The cofferdam surrounding Battleship NORTH CAROLINA will be flooded with water from the Cape Fear River at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 20, now that repairs to the Ship’s hull are complete.

Capt. Terry Bragg, US Navy (ret.), executive director of Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, will be available to answer questions from the media at that time.

Atlantic Coast Industrial Marine Construction, LLC, has successfully completed its work on the Battleship’s hull that began in June 2020. The Wilmington-based company cut and replaced steel on the bow, as well as repainting affected areas of the hull. The replacement steel was a generous donation from NUCOR Steel, a North Carolina-based company.

The hull repair project itself was funded largely by the Generations Campaign, a fundraising effort to aid in restoration and maintenance of the Battleship and its facilities. Longstanding supporters of the Generations Campaign include Truist, Duke Energy, Carlisle Companies, Cameron Foundation, Wells Fargo Bank, Cannon Foundation, Martin Marietta and American Legion.

The work of the Generations Campaign continues with the Living with Water project, which includes plans to restore shoreline and create wetlands to reduce regular flooding at the Battleship site, improve water quality in runoff to the Cape Fear River, enhance wildlife habitat and beautify Battleship Park.

Donations to the Generations Campaign are welcome. For details on how to donate, please visit or email

About Atlantic Coast Industrial

Atlantic Coast Industrial was formed by David Brinkley in 2000. It started as a small commercial diving outfit and has grown into a full-fledged marine construction company including the branch known as Atlantic Coast Industrial Marine Construction, LLC. Based in Wilmington, Atlantic Coast Industrial serves North and South Carolina and Virginia. For more information, visit

About the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is self-supporting, not tax supported, and relies primarily on admissions to tour the Ship, sales in the Ship’s Store, rentals, donations and investments. No funds for its administration and operation come from appropriations from governmental entities at the local, state or federal levels. Located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River, the Battleship is open daily. Visit or follow us on, and for more information. The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is a historic site within the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (
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