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Wednesday, April 3, 2002
Battleship may get liquor license soon

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  • By KIM MAIALETTI
    Courier-Post Staff
    CAMDEN

    Want to hold a wedding reception on the deck of the battleship USS New Jersey, but your caterer doesn't have a liquor license?

    No problem.

    If all goes as planned, the floating memorial and museum soon will be able to serve alcohol on its own.

    The city's Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control is expected to rule in the next few months on a proposed liquor license transfer from the Harbour League Club to the battleship.

    The Harbour League closed Dec. 21, after 14 years of hosting lavish parties on the sixth and seventh floors of the Hudson Square Building.

    Club President Sam T. Hudson agreed to donate the league' s liquor license to the Home Port Alliance, the nonprofit group that operates the Battleship New Jersey Memorial and Museum.

    In a letter to the alliance, Hudson stated he wanted to donate the license because of his long history with maritime activities and his gratitude to those who served on the battleship. He also cited the alliance's efforts to bring the ship to Camden.

    Hudson, whose engineering firm served as the design contractor for the floating museum's pier, did not return phone calls seeking comment.

    Retired Rear Adm. Thomas Seigenthaler, executive director of the alliance, said most people holding events on the battleship want to serve alcohol. But the majority of caterers that conduct business with the alliance do not have liquor licenses.

    That wouldn't be a problem if the battleship had its own license.

    At first the license would be used for special events, Seigenthaler said.

    "What it will evolve into, I don't know yet," he said, not ruling out the possibility of opening a bar on the battleship. "It'll be the Sea Dog Cafe," he joked.


     


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