Jun 19

Battleship Texas in the News

Saturday, June 19, 2010 12:01 AM

USS Texas (BB-35) dressed with flags for Navy Day, 27 October 1940. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

In a 15 June 2010 Houston Chronicle article entitled “Near-Sinking Of Battleship Texas A ‘Wake-Up Call’“, Amanda Casanova writes:

Millions of dollars and major repairs have kept the iconic Battleship Texas afloat over the years, but last weekend it was a pump and a rag that stopped it from sinking into the Houston Ship Channel.

On Thursday, an employee at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, where the Texas is moored, noticed the 96-year-old ship was sitting lower in the water than usual when he left the park…

… A combination of a pump failure and leaks — at least one new one — had caused the ship to take on at least 105,000 gallons of water and sink nearly three feet into the channel. By Saturday, replacement pumps and a rag stuffed into the new leak had righted the ship, and it was stabilized on Sunday… Tours of the ship continued throughout the weekend.” 

2014 marks the Centennial of the USS Texas’ commissioning.

For a complete history of the USS Texas (BB- 35 ), click here. For additional photos of the USS Texas from our photo archives, click here.

 
 
 
  • Corbin Williamson

    The Texas has taken on water several times in the past, although I am unsure how severe this leak was in relation to the others. One option under consideration is building a concrete platform for the Texas to sit on. There is concern that her hull might not handle being towed to an alternative site without buckling.

  • http://www.history.navy.mil NHHC

    Corbin, thanks for the valued comments! Keep on reading and commenting!

 
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