Showboat – Systems and Designs
May 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm$40
As the first of the 10 fast battleships which served in WWII, NORTH CAROLINA paved the way for those battleships
that followed. Hampered by treaty restrictions, naval architects still managed to weave the various ship systems
together into an efficient and elegant naval weapons system – the first battleship constructed in sixteen years. Lt.
Col. Ken Rittenmeyer, USAF (Ret) will provide participants with an insightful afternoon program explaining these
various shipboard systems – armor, fuel, propulsion, electrical, etc. – that make NORTH CAROLINA an effective
warship and how they are skillfully incorporated into this engineering wonder. A one-hour presentation followed by a two-hour shipboard exploration comprise this engaging program.
The tour is limited to 10 participants age 18 and older. It is not appropriate for those who have difficulty climbing
narrow ladders or over knee-high hatches. Wear warm, comfortable, washable clothing, sturdy, rubber-soled shoes
and bring a camera! Water and light snack provided. Registration and payment are due Thursday before the event.
$40 per person. $35 for Friends member or active military