[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac2A5sFomEM"]Battleship USS Iowa (BB-61) passing under Golden Gate bridge for her final voyage to LA. 05 26 2012 - YouTube[/ame]
Interesting video of a Panama Canal transit. Here's a photo showing Iowa's 108-foot beam within the 110-foot-wide locks. A close thing: http://tinyurl.com/86kperz
It's evident the Iowa Class was designed with the Imperial Japanese Navy in mind. Their beam width is narrower than the length would normally require, to fit through the Canal. The long, graceful bow is ideal for the Pacific's long, gentle swells (Brit ships had shorter, blunter bows for the rougher North Atlantic).
Last edited by CyValley; 05-27-2012 at 04:33 PM.
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