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Battleship Texas Presently Closed to the Public While TPWD Repairs Leaks

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Major leaks and flooding have left the historic Battleship Texas beleaguered in Houston as crews work to make repairs. Subsequently, the site is presently closed to the public until further notice. In an interview with Fox News, Bill Erwin, Superintendent for the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, had noted that the ship is continuously leaking and a system of pumps have been put into place to push out the water. But in the meantime, a new hole in the blister tank, measuring six by eight inches, has let in a considerable amount of water which the pump system couldn’t control.

Battleship Texas Presently Closed to the Public While TPWD Repairs Leaks

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Causing the ship to list six degrees to the right (starboard,) the extra water has posed a problem that a contractor has been called in to assist with. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) hired the contractor who has since installed additional pumps and had divers find and patch the hole. And although the hole was fixed as of 9:30 local time on June 12, crews continue their work in getting the pumps operational again. Erwin believes there’s an additional leak somewhere on the ship, and anticipates having divers return to source it and complete necessary repairs.

Battleship Texas Presently Closed to the Public While TPWD Repairs Leaks

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“We’re going to be working on this with our contractors until we come to a resolution and get the ship righted,” said Erwin. Taking part in some of the more significant World War I and II battles, Battleship Texas was constructed in 1914, and according to the TPWD, was the most powerful weapon in the world. She was the first ship to have anti-aircraft guns and in 1939, became one of the first to have radar installed. The USS Texas was decommissioned in 1948 and became a memorial ship thereafter. In the interview, Erwin stated, “She’s a hundred-year-old battleship who’s sitting in water and her hull is made of steel and steel rusts. Eventually we’re going to have deterioration within the hull. Until and if we can get her into dry dock and do a more complete repair of the hull.”

Battleship Texas Presently Closed to the Public While TPWD Repairs Leaks
Photo: Wikimedia

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