It's All About The Crew

At one point during World War II there were over 2,300 men aboard. Each crew member has a story to tell. In 2013, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA launched Sea Stories to bring a better understanding of what it was like to live on a City at Sea. From comedic entertainment to dishearten of losing a fellow sailor, the archives are being opened to help share their story.

Battleship’s Navigators

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“It was a really unique experience because when we first got out there our charts were so inefficient and so out of date that we would be ordered to go to a certain place and have a hard time finding it on a chart. The first one that I can remember was when we were read more…

Beating the Censors

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“Beverly [my wife] and I made up a code so she would know what area of the South Pacific I was in or headed to. The code worked several ways. A song title gave the location of where the ship was or where we had just been. For example when I wrote home I would read more…

Launching A Plane

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“There were two types of catapults, one was powered by compressed air and the other was by a 5 inch shell with gunpowder, and the one with the 5 inch shell was much smoother than the compressed air.” Launching from a catapult “was just a very easy way of getting airborne. You didn’t do very read more…