Battleship Remembers the Vietnam War-Era with Return of a Swimming Pool

PLACE: Battleship New Jersey, Camden Waterfront, NJ

DETAILS: In 1967, while she was being reactivated for the Vietnam War, 40mm anti-aircraft guns were
removed. To save time and money, the tubs, where the guns were housed, were left in place.
Captain J. Edward Snyder Jr., always sensitive to crew morale, thought the empty gun tubs,
on either side of his cabin, would make perfect swimming pools. The crew plugged the drainage
holes, painted them blue, and filled them with boiler feed water while en route to Vietnam.

As a remembrance to the Battleship’s service in the Vietnam War 50 years ago in 1968, we’ve
added a pool on the portside of the 02 deck, where one of Captain’s Snyder’s pools were. A
special thanks to the Camden Fire Department, which filled the pool with water. Guests
touring the Battleship can check out the pool. Or bring your trunks and take a dip!

PHOTO OPP: Pool in the Same Location Aboard the Battleship as it was originally in 1967

Located on the Delaware River, along the Camden Waterfront across from the City of
Philadelphia, the Battleship is open for guided and audio tours every day from 9:30am to
5pm through Labor Day, Monday, Sept.. 3. The annual WWII Victory Day will take
place on the Battleship on Saturday, Aug. 11. Guests touring the ship can experience
WWII artifacts and re-enactors. The ship will hold a special WWII Victory Day BBQ
from noon to 3pm on Aug. 11, featuring live Sinatra songs performed by Steve
Retrivato. Tickets, which include lunch and a tour, are $30 for adults and $24 for kids
12 and under. For tickets, visit or call 866-877-6262
ext. 108. For more information, call 866-877-6262 ext. 144 or visit