3 Reasons Donations are Important

  1. Battleship Memorial was started with a single donation when the US Navy transferred the USS North Carolina to the State.  A second gift from the people of North Carolina–including the nickels and dimes of school children–brought the ship home to Wilmington in 1961.
  2. The Battleship receives no regular government funding for operations or upkeep.  Donations safeguard the “ship-shape” of our historic vessel, secure access to Battleship Memorial and support a rich visitor experience.
  3. Battleship North Carolina is a legacy to those who risk their lives in support of our freedom.  Your donations actively support our treasured National Historic Landmark as a powerful site to share our history and introduce the call to duty–to teach, to learn, to serve.


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Friends of the Battleship North Carolina Inc. receives donations for purposes that help the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA fulfill its mission. Donations for the Battleship are processed through the Friends, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Tax ID #58-1074102

Other ways to give

Battle★Star Collection

Shop the Battle★Star Collection of products created from authentic Battleship materials and support the Battleship. The water-jet-sculpted steel, professionally crafted knives and historic teak blocks are made of steel and teak taken directly from Battleship NORTH CAROLINA during repairs. Shop now at BattleStarCollection.com.

Volunteer opportunities

We also value the gift of your time. For more information on volunteer opportunities at the Battleship, click here.

Thank you for your contribution

The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is a testimonial to those who continue to give their lives in support of our freedom today. Your contribution can actively support this treasured monument as a powerful place to share our history and introduce the call to duty – to teach, to learn, and to serve.

Thank you for your support of the Battleship.