Texas Parks & Wildlife officials have announced that the Battleship Texas has been closed to the public until further notice. The 103-year-old last surviving dreadnought is taking on water and she’s beginning to list to one side.
Caretakers say she has always leaked and the water is simply pumped out of the hull. In fact she was temporarily closed in late 2016 when new leaks developed in her stern.
However, officials say the leaks have recently increased.
In 1988, the massive battleship was wrestled from her berth east of Houston where she sat in brackish water mired in silt, and she was placed in drydock in Galveston for renovation. She was then returned to her berth.
The USS Texas was commissioned in 1914, and she’s the only surviving warship that served in both World War I and World War II.