Originally Posted By cmjohnson:
I am pleased to note that all four of the battleships are spoken for as museums. A deal was recently made to preserve the Iowa, the last of the BBs
to still be in the Navy's inventory, and turn it into a museum along with the other three.
Here is part of the story: "San Fransisco shuns the Iowa" (from 2005):
"Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a former San Francisco mayor, helped secure $3 million to tow the Iowa from Rhode Island to the Bay Area in 2001 in hopes of making touristy Fisherman's Wharf its new home.
But city supervisors voted 8-3 last month to oppose taking in the ship, citing local opposition to the Iraq war and the military's stance on gays, among other things.
"If I was going to commit any kind of money in recognition of war, then it should be toward peace, given what our war is in Iraq right now," Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said.
Feinstein called it a "very petty decision."
"This isn't the San Francisco that I've known and loved and grew up in and was born in," Feinstein said. ""