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Put a tow in the water: Battleship USS Iowa leaves for LA Saturday

USS Iowa Move

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After weather-related (or perhaps, rematch-related) issues postponed the push-off from San Francisco Bay last week, the retired Battleship USS Iowa is finally set to complete its journey to the Port of Los Angeles.

Headed south to meet its new destiny as an interactive naval museum, the USS Iowa is scheduled to depart the Port of Richmond at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, and begin a four-day tow down the coast, provided the weather cooperates.

A decades-long member of the "mothball fleet," the powerful ship is expected to pass under the Golden Gate Bridge between 2-3 p.m. on Saturday as it makes its way out of the Bay area.

Those with an obstructed view or limited shore access, from, say, living anywhere else in the world that isn't the California coast, can still track the ship's movements, however.

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You stalled my Battleship! Weather delays U.S.S. Iowa's trip to Los Angeles

USS Iowa Move

Ben Margot/AP

The journey of 345 nautical miles begins with one tow.

For the retired Battleship U.S.S. Iowa, however, that tugboat-towed journey has been delayed since last weekend because of rough seas off the coast of California.

A decade-long member of the "mothball fleet," the famous battleship is preparing to make its way from San Francisco Bay to the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, where the Pacific Battleship Center will continue vessel restoration, and turn it into an interactive naval museum permanently based at Berth 87.

Meanwhile, keeping the boat at bay is a costly situation, says the non profit center's president, Robert Kent. 

Kent told KPCC's Ashley Bailey, "It’s about $10,000 dollars a day, so we’re really anxious to get underway as soon as we can." At almost three football fields long, it'll take about four days of tugging for the Iowa to make the voyage south.

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