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Battleship announces 50th Anniversary celebration events


WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) - 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.

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