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Battleship Texas to re-open after crew repairs leaks

bbastible@star-telegram.com

The Battleship Texas and the San Jacinto Monument seen on May 17, 2013, in Houston.
The Battleship Texas and the San Jacinto Monument seen on May 17, 2013, in Houston. Houston Chronicle

After being closed for repairs, Battleship Texas will open its doors back to the public Sunday.

The Houston Chronicle reports a marine salvage team patched the ship’s hull, which has a hole estimated to be three feet in size. The site closed Friday and Saturday, but admission will be free on Sunday.

The ship, which was christened in 1912 and served in both world wars, has taken on water before and occasionally closes for crews to fix the patches.

Bill Irwin, the Complex Superintendent of San Jacinto State Historic Site Complex, told the Chronicle the leaks are on the starboard side.

“T&T Marine Salvage is handling the repairs, which entails removing the old patches and replacing them with new ones. To completely fix the hull we’d have to take the battleship out of the water, draining the area around it,” Irwin told the newspaper.

According to the Texas State Historical Association, the ship was towed in 1988 to a Galveston shipyard for repairs and returned in 1990.

It’s the last remaining battleship that was used for both World War I and World War II.

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