Your idea might not be too far off. When I first heard of the BS in San Fran about berthing the Iowa, I thought, if there was a feasible way to get it to Iowa, I bet those folks would move on it in a heartbeat. Now, this was about 3 mos. ago, I contacted either NOAA or U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey folks, asking about the navigativability (of Mississippi and waterways) up to Davenport. Next day, an Engnr, comes back and indicates that they guarantee a minimum depth of 30 ft. (I think that was the correct no.) all the way to Davenport. Don't know the draft of the Iowa, but imagine, if tugs push/pull it and it is emptied of fuel, ammo, potable water, personnel,etc. and stripped of nickel/dime stuff - the draft may be OK to make it, especially in a season when rains improve the depth. Now, if the good citizens of Iowa (including Iowa G-brothers) and their politicos really got motivated and the previous was still a non-starter, how about if they remove 1 or 2 or all gun turrets (or just rifle barrels) and barge them separately up the river? Finally, a well engineered flotation collar could be made and strapped around the vessel to lift and further reduce the draft. WHERE THERE'S A WILL THERE'S A WAY, I say. I sure would feel the joy if an Iowa citizen picked this up and ran with it. The New Jersey saved my bacon in RVN a couple of times.
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