Joe's Job: USS Wisconsin Volunteer Tour Guide

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by Joe Flanagan, 13News Now

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 5:26 PM

NORFOLK -- The Battleship Wisconsin has a storied history.  She carried 2,500 sailors at the peak of World War Two. 

Some 250,000 visitors come aboard each year to walk the teak decks, check out the 16-inch guns and hear the stories.

The guides were giving me a rundown of the interior tour and sharing their thoughts on this job.

"And then I just thought it might be something I would like to do.  I like to give out information.  I like to tell people a little bit about the place where I am volunteering.  So, that's why I do it," said tour guide Michael Bolds.                                                                                                                                   

The group I was with visited the Combat Engagement Center with all its whistles and bells.   You have to have good information when conducting  these tours.

"Some come with a naval background.  We have some volunteers that are actually full time navy right now.  They are pretty quick.  Some have no military background, takes them a little bit longer," said volunteer coordinator Frank Larkin.                                                                                                          

I was passing out hard hats,leading the way down passageways, and passing along factoids in the Admirals cabin.                                                                                                                                  

The USS Wisconsin is floating history in our own backyard. 

        

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