I am a Battleship Wisconsin Veteran and the crew on the Battleship New Jersey is VERY knowledgeable about the Big"J". I am impressed!!
I have worked aboard the former USS New Jersey for 12+ years as a Tour Guide, Encampment Assistant and Gun Crew Member. It has a great crew both during the day and the Encampments. From the CEO and Staff, Plank owners, Tour Guides,Watch Officers etc we all work very hard to keep her clean and orderly for our guests and try to insure they have the most positive, pleasant experience when they visit this ship. We take great pride and caring in everything we do to help support this great piece of history. It has been nothing but a privilege and an honor to serve aboard with this fine crew as we look forward to the future. If you have not visited us, I strongly recommend that you do with your families and enjoy the historical greatness of this Legendary ship.
The Battleship New Jersey is a wonderful historic US Navy ship for the family to tour. You can walk about the ship on a self guided tour with an audio phone system which tells you all about the ship in wonderful detail. Also available is a wonderful tour of the Turret 2 which allows you to go deep into the ship below the turret into the powder magazines, shell decks and even gun plot where the guns are controlled by analog computers. The Battleship NJ is a must visit experience.
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.
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
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.
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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