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GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (March 20, 2024)(CNBNews)--On Thursday, March 21st, parking along the east side of King St., from Market St. to Jersey Ave, will be prohibited from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Highway Department will post “No Parking” signs along King St. on Tuesday, March 19th. 

UPDATE--On Thursday, March 21st, there will be no parking along the east side of King St, from Market St. to Jersey Ave. The parking restrictions will be from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Highway Department will post “No Parking” signs along King St. on Tuesday, March 19th.


CORRECTION: It has been brought to our attention that the ship will be ballasted with 2,000 TONS of water (about 500,000 gallons) to level her enough to enter the dry dock.

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CAMDEN CITY, NJ (March 10, 2024)(CNBNews)--The historic Battleship New Jersey will be moved to the Port of Paulsboro next week to be prepared for dry docking at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.


The following is from a press release.

The Battleship will be guided by tug boats from McAllister Towing.  The ship will be turned around, head south under the Walt Whitman Bridge towards the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard at Dry Dock #3, where the USS New Jersey was built during the late 1930s and launched from on Dec. 7, 1942.

The dry dock project is vital for the Battleship’s longevity, and as the most decorated Battleship in U.S. history, she deserves a proper sendoff that celebrates her decades of service. Join us and honor her legacy.  See below for details on Dry Dock Guided Tours, a Departure Celebration on the Pier, a cruise with the Battleship on the Spirit of Philadelphia and more!

To support this project, go to: DONATE to Drydock


According to Marshall Spevak, Interim CEO of Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, on Thursday, March 21, the historic ship will leave its present home in Camden City and relocate to the Paulsboro marine terminal. Once there, it will be prepared for dry-docking at the Philadelphia Naval Yard on Wednesday, March 27.


“The ship leaves Camden City at 12:10 p.m. on the 21st, and it should take about 4 hours or so to get to Paulsboro. The tow is a little over 6 miles,” said Spevak.


We’re going to Paulsboro to ballast the ship. We’ll add 2000 lbs of water into the tanks in the ship’s bow to trim her out before we head to the dry dock. What does that mean? In Leyman’s terms, the front of the ship is several feet higher than the back. The ship must be even when she sits on the blocks in the dry dock,” he said.


Spevak said, “The Battleship will travel under a United States Coast Guard security perimeter. The river will not be closed, but cargo ships and other boats will be required to stay clear of us.”


Spevak has been a Trustee of the Battleship since 2016 and has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the past three years. He joined the Battleship full-time, taking a leave of absence as a partner at the Advocacy & Management Group (AMG) – one of Trenton’s top government relations and communications firms. He plans to return to AMG later in the spring of 2024 upon the ship’s return to Camden and the appointment of a permanent CEO.


“It’s the honor of a lifetime to step into this role, especially at this moment in the Battleship’s history,” said Marshall Spevak, “I look forward to helping the Battleship navigate the dry docking process – the most significant project since she returned to the shores of New Jersey 23 years ago. It is critical that we keep the Battleship New Jersey afloat as both a museum and memorial for future generations.”




USS New Jersey (BB-62), 1943-1999

USS New Jersey, a 45,000-ton Iowa class battleship, was built at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania. Commissioned in May 1943, she spent the rest of that year in the western Atlantic and Caribbean area. New Jersey went to the Pacific in early 1944 and conducted her first combat operations in support of the Marshalls invasion. She was Fifth Fleet flagship during the mid-February raid on the Japanese base at Truk, where she used her guns to sink one enemy ship and join in sinking another. Through the rest of 1944, she took part in raids on Japanese-held islands, the Marianas invasion and Battle of Philippine Sea, the Battle of Leyte Gulf and operations against the Philippines. From August 1944, she was flagship of Admiral William F. Halsey's Third Fleet.


New Jersey continued her Pacific combat operations into 1945, supporting the invasions of Iwo Jima and the Ryukyus. Following overhaul, she again became Fifth Fleet flagship during the final days of World War II and remained in the Far East until early 1946. She went to the Atlantic in 1947 and made one midshipmen's training cruise to Europe before decommissioning in June 1948.


The Korean War brought New Jersey back into commission in November 1950. Two Korean combat tours in 1951 and 1953 were punctuated by a European cruise in the Summer of 1952. After returning home from the western Pacific in late 1953, New Jersey operated in the Atlantic. She deployed to Mediterranean and European waters twice in 1955-56 and was placed out of commission in August 1957.


USS New Jersey was the only battleship recalled to duty during the Vietnam War. She recommissioned in April 1968 and arrived off Southeast Asia in September. From then until April 1969, she conducted frequent bombardments along the South Vietnamese coast. While preparing for a second Vietnam tour, she was ordered inactivated and decommissioned in December 1969.


The early 1980s defense buildup produced a fourth active period for New Jersey, beginning with her recommissioning in December 1982. She again fired her big guns in combat during the Lebanon crisis of 1983-84 and deployed to the western Pacific in 1986 and 1989-90, with the latter cruise extending to the Persian Gulf area. Decommissioned again in February 1991, USS New Jersey was towed from the Pacific to the Atlantic in 1999. She is now a museum at Camden, New Jersey.