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Exactly one year after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Battleship New Jersey was launched into an ocean roiled by the conflicts of World War II. Its storied journey would continue on through the Korean and Vietnam Wars as well as a stint in President Reagan's 600-ship Naval fleet. Now the nation's most decorated battleship, the 887-foot-long, 45,000-ton, 18-story vessel resides on the Camden Waterfront, serving as a living history museum and a reminder that boats aren't just for towing water-skiers to work. Today, guests get a glimpse of what life was like for a sailor on the ship. Tours let visitors walk across the forecastle, stand beside gun turrets capable of firing 19,000-pound rounds, and even sit in the same chair from which Admiral William Halsey directed the ship through the South Pacific in World War II.