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The state legislature established the Battleship as a self-supporting enterprise. Therefore, the Battleship receives no state or federal operating support. The Battleship’s $3 million annual operating budget derives from ticket and gift shop sales, space rentals, events, charitable donations, and corporate sponsors. Over one-quarter million visitors explore the Battleship or visit Battleship Park each year.
The Battleship’s $3 million annual operating budget is applied in accordance with § 143B-74.1. U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship Commission–funds. The Commission establishes and maintains a "Battleship Fund" to pay all costs of maintaining day to day operations of the ship for the purposes herein set forth including administrative costs, maintenance (painting of the ship, continual remedial upkeep, etc.), programs, exhibits, interpretation and promotions, with the exclusion of capital repairs and renovations. The Commission maintains books of accounting records concerning revenue derived and all expenses incurred in maintaining and operating the ship as a public memorial. The operations of the Commission receive annual audits at the oversight of the State Auditor pursuant to Article 5A of Chapter 147 of the General Statutes and reimburse the State Auditor the cost of this audit. As of note, the battleship has received zero findings within the audit for the past three (3) years.
The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is going to have special guests on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Retired Lt Colonel Duncan Jewell USMC and his family are coming to visit what Jewell used to call home. While serving on BB55 from 1942 - 1944, he was the Marine commanding officer. Now, at the young age of 95, Jewell will take us all through a trip down memory lane. Please help us welcome him aboard.
Read more and watch video of crew members of the NORTH CAROLINA and their memories of Doctor’s on board in the latest sea stories blog by clicking here
Moored in quiet dignity and majesty the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, across the river from downtown Wilmington, beckons visitors to walk her decks. Envision the daily life and fierce combat her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
From all across our Nation they came, young men who had grown up in the crucible of the Great Depression and now determined to serve their Country in its time of need. These are the men whose stories you will encounter through their oral histories, photographs, and mementos as you experience the Ship and the exhibits.
Step back in time and let history come alive through the crews’ stories. Discover and build your personal connection by steering the ship, starting her engines or even firing the guns. The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA It's Your Experience.