Welcome aboard “Showboat,” USS NORTH CAROLINA, BB55, the most highly decorated American battleship of World War II.

In this podcast, we’ll discover the stories of an extraordinary ship that steamed into history, what makes her tick, what keeps her going, and her vital contributions today.

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About the most recent episode: The Showboat Band

The Big Band era was in full swing when Showboat joined the Navy in 1941. In this episode we’ll learn about the Ship’s first band and Navy musicians, including how they are trained today.


Music and other credits

  • Morning Colors, The United States Navy Band, Washington, D.C., https://www.navyband.navy.mil/ceremonial
  • Two Ruffles and Flourishes and Flag Officer’s March, The United States Navy Band, Washington, D.C.
  • Jack Tar March, by John Philip Sousa, The United States Navy Band, Washington, D.C.
  • Swing Baby Swing! royaltyfreemusicclips.com
  • Big Band Jazz by theojt, https://freesound.org/people/theojt/sounds/510802/
  • “Forces of Attraction” by scottholmesmusic.com
  • CDR Mark K. Corbliss, USN, Commanding Officer, Naval School of Music, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story
  • A History of Bands in the United States Navy. Presented to the faculty of the Graduate School of the University of Maryland in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Music by Joseph Molina McCuen, 1967
  • Oral history interview, Lloyd Glick, OH2010.43, Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

Click here to listen to the episode on YouTube with closed captioning and full transcript.

About Episode 3: Kingfisher

We explore the OS2U Kingfisher that sits on the Battleship’s fantail. We learn about the plane, its restoration, and primary wartime missions. We delve into two heroic rescues and a closer study of air-sea rescues in the Pacific theater.


Music and other credits

  • “Forces of Attraction” by scottholmesmusic.com
  • Thanks to Aaron Swindle, Skysong Soundworks,
    for the Pratt & Whitney R-985 “Wasp Junior” radial engine audio files from the Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing
  • Thanks to author Martin Irons, Phalanx Against the Divine Wind: Protecting the Fast Carrier Task Force During World War II, Merriam Press, 2017 and forthcoming Corsair Down!

Click here to listen to the episode on YouTube with closed captioning and full transcript.

About Episode 2: Ship Shape

What does it take to maintain a 729-foot long, 45,000-ton vessel every day? What are the challenges? How are major repairs managed? In this episode we discover how Showboat is kept in “ship shape” condition for another generation of visitors.


Music credits

Click here to listen to the episode on YouTube with closed captioning and full transcript.

About Episode 1: Saving the Showboat

A brief history of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and how the Ship was saved through a statewide grassroots campaign. We will also explore how the Battleship earned the name “Showboat.”


Music credits

Click here for a text transcript of Episode 1.

Click here to listen to the episode on YouTube with closed captioning.

Support for this podcast North Carolina Humanities Council logo

In 2020, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA received a NORTH CAROLINA CARES: Humanities Relief Grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, www.nchumanities.org.

Funding for NCCARES has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act economic stabilization plan.