The North Carolina Zoo, state aquariums and the Battleship North Carolina all beat last year’s numbers for the month.
“It’s very affordable and we’re not far away,” said Heather Loftin, with the Battleship North Carolina.
Most attractions that saw the bump are only a day trip for most in the state, and they’re affordable.
“As far as affordable it’s a no-brainer. It takes as much gas for me to go to the airport as it does for me to get down here,” said Norm Vuchetich, a Goldsboro resident.
Tourism experts said that’s a winning combination in this economy.
The French pre-dreadnought Danton, sunk by a German U-Boat in 1917 in the Mediterranean, was found in 2007 and positively IDed this spring. She sits upright over 3,300 feet down and appears mostly intact. Video, maps, and images at the BBC page.
The completed battleship was commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard across the Delaware River from Camden on Aug. 31, 1911. It drew approximately 28 feet of water, weighed 21,825 tons and carried a crew of more than 1,000.
In 1914 it landed a battalion at Vera Cruz, Mexico, in an American show of force. During the fighting that followed, according to the site, seven of the crew earned Medals of Honor. A few years later, the ship helped protect American convoys crossing the North Atlantic during World War I.
The naval disarmament treaty of 1922 required the USS Utah’s conversion to a target ship. From then on, it served as the target for bombing and submarine attacks, including dive bombing, torpedo bombing and high-level bombing. Although dummy munitions were used, they were capable of penetrating steel decks, and thick timbers were erected to protect crewmen.
USS Utah also did duty as a machine-gun school. On its last sea voyage, it sailed for Hawaii in August 1941. It was a target ship for bombing exercises until that morning of Dec. 7, when it was among the first ships to be hit by Japanese torpedo bombers in the attack.
I’m not sure that I realized the hulk of the Utah was still in the harbor. Here’s a shot of it I found:
I’ve mentioned the Red Bull Battleship skateboard event aboard the USS North Carolina in previous editions of Battlewagon Wednesday. Here’s a video of the event I found: