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USS Iowa leaves San Francisco, on its way to Los Angeles

The USS Iowa's final days at Terminal 3 in Richmond, Calif. before it heads down to San Pedro on April 20, 2012.
The USS Iowa's final days at Terminal 3 in Richmond, Calif. before it heads down to San Pedro on April 20, 2012. Jennifer Sharpe

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

The battleship was surrounded by pleasure boats and other vessels Saturday as it made its way through San Francisco Bay, embarking upon a four-day journey.

The journey will end in San Pedro, where the battleship will serve as a museum, set to open in July.

The Pacific Battleship Center has a 10-year permit with the City of L.A.’s Harbor Department to maintain the battleship along the San Pedro waterfront.

According to the agreement, the city has the right to relocate the Iowa if annual paid attendance falls below 100,000 visitors, but Kent expects the ship will draw double that number of visitors per year. 

If you want to track the ship's trek to Southern California, the Pacific Battleship Center — the non profit restoring the ship — has a live stream of the voyage thanks to a webcam mounted above the bow, and a donation of transponders and tracking services by Pole Star Space Applications Ltd.

With contributions by Associated Press

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