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Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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John B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Those of us who are former crewmembers of the Big J served on her with immense pride while she was on active duty. As a New Jersey resident, the prospect of having my former ship become a museum here in her namesake state was exciting, only topped by the actual experience of taking the tours with the amazingly well-trained and knowledgeable volunteers. Each year seems to bring new areas available for tours, allowing me and other former crew to relive memories and take pride in what we and our nation accomplished when these behomoths were built. The fact that this ship is still here widening the eyes of tourists in amazement is a tribute to the volunteers and staff of the Battleship New Jersey. I've toured the others around the country as well, and this one's the best!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5


The Battleship New Jersey served in more wars (4) than any other ship of any kind in the USA. It has been successfully broadcasting the importance of this ship to the winning of peace during its 48 year history since docking in Camden on Veterans Day 1999. Volunteers have been utilizing various skills to keep the battleship in suitable condition so that hundreds of docents can conduct tours throughout the day and during the encampments at night. Young boys and girls, as well as numerous adults have learned important facts about our country that they would otherwise never learn.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Battleship New Jersey is a museum everyone should pay tribute to, such an important period of history comes alive within its massive steel structure. I had the privelege and honor to come aboard with my son for an overnight adventure through the encampment program. The tour was full of surprises and little known information was unveiled about what life was like for our sailors during WWII. We got to participate in the "chow line"and were fed a delicious meal before it was time for "taps" and off to our bunks. An education for all ages, don't miss this one!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Battleship New Jersey is the largest battleship ever built and the most decorated battleship in the history of the US Navy. Berthed in Camden, NJ, the New Jersey offers tours, group discounts, events and a nationally recognized overnight program.

They need money to replace the teak decking, but the rest of the ship is incredible. Whether you take a guided tour with a docent, or do a self-guided audio tour, you will fall in love with this ship. It is amzing how the ship is presented.

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