“The Big J” – USS New Jersey

Admiral Spruance’s 5th Fleet flagship has a remarkable history. Outstanding photographs!!

Deano In America

In my endless quest to see everything I have ever been interested in since I was a kid, I recently walked across the Ben Franklin Bridge over the Delaware River from Philadelphia, PA to Camden, NJ to see the mighty Iowa Class Battleship the USS New Jersey (BB-62) known as “The Big J“. She served from 1942 to 1991 and today this former US Navy Battleship continues on as a floating museum.

USS New Jersey (BB-62) Camden NJ USA USS New Jersey (BB-62)

You can take a very informative tour to get a great understanding of the sheer size and firepower of this giant Battleship. She has a displacement of 45,000 tonnes, is 887 feet / 270.54 metres in length, with a beam (width) of 108.2 feet /33.0 metres, a draft (ships hull below the water’s surface) of 28.9 feet / 8.8 m and a crew of 1,921 (this would have been much larger in World War Two).

USS New Jersey BB-62 The view from the Ben…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on February 27, 2016, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 33 Comments.

  1. Great informative post and well photographed, The Big J, is aptly named by the pictures, I like the picture of the USS New Jersey firing all her Guns at the same time.
    Very entertaining reading.

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  2. 887 ft… Just a shade under three football fields. And these behemoths were smaller [in weight] than the giant Yamato with its 18 inch guns.
    Obtained from World War II Database:
    Displacement 65027 tons standard; 72809 tons full
    Each turret weighing as much as a typical American destroyer.

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  3. Thanks for the reblog

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  4. I’m adding this to the list for the next trip to Philly. I have toured the Intrepid Museum in NYC several times and it’s such a fun experience.

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  5. I was completely distracted (despite the glory of this wonderful battleship) by the depth of your bucket list. “Everything I’d wanted to see since I was a kid”–exactly how long is that list?

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  6. Thanks for this. My cousin Joe, my sponsor at Confirmation when I was a boy, served on the New Jersey during her action during Korea. I’m sure he would have liked seeing her again.
    Regards

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  7. The water looks so peaceful… then I see the guns on the ship. And then i realize how huge those gun-barrels are as I use the pier posts for scale to compare. From calm to chilling. Wishing you a satisfying Saturday, GP. Hugs.

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  8. Wünsche dir ein schönes und sonniges week-end lieber Gruß Gislinde

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  9. Amazing photographs Brad!

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  10. That’s a great-looking old ship, and it’s good that it is preserved as a memorial, and a museum too.
    In London, we have something similar. Here’s a link.
    http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast?gclid=CNuJp_SGmMsCFSsz0wodbEICzQ
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  11. When she was first opened to the public I was a docent-in-training on her. Sadly, I couldn’t continue because of a new job, but I head down to her whenever I can.

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  12. I’ve always wondered why they did not pound the beaches more before sending in LST’s and ground troops esp Normandy

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    • They did bomb quite a bit, but some of those bunkers were built to withstand it. In the Pacific, the Japanese had much of their defense below ground and protected. They didn’t exactly have the ‘smart bombs’ they have today.

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