New Jersey Naval Museum

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New Jersey Naval Museum
The USS Ling in Hackensack in 1975
New Jersey Naval Museum is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
New Jersey Naval Museum
Location in New Jersey
Established1972 (1972)
DissolvedJune 1, 2016 (2016-06-01)
LocationHackensack, New Jersey, United States
Coordinates40°52′48″N 74°02′24″W / 40.880127°N 74.039934°W / 40.880127; -74.039934Coordinates: 40°52′48″N 74°02′24″W / 40.880127°N 74.039934°W / 40.880127; -74.039934
Key holdingsUSS Ling (SS-297), Japanese Kaiten IIs, German Seehund
PresidentLes Altschuler[1]
CuratorArthur Bischoff[1]
OwnerSubmarine Memorial Association

The New Jersey Naval Museum (NJNM) was a museum located along the Hackensack River in Hackensack in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. Its mission was dedicated to the state's Navy heritage and naval history in general. The prominent element in the collection was the USS Ling (SS-297), a 312-foot (95 m) long Balao-class submarine of World War II.[2] The museum land has since been sold for redevelopment, however the USS Ling remains grounded in the river, with an uncertain future. Efforts have been made since 2007 to find a new home for the Ling. In 2019, the Louisville Naval Museum began a campaign to attempt to relocate the ship to the Ohio River.[3] In September 2020 volunteers associated with the Louisville Naval Museum began to raise concerns on social media about improper accounting of donations made to the Louisville Naval Museum. The volunteers ceased working with the Louisville Naval Museum after one of the volunteers suffered a serious injury while working aboard the USS Ling in November 2020. The injured volunteer was subsequently awarded a default judgement of $468,584 in a suit against the Louisville Naval Museum.[4]

From 1972 until closing, the Museum had paid one dollar per year to rent its riverside site.[1] 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.[5]


Prior to the closing of the museum, guided tours of the Ling were 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.

Volunteers maintained Japanese Kaiten IIs, a World War II Japanese suicide torpedo; a German Seehund, a World War II German two-man coastal defense submarine; and A Vietnam War-era Patrol Boat, River (PBR), all of which the US Navy has since reclaimed, in addition to Ling and some torpedoes, missiles, and artillery shells. The onshore museum building contained a number of different and unique items ranging from a United States Navy SEALs delivery vehicle to personal photographs and effects.


After Hurricane Sandy the gangway was destroyed, leading to the closure of the sub and museum.[6] Furthermore, the area was selected for a development project.[7] The Naval History and Heritage Command has taken several artifacts after they were in a state of disrepair; with the remaining artifacts being housed by Harbor Freight. [8]

Vandalism and Burglary[edit]

In September 2018, artifacts from the submarine were stolen, and the Ling was also flooded.[9] Several people have been identified in connection with the burglary.[10]

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  1. ^ a b c Adely, Hannan (22 February 2013). "Navy museum remains closed, seeks funding for repairs". The Record. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  2. ^ Keegan, Matthew. "Hackensack, New Jersey: 300 Years of Modern History - Destinations Article". Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Veterans want to bring WWII submarine to Louisville as part of proposed naval museum".
  4. ^ "Historic military boat seized by U.S. Marshals Service in Baltimore after operator leaves a wake of concerns in multiple states".
  5. ^ Holl, John. "Retired Submarine, 63, Seeks Loving New Home", The New York Times, February 11, 2007. Accessed October 21, 2007.
  6. ^ Kilgannon, Corey (12 June 2017). "A Submarine is Stuck in the Muck in Hackensack". The New York Times.
  7. ^ "NJTV News | Redevelopment Plans Raise Concerns for USS Ling | PBS".
  8. ^ "Last remnants of New Jersey Naval Museum set to be cleared; Ling still in limbo". North Jersey. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Vandals Steal WWII Plaques, Flood USS Ling In Hackensack". Teaneck, NJ Patch. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Three more people identified in connection with USS Ling vandalism". North Jersey. Retrieved 22 May 2019.

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