The Battleship USS North Carolina

When commissioned on April 9, 1941, the USS North Carolina was considered the world’s greatest sea weapon at the time. The first of 10 “fast battleships” to join the fleet in World War II, the North Carolina was nicknamed “Showboat” because of its impressive appearance during sea trials.

Today she is an impressive living memorial to all the men and women who served on her decks in the Pacific. She stands in the Cape Fear River directly across from the historic downtown Wilmington, NC.


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