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The First North Carolina
1818 ~ 10/1/1867

The first North Carolina was a ship of the line, built in Philadelphia Navy Yard. The keel was laid in 1818, and the ship was launched in 1820. She was just over 193 feet in length, with a 53-foot beam, and was rated at 2,633 tons. She carried 74 guns - 32 pounders and 42 pounders. She was active until 1839, when she was converted to a receiving ship. She was sold for scrap on October 1, 1867 for $30,000. The original figurehead of the ship, a bust of Sir Walter Raleigh was given to the state of North Carolina in 1909.


1999 The Battleship USS North Carolina Commission
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