CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2011 |
The mothballed, mighty Iowa, one of the world's best-known and most powerful battleships, will be permanently berthed as a tourist attraction in Los Angeles on the San Pedro waterfront, Navy officials announced Tuesday. The World War II-vintage "Big Stick" could open to visitors as soon as next summer, according to supporters of the years-long effort to bring the ship to a berth at the Port of Los Angeles. "This is a huge win for Los Angeles and a huge boost for San Pedro," said Janice Hahn, the recently seated congressional Democrat whose district includes the port.
March 13, 2013 |
Quick, where's the lone Civil War museum in Southern California, the third-largest suspension bridge in the state and L.A.'s original ferry building? Meet the LA Waterfront. That's the new name and website branded by the Port of Los Angeles to attract visitors to places such as the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum in Wilmington, the Vincent Thomas Bridge and the Los Angeles Maritime Museum in San Pedro. The new website provides an interactive map with more than 50 points of interest, a calendar of events and an update on new projects coming to the area.
April 25, 1989 |
A day after the stricken battleship Iowa glided silently into its home port, the families and shipmates of 47 sailors killed in last week's gun turret explosion bade a solemn goodby to the sailors President Bush hailed as "the men behind the guns." In an emotional tribute, President Bush told mourners gathered in a cavernous hangar at Norfolk Naval Air Station: "I can only offer the gratitude of a nation, for your loved one served his country with distinction and honor. "We join today in mourning for the 47 who perished, and, in fact, for the 11 who survived," Bush said.
May 29, 1989 |
Santi Bisogni's legs have not always worked well since that searing day in the North African desert half a century ago, but Sunday he strode purposefully across a broad sweep of lawn to stand with his memories before two flags at half-staff and the President of the United States. "Who remembers the boys who lie in this ugly but beautiful place?" asked Bisogni, 72. George Bush remembered them Sunday in an elaborate Memorial Day ceremony at the park-like cemetery here for 7,862 American soldiers who died in the World War II invasions of Sicily and Italy.
October 7, 2010
Certain ships are revered because they participated in historic battles or simply represented the pinnacle of naval power for their time. One example of both is the HMS Victory, Admiral Horatio Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Another is the Iowa, the lead ship of the last and most powerful line of U.S. battleships ever built, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's shuttle and a World War II workhorse. Yet while the Victory is lovingly maintained as a floating museum that has helped turn Portsmouth, England , into a major tourist attraction, the massive Iowa has been mothballed by the Navy in a tributary of San Francisco Bay. That may soon change.
April 30, 1989 |
In an emotional outpouring of support, hundreds of letters and donations are streaming into a private fund set up for the families of the 47 sailors who were killed in the April 19 explosion aboard the battleship Iowa. The cards and letters come primarily from the southeastern Virginia area, near the Norfolk Naval Base, the Iowa's home port. However, letters have come from as far away as New York, Michigan and California. The often-poignant letters range from a message sent by a high-ranking Pentagon official to handwritten cards from elementary schoolchildren.