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    Battleship USS Iowa~

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 29, 2013

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    June 27, 1940 the keel was laid at New York Naval Shipyard, in Brookl New York. It was launched on August 27 1942 by Sponsor Mrs. Mary A. Wallace, wife of the Vice President. USS Iowa has served this country proudly from 1942, till it was decommissioned 26 October 1990. It has a very fast and amazing history. Now USS Iowa serves as a maritime museum that has 46,000 square feet of teak decks, enormous engine rooms, huge galley that fed 3,000 sailors a day, a sophisticated gunnery, fire control room, armor belt over 16-inches thick, and, a 16 inch, 50 caliber rifles that could hurl a 2,700 pound shell almost 24 miles. U.S.S. Iowa holds the record at 26.9 miles.

    You can either do a self tour or take advantage of a docent led tour. It is located in amazing harbor and views.

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    Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse 1932

    by Yaqui Written Mar 24, 2013

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    This 1932 Mediterranean-style structure was the last of the bathhouses built in Southern California, and was at the end of the "Red Car" (streetcar) line running from Los Angeles to San Pedro and out to Point Fermin. In the days before everyone had automobiles, people from the inner city would travel to the beach in this manner, and patronize the Bathhouse, where they could pick up a swimsuit and a towel for a ten cent rental fee and enjoy a day at the seashore. The 26,000 square foot building incorporated shower rooms, life guard facilities, snack bars for the beach-goers, and a community meeting room upstairs.

    In the years since, various civic groups have worked to get the bathhouse restored. With support from city agencies and other entities, the facility has been returned to its former glory (including 1930's era colors, freshly polished floors, and new light fixtures), and improved to meet current building standards, including Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, installation of an elevator and automatic restroom doors, fire safety, and other structural improvements.

    The Dedication Ceremony on October 2, 2002, coincided with the 70th anniversary of the bathhouse, which originally opened in 1932 and with the Cabrillo Beach Boathouse, which was used for boating events during the 1932 Summer Olympic Games, hosted by Los Angeles.http://www.sanpedro.com/sp_point/cbrobath.htm

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    Point Fermin Lighthouse Historic Site and Museum

    by Yaqui Written Mar 24, 2013

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    Built in 1874 with lumber from California redwoods and a Fresnel Lens brought around Cape Horn by sailing ships. For its time, this Victorian lighthouse was a palatial structure, crowned with a cupola fitted with a 2,100-candlepower light. Miss Mary L. Smith, the first, lighthouse keeper, lived with her sister, but they gave up the lonely occupation because there were no other settlers nearer than Wilmington. In the 1880's, when Captain George Shaw was keeper, the lighthouse was the scene of many parties.

    In 1898, a petroleum vapor incandescent lamp was installed; then, in 1925, a new 6,600 candlepower electric light which projected a beam 22 miles out to sea. Because it did not have a fog-signalling apparatus, it was a one-keeper station until 1941 when all coastal lights were extinguished as protection against enemy attacks. The lens lantern and gallery were replaced by an ugly lookout shack which remained for the next thirty years.

    After the war, the light remained off, and radar and direction finders took over sentry and signaling duties. The structure fell into disuse and disrepair until a new lantern and gallery were built by volunteers, restoring it to its original charm just in time for a centennial celebration in 1974. Today, Point Fermin Lighthouse is one of San Pedro's most recognized landmarks and was used for the San Pedro Centennial logo.

    This graceful Victorian-style building surrounded by colorful flower gardens, is one to the oldest lighthouses on the west coast. It was built in 1874 and served as an aid to safe passage between the Channel Islands and into the harbor for nearly one hundred years. The land for the lighthouse was donated by Jose Diego Sepulveda.

    The Lighthouse is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The Lighthouse is closed to the public on Mondays. The Lighthouse may be closed on major holidays and for special events in the park, please call ahead for specific dates. Guided tours are offered every hour at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday through Sunday. Large groups or private tours should call ahead for special arrangements. Reservations are not necessary for the general public.

