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Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey, Inc.

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Historical Organizations, History Museums

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.

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a former crew member, September 1967 to December 1969, I find that the Home Port Alliance has done an outstanding job of presenting the ship as it was when operating. I am impressed with the state of preservation. My only disappointment is in the wooden decks. I know that they are trying to raise funds to replace the decks and I support that. I understand that the State of New Jersey is once again contributing some funds for the upkeep, but they could certainly do more.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderfully presented exhibit...you can almost feel the roll of the ship when it was in the typhoon, smell the sweat of crews who fought with no air conditioning in the South Pacific during WWII...the admission price is very fair and the staff is wonderful and quite informed as to the ship's hostory

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Washington Township, Morris County, NJ Veterans Post 1776 visited the Battleship and had an absolutely great time! Our group consisted of Navy and Army Veterans, and our guide, Keith Nitka, who is a member of our Post and a former Battleship sailor from the Wisconsin, just gave us a great tour with so many pieces of incredible information. We all were in awe of the sophisticated electronics and scope of capabilities and fire power. It was truly an honor for all of us to walk on the same decks as true heroes from the past did. Absolutely great day for the Vets! Would recommend this to all so that we never forget our history.
Charlie (Chuck) Dauchert, Viet Nam Veteran

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Visited many times. Always see and learn something new about the USS New Jersey or one of the other Iowa class Battleships. Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you Big "J"

2 Barbara274

Volunteer

Rating: 5

God bless all of those who servrd the Big J and the USA.

1 Abraham F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A great piece of American history in my own back yard.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Battleship New Jersey is the most decorated Battleship in all of US history. It has an outstanding camp program which serves 10,000 a year. Over the years we have restored and reopened large parts of the ship. We mark events with the sound of the Salute Cannon.
More of the New Jersey is open to the public than any other Iowa class battleship.
Over the years, over 300 volunteers have helped to restore the New Jersey.

2 Jay_54

Board Member

Rating: 5

A unique and amazing memorial and museum. The access within the battleship is unparalleled to get a first hand understanding of how the ship operated and how the crew worked and lived. The USS New Jersey played a significant role in US history extending from WWII through the 1980's. A visit should not be missed.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to visit the battleship with my father-in-law who is a Vietnam Veteran back when I was in the Air Force. What struck me was the knowledge and friendliness of the staff, and the amount of the ship that was available to tour. These factors combined to make our visit to the New Jersey one of our favorite museum ship visits, and we definitely recommended it to all of our family when they come to visit.

1 Amy_S2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 10-year-old son played a 9/11 Memorial and Burial at Sea event on the USS New Jersey during one of the hottest days of the summer. The employees were so accommodating and supplied us with ample free water and shade the best they could to keep us from fainting or getting dehydrated until the service was over. They even offered us a free private tour, but we were drenched in sweat so declined. We'll definitely go back to see the entire ship.

2 Jim_172

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We took the Turret II tour and the self paced, walking tour. The self-paced tour was very fun and showed us most of the ship and explained how things worked. Plus, you can sit in Admiral Halsey's bridge wing chair.

Take the guided tour of the gun turret, if at all possible. You will learn details of what made the IOWA class battleships so potent & deadly. I felt like a little kid at Christmas.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A tour of this incredible piece of history is a must! To walk in where Admirals, Captains and the crew once lived is an amazing experience. I was there when a school group visited the Battleship and to see the kids faces at the size of the ship was unforgettable. The audio device offered great stories by USS New Jersey veterans, sound effects and narration that explained the ship's weapons and how the crew lived aboard her. I truly recommend this unique experience!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Battleship New Jersey is truly an American icon. As noteworthy to our Nation's history as any battlefield...foreign or domestic. USS New Jersey helped win and persevere the peace in four wars, and during her final time in commission, she contributed to the fall of Communist Russia in the late 1980's.
While her day's of patrolling the ocean's of the world are over, her imposing presence on the Delaware River, close to where she was built, gives visitors an opportunity to experience first hand what it must to have been like to serve on the most powerful class of battleships ever to go to sea.
The staff, supported by hundreds of dedicated volunteers, have transformed battleship New Jersey into a most impressive museum and memorial. We welcome everyone to come and experience first hand the might and majesty of this venerable grey lady. You won't be disappointed.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

i recently had a tour with 56 Navy Veterans on the Battleship New Jersey and it was wonderful I have probably toured about 30 museum ships around the country and find your ship has the best trained guides of any that i have seen. Many guides seem to wing it at many ships but I understand your method requires approval of the content of what they are telling the visitors I think that is great.

Our group[ was broken up into groups of 18 or so , each with its own guide. the reports I got back from the groups was all positive about the knowledge that was presented. my guide had complete knowledge of the ship and presented it in a superb presentation manner. The condition of the ship was excellent and I would recommend a vyoung or old.
Anthony Accatatta, USS Harwood DD-861 Reunion Association

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had a great tour on The Battleship New Jersey. The docents were very helpful and the ship is an amazing piece iff history. They are the only battleship with a working gun powder bag hoist and feeder !

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

1 kb2adl

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar