the pleasure of sailing on the New Jersey. It was the first Navy ship that I was ever on and my memories of being aboard and traveling to Europe and seeing those big guns fire shall always be remembered.
When she was coming home to Camden, I knew that I had to get involved.
I have been a Docent volunteer for eight years, a Board member for three years and a donor to help preserve the ship and its history. I truly enjoy giving tours on the ship and sharing the ship's history with others; particularly the young school children and the many foreigners who spend a day of their vacation and, or, business trips to visit the ship. Everyone marvels at her size and her condition (maintained by volunteers),
Visiting the Battleship New Jersey is an experience that I wish for everyone.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This ship is a part of our history over a period of fifty years and provides a wonderful learning experience for all who visit her.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to attract more donors so we can open up more of the ship to the public

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Fourth Grade teacher who brings her class annually to the Battleship New Jersey every spring. The students love to visit the ship and learn the history behind her. Mr. Jack Willard does an excellent job with public relations and working with groups who want to schedule this trip. The volunteer docents are typically patient and very knowledgeable about their ship and their job. They are definitely underpaid for all the work that they do while providing quality education to those who come aboard.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By bringing my classes to the ship and having first hand contact with those who volunteer their time and energy without complaint.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't know that I would change anything. They do all they can to make this trip as best as possible.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The "Big J", is living history. This most decorated battleship in World War Two is a lesson in Naval history from the sailor's bunks to Admiral Halsey's quarters. You can see it all on a single visit from the anchor chains on the bow to the helicopters on the stern, and the electronic "war room" from which the guns and rockets were controlled. It is truly an amazing ship in pristine condition, with veteran docents to escort you through.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have taken hundreds of groups, old and young, through this magnificent ship.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more money.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer on the Battleship New Jersey for approximately 2 years conducting daytime tours for visitors as well as tours for our encampment program. Last year we had close to 18,000 campers who ate, slept and went on tour on the Battleship.

I have participated in various programs honoring our past and present military such as the promotion of James H. Rodman Jr from Captain to Rear Admiral.

As is Gettysburg a memorial to our hero veterans, the Battleship New Jersey is a interactive, living memorial to our veterans and we strive to keep their memory alive by our programs and activities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

promoting and describing the role the ship and the men that fought on her to our visitors.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

work to spread the word and promote support of the endeavors of our crew on the Battleship.

 
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