Driving over the Vincent Thomas Bridge, on a sunny Southern Californian day, you become aware of a very special ship. Nestled amongst the cruise liners and container ships you see the sleek grey lines defining a man-of-war. The last great American battleship, USS Iowa sits peacefully at rest after a lifetime of service.
Tired? Maybe. Derelict? Never. Look closer and you see hundreds of excited visitors exploring this great ship. Each person smiles as another story of the ship’s life is revealed to them. This ship, this still-great battleship has become again, what it always was: a living, breathing collection of human stories. From the naval architects who designed her, to the sailors who fought and died with her, to the visitors who keep her alive, USS Iowa has a million stories to be told, each one human, each one unique, each one worthy of listening.