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    USS Texas

    Is their any current information on the USS Texas after she began taken on water and listing?

    Are they going to be taken her to drydock for proper repairs?

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    There are ongoing repairs occurring while the ship is in the water using cofferdams. As it is, the Texas would not survive a tow to a shipyard. The shipyard that repaired her in 1988 is gone and the closest drydock that can handle her is in Pascagoula, Ms and she barely survived the trip to Galveston in 1988. She was taking on a lot of water when she cleared that drydock and only had 6 inches to spare when she did.

    One of the major structural focuses of the ongoing repairs is to frames under the engine rooms midships. Her frames look like swiss cheese (and I'm not talking about the intentional lightening holes) and couldn't support her weight, whether drydocked or dry-berthed. Dry berthing is still the long term goal.

    Here's a recent update from TPWD
    Battleship Texas Project: Structural Repairs and Dry Berth - YouTube

    Here's an article that is from May, but is still indicative of the current situation:
    USS Texas repairs underway, but that won't be enough - Houston Chronicle

    There are pictures of the frames in the previous Texas thread:
    http://www.worldaffairsboard.com/bat...uss-texas.html

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    One would think, with the booming oil industry making billions, a few might step up to the plate and handle the construction of the dry berth. Drop in the bucket money for them and they could put up a large plaque on the dry berth extolling their contribution.

    The weight of those triple expansion engines certainly doesn't do Texas any good.
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    Yea but they need all those billions for chest thumping and such . It sucks cause they have more money then they could ever spend so it'd be nice if they would do that BUT if they would give to one museum what's to stop the others from bugging them about theirs and so on and so on.

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    I was always impressed with the Texas and her layout.

    We used too (not so sure anymore) have Travis here that worked onboard the Texas that would give us periodic updates on her.

    What I would like to know is if the armored "citidel" (broadway to us) ran the entire span between all 5 turrets and could they transfer shells/machinery/parts to all 5 turrets via the citadel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreadnought View Post
    I was always impressed with the Texas and her layout.

    We used too (not so sure anymore) have Travis here that worked onboard the Texas that would give us periodic updates on her.

    What I would like to know is if the armored "citidel" (broadway to us) ran the entire span between all 5 turrets and could they transfer shells/machinery/parts to all 5 turrets via the citadel.
    Travis still works on the ship.

    The citadel does not run between all 5 turrets. It is primarily on the second deck, begins at turret 2 and ends at turret 3. This is about 170' of the ship's length. It vertically extends down to the first platform forward, but not below the second deck aft. Its primary purpose is to protect the spaces above the boiler rooms containing critical machinery, such as uptakes, condensers, etc.

    All ammo transfers occurred on the third deck. While 14' shells could be moved between magazines along its length, I doubt that it was done very often. Doing so required using 2 chain lifts to carry a shell tilted at an angle so that it would clear doors. My guess is that it would have been very difficult and dangerous for handlers to do when at sea and underway. However, the third deck was a busy place during action since secondary battery ammo was transferred between lower hoists traveling from magazines to the third deck and over to upper hoists that carried it up to the mounts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbm3fan View Post
    One would think, with the booming oil industry making billions, a few might step up to the plate and handle the construction of the dry berth. Drop in the bucket money for them and they could put up a large plaque on the dry berth extolling their contribution.

    The weight of those triple expansion engines certainly doesn't do Texas any good.
    No, but I do believe it is because of those triple expansion engines that the Texas is a historic piece, at least in one aspect.

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    Battleship Texas could gain repair funds in Senate budget

    By Madlin Mekelburg | April 1, 2015

    The Battleship Texas could be in line for some much needed funding after the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday voted to allocate $25 million for repairs to the aging vessel.

    If approved in the final budget, it would mark the second time in eight years that the deteriorating ship parked adjacent to the San Jacinto Battlefield State Historic Site has been the beneficiary of public funds. Texas voters in 2007 approved a $25 million bond proposal to help preserve the ship.

    Andy Smith, Manager of Battleship Texas, said the bond funds already have been utilized, but the ship still has major repair needs vital to maintaining the integrity of the vessel. Smith said the long-term goal of the repairs is to ensure the ship is structurally sound enough to be moved to a dry berth to improve the likelihood of preservation.

    According to Smith, some parts on the ship are endanger of deteriorating and potentially collapsing if they do not receive repairs although he said he could not predict the exact timetable.

    "They've lasted 100 years, could they last a year more? Five years more?" Smith said. "These repairs, they have to be done if we want to save the ship."

    Bruce Bramlett, executive director of the Battleship Texas Foundation, said one danger of waiting to allot funds for repairs is an inevitable increase in the cost of the work.

    "To me, the biggest issue is that the ship is 101 years old and for a long time there has been a lot of deferred maintenance that needs to be done," Bramlett said. "The longer you defer things ... it doesn't get cheaper, it gets more expensive."

    The battleship, which participated in both world wars and has been docked at the San Jacinto Battleground site as a museum ship since 1948, developed a series of debilitating leaks in the summer of 2012. More than $2 million was spent on repairs.

    Battleship Texas could gain repair funds in Senate budget - Houston Chronicle

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    How'd they score that? If it passes that should really help her out though!
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