Legacy Woods from USS North Carolina BB-55 at Woodcraft

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The USS North Carolina was the lead ship of the North Carolina Class of fast big gun warships and the first newly constructed American battleship at that time to enter service during World War II.  Nicknamed Showboat, because of all the media attention she received as she was being built and tested, the USS North Carolina was a true naval marvel and the fastest most heavily armed ship (carrying sixteen 400 mm guns) in the fleet at the time of her commissioning in 1941.  The North Carolina took part in every major naval offensive in the Pacific area of operations, often protecting aircraft carriers, to become the most highly decorated American battleship of World War II by accumulating 15 battle stars.


During her first battle in August of 1942, the Japanese gathered powerful forces at the Battle of the Eastern Solomon’s, to destroy the American ships. North Carolina B-55 was guarding the carrier Enterprise when dive bombers began fiercely attacking the ship. “The Battleship’s anti-aircraft barrage helped save the carrier Enterprise, thereby establishing her primary role as the fastest battleship and protector of aircraft carriers.” During World War II she protected air craft carriers, rescued downed pilots, refueled destroyers, and carried out ship bombardments. The USS North Carolina, decommissioned in June 1947, is now a floating museum ship and memorial kept at the seaport of Wilmington, NC.

Literally create and build your connection to the ship by owning a piece of American history.  The Showboat is more than just a ship, but a living monument to the accomplishments and ideals represented by the brave heroes who served on her.  It is reported that there are about 20 Veterans from that great ship who partake in a reminiscent reunion still today.  The USS North Carolina is a shrine and a National Historic Landmark for a grateful nation which we honor today.  After inactivation, she was decommissioned at New York on 27 June 1947.  Stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 June 1960, the North Carolina was transferred to the state of North Carolina on September 6, 1961.  She was purchased from the U.S. Navy for $330,000 raised by the efforts of North Carolina school children who saved their spare change and lunch money for the “Save Our Ship” campaign.

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