New Jersey Naval Museum
|New Jersey Naval Museum|
The USS Ling in Hackensack in 1975
|Location||Hackensack, New Jersey|
|Public transit access||Hackensack-Essex Street (NJT station)|
The New Jersey Naval Museum (NJNM), located along the Hackensack River in Hackensack, New Jersey, is dedicated to New Jersey's Navy heritage and naval history in general. The prominent element in the collection is the USS Ling (SS-297), a 312-foot (95 m) long Balao-class submarine of World War II. The museum is located along River Street and is operated by the Submarine Memorial Association.
Guided tours of the Ling are available to take visitors from bow to stern, exploring equipment, quarters, and weaponry. The weaponry on the Ling includes twenty-four torpedoes and one 4" deck gun (it originally had two 5" deck guns) for handling military targets too small to warrant the expenditure of a torpedo.
Along with Ling, volunteers maintain Japanese Kaiten IIs, a WWII Japanese suicide torpedo; a German Seehund, a WWII German two-man coastal defense submarine; and A Vietnam War-era Patrol Boat, River (PBR). The onshore museum building contains a number of different and unique items ranging from a United States Navy SEALs delivery vehicle to personal photographs and effects.
Since 1972, the Museum had paid one dollar per year to rent its riverside site. In January 2007, the North Jersey Media Group, owner of the site, informed the museum that the site was going to be sold for redevelopment within the year and that the museum and submarine would need to be relocated. Efforts are being made to find an alternate site.
- "Save NJ Naval Museum & Submarine USS Ling VeteransMemorial". Retrieved May 27, 2009.
- Keegan, Matthew. "Hackensack, New Jersey: 300 Years of Modern History". Retrieved August 25, 2013.
- Holl, John. "Retired Submarine, 63, Seeks Loving New Home", The New York Times, February 11, 2007. Accessed October 21, 2007.
- NJNM homepage
- Photos of the USS Ling SS-297, Kaiten Suicide Submarine, German Seahund Coastal Defence Submarine, and the Vietnam era Patrol Boat Riverine
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