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Folks explore uncharted parts of our ‘Showboat’

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thrill seekers and history buffs explored the uncharted parts of the Battleship North Carolina this weekend. Saturday, the Battleship opened some of the usually-closed doors for about 90 folks.

“Through the years, people just, as they go along the route, every door that’s closed, you see them rattle it,” Battleship Museum Services Dir. Kim Sincox said. “It’s like they are compelled to try every door just in case it opens.”

No rattling doors this weekend. For the fourth year in row, the Battleship North Carolina showed off the unrestored sections of the ship to visitors on the ‘Hidden Battleship’ tour.

“The idea of sitting out there in the middle of a ship, nowhere to hide and just having to take what the enemy throws at you,” said Mark Kuck who traveled all the way from Ohio to see the tour for the second time. “You know, that’s just amazing, the amount of bravery.”

Kuck is a history buff who says our showboat claims the prize for most impressive battleship he’s ever seen.

“I hope to see the turret barbet, the area down below the turret where the ammunition handling goes on,” said Army veteran Jim Morrison who joined the ‘Hidden Battleship’ tour to see the majestic ship and all its nooks and crannies.

Morrison and the other tour guests got to see that and a whole lot more. Kuck said even though it was his second time seeing the hidden parts of the battleship, he’s still amazed at the technology.

“Back then, the equipment that they used wasn’t designed with computer systems that we use to design today,” Kuck said. “Back then, they had nothing but pens and paper and that sort of thing, and they were able to fight an entire war that way and to create something this impressive. They say it’s the greatest generation, and that’s true.”

“It’s our battleship here in North Carolina, and I think it’s the one to come and see,” Morrison said.

In an effort to promote lifelong learning, next month the Battleship will focus on firepower. For more information, visit http://www.battleshipnc.com/.

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