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USS North Carolina Battleship, Wilmington

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USS North Carolina Battleship, Wilmington, North Carolina NC

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The USS North Carolina Battleship, across the river from the main strip of Wilmington, is a very interesting place to visit. Here you get to climb down super steep staircase ladders with tiny metal foot rests, checking out many layers of this fascinating boat! Wear sneakers, and don't come on a super hot day since it's not air-conditioned (though there are fans).
You get to see more of the ship than at other battleship attractions around the US. You take yourself on a self-guided tour, following the arrows. You can see the oil room, medical and surgery rooms, sleeping bays with beds stacked four high, laundry room, cobbler room, print shop, captain's quarters, and more. Fun music is playing in the cafeteria and fake food is displayed. You can see the projector which provided movies in the cafeteria. It's interesting to see how little privacy there was in the bathroom- terrible :(
Techies will enjoy seeing the huge computer and its dials and gauges, the working periscope inside the massive main turrets, and the Kingfisher seaplane. The main guns are gigantic and everything about them is explained, how they were loaded and fired, from above and below. Techies will be very sad to have to leave without having read the plaques or explored the amazing ship in detail, so they should come alone, not with young kids! 
There are fantastic quotes from military personnel who lived on the ship, and photos, all throughout the boat. 
The ship has a strong oily, turpentine smell so be ready for a strong desire to get back up to the fresh air at the top, if you're a sensitive person. It must have been awful to sleep in that smell (or maybe the ship just needs to be cleaned now). The ship is a bit rickety these days so it feels a little hair-raising climbing the ladders.
What brave soldiers, sailors, and military personnel, who lived on this ship!
There is a cute view at the waterfront park near the parking lot, across the river to the Wilmington Riverwalk and historical buildings.
After, stroll along the lovely Riverwalk of Wilmington, and have dinner.

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The ship, with downtown Wilmington in the background.
The ship, with downtown Wilmington in the background.
Side of the ship.
Side of the ship.
The deck.
The deck.
Gigantic main guns.
Gigantic main guns.
Seaplane.
Seaplane.
Steep staircase/ladder.
Steep staircase/ladder.
Gauges, valves, and pipes...cool for techies...
Gauges, valves, and pipes...cool for techies...
Dials, wheels, switches!
Dials, wheels, switches!
Some parts can be a bit scary for kids to walk over...
Some parts can be a bit scary for kids to walk over...
Pretend meats in the kitchen.
Pretend meats in the kitchen.
Crewmen in the food line, July 1945, with six-compartment trays.
Crewmen in the food line, July 1945, with six-compartment trays.
Giant cooking pot.
Giant cooking pot.
Potato peeler.
Potato peeler.
Potato storage room.
Potato storage room.
The doors prevent floods from spreading.
The doors prevent floods from spreading.
Orange juicer.
Orange juicer.
Cobbler shop. Service was free except for repairs such as half soles, rubber and leather heels.
Cobbler shop. Service was free except for repairs such as half soles, rubber and leather heels.
Laundry room.
Laundry room.
Crewmen doing laundry.
Crewmen doing laundry.
Sleeping quarters.
Sleeping quarters.
Movie projector room. There were movies every night. Ships swapped movies whenever they replenished supplies.
Movie projector room. There were movies every night. Ships swapped movies whenever they replenished supplies.
The cafeteria.
The cafeteria.
Beds stacked four high on long chains. Whenever someone turns over it must rock everyone else in the stack.
Beds stacked four high on long chains. Whenever someone turns over it must rock everyone else in the stack.
Toilets with no privacy.
Toilets with no privacy.
Walking the halls of the ship.
Walking the halls of the ship.
Huge, strong chain.
Huge, strong chain.
Views of downtown Wilmington.
Views of downtown Wilmington.
Plaques tell interesting memories of the crewmembers.
Plaques tell interesting memories of the crewmembers.
16 inch projectile.
16 inch projectile.
 

Directions

USS North Carolina Battleship is located at 1 Battleship Rd NE, Wilmington NC 28401. There is plenty of free parking.
Open daily 8-5 most of the year, and 8-8 in summer. Closes early at 5pm on July 4 and opens late at noon on Dec 25. 
Entry is $14 for adults and teens, $10 for military active and retired, $6 for children aged 6-11, and free for children aged 5 and under.
You can also pay for special tours. The usual entry includes a self-tour, with optional audio guide.

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