USS Iowa makes its way into berth at Port of Los Angeles under watchful eyes

Daily Breeze

By Donna Littlejohn, Staff Writer
Posted:   06/02/2012 12:10:19 PM PDT
Historic USS Iowa at new home

The USS Iowa is on open water for the last time Saturday, June 2, 2012 as she is tugged to Berth 51 at the Port of Los Angeles, where she will be restored before taking her final place at Berth 87 and becoming a museum. (Photo by Brittany Murray / Staff Photographer)

The ship won’t open for tours for more than a month yet, but San Pedro’s fascination with the USS Iowa already is at a near fever pitch. Spectators came out again this morning to watch the World War II battleship being towed from its offshore anchor.

Dozens of people — many with binoculars and long-lens cameras — lined local bluff tops and rooftops to watch the big battlewagon being towed around the breakwater and into a temporary berth in the Port of Los Angeles’ outer harbor.

“Spectacular,” one woman as a large crowd of people watched almost silently from a harbor lookout on Gaffey Street.

“Awesome,” said another.

One woman began clapping as the big ship finally made the turn inside the breakwater, dwarfing the Angels Gate Lighthouse on the tip of the rocky barrier.

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Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach

 

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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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