A 160-page hardcover book on the history of the battleship USS New Jersey and the efforts to bring it to Camden as a museum is now available through the Courier-Post.
The Battleship USS New Jersey: From Birth to Berth is a commemorative book detailing the construction, commissioning, service and restoration of the nation's most decorated battleship.
Unlike other books on the ship, it chronicles the most recent battle to bring it back to the Delaware River and its opening in October as a floating memorial and museum.
South Jerseyans and other people who built or served on the ship or were involved in turning it into a museum are prominently featured.
The book has more than 200 photos, including both archival material and shots taken by Courier-Post photographers since 1999.
It was written by senior Courier-Post reporter Carol Comegno, who has covered the ship's saga for the past 3“ years.
"The New Jersey went. She conquered. Now she is back home. And this community welcomes here with great pride and gratitude," Courier-Post publisher Dan A. Martin wrote in the book's foreword. "In that spirit, the Courier-Post dedicates this book about the New Jersey to the people who built her, to those who served aboard her, to those who returned her to the river where she was born."
The book is available from the Courier-Post for $24.95 plus $1.50 tax. For those receiving the book by mail, there is a $5 shipping charge.