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Built on Eagles Island, North Carolina and launched in 1863, the CSS NORTH CAROLINA ironclad steamer was designed for local coastal defense. A new display in the Exhibit Hall at the USS NORTH CAROLINA BATTLESHIP illustrates the vessel's history until her demise in 1864.
Megivern proposed that Tom Wright Jr. played a prominent role in making Wilmington a must see for NC’s coast travelers. That was done chiefly by his crowning achievement, Chandler’s Wharf. It bore evidence of the town’s maritime history in watercraft such the Harry W. Adams. For those seeking historic landmarks on land, there were sites such as the oldest building, now housing a nautical library, and an 1883 cooper’s home that became a restaurant.