    General admission is free; however, a donation is requested for each visitor. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and children less than 40 inches in height may not be admitted to the tower. http://www.sanpedro.com/sp_point/ptfmlths.htm

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    Los Angeles Maritime Museum

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    Built in 1941, this Public Works Administration (WPA) "Streamlined Moderne" building was the base for an auto ferry which crossed the channel at regular intervals from San Pedro to a sister building on Terminal Island. It served navy personnel, fishing industry employees, and people who wished to avoid the long circuitous route through Wilmington and Industrial Long Beach. With the completion of the Vincent Thomas Bridge in 1963, ferry operations ceased, and the building became an overflow office for the Harbor Department.

    Saved from deterioration by historically-minded citizens, the building has been beautifully restored, and now houses the largest maritime museum in California. This 75,000 square foot facility features more than 700 ship and boat models, a variety of navigational equipment and an operating amateur radio station. Exhibits include Native American artifacts relating to the sea, ship figureheads, maritime arts and crafts and an 18-foot scale model of the Titanic. Historical exhibits of the whaling industry, tall ships, commercial shipping, the Navy, the Merchant Marine and recreational sailing.

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    Harry Bridges Memorial ILWU

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 25, 2013

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    Panel 1:
    Harry Bridges
    1901 – 1990
    Founder
    of the ILWU

    Panel 2:
    Harry Bridges was an Australian seaman who came ashore and started longshoring in San Francisco in 1922. Unsafe working conditions, corrupt hiring practices and low wages convinced Harry to join with other waterfront workers along the Pacific Coast to form a Union to fight for and protect workers interests. Their successful efforts led to the Big Strike of 1934 and creation of a union-controlled hiring hall, uniform wages and working conditions for all longshore workers on the Pacific Coast, and the formation of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

    In his unwavering commitment to militant, democratic trade unionism, Harry Bridges represented the best of the generation of visionaries who built the modern labor movement. A leader of international stature, he was also in the forefront of major social movements for equality, civil liberties, and world peace.

    Under his leadership as ILWU International President until his retirement in 1977, ILWU transformed labor relations on the West Coast docks, providing dignity and security for workers through pioneering health and pension benefits while helping to set the stage for modernization of cargo-handling technology and to establish a model for how mechanization could be achieved in a humane manner.

    Panel 3 [on bench]:
    Donated by Southern California Pensioners
    & ILWU Locals 13, 63, & 94
    July 28, 2006

    Panel 4::
    Lest We Forget
    We, the members of Locals 13, 63, 94 and the Southern Californian Pensioners Group
    of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union hereby solemnly honor
    the following workers who were fatally injured aboard ship or on the dock
    while engaged in their duties along the shore. They are gone but they will be remembered.

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    Fishing Industry Memorial

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 25, 2013

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    In 1892 Southern California Fish Corp. was the first cannery in Los Angeles Harbor. In 1903 a technique of preparing and canning was developed to can sardines, mackerel, bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna and albacore. In 1912 the first fresh fish market was introduced in San Pedro and along with other markets that followed, they eventually supplied fresh and iced fish throughout our nation.

    Before long, flotillas of purse seine boats were sailing down from northern waters to fish in San Pedro. By 1920 there was a large fleet of fishing boats and methods of fishing such as purse seine, lampara, jig, live bait, gill net, mackerel scoopers and long line boats. Los Angeles Harbor became the largest fishing port in the nation. The fishing industry in San Pedro was originated primarily by European and Asian fishermen, each bringing fishing knowledge from their native lands.

    In 1936, following the Depression, 6000 people were directly employed in the fishing industry. Its payroll was the largest in San Pedro, approximately three-quarters of a million dollars per month. The industry was at its peak during World War II. During the fifties, sardines and mackerel gradually diminished causing the decline of the industry in San Pedro.

