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Camden is a city just across the Delaware river from Philadelphia. Camden is somewhat rundown and depressed, not unlike Harrisburg today and Baltimore 20 years ago.

Efforts at revitalization include the redevelopment of the riverfront: there is an aquarium, a concert venue (the Tweeter Center), and the surreal presence of a huge historical battleship moored in the city.

The USS New Jersey had a long career before turning into a tourist attraction. It saw action in the Pacific during WWII, then during the Korea and Vietnam conflicts.

Mothballed between 1969 and 1980, the battleship was subsequently updated to carry missiles and sent to Lebanon and to the Gulf War, before being finally decommissioned in 1991.

Visiting the Battleship New Jersey is most impressive. Although the ship is huge, the men worked and lived in cramped stations: again and again you must watch your step and watch your head. For me this was the revelation of the visit, the contrast between the awesome might symbolized and delivered by the battleship, and the human, almost subhuman size of all the fittings aboard. Working in such surroundings under pressure must have entailed extraordinary organization.

  • Last visit to Camden: Jul 2005
  • Intro Updated May 26, 2008
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  • May 4, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    I proudly served aboard the USE New Jersey, or as we called her, the "Big J," from 1983 until 1988. Of the ships that I served aboard, the New Jersey was by far my favorite. She was so big and so heavy that even in stormy high seas she rode them like a big Cadillac Limo. I will never forget the boys and men that made up the crew of the most awsome ship that ever sailed the seven seas. Myself and many others were only 17 years old when we first walked her beautiful teak wood decks with all of her might. She was and will always be a mighty war machine boasting 9 16" guns, 12 5" guns, 32 Tomahawk Cruise Missile Launchers, 32 Harpoon Missile Launchers, 4 Phalanx Gatlin Guns, and 4 .50 caliber Machine Gun Mounts. With all of that fire power, and her 16" thick steel hull, she still sat so majestically in the water. She is a true work of art and American engineering and deserves to be taken care of and admired for many generations to come because she certainly took good care of every crewman than ever served aboard her. Drew, at Silverwood@cablelynx.com.

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    Breakfast with Santa Claus on a battleship...OMG...Is that a joke, or what?

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2008 at 1:41 AM

    Will be in this area in September - looks like this might make a good detour - thanks!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2008 at 3:37 AM

    I enjoyed visiting the battleship - forget its name - in New York. Nice to see your tips thanks.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2008 at 6:37 AM

    I loved your interior photos of the battleship, something I had not seen before. My visit to the smaller USS 'North Carolina' was topside only. That's a sad shot of the forlorn 'United States' - I hadn't realized she was still afloat!

  • Travmad's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2007 at 5:35 AM

    Not a place to walk the streets at night I was told by security.

  • Helenbb's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2007 at 3:34 AM

    the battleship is older than me . :)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2007 at 1:20 PM

    Now that you mention it, I've never had breakfast with Santa Claus on a battleship.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2007 at 4:00 PM

    jolly interesting


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