UNC-TV will air a special documentary on the USS Battleship North Carolina tonight.
"Battleship North Carolina: The Showboat Legacy," from Wilmington filmmaker Rob Hill, tells the history behind the decorated Naval vessel and the monumental task of maintaining it as a National Historic Landmark.
Hill's half-hour documentary uses interviews, rare photographs, and vintage film footage to tell the ship's story and pay tribute to her legacy.
The USS North Carolina was built in 1937 by the New York Naval Shipyard. It was launched on June 13, 1940 and commissioned on April 9, 1941. At the time of her commissioning she was considered the world’s greatest sea weapon, earning her the title of Show Boat. During World War II the USS North Carolina participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific area of operations and earned 15 battle stars. Today, she rests on the edge of the Cape Fear River over looking historic downtown Wilmington, inviting visitors to tour her many decks, interior rooms and gun turrets.
"Battleship North Carolina: The Showboat Legacy" premieres on UNC-TV tonight at 6:30 p.m.