    In 1992 the “Fishermen’s Fiesta” committee planned to erect a Fishermen’s Memorial. In 1995, a new volunteer committee of fishermen’s descendents and fishermen was formed to see the project to completion. This beautiful memorial was then conceived with a bronze fisherman and a memorial wall to preserve the history of the fishing industry. With the assistance of our city’s 15th District Councilman, Rudy Svorinich Jr., L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks, L.A. Cultural Affairs Department and through the generosity of the Community of San Pedro, this memorial became a reality.

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    Fishing at the Pier~

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 29, 2013

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    This San Pedro pier extends out 1,200 feet into San Pedro Harbor. It is just inside the north end of the Los Angeles Harbor breakwater. The pier was built in 1969 and anglers can almost always expect to catch some mackerel, a few tom cod (white croaker) or maybe even a halibut or two. If you fish the far end of the pier, along the inside waters adjacent to the breakwater, you might even catch a rock frequenting species. There is parking near the pier and the pier is accessible to wheelchair riders.

    "Make sure to read the caution signs of which fish is safe to eat!"

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    Angels Gate~Los Angeles Harbor Light 1913

    by Yaqui Written Mar 24, 2013

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    This historic lighthouse has marked the entrance to the port since 1913. The breakwater is 9,250 feet long and contains nearly three million tons of rock, brought over from Santa Catalina Island. Designed differently than any other California lighthouse, Angel's Gate is situated on a forty-foot concrete square. Built to withstand rough seas, the framework is structural steel, with steel plates to the second floor. The lighthouse is so well-constructed that, after a five-day storm in 1939 sent violent seas smashing into the building, the 73-foot Romanesque tower leaned slightly toward shore, but still stood defiantly, as it does to this day. The lighthouse was automated in 1973, thus eliminating the need for keepers.

    The two note blast of its foghorn every thirty seconds is a familiar sound to local residents. Mariners entering Angel's Gate are guided by the lighthouse's rotating green light. Whenever a deep sea vessel arrives on her maiden voyage in Los Angeles Harbor, the master is presented with a plaque etched with the likeness of the light, an official greeting from the City of Los Angeles, and the lighthouse that watches over the entrance to her harbor.http://www.sanpedro.com/sp_point/aglight.htm

    Angel Gate Lighte Article ~ Channel Crossings

    Los Angeles Maritime Museum ● Berth 84 Foot of 6th Street
    San Pedro, CA 90731

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    Korean Friendship Bell

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 29, 2013

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    Located in Angels Gate Park is the Korean Friendship Bell. It sits in a park like setting overlooking a fantastic view of the ocean. A fitting place for it.

    The inscription on the bell (not easy to read, but I think I got it):

    The people of the Republic of Korea present this bell to the People of the United States of America in celebration of the American Bicentennial Jubilee and in commemoration of a century of friendship and trust between our two peoples. The people of United States have built up on the foundation of their pioneer spirit and aspiration for independence a free and prosperous nation on a new continent. Their achievements serve as an impetus and inspiration for the devotion of all mankind. The traditional amity between our two peoples has been established upon this shared faith in freedom and independence.

    When Korea suffered under the yoke of foreign rule, the people of the United States came forward as encouraging friends with the victory of the United States in World War II, Korea unflagging patriotic struggle initially attained the goal of national liberation.

    In serving to preserve freedom the United States and The Republic of Korean are inseparable allies linked by these forged in blood. This is a fraternity of mutual; trust, which shall remain forever enhanced. May this bell ring and sound forth. The hope and resolve of our two nations in their common devotion to finding prosperity, liberty, and peace.

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    Angels Gate Park: Sunrise to Sunset
    Angels Gate Office hours vary.
    Typical hours: Monday - Friday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm;
    Saturday, Sunday: By Appointment. Holidays - Closed

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    Point Fermin Park

    by Yaqui Written Mar 24, 2013

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    Point Fermin Park consists of 37 landscaped acres of tree-shaded lawns, sheltered pergolas, colorful gardens and a promenade along the edge of the palisade. The vantage point atop the rugged bluffs affords a breathtaking view of the coast toward Santa Catalina Island. You may even be able to spot playful dolphin and harbor seals from the cliffs. There are picnic areas, a playground and a small amphitheater. Two trails west of the area lead to the beach and tide pools below.

