July 12, 2019
Straight from the archives! Just when the MSS Precision Crating team thought they'd seen it all...
The New Jersey Naval Museum (NJNM), formerly located along the Hackensack River in Hackensack, NJ, was dedicated to the state's Navy heritage and naval history in general. The prominent element in their collection was the USS Ling (SS-297), a 312-foot long Balao-class submarine of World War II. Sadly the site was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, destroying the gangway (among other things) and leading to the eventual closure of the submarine and museum. (Check out a supplemental New York Times's piece "A Submarine Stuck in the Muck in Hackensack.")
But the museum was also home to many more treasures. That's where we came in! Our friends at Suddath Van Lines called upon us to package and crate an iconic piece of World War II memorabilia for transport to the Smithsonian Institution: a diving suit, helmet, and diver delivery system. No strangers to handling fragile artifacts, the Precision team rose to the occasion and secured the historic items for transit. On a scale of 1-10, we give it an ELEVEN! Just another day in the strange world of crating.