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L.A.'s New Battleship Is En Route from Northern California

Photo of the USS Iowa by mashleymorgan via Flickr
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The USS Iowa, a retired battleship that will become a maritime museum at the Port of Los Angeles, started its final voyage this weekend from Northern California to its new home in San Pedro.

The war ship was towed under San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday and will arrive in Los Angeles tomorrow morning around 6:30 a.m. It will anchor for several days about 6 miles offshore for hull cleaning, and will open to the public on July 7. The U.S. Coast Guard is warning boaters that it is enforcing a 100-yard safety zone around the ship.

The L.A. Harbor Commission voted unanimously two weeks ago to bring the USS Iowa to the Port of L.A. and use it as a floating maritime museum. Guests will be able to book overnight stays and the ship's museum will offer several tours highlighting weaponry, engineering and what it's like to live life at sea.