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BB-55 USS North Carolina

Radio Call Sign: November - India - Bravo - Kilo


North Carolina Class Battleship: Displacement 35,000 Tons, Dimensions, 728' 9" (oa) x 108' 4" x 35' 6" (Max). Armament 9 x 16"/45 20 x 5"/38AA, 16 x 1.1" 12 x 0.5", 3 AC. Armor, 12" Belt, 16" Turrets, 1 1/2" Main Deck, +5 1/2" Armored (2nd) deck, +3/4" Third Deck, 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 115,000 SHP; G.E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 27 Knots, Crew 1880.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Navy Yard, October 27, 1937. Launched June 13, 1940. Commissioned April 9, 1941. Decommissioned June 27, 1947. Stricken June 1, 1960.
Fate: Preserved as Memorial in Wilmington North Carolina, September 6, 1961.

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Keel Laying - Commissioning / 1937 - April 1941
BB-55336kPage 1 of a 2 page letter from Admiral J.M. Reeves, the senior member of the General Board of the Navy Department to Sec.Nav Charles A. Swanson to give to President Franklin D. Roosevelt stating the case for 16" main armament over 14", dated 17 May 1937.
FDR did not want the U.S. to be the first power to violate the Washington & London Naval treaties concerning gun limitations.
Photo and text from the article "Gun Calibers & Battle Zones; The USN's Foremost Concern During the 1930's", by Professor Malcolm Muir Jr., courtesy of Warship International, pg. 26. No. 1, 1980.
BB-55423kPage 2 of a 2 page letter from Admiral J.M. Reeves, the senior member of the General Board of the Navy Department to Sec.Nav Charles A. Swanson to give to President Franklin D. Roosevelt stating the case for 16" main armament over 14".
FDR did not want the U.S. to be the first power to violate the Washington & London Naval treaties concerning gun limitations.
Photo and text from the article "Gun Calibers & Battle Zones; The USN's Foremost Concern During the 1930's", by Professor Malcolm Muir Jr., courtesy of Warship International, pg. 26. No. 1, 1980.
BB-55170k Rush plans for new U.S. Battleships. Washington, D.C., 23 June 1937. Scene in Construction and Repair Division of the U.S. Navy Department where plans for the two new 35,000 ton battleships are being rushed to completion. Work on the ships will get underway in four to six months, Charles Edison, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, announced. One will be built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the other at Philadelphia.Photo # LC-DIG-hec-22916 & text courtesy of the Harris & Ewing Collection.
BB-55145k New battleship design board. Washington, D.C., 8 October 1937. A special advisory board on battleship plans, which was recently named by Secretary of the Navy Swanson, held their initial meeting at the Navy Department today. The board will be charged with obtaining for the Navy Department the advice of outstanding experts in the principal fields of Naval construction to use in completing the designs of the two new battleships of the North Carolinan class (BB-55 / 56) In the photograph, left to right, (sitting): W.F. Gibbs, President of Gibbs and Cox, Inc.; Assistant Secretary of the Navy Charles Edison; and Admiral Joseph Strauss, U.S.N. Standing, left to right: John F. Metton, President, N.Y. Shipbuilding Corp.; Joseph W. Powell, United Shipyards Inc.; and Professor William Hovgaard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Photo # LC-DIG-hec-23466 photo & text courtesy of the Harris & Ewing Collection.
BB-55184kNavy opens bids for battle wagons. Washington, D.C., 2 November 1938. The Navy opened bids today on construction of three 35,000 ton battleships today, all bids specified that the dreadnaughts be completed within 52 months. The guns, armor plate, and other accessories to be furnished by the Government cost an estimated 15,000,000 dollars per ship. The ships are the first of that size to be built in 15 years. Seated, left. Admiral William Leahy, Chief of Naval Operations, and Sec. of the Navy Claude Swanson, right. Standing - left- Rear Admiral William G. Du Bose, Chief of the Bureau of Construction and Repair and right- Rear Admiral Charles Conard, Chief of the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts. Photo # LC-DIG-hec-25307 & text courtesy of the Harris & Ewing Collection.
BB-55154kTable of Immunity Zones of a 14" vs a 16" shell in a letter from Admiral J.M. Reeves, the senior member of the General Board of the Navy Department to Sec.Nav Charles A. Swanson to give to President Franklin D. Roosevelt stating the case for 16" main armament over 14".
FDR did not want the U.S. to be the first power to violate the Washington & London Naval treaties concerning gun limitations.
Photo and text from the article "Gun Calibers & Battle Zones; The USN's Foremost Concern During the 1930's",by Professor Malcolm Muir Jr., courtesy of Warship International, pg. 27. No. 1, 1980.
North Carolina Class92k Model of the North Carolinan class (BB-55 / 56) without her propulsion system and skegs, 30 May 1937. Photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19N) Box 33. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
North Carolina Class94k Model of the North Carolinan class (BB-55 / 56) with her propulsion system and skegs, 30 May 1937. Photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19N) Box 33. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-55 North Carolina 1.04k Keel of the North Carolina being laid. Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Photo added 03/17/15.
BB-551.23kKeel laying at Brooklyn Navy Yard, NY. Lt Gov. William P Horton driving 2nd rivet, 27 October 1937.
Four other photos appear in this five photo PDF of the Keel laying at Brooklyn Navy Yard, NY.
NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-55476k17 Photo PDF of the turret mock up of the North Carolina class battleships. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-5576kHull test model for the North Carolina class battleships Hull model numbers 3557, 3556 and 3460, photographed at the Experimental Model Basin, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., 5 October 1938. These models show the "twin skegs", supporting the inboard propeller shafts, that were developed for this battleship design. Flow lines are marked on hull model numbers 3557 and 3556. Copied from the Bureau of Ships monograph "United States Battleship Designs for World War II", dated 1 June 1946. USNHC # NH 93907.
