The USS NORTH CAROLINA Living History Crew (LHC) is an organization of volunteers who wear period correct uniforms while interpreting the Battleship.  During annual Battleship Alive events they give insight into the daily life and routine of the crew by explaining the duties specific to the sailor’s ratings (jobs) and demonstrating activities. The WAVES/Home Front unit portrays the lives of women in the Navy and of the men and women on the home front during the war.  They also engage in restoration projects.

Membership in the Living History Crew is open to anyone regardless of sex, race, color, or creed who is at least eighteen (18) years of age and who has an interest in helping to achieve the stated goals of the organization. Previous re-enacting or living history experience or prior naval or military service is not required. Applicants must agree to and adhere to the rules and regulations of the Living History Crew and to purchase the minimum required uniform by the end of their probationary period. For more information about the Living History Crew, please visit their website at


The Battleship has an active, dedicated volunteer group which is essential to keeping the ship attractively maintained, restored and interpreted. In addition to individuals, military, corporate and civic groups also volunteer.

In the Programs Department, volunteers help staff Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash.

The Friends of the Battleship train volunteers to provide guided tours, serve as ship’s greeters, and assist visitors in becoming Friends members.

Museum Department volunteers research and present programs and special tours: lifelong learning, family-friendly, behind-the-scenes, military, corporate, private and school groups.

The Collections and Interpretation Department utilizes volunteers to catalog and scan archival materials and artifacts into our online collections database. Volunteers also answer public research inquiries, listen to and catalog oral histories, and assist program interpreters with their research requests.

Volunteers are critical to keeping up the ship’s appearance and material condition. Work focuses on one of three areas: maintenance, restoration and cleaning. Diverse skill sets such as carpentry, painting and mechanical are welcome as is a passion for period details or pride in keeping the vessel shipshape.

Working under the direction of Ship’s Store staff, store volunteers provide much appreciated assistance during days of high volume school visitation as well as with inventory, pricing, and as greeters.

For more information on volunteers at the Battleship, contact Museum Services Director Kim Sincox at or 910-251-5797 x3006.


Volunteer for the Friends of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

Ambassadors – All who represent the Friends and the Battleship to the general public (dress code applies)

Friends’ Membership Desk

Volunteers promote the sale/renewal of memberships. No experience required. Volunteers need to be very familiar with Friends membership levels, the benefits of those levels, and procedures to facilitate members of the general public becoming Friends members.

Exhibit Gallery

Volunteers host museum visitors inside the exhibit hall and provide general museum information, surveillance and safety for museum visitors. No experience required. Volunteers must be able to answer questions concerning the exhibits and be familiar with the history of all ships named USS North Carolina.

Ship Monitor

Volunteers operate on board the ship and provide general information about the Battleship North Carolina. No experience required. Volunteers need to be well versed in emergency response duties and able to answer general questions about the ship BB55. They are not tour guides necessarily (although they may also be qualified tour guides) but should be familiar enough to answer general questions about the ship and the area where they are posted on the ship.

Education Program Volunteer

Volunteers provide assistance to the ship’s in-house education programs and activities, such as Sailor Saturdays, Wonder Wednesdays, Batty Battleship, special events and special workshops. Specialized knowledge or prior experience is not required.

Tour Guide

Tour Guides perform tours of the ship on a scheduled basis as well as special tours to groups and organizations. A minimum commitment of one weekend day per month is required. Training will be provided and tour guides are expected to do additional research to enhance their knowledge of the history of BB55 and all ships named USS North Carolina.

Technical Positions – dress appropriate for the type of work performed

Restoration Volunteers

Restoration volunteers work on special projects as needed. Volunteers must be physically able to perform the task and commit to the task through completion. No special skills are required but some mechanical or D.I.Y experience is preferred.


The Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club enjoys a special relationship with the Battleship. Their volunteers help restore original radio equipment, assist with Battleship events, offer a Guest HAM Radio Operator program and host the following yearly events: NC QSO Party, Museum Ships Weekend and Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance. They also offer a guest operator program to licensed hams who wish to operate SSB or CW from NORTH CAROLINA. Details of the guest operator program may be found at the club’s website


The USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Association is an organization of the Battleship’s crew and their families. The Association hosts an annual reunion in Wilmington. The crew and families very much look forward to their annual return to the Battleship to share stories, visit old friends and make new ones. The love they have for their ship makes a powerful bond.

The Association began in June 1962 shortly after the memorial’s official dedication in April. The Battleship’s first Superintendent, Rear Admiral William Maxwell, one of the Ship’s original engineering officers, initiated the formation of the organization for crew members.

The formation of the Association was greatly helped by former Ship’s officer LCDR John Karrer who worked at the Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. He forwarded crew members names and addresses to Jack Clements and Chuck Paty, two Association officers living in Charlotte, North Carolina. By July 1968, Karrer had located 7,243 names! Today, shipmates are still discovering their Ship.

The crew has been a tremendous asset to the Battleship through the years. They have given thousands of artifacts, recorded oral histories, donated funds, helped found the Friends of the Battleship, volunteered countless hours, and served on the USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Commission. The Battleship staff is proud to preserve their ship and share their story.

The Battleship would love to help crew members and their families reconnect with their Ship. If you are interested in joining the USS NC Battleship Association or finding out about the annual crew reunion, please contact Museum Services Director Kim Sincox at or 910-399-9113