The USS Iowa (BB-61)’s new home is San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA
I would like to give you a little History of the USS Iowa in case you are not familiar with this famous battleship.
The USS Iowa was the lead ship of her class of Battleships. She was built in 1940 and was nicknamed “the Battleship of Presidents” She carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a famous meeting with Prime Minister Winston Churchill of England and Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union. This meeting was held in 1943 in Casablanca. The ship was modified for President Roosevelt, what we would call today as Handicapped Accessible an elevator between to get him from one deck to another. One if the biggest attraction on the ship for the visitors is Roosevelt’s Bathroom since they installed a bathtub for him because showers were not an option for him.
Sadly in spite of her famous history and her numerous participation in memorable events, most people will remember the tragic explosion of Gun #2 in 1989 which caused the death of 47 soldiers. Sadly this was the biggest peace time death count in the US Navy’s history.
In 2011, the USS Iowa was donated to the Los Angeles-based non-profit Pacific Battleship Center and was permanently moved to the Port of Los Angeles at Berth 87 and was opened to the public on 7 July 2012 to serve as a museum and memorial to battleships.
So we decided to check it out after about two plus weeks, we figured, the big rush would ebb, since the Olympics were going on there would be fewer visitors and more enjoyable for us.
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