The Maritime HIstory of Los Angeles

January 19, 2018
The Maritime History of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles is a historic area of California and i located in San Pedro. The L.A. Port is the premier gateway for international commerce and has continually made record setting cargo operations. Additionally, it is home to the World Cruise Center, making it the busiest passenger port on the entire West Coast. Read on to discover what else you can find when you explore the famous Port of L.A.  

Located by the port of Los Angeles, you’ll find the Maritime Museum, the largest maritime museum in California. In fact, the museum features more than 700 ships as well as boast models. Once inside, you’ll also find a fully operational ham radio station and various navigational equipment. Also at the museum are exhibits that feature Native American artifacts that relate to the sea such as maritime arts and crafts and ship figureheads. You can of course also learn about the history of the whaling industry, learn about tall ships, commercial shipping, the Navy and so much more. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am - 5pm. There is a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for seniors. Children under 12 get in FREE.

If you’re at the Port of Los Angeles, another must stop destination is the "Battleship of Presidents". Built in 1940, the Battleship USS Iowa was, at the time, designated as the “World's greatest naval ship”. The battleship featured large guns, heavy armor and boasted fast speeds and technical modernizations. Over her 50 years of service, the battleship hosted presidents such as Franklin. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. In fact, the Battleship USS Iowa has welcomed more presidents than any other battleship in American history. Be a part of maritime history and visit the Battleship of Presidents today. Visit the official website for details.

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