USS IOWA Exits The Golden Gate

USS IOWA arrived in Suisun Bay near San Francisco on April 21, 2001 joined the reserve fleet. Today, after a weather delay the USS IOWA departed San Francisco Bay under tow for Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon May 26, 2012, to become a floating museum.  Following her eleven years in “the bay”, USS IOWA is now under tow to San Pedro, the port of Los Angeles.  The journey will take four days. A permanent berth, just upstream from the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, is being prepared for the ship to opened as a museum in July.

At about 10AM, a small crew aboard the IOWA began hauling in the mooring lines.  The small tug, the DELTA BILLIE, nudged the IOWA into the channel.

Ocean going tug WARRIOR was connected by a 1,000-foot-long, 2½-inch-thick steel cable to the IOWA and passed beneath the Golden Gate Bridge about 2:30PM, with the San Francisco fire-boat PHOENIX leading the way.

WARRIOR towing USS IOWA. Photo © Chris Willson
USS IOWA departing. Photo © Chris Willson
USS IOWA departs. Photo © Chris Willson


Special thanks to Chris Willson.

Martin Cox

Martin Cox

MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland.Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.
Martin Cox

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