I wanted to share those pics before moving on to the U.S.S. North Carolina.
Our grandson Dalton was out of school for Spring Break and our daughter Alissa was on vacation. So, we decided to go on an adventure -- to Wilmington to visit the U.S.S. North Carolina and the aquarium at Kure Beach, so off we went.
The battleship is armed with nine 16-inch 45 caliber guns in three turrets...
The second deck featured daily life spaces, which made the ship feel like a floating city. The first area we encountered was the Chapel. Church services were usually held in the mess hall but could also be in any available area or the main deck.
A bugler sounded the church call and a quartet or choir performed. The battleship's chaplain held weekly services, oversaw the crew's spiritual welfare and served as a morale builder. He also held weekly Bible studies and he managed the ship's library.
Across the room was the cafeteria-style serving line...
...along with the many serving trays waiting to be used by the crew members.
- make sure there was no gambling, fighting, profanity, littering or making, keeping, selling or drinking alcohol;
- ensure the crew obeyed the designated smoking times and places.
The print shop published such things as a newspaper, liberty cards, plans for the day, letterhead and maps.
Lost and Found was known as the "Lucky Bag." Check out what it meant to have a personal article found and placed in the Lucky Bag.
Pics of the laundry facilities aren't that good, but how's this for washers:
It cost to have uniforms, pressed and officers, mess cooks, bakers, galley cooks and chief petty officers were the only ones allowed to pay the "finished service" fee for pressed uniforms. Enlisted member's uniforms were not pressed. Sometimes enlisted personnel could got their uniforms pressed if they knew someone who worked in the ironing room. Otherwise, pressing meant using your own iron on a makeshift ironing board, such as pea coat lockers, or placing it underneath your mattress and sleeping on it. How that could be acceptable pressing of a uniform is beyond me...LOL!
A store where one could purchase Prince Albert in a can and Barbasol -- among other items.
Did you ever call someone and ask them if they had Prince Albert in a can? If so, let him out -- I have to admit I have:)
Have you ever wondered what they did with all the garbage -- they had a "garbage grinder." Pic is taken thru a "cloudy" -- for lack of a better word -- window."
A trunk is a series of openings for transporting supplies or ammunition. The bottom is 4 levels down -- or 35 feet. So, there are four more levels to this ship -- WOW!
They invite you to toss a coin and make a wish...all money collected is used for the ship's restoration projects.
We have family and friends in Arkansas and Texas that are experiencing severe storms and tornado activity. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones and we pray for the safety of everyone. There was considerable damage to Little Rock AFB -- my old stomping grounds -- and to the town of Vilonia just North of LRAFB where many military families live. Please pray for those who were affected by these terrible storms...thank you!
God bless and be safe wherever you are!