BB-551.5k Rammer and Hydraulic Drive Assembly, General Arrangement Plan # 216402 for Battleships of the North Carolina Class (BB-55 / 56), dated 26 September 1939. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-5573kBrooklyn Navy Yard NY. On building ways a few days before launching. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-5595kBrooklyn Navy Yard NY. On building ways three days before launching, 11 June 1940. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-552.23kPreparing for launching, 11 June 1940.Photo courtesy of seastories.battleshipnc.com
BB-552.14kGovernor Hoey at the launching.Photo courtesy of seastories.battleshipnc.com
BB-55245k Launching Booklet of the North Carolina (BB-55), 13 June 1940.Photo contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-55191k Miss Isabel Hoey, daughter of the Governor of North Carolina, makes an impact on the North Carolina (BB-55) on 13 June 1940. Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, (ret.)
BB-552.31kSliding down the building ways, as she is launched at the New York Navy Yard, 13 June 1940. Note the slope of her side armor, angled outward 15 degrees to increase its effective thickness against incoming enemy shells.Text courtesy of USNHC # NH 44899.
Photo courtesy of seastories.battleshipnc.com
BB-5555kJune 1940, shortly after launching.USNI / USN photo.
BB-55103kBrooklyn Navy Yard, NY. Rudder rolled into place on rudder post. Steel cable on corner of turn table plate ready to turn rudder to 32°outboard angle so that rudder stock and crosshead may be installed as one unit, 19 August 1940. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-55117k Brooklyn Navy Yard NY. 3 gun turret, hook on ready to lift aboard by hammerhead crane, 7 September 1940. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-5584kBrooklyn Navy Yard NY. Shipping 3 gun turret, 7 September 1940. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-55112k Brooklyn Navy Yard NY. Right Hand gun being lifted off dock for Turret # 2, 9 November 1940. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-5579k Brooklyn Navy Yard NY. Lowering gun into Turret #2 between bulkheads, 9 November 1940. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-55104k Brooklyn Navy Yard. Turret #3, 16" gun installation within a few inches of installing yoke, 18 November 1940. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-55123kNorth Carolina nearing completion in the New York Navy Yard, 1941.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55374k Front cover of the North Carolina's (BB-55) Commissioning Program, 9 April 1941.Photo contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-5552k North Carolina (BB-55) underway at New York early in 1941. N.Y. & Phila pooled their resources in constructing the North Carolina class battleships. New York prepared all plans except for turret plans, rotating shell rings, and lower roller path weldment drawings, which were prepared in Phila. The propeller plans were all done at Philadelphia as were most of the plans for improved internal bracing to alleviate the vibration problems.
Although these ships were ordered on 24 June with 14-inch guns, the Roosevelt administration announced its decision to increase the main battery to 16-inch on 10 July. Detailed weight calculations, including changes for the new main battery, weren't completed by the Bureau of Construction & Repair until October 1937. These calculations showed a "readjustment of the longitudinal center of gravity was required in order that proper trim conditions could be assured throughout their probable range of service loadings and that the full loads of liquids (fuel oil or replacing sea water ballast) could be carried.
This readjustment of longitudinal center of gravity involved moving the major part of the contents of the vessel forward two frames (8.0 feet) relative to the outer hull. As plan work had already started, and since the change was absolutely required, the New York Yard was instructed by the Bureau..."to proceed with the development of plans on the above basis..." The SecNav on 15 January 1938 authorized a one month extension in the building period for each ship.
Photo USNHC # NH 50138 and text from the article "Gun Calibers & Battle Zones; The USN's Foremost Concern During the 1930's", by Professor Malcolm Muir Jr., courtesy of Warship International, pg. 28. No. 1, 1980.
Additional text courtesy of Ron Smith.
BB-5577k The U.S. Navy's first post WW I design battleship, North Carolina (BB-55) fitting out at New York Navy Yard in early 1941. The stern of the new destroyer Edision (DD-439) appears to the left & the old destroyer Reuben James (DD-245) appears on the right foreground.
Note: Reuben James is in Measure 2 camouflage. The photo does not do much to show the true nature of the camouflage.
Three private yards competed with two Navy Yards for construction of the North Carolina ; Bethlehem Shipbuilding corp; New York SB Corp; & Newport News SB & DD Co. submitted bids of about $46 - 50 Million each, though Newport News stated that it could only accept the work if it were granted a "cost-plus 3.5%" price rather than a fixed price.
The Bureaus of Construction & Repair & of Engineering recommenced that Newport News bid be disqualified and recommended that North Carolina be assigned to New York and Washington (BB-56) to Philadelphia (each bidding only about $37M).
The set of recommendations was approved and messages making the formal construction awards were sent on 24 June 1937 to the two Navy Yards.
Photo USNHC # NH 50754 and text from the article "Gun Calibers & Battle Zones; The USN's Foremost Concern During the 1930's", by Professor Malcolm Muir Jr., courtesy of Warship International, pg. 28. No. 1, 1980.
Additional camouflage text courtesy of Ron Smith.
BB-55 North Carolina 176k Sailors and Navy officers standing beneath the 16-inch forward guns of the battleship North Carolina (BB-55), on the East river after she left the Brooklyn Nay Yard after her commissioning on 9 April 1941. Photographer: George Strock, courtesy of life.com.
BB-55 North Carolina 627k Commissioning Day Envelope. Photo from the Author's Collection.
BB-55 North Carolina 703k First Day In Commission Envelope. Photo from the Author's Collection.
BB-55 North Carolina 699k First Ships Church Easter Program, 13 April 1941. Photo from the Author's Collection.
BB-55 North Carolina 152k Builders Plaque. Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Photo added 03/17/15.
Shakedown Cruise & Fitting Out / April 1941 - May 1942
BB-5562kNorth Carolina (BB-55) fitting out at New York Navy Yard on 17 April 1941. Note anchor board aft of portside anchor in hawse pipe. Photo # RG-181-ncb-4 from NARA II, College Park, MD. and text provided courtesy of Ron Smith.
BB-55655k Brooklyn Navy Yard NY, tied up at pier, 17 April 1941. Note that her Main Battery Directors haven not been installed yet. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55163k18 April 1941: BRITISH AMBASSADOR INSPECTS NEW BATTLESHIPAP Wire photo courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, (ret.)
