WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) - On Friday, October 8th, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA will set float in her slip off the Cape Fear River surrounding high tide expected at 10:39am.
"There is a common misconception that we are stuck in the mud," says Heather Loftin, Promotions Director. "Really, we just need a high enough tide to help lift this World War II vessel. It's a rare occasion, that also happened following Hurricane Floyd and the March storm of 1993."
With the rains and water from the past week making the way down the river and the high lunar tides the Cape Fear River is expected to rise over five (5) feet above normal levels on Friday. This is enough to allow the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA to float above current position.
In the past few years, over 200,000 gallons of water has been taken off the ship in preparation of hull repair. At eight pounds per gallon that equates to about 1,600,000 pounds which also allows for a lesser load to float.