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    4/2/24 – Battleship Texas Update

    Posted by Battleship Texas Foundation on April 2, 2024

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    It has been just about one month since Battleship Texas returned to the water. The ship is currently moored at Pier D in Gulf Copper Shipyard, where it will continue to undergo repairs and preparations to become a museum ship once again!

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    What’s Next?

    Battleship Texas will remain at Gulf Copper Shipyard for until her new home is ready for her. Additional steel work, removal and replacement of the ship’s deck, and superstructure/aft fire control restoration will continue. And painting the topsides!

    Touring?

    The Battleship Texas Foundation is working on new touring opportunities before the ship reopens.

    Reopening?

    There is a lot to be done before the ship is ready for touring at its new home in Galveston, Texas. Reopening is projected to happen sometime in 2025 or 2026.

    SHIP REPAIRS

    Deck Drainage Repair

    We are continuing to repair the ship’s upper decks drains and systems to ensure they do not collect water and eliminate standing water. This is being done to the ship’s superstructure, aft fire control tower, main mast, and on the decks below.

    New drain pipes have been added to the ship's superstructure. This will help eliminate standing water on the ship's upper decks.
    New drainage pipes that will help keep standing water out of aft fire control.
    The new gun director tubs added to both sides of the ship's conning tower have had drains installed.
    Aft Fire Control Restoration

    The ship’s aft fire control tower is looking great! The mullions for the windows are fitted, floater net baskets added, and more. These repairs and additions will help return the ship to its 1945 appearance.

    The new gun director tubs added to both sides of the ship's conning tower have had drains installed.
    Radar Top Mast

    The radar top mast has been removed from the ship’s main mast and will receive structural repairs before being placed back on the ship.

    Captain’s Cabin Map

    Captiv Creative visited the ship to take some pictures of the restored map painted on a bulkhead in the captain’s cabin. These pictures will be used for historical documentation, potential future interactive exhibits, and a new item coming to our direct mail. Keep an eye out!

    Captiv Creative photographs the map in the captain's cabin.