“Memorial Day 2012”
From October, 2011 until May 26th, 2012, the USS Iowa was stationed at the Port of Richmond undergoing cosmetic refurbishment after being rescued from the US Navy’s moth ball fleet in Suisun Bay (about 30 miles north east of Richmond, Ca.) where the decommissioned Iowa had been stranded since April 2001.
Her latest mission is to serve as a museum and memorial to battleships at Berth 87 in the Port of Los Angeles, which opened on July 7th, 2012.
Before the USS Iowa left Richmond I could see her funnel caps from my deck. I had been following the restoration via the press and by stopping by and taking pictures on weekends. I had heard she was going to depart on May 19th, so I headed over to the docks that morning only to learn that the seas were unfriendly and her departure was postponed until the Pacific was calmer. Every morning that followed I took a look to see if she was still there. On Saturday, May 26th, when I got up she was there but 30 minutes later after breakfast I took another look and she was gone.
My gear was already packed, so I headed to Ferry Point where she would meet the Bay and I would have enough time to catch her. I was actually about 40 minutes early before I saw the first of 4 tugs towing her out. The Iowa moment was only a fraction of the shots I had taken on that Memorial Day Weekend, however that mighty ship and all the memories it stirred was far more powerful than anything else I had captured on video. So after weeks of editing to fit other shots with this I finally caved in and said to myself, this Iowa shot by itself says it all. To magnify the point, I am releasing this in a 2.5:1 aspect ratio.
Unfortunately the live sounds were not so good, I was too close to a group of well -wishers that were jabbering against an overly enthusiastic wind killing my mic. So the track you are hearing is actually a made up ambiance, most of which was recorded about 2 miles east of the actual location. I did add some extra sounds to lean on what might be ‘day dreaming’ of times past in the Iowa’s rich history.
The clapping at the end was actually recorded on a 4th of July parade when veterans past the crowd. I thought that would be fitting for this veteran.
Camera: Sony HDR-CX500v
Editing suite: Sony Vegas Pro 10 (d) …shot in 1920 x 1080 but cropped and rendered to 1900 x 760 for 2.5:1 aspect ratio
Vintage aircraft sounds (Vought F4U Corsair) courtesy of Aircraft Records for non-commercial use.
Video and Sound Design by Phil Loarie
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