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Cold Iron Watch Still Needs Lots of Cash

The Battleship New Jersey Museum in Camden, New Jersey has been the caretaker of the retired Iowa-class battlewagon USS New Jersey (BB-62) for the past 20 years, picking up the legendary ship after its 4th stint in mothballs. The museum normally has 92 staff, mostly part-time guides and giftshop clerks whose hours peak in summer (May-Sept), while 10 full-time maintenance and security personnel operate year-round.

The thing is, 2020 wasn’t a normal year and the vessel is closed to the public at least until March.

Further, they have a dire revenue shortfall due to COVID lockdowns. No tours = no cash. 

And it’s not Uncle Sam’s problem. In other words, lots of pork in the COVID relief bills but not a dollar for historic battleships. 

We had to cancel several of our major revenue-generating programs, including group tours, special events, and overnights. Due to the closures and elimination of programs, the ship has lost over $1.5 million this past year.

Unfortunately, our expenses do not stop. As much as we have cut back in personnel and energy usage, we still have required expenses to maintain and preserve the World’s Greatest Battleship. Below is a list of some of the expenses the ship incurs on a weekly basis:

• Gas & Electric (in energy savings mode) $7,238 or $1,034 per day
• Liability & Property Insurance $3,500 or $500 per day
• Maintenance $5,754 or $822 per day
• Security $3,500 or $500 per day
• Curatorial & Education $4,585 or $655 per day

The Battleship needs to raise $56,176 or $3,511 per day to cover the above costs through the end of the year.
We need your help now! Please consider making a donation to the Battleship, or becoming a Member, or even purchasing a gift from the online Ship’s Store this Holiday Season.

The Battleship New Jersey has answered the call to defend our nation since World War II. Now we ask you to answer the call and support our nation’s most decorated battleship.

Donations to help the Battleship New Jersey can be made through:

Online:
http://www.battleshipnewjersey.org/give

Mail:
Battleship New Jersey
62 Battleship Place
Camden, NJ 08103

A minute for the USS New Jersey

Ryan Szimanski, the curator of the USS Battleship New Jersey Museum in Camden, has recently been making a ton of lo-fi videos on YouTube with lots of great information about not only the Black Dragon but battlewagons in general. However, there is a problem on the horizon.

Facing closure in September, the museum needs to raise $20,000 to continue educating the public online over the next six months. As of yesterday, they were a little over halfway there. With that in mind, if you have a dollar or two…

Black Dragon in need of some help

From the now 76-year-old Battleship New Jersey (BB-62) Museum in Camden, NJ:

New Jersey looking for volunteers

New Jersey looking for volunteers…

The Battleship is looking for volunteers to help restore more than 40,000 square feet of teak deck, which is rotted in some places and completely missing in others.

If you would like to help restore the deck of The World’s Greatest Battleship, please email support@battleshipnewjersey.org or call (856) 966-1652, Extension 127.

Battleship sailors just did it better

Foxtrtot Alpha found a gem from a 2008 issue of the Jerseyman, the journal of the USS New Jersey (BB-62) association.

New Jersey, a member of the four-ship Iowa class fast battleships– arguably the most advanced all-gun warships in history, had a couple of unique claims to fame. One, she was the only ship of the class that was reactivated for Vietnam, the other three ships taking an extended 25+ year mothball nap between the end of the Korean conflict and their 1980s Cold War reactivation.

Second, she had not one, but two swimming pools.

bb62 pools

Yup, converted from the battlewagon’s forward quad 40mm Bofors tubs, the ship had a pair of rather decent swimming pools to help with some underway MW&R while in Southeast Asia.

From the Jerseyman:

jerseyman bb62 pools
“Some of the gun tubs —left empty when the 40mm antiaircraft guns were removed during reactivation still remained in place. Snyder directed that two of them in the superstructure be painted light blue inside, and he dubbed them swimming pools. Once he had a pool filled and then playfully donned his swimming trunks and rode an air mattress atop the water.”

Now that’s a swimcall.