Big Gun Comes to Hartshorne Park

Lillian's Big Gun

Click photo for larger view. Photo by Paul Scharff Photography

The Monmouth County Park System is pleased to announce that a historic World War II naval gun from the Battleship New Jersey was transported yesterday to Battery Lewis at Hartshorne Woods Park for permanent display as part of the Battery Lewis restoration.   The gun barrel, which is 68 feet long and weighs 120 tons, is almost identical to the 16-inch guns on Battery Lewis during World War II.

Originally on the USS New Jersey and donated by the U.S. Navy to the Monmouth County Park System, the gun barrel has travelled by rail from Norfolk, Virginia to Red Bank, where it will be offloaded onto a tractor trailer for transport to Hartshorne Woods Park.

This morning at 10 am at the park location the gun will be unloaded with a crane into its temporary position next to Battery Lewis. Once restoration of the gun barrel is complete and a pedestal is constructed, it will then be moved to its permanent location in the battery casemate.

Posted by John Schneider on Monday, March 30, 2015

Posted: March 31st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

2 Comments on “Big Gun Comes to Hartshorne Park”

  1. Eve Hershkowitz said at 10:04 am on March 31st, 2015:

    As a “Friend of the Parks”, I heard about this at a presentation this past Saturday. I’m so glad the transport process was filmed, so that we can all enjoy it!

  2. Bobby Wheeler said at 10:02 pm on March 31st, 2015:

    As exciting a local event as I can recall and so exciting to have that small piece of history come to the boro.

    Bravo Zula USS New Jersey and Highlands.