Battleship North Carolina gets in-place dry dock for repairs

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Engineers are kicking off construction on a kind of dam that will make repair work possible on one of North Carolina’s favorite tourist attractions.

Contractors are discussing Monday the start of work on a permanent water-control device and walkway surrounding the battleship USS North Carolina in Wilmington.

The so-called cofferdam will allow workers to repair the ship’s corroded hull for the first time in more than 60 years. The $8 million cofferdam will allow for future repairs and maintenance by controlling whether the area around the old warship is dry or under water.

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