NJ park welcomes 68-foot-long WWII battleship gun barrel to exhibit

B9316832658Z.1_20150402222702_000_GO2AD3K87.1-0 B9316832658Z.1_20150402222702_000_GO2AD3KPB.1-0After spending decades in storage, the gun barrel from the USS New Jersey, a World War II battleship, has made its way via train to its permanent home in a New Jersey park.

The 68-foot-long, 120-ton Navy Mark 7 with a 16-inch diameter is part of the Battery Lewis exhibit, where guns will eventually placed at both the north and south ends.

“We’ve had quite a crowd out there the last two days,” said Gail Hunton with the Monmouth County Park System. “What’s very gratifying is how many people have gotten so enthusiastic about this who didn’t know about Harshorne Woods Park.”

The goal of the park’s restoration project is to show visitors how Battery Lewis may have originally looked during World War II. Hunton said the project probably won’t be completed for another year.

[Asbury Park Press]