Tuesday, June 09, 2009
The original USS North Carolina?
The above is a shot of the gangway gate to the USS North Carolina (1836), 19th century warship (and on display at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh). The gangway features a black walnut engraving of the state seal "surrounded by tobacco, cotton, corn, oak leaves and pine needles with a sun rising over an American flag, eagle, and shield."
(Click to enlarge the closeup photo to really get a feel for the intricate carving work.)
Below is a artist's depiction of the "old" USS North Carolina, not the one in Wilmington.