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A sight rarely seen. An Iowa Class Battleship in the Panama Canal

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    *Bring back the Iowas!!!

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    Now that's a tight fit! The image above depicts the decommissioned USS Iowa's final transit through the Panama Canal on March 28, 2001. The Iowa Class Battleships were the widest ships to ever traverse the canals, with a beam of 108 feet against the canal's width of just 110 feet, leaving only inches to spare on either side.

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    The Iowa Class Battleships have used the Panama Canal since their commissionings during WWII, as they were built in New York and Philadelphia but were all destined for the Pacific Theater.

    Ships designed around 'Panamax' standards have to be 106 feet and under. As a result, America's last battleships will hold their nail-biting record until the 'New Panamax'project is completed sometime around 2016.

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    From Iowa Class Battleships Are The Widest Ships To Ever Use The Panama Canal

    A few more pictures of the Iowa Class Battleships

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    Cool story about the swimming pools - This US Navy Battleship Sported Two Swimming Pools

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    @SvenSvensonov, Good thread, if you don't mind I been meaning to talk to you on some military related topics in private.
     
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