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.
Front deck with the BFGs
The 8-inch secondary guns
40mm anti-aircraft gun
Twin 20mm anti-aircraft guns
The cranes were used to recover Kingfisher seaplanes launches from catapults atop the turrets
The stairs are very steep and very narrow
The view from the bridge
Below deck: the galley
The bunks were hung up wherever they could fit
The soda fountain
Watertight doors between compartments prevented flooding from battle damage
The Auxiliary Combat Information Center, where information from the radar was used to aim the guns
The hatch leading up to the turret
Inside the turret, showing the armored wall, the loading ramp, and the breech block
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.