November 17th Photos Page

Yes, I know it's been forever since I've posted any new photos but with having taken over The Jerseyman and trying to get my 2013 Battleship Calendar together and ready for distribution in a few weeks, posting photos here has slid further down on my ever expanding "To Do List". Going to the ship however still stays at the top of my list and I've been onboard eight Saturdays since I last posted any photos, so below are some photos from those visits.

As busy as I am though I still manage to find time to do some internet surfing and I recently discovered a really cool video on YouTube that may interest some of you. It's a vintage training film on firing the ships 16" guns. If you are interested here is the link where you can view it.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OmOQs0ziSU&feature=related

Well, that's about it for this entry, hope you all have a great Thanksgiving, and in the event that I don't get any more photos up before the end of the year, let me take this opportunity now to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too! By the way if you're looking for something special for that Battleship Sailor on your Christmas List, please consider visiting the ships store where they have some great stocking stuffers.  Click Here to see some of the items available.

 

November 17th Photo #1
August 11th, Spirit of 45 Celebration - Army halftrack on display on the pier.

November 17th Photo #2

August 11th, Spirit of 45 Celebration - Navy jeep on display on the pier.
November 17th Photo #3

WW II era crewmember Richard Donnelly (2nd from left),
and his son (far left), visit the Battleship on August 25th.

November 17th Photo #4
As mentioned in the last issue of The Jerseyman, we've started a fund raising
 campaign to replace the ships teak decking.  Estimates to complete this project
 are in the $8M range, we're hoping to raise it $1 at a time from donations from
 our visitors. If you are interested in helping with this effort you too can
donate at the ships official website, click
here for more details.
November 17th Photo #5
Shot of a retirement ceremony going on down on the forecastle.
November 17th Photo #6
One of our dedicated volunteers chipping paint on a hot September day.
November 17th Photo #7
Another paint chipper, these guys had a tough job for sure!
November 17th Photo #8
Here's a promising prospect to join the brass team,
doing double duty on the Quarterdeck, great job Bill!
November 17th Photo #9
The Battleship lost a long-time friend in early October when the ships painter,
Patrick J. McBride, suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 44.  I've
known PJ  since 2001 and he was a great guy who always seemed to have a
smile on his face. The Saturday after he died I arrived onboard with a heavy
heart and looked for someplace out of the way to spend the day.  I found a
bunch of brass plates that needed some attention on the port side just aft of
Mount 56 and went to work. The 3 plates shown above were among a dozen or
so I did that day. At the end of the day, as I often do, I snapped some photos of
the work I did that day. When I got home and looked at them I saw this photo. I
hadn't noticed the smiley face painted on the bulkhead while I was there and was
amazed at what I saw. PJ used to talk about having ghostly encounters while he
worked throughout the ship and we all used to kid him about it. When I first saw
this photo I thought maybe it was his way of getting back at me, but in the end
it's just a smile he left behind for all of us, hope they leave it in place for a while...
Below is a photo of PJ, covered in paint and smiling, the way I'll remember him.  
November 17th Photo #10
 
November 17th Photo #11
Congratulations to the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station
for receiving  the above pictured award from the Historic Naval Ships
Association. The members of the Radio Club have been involved in
restoring major systems onboard the Battleship since 2001 and this
is a well deserved honor. Great job guys and gals of the BNJARS! 
 

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