BB-55 North Carolina 948k Mightiest U.S. Warship Sailing From New York, May 1941. Photo from the Author's Collection.
BB-55123kNorth Carolina (BB-55) at New York Navy Yard outfitting and on trials. She is wearing Measure12 modified camouflage. Note she carries the darkest color up into her barbettes and 01 level.USN photo.
BB-55113kPhotographed during her shakedown period, circa August 1941. USN photo.
BB-55365kBoat handling crane, port side with nested boats between the stacks. Note searchlight at base of forward stack.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55173kMain Deck, aft, Stb. side, looking Fwd. Note motor boat at left, empty boat cradles at right and 1.1-Inch.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55325kPort side view of bridge structure with a twin 5-Inch mount at lower right. Note radar antennas.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55197kView from the bridge showing gun directors, the forward 16-Inch turrets & anchor capstans.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55230kView of fantail showing the aft 16-inch turret, gun directors, pole main mast, aircraft catapults. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55444kThis original 1941 artwork by Navy artist Vernon Howe Bailey is titled "USS Dahlgren & Ericsson at Pier" and is set at the former New York Navy Yard.
Pictured are Dahlgren (DD-187) and Ericsson (DD-440) with the then brand new North Carolina (BB-55) in the background.
USN photo # N-0000B-001, courtesy of the USNHC / news.navy.mil.
BB-55568kLots of dockyard activiity surrounding the North Carolina (BB-55) as she is fitting out. Drawing by Vernon Howe Bailey & submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-55371kNorth Carolina (BB-55) fitting out. Drawing by Vernon Howe Bailey & submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-55333kNorth Carolina (BB-55) fitting out - view of the forward turrets and superstructure. Drawing by Vernon Howe Bailey & submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-55444k A motor launch comes alongside the North Carolina (BB-55) while she is at anchor. Note the crew of the 40mm mount by the forward stack at their stations and some of the 5"inch guns in the air defense position.Drawing by Alan B. Chesley & submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-55332kIn one picture you gain an appreciation of the massive armament of the North Carolina (BB-55). Here you can see some of each of the 16-inch, 5-inch, 40mm & 20mm batteries. Drawing by Alan B. Chesley & submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina200kThe North Carolina (BB-55) at anchor 19 or 20 August 1941 in New York harbor just before she leaves for military trials, Measure 12 camouflage.USN photo submitted by Ron Titus, courtesy of Ingersoll-Rand. Corp.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Ron Smith.
BB-55 North Carolina 1.22kLooking you straight in the eye.... 2 page PDF Newspaper Article. Photo from the Author's Collection.
BB-55 North Carolina 404kNorth Carolina (BB-55) firing a salvo with main battery of 16" guns. USN photo # 80-G-19087 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-5591kView looking aft from the battleship's bow, showing her forward superstructure and 16"/45 guns. Photographed during her military trials 22-31 August 1941. Note Measure 12 camouflage paint, CXAM-1 radar antenna, anchor chains and deck planking.Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-K-13971, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-55343kLoading drill for a 5-Inch Crew aboard North Carolina (BB-55) was on a daily basis.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55172kNorth Carolina (BB-55) firing her forward 16" / 45 gun turret directly ahead during her military trials 26 or 27 August 1941.From the Collection of Rear Admiral Ret. Jack Bowling, submitted by his grandson, Breck Perkins.
Text i.d. courtesy of Ron Smith.
BB-55 North Carolina430kThis bow shot of the North Carolina (BB-55) at sea, showing the forward deck details. It was taken during her military trials 22 - 31 August 1941. She wears Ms12 camouflage (note the mount card has no date or location, the colors of the ship, blast bags and bright bronze windlasses are the clue....not to mention the several civilians plainly standing on deck....they are physicicts from either MIT or David Taylor Model Basin). USN photo # 80-G-457686 courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Text and photo i.d. courtesy of Ron Smith.
BB-55 North Carolina352kAboard the mighty battleship North Carolina (BB-55) at sea, signalmen are seen hoisting and stowing signal flags in the "Flag Bag". One of the giant searchlights is also shown in the photograph.
Photo possibly taken during her military trials 22 - 31 August 1941.
Official USN photo courtesy of Gene Byrnes and entitled "Reg'lar Fellers" in the NAVY submitted by Tom & Harold Kermen.
BB-55 North Carolina 91kNorth Carolina (BB-55) at sea during her military trials of 22 - 31 August 1941. She is in Measure 12 with severe paint chiping all along her waterline. USN photo # NH 83074, courtesy of the Naval Historical Center & submitted here by Mike Green. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Maher Collection.
Text provided courtesy of Ron Smith.
BB-5572kPhotographed during her military trials 22 - 31 August, 1941. The battleship is framed by an escorting destroyer's deck, 5"/38 gun barrel and a crewman.Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-K-13972 from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Partial text provided courtesy of Ron Smith.
BB-55726kA Kingfisher prepares for launch to port after the battleship has steadied on a course after a right turn. Photographed during her military trials 22 - 31 August, 1941. Note the escorting destroyer acting as a plane guard.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina328kUnderway during her military trials 22-31 August 1941. Measure 12 camouflage with severe chipping of paint all along her waterline." USN photo submitted by Ron Titus, courtesy of Ingersoll-Rand. Corp.
Text provided courtesy of Ron Smith.
BB-5566kNorth Carolina (BB-55) fires her after 16"/45 guns 28 or 29 August 1941 during her military trials." Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-K-13511 now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-55546k Captain Hustvedt & XO on Bridge, 5 September 1941.AP Wire photo courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, (ret.)
BB-55 North Carolina651kNorth Carolina (BB-55) final fitting out in New York harbor November - December 1941. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55106k Brooklyn Navy Yard NY. Tied up to dock next to building ways. Measure 12 modified paint, 1 November 1941. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
Partial text provided courtesy of Ron Smith.
