U.S.S. Iowa.
U.S.S. Iowa.

Battleship of Presidents: FDR's Tub

Field review by the editors.

San Pedro, California

The U.S.S. Iowa -- "World's Greatest Naval Ship" -- saw active duty, off and on, for over 50 years. In 1943 she ferried President Frenklin D. Roosevelt across the Atlantic, while he enjoyed a unique custom built presidential battleship bathtub that can still be seen on the self-guided tour.

President Reagan visited the Iowa in 1986, after he'd pulled her out of mothballs, and President H.W. Bush visited in 1989, a year before he ordered her back into mothballs. This presidential trifecta earned the U.S.S. Iowa the title, "Battleship of the Presidents."

Presidential bathtub.
Presidential bathtub.

In July 2012 the 887-foot-long ship docked for the last time and became a floating tourist attraction.

Interpretive signs are placed strategically near the guns and armament. The wooden teak decks have been preserved. There's a museum, a video program, and a gift shop.

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Battleship of Presidents: FDR's Tub

U.S.S. Iowa

Address:
250 South Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, CA
Directions:
U.S.S. Iowa. I-110 exit 1A onto Hwy 47 north, toward Vincent Thomas Bridge/Terminal Island. Take the Harbor Blvd exit, then turn right onto Harbor Blvd. Ship will be on your left.
Hours:
Summer daily 9-4; off-season 10-4 (Call to verify)
Phone:
877-446-9261
Admission:
Adults $18.
RA Rates:
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