I have always been fascinated with the Battleship New Jersey. I consider myself a history buff, so what was not to be infatuated with? The most decorated warship in US Naval history, and the largest to boot! When I finally got to step onto the ship and take the tour, I was blown away by the sheer power the Big J exudes. The staff was phenomenal in their knowledge and apparent passion for the Battleship. What an experience.
My visit to the battleship was wonderful, the staff was kind and so knowledgeable! They were able to answer all of my questions and then some, and the tour itself was so interesting. I came back to visit during their New Years Eve celebration and was amazed at the view of the fireworks that could be seen from the dock of the ship. I will definitely return, and would recommend a trip to the Battleship New Jersey to anyone in the area.
What a thrill it was to come aboard USS New Jersey! She is an enormous, yet graceful warship. You get this impression of menace, 16" batteries will do that, but she's undeniably beautiful. The tour was first rate, with a friendly and highly knowledgeable guide. The ship is well maintained and clean. It was great fun!
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
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.
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.
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!
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 !
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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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.
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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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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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