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Old 07-20-2019, 09:42 AM
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Leaking battleship Texas forced to cut onsite tour hours
By: The Associated Press 6-29-19

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Army Staff Sgt. Jacob Klein, left, and Staff Sgt. Joel Ocasio walk past the museum battleship Texas to participate in a June 6 ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, in La Porte, Texas. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

LA PORTE, Texas Public visits to the 107-year-old Battleship Texas near Houston will be limited during cataloging of thousands of artifacts on board amid plans for $35 million in ship repairs.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department on Friday announced, starting July 8, the vessel at the Battleship Texas State Historic Site in La Porte will close to visitors Monday through Thursday.

The ship will be open Friday through Sunday.

Anyone currently holding July and August reservations, that were made prior to Wednesday, can visit as scheduled.

Department spokeswoman Stephanie Garcia says artifacts on board must be taken care of, for storage, before the ship goes into dry dock to fix the leaking hull.

The Battleship Texas Foundation in May said the ship will get a new home following repairs. No new location has been announced.


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USS Texas BB-35 is a tribute website dedicated to the great battleship that served America for over three decades. The Battleship Texas is the last of the World War I dreadnought. The ship is fought in WWI and WWII and only sustained one serious blow which led to the death of a sailor and ten crew members.

In this website you will find details of the Tampico incident. This was the first time that the battleship was called into battle. Inasmuch as it had not gone through the entire necessary tests required for a battleship, it did not fail to impress on the Mexican sea.

Some History:

The tale of American exploits during WWI and WWII will not be complete without mention of Texas BB 35. Soon after its commissioning, it made its way to Mexican waters during the misunderstanding between the U.S sailors and Mexican forces that led to the Tampico incident.

Like every metal immersed in water, the 104-year-old Battleship Texas is still at war but this time against corrosion leading to leaks that are threatening to drown the last of WWI era dreadnought.

The decay is slow but sustained as she sits on the salt water of the Houston Ship Channel. Obviously, the ship that saved hundreds of American lives now needs the same favor from the community. Officials tasked with the wellbeing of the battleship are crying out that the time may be too short to save the battleship.

USS Texas bombards the beach of Normandy, France as barrage ...

Another Video: (pretty impressive)


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