As promised yesterday, I woke up eager to go visit the U.S.S. Iowa and
drove over to San Pedro Harbor to join the throngs that I was sure would be
onboard by the time that I arrived. Imagine my surprise when I discovered the
$12 parking fee which added to the $16.50 admission, cooled off my ardor
considerably. So I made a u-turn at the gate and headed out to the end of the
harbor where I knew the S.S. Lane Victory was moored, with free parking and
only a $5 admission fee!
Turned out that my miserly attitude worked out for the best, as there were
hardly any visitors. I almost had the whole ship to myself! You can see a mother and her two teenagers heading up the gangway in the photo above;
later a couple came aboard and there might have been another gentleman
also aboard, as well as the two or three men hanging out where you pay the
entry fee. It was a pleasure to wander around and have seemingly the whole
vessel to one’s self.
As mentioned in the above timeline link, during the Korean War, the S.S.Lane
Victory rescued at least 7,000 Korean civilians during 1950, taking them to safety, and to answer your unspoken question, I provide this photograph which
will provide a succinct answer.
No sh--, if you will pardon the pun! That is exactly where they used the bathroom, right off the fantail of the ship, port side. As you can see, it is
still getting some use as a bombing target by some of the local feathered
This was a great visit and I saw a lot. There were a couple of disappointments,
however. I was unable to visit the engine room, the bridge, or the Captain’s stateroom or office. Other than that, it was fantastic! The number 2 cargo hold
has been converted into a museum, here is a video that I made showing some
of the treasures that you can see, including the actual steam engine that was worked on by Steve McQueen in the movie, The Sand Pebbles. This video runs about 5 and a half minutes and I have reduced the file size to about 75
Feeding frenzy off in the distance or maybe just a “get acquainted” session. This shows the digital zoom
capabilities of the P510 camera. Note all these pictures were taken without any adjustment except for downsizing
the image sizes for the web, using IrfanView.
Definitely crew quarters which nowadays are used by the sea cadets. Did I mention that this ship still goes
out to sea? Next sailing date is July 28th, better buy your tickets now on their website above at the top of the page.
Writing this post and seeing these photographs that I took today are really
taking me down memory lane. And they are making me think that tomorrow
might be a good day after all to go back and visit the Iowa. After all, I can park across the street and walk over, saving the parking fee .
I just might do that.
Come back tomorrow night, I just might have another post up with photos of a
real life battlewagon!
Folks, I got the post up of the big and oh so bad U.S.S.IOWA BB-61. Please click here to view that post. Warning lots of photographs! Enjoy!