Visitors to the Battleship Iowa Museum may notice right away just how busy the ship and her surroundings are. Berthed in the perpetually bustling Port of Los Angeles, the “Mighty I” (known to more recent veterans as “The Big Stick”)—all 887 feet, 3 inches—is almost dwarfed by the scale of life moving about her.
The neighboring terminals’ freighters and cruise ships carrying vacationers pass the ship by, while the cargo yard’s cranes loom over her in the distance, their booms raised in a perpetual salute. Trucks and trains carrying cargoes bound to and arriving from overseas swirl about the area and over the Vincent Thomas Bridge. Visitors will find an equally lively and engrossing museum ship.