BB-5552k North Carolina (BB-55) at New York Navy Yard on November, 1941. She's in Ms12 mod with unpainted wooden decks. Photo RG-181-ncb-4 from NARA II, College Park, MD. and text provided courtesy of Ron Smith.
BB-55 North Carolina74kNorth Carolina (BB-55) appears in this 11 December 1941 photo essentially as completed. Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-55 North Carolina56kDuring workups with the aircraft carrier Hornet (CV-8), January 1942.USN photo # 80-G-11067.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Ron Smith.
BB-55 North Carolina70kNorth Carolina (BB-55) inboard profile, 1942. Unlike earlier U.S. battleships, she had a seperate conning tower level for fire control.Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-55 North Carolina89kThe North Carolina (BB-55) in March 1942. The small crosses indicate 0.50-calibere machine gun posistions. Line drawing by A.L. Raven. Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-55325kBright spot on the North Carolina (BB-55), February 1942 at New York.USN photo courtesy of Ed Zajkowski.
BB-55641kThe North Carolina (BB-55) has many links to New York.USN photo courtesy of Ed Zajkowski.
BB-55418kSemi plan view of main deck forward of North Carolina (BB-55), N.Y.N.Y. February 1942.USN photo courtesy of Ed Zajkowski.
BB-55413kStraight up to the sky point the 20mm's of North Carolina (BB-55), N.Y.N.Y. February 1942.USN photo courtesy of Ed Zajkowski.
BB-55205kStern view, February 1942 at New York.USN photo courtesy of Ed Zajkowski.
BB-55395kReady service boxes with rivets! February 1942 at New York.USN photo courtesy of Ed Zajkowski.
BB-55355kVarious views - February 1942 at New York.USN photo courtesy of Ed Zajkowski.
BB-55307kVarious views - February 1942 at New York.USN photo courtesy of Ed Zajkowski.
BB-551.38kChanging times with more of a bang. During WW I a few U.S. battleships were initially equipped with 4 anti aircraft guns! - February 1942 at New York.
The following text is appears in the accompanying PDF.
Gets Anti-Aircraft Guns. New York.- The battleship Nevada (BB-36) will be equipped with four anti-air craft guns. The Pennsylvania (BB-38) also will carry four, and it is said the rest of the larger warships of the Atlantic fleet will mount two each. The Oklahoma (BB-37) now is the only vessel in the navy carrying such weapons.
Image and text provided by Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA.
Photo from The Caldwell Watchman. (Columbia, La.) 1885-1946, 18 August 1916, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-55 North Carolina60kOutboard profile and plan drawings from a wartime recognition manual, showing the ships (somewhat inaccurately) as fitted late in World War II. Ships of this class were North Carolina (BB-55) and Washington (BB-56).Courtesy of Joe Radigan.
BB-55 North Carolina149Aerial view taken in April 1942.USN photo.
BB-55 North Carolina132k17 April 1942 overhead basically as completed. Changes from originalcompletion specs include; 20mm gun additions on the main and 01 deck levels, and the replacement of the bridge 12 foot range finder with a fifth quadruple 1.1"/75 gun mount atop the pilot house. At this time she still retained her original 0.50 caliber machine guns. As more 20mm mounts werefitted, the 0.50 guns were eliminated.USN photo.
BB-55 North Carolina38kAt Norfolk Navy Yard prior to sailing to the Pacific for battle for the first time. She now carried measure 12 (modified) camouflage.USN photo.
June 1942 - 1943
BB-55 North Carolina96k20mm Oerlikon gun crews beside a 16in turret. USN photo.
BB-55 North Carolina231kPort bow view off Norfolk Navy Yard, 3 June 1942. Official USN photo # 3246-42, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-55 North Carolina318kStarboard view off Norfolk Navy Yard, 3 June 1942. Official USN photo # 3245-42, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-551.35 North Carolina (BB-55) at anchor, June 1942. She completed her shakedown in the Caribbean prior to the Pearl Harbor attack, and after intensive war exercises, entered the Pacific 10 June 1942. Photo courtesy of David Buell.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-55 North Carolina 648k Following the torpedo attack on 6 September 1942, crew members of the North Carolina (BB-55) prepare to commit the bodies of their follow shipmates to the deep. She returned to Pearl Harbor Navy Yard after the torpedo attack for repairs. USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-55 North Carolina52kOn 6 September 1942, North Carolina (BB-55) maneuvered successfully, dodging a torpedo which passed 300 yards off the port beam. Nine days later, sailing with Hornet (CV-8), North Carolina took a torpedo portside, 20 feet below her waterline, and 6 of her men were killed. But skillful damage control by her crew and the excellence of her construction prevented disaster; a 5.6 degree list was righted in as many minutes, and she maintained her station in a formation at 26 knots.
She is pictured here as she comes into Pearl Harbor Navy Yard after the torpedo attack, October 1942.
Photo courtesy of Mike Green, from Leeward Publications "SHIP'S DATA".
Photo i.d. courtesy of Ron Smith.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-55 North Carolina 106k Exterior damage profile showing the torpedo hit hull location on the North Carolina (BB-55) suffered on 15 September 1942. Source: Navy Department Library War Damage Report No. 61, North Carolina Torpedo Damage; Solomon Islands, 15 November, 1942, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-55 North Carolina96kPortside damage from Japanese submarine I-15 torpedo (21-inch/oxygen propelled). Photo taken 11 October 1942 at Pearl Harbor where permanent repairs were done.USN photo.
BB-55 North Carolina596kThe North Carolina (BB-55) silhouetted by the sunset off Hawaii on 15 October 1942.USN file number GS-SIL-35-13297. It is also stamped, "NACTC RECOGNITION PHOTO NO. 060".
Photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-55 North Carolina 147k General view of the port bow torpedo damage on the North Carolina (BB-55), as viewed looking down from the dry dock sill at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard. Source: Navy Department Library War Damage Report No. 61, North Carolina Torpedo Damage; Solomon Islands, 15 November, 1942, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-55 North Carolina 210k Looking up and aft from the dry dock floor at the torpedo hole in the side of the hull shell of the North Carolina (BB-55). Source: Navy Department Library War Damage Report No. 61, North Carolina Torpedo Damage; Solomon Islands, 15 November, 1942, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-55 North Carolina 564k 4 Photo PDF of sectional and elevation hull diagrams of North Carolina torpedo damage from a torpedo hit on 15 September 1942 off Guadalcanal.
