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The living history crew brings the USS North Carolina to life

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Props, volunteers and trust are three things that make this weekend so important.
Since 1997 around 30 volunteers reenact what life was like on the USS North Carolina.
Volunteer Stephen hood has been volunteering since the very beginning. he thinks these weekend are full of meaning.

Hood explained, “So the public gets a better understanding and visual experience of what life was for a battleship sailor.”

This living history follows an annual reunion held for veterans of the battleship.Veteran Jim Bowen worked on the battle ship for two years back in the early 40’s.

“This thing made a man out of me. I was 17 when I came here and a year later I was paid off and it changed my whole life,” Bowen said.

Bowen says the reunions were supposed to end last year, but they’re just so good they keep doing them.

“7,000 people, there must be 70 million stories out there, I’ve got mine he’s got his, he’s got his,” Bowen described.

Volunteers here say they feel trusted to turn a black and white photo into Living history.

For visitors this reinactment must be having quite an impact.
Visitor to the battleship, Laurie Craycroft, thinks these tours really put life into perspective.

“It puts me into shock, the technology that was around then and the skill it took use it, there was nothing easy about any of this, you couldn’t look it up on google,” Craycroft said.

During each tour, the crew opens up different parts of the ship and show original or reinacted props. Each crew member represents a different part of the ship and tells its story.


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