Battleship Staying Put in Wilmington
By Roderick McClain
Wilmington, NC – The Battleship North Carolina will remain in Wilmington for structural repairs.
For several years, Capt. Terry Bragg has been asked two questions: Where is Charlie the alligator, and when is the Battleship North Carolina going to Norfolk, Virginia for repairs?
On the battleship both of those questions were answered: Charlie still makes appearances in the swampy water around the boat, and instead of going to Norfolk the battleship is staying put for local repair.
Bragg says the decision to repair the battleship locally will cost $12 to $14 million. Repair in Norfolk may have cost as much as $30 million.
"We're very proud to be able to do the in-place hull repairs. This will allow us to use local talent, but also we'd be open for ticket sales, we'd be open for events. We also think we'd be quite a novelty."
The repairs will be paid for by profit from ticket sales and from private donations.
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