Hull Preservation 2021 Campaign Week 9

You Asked. We’re Answering!

Throughout this campaign we’ve shown you examples of what’s going on with Battleship IOWA’s hull and why the need to address the challenges now is so pressing. We talked about the wind and waterline, cathodic protection, and cofferdams. You wondered why we don’t just dry dock the ship.

COO & Chief Engineer Mike Getscher responded to those questions from inside one of our cofferdams. Click the photo below for his interesting and informative answers.



It’s not an exaggeration to say this job is a big one. To date we’ve raised over $55,000, which is fantastic, but we can’t stop there. This campaign has one week left. Help us bump that number over the $100,000 mark so the work can begin!

If you’ve donated already, thank you very much. You can still help by getting the word out. Be an advocate for the ship – share your passion for her, get your friends excited about what she represents and the thriving community she supports.

You can include our eye-opening video to present a compelling story for why we need to attend to the work NOW. Here’s the link:

Or you can send people directly to the donation link here.

Checks can be sent to:

Pacific Battleship Center
250 South Harbor Blvd.
San Pedro, CA 90731
Attn: Hull Preservation Campaign

If you need assistance making your donation over the phone, please contact Matthias Leier at 877-446-9261 ext. 746.

A million thanks for your support! 



We Still Need Your Vote!

Voting in Councilman Buscaino’s Community Grants Program is heading into its final week. We’ve gotten a lot of votes, but we need more to win.

We’re competing with 160 other local non-profits for a slice of a $3 million funding pie. You can read our proposal here. Vote now and share this link with friends!

Scroll down the voting page to find “San Pedro Fallen Veterans Memorial”

Be sure to use “90731” zip code when voting – you are a stakeholder!





Fun Factoid

You’ve probably heard that Battleship IOWA is driven by four extremely large “screws” (propellers) whose diameters range from seventeen to eighteen feet in length… but did you know that the starboard outboard one (far right in the photo below) was not originally made for a battleship? It’s supposed to be on a CVB 41-43 Midway Class aircraft carrier!


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