USS North Carolina (BB-55)-Wilmington, NC

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USS North Carolina (BB-55)-Wilmington, NC


Nesmith, Tim, Sea Classics


As with almost every member of the Historic Fleet, volunteers play a large part in the restoration and preservation of battleship NORTH CAROLINA The staff has managed to recruit quite a few of its volunteer corps from the nearby University of North Carolina at Wilmington. UNCW students have been assisting the museum in many ways, from making tracings of the battleship's blueprints, to researching the World War II crews oral histories for stories to compliment the tour routes throughout the ship, to compiling visuals and newspaper headlines for an exhibit focusing on pop culture during the war years, to creating an exhibit on the war brides of BB-55's crew.

Aboard ship, the chart house has seen the completion of its restoration. In the wardroom, a model of the WWI-era armored cruiser NORTH CAROLINA (C12) has been installed. Among the related artifacts displayed are a rare blue flat hat, a 1918 Thanksgiving menu, a postcard, photographs, a silk banner to one of the crews sweethearts with a picture of the cruiser on it, and an engraved silver teapot presented by the chief petty officers to a couple by the name of Hartley.

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