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2013 Tour of the USS Iowa

Nineteen club members gathered in San Pedro on Sunday, February 24th to tour the magnificent USS IOWA. We met our very knowledgeable tour guide, Craig, and proceeded to board the ship. Among other facts, we found that the IOWA must be maintained in case of a national emergency. IOWA class battleships were the fastest class battleships with a top speed of about 40 miles an hour. During World War II, it conveyed FDR and administration officials to the Tehran Conference to meet with Churchill and Stalin. It is the only ship in the navy that has a bathtub, provided for President Roosevelt. It was impressive to see the wardroom where officials met to discuss policy. There was a lot of climbing up and down and a whole lot of picture taking especially of the huge 16 inch guns that can shoot 26.9 miles. We were impressed with the size of the projectile and the six 110 lb. powder bags that it takes to propel it. It was a wonderful tour and well worth the time to see this great battleship once designated the "World's Greatest Naval Ship".

Photos courtesy of Marc Elliot Photography

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