Properly sated, I pulled back onto San Pablo and turned left on Cutting Blvd. I arrived at the Battleship Expo a little before 2PM. I paid ten bucks to park, and shot a dozen or so photos before I strode up the gangplank.
|2 X 6 Nominal Teak Deck|
I strode forward and stopped at the business end of Gun Turret One.
|16 inch guns fire 2000lb shells 27 miles|
I asked him: "Where is the analog place here on the Iowa where Japan signed the surrender in Tokyo Bay on the Iowa's sister ship USS Missouri?" I stumped the band...it's been several months since I last viewed the famous photo of MacArthur signing. Now that I look at the pix again, I think the ceremony wasn't on the main deck, but upstairs aft of the citadel, forward from turret three.
Iowa ships out May 20th. The restored Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O'Brien will set sail to honor Iowa's departure with "A Champagne Toast to The Iowa" The liberty ship will flank Iowa through San Francisco Bay and out under the Golden Gate Bridge.
I'ts definitely worth a trip to Los Angeles Harbor to visit the USS Iowa when she fully opens as a museum.