There is a startling difference between the USS New Jersey, and the USS Missouri, when it comes to the presentation of these great ships. Unfortunately the US Navy, or whoever is responsible for this, has their priorities wrong!
The Missouri is well maintained and presented. It looks as if it could put to sea as soon as a full head of steam was built up. The New Jersey on the other hand, as you can see in these pictures, seems set for the graveyard.
The f’c’stle is an utter disgrace, the deck is a mish mash of bits and pieces of planking, hammered in, without any regard for honour of this ship.
Why is this so?
The New Jersey is, I believe, the most honoured battleship; possibly warship. of the US Navy; seeing and being involved, in action in all theatres of the war, in which the navy was involved. The Missouri, beautiful ship that she is. has perhaps, only one real claim to fame, and that is it was upon this ship, that the Japanese signed the unconditional surrender which ended WWII in 1945
USS Missouri now stands guard at the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, which gives it pride of place as a museum vessel, and as such probably is the only reason that she is in such fine shape.
However, it is a national disgrace, and embarrassment to my mind, for greater vessels of the WWII US Fleet, to be allowed to suffer such an ignominious fate.
Another ship sharing the American disgrace is the USS Hornet, berthed at Alameda, in California; another ship with great name, and heritage to uphold, is being left to rot.