Weather delays trip of battleship down California coast
The Navy's Vice Adm. Mark Skinner, left, and Robert Kent of the Pacific Battleship Center sign the donation transfer contract for the USS Iowa during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in April.
May 20th, 2012
01:23 PM ET

Weather delays trip of battleship down California coast

[Updated 1:23 p.m. ET] A weather system affecting the West Coast has delayed plans to tow the battleship Iowa from the San Francisco Bay to the Port of Los Angeles, the tow boat operator said in a statement on Sunday.

Crowley Maritime Corp. said all activities related to the movement of the Iowa will be rescheduled once the weather system passes later in the week.

[Posted 12:50 p.m. ET] The battleship Iowa begins what its expected to be its final voyage on Sunday, being towed from Richmond, California, south to San Pedro, where it will open as a museum this summer.

The ship, launched in 1942 and decommissioned in 1990, has been part of the mothballed fleet anchored in Northern California's Suisin Bay since 2001, according to a report in the Contra Costa Times. Efforts to turn it into a museum in the Bay Area were unsuccessful over the years, and it was acquired by the nonprofit Pacific Battleship Center for use as a museum in San Pedro, near Los Angeles.

“This is the final journey for the USS Iowa on open water,” Robert Kent, president of the Pacific Battleship Center, said in a statement on the organization's website. “Upon arrival at Los Angeles Harbor, the USS Iowa will be just days away from opening as an interactive museum experience that honors and illustrates the contributions of this battleship and its Navy and Marine crew at critical moments in American history.”

The 45,000-ton, 887-foot-long Iowa will be towed out of San Francisco Bay, passing under the Golden Gate Bridge between 3:30 and 4 p.m. Pacific time (6:30 and 7 p.m. ET) on Sunday.

A webcan has been mounted on an antenna above the ship's bow and video of the voyage will be streamed live. You can watch here.

The Iowa's journey down the California coast will take four days. Its public opening in San Pedro is set for July 7.

The Iowa is known as the "Battleship of Presidents" as it has hosted more commanders-in-chief than any other of its kind. It has a bathtub installed especially for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1943.

The Iowa has three sister ships: the Missouri, which is a museum in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; the Wisconsin, a museum in Hampton Roads, Virginia; and the New Jersey, a museum on the Delaware River in New Jersey.

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  1. Jt_flyer

    Can't afford you anymore. Sorry but don't let the wave hit your stern on the way out.

    May 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JC White

    Great more junk to San Pedro!!!

    May 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • bigdumbdinosaur

      Junk? The Iowa is not junk. She is an excellent example of naval architecture and the industrial might that this country had before all the liberal weirdos took over and drove out our manufacturing base. The Iowa was proudly made in the USA by Americans who were willing to work hard for what they got.

      In any case, the Iowa and her sister ships mostly converted enemies' stuff into junk. I'm sorry to see them go, but time does march on.

      This statement paid for by a veteran of the US Navy.

      May 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • know hunger

      Twas the conservative greed mongers who traded good paying American jobs for cheap overseas labor.
      Don't paint every liberal with the same brush. Many support the MIC if it is backed by union jobs.

      May 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • boom

      Battleships were not sidelined because "LIBERAL WAH WAH" they were sidelined cuz they are useless compared to destroyers etc etc etc.... Their guns are massive and scary but they are OLD SCHOOL.
      go See Battleship movie to see their only use today....

      May 20, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeffrey

    Finally we meet again. Here's wishing you a happy voyage home. Go Navy!

    May 20, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • dou44

      The Navy is a waste of money and this obselete hunk is one reason.

      May 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brandon

    News Flash..... The USS Iowa's tow is being delayed until at least Wednesday.. This is in part due to a weather system off the coast of Cali.

    Yours truly,

    The one who should be working for CNN in Journalism.

    May 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      And then they Update the article one minute after my post.

      May 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. larry5

    The livestream link is no good.

    May 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. andy_txn

    A proud ship no longer in harms way.

    May 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Amurkan

    God has delayed the tow job with bad weather. He wants to spare San Pedro the shame for a few more days!

    May 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ginko balikovna

    Wasn't San Pedro who maddona sang about in la isla bonita?

    May 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mabel floyd

    where is myi comment?

    May 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. James T. Kirk

    The live feed appears to show a starship transiting the Andromeda galaxy.

    May 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Let's see you tow that sucker up the Ohio river. 😉
    Turn it into a gambling boat.

    May 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dou44

    Scrap it and use the steel to build something useful. That this floating target was soaking up tax money until 1990 shows gov't vanity and waste.

    May 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Treasure

      Seriously? Know your history before making stupid remarks like that. It served out country since 1942; it was certainly NOT a waste if taxpayer's monet, but the war machine sure is..........

      May 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Better yet...I know somebody that'll cut it up for scrap for you.
    I know that retro rocket off the junk space shuttle, makes a great weed burner...great stuff. 🙂

    May 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nemo

    May you find calm waters USS Iowa. Thank you and the people for your service!

    May 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |

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