The Ling has been in Hackensack, NJ on the Hackensack river since 1976. The submarine, the associated museum and display's have been visited and toured by many over the past 40 years. I personally conducted tours and overnighted on board. Hurricane Sandy did damage to the museum but the Ling road out the storm undamaged. Last year the supports for the brow gave way with no way to get to the ling except by boat. The Submarine Memorial Association (NJ Naval Museum) has been raising money to repair the gangway.
The property the museum is on is owned by the Bork family (Own the Bergen Record newspaper) and they plan a redevelopment of the property. The museum has been given an eviction notice and have to vacate the property by the end of the month. The submarine can stay as it is in the river, but there is no way to get to it.
The town of Hackensack made a lot of promises but has reneged on all of them. They have even gone as far as to say they will clear the property if we don't, even thought they don't own the property. There is a lot of money involved in the project. I'm sure Hackensack is getting some of it.
Next Sunday will be probably the last Memorial Day Remembrance at the Ling. We are hoping to get as many veterans there as possible. Trying to get some press coverage.
Hackensack officials including the mayor have always attended in the past but not this year. Bergen county officials will attend.
This is a real mess. Even if the Ling could be moved the Hackensack river hasn't be dredged in years. Ling only floats now at high tide. Power has to be maintained for the pumps. Last winter a circuit breaker tripped to one of the pumps and before anybody realized it there was six feet of water in the after torpedo room.
When I live in NJ my wife and I would visit the Ling and chat with Clint Williams.
He was a tour guide.
He would always let me walk through with my unescorted wife because he knew I was Qualified.
It is a sad state of affairs. Hopefully USSVI and other organizations will get involved and something can be done to help. I'm not sure they even teach WWII in the schools anymore. Many of today's youth are clueless.