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Old 08-18-2019, 11:51 AM   #1
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USS Iowa

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As a career weaponeer, I shudder at this idea thinking of the strain on the gearing, and I certainly refused to consider my 16-inch guns on USS Iowa for use as a crane to haul heavy glass panels of President Reagan's bullet-proof reviewing cage to the top of one of the turrets for his fleet review during the Statue of Liberty in NYC harbor in 1986.
Now you’ve done it! You mentioned the Iowa—my favorite warship of all time—and forced me into thread drift.
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Old 08-18-2019, 11:52 AM   #2
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Now, back to our regularly scheduled program . . .
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Old 08-25-2019, 11:38 AM   #3
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Now you’ve done it! You mentioned the Iowa—my favorite warship of all time—and forced me into thread drift.
AWESOME!! Gotta love the USS Iowa.
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AWESOME!! Gotta love the USS Iowa.
Did someone say USS Iowa??

Here's a link to an album of 40 USS Iowa photos from her longtime resting place in the Suisun Bay Maritime Reserve Fleet in 2010. She has been moved, restored and opened as a museum in the Los Angeles area.

Folder of USS Iowa Photos

We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming...
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OK, here's some big gun eye candy, but you are going to get us in trouble with the thread cops! I am modeling my new Gun Boss hat in front of T-1 and T-2 before re-commissioning in April 1984. Sailor carries an empty powder can down the pier after a test firing run into the Gulf of Mexico; my parents heard the rumble fifty miles away from our firing position at their home in Pensacola. It took the contents of three of these cans (two powder charges) to fire one gun.
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For any of you passing by Wilmington, NC, I highly recommend a side trip to visit the Battleship North Carolina. We are big fans of ship and fort museums all over the country, and this is the absolute best. Having seen that, it makes visits to all the WWII warship museums battleship or not, all the more enjoyable and understandable, and I think we have been to almost all of them in the US. But other than poking around it there in the mothball fleet on Suisun Bay, I haven't seen the Iowa yet and plan to in October.
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Old 08-25-2019, 06:14 PM   #7
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My old stateroom is right by the main deck exit from senior officers' country on the starboard side just on your right as you exit to the exterior.
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One of my favourite photos. Wisconsin in Norfolk.
No photoshop involved.
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Some 20 or more years ago on a business meeting trip to the Newport (RI) Naval Station I saw the Iowa and Forrestal moored near each other. Very exciting.
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Iowa @ Long Beach Harbor about 3 years ago.
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I toured USS New Jersey once. It must have been a hell of a thing to see those big ass battlewagons knifing through the sea at 33+ knots.
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I’m not into battleship romance but at one time I thought of building an 18’ rowboat w a hull almost exactly like the Missouri/Iowa. The WL would be very low on the hull because unlike the battleship the rowboat would be lightweight. Oh and no bulbous bow.

Thought it would be sorta cute and sell because of it. Of course it would be fun being the only one on your float rowing a battleship. haha
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Observed the Iowa in Suisun Bay as part of the reserve fleet as well as in Richmond while in preparation for transfer to Southern California. I was amazed how the ship was dwarfed by surplus freighters neighboring in Suisun Bay. The Iowa was very compact, a small target, compared to its surplus neighbors.
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The Iowa class Missouri anchored in Sydney Harbor for our Navy celebrations in the 1980s. A magnificent sight. My little sailboat was directed to leave the exclusion zone we`d entered for a closer look. Having seen amazing pics of her firing her guns at sea off Sydney we quickly complied.
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Took a tour of the Missouri at Pearl Harbor. Between that, the Arizona Memorial, and the Pearl Harbor Memorial, it would be near impossible not to be moved.

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I toured USS New Jersey once. It must have been a hell of a thing to see those big ass battlewagons knifing through the sea at 33+ knots.
Truly badass...especially seeing the New Jersey (sister ship) fire a 9 gun broadside salvo out of the 16” main guns.

Still hard to wrap my head around a gun firing projectiles the size of a small car...
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Truly badass...especially seeing the New Jersey (sister ship) fire a 9 gun broadside salvo out of the 16” main guns.

Still hard to wrap my head around a gun firing projectiles the size of a small car...
Not size, weight of a Volkswagen Bug.

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"my parents heard the rumble fifty miles away from our firing position at their home in Pensacola."


Might even be enough to wake a bridge tender.
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I was in a company meeting on Goat Island Newport RI......20 Years ago?. We all got a view of the Iowa being towed by on its trip to the west coast. Pretty impressive. I ran many charter groups past the Navel War College when the Forestal was tied up there. Every once in a while We’d have someone on board with fond and maybe not so fond memories.
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Not size, weight of a Volkswagen Bug.

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