The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is a powerful symbol of our gratitude and pride for those who served in World War II and for all who serve in our nation’s armed forces and their families. It is our state’s memorial to the more than 11,000 North Carolinians who died during World War II. And our Battleship is an economic engine for tourism, jobs, and the economy, attracting more than 200,000 visitors each year.

The Battleship is self-supporting. No local, state or federal tax dollars support its operation or administration. It relies on admissions to the Ship, sales in the Ship’s Store, rentals, investments and donations.

Your generosity makes a difference in keeping the Showboat shipshape.

Battleship Generations Campaign

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The Battleship seeks the support of individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations statewide and nationally to fund its critical repair needs, educational mission and preservation for future generations through the Generations Campaign. Needs include

  • Battleship Repairs. Since coming to her berth in 1961, more than 50 years of wind and water at the tide line have left the Ship’s hull paper-thin in places. Hull repairs are scheduled in 2020. But as the Ship continues to age, the Battleship needs your support to keep her fit for visitors and to preserve her for future generations.
  • Educate our Youth. For nearly 60 years, the Battleship has worked to meet its core educational mission. Qualified educators develop and deliver exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs meeting state and national curriculum requirements in addition to continuing the Ship’s role in teaching the lessons of history and inspiring civic duty to future generations. Support the ability of public-, private- and home-school students to participate in education programs at the Battleship and to enjoy hot lunches during their field trips to the Ship.
  • Living with Water. The Battleship site now experiences sunny-day flooding during most high tides. The Living with Water project aims to preserve the Ship experience by restoring more than 800 feet of shoreline and creating 2 acres of wetlands to reduce the impact of future storms, coastal storm surges, tidal floods and stormwater run-off. Support the Battleship in creating resilience to these weather events, while enhancing fish and wildlife habitats.

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Or write a check to the Friends of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA with “Generations Campaign” in the memo line. Checks can be sent to PO Box 480, Wilmington, NC  28402 or brought to the Ship itself at 1 Battleship Road, Wilmington, NC.

Other ways to give

Community Partnerships

If you are interested in being a vendor at one of our great events such as Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash, please contact our Programs Director at leads@battleshipnc.com. With the help of sponsors like you, these events offer the opportunity for us to thank our local community for faithful and enthusiastic support.

If you are interested in establishing a community partnership for fundraising, such as some local McDonald’s have done with Big Macs for the Battleship or Front Street Brewery with its Battleship Pacific IPA, please contact our Development Director at development@battleshipnc.com.

Volunteer opportunities

We also value the gift of your time. For more information on volunteer opportunities at the Battleship, click here.

Friends of the Battleship

The Friends of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA support the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA with a mission to promote and perpetuate activities relating to the Ship. The Friends, as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization relies on tax-deductible donations from supporters to support exhibits, interpretation, artifact acquisition and conservation and Showboat tours. To learn more about the Friends and becoming a member, click here.

Thank you for your contribution

The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is a testimonial to those who continue to give their lives in support of our freedom today. Your contribution can actively support this treasured monument as a powerful place to share our history and introduce the call to duty – to teach, to learn, and to serve.

Thank you for your support of the Battleship.