Friday, June 22, 2012

Battleship Texas Reopens!

I never have any luck with trying to visit this vessel.  Its always close whenever I went down to the Houston area.  In fact, I stopped trying decades ago to even visit it.  But, in the back of my mind, I still wanted to visit the battleship U.S.S. Texas.  In high school, I actually was able to tour the guided missile cruiser U.S.S. Texas that paid a port call to Galveston, Texas, in 1978.

Then in June of this year came reports of new leaks.

The battleship U.S.S. Texas now has a new patch on her hull to stop a leak that threaten the 100-year old vessel.  The ship was now reopened to visitors.

Ship manager Andy Smith said the following:  "Our emergency is controlled," he said in an email. "Now we have time to evaluate and develop an intermediate plan."  Long term solutions will have to be addressed soon.

The leak was found on June 9th and 1,000 gallons per minute pumped into the vessel from the leak.

1.  Houston "" by Allan Turner.  June 22, 2012. ( ). images from same article. Photo: Cody Duty, Houston Chronicle / © 2011 Houston Chronicle.
2. images of USS Texas ( )

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