On our first free morning, we visited USS North Carolina. She rests in an imposing style on the western shore of the Cape Fear River across from Wilmington. Launched in 1940 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, she was the fourth warship named North Carolina. She participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific during WWII. In fighting off Guadalcanal, she was hit by a torpedo from a Japanese submarine. Here are her 16″ guns on the aft deck.
And the view from the bow.
The 16″ guns fired shells using 6 sacks of powder weighing 90lbs each. Here are the powder canisters.
She had twin rudders which gave her greater maneuverability and some redundancy. The rudder stocks are huge as are the hydraulic powered steering apparatus.
She carried a complement of over 2,300 men. So, you can imagine that the ship has most of what you would expect to remain self-sufficient. Some in our party were enthralled by the cooking and baking gear.
That doesn’t mean that they weren’t interested in the armament. Baker one minute, gunner the next…
We examined her ground tackle, but decided that Roxy’s recent stellar performance in the Bight of Acklins proved that she should keep the job.
And, it isn’t just USS North Carolina that looks fierce here. Look who was patrolling the waters around the ship.