8/26/23 – Battleship Texas Update
Posted by Battleship Texas Foundation on August 26, 2023
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The new torpedo blisters are a slightly different design and square off at the bottom below the waterline. This design change will make the new blisters easier to maintain, increasing their longevity. The new torpedo blisters are now completely plated up.
The inside of the blisters, and the ship’s hull will be coated to protect against possible corrosion. Gulf Copper has begun priming some of the ship’s exterior.
As work continues moving aft, any holes in the ship’s original hull are being repaired. New plates are added to thinner areas and smaller holes are welded up. The ship’s hull is being primed temporarily as the repairs are made.
Yes, all welds are being tested for leaks. This is done via vacuum box, dye penetrant or magnetic flux depending on the area.
Super Structure Repairs
Structural, decking, drainage, and other repairs have begun on the ship’s foremast and aft control tower as part of the Save America’s Treasures grant project.
Gulf Copper’s yard workers have concluded repairing the deck on the ship’s Signal Bridge and have begun working on the deck above, the Navigation Bridge. A part of the deck repairs includes sand blasting and priming the underside. Scaffolding is in place around the foremast for this work.
Aft Fire Control Tower
Work continues in the AFCT as the old grating that was installed in 1988 has been completely removed and replaced with a steel deck. Small repairs to the bulkheads are currently ongoing, as the plan is to have it look as it did in 1945.