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Jul 28, 2012 12:36 |  #1

Old WWII battleship USS Iowa has recently become a museum at the port of Los Angeles, so I decided to take a look and take some pictures.

The USS Iowa, is very thin and unfortunately not as photogenic as other od ships such as the Midway or the Queen Mary as there are no ornate decorations or furnishings, but it's nice to see a piece of history.

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2. Rear cannons and the projectile and gun powder in the foreground.
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3. I think these are 15 inch guns.
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4. As you can see, the ship is very thin and slender, almost like a canoe shape, I'm sure to make the ship go fast.
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5. View out from the bridge.
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6. Inside the bridge is this bunker like control room with 17 inch thick steel walls where the ship is controlled during battles.
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7. In one of the rooms, they have a panel of lcd's that gives you a sense of the view from the bridge during combat.
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Jul 28, 2012 13:25 |  #2

Good coverage of it.

3. I think these are 15 inch guns.

I'm pretty sure that they're 16 inch.


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Jul 28, 2012 15:25 |  #3

like 3,5 and 7 best. those are big guns.




  
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Jul 28, 2012 17:11 |  #4

Thanks guys, yeah I'm not sure on the size of the guns, so it may be 16inch guns then.


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Jul 28, 2012 17:30 as a reply to  @ Tee Why's post |  #5

Yah, 16-inch. They also have 5-inch and 40-mm mounts - or at least they did. I took my 1st Midshipman cruise in 1957 aboard the Iowa; we went to Rio, crossing the Equator with a nice ceremony/fixin's very impressive to a 17 year old. Worked my a** off on that cruise - some middies got so worn-out they fell asleep in the chow line... we just stepped over them & let 'em sleep.

Nice pics - thanks for posting.


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Jul 28, 2012 22:02 |  #6

Nice shots
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Jul 28, 2012 22:39 |  #7

Nice pics of this great warship. The Iowa was the first of her class, BB61. The world will never see the likes of her or her sister ships again. You are fortunate to have the opportunity to see and photograph her.




  
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Jul 29, 2012 00:23 |  #8

Thanks folks. Yeah, I guess the time has come when those big battleships are now obsolete. It is interesting to see her. The I was surprised the room where FDR stayed is so spartan. But I guess it's to be expected since the ship is so old.
I'm hoping a lot of visitors come by to help support her restoration since that's what's going to pay for the cost of restoration and upkeep.


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