The Battleship Texas – A True Legend!

Battleship Texas

The Battleship Texas is huge first of all!! But did you know it was in both World War I and II? The ship was launched on May 18, 1912 and commissioned on March 12, 1914.  BB-35 was the most powerful military weapon in the world at the time.  The ship was the first US Battleship to mount anti-aircraft guns and first to control the gunfire with directors and range keepers that greatly assisted with firing accuracy. The Battleship also was one of the first to get radars in the US Navy in 1939. She helped protect the personnel on the ship and the US citizens.  Then on April 21, 1948, 36 years after her launch, she was decommissioned and became a memorial ship for Texas.


You’ll find these murals about the San Jacinto Battle along the Independence Pkwy. S., in La Porte, TX on the way to see the USS Texas Battleship


Here is what it’s actually on – the size of these tankers are huge.
Paul, Wendy, Kelly and Daniel – Mom and Dad are here visiting from the UK – Welcome!
Giving an idea of the size of this ship!
The ship is 573′ Feet in Length – Height is 131′ 7.5″ (approx. waterline to radar on top of foremast)
It’s speed was about 24 mph (20.4 knots)


Turret’s Number 1 (closest) and 2
Ariana, Audrey, Annabelle, Alfonzo, Abram and Alfonzo enjoying the Battleship Texas


The Battleship Texas is the ONLY surviving U.S. Naval ship that served in both WWI and WWII – the last of the worlds “dreadnoughts” (the big -gun battleships designed and built at the start of the 20th century).
The Battleship Texas was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1977


These steps are very steep and I can just visualize how hard it was climbing up and down them in the rain and wind!!! 


The Scullery


Not exactly luxurious but they utilized every square inch of this ship!
Mr. Gallo pointing out the FR 47 (above), which is how the ship’s dispatchers would identify the area of the ship if there was a fire, emergency, etc. by stating FR47, FR48, etc.
We’ll close the big ship door for today 🙂 (really I just liked the door photo)

Stay tuned for Part II where we see their beds, restrooms, showers and more!

Thanks for stopping by! We love reading your comments!

Elizabeth and Captain Max

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