The complete report can be found at ibiblio.org
Source: Navy Department Library War Damage Report No. 61, North Carolina Torpedo Damage; Solomon Islands, 15 November, 1942, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-55 North Carolina79kPearl Harbor Navy Yard, TH. View of completed repairs from torpedo damage. In drydock #1, 8 November 1942. NARA (National Archives Record Administration) photo courtesy of battleshipnc.com.
BB-55 North Carolina396kNewly equipped with 40mm guns, the North Carolina (BB-55) is shown on 15 November 1942. Note that her forward and after main battery fire controls have different Mark 3 antennas and that a Mark 4 radar has finally been fitted to her after 5-inch director. The heavy bracing of her after main battery director is also visible.Text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
USN Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina 782k Bow view of the North Carolina (BB-55) & stern at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on 16 November 1942. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. ARC 512915 via Mike Green.
BB-55 North Carolina360k16 November 1942 entering Pearl Harbor.USN photos # 80-G-16707 & 16708 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-55 North Carolina199kCaptain Wilder Dupuy Baker was the commanding officer of the battleship North Carolina (BB-55) from 5 December 1942 to 27 May 1943. Early in the Second World War he helped create the Antisubmarine Warfare Operational Research Group (ASWORG). He commanded cruiser-destroyer forces in the Aleutians and amphibious forces in the invasion of Saipan. He later was chief of staff of Task Force 38 under McCain. Together with Captain "Jimmy" Thach, McCain's operations officer, they devised tactics for using picket destroyers with combat air patrols to defend against kamikaze attacks. Official Photograph of the U.S. Navy via Bill Gonyo.
BB-55 North Carolina57k North Carolina (BB-55) at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard after completion of torpedo damage repairs. After final work and repainting into Measure 21 camouflage, the ship will be ready for sea. Courtesy of Mike Green from Leeward Publications "SHIP'S DATA".
BB-55 North Carolina111kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 32v11, Design 18D intended for the battleship North Carolina (BB-55), circa 1943. This plan shows the ship's starboard side, superstructure ends, and exposed decks. Official USN photo # 80-G-157056, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-55 North Carolina118kDrawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 32v11, Design 18D intended for the battleship North Carolina (BB-55), circa 1943. This plan shows the ship's port side, superstructure ends, and exposed decks. Official USN photo # 80-G-157057, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-55 North Carolina127kDrawing prepared circa 1943 by the Bureau of Ships forCamouflage Measure 32v6, Design 10D intended for battleships of the North Carolinan class (BB-55 / 56) This plan shows the ship's starboard side, bow, stern, superstructure ends and exposed decks. This design was not used on any ship of this class. Official USN photo # 80-G-156817, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-55 North Carolina109kDrawing prepared circa 1943 by the Bureau of Ships forCamouflage Measure 32v6, Design 10D intended for battleships of the North Carolinan class (BB-55 / 56) This plan shows the ship's port side, bow, stern, superstructure ends and exposed decks. This design was not used on any ship of this class. Official USN photo # 80-G-156816, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-55 North Carolina110kNorth Carolina (BB-55) underway in the Hawaiian Islands area, 27 March 1943.Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-276619, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
BB-5587k19 April 1943 photo of the North Carolina (BB-55) underway in the Hawaiian Islands area.Photo contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-48 West Virginia80kWest Virginia (BB-48) prepares to leave Pearl Harbor on 30 April 1943, en route to the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, for reconstruction. The Pearl Harbor Navy Yard had just finished temporary repair of the damage she had received in the Japanese attack of 7 December 1941. The battleship in the left background is North Carolina (BB-55). Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-K-572, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-55479kA painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci entitled Battleship North Carolina (BB-55), circa August 1943. In the background is the Enterprise (CV-6). The aircraft is an O2SU from the North Carolina . Photo and text courtesy of artbywayne.com
BB-55 North Carolina54kPhoto taken on 5 August 1943, near Pearl Harbor following repair and refit. She now wears measure 21 camouflage.USN photo.
BB-55 North Carolina55kUnderway at sea during the Gilberts Operation, circa November 1943. Note: This image's generally good color quality is slightly disfigured by red streak in the sky area.
This photo was taken by E. Steichen (two indexes claim either Cowpens (CVL-25) or Saratoga (CV-3), neither is correct). The scheme is Ms32/18d early pattern as evidenced by the black lower panel on the starboard bow and the SK radar (rectangular shape). The red streaks in the sky were due to a contaminated processing roller but the rest of the photo (actually photos in the series) were judged good and acceptable by Steichen.
Official USN photo USNHC # 80-GK-101, now in the collections of the National Archives. Partial text courtesy of USNHC.
Photo i.d. text courtesy of Ron Smith.
BB-55 North Carolina70kThe main battery in action.USN photo.
BB-55 North Carolina 615k North Carolina (BB-55) bombarding Nauru on 8 December 1943. Source: U.S. Navy, Photo No. unknown via Mike Green.
1944 - 1945
BB-57 South Dakota 209k The battleships South Dakota (BB-57), Alabama (BB-60) and North Carolina (BB-55) as seen from the Essex class carrier Intrepid (CV-11) on 25 January, 1944. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina182kUnderway in Ms32/18d early pattern (radar is the clue). Taken by Intrepid CV-11 photographer on 25 January 1944. She received this camouflage scheme in September 1943 at Pearl Harbor. (Note the Fletcher-class Destroyer in the distance). USN photo # 80-G-227112 courtesy of David Buell.
Photo i.d. text courtesy of Ron Smith.
