(SFGATE) — After seeing service in three wars and hosting more American presidents than any other battleship, the Iowa will take its final journey Sunday down the California coast to Los Angeles, where it will live out its days as a floating interactive museum.
When the Iowa leaves the Bay Area – its home for the past decade – it will mark the last time a World War II-era battleship passes under the Golden Gate Bridge, said Bob Rogers, Northern California spokesman for the nonprofit Pacific Battleship Center. The Iowa is the last of its kind.
“She was built to go to sea and to simply engage enemy ships and slug it out until one sank,” said Rogers, whose group will run the museum. “She and her sisters – the Missouri, the New Jersey and the Wisconsin – they were the mightiest and the most powerful battleships the United States ever made.”