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Why isn’t the Battleship North Carolina docked with the bow facing downtown Wilmington?

Jim Ware
Battleship USS North Carolina

The battleship USS North Carolina, as seen from above in February 2008. (StarNews file photo)

We put this question to Heather Loftin, promotions director for Battleship North Carolina. Here’s her response:

“When the ship arrived in Wilmington in 1961, she was tugged bow first. At that time, with the river’s width, she needed to start turning before the bend to be at an angle to get into the slip. The ship could not have moved forward up the river and then backed in to have the bow facing downtown Wilmington because of the turn that needed to happen.”

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