The calendar remains roughly the same from year to year, but check the web site for exact dates and times or call the office at 910-251-5797.
In January, Hidden Battleship is a special program that explores behind-the-scenes areas that have not been restored and are not generally open to the public, including the brig and the fire control tower. The fee is $45, and pre-registration and advance payment are required.
In February, engineering enthusiasts will appreciate the Power Plant Program, an overview of the ship's eight Babcock & Wilcox boilers, four sets of General Electric turbines and reduction gears, steam- and diesel-powered service turbogenerators, and the ship's electrical distribution and water distillation systems. The program includes both classroom lectures and tours, covering what it took to propel a 36,000-ton heavily-armored battlewagon bristling with massive firepower and more than two thousand fighting men across the Pacific. The fee is $50, and pre-registration and advance payment are required.
As spring moves into the area, more events are added to the calendar. In March, the NC QSO Party with the Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club is sponsored by the Forsyth Amateur Radio Club of Winston-Salem. This is a statewide event that offers ham radio operators the opportunity to make contact with operators in all 100 North Carolina counties within a ten-hour period. Every contact represents a certain number of points and those hams with the most points in certain categories win in that category.
Hidden Battleship is repeated in March, and the first Sunday in March offers free admission for New Hanover County residents.
In April, or at least for the years when Easter falls in April, the Battleship Easter Egg Hunt is held in Battleship Park. For a mere $5 per child, children will find eggs, candy, games and the Easter Bunny.
Lots of good things in May starting with Battleship Alive, when living history interpreters bring the ship to life and re-enact daily duties and drills. The program is free with regular battleship admission.
Also in May, the Fabulous Fantail Film Festival runs every Friday night, with movies projected on the fantail underneath the stars. Tickets are $2, chairs are provided, and popcorn and drinks are on sale.
And it wouldn't be Memorial Day without a battleship observance honoring veterans and featuring a military guest speaker, an all-service Color Guard, a 21-gun salute by a Marine Corps Honor Guard, a military band and a memorial wreath cast onto the waters. Admission is free.
In June, the Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club returns for Museum Ships Weekend, when the North Carolina will be one of 63 ships participating in a voice and Morse code transmission using original equipment where possible.
The Firepower Program in June explores guns and the fire control systems that enabled the ship to find and hit targets. The fee is $95, and pre-registration and advance payment are required. The event includes a box lunch and handouts.
Battleship 101 in June is a living history reenactment featuring volunteers who engage visitors in specific subject areas including gunnery, radar, sick bay, galley and engineering. The program is free with battleship admission.
The Fourth of July is huge here and the Battleship Blast celebrates Independence Day with a prime view of Wilmington's fireworks display.
Battleship 101 is repeated in July and in August.
In September, the Battleship Alive program that runs in May is repeated.
In October, the Fabulous Fantail Film Festival returns, this time with double features. Tickets are $5.
Leading up to Halloween, and in view of the ship's reputation for ghostly presences, two October programs will make you scream. Ghost Ship runs Fridays and Saturdays the whole month, when the ship is costumed as a sort of haunted house inhabited by ghouls and zombies. Tickets are $10 and are sold only at the door.
Batty Battleship's Halloween Bash is a great place to take the kids trick-or-treating, and treat them to games, activities, food and storytelling. Tickets are $5.
In November, the Hidden Battleship program is repeated—see the description in January—and in December, Battleship Alive from May is repeated.
Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club returns to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day in December and make contact with a worldwide network of ham radio operators.
Terms: Battleship North Carolina: Special Events
Battleship North Carolina: Special Events