- Science on the Sound
The UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) hosted this lecture on North Carolina’s role in WWII shipbuilding as part of its “Science on the Sound” lecture series. This series, held monthly, highlights information on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina. This lecture features George Converse, maritime history researcher, author and resident of Camden County. Mr. Converse’s presentation, entitled “Building the Splinter Fleet: The Wooden Warships of North Carolina in World War II”, highlights the wooden vessels produced in eastern North Carolina during World War II. North Carolina shipyards produced a large number of wooden ships for the armed services in WWII. Mr. Converse will discuss the four shipyards in North Carolina that built submarine chasers, minesweepers, salvage ships, anti-submarine net tenders, air-sea rescue boats, landing craft, supply boats, and oil tank barges for the services. George Converse is retired from the US Marine Corps and his second career as a technical manual writer for BAE systems in Chesapeake. He is now writing a book on the subject.