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The nonprofit coalition that brought the USS New Jersey to the Waterfront is launching a Web site next month featuring the historic battleship.
Avericom of Cherry Hill is preparing the site for the Home Port Alliance, the South Jersey group in charge of converting the historic warship into a museum and Navy memorial. The project's cost is more than $22 million.
The new Web address - www.battleshipnewjersey.org - now displays a colorful page announcing the site is coming in early June.
The site will give status updates on the museum project, offer ship merchandise for sale, and provide information on events, ship programs, history, future tours and links to the Courier-Post Web site and others, said Peter Bowman, Avericom president.
The tentative opening date for ship tours is Sept. 2 at a pier now under construction on the Waterfront near the Tweeter Center.
"I think we've needed it for a long time and we will now be able to keep continuous information coming," said retired Rear Adm. Thomas Seigenthaler, alliance executive director.
Alliance Program Director Jack Shaw said he wants the Web site to be what the highly decorated battleship will be - a destination.
"It can be used to experience the history and latest information on the ship. For those who can not visit (in person), it will give them an electronic tour through an extensive photo library," Shaw said.
The alliance picked Avericom over several Web companies that submitted proposals.
Bowman launched the New Jersey State Aquarium site and also started the South Jersey Online site.
"We are shooting to be the most robust battleship site that is out there now," he said.
"We will talk about memberships and getting corporate interests involved in fund raising and having meetings on the ship," Bowman said. "We'll have multimedia presentations with an historical overview of the battleship, with moving pictures and sound, and also an interactive game with the ship's guns."
Site features will be phased in over time, he said.
"I am very proud to be doing this and recognize the impact and importance of the project," said Bowman, himself a boater who has seen the 887-foot long battleship in the Delaware River.
"Seeing it there on the water," he said, "it's a very compelling sight."