Frequently Asked Questions
We are currently finalizing where Battleship Texas will go for repairs. This project has a lot of moving parts and details to be worked out, but we are getting very close to being to able to make that announcement. Battleship Texas will return from dry dock to a new homeport somewhere in the Greater Houston area.
We currently anticipate Battleship Texas to be moved for repairs after hurricane season at the end of 2021. A firm date will be announced once that date is set.
Battleship Texas is currently closed for an extensive repair project. However, Battleship Texas will be temporarily open to the public on July 3rd & 4th, 2021.
Current estimates put Battleship Texas’ grand reopening in early 2023. However, Battleship Texas will be temporarily open to the public on July 3rd & 4th, 2021.
The 2019 Texas legislature funded $35 million in major repairs to Battleship Texas. This will cover the cost of towing to and from dry dock and the complete repair or replacement of the hull from four feet above the waterline down to the bottom of the ship. Additional funds are being raised to complete as much additional work as possible while the ship is in dry dock, including but not limited to replacement of the ship’s wooden deck, fresh paint inside and out, and superstructure repair.
From August to December 2020, work was underway to fill the ship’s torpedo blisters with marine foam. The foam is a rigid, closed-cell foam that seals existing leaks, minimizes flooding when new leaks form, and slightly reinforces the structure of the torpedo blisters. This work has dramatically reduced the need for pumps. Before foaming, over 1,500 gallons per minute were being pumped off the ship 24/7. After foaming, a handful of pumps are turned on only every few days, pumping less than 5 gallons per minute. This work will protect the ship from flooding while being towed to dry dock later this year.
In April 2020, the ship’s anti-aircraft guns and other deck mounted items were removed for restoration, with the help of Taylor Marine and Certified Pipe Services Houston. The items are currently being stored at an offsite warehouse facility provided by NRG. Since then, Battleship Texas volunteers and staff have been working on disassembling and restoring the guns and other equipment on a component level.