The World’s Greatest Battleship is working to acquire four unique artifacts that helped America win World War II and stop North Korean aggression. If the ship does not obtain these artifacts soon, they may be lost forever. With your help, the Battleship can obtain three 16” gun barrels used on the ship in WWII and Korea. They were replaced in the 1950s and are in storage at a Navy yard in Virginia. The Navy plans to cut them up for scrap.
The Battleship plans to put one of the barrels on display at the ship for visitors to see up close. Under the proposed plan, the second barrel would be donated to PIDC for display at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and in return, PIDC would donate to the Battleship a Quadruple 40mm Bofors Gun Mount, used aboard the Battleship in WWII, that is currently on display at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. This is the last Quad 40 in existence from the Battleship New Jersey!
Transporting, restoring, and displaying these artifacts is estimated to cost $200,000 and the clock is ticking. As part of the “40 For The 40” campaign, the Battleship is looking for 40 individuals and/or organizations to donate $5,000 or more towards this project, but any size donation helps! The names of the 40 largest donors will be engraved on a plaque near the Quad 40.
Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to 62 Battleship Pl., Camden, NJ 08103, or can be made with a credit card over the phone by calling (856) 966-1652 Ext. 127, or online at www.battleshipnewjersey.org/40