This is the WWII-era USS Iowa taking its final voyage out of the Golden Gate on its way to Los Angeles where it will be a floating museum. I’m not a big fan of war or war machines, but this is a magnificent picture, both proud and elegiac at the same time, another reminder that the WWII generation are slowly disappearing.

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4 Responses to Taps

  1. M. Bouffant says:

    Great shot. I’m a fan of war machines, ‘though not war. (Planning on visiting the Iowa once she gets here.) WWII was probably the best we could get, war-wise. Reading about your father yesterday reminded me of my father, who was also in the Pacific in WWII.

    One quibble: They are disappearing pretty damn quickly, not slowly.


  2. SkinnyDennis says:

    I had the pleasure of seeing the Iowa from the Richmond Bridge just before she scooted behind Angel Island.
    Nice boat! Too bad she couldn’t spend her retirement here in the Bay Area. We’ll get down to LaLaLand after she’s all cleaned up and presentable.

    And thanks to the men that served on her.


  3. Bruce388 says:

    The trouble with these spectacular machines is they get used.

    I liked Reagan’s renovation of the USS New Jersey (same class of ship as the Iowa), hated it being used to shell Lebanon after he stupidly left those Marines there with no protection.


  4. Another Kiwi says:

    Yes I love Spitfire planes, but realise that they were made for destruction so am a bit conflicted there.


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