Leak Repaired At Battleship Texas

The Battleship Texas reopens to visitors now that crews have fixed a leak that threatened the 100-year-old vessel. But more work is needed to preserve the ship for future generations.

The leak kept the ship closed for a week. Divers had to find the leak and fix it while crews pumped out water. 

But what caused the ship to start leaking in the first place? 

Battleship Texas Superintendent Andy Smith thinks it has something to do with corroded steel that has never been replaced.

"She does float and she moves up and down, and you get marine growth growing and we might have went down on some oysters, oyster beds. They found a lot of oysters along the ship."

Smith says while the repairs appear successful so far, they're only temporary, and the ultimate goal is to take the battleship out of its berth on the Houston Ship Channel and put it on display in a dry berth.  But first they have to get the money to do it.

"The number projections for just the dry berth that we looked at, and we looked at four or five different options, and they ranged from thirty-ish all the way to up to almost fifty million dollars, exclusive of repairs."

While visitors this weekend can tour the upper decks of the ship, Smith says the lower deck will remain closed because of clean-up work.

For more on preserving Battleship Texas, visit the Dry Berth Project.

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

Gail Delaughter joined KUHF in October 2008 as Saturday morning news anchor and host. A native of New Orleans and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Gail has extensive experience in Texas and Louisiana as a radio news reporter and morning show anchor and co-host...