BB-55 North Carolina392kOn 30 April 1944, ten naval aviators were rescued in the vicinity of Truk Atoll by North Carolina's (BB-55) planes after they were catapulted to rescue an American aviator downed off the reef. After one plane had turned over on landing and the other, having rescued all the airmen, had been unable to take off with so much weight, Tang (SS-306) saved all involved. The next day North Carolina destroyed coast defense guns, antiaircraft batteries, and airfields at Ponape. The battleship then sailed to repair her rudder at Pearl Harbor. Drawing by Edward T. Gromane, LTCR USNR, & submitted by Pieter Bakels.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-56 Washington & friends 356k Four Battleships of Task Group 58.7 in the fleet anchorage at Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands. It was taken on the 7/8/44. TG 58.7 had returned to Majuro on 27 June 1944, after taking part in operations in the Phillipine Sea and bombarding Siapan and Tinian.
The four Battleships are identifiable by their paint schemes: New Jersey (BB-62) and Iowa (BB-61) in the foreground, and Washington (BB-56) and North Carolina (BB-55) further back, surrounded by destroyers and other ships. The resolution of the photo is not that great, but the photo is of interest due to the number of Battleships in one frame.
Photo i.d. & text research courtesy of Larry Reese.
Official USN photo via Acme Newspictures, Inc. courtesy of David Buell.
BB-55 North Carolina52kNorth Carolina (BB-55) operating off Saipan in June 1944. Note the camouflage pattern applied to her port side. This image has been cropped to emphasize the ships and their camouflage patterns. Official USN photo # 80-G-K-1794, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-55 North Carolina77kOil on canvas painting by the artist Anthony Saunders entitled "North Carolina, Saipan Bound."
By June 1944 the US Fleet had made a huge leap across the Pacific to the Mariana's, a small group of Japanese held islands of which Saipan would prove the most difficult to overcome. The landing were supported by the US 5th Fleet, which included North Carolina (BB-55) together with an increasingly powerful armada of battle hardened warships. The destroyer Saunders (DD-448) is alongside.
Text and drawing courtesy of naval-art.com
BB-55 North Carolina61kMain battery in action. Note the OS2U Kingfisher at right on the ship (unknown) ahead.USN photo.
BB-55332kA painting by Navy Combat Artist Dwight Shepler depicts alert firemen urging on their boilers as the bridge signals for full speed to evade Japanese planes. Drawing by Alan B. Chesley & submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina456kNorth Carolina (BB-55) and a accompanying aircraft carrier by the artist C.G.Evers. Drawing by C.G. Evers & submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina57kCaptain Frank George Fahrion was the commanding officer of the battleship >North Carolina (BB-55) from 6 September 1944 to 26 January 1945.Photo from the Naval Historical Foundation via Bill Gonyo.
BB-55 North Carolina55kNorth Carolina (BB-55) anchored off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, 24 September 1944. She is painted in what may be a variant of Camouflage Measure 32, Design 18D, or Ms32/18D (the late pattern as evidenced by the grey panel on the lower starboard bow and SK-2 radar, bowl shaped). Official USN photo # NH 104850, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Photo i.d. courtesy of Ron Smith.
BB-55 North Carolina74kUnderway in Puget Sound, September 1944.USN photo.
BB-55 North Carolina60kAnchored near Puget Sound Navy Yard, on September 1944.USN photo.
BB-55 North Carolina56k24 September 1944 photo of the ship after refit at Puget Sound Navy Yard. In this refit she received 5-bladed inboard props, upgraded fire control, SK-2 radar, numerous repairs for maintenance and a slightly different version of Ms32/18d with much neater lines.USN photo. Text courtesy of Ron Smith.
BB-55 North Carolina82kThe North Carolina (BB-55) underway near Puget Sound Navy Yard, September, 1944.USN photo.
BB-55 North Carolina56k North Carolina (BB-55) with DM-32 riding shotgun on 8 October 1944. Note the mine rails. BuAer photo # 283556 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-55466k North Carolina (BB-55) at Ulithi anchorage in the Palau Islands on 21 November, 1944. Photo taken by air craft from the Essex (CV-9).USN photo # 80G 270707, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert
BB-55678k North Carolina (BB-55) , November, 1944. USN photo # 80G 270708, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-55 North Carolina71kThe oiler Neches (AO-47) refueling the North Carolina (BB-55) at sea on 30 November 1944. The North Carolina wears the early pattern Ms32/18d.USN photo # 80-G-263905.
Photo i.d. & partial text courtesy of Ron Smith & John Chiquoine via Gary Priolo.
BB-55 North Carolina 522k30 November 1944: Refueling Sargent Bay (CVE-83) at sea from the Neches (AO-47), North Carolina (BB-55) also fueling from Neches and passing empty shell cases to the oiler. USN photo # 80-G-321489 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Task Group 38.3 570k Task Group 38.3 beginning to reform a column formation after making a simultaneous turn to port. The ships are entering Ulithi Anchorage on 12 December 1944 after strikes against the Japanese in the Philippines. Ships visible in this photo are: Langley (CVL-27); Ticonderoga (CV-14); Washington (BB-56); North Carolina (BB-55); South Dakota (BB-57); Santa Fe (CL-60); Biloxi (CL-80); Mobile (CL-63) and Oakland (CL-95). USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Task Group 38.3 455k Task Group 38.3 enters Ulithi anchorage in column, 12 December 1944 while returning from strikes on targets in the Philippines. Ships are (from front): Langley (CVL-27); Ticonderoga (CV-14); Washington (BB-56); North Carolina (BB-55); South Dakota (BB-57); Santa Fe (CL-60); Biloxi (CL-80); Mobile (CL-63) and Oakland (CL-95). Official USN photo # 80-G-301351 & HN-SD-97-00850 now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Task Group 38.31.20k
Task Group 38.3 enters Ulithi anchorage in column, 12 December 1944 while returning from strikes on targets in the Philippines. Ships are (from front): Ticonderoga (CV-14); Washington (BB-56); North Carolina (BB-55); South Dakota (BB-57); Santa Fe (CL-60).
USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
TG.38.3 575k TG.38.3 entering Ulithi on 12 December 1944, taken by Essex (CV-9), & showing the Ticonderoga (CV-14); Washington (BB-56); North Carolina (BB-55); and South Dakota (BB-57). USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
TG.38.3 88k Battleships of the U.S Pacific Fleet following Ticonderoga (CV-14) (out of photo ahead of the Washington (BB-56)) entering Ulithi Atoll on 12 December 1944. Washington, North Carolina (BB-55), and South Dakota (BB-57) are in line ahead formation. Note that three camouflage schemes are shown; MS22 (Washington), MS32/18d (North Carolina) and MS21 (South Dakota). Naval Historical Photo #80-G-301950 submitted by Mike Green.
North Carolina 307k The North Carolina (BB-55) is diving deep into heavy green seas while operating with TG.38.3 on 12 December 1944. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo I.d courtesy of James Blagg.
BB-55 North Carolina254kAlways protecting the vulnerable carriers with her massive fire power, North Carolina (BB-55) is seen here taking green seas over her bows while operating with TG.38.3 on 12 December 1944. Official USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina254k North Carolina (BB-55) pitching in heavy seas while screening Task Force 38.3 off the Philippines, 12 December 1944. Official USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina109kThe North Carolina (BB-55) in 1945. Line drawing by A.L. Raven. Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-55 North Carolina47k North Carolina (BB-55) firing her forward sixteen-inch guns while bombarding Iwo Jima, circa 19-22 February 1945. Official USN photo # NH 44725.
BB-55 North Carolina320kThe oiler Taluga (AO-62) refueling North Carolina (BB-55), March 1945. LaVack picture courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
North Carolina 325k Strikes on targets in the Japanese home islands laid the ground work for the Okinawa assault, in which North Carolina (BB-55) played her dual role, of bombardment and carrier screening. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
BB-55 North Carolina88kCleaning the main battery barrels, July, 1945. Note the camouflage counter shading on the barrels.USN photo.
BB-55 North Carolina60kCrewmen touching up the camouflage counter shading on the barrels. Notice the canvas coverings on the main battery that are used during action, instead of the decorative brass tampions used to protect the barrels in peacetime.USN photo.
BB-55236kNorth Carolina (BB-55) is pictured here as she rides at anchor in 1945. USN photo # 7007-43, courtesy of David Buell.
Postwar - 1961
BB-56 Washington 77k Enterprise (CV-6) (foreground), Washington (BB-56) (behind Big E) and North Carolina (BB-55) (only stack tops visible), docked in Balboa Inner Harbor, prior to transiting the Panama Canal, October 1945. Photo & text courtesy of Arnold W. Olson via Joel Shepherd & cv6.org, submitted by Mike Green.
BB-55 North Carolina602kDated 11 October 1945 "North Carolina (BB-55) Task Force 11 transiting the Panama Canal on return from Pacific combat operations."
The tight fit of the Canal's locks are evident here and this width limited the beam of United States battleships on 'all' classes, except the proposed, but never built, Montana class (BB-67 / 71) of 1940.
Note the shadow of the PBY that probably took this photo.
USN photo # CS 16899 courtesy of David Buell.
By By 1.09k Battleship New Mexico (BB-40) being brought into Boston Navy Yard on the 17 October 1945. The North Carolina (BB-55) anchored there also, and after overhaul at New York exercised in New England waters and carried Naval Academy midshipmen for a summer training cruise in the Caribbean. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo 08_06_022495 courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via Sean Hert & flickr.com.
BB-55 North Carolina555kStarboard view, circa 1946, after a refit where most of her light AA battery has been removed. USN photo # 80-G-373226 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-55 North Carolina80kAnchored in New York Harbor, circa late 1945 or early 1946. USNHC photo # NH 105560, from the collection of Warren Beltramini, donated by Beryl Beltamini, 2007.
BB-55 North Carolina149kPhoto shows her in her postwar scheme, resembling that of the Washington (BB-56). Two 40mm quadruple mounts, abreast #2 turret, on the maindeck, have been landed due to their wetness at sea, taken on 3 June 1946. USN photo.
BB-55 North Carolina687kThe photo caption notes that the North Carolina (BB-55) is picturered here from an altitude of 300 feet, and was developed by the NAS NYNY Photographic Laboratory. USN photo courtesy of David Buell. Caption is NYNY # 11306-6-46. Photo courtesy of David Buell.
Bayonne 210k Bow view of the North Carolina (BB-55) & Washington (BB-56) in reserve at Bayonne, New Jersey on 2 February 1950. Photographer: Herbert Gehr, courtesy of life.time.com
BB-56 Washington 37k North Carolina (BB-55) & Washington (BB-56) in reserve at Bayonne, New Jersey on 25 February 1951. Note the weathered and peeling paint work as well as the light metal "igloos" covering the ships light AA weapons (Treasure Island Museum-SFCB). Photo courtesy of Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner & submitted by Robert Hurst.
By By 517k The North Carolina (BB-55) in mothballs (in the background). Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Bayonne Naval Supply Depot, New Jersey.112kBayonne Naval Supply Depot, New Jersey. Photographed on 15 April 1953 with ships in reserve. The two large ships at right on the near side of the peninsula are Alaska (CB-1) and Guam (CB-2). The next two ships astern are North Carolina (BB-55) and Washington (BB-56). Further astern are (from outboard to inboard) Fargo (CL-106), Albemarle(AV-5) and Wakefield (AP-21). The carriers Enterprise(CV-6) and Franklin (CV-13) are at the far left. Also present are the escort carriers Card (CVE-11), Croatan (CVE-25),Mission Bay (CVE-59), and Guadalcanal (CVE-60) along with the cruisers Providence (CL-82), Little Rock (CL-92), Spokane (CLAA-120) and Fresno (CLAA-121). One of the two CLAAs is tied up outboard of the Alaskas.Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-480262, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Mothball Fleet, Bayonne N.J.80kMothball Fleet, Bayonne N.J., August 1961. The stern of the New Jersey (BB-62) or Wisconsin (BB-64) is visible off the North Carolina's (BB-55) bow. The aircraft carrier ahead of her is the Franklin(CV-13). Richard Leonhardt.
