About 2 year(s) ago by Riverview Suites at Waterfront Center
You don’t need to be a World War II fanatic to appreciate the USS Battleship North Carolina. Built in 1937, the 728-foot-long, 100-foot-wide behemoth, which is docked just across the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, is truly an impressive site to see. When it was commissioned in 1941, it was regarded as the top sea weapon on the planet and was involved in every big naval fight in the Pacific. You can learn all about its history by taking one of several tours. Behind The Hatchallows you explore the ship on your terms. Designed for individuals or groups of up to eight, this tour gives you a chance to spend hours in one compartment or you can venture from the inner bottom to the top of the fire control tower.
One of most popular ways to go is the Hidden Battleship Tour. Guides lead small groups on a four-hour excursion that features an up-close-and-personal look at the ship’s un-restored sections. These include the bow and the third deck, which is home to the torpedo area, the brig, Engineer’s office, and Radio II where you can learn about the ship’s transmitters from the Azalea Coast Radio Club. For those who have mobility issues, the best choice is the Back Porch Tour. The one-hour program features a short film in the Visitor Center auditorium and a guided tour of Exhibit Hall, which boasts replicas of U.S. Navy ships. The final stop on the tour is the Observation Deck for a question and answer session. Delve deeper into the USS Battleship North Carolina at http://www.battleshipnc.com/.