USS North Carolina Field Trip

October 16, 2019; check-in between 9:30 and 11:30

Join NCHE on the USS North Carolina, Wilmington, NC, on Wednesday, October 16!

The Battleship North Carolina is an authentically restored World War II battleship, moored across the river from downtown Wilmington.  At the time of her commissioning in 1941, she was considered the world’s greatest sea weapon. She participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific during World War II.

Our self-guided, self-pace tour begins in the visitors center Legacy Gallery with models, artifacts, images and information on the American warship, North Carolina.  Then, proceed on-board where we will be permitted to visit nine decks and experience the ship the way her sailors did:  relax in the mess hall, try out a berth, visit the engine room and bridge.  You will even be permitted to try your hand with “the big guns!”   On average, visitors spend at least two hours exploring, but feel free to stay longer, remembering that the ship closes at 5 p.m.

We have arranged an optional special program called “Ship Speaks” which focuses on shipboard communications. The program takes place in the Marine Compartment that the Marines shared with the signalmen. Students will enjoy hands-on learning about communications methods used aboard during World War II: semaphore signals, Morse code, vintage typewriters, working rotary dial phones and sound-powered phones, creating their own stencils and more. “Ship Speak” is suitable for students who know how to spell and use numbers easily.  Tickets for these sessions will be available while supply lasts.  See price and registration info below; Ship Speak tickets are only available with purchase of general admission.

Pre-registration and payment is required by Monday, October 14, 11:59 p.m.  Registrations are transferable to other guests for the same day’s use but are non-refundable.

Questions?  Contact Evelyn Bickley, NCHE Activities Director at

Register below.  Image courtesy of the USS North Carolina.