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. boom

    the USS Missouri is not a Museum!!! it just blasted the Aliens to oblivion!

    May 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vad

      Funny!!! Hope the movie was good.

      May 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      I saw it. It did the U.S. proud. And the movie was one HUNDRED times more entertaining than the vastly overrated "The Avengers."

      May 20, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rick

    there link to the installed web cam is non-existing.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Kern USN Retired

      I believe the video was only live while going under the Golden gate Bridge

      May 21, 2012 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Louis Dupree

    I can't wait to see it. Hats off to Nate Jones for his role in making it happen

    May 20, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    Jim. I can understand that most of the younger generation has no interest or knowledge of many of the events that shaped the history of the world in the 1930s and 40s. Unfortunately most people look at history as something unimportant since all they care about is the here and now. But if more people really studied history and the reasons that these events happened they would find lessons on how to better shape the future. It is the understanding of history and mainly its mistakes that helps us to prevent making the same ones over and over again. The past is full of lessons that we should never forget.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Smako

    This is for anyone who thinks the display of history glorifies war. Your very existence glorifies war. The fact that you speak english, drive your choice of many different models of automobile, work for a living wage, study what you want in college, can have as many children as you want or can choose whether or not to serve in the military glorifies war. China has a vacancy I hear, so if you hate America, don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • rich

      OHH – RAA!

      May 21, 2012 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. UhWhat?

    Really looking forward to seeing footage from that "Webcan".


    May 20, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Veritaie

    Was stationed in CA in 1986;

    Two battleships ported across the bay from my ship. Got to visit the New Jersey several times. My they are enormous and intimidating. Too bad we cannot modernize them – they have enormous psychological effects. The 16" guns alone looked like missile silos, you have to see them to believe how big they are. Miss them... Think I'll go see the movie.

    Good evening.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Someone

    @Spammy – You had asked about the Enterprise. Unfortunately as I am sure you are aware, the WWII one was scrapped. The nuclear one,. now on its final tour (they update on FB if you're interested) – unfortunately wil have to be cut up to get the reactors and other radioactive materials out of her.

    Am I sad about this – yes, to a degree. But there are a lot of ships out there as museums, they are expensive tio maintain and there is only so much we can do. I am sure at some point another ship will be given the proud name of Enterprise,,,,

    May 20, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gardner David

      The way the Navy keeps updating the Big E, it may never be decommissioned. My best friend's son was on USS Eisenhower CVN-60 and it is said to be next to go. That was over six years ago and then they refitted the IKE just last summer.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Gardner David

      I'm sorry about the typo – USS Eisenhower is CVN-69 not 60. I believe CV-60 was the Saratoga.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Reflecto

    Pity she couldn't make one more cruise under her own power down the Somali coast to give those big 16's one last go on a few pirate havens.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brendan

    As a battleship sailor during Desert Shield & Desert Storm (Gulf War One as it was recently renamed) stationed on The USS Wisconsin (BB-64/Battle Ballistic) I have many memories, especially the day when we lost sailors on our sister ship, The USS Iowa (BB-61). When we offloaded her 16" & 5" shells just prior to deploying for Operation Desert Shield was bittersweet. Knowing then that she would never be in service again with her debilitating accident in turret two in April 1989. As a battleship sailor, having served on the pride of the fleet, from a foregone era, was truly an amazing experience.

    May 21, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. Christian V

    This is for all those critics of museum warships: it is not glorifying war! A lot of brave men (and now brave women) have gone to sea in ships like the USS Iowa to defend OUR freedom. Since our vets don't live forever, making museum/memorials of these ships is for future generations to know and learn of the sacrifices made to allow us all to be free!

    May 21, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Nickuru

    It wouod be nice if CNN posted my messages as I have been here since before the millenium. These battleships have to be one of the greatest engineering efforts in history. Both the Massachusetts (sadly being corroded) and the North Carolina (in great mechanical condition) were part of America's best battleships ever. One could include the sadly unlucky South Dakota; but also the unbelievable Washington, which got itself in and out of trouble and survived the war.

    The thing which impressed me were the electronic circuits which calculated distance, wind vectors and ocean currents to give the best data to the gun crews when in battle. This was done in the 1940s, that is before the development of the transistor. All this circuitry was done based on vacuum tube technology. Entire rooms of electrical circuits did the same job that a PC could do today.

    May 21, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rocinante

    I think two of these ships should be refit and kept in service as command ships.

    May 21, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. Gardner David

    One of the very best museum tours available on the East Coast is in Norfolk. They have the USS Wisconsin and a beautiful museum call Nautica. First class all the way.

    May 21, 2012 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. Christensen, Gary

    Can't wait to go aboard, again. Served onboard as the junior ensign (George) '57-'58. Beautiful ship.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
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