“A great question we get asked a lot,” said Heather Loftin, promotions director at the Battleship North Carolina. “He is very popular here at the ship.”
“I can confirm that Charlie is still around. Charlie (our 12- to 13-foot alligator — can’t confirm exact size as no one has gotten close enough to measure him) is the unofficial mascot of the Battleship North Carolina. We have seen him on both port and starboard sides of the ship.
“Over time, his family has grown. We’ve seen Charlie and Charlene (the wife) create their offspring Charlie. This year, we also noticed a new baby alligator. At this time the new alligator has not been named, but always looking for great ideas with names that start with the letter C.”
UPDATE, March 15, 2016: Danielle Wallace, programs director at the battleship and Kim Sincox, museum services director, assure us that Charlie is still around. He likes to come out when he wants to come out, the two agreed. Another 4-foot alligator in the area has also been named Charlie.
Date posted: September 26, 2011
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