    This scenic park is the southernmost point in Los Angeles. The area was given it's name by the British explorer George Vancouver, who visited here in 1793 and decided to thank Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen for his hospitality at the mission in Carmel. Point Fermin Park is one of the few places on the peninsula where Monarch butterflies spend their winters. This lovely park provides spectacular views of the coast and Channel Islands and is a perfect site for picnics or a leisurely stroll. http://www.sanpedro.com/sp_point/ptfmpk.htm

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    American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial

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    American Merchant Marine Veterans
    Veterans Memorial
    Wall of Honor

    National Maritime Day, May 22, 2003

    List of state and local government officials
    Gene Frank Construction, Builder
    Randall B. Montgomery, Engraver
    Jerry Sturm, JSA, Design Architect

    American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Committee, Inc.
    Lists of Officers, Directors, Committee Members and Advisers
    Lists of "Platinum," "Gold" and "Silver" Contributors

    Additional inscriptions on Honor Roll panels:
    The committee offers its sincerest thanks to Captain Arthur R. Moore for allowing us to use his book, A Careless Word ... a Needless Sinking as a reference guide for this memorial wall, and his invaluable assistance in editing our lists, as well as for the many years of difficult research he spent compiling these records.

    The names on the memorial walls are the results of several sources of information, but probably not complete. As we are made aware of additional names, we will add those names to the walls in a separate section of these walls of honor. We are also aware that there are many unidentified and unknown merchant mariners who were lost in service to their country aboard merchant ships who will never be identified. This memorial honors the memory of these unknown heroes.

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    USS Los Angeles Naval Memorial

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    The plaque reads:
    Seal of the U.S.S. Los Angeles: 1945 - 1977

    U.S.S. Los Angeles
    Naval Monument
    Heavy Cruiser CA-135
    To the personnel and ships
    of the United States Navy

    Anchors - loan United States Navy
    Mainmast & mooring bitts - donated by Joseph S. Schapiro
    Capstan cover - donated by San Pedro Bicentennial Committee
    Rigging – donated by Coordinated Equipment Company
    Services – Roy Coats & Charles Slocombe
    Plaque – C. M. Bailey, U.S.N. Ret.

    Dedicated 1st December 1977
    Tom Bradley, Mayor

    John S. Gibson, Jr., Councilman
    15th District, City of Los Angeles

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    Unconditional Surrender

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 25, 2013

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    This 6 foot statue is a smaller version of the original 25 foot statue in San Diego sculpted by J. Seward Johnson. This was sculpted after the famous Times Square kiss, on V-J Day by photograph Alfred Eisenstaedt, which was published in Life Magazine in 1945. It is on display possibly for only a limited time next to the USS Iowa.

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    Cabrillo Pier

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 29, 2013

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    Cabrillo Pier was built in 1969 and renovated in 1988. This San Pedro pier extends out 1,200 feet into San Pedro Harbor. It is just inside the north end of the Los Angeles Harbor breakwater. A boat pier built during the depression as a government work project existed in the harbor for approx. 40 years. City of Los Angeles in 1987 took control of pier operations from the County of Los Angeles and infused capital to fix the popular structure. It is enjoyed by power walkers, strollers, joggers, fishermen, and those who just want to take in the beautiful veiws. Not the prettiest of piers, but it offers a great place for local or visitors to enjoy.

    There is parking near the pier and the pier is accessible to wheelchair riders.

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    Cabrillo Marina~

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 29, 2013

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    When we arrived and checked into our room, we immediately for a walk along the marina. What a excellent place to take a walk, ride a bike or roller blade along this pristine marina and the views are fantastic. It is home to hundreds of beautiful boats.

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