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Tow of USS Iowa across San Francisco Bay today postponed due to weather system

Tow and related activities will be rescheduled based on weather affecting the West Coast

Richmond, CA – May 20, 2012 – Today’s scheduled final voyage of the USS Iowa from the Port of Richmond has been delayed by a weather system affecting the West Coast. Organizers will reschedule the tow to the Port of Los Angeles and all related activities following the passage of the weather system later this week.

The four-day tow of the World War II battleship by Crowley Maritime Corporation, across San Francisco Bay and then down the coast to the Port of Los Angeles, was scheduled to begin today at noon PDT. A media briefing set for 10:30 a.m. PDT today at the ship has been canceled.

Updates regarding the tow schedule will be posted at www.pacificbattleship.com and the Facebook page of the Pacific Battleship Center. The nonprofit group has been renovating the vessel in preparation for operating it as an interactive naval museum in the Port of Los Angeles.

The USS Iowa, which served during World War II, the Korean War and the Cold War, is more than 15 stories high, 887 feet long and weighs more than 45,000 tons. The vessel is known as the Battleship of Presidents because it hosted Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.