From Raleigh, North Carolina, comes the news about a battleship—and visits to it.
Approximately 58,000 persons have visited the USS North Carolina in the four months it has been open, the battleship commission was told. Gov. Terry Sanford, who presented commissions to five new members of the group, said the high attendance during the winter months indicates the popularity of the memorial and probably means a flood of sightseers when the travel season begins in the spring.
Commission Treasurer John Fox of Wilmington reported that ticket sales through January 31 amounted to $21,640. The commission has taken in nearly $350,000 since it began a drive last spring to raise funds to save the ship and bring it to Wilmington. Donations from the public were about $311,000.
Then we read of an old ship restored. The world's oldest preserved, fully identified ship is Sweden's Vasa, The 1,400-ton armed galleon capsized and sank in Stockholm harbor on the first day of her maiden voyage in 1628. The ship was raised intact in 1961 and will be restored as a historic monument.
But a greater restoration is the restoration of men that is spoken of in Joel 2:25-27:
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmer-worm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never he ashamed.