April 20, 1989 |
The USS Iowa spent half its life in mothballs at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, where its great gray form became as much a riverfront landmark as the bridges spanning the Delaware. Bristling with cannon, the battleship Iowa is at once threatening and majestic. Painted dark gray, most of its 887-foot length is decked in well- scrubbed wood. It is one of four remaining ships of the Iowa class, the largest battleships ever built by the United States, weighing 58,000 tons and armed with nine 16-inch guns capable of hurling shells the weight of a compact car as far as 25 miles.
April 1, 1992 |
Taps were sounded. Old Glory was brought down. With veterans of three wars paying tribute yesterday, the USS Missouri, America's last active battleship, was retired. The ship where Japan formally surrendered in 1945, and that pounded Iraqi forces during the Persian Gulf war, was decommissioned because of defense cuts and a diminished Soviet threat. "It's sad," Bob Schwenk, one of the sailors of her past, said softly, blinking away the tears. "They won't bring her back again," said Schwenk, who was on the ship for Japan's surrender.
October 19, 1999 |
Silently, gracefully, the mammoth gray battleship USS New Jersey floated between two high walls of scarred, blackened concrete in the Panama Canal with just six inches of space on either side, moving slower than a stroller on a Sunday afternoon. After a few minutes, the quick, low-pitched grind of iron scraping concrete came from its left side. Then a puff of white smoke, as the covers over the holes in the ship's hull burned. Canal workers tightened the steel cables tied between the ship and small locomotives ("mules")
April 20, 1986 |
Amid concerns over budgetary red ink, the Navy is planning to take the battleship Missouri on a nearly 1,000-mile round trip for a recommissioning ceremony next month - at a cost that outraged congressional critics say could run as high as $5 million. At the May 10 ceremony in San Francisco, the World War II ship, on which Japan formally surrendered to the United States, will be welcomed back into the active fleet. Navy officials say the ceremony will cost no more than any other warship commissioning.
October 13, 2000 |
The group working to turn the USS New Jersey into a museum has chosen a Camden firm to design the pier for the battleship on the city's waterfront. The Home Port Alliance's board decided at a special meeting Wednesday night to award the contract of more than $200,000 to S.T. Hudson Engineers Inc., a firm with a background in pier and waterfront construction. David McGuigan, the board's president, said design work for the 600-foot, T-shaped pier should take about 2 1/2 months.
August 8, 2001 |
The group working to turn the USS New Jersey into a museum will decide this evening if it will have to postpone the planned Labor Day weekend opening for the battleship because Tropical Storm Barry has delayed a shipment of mooring piles. A tug pulling the four 110-foot steel piles from Houston resumed its journey to Camden yesterday after spending four days in safe harbor in Pascagoula, Miss. Weather permitting, the tug should arrive in 12 or 13 days, but it was not clear if that would leave enough time for the piles to be driven into the riverbed and for the tons of concrete that will be poured into them to cure.
September 14, 2001 |
The USS New Jersey will not be towed to its permanent home near the Tweeter Center in Camden on Sunday, as had been scheduled. Because of the attacks on New York and Washington, the Coast Guard will not be available to guide the battleship up the Delaware River from the Broadway Terminal of the South Jersey Port Corp. to its new home. Members of the Home Port Alliance board of directors voted unanimously Wednesday night to proceed with the towing but were told yesterday that the Coast Guard could not provide the escort required to clear river traffic.
September 10, 1998 |
The war over the battleship USS New Jersey ends today in Trenton as a state panel decides which city the vessel will call home. But just hours before the vote, Camden and Jersey City learned they may already be losers. The ship may have already sailed - to Bayonne. An internal report for the battleship commission recommends that the warship be docked in Bayonne, a local newspaper reported yesterday. The report was compiled before the commission's second visit to Camden on Aug. 28, according to the Courier-Post.
January 21, 2000 |
The Delaware River waterfront has won a timeless prize: The great battleship New Jersey will dock forever in Camden, near the old Philadelphia shipyard where she was built. A long tug-of-war over the World War II-vintage ship ended yesterday as Navy Secretary Richard Danzig chose the South Jersey city over Bayonne, in North Jersey, as the final port for the decorated veteran of four wars. The 887-foot warship, now sealed up at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, will be turned into a naval museum - a draw to tourists and residents on both sides of the river.
October 6, 2001 |
The USS New Jersey will open for public tours on Oct. 15, a day after an official ceremony commissioning the battleship for duty as a memorial and museum. Ticket prices will be $10 for adults and $7 for seniors, children under 12, and veterans with identification. Members of the armed forces in uniform will be admitted free. On Thursday, Camden County Surrogate Patricia Jones, cochairwoman of the Home Port Alliance, said all tickets would probably be sold in advance to avoid long lines.