BB-55 North Carolina68k"Heading Home", the ship is towed from the inactive reserve storage facility at Bayonne, New Jersey to her present and final home at Wilmington, North Carolina.Photo from the Author's Collection.
BB-55 North Carolina295kThe ship is being towed up the Cape Fear River to her final and present day berthing. The actual date of the photo is October 1961, but it is not listed on the photo. As you can see on the photo, two 40mm quadruple mounts were removed before decomminsioning, her catapults are gone. When she was decommissioned, she only carried her port catapult, the starboard one having been landed at her post-war refit at New York Navy Yard. Her aircraft crane at the stern was stored in its lowered position. The two original boat cranes, next to the aft stack, have been removed too. February, 1962 National Geographic Magazine.
1962 - Present
BB-55 North Carolina246kA port quarter view of the battleship North Carolina (BB-55) on 9 October 1988. USN photo # DN-ST-89-00322, by Don S. Montgomery, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-55 North Carolina212k A port bow view of the battleship North Carolina (BB-55) on 9 October 1988.USN photo # DN-ST-89-00321, by Don S. Montgomery, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
World War II Memorial371kA quote made by Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz is inscribed on a granite wall at the National World War II Memorial located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Fleet Adm. Nimitz was the United States signatory to the surrender terms aboard the battleship Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, Japan on 2 September 1945, thus ending World War II. Established by the American Battle Monuments Commission, the memorial honors all military veterans of World War II, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nation's call to arms. On 29 May 2004, the memorial was formally dedicated with an estimated 200,000 people expected to attend, and includes 100,000 visiting veterans of all wars. USN photo # N-0295M-011 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
BB-55 North Carolina64kBridge of the North Carolina (BB-55), 1994. Courtesy of John Hummel.
BB-55 North Carolina168kThe following 10 photos were taken by Robert Hall during a visit to the North Carolina (BB-55), Spring 2004. The first photo features the Barber shop. Courtesy of Robert Hall.
BB-55 North Carolina106kSteam turbine and main gear reduction. Courtesy of Robert Hall.
BB-55 North Carolina99kCobbler shop. Courtesy of Robert Hall.
BB-55 North Carolina114kOfficr's ward room. Courtesy of Robert Hall.
BB-55 North Carolina200k Pipe identification markings. Courtesy of Robert Hall.
BB-55 North Carolina101k Plotting room. Courtesy of Robert Hall.
BB-55 North Carolina83k Powder magazine. Courtesy of Robert Hall.
BB-55 North Carolina80k Print shop. Courtesy of Robert Hall.
BB-55 North Carolina91k Throttle board.Courtesy of Robert Hall.
BB-55 North Carolina254k Diary excerpts. Courtesy of Robert Hall.
(NISMF)376kA guest studies a painting depicting the history of battleships. The artwork was painted by George Skybeck and presented to the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association during their annual banquet at Honolulu, Hawaii, on 8 December 1991. USN photo # DN-SC-92-05391, by PHC Carolyn Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-55 North Carolina124kGun Director Mk.40 aboard North Carolina (BB-55) in 1993. Note periscope Mk.32,the target bearing transmitter and target designator above the training gear drive.Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina185kKingfisher aircraft & crane. Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina192k Picture taken of the North Carolina's (BB-55) Combat Information Center (CIC), October 2003. In this picture you can see from right to left the SG radar, VF Radar repeater, and VC Radar repeater. Courtesy of Joe Hood, USS North Carolina Living History Crew (LHC).
BB-55 North Carolina188k Picture taken of the North Carolina's (BB-55) Combat Information Center (CIC), October 2003. In this picture you can see the Vertical Plot, center of the picture, with status boards left and right. In front from right to left is the CIC's horizontal plot, VG Radar repeater, and DRT.Courtesy of Joe Hood, USS North Carolina Living History Crew (LHC).
BB-55 North Carolina198k A control panel in one of North Carolina's (BB-55) four engine rooms, August 2004.Courtesy of Joe Hood, USS North Carolina Living History Crew (LHC).
BB-55 North Carolina229k North Carolina (BB-55) after 16 inch gun turret and after superstrucuture was taken in August 2004. In this picture you can barely see the Measure 32 Cameoflage scheme on the gun turrets and superstructure. Courtesy of Joe Hood, USS North Carolina Living History Crew (LHC).
BB-5591k North Carolina's (BB-55) record of awards and scorecard of Japanese planes & ships downed and islands bombarded during her WW II career. Photo contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-55115k Overall view of the North Carolina (BB-55) Memorial in Wilmington North Carolina. Photo by Jim Doane and contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-55 North Carolina180kNote the different design of her conning tower, taken in 1993 at her 1st. Superstructure Deck level.Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina106k Main Deck Level.Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina104k Looking up at her Foretop from Main Deck Level.Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina48kPort bow view of the North Carolina (BB-55).Photo courtesy of Karson Snyder.
BB-55 North Carolina203kAmidship's view of the North Carolina (BB-55). Photo courtesy of Karson Snyder.
BB-55 North Carolina71kBroadside view of the North Carolina (BB-55). Photo courtesy of Karson Snyder.
BB-55 North Carolina225k25,883 pounds of North Carolina's (BB-55) anchor on display. Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina480k Looking down the length of North Carolina (BB-55) main battery and 20mm armament plus anchor chain assembly & housing.Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina240k Engineering Spaces & air filter.Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina145k Engineering Spaces & vent supply.Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-55 North Carolina743kFireworks illuminate the skies over Battleship North Carolina (BB-55) capping week long celebrations surrounding the commissioning the newest Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine North Carolina (SSN-777) on 3 May 2009. North Carolina will be homeported in Groton, Conn., as a member of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. USN photo # N-7441H-001 by Mass Communication Specialist 2ND Class Roadell Hickman, courtesy of navy.news.mil.

USS North Carolina History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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Ship mailing address information
Battleship North Carolina (BB-55) PO Box 480 Wilmington, NC 28402-0480
E-mail: ncbb55@battleshipnc.com

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