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USS Iowa Picture Puzzle

This picture of the USS Iowa, perhaps the most infamous battleship of WWII, is unique because it is a picture puzzle. Click the image to have fun reassembling it. The USS Iowa is probably best known for having remarkably accident-prone crews. Upon leaving to escort a convoy including the President of the United States and 80 VIPs, the Iowa rubbed against another battleship in port, tearing off a gun, railing, and other equipment. Once out to sea, the battleship accidentally dropped a depth charge in the middle of the convoy, causing the ships to scatter. After that incident, President Roosevelt suggested the crew run practice exercises to become better trained. During one exercise, the crew unleashed a live torpedo headed directly toward the President's ship. Fortunately, it missed by just a little, leaving a wake seen by the President who asked to be brought in his wheelchair to the side of the ship so he could watch. One of his secret service men aimed a revolver at the torpedo, perhaps intending to scare it away. The ship was ordered to leave the convoy, and upon reaching land, the entire crew was jailed. With a different crew, the ship itself was exiled to duty in cold northern waters. While docked in Alaska, one of the crewmen came back drunk and randomly fired a large gun. The shell landed in the base commander's yard while he was having a dinner party. There were other incidents. At least one man fell overboard never to be seen again. A kamakazi airplane was shot down, slipped under the water below the Iowa and blew up, sinking the Iowa in the process. It is easy to embed this puzzle in your own blog or web pages. Here's How. And you may enjoy the Strange Shipwrecks full ebook here on 500Ways.com.

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