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Today's episode: A brief history of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and how the Ship was saved through a statewide grassroots campaign. We will also explore how the Battleship earned the name "Showboat."
SEE MORE OF THE SHIP! Under Phase 2.5 of Governor Cooper's plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions, the Battleship will welcome visitors to the full public tour route starting tomorrow (Saturday, September 5).
Procedures remain in place to help ensure the safety of staff and visitors, including
* Offering only self-guided tours of the full public tour route.
* Requiring visitors to wear a cloth mask over their nose and mouth. Non-medical masks, bandanas, or scarves may be worn.
* Limiting the number of visitors allowed in the gift shop and closing the visitors center.
* Welcoming only non-cash (credit card) payments.
Adult admission will return to $14, with visitors offered the group, child, military or ADA rate as applicable.
Operating hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, the last ticket sold at 4 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Contractors are getting ready to begin the Phase II hull repairs. Steel will be replaced on the port side bow section. Phase I was the construction of the cofferdam which allows us to drain the water from around the ship so Phase II can begin. Construction is expected to be completed by 15 December.
A History of the Showboat
Masks for the Battleship North Carolina Volunteers
by Eric Mens
Under a cloudy but rain-free sky, the Brunswick Forest Stitchers visited the Battleship North Carolina Memorial in Wilmington to make a special presentation. The women's group, known as the Shelmore Stitchers, from Leland’s Brunswick Forest community, had made 80 personal use masks for the volunteers who work on the ship. The presentation was made to Michael Zalob, Chairman of the Battleship North Carolina Friends. Michael coordinates the work of community volunteers who devote their time and efforts to work at the ship in various capacities.
Nine from the group attended the presentation on Wednesday, June 17th. The event brought the total number of masks delivered to the Battleship North Carolina to 105. A first batch of 25 masks, made by Nancy D’Abrosca and Marilyn O’Brien, was presented to the staff and gift shop workers on the day that the ship opened to the public. The Memorial had been closed as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings. Eight women made the second batch of 80 at the request of Michael Zalob. The Battleship North Carolina Friends chose the distinctive star-decorated red, white, and blue material so that the visiting public could distinguish the ship volunteers from others on board.
To ensure that the masks were identical, kits were assembled with directions for each of the eight women who had committed to making ten each. Upon completion, Nancy cleaned the masks and packaged them along with filters and instructions on how the wearers should care for their new masks.
The community mask-makers have been busy making and donating masks since April 2020. Organized by Nancy D’Abrosca and Cindy Bryant, the group consists of 20 material donors, cutters, and seamstresses. The group has made and presented over 800 masks to various local non-profit organizations such as Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc., Brunswick Family Assistance, Brunswick Cove Living Center, patients of NHRMC in Brunswick Forest, the New Chapter Book Club, as well as for staff and customers at local small businesses such as Hickman’s Pharmacy and others.
Credit for their work and commitment to community goes to Lynn Keller and Debby White, who donated time to cut and prepare materials. The American Sewing Guild, Diane Gray, and Sandy Rueda, donated materials to the group's overall efforts. The seamstresses also donated materials and include Arliss Bailey, Marena Brons, Cindy Bryant, Ann Carbone, Nancy D’Abrosca, Kathleen Giadone, Diane Guididas, Cornelia Maxted, Dara McCarthy, Marilyn O'Brien, Elizabeth Ord, Suzy Pearson, Barbara Sloyer, Anne Tapaszi, and Joan Zeltmann.
The Brunswick forest Stitchers
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.The Table Team of volunteers has been restoring the mess deck tables and benches. Team Leader Wally Brooks explains that the "first table was a challenge. It took more time than anyone cares to admit figuring out a process and deciding the best tools to use. After a couple of weeks, the first table was returned to its place in the mess hall, and the team spent the next week admiring their work.
Then the Table Team honed their skills and improved the process. They are now able to produce one restored table each week. To date, they have restored a dozen tables, with a few more to follow."
Check out the mess deck tables the next time you visit BB55!
Note: These photos were taken prior to to the COVID-19 stay at home order
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