Battleship North Carolina stands as a tribute to those who served in World War II and attracts a quarter-million visitors each year. But the ship, permanently moored in Wilmington, is in need of emergency repairs.
Even the strongest people and monuments age with time, and the steel hull of Battleship North Carolina is thinning. In some spots, a finger can poke through. That’s because the last major repairs were done over sixty years ago, despite the fact that the U.S. Navy’s standard requires repairs every twenty years.