With the forthcoming public opening, the U.S.S. IOWA is now a new museum ship but was formerly the lead ship of the IOWA class battleships. Histories of the United States Navy ships now have cult status---an effect that the events, the media, the general fever around the stories of the IOWA and other Navy ships have generated. In this image, a fleet support auxiliary general, the U.S.S. TULURAN AG-46, steams underway. The ship, in the Navy’s auxiliary between 1942 and 1946, was originally built in 1917 as a cargo ship, the ANNA SHAFER. As an auxiliary general, the ship carried equipment and supplies for the Pacific Fleet Service Force. This photograph hangs in the Museum's I. Roy Coats Brass Room, among photographs, brass plaques, posters and name plates of World War II battleships.
At the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, volunteers answer questions at the front desk, give museum tours, operate the tug ANGELS GATE, use the Morse code, build ship models, and staff The Sea Chest, the museum’s gift shop. Visit the web page for more information.