Wilmington, NC Jan. 7, 2013 – For the explorer at heart, bring a friend and join us for a unique, behind-the-scenes tour of un-restored areas of the Battleship on January 12 at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The four-hour tour consists of small groups with guides. Guests explore the bow (officers’ country and boatswain locker), third deck (Radio II, brig, after gyro, storage rooms, ammunition handling, Engineer’s office, torpedo area), Engine room #1, the refrigerator compartments, and climb inside the fire control tower to the top of the ship. The Azalea Coast Radio Club will be in Radio II to explain their work on the ship’s radio transmitters. It’s the tour that brings out the “Indiana Jones” in all of us, without the snakes!
The tour is limited to ages 12 and older and limited to 40 participants per time slot. It is not appropriate for those who have difficulty climbing narrow ladders or over knee-high hatches. Wear warm, comfortable, washable clothing, sturdy, rubber-soled shoes and bring a camera! Choose between a morning (8:30 – 12:30) or afternoon (1:30 – 5:30) tour. Registration and payment are due by the Thursday prior to the tour. Tour is $50/$45 for Friends of the Battleship or active military. Call (910) 251-5797 for reservations.
Interested in more details of the magnificent World War II vessel? Firepower Program on February 16, 2013 is a lively an engaging, hands on experience in the Ship’s 16-inch and 5-inch guns from the gun houses to the ammunition loading compartments. On March 16, 2013, the Battleship will present the Power Plant Tour. This in-depth program will give details about the ship’s boilers, turbines and reduction gears, steam and diesel powered service turbo generators, along with electrical distribution, water distillation, and steering mechanisms. Design & Damage Control focuses on the ship design is new this year and happens on May 18, 2013. For more information on these programs or to learn more about the Professional Military Education Program (PME) please call (910) 251-5797.
The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is a unit of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. For more information on North Carolina arts, history and culture, visit Cultural Resources online.