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Battleship North Carolina announces contract award for restoration

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Battleship North Carolina has been docked in Wilmington for 50 years. Soon it will get some TLC.

The Battleship has not been dry docked since 1947. The hull and starboard bow show signs of deterioration and desperately need repair.

This morning, the Battleship announced Taylor Brothers Marine Construction, headquartered in Beaufort, will do the work. Co-owner Julius Taylor says he feels privileged to be a part of repairing the iconic ship.

"This will be probably the best project we've ever done, because we're from North Carolina, this is the Battleship North Carolina," Taylor said. "I served in the Navy, so that is kind of unique, too. I actually sailed on a battleship for a couple months and definitely a lot of sentimental value here, it will be a great project to work on."

Construction on the Battleship's starboard bow is scheduled to begin this spring. The work will be done right here on the Cape Fear River. That means visitors will still be able to tour the state's World War II memorial during the repair process.

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