Hawaii Battleship Missouri Memorial headed for dry dock By Shane Nelson / October 05, 2009 Share 1 -- Beginning Oct. 10 the Battleship Missouri Memorial will be closed to the public while the vessel undergoes a three-month, $18 million dry dock maintenance and preservation project. This will be the first time the Pearl Harbor-based ship has been moved since it was opened as an 887-foot floating naval war museum in 1999. The refurbishment is tentatively scheduled for completion in mid-January. Launched in 1944, the Missouri was the site of Japan's official surrender on Sept. 2, 1945, ending World War II. The ship went on to see duty during both the Korean conflict and the liberation of Kuwait.