SOS(Save Our Battleship)The U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington, 1960-61

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SOS(Save Our Battleship)The U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington, 1960-61

Postby dcrooke » Wed April 18, 2018, 4:03 pm

In 1960-61, a campaign called SOS (Save Our Ship) or Save the U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship rang throughout all 100 Counties. I was in Mrs. Holt's 7th grade. Each student received a coin holder to place dimes or nickels to contribute. This was similar to the March of Dimes booklet.

Below are interesting facts gathered from the Curator, Mary Ames Booker, of the NC Battleship in Wilmington, NC.
Check out this article in the Our State Magazine.
https://www.ourstate.com/saving-the-battleship/

1 Battleship-Admit One Student Ticket.jpg
Gov. Terry Sanford knew by giving each student a free pass, it would generate more money from the parents/relatives paying at the gate.
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2 Battleship-Certificate of Appreciation for Schools.jpg
The name of each school was written on the Cert. of Appreciation.
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3 Battleship-School fundraising poster.jpg
I remember visiting the Battleship in 1995 and went below the deck to the see engraved in bronze, Fairview Heights School.
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4 Battleship-County name.jpg
Shows the county name on the fundraiser donations ledger.
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5 Battleship-Hamlet Schools Collections for Battleship.jpg
Hamlet City Schools collected and donated $352.35
See below a list of schools and their amount of donations and the number of students in each school.
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6 Battleship 1960-61 school term-Admit One Student to Battleship.JPG
A picture of "Admit One Student".
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Mrs. Padgett sent this letter to radio announcer at WECT to suggest to collect dimes/nickels like the March of Dimes campaign earlier that same year.
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Here is a list of Hamlet City Schools that collected money for the SOS (Save Our Ship).

1 Fayetteville Street Elementary with 273 students collected $29.80

2 Monroe Avenue with 541 students collected $60.00

3 Hamlet Avenue with 1028 collected $106.98

4 Fairview Heights Elementary with 635 students collected $82.17

5 Capital Highway with 493 students collected $40.00

6 East Hamlet Elementary with 313 students collected $33.40

Total collected for the Hamlet City Schools was $352.35
An inflation calculator says that $352.35 in 1960 would be worth $2900 today!

Below are Hamlet names you may recognize that were local leaders who contributed $100 or more. They were named "Admirals of the Navy".
Dr. William Daniel James
C.S. Mabry
J. Richard Condor
John Clifton Boney, Sr.

Browse the collection of photos of the NC Battleship online. Thanks to Mary Ames Booker, Curator, of the NC Battleship. :D
http://battleshipnc.pastperfectonline.com/photo
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Re: SOS (Save Our Battleship) The U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington, 1960-61

Postby sigmore » Wed April 18, 2018, 4:35 pm

I gave my money when I was at Fairview Heights. I remember going on a field trip there. It hadn't been there long because there were parts of the ship that we couldn't enter yet.

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Re: SOS(Save Our Battleship)The U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington, 1960-61

Postby dcrooke » Wed April 18, 2018, 5:15 pm

Do you remember the name of the Alligator that lived around the Battleship in the 60's-70's and loved to eat popcorn the visitors threw overboard?

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Re: SOS(Save Our Battleship)The U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington, 1960-61

Postby eddie hobbs » Thu April 19, 2018, 5:17 pm

The name of the alligator was Charlie.

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Re: SOS(Save Our Battleship)The U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington, 1960-61

Postby freddie hassler » Sun April 22, 2018, 1:56 am

My Brother Robbie RIP both gave our 10cent I never did use my ticket nor did he, but he did take his 2 grandsons on it when they were young, and they asked him who owned the Battleship, and he said he did, so they asked him to take them for a ride, Robbie told them he couldn't because it was stuck in the mud :lol:

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Re: SOS(Save Our Battleship)The U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington, 1960-61

Postby freddie hassler » Sun April 22, 2018, 2:06 am

My uncle ,who was living in Wilmington at that time told me they had to dig out the shipping lane and bring the battleship in on high tide with a full moon, so not to run aground or hit the old cape fear river bridge


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