Battleship North Carolina

5-inch and AA guns on the North Carolina.  May, 2007.

5-inch and AA guns on the North Carolina. May, 2007.

We got some much-needed rain here on the Plateau today, so I was able to get some work done on the computer.  One of the things I got done was working on some of the pictures we took while we were at the beach in 2007.

One day of our stay was rainy, so we drove to Wilmington, North Carolina, where we visited the battleship North Carolina.  The North Carolina was launched June 13, 1940 and commissioned April 9, 1941.  At the time of her commissioning she was considered to be most powerful ship afloat.

The North Carolina participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific and earned 15 battle stars.  During the war she steamed over 300,000 miles.  Although the Japanese claimed to have sunk her six times, she survived the war with a loss of 10 men killed in action and 67 wounded.

In 1958 the announcement that the North Carolina was to be scrapped led to a statewide campaign by the citizens of North Carolina to save the ship and bring her to her namesake state.  The campaign was successful and the battleship arrived at her current berth in Wilmington on October 2, 1961.  She was dedicated as the State’s memorial to its World War II verterans on April 29, 1962.

It’s possible to tour almost all departments of this ship, from the engine room to the flag bridge.  We thoroughly enjoyed our visit — we were glad that we had a rainy day while we were at the beach.

If you would like to see more of the North Carolina click HERE.

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8 Responses to “Battleship North Carolina”

  1. Guy D Says:

    Awesome shot, I always enjoy photos of military vessels!

    Have a great day
    Regina In Pictures

  2. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: That is a neat ship and you captured it wonderfully.

  3. busy bee suz Says:

    This is really interesting. I love visiting historical sites. Do you put your pictures in albums or are you organizing them on the pc?

  4. Susie Says:

    I think it would be really neat to tour one of those magnificent ships. Maybe someday.

  5. Tina Says:

    Cool Ship…we have the Battleship New Jersey near by and we do a static display of model airplanes, all WWII models, when New Jersey has her open house. We were given a behind the scenes tour..wayyyyy down in the bottom of the ship..hubby loved it, … I, on the other hand, was ready to see day light!!
    neat shots, George.

  6. Tina Says:

    e-mail me using the e-mail address betsy has..when you have time.

  7. imac Says:

    Great shot George, and enjoyed the history lesson, thanks for the info.

    Come take a trip with me on the London Eye.

  8. Leedra Says:

    This one really brought back memories. When Jimmy and I first started dating we took Wendy and John to Myrtle Beach and went up to Wilmington to visit the battleship. At that time Wendy loved every inch of it, and John got bored with her wanting to take it ALL in. Today it would be the other way around if we were to visit again. What memories you stirred for me again.

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