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Famed battleship Iowa's final journey delayed

May 20, 2012 | 11:28 am

Iowa battleship

The final journey of the famed battleship Iowa was delayed Sunday morning, postponing plans to move the massive ship by tug from the San Francisco Bay to its permanent home as a museum in the Port of Los Angeles.

A weather system approaching the West Coast is expected to bring waves as high as 30 feet on Wednesday, serious enough to endanger the 887-foot-long ship, said Lisa Lacher of the Pacific Battleship Center. Once that system has passed,  the four-day tow of the battleship will be rescheduled.

After the ship is guided out of the San Francisco Bay, a 7,200-horsepower tugboat will haul the battleship down the California coast on a four-day journey to Los Angeles. Once there, it will be anchored three miles off Seal Beach for a thorough hull cleaning, then towed to the outer harbor of the Los Angeles Port for a “grand entry."

The historic ship’s permanent home will be San Pedro’s Berth 87.

Authorities had hoped the Iowa would be open to public tours by July 7th. It is unclear whether Sunday’s delay will affect that date, Lacher said. Updates regarding the tow schedule will be posted at www.pacificbattleship.com and the Facebook page of the Pacific Battleship Center.

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Photo: The battleship Iowa carried FDR and saw action in World War II and Korea. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

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