Pearl Harbor’s Battleship Missouri Memorial closing for repairs until January 2010by: Chris Bailey
posted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 12:00 PM
The Missouri won’t travel far for repairs—just two miles across Pearl Harbor to the Drydock 4 site. Still, moving the 54,889-ton ship won’t be easy: The Missouri is restricted from firing its engines. Instead, a fleet of three to four tugboats will pull the Missouri along, a process that will take 12 to 14 hours, beginning at sunrise.
Next to the USS Arizona Memorial, the “Mighty Mo” is the most popular attraction at the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, drawing as many as 48,000 visitors a month. The Missouri’s deck was where the Empire of Japan formally surrendered to U.S. forces on Sept. 2, 1945, in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II. Pop culture buffs recognize the battleship’s deck for a far different reason—as the backdrop for Cher’s infamous, cannon-straddling music video for her 1989 hit “If I Could Turn Back Time.”
The refurbished Missouri is expected to leave drydock on Jan. 7, 2010. A change in admission prices will accompany its reopening to public tours on Jan. 29. Guided tours will cost $20—down from the former rate of $23—while the $16 unguided tours will be discontinued.
For more information on the Battleship Missouri Memorial, or to keep up with repair work, click here, or call (877) 644-4896.
While you’re waiting for the Missouri to return, make sure to check out the other Pearl Harbor Historic Sites: the USS Arizona Memorial—which remains open as construction progresses on a new 17,750-square-foot visitor center, the USS Oklahoma, Pacific Aviation Museum and the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.
Photos: The USS Missouri main deck and anti-aircraft cannons while docked in Pearl Harbor (pg. 1): Commons/Wikipedia; General Douglas MacArthur signs documents during the formal surrender ceremony of the Japanese aboard the Missouri on Sept. 2 1945 (pg. 2): Commons/Wikipedia.
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