Museum Update: 28 April 2023


Engineering Manager (and retired Navy chief) Dave Moser welding hull rivets in our cofferdam

Maintaining our hull is an imperative and never-ending project. No sound hull, no Battleship IOWA.

And with no feasible way to drydock the ship, we deploy cofferdams to work at the wind and water line – the most vulnerable part of the hull. Sometimes even the cofferdams need help.

One of our cofferdams sustained some damage during this storm-filled winter. Fortunately, our talented team had the ability to repair this important piece of custom-built equipment, saving thousands of dollars in repair bills.

We budget over $100K annually to keep our hull in good condition. The effects of the unprecedented weather drove that cost up. Your investments ensure the important work on the hull can be done and that this ship and organization have a future.

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As a member of the John Paul Jones Legacy Society, you are part of an exclusive society of individuals who are dedicated to upholding an important community asset. John Paul Jones Legacy Society members’ commitment directly benefits the programs, experiences, and sustainability of the Battleship IOWA and/or the National Museum of the Surface Navy into the future.


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We are fast approaching the deadline for submissions to our 2023 GRAVELY ESSAY CONTEST!

Essays must be submitted via email to by, or before, 11:59pm on Sunday, May 14, 2023.

Reach out to Battleship IOWA’s Education Manager, Tiffany Ellerbeck, at, with any questions.

Have a student you think would ace this essay? Click the button below for details and a submission link.

SCUTTLEBUTT PODCAST | April 19, 2023: Returning Crew Remember Their Time Aboard IOWA

Marty Palmiere, Scott Johnson, and Lonnie Cook lived through the worst day in Battleship IOWA’s history: April 19, 1989. They’ve lived with the memories ever since. While Marty and Scott have returned to their ship numerous times, 2023 was Lonnie’s first trip back since he left in late 1989.

After the ceremony on the 19th, they kindly sat down to chat about memories – both the tough ones and some fun ones that demonstrate what life was like aboard the ship during her Cold War commissioning.

Find it here or wherever you get your podcasts:


Or head over to YouTube for the video version.

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