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Memories of World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War are imbedded in the steel hull of the Battleship USS IOWA. The ship served the US Navy for 70 years of active and reserve duty before coming to rest at her current berth in San Pedro. Originally laid down in 1940, the IOWA was the most advanced battleship of the time, capable of traveling more than 40 mph, firing her 16-inch big guns 25 miles, and housing more than 1,400 sailors in specialized compartments. Now a floating museum honoring the battleship's place in 20th-century naval combat, the vessel welcomes visitors to explore her decks, strolling about the wood-covered main level or venturing into the interior. The restored ship lays seven decks open to visitors, from the hull-enclosed mess to the lofty bridge, allowing them to get an up-close look at the missile deck and imagine what it would have been like to be a sailor in the Pacific in 1944.

250 S Harbor Blvd.
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Movie stars are usually human, but the S.S. Victory Lane is a ship. The World War II-era vessel has loomed large on the silver screen in epics such as Pearl Harbor, Titanic, and The Thin Red Line, and on TV shows including Alias and NCIS. Its accomplishments, however, go far beyond appearing in films and sporting the world's largest pair of Ray-Bans. In 1950, the steely cargo ship helped evacuate 125,000 Korean refugees, and went on to serve in postwar aid missions. Now the nationally recognized historic landmark—renovated by WWII Marine veterans—serves as a floating museum for visitors to explore. It's also a fully operational ship, embarking on Victory At Sea cruises several times a year.

Berth 49
Los Angeles,
CA
US