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November 28, 2020

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2015 San Pedro Prep Softball Preview -

Friday, May 1, 2015

Art Preview: ‘Non-Native’ by Ingrid Dietrich -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

San Pedro Prep Baseball 2015 Preview -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Recapping The Final Gaffey Street Community Workshop -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tiffany Torres Bears Down For Success At POLA High -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

San Pedro Fish Market Launches Scholarship Contest -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

San Pedro’s Rita Fiorenza Is A Basketball Revelation -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

‘No Lane Reductions’ As Gaffey Street Redevelopment Plans Move Forward -

Friday, January 9, 2015

San Pedro Prep Sports 2014 Fall Review -

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

LAPD Harbor Division and Philie B’s Pizza To Host Charity Events This Weekend -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

San Pedro Holiday Parade Returns Sunday with a Twist -

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Winter Wonderland Comes To The Waterfront -

Monday, December 1, 2014

One-Way Streets May Come to Downtown San Pedro -

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

San Pedro’s Two Newest Volleyball Skyscrapers: Allison Kittell & Tracy Folchi -

Monday, November 10, 2014

San Pedro and POLA Prep Girls Cross-Country Preview: Running For More Glory -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

International Craft Beer Festival Comes to Crafted This Weekend -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Second Workshop for Urban Greening Project Receives Warm Reception from Community -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Construction of Mixed-Use Apartment Complex on Gaffey Could Begin Next Spring -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

UPDATE: Blaze Inside Port of L.A. in Wilmington Nearly Contained; Air Quality Deemed ‘Safe’ -

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Pedro High Football Off To Another Strong Start -

Monday, September 22, 2014

Rare Find Returning to USS Iowa

An overhead view of the battleship USS Iowa firing all 15 of its guns (nine 16-inch and six 5-inch) during a target exercise near Vieques Island. (Photo: US Navy)

It isn’t every day you come across a massive piece of World War II history. That’s what happened three years ago when John Kinney, a scrap yard owner in Santa Maria — and military history buff — acquired three sections of gun barrels from the Navy he would learn once belonged to the USS Missouri and USS Iowa. Earlier this year, he reached out to the Pacific Battleship Center, which successfully brought the USS Iowa to San Pedro’s main channel two years ago, to let them know of his find.

Now, one of the USS Iowa’s gun barrel sections will soon be reunited with the battleship, where it was used during World War II and possibly the Korean War. The tip of the main gun’s 16-inch barrel — which weighs a few tons — will go on display aboard the ship in coming weeks thanks to a temporary loan made possible by local donor and museum board member Craig Johnson.

“Oftentimes, shops just melt these kinds of pieces down, so we’re thankful that this guy had a look first and thought there might be some historical significance,” says Patrick Salazar, vice president of development and communications for the Pacific Battleship Center.

The ship went through multiple gun barrel tips over the decades as they were replaced by the Navy. It’s current guns are plugged for protection from the elements. The barrel section that will be displayed was put in storage by the Navy in 1955 before it was ordered to be scrapped in 2011.

“Visitors are going to be able to put their hands on parts of the gun that have been inaccessible until now,” Salazar says. “They’ll be able to look inside and reach in and touch the grooves and the rifling.”

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The Pacific Battleship Center has launched a fundraising campaign to bring this gun barrel tip, which was used on the USS Iowa during WWII, permanently to the USS Iowa museum. The piece weighs a few tons and its center is 16 inches in diameter. (Photo: Pacific Battleship Center.)

The museum has launched a fundraising campaign to keep the piece on the ship permanently, hoping to raise $15,000 by VJ-Day, September 2. Most of the costs will cover cutting and milling down the steel to bring the piece up to museum quality.

“It’s really cool and we’re excited to be able to have this neat connection to the past on the ship,” says Jonathan Williams, president of the Pacific Battleship Center. “It’s of a size where people will be able to stick their heads in it and get to touch and feel it.”

He said a display case is currently being made before the piece arrives in a few weeks.

“We’re really thankful to everyone who is coming together to help bring this exciting piece back to the ship to preserve it.”