USS NORTH CAROLINA (BB-55) National Historic Landmark

W bank of the Cape Fear River, Wilmington, North Carolina

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USS North Carolina

Photo taken by Michael Miller

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Description 

First and namesake of a modern class of American battleships built just prior to World War II, USS NORTH CAROLINA set a standard for new shipbuilding technology that combined high speeds with powerful armament. Her superior performance during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons in August 1942 established the primary role of the fast battleship as the protector of the aircraft carrier. She has the best war record of any surviving American battleship serving in the Pacific during World War II, earning 15 battle stars for her service. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, January 14, 1986

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 10, 1982
Reference number
82004893
Architectural style
Other architectural type; N. Carolina class battleship
Area of significance
Military
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Structure
Historic functions
Naval facility; Water-related
Current function
Museum
Period of significance
1925-1949
Significant years
1941; 1945

Update Log 

  • July 22, 2014: New photos from Michael Miller
  • November 7, 2013: New photo from Michael Miller

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