Monday, April 8, 2013

Is the USS North Carolina Seaworthy?

From the Dec. 14, 2011, "Mr Reporter: After repairs are completed on the Battleship North Carolina, will she be seaworthy again?"

Captain Terry Bragg, director of the battleship reports, "Now that repairs are completed to the starboard bow, the ship is considered sound and ready for continued service as the state of North Carolina's World War II Memorial." 

However, dredging of the boat slip, refloating (it's sitting in the mud right now) and a full Coast Guard Inspection would be required before a certification of "seaworthy" is warranted.

Future plans for the ship include more hull repairs (the ship has been in th water in Wilmington for over 50 years now), replacement of hull plates, removal of 1,5 million gallons of ballast water and underwater inspections and floating the ship in it berth.

The "Showboat" Hangs On.  --GreGen

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