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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

USS North Carolina tour

Today we drove to Wilmington, NC so we could tour the USS North Carolina.  It is a battleship that served during WWII.  It was one of the first ships to arrive at Pearl Harbor after being attacked.  It was highly decorated by the end of the war.

The kids were super excited to see this ship.  They had no concept of how crazy large the ship would be...actually I don't think any of us did.  We were able to tour three decks below and up to the Captain's bridge.  We did not make it all the way to the front of the boat because of a thunderstorm. We also did not see everything below deck super thoroughly because it was HOT!  At some points some of us felt a little queasy because of the heat and the confined spaces.  How those men lived on this ship or any ship in such tight spaces is just amazing to me.  

This was the smallest gun on the ship and it still had to be manned by four people.

These were the medium sized guns.

These huge guns could shoot accurately 21 miles in the distance!

The kids liked spinning the door handles.

Tight sleeping spaces

Mammy and Pappy way up high waving at us.

Sitting at a dining table...notice the edges.

We dressed the kids in their North Carolina shirts.  The birth order number is on the back of the shirt.

They are just too cute and it made them much easier to keep track of while on the ship!

Just as we were finishing our tour a storm rolled in and it was a huge storm.  We had, of course, finished our below deck tour and we were on the second or third level up.  Most of us crawled into this tiny little space to wait out the crazy winds and rain!
Pouring rain

Taking cover

Kelsey, Scott, Maya, Hanna, and Leah

I would highly recommend touring a battleship if the opportunity arises.  It was a crazy awesome experience.  I would love to go back when it was cooler so the tour could be less rushed.  Just look at how sweaty gross we are.  Nicer weather would also have allowed for more pictures.  Still, it was lots of fun and very educational!

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