The term “rack” has been used for generations of US Navy sailors to describe their personal berths, or beds, aboard ship. This small (6’ x 3’) rack was their only private space on the ship, and once assigned, could be their home for up to four years! Early racks were Spartan, but comfortable, canvas hammocks strung from tube frames. Later, the Navy installed included locker-style berths, known to sailors as “coffin racks.” Sailors who were assigned flat racks would also be allocated at least one footlocker.
Battleship IOWA is refurbishing dozens of racks throughout the proud, iconic ship. First Class Petty Officer, CPO berthing, and officer staterooms are also slated for renovation. Now, for the first time in more than 20 years, Battleship IOWA is ready to reassign its racks—permanently!