Welcome To The

Friends of the Battleship

Help Preserve the Legacy

Who We Are

The Friends of the Battleship North Carolina, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to support Battleship North Carolina and to promote and perpetuate activities relating to the ship.

The Battleship receives no funding from federal, state, or local governments for its operations. The ship’s primary revenue source is generated from admissions, gift shop sales, rentals, donations, and other activities. The Friends assist by providing funding support to the ship for exhibits, conservation, restoration, and education programs through fundraising activities, membership, and donations (a copy of our IRS Form 990 is available upon request). 

The Friends also work to enhance the visitor experience. With the assistance of a cadre of dedicated volunteers, we offer paid guided tours of the Battleship using certified tour guides. The Friends also provide support to visitors through the use of Ambassadors/Docents and can facilitate volunteer opportunities for those interested in being more involved with the Battleship, including providing tour guide and ambassador training.

Lastly, the Friends Help Preserve the Legacy by educating the public about the Battleship and the Friends organization. Through outreach to surrounding communities and interaction with visitors aboard the Battleship, the Friends help keep the memory alive.

Battleship NC Friends

Exhibit Support Through Funding

The Friends of the Battleship North Carolina are proud of their efforts in support of the Battleship with funding for exhibits, conservation, and restoration. Some of the projects funded by the Friends include:  

  • A major contributor to the “Light the Legacy” project
  • Replication of two “Nancy” infrared signal beacon fixtures
  • Replacement of four glass lenses on the forward main battery director
  • Fabrication of 12 main battery powder bag replicas
  • Past Perfect Online Collections Database
  • 1MC system repair
  • Manufacture and replacement of dozens of switchplates
  • Conservation of the forward ship’s bell
  • Reinterpretation of Ship Stores 1 & 2
  • Reinterpretation of the turret #2 gun house
  • Restoration of the 26-foot motor whaleboat
  • Restoration and replacement of missing bridge furnishings
  • Custom models of the Ironclad, Armored Cruiser, and Submarine named North Carolina, and their display cases
  • Acquisition and conservation of an 1827 painting of the Ship-of-the-Line North Carolina 
  • Conservation of an original relief map of Iwo Jima
  • Purchase of a 3-D printer for restoration and maintenance efforts