By C. MacDonald
On the Pacific Ocean, Six Miles Off the Coast of Long Beach–We were lucky to take a Harbor Breeze Cruise (shown in photos) on May 31 to see the famous USS Iowa, a 58,000-ton battleship that served in World War II, the Korean War and even escorted tankers in the Persian Gulf during the Iran-Iraq War. In recent times, the warrior for more than 50 years, had been in a mothball fleet near San Francisco. But now the vessel which earned 11 Battle Stars has been given a new lease on life and is on its journey to the Port of Los Angeles, Berth 87 in San Pedro. In July, it will become an interactive museum and memorial to battleships, thanks to the non-profit, Pacific Battleship Center. Read full story!
Yesterday we saw the proud Iowa, resting on the choppy sea where its hull was being cleaned before proceeding on to its final destination. This was one of the last times people could see it out in the ocean, tethered to the Crowley Tugboat Warrior, which had helped ease it south. If you can make it to Long Beach, Calif. on June 1, 2012, there are special USS Iowa tours being offered by Harbor Breeze Yacht Charters and Cruises. Call 562-432-4900, longbeachcruises.com