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Never-Before-Seen Battleship Wisconsin Engine Room Opens

Local couple help make premier space accessible

Norfolk, VA – After years of preparation, and thanks to the generosity of Connie and Marc Jacobson, Nauticus has begun offering “Life in the Engine Room” tours aboard the Battleship Wisconsin.  The engineering spaces, which have never been opened to the public, are among the most requested areas to visit since the battleship arrived in Norfolk in December 2000.

“Guests are taken seven decks down into the ship,” said Stephen E. Kirkland, Nauticus executive director.  “It’s an amazing experience to see the original engines on a battleship built during World War II.”

The 60-minute guided experience, offered at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, provides a wealth of information about the ship’s most dynamic operating system.  Guests can view the vessel’s massive steam-powered boiler system and other machinery necessary to support the floating city at sea.  Thanks to the generous sponsorship support from the Jacobsons, Nauticus will interpret key areas with state-of-the-art multimedia displays designed by premier exhibit design firms Cortina Productions and Design & Production, Inc.

“We’re proud to help open these spaces,” said Connie Jacobson.  “The Battleship Wisconsin is not only a symbol of Norfolk and the entire region but also of the United States Navy and the remarkable history of our country.”

“Life in the Engine Room” tours cost $20 per person in addition to regular Nauticus admission. Tour takers must be able to climb steep ladders and tolerate close spaces.

Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin are open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call (757) 664-1000.

Release date: July 6, 2016
Contact: Beth Bilderback (757) 664-1017

All proceeds from purchases go to the Nauticus Foundation, which helps fund many of our education and restoration projects.
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