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.
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.