Hull Preservation 2021 Campaign Kick Off!

Battleship IOWA is one tough ship. She’s been around nearly eighty years and is holding up well. Her hull is sound so far, but if we don’t do everything possible to preserve it, it won’t always be in such great shape. CEO Jonathan Williams has something to say about this – click video below to listen now.




Hull Preservation Goal

Between now and May 26, 2021, we need to raise $200,000 to keep the preservation work on track.  If you’re ready to help us reach our goal, click here to donate now!

We’re already off to a great start with a $3,000 donation from Rich Abele and Bob Odien.  Before we officially launched the campaign, Rich offered to double match the first $1,000 with $2,000.  And before we could announce the match, Bob Odien stepped up with the first $1,000 and the match was over!  But that doesn’t mean we can’t do another match.

If you’re interested in sponsoring a match, please reach out to our VP of Development & Marketing, Joleen Deatherage.  The match can be any amount – it’s a fun way to engage our supporters and reach our goal.

If you need assistance making your donation, email our Development team.  You can also mail a check to:

Pacific Battleship Center
250 South Harbor Blvd.
San Pedro, CA 90731

Thank you for your support!






Throughout this campaign, we plan to bring you fascinating factoids about Battleship IOWA, and we’re going to start by dispelling some rumors.

The ship’s hull is armored, but the ether is full of conjecture on how thick that armor actually is. Guesses range anywhere from seventeen inches to a couple. What’s correct?

The armor tapers; it’s between twelve and a little over an inch and a half thick depending on where it’s positioned.

Battleship IOWA hull armored belt


And that belt of armor is actually a layer inside the outer shell of the hull.


Battleship IOWA hull cross section





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