Battleship USS Texas

The USS Texas, of the New York class, is the only pre-World War One “dreadnought” that still survives. Built in 1911 and launched in 1912, she has ten 14-inch main guns, and was the first US battleship to be fitted with anti-aircraft gunnery. While serving in World War One and World War Two the Texas was upgraded and modernized several times, and is now displayed in her 1945 configuration. In 1948 she was decommissioned and was given to the State of Texas, who docked her in Galveston as a memorial ship. Today the USS Texas is a National Historic Landmark.

Here are some photos from a visit.

Ziggy the Snail Shell, my little home on wheels, at the USS Texas.

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USS Texas

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Front deck with the BFGs

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The 8-inch secondary guns

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40mm anti-aircraft gun

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Twin 20mm anti-aircraft guns

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The cranes were used to recover Kingfisher seaplanes launches from catapults atop the turrets

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The stairs are very steep and very narrow

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The view from the bridge

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Below deck: the galley

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The bunks were hung up wherever they could fit

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The soda fountain

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Watertight doors between compartments prevented flooding from battle damage

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The Auxiliary Combat Information Center, where information from the radar was used to aim the guns

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The hatch leading up to the turret

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Inside the turret, showing the armored wall, the loading ramp, and the breech block

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Wooden planking on the aft deck. The important stuff at the center of the ship was protected by armor plate: the unimportant stuff was left unarmored.

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Front view

 

 

 

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