Hackensack, NJ— The USS Ling, a Balao-class submarine stationed in Hackensack, NJ, is one of New Jersey’s ten most threatened historic places, according to Preservation New Jersey (PNJ).
PNJ, a statewide non-profit historic preservation group, was founded in 1978 by members. PNJ advocates and educates New Jersey’s cultural variety and economic vitality.
USS Ling is one of five Balao class submarines built after World War II that are still operational. In 1943, the Philadelphia-based Cramp Shipbuilding Company debuted it. It joined the Atlantic Reserve Fleet after World War II. It then trained submariners at the Brooklyn Navy Yard until 1971.
The USS Ling was donated to the Submarine Memorial Association in 1972 to preserve its history and avoid its scrapping.
The Bergen Record’s owner donated the USS Ling to the Submarine Memorial Association and towed it to a riverfront position near the newspaper’s headquarters. Once in Hackensack, the submarine became a museum on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
Hurricane Sandy in 2012 flooded the Hackensack River, damaging the museum.
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Deferred maintenance and river silt caused the museum and submersible to close in 2016. The USS Ling leaked in 2018, causing significant water damage.
Submarine overhauls are expensive.
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Preservation New Jersey urges the stability and restoration of the submarine, one of just five of its class left and the only one in New Jersey, to connect future generations to 20th-century military history.