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    Campout on the BB-62 New Jersey

    Last weekend I went with my son's Boy Scout troop on a campout on the Iowa class battleship New Jersey.
    It was a great experience with a lot learned.
    The New Jersey is the most decorated battleship in US Navy history.
    Battle service in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, and the Gulf.
    The machine shop and electric motor rebuild shop were awesome as well as being in the 16" gun turrets.
    There were welders everywhere. Mostly old Millers.
    Sleeping quarters were tight to say the least!

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    Looks like a great and informative trip! They had a pretty well equipped machine shop on that Battleship. I was born and brought up in Fall River, MA, home of the Battleship Massachusetts. "Big Mamie" as she was called. Visited quite a few times over the years.

    Battleship Cove: Fall River, Ma: Naval & Maritime Museum

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    Climbing in those 16" barrels to clean/grease them must have been a .............
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    That is pretty awesome! Growing up, I've always been fascinated by battleships, especially the Bismark (likely due to the fact the first battleship book I read was about it). I'm hoping to go see the USS North Carolina later this year!
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    When you say campout do you mean you got to sleep over on the ship?

    I would love an experience like that even at my age. That must have been great for the kids - hope they appreciated how lucky they were to see all that first hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    When you say campout do you mean you got to sleep over on the ship?

    I would love an experience like that even at my age. That must have been great for the kids - hope they appreciated how lucky they were to see all that first hand.
    Yep.
    We even got served dinner and breakfast in the galley.
    It was a very cool experience.
    There was an opened hatch at the end of our sleeping bunks that was 6" thick. As well as the whole floor. We were over the rear ammuntion storage bunkers i guess as we were near the stern 16" turret.
    Just stuff everywhere! Welded or bolted to the ceilings, walls, floors. And cool oval sealing hatch doors everywhere.
    You had to walk everywhere with your head down. lol
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    ..Oh, and i almost forgot. I think they said it took 70 men to man a single 16" gun turret when firing.
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