USS Iowa Departs for Southern California

After weather delays last week, Saturday the historic 887-foot long battleship began its journey to southern California, where it will become a naval museum.

Saturday, May 26, 2012  |  Updated 10:20 PM PDT
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The USS Iowa will leave from the Port of Richmond to Los Angeles and become a floating museum.

The USS Iowa will leave from the Port of Richmond to Los Angeles and become a floating museum.

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The USS Iowa left San Francisco Saturday on its way to its new home in Southern California.

The historic battleship was surrounded by dozens of pleasure boats and other vessels as it made its way through San Francisco Bay Saturday.

The 887-foot long, 58,000-ton battlewagon is being towed to the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, where it will be transformed into an interactive naval museum.

The Iowa was scheduled to leave last Sunday but its departure was delayed because of a storm system approaching California.

The move comes after ownership of the ship was officially transferred earlier this month from the U.S. Navy to the Pacific Battleship Center, the nonprofit organization that has been restoring the boat for its new mission.

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