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.....The economics of a proud old battleship...... Camping out on the USS North Carolina
"Cramped spaces where part of the ship's 2,300 crew members once lived would provide berths for about 175 Scouts and others looking for a night out, Navy style.
"But state officials say the accomodations would not meet standards for safety or access by people with disabilities, and are calling for modifications that battleship officials say are impractical in a historic warship."
The Battleship North Carolina Commission wants to "add camping as part of a $1.6 million renovation that would also include exhibit areas on the main deck, new air conditioning and bathrooms. Overnight berths would be available for the first time on lower decks where sailors once scurried thorugh tunnel-like passageways and narrow hatches."
The battleship, which served at Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, "does not receive state appropriations."