Battleship to Unveil WWII Japanese Periscope

DATE:           Thursday, July 18, 2019, 12pm

PLACE:         Visitors Center of the Battleship New Jersey, Camden Waterfront, NJ

DETAILS:     The Battleship New Jersey will unveil a restored WWII Japanese Periscope in their Visitors Center during a

ceremony at noon on Thursday, July 18, followed by lunch.


This periscope, which guests can look through from the Visitors Center to see the Battleship, is believed to be

from the captured World War II Japanese submarine I-121. It was displayed at Edmund Scientific in

Barrington, New Jersey, from 1959 to 2001 and subsequently donated to the Battleship.


During the World Wat II, Japan operated 174 fleet submarines. Only 49 survived to be surrendered to the

Allies. By October 1946, all been destroyed, possibly making this the only periscope from an ocean-going

Imperial Japanese submarine on display.


The U.S. government sold this periscope as war surplus to Norman Edmund in 1946 for $5,000. Today,

Edmund Optics is a leading global supplier of optics, imaging, and photonics technology that has served a

variety of markets including Life Sciences, Biomedical, Industrial Inspection, Semiconductor, R&D, and

Defense since 1942. For more information about Edmund Optics visit


Media members may join guests from Edmond Optics, Battleship partners and employees in a lunch in the

Visitors Center after the ceremony.


PHOTO OPP:  WWII Japanese Submarine Periscope Available for Guests to Experience in the Visitors Center of the



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. 2.  The Battleship will celebrated Victory in World War II with a special lunch on the

Fantail on Saturday, August 10.  The ship will also have WWII artifacts on display and re-enactors

Throughout the ship that day.  For more information on this event, visit