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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

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Midshipman cruise in 1956, retired navy, bd member/docent
The gray ghost is a wonderful tribute to all of those who served on all ships. It shows the good and not so good of navy life aboard ship. It is a wonderful place for a tour with audio and knowledgeable personnel to answer your questions.
Visit the New Jersey and increase your history knowledge about the U S Navy.

Harry K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Battleship New Jersey is something else entirely. It's a place in which 20th century America comes to life, from World War II right through the 1980s. All interveningdecades are represented on the ship. Therefore, a visit to the Battleship New Jersey is like a walk backwards through time--to the era of our parents and grandparents. I believe that this is its greatest feature, and is certainly something that should be experienced by people of all ages.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer on the Battleship New Jersey. Not to be biased but, it's an amazing piece of history! Everyone should visit at least once to learn about the legacy of this proud ship!! They don't teach this stuff in school anymore, so take the kids and watch their eyes light up. It's very much worth the trip.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer on the Battleship since 2001. My first volunteer day was my birthday, Monday, April 30th, a day when I told the boss I needed a mental health day and off I went to the ship. On my first day I met some really great people like Admiral Thomas Seigenthaler, Bob Walters and Jack Shaw. I spent part of that day chipping water damaged floor tiles off the deck on the mess decks and the other part removing masking paper from passageways that had just been painted. After just one visit I was hooked, and here I am now, 15 years later, with over 500 volunteer days under my belt!

My first few visits to the ship were spent painting, cleaning and helping get areas ready for the public. Then one day I heard about a group of volunteers led by a guy named Bruce Williams who were focusing on restoring the bright work on the ship. Bright work in navy jargon means brass fixtures of all sizes and shapes and when a ship is in commission the crew keeps the bright work shining as a matter of pride in their ship. For most enlisted guys who served on the ship it would have been busy work or perhaps extra duty, but for me and my fellow volunteers it was a chance to carry on the tradition and keep the brass shining for all that visit her to see. When it comes to brass the battleship is a target rich environment, there is brass everywhere, and keeping it shining is a full time job.

Today the majority of my volunteer days are Saturdays where I work with about a dozen or so dedicated fellow members of the ships Brass Team to keep the bright work shining. Like me, most of the gang has been there from the beginning, we have a great group to work with. Over the years I’ve been involved in numerous special projects and through donations I’ve helped: establish the ships memorial kiosk, which lists information about the ships former crew members; procure the token machine and commemorative tokens that are part of our highly successful fund raising Wishing Well onboard; and most recently donating funds and labor to help get the ships whistle to work after being silent since 1990. Check out a video at http://www.courierpostonline.com/videos/news/local/south-jersey/2016/10/18/92390888/. I’m just an old Army guy who has fallen in a big way for an old Navy Battleship, and I’ll continue to make the 320 mile round trip from Virginia on Saturdays to work with my fellow Brass Team members to keep her looking good as long as I am able.

If you live in the area, have some free time on Saturdays, and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, I encourage you to come down and spend a day or two with us, we can use all the help we can get. If you live further away (don’t forget I make the drive from Reston, VA) and can’t join us in person, then please consider joining us in another way. You can become a member at various levels; or you can make a tax deductible cash donation to help us raise money to replace the teak decking on the ship, even buying items from the ships store helps support the ship. Information on how you can help can be found on the Battleships official website. I too have a website that I started in 2001 where I've posted photos of the various restoration projects I’ve been involved with, if you want to take a look go to www.ussnewjersey.com. We are so fortunate to have the Navy’s most decorated battleship open to the public right here in Camden, NJ, thanks in advance for any support you can provide to help us with her ongoing maintenance and restoration efforts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When asked the question 'What do you do now that you are retired I proudly reply "I am a volunteer and member of the restoration crew aboard the Battleship New Jersey." Their response "Wow, our family toured the Battleship New Jersey and enjoyed every moment of our visit, and learned so much! What a great history! What a great ship." As a volunteer I want to thank all those involved in keeping the legacy of the Battleship New Jersey BB62 alive, and that includes our volunteers, our staff, our contributors, but especially all our veterans and those that served aboard the Battleship New Jersey BB62. "Job WELL DONE USN 1959-63!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for 3 years working with the Ham radio club. I've seen many family groups visiting and asking questions and having a super time.

The ship provides a view of how many of our veterans lived and served in the past. There are a number of battleship museum ships, but the amount areas open to the public, and the effort by the Home Port Alliance to make them enjoyable and accessible exceeds them all!

In today's world of technical magic, the Battle Ship New Jersey museum ships gives a view of an older technology and what can be done with skillful engineering - without computers!

Alan R.
RM2 USN 1960-1969

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer aboard the ship for over 10 years. The crew works very hard on restoration, demonstration and customer satisfaction in keeping with the highest Standards of The USN. The ship and exhibits have come a very long way since its opening and the care that is taken of the ship is unmatched. Their Encampment Program is second to none and continues to be a great success. It has been nothing less then a privilege and an honor to serve aboard with these fine people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had been a volunteer on the Battleship for over 10 1/2 years & have enjoyed every minute.
I have not been able to participate for awhile due to illness, but miss it & hope to get back.

Harry Engleman

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the most rewarding expieriences in my life is the honor of serving as a volunteer on the Battleship New Jersey. Many of the volunteers served in the United States Navy and the extent of their knowledge of the ship's systems and their ability to envision and design simulations of those systems is truly amazing. The staff from the Curator on down is dedicated to making the USS New Jersey a living museum with constant restoration projects underway from restoring the ships horn to reactivating all the status lights on broadway and constantly bringing more compartments on line for viewing by the ship's guests while always maintaining historical accuracy.

Some of the volunteers actually served on the USS New Jersey. The machine and hull tech shops are still in use for ship repair overseen by a Navy Veteran who served in those very compartments. Listening to him recount stories of his years aboard as he machines a necessary part is a step back to a period when the ship was underway in the defense of our country and a truly rewarding expierience.

I encourage everyone I meet to visit the most decorated Battleship in Navy history, I know the will not be disappointed.

Jim
BB62 Volunteer

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Battleship is amazing. My Great Uncle worked on her when she was built. It is a wonderful piece of American History and I was proud to be able to volunteer and work with such great people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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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.

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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

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar