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Whatever happened to Charlie, the alligator at the Battleship North Carolina?

Jim Ware
StarNews
Charlie the alligator

Charlie the alligator sunbathing under the maintenance bridge at the Battleship North Carolina. (Contributed photo by Heather Loftin)

“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.

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110 Responses to “ Whatever happened to Charlie, the alligator at the Battleship North Carolina?”

  1. On October 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm Kimberly Culp wrote:

    I like the name “Chester”, it has “Ch” instead of just “C”.

  2. On October 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm steve yandle wrote:

    other versions of charles or charlie would be appropriate:

    Chuck

    Chucky

    Chuckie

  3. On October 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm Shelton Harrell wrote:

    Gators name should be Clinton if its a boy

  4. On October 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm Robert Neale wrote:

    For either a boy or girl gator, I’d choose “Cosmo” or “Charismo” (“Charisma” if known to be a girl). He/she should turn out to be a wild and crazy thing.

  5. On October 4, 2011 at 1:07 pm Wade Griffis, Wilmington, N.C. wrote:

    How about Cackey. (Sorry if I spelled her name wrong.) She is a welcome addition to the Tv world here.

    The name is also kind of gender non specific.

  6. On October 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm Judy Gallegos wrote:

    I think that the little one deserves a regal name like Charlemagne.

  7. On October 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm Anne Robinson wrote:

    I’d like to name the baby charlemaine (girl) or Conrad (boy)

  8. On October 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm Brad wrote:

    ‘ CHOMPS ‘

  9. On October 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm Mike wrote:

    I think we should name the baby gator “Chief” in honor of the many Chief Petty Officers of the US Navy who served on the battleship……….just saying

  10. On October 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm Tiffany Borkowski wrote:

    Clariese for a girl (snappy take from silence of the lambs)
    or
    two suggestions for a boy:
    Connor (inspired from Conning tower armor)
    or
    Crocker (last names an officer that served on the ship and sounded vary gator-like)

  11. On October 4, 2011 at 4:21 pm Monica Williams wrote:

    Name the new gator Chelsey or charmaine.

  12. On October 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm Ty Rowell wrote:

    I suggest the baby alligator be named “Chomper”

  13. On October 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm Kevin Mulvehill wrote:

    I submit,
    Calli the alligator

  14. On October 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm Jenn wrote:

    I would like to submit the name Charracoombah(char-ah-coom-bah). If it is selected, I will elaborate. Thank you much.

  15. On October 4, 2011 at 5:46 pm Buzzy Hines wrote:

    I feel that ” CAPTAIN CRUNCH ” be pretty cool and would work for a male as well as a female. Thanks, Trip Taylor

  16. On October 4, 2011 at 5:48 pm Jackson Peterson wrote:

    How about the name “Carolina”?

  17. On October 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm Bailey Peterson wrote:

    How about the name “Casper”

  18. On October 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm Rylee McGirt wrote:

    I think the name for the baby alligator should be either Caroline or Crystal.

    Rylee, age 9

  19. On October 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm Casey Simmons wrote:

    The name “Chuck” is simple and appropriately comes from the name Charles or Charlie.

  20. On October 4, 2011 at 9:05 pm Robin Thompson wrote:

    Name the gator Cruiser for a boy or Candy for a girl.

  21. On October 4, 2011 at 9:13 pm Barbara wrote:

    I think that the baby should be named for the river where he was born: thus, CAPER, THE BABY ALLIGATOR on the Cape Fear.

  22. On October 4, 2011 at 9:31 pm Celia Cox wrote:

    boy Charlton
    girl Charlize

  23. On October 4, 2011 at 9:39 pm Susan Melton wrote:

    Name her “Carolina”!

  24. On October 4, 2011 at 10:07 pm Terry Edwards wrote:

    Charlize

  25. On October 4, 2011 at 11:48 pm Billy Smith wrote:

    Name the little gator Cruzer. The name seems to fit an Alligator.

  26. On October 5, 2011 at 12:27 am Lynn Cowan wrote:

    Charlene

  27. On October 5, 2011 at 7:57 am H.R. wrote:

    if male – Chuck
    if female – Charline

  28. On October 5, 2011 at 8:18 am Kimberly Culp wrote:

    “Chet”

  29. On October 5, 2011 at 8:21 am Alice Williams wrote:

    I think Chelsea would be good for a female and if it is male Chase.

  30. On October 5, 2011 at 8:21 am Kimberly Culp wrote:

    “Chad”

  31. On October 5, 2011 at 10:28 am John wrote:

    How about Cruiser?

  32. On October 5, 2011 at 10:56 am Jim Riedy wrote:

    Here are a few suggestions for “name the baby gator” (using “C” as the first letter): Callie, Cally, Calypso, Canny (as in shrewd), Canty (as in cheerful), Captain, Caprice (as in impulsive), Champ, Charmer, Chatty, Chaw, Chaws, Cheerie, Chew, Chewie, Chewer, Chomp, Chomper, Chopper, Chops, Chuck, Chuckie, Chuckles, Classy, Corker, Corky, Cowie (note: a female alligator is called a cow), Cozy, Crunch, Cruncher, Crush, Crusher, Cuddles, Cutie, and “CC” (as in “Cute” plus one of the “C-words” above such as Cute Cruncher)

  33. On October 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm Kate Jensen wrote:

    I read the article to my children and my 6 year old son Anders had the idea to name the baby “Chump”. It seemed like a cute name and so that will be our family submission.

  34. On October 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm Michael Thomas wrote:

    Baby gator should be named CHIEF.

  35. On October 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm Marianne Tavenner wrote:

    I think the baby alligator should be name “Charlemaine”.

  36. On October 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm katelyn arone wrote:

    his name should be CLARENCE OR CANNON

  37. On October 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm CHARLENE ARONE wrote:

    THE NAME SHOULD BE CHARLOTTE OR CHAZ

  38. On October 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm Anna wrote:

    The alligator should be named Callie if it is a girl, and Calvin if it is a boy.

  39. On October 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm Darlene wrote:

    Lillie for a girl, and Callihan or Colby for a boy

  40. On October 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm Robert Seabock wrote:

    Chloe?

  41. On October 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm terry faulk wrote:

    I think the alligators name should be “Charlton Hisston”. I got this name because “Charlton” is similar to the other two and when an alligator is captured it makes a “hissing” noise. I remember watching the battleship come in town in 1961 just before I turned 5 years old. I watched all day for it from the foot of Front and Greenfield Street. It finally rearrived around 4:00.

  42. On October 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm Leslie Ward wrote:

    I think the baby should be called “Captain Carolina, CC for short”

  43. On October 5, 2011 at 9:50 pm mre dept wrote:

    i think you should name the alligator Casio, he is on watch at the battleship

  44. On October 6, 2011 at 11:58 am Christian and Harrison Wallace wrote:

    We think the name of the new alligator should be Caroline. When live music is played on the ship, they can play Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond in recognition of the new addition. Our parents took us to the ship on Sunday for the 50th anniversary and we took a bunch of pictures that we shared with our classes at Belville Elementary. We looked for Charlie but didn’t see him.

  45. On October 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm Mary Ann Huddle wrote:

    Her name should be Chordellia ( from phylum Chordata) Allie (from family and genus Alligator)

  46. On October 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm Charlie Belsole wrote:

    Carlie for a girl,Chaz for a boy

  47. On October 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm Mary Bell wrote:

    I am a CIS/Afterschool Site Coordinator @ Virginia Williamson Elementary in Bolivia N.C. My students would like to submit 2 names for Baby Gator…Carolina(girl) and Charlie(boy). If we should win the priz will be used in one of our anger Management games.

  48. On October 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm joan lynch wrote:

    I like the names Charisma and Charlemagne for the baby alligator.

  49. On October 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm Robert Hall wrote:

    The baby alligator’s name ought to be named “Caper” or “Cape”. Utilize the C and the Cape Fear region in the name. I win!!!

  50. On October 6, 2011 at 10:52 pm Pansy Cardwell wrote:

    Charlie Brown



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