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Hundreds Attend Rally to Keep Battleship New Jersey At Its Camden Berth

By Paul Kurtz

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — Supporters of the Battleship New Jersey museum held a rally today in support of keeping the vessel on the Delaware riverfront in Camden, NJ.

The crew gave a demonstration of the old battleship’s awesome firepower, but you could also interpret it as a shot across the bow for those who want to move the New Jersey north to a new home in Liberty State Park, in northern New Jersey.

“The Battleship New Jersey belongs in the City of Camden and South Jersey,” Camden mayor Dana Redd told the cheering crowd.  “Will you join us in this fight?”

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(A trumpeter plays the National Anthem in front of the 12" guns of the Battleship New Jersey. Credit: Paul Kurtz)


Phil Rowan, president of the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, says a North Jersey group has engaged in a letter-writing and publicity campaign, claiming the museum is in violation of its Navy contract.

“They think that because of some of the financial issues we’ve gone through and some of the attendance issues, they think it’s ripe for them  to try to pull the ship up there now,” he told KYW Newsradio, “but that’s not going to happen.”

Rowan says they’ve come up with a new plan for fundraising and marketing the ship, and are looking forward to a successful summer tourist season.


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  • Ed Bilger

    Thanks John for the info. Most main batteries for capital ships during WWII never were below 15″.
    I was the trumpeter. Ed Bilger, Deputy Executive Director for Bugles Across America. I’ve been a casual volunteer as bugler since 2002. It is an honor to play on “Big J”.

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  • John Collier

    Reference your picture with the trumpeter, the battleship NJ was armed with 16″ naval guns, not 12″. The secondary guns were 5″. There were no 12″ guns on the Iowa class battleship

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