-SOLD OUT- Obscura Day on Board the USS Iowa
Your last chance to explore the legendary WWII Super Battleship before it departs the Bay Area for the last time
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Join us for this extraordinary opportunity to visit and go on board the super battleship before it departs the Bay Area for a new home as a museum ship in Los Angeles, CA.
Built in New York, the 880 foot long Iowa was President Roosevelt's transport ship during WWII and was once known as the "World's Greatest Naval Ship". The prototype vessel for the four massive super battelships that entered the Pacific Theater, the Iowa brought Roosevelt to the Tehran Conference to meet with Stalin and Churchill and was part of major Pacific battles of the war. In August 1945, the Iowa entered Tokyo Bay along with sister ship the USS Missouri to witness the surender of the Japanese.
After seeing action for nearly a half century, the Iowa was decommissioned for the last time in 1990 and sent to the Bay Area to join the National Defense Reserve Fleet, aka "the Ghost Fleet". Last July, we set out to see the Iowa as part of the Suison Bay Ghost Fleet. In October, the Iowa moved to Richmond to begin the transformation into a museum ship and will depart on May 20 for Los Angeles.
For Obscura Day we'll be joining the celebrations on its final weekend open to the public in the Bay Area. Museum Curator Dave Way will meet us for a special introduction to the ship.
We'll explore the bow section, plus a mini-museum with additional battleship displays, a 10 minute film on saving Iowa, a Sheridan tank, half-track armored vehicle, jeeps, a F-4 Blue Angel cockpit, and souvenir store.
At 11 am, a Vietnam era Huey helicopter will land on the stern of Iowa (pending final Navy approval, if not the parking lot), taking off around 3pm. Additionally, the Military Vehicle Collectors Club will have several vehicles on display.
PLEASE BRING A $10 DONATION TO BE PAID AT THE START OF THE TOUR, TO HELP SUPPORT THE ONGOING RESTORATION EFFORTS.
Time10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Hosted byUSS Iowa & the Pacific Battleship Center
The USS Iowa is currently unable to accommodate visitors on board that are unable to walk unassisted.
However, there are plenty of shore side exhibits that can be viewed.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Adults need to be aware of steep brow, brow step at top, steel protrusions and deck unevenness and take the proper steps to keep children aware at all times.
Children 10 and under must be accompanied by one adult per child on the ship tour.
Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times on board the USS Iowa. No heels or open toed shoes permitted.
Appropriate clothing is required. No shirts, no shoes, no boarding.