USS IOWA to offer top 200 “plankowners” opportunity to ride ship during L.A. transit

Campaign part of quest to secure 5,000 individual donors before its public opening July 4, 2012
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Nov. 3, 2011 - PRLog -- Los Angeles, California – November 4, 2011 – Pacific Battleship Center, the organization that is bringing the USS IOWA back to life, will allow the top 200 “plankowners” to ride the ship when it is transported through the Los Angeles main channel early next year.

The challenge is part of the non-profit’s quest to secure 5,000 individual donors of any contribution size before the famed battleship opens to the public as a museum on July 4, 2012.  

“We’re on our way to creating the most interactive battleship exhibit in the world after rescuing battleship USS IOWA from the ghost fleet at Suisun Bay, Calif., last week,” said Robert Kent, President of Pacific Battleship Center.  “We’ve had tremendous support thus far, but there’s a long way to go to meet our timeline. We’re asking others to join our cause and believe this initiative will help us do that.”

The top contributors will be named early 2012 and will be contacted directly by Pacific Battleship Center. The 200 largest donors will then be granted access to transit the Los Angeles Main Channel to Berth 87.

Interested parties can follow the progress of bringing USS IOWA back to life on the organization’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.  Individuals can also sign up to become “plankowners” at

© 2011 Pacific Battleship Center.  All rights reserved.

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The Pacific Battleship Center is working to bring the USS IOWA to the Port of Los Angeles. Once here, our goal is to create an interactive naval experience that honors and illustrates the positive contributions of this battleship and its crew at critical moments in American history. Our education programs offer lessons in history, leadership, team-building, character development, and community service.
Source:David Oates
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