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#1 Gromit801

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 05:12 AM

While they're cleaning up the USS Iowa at Port Richmond (right next to the old Kaiser Shipyard) for her tow to San Pedro, they're allowing visitors. Unfortunately at this time, they're only letting people on the main deck, from the #2 turret forward. Too much work being done aft of #2 turret to allow visitors. Felt a little ripped off because that little detail was omitted from all the press releases, and we drove about an hour and a half to see it. Oh well. Here's what we saw...

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If you look on the side of the ill-fated #2 turret, between the ladder and the range finder, you will see a small circular depression, and a bit of red tape pointing to it. That's a hit from a Japanese 4.7" shell.


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We're hoping in another month or so, the rest of the main deck will be open to visitors.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 05:15 PM

Great pictures! I hope to visit one of the Iowa Class BB's someday. Toured the USS Massachusetts back in the 80's, (self guided) and was amazed at the size! One question: if you go back ask about the bunting display. I think the blue should be on top / Blue-White-Red.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 05:39 PM

Thanks for the pictures. Its nice to see the Iowa finally getting some attention.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 06:17 PM

Great pics my man, thanks for sharing!!
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 07:42 PM

Cool. Cheers.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:06 PM

Great pictures! I hope to visit one of the Iowa Class BB's someday. Toured the USS Massachusetts back in the 80's, (self guided) and was amazed at the size! One question: if you go back ask about the bunting display. I think the blue should be on top / Blue-White-Red.


I've seen bunting and rosettes in both color orders.
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:21 PM

I've seen bunting and rosettes in both color orders.


I don't believe there are any "rules" for bunting display, not like the American flag which has certain directions to hang or be displayed.
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:18 PM

Actually there is a protocol with bunting display = Blue-White-Red. But it seems to be rather lax in usage. I've seen pictures of ships with the bunting both ways. Military Medals/Ribbons display the same Blue on top Red on bottom. I think bunting just doesn't carry the same weight as the Flag etiquette.
"The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top."
The U.S. Flag Code & Protocol

I still think the pictures are great!

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:25 PM

Now that is interesting Biak, I painted my son's '85 Honda 750 Interceptor that we rebuilt with a "red" half tank, a "white" (pearl) mid-section, and a "blue" lower 1/3 in the "red-white and blue" (top to bottom) look.

I did this knowing that the French flag goes from blue through white to red from the fly and didn't want my paint job to be interpreted as anything but "red/white/blue" the usual way Old Glory is described. From the top to the bottom, "red/white/blue". That is the way most people read things after all, from the top to the bottom.
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:58 PM

Well Clint you actually have the Netherlands national flag there :) Cool no matter which order!

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 02:02 AM

Great pictures! I hope to visit one of the Iowa Class BB's someday. Toured the USS Massachusetts back in the 80's, (self guided) and was amazed at the size! One question: if you go back ask about the bunting display. I think the blue should be on top / Blue-White-Red.


As magnificent as the Iowa's are in their current state, they were simply spectacular while in active service. Spent a lot of time around the Missouri in 1989 and I am glad to see the Iowa go to a loving home.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 02:32 AM

Great pics. I had the pleasure of visiting the USS New Jersey (BB-62) a number of years ago. Unfortunately, it was before my interest in WW2 and thus, no pictures. It was as magnificent as you show. Thanks.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 03:14 AM

As a Iowa Veteran, who was there on that fateful day in 1989, these pictures bring back alot of memories. Thank You for posting them.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 03:25 AM

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the Jersey served with us in Nam. here she's coming alongside for ammo down in the corp area
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Posted 10 May 2012 - 06:05 PM

[FONT=&]The Iowa will arrive to LA Harbor 23 May under tow and the Lane Victory will get underway to rendevous and escort this historical ship to her final berth as a museum. Passengers are welcome.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]You can board Lane Victory 0900-1000 and underway at 1100 for the rendevous point, Santa Monica, and escort Iowa on her final at sea.
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[FONT=&]You can make arrangements by calling Lane Victory at 310-519-9545. Website at www.lanevictory.org[/FONT]

[FONT=&]She is one of the last Battleships (4) of her class. The Missouri (BB-63) is in Pearl Harbor; New Jersey (BB-62) is in Camden, N.J.; Wisconsin (BB-64)is in Norfolk, VA. Iowa is the last BB to find a home. All are currently museums.[/FONT]

[FONT=&]Just thought you'd like to know.



I cruised on the lane Victory ten years ago out of Long Beach. Saw a Los Angeles Class submarine surface and cruise alongside us on her way to Bremerton. Mock Dogfights too 190 Focke Wulf v. Mustang. She sails once a month with USN and Kriegsmarine re-enactors aboard. [/FONT]


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Posted 10 May 2012 - 06:08 PM

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the Jersey served with us in Nam. here she's coming alongside for ammo down in the corp area


Ah yes. Unreps I loved 'em, especially in heavy seas.
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 01:50 PM

the Iowa was scheduled to get underway yesterday, the 20th at 2:30pm PST. but because of bad weather its now a day to day decision

Pacific Battleship has provided tracking info if your interested

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link which is right now inactive till she sails
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Posted 27 May 2012 - 01:54 PM

She is finally on her way to her new home.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 02:27 PM

you can track the Iowa here from Pacific Battleship:

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this is from the streaming vid I watched. she's being towed by a tug called warrior
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the trip will take about 3 days
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Posted 27 May 2012 - 03:43 PM

In an article that I read it mentioned the 16" guns were removed and the ship has a "modern" look rather then the WW2 look. On the first pics the guns were there but on the last pics, I don't see them.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 04:08 PM

In an article that I read it mentioned the 16" guns were removed and the ship has a "modern" look rather then the WW2 look. On the first pics the guns were there but on the last pics, I don't see them.


their there. she's further away than she appears
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Posted 27 May 2012 - 04:22 PM

youtubes now emerge



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Posted 27 May 2012 - 06:58 PM

their there. she's further away than she appears

Thanks for the photos. I dug up the Yahoo article and it said "of the gun turrets had been removed and the radar tower dismantled". My bad, should always read carefully.

However, I find this kind of odd.

"Despite the extensive repairs, the Iowa could not steam to Los Angeles under its own power because the contract with the Navy forbade it, Rogers said. The Navy did not want a ship of this power fully operational outside of its control. The Iowa was to proceed down the coast of California at rate of about 6 miles per hour, a fraction of the 38 mph it could make in its heyday."

I thought the engines would be disassambled, rather then a Navy contract forbade.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 08:11 PM

Thanks for the photos. I dug up the Yahoo article and it said "of the gun turrets had been removed and the radar tower dismantled". My bad, should always read carefully.

However, I find this kind of odd.

"Despite the extensive repairs, the Iowa could not steam to Los Angeles under its own power because the contract with the Navy forbade it, Rogers said. The Navy did not want a ship of this power fully operational outside of its control. The Iowa was to proceed down the coast of California at rate of about 6 miles per hour, a fraction of the 38 mph it could make in its heyday."

I thought the engines would be disassambled, rather then a Navy contract forbade.


that's about the speed of the tug
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Posted 27 May 2012 - 08:40 PM

I have series of slides taken in October 1985, most of them onboard the mighty ship, when the Iowa visited Oslo. Back then she was still in her days of glory and in ship shape.
I plan to get me a slide scanner, I have a couple of thousands slides lying about waiting to be converted into digital format, so I'll see what I can do about it.




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