Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Battleship USS North Carolina Comes Home-- Part 2

Workers at the site scooped out thousands of old railroad spikes and boards along with cypress stumps, coquina rock and bits of fossil coral.

Mark Koenig of the Wilmington Railroad Museum says the site was formerly the terminus of the old Wilmington, Columbia and Augusta Railroad from the 1800s.  It later became part of the Atlantic Coast Line.

On June 1, 1961, the USS North Carolina was formally struck from the Navy's Register of Ships.  On August 28, 1961, the Navy and North Carolina signed a contract turning the warship over to the state on permanent loan, but the Navy reserved the right to take it back in case of a national emergency.

On September 6, 1961, Governor Sanford formally accepted the ship in a ceremony in Bayonne, New Jersey.

Now Comes the Hard Part.  --GreGen

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