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SAN FRANCISCO - The USS Iowa, a famed battleship that saw action during World War II and the Korean War and carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a wartime summit, traveled along the California coast Sunday on its final voyage.

The warship left San Francisco Bay on its way to a new home in Southern California, where it will become a naval museum.

Surrounded by pleasure boats and other vessels, the 887-foot long, 58,000-ton ship passed under the Golden Gate Bridge at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday as crowds watched from both sides.

In recent years, the Iowa sat with other mothballed ships in nearby Suisun Bay. Last year, the Navy awarded the ship to the Pacific Battleship Center near Los Angeles.


The center’s plans include an interactive tour that will simulate life at sea during active duty. Among the highlights will be viewing the inside of one of the main gun turrets.