Texas Exploring / Battleship Texas

September 30, 2015

battleship-texas-houston So, turns out there’s a big ol’ battleship just south of Houston. And it’s so cool!

Michael and I spotted a sign for Battleship Texas when we were coming back from the beach a few weeks ago, so when my brother was in town we took a little adventure south for the morning. battleship-texas battleship-texas-3 We spent just over an hour there, but easily could have wandered for longer (except it was very hot!). You can climb up the ladders and down into the decks below, and there are a lot of little areas that are preserved from when the ship was decommissioned in 1948. You can see where the officers ate, and where all the food was prepared. You can see where the sailors slept (hanging four cots tall in the hallways) and how tiny the brig was. It was fascinating.  charlie-battleship-texas Charlie’s a huge history buff, so he knew much more about the battleship and the Battle of San Jacinto, for which there’s a monument across the water.  battleship-texas-san-jacinto-monument reflection-battleship-texas Both my grandfathers served in the navy in World War II, so Charlie and I were thinking a lot about their experience while we were there. Although I called my grandpa today and he said the ship he was on was much smaller, maybe a quarter the size of the battleship, but it was still interesting to think about what their experience was like when they were even younger than Charlie.  mops-battleship-texas ropes-battleship-texas I loved all the details, and the beautiful blue colour. Can you even believe how much paint you’d need every year just to keep her covered?!  uss-texas-deck rope-knots-battleship-texas battleship-texas-2 The guns swivel, by the way, which Charlie found pretty fun. Some of the Battleship Texas’s missiles could travel for twelve miles. So hard to even comprehend how that could even be possible. battleship-texas-deck-water The Battleship Texas would be a great day trip adventure from Houston, and we paired it with a quick pitstop at the beach and some homemade breakfast sandwiches which was a pretty winning combination.

Battleship Texas / San Jacinto Battleground State Park / LaPorte, Texas 

1 Comment

  • Reply Tom Scott September 5, 2017 at 3:44 am

    HI Emily,

    I just ran across your blog. I am very glad that you enjoyed visiting the ship. We particularly like sharing the her with international visitors. Of more than 125 “dreadnought” battleships built worldwide from 1906 to 1922, she is the only one to survive. For that reason, the ship is an historical artifact of world significance and it is important to us to share it with everyone from everywhere.

    By the way, I got to spend almost a week in Dublin in December of 1989. What a beautiful city, and warm and welcoming people. I always thought that Texans were the most friendly people in the world, but I had to change my opinion after my visit!

    Again, we’re very glad you visited and enjoyed Battleship Texas.

    Best wishes,
    Tom Scott
    Vice President of Docents
    First Texas Volunteers

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