Stepping into the ‘heart’ of the Mighty Mo

| November 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Among the highlights of “The Heart of the Missouri” tour is navigating the Broadway, the longest and widest passage of the ship, while listening to commentary from Larry Doong, the ship’s last chief engineer. (Photos courtesy Battleship Missouri Memorial)

New tour explores previously unopened areas

McNeil Wilson Communications
News Release

PEARL HARBOR — Ever wonder what it takes to move a 40,000-ton ship at a speed of nearly 40 mph, or how 16-inch guns can fire a 2,700-pound projectile an incredible 23 miles with pinpoint accuracy?

The Battleship Missouri’s “The Heart of the Missouri” tour will answer these and any other questions you might have about America’s last battleship.

Dean Kelley, visitor experience manager, Battleship Missouri Memorial, and lead tour developer, gives a guided tour of the engine room.

“‘The Heart of the Missouri’ tour is a unique experience unlike anything we’ve ever offered at the Battleship Missouri Memorial,” said Mike Carr, President and COO of the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

“For the first time, visitors will get to see how the Missouri actually worked,” Carr added. “If the Missouri was a movie, this would be the behind-the-scenes footage. You get to see where all the magic happened, how she was powered, how the guns were aimed and fired, and tons more. This ship was really a marvel of her time.”

The Missouri’s knowledgeable tour guides will take groups through areas never before available, including boiler, plotting and engine rooms, where they’ll get hands-on training with lighting one of the eight three-story Babcock and Wilcox boilers or adjusting throttles that release the steam that drives the ship’s massive propellers.

Groups also will meet the ship’s last chief engineer, Larry Doong, as he provides video commentary throughout Broadway, the longest and widest passage on the ship.

Tour groups get to batten down the hatches and test their firing skills in the aft plotting room, shown here.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial is located a mere ship’s length from the USS Arizona Memorial and completes a historical visitor experience that begins with the “date which will live in infamy” that saw the sinking of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor and ends with Imperial Japan’s unconditional surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

Advanced reservations are recommended, as this intimate tour has a capacity of 10 people per group.

Closed-toe shoes are mandatory, and the tour is limited to guests ages 10 and older.

Patrons must be able to climb 10 sets of ladders, step over a dozen two-foot-high obstacles, and navigate through tight doorways and low overheads.

More than just a battleship

The Battleship Missouri Memorial is one of Hawaii’s top 10 attractions, according to Pacific Business News, and was the main star of Universal Studios’ movie “Battleship.”

The memorial is open daily from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. during the summer months of June, July and August.

Admission to “The Heart of the Missouri” tour costs $25 for adults and $12 children.

General admission, which includes a choice of four tours, costs $22 for adults, $11 for children, 4-12. Military, kamaaina and school discounts are available.

To reserve a tour, call (toll-free) 1-877-644-4896 or visit

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