The buildings and habror of historic Wilmington NC. Also, nearby Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrighstville Beach.
1 We visited historic Wimington NC in September 2015. These are some items for sale along the Wilmington River Walk.
2 Up to WWII, Wilmington was a major port.
3 Tour boat and a glimpse across the harbor to the Battleship USS North Carolina.
4 Palmetto tree and anchor.
5 An "apartment house" for purple martins.
6 Lovely pampas grass (thanks to botanist Steven Hill for identifying it) in a riverwalk garden.
7 Pampas grass, native to Argentenia and now popular in Southern US gardens.
9 Battleship USS North Carolina.
10 Church steeple across 3rd Street from our B&B.
11 Dunes at Kure Beach.
12 Kure Beach.
13 Kure Beach fishing pier - a welcome shady respite on a 96 degree F day!
14 Shore birds gather at a bit of food.
15 Bathing beauty on Kure Beach.
16 There were small mackerel and flounder in the water.
17 Kure Beach southward to the point.
18 And north towards Carolina Beach.
19 A Kure Beach fishing pier resident.
20 Carolina Beach boardward, land side.
21 Views of beautiful houses and histroc buildings in Wilmington. Taken from a moving tour trolley, so please excuse the poor composition.
45 A synagogue. In Moorish design. Note the crescent moon in the window above the door. (Try and find an islamic temple with a Star of David.)
65 Former slave quarters (and also the stable).
68 The remaining slides were taken from a harbor cruise boat, which was a former liberty boat from the USS North Carolina.
69 Battleship USS North Carolina.
70 Coast Guard Cutter.
72 Elevator-type drawbridge. Built after the USS North Carolina was taken upstream on the Cape Fear River. It would not allow the battleship to pass otherwise.
73 A pair of harbor tugs. Today the harbor handles containers, petroleum products and chipped or pelletized wood. In old days it handles rice, corn, and wooden ship naval stores.
74 Wood chips. They'll go overseas and retuen as particle board.
75 Container cranes laoding a container ship. During WWII numerous Liberty Ships were launched here.
76 After the hold is filled through opened hatches (providing ballast) containers are stacked topside.
77 Cran operator's cab.
78 These inflated speheres were then sprayed with concrete from the inside to make the permanent. They're 17 stories high and each contains about a million tons of pelletized wood that will be shipped to France and Germany to be used as home furnace fuel to reduce dependency on oil.