Battleship Announces 50th Anniversary Celebration Events

WILMINGTON, NC  In 1960, the Navy announced its intentions to scrap the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA (BB55).  On this news, two Wilmingtonians, James S. Craig, Jr. and Hugh Morton developed a plan of action to save the ship.  With their valiant efforts along with thousands of citizens and countless school children in raising funds, the BB55 would be able to come to the state whose name she held.


On October 2, 1961, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA was moored in her present berth across from downtown Wilmington.  Later that month on October 12, she was open to the public for all to view. 


Now, as we move into 2011, the Ship gets ready to celebrate her 50 years of being part of the wonderful legacy and state of North Carolina.  In honor of this anniversary, the Battleship would like to announce the events for the upcoming year thanking the community for the continued support through the years. 


50th Anniversary Events Listings


The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA invites you to come celebrate. 


It's Your Experience.  


The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is self-supporting, not tax supported and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the Ship, sales in the Ship's Store, donations and investments. No funds for its administration and operation come from appropriations from governmental entities at the local, state or federal levels. Located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River.   Visit or follow us on and for more information.

Contact: Heather Loftin
PO Box 480
Wilmington, NC 28402 
910-251-5797 x3004
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