On a rainy morning at Topsail Beach, we decided to drive forty-five minutes south to tour the USS North Carolina.
The battleship served the US before, during and after WWII, and for decades has been docked in Wilmington, NC.
The ship is massive by my standards, though probably not by military standards when compared to other ships like aircraft carriers.
The North Carolina has nine levels to explore and all sorts of ladders and hatches to climb.
The ship is like a floating city, with kitchen, chapel, hospital, dentist, barber, US Post Office, store, and ice cream parlor, not to mention dozens of massive guns.
The kids had a blast, though tempers were short. The kids had a couple tantrums when we pulled them away from climbing poles, pipes, and closed-off ladders.
We only spent an hour or so at the ship, though it was unique and interesting. It’s worth the price of admission, and I’d definitely go back.
Here are some of our photos from touring the USS North Carolina.