Memorial Exhibit for Ralph Scott Showcases Ship Plan


  • Ronnie Woodward
  • Joe Barricella



Scott, 80, who joined the ECU library faculty in 1971 and was rare books curator in October 2022 at the time of his death, had a love for North Carolina history and ships. Some of Scott’s research culminated in his 2017 book, The Wilmington Shipyard: Welding a Fleet for Victory in World War II. He started the now-completed exhibit, which focuses on 1800s shipbuilder William Webb and the 380-foot vessel Dunderberg, commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1862. After Scott’s death, Barricella, the library’s head of digital collections, emerged as project leader and worked with maritime studies graduate students Katelyn Rollins and Kendra Ellis from the Department of History.