If you’re planning a summer day-trip to visit the Battleship Texas at La Porte and the nearby San Jacinto Battleground & Monument, take note that Texas Parks & Wildlife has announced that visiting hours aboard the old historical warship have been reduced. This comes as the Texas is being prepared for an upcoming major repair job to fix leaks in her hull that have plagued the ship for years.
According to Parks & Wildlife officials, their staff is busy preparing the vessel and thousands of historic artifacts before she is towed to a drydock facility.
The new Battleship Texas visiting hours will be only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.
During the partial closure, Parks & Wildlife says they will be cataloging and storing the artifacts, which include a flag that flew on D-Day, a silver presentation to the Battleship from the citizens of Texas, crew member scrapbooks from World War I and World War II, and objects of daily life, such as barber chairs and bunks.
Meanwhile, there is still no official word on where the battleship’s new home will be. Texas Parks & Wildlife announced earlier in the year that they plan to move her to a new permanent location “farther up the Texas Gulf Coast” due to a decrease in visitors in recent years. Many people suspect that her future home will be Galveston.
Launched in May of 1912, and continually upgraded through the years with the most modern weaponry, the Texas was one of the deadliest weapons of war in the world, and she is the only surviving dreadnought.
She first saw action in 'The Tampico Incident' off the coast of Mexico in April of 1914. She ruled the North Sea during World War I, and during World War II she was at Normandy on D-Day, and later at both Iwo Jima and Okinawa.