USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial


The laying of the keel of the North Carolina in October 1937 marked the end of a 16-year moratorium on U.S. battleship construction. The first of 10 "fast battleships" that saw service in WW II, the North Carolina featured new U.S. shipbuilding technologies that combined high speed with powerful armament. The engineering design of the hull and propellers, along with superior engine power, enabled the ship to reach a top speed six knots faster than any of its predecessors. In addition, its streamlined superstructure gave gunners wider fields of fire than ever before. Four years of engineering design work went into the ship's creation.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Industrial & Manufacturing
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:During a lengthy shakedown period, the North Carolina returned often to the New York Naval Shipyard, where she'd been built. New Yorkers, particularly radio commentator Walter Winchell, got so used to seeing the ship come and go that they nicknamed her "The Showboat," after the colorful river steamer in the popular Broadway musical of that name.