USS Texas BB-35

USS Texas BB-35

Lee M.
USS Texas BB-35 is a dreadnought era American battleship. She was commissioned on March 12, 1914. Her 14” main battery was the largest, most powerful battleship battery afloat in that day. Her reciprocating steam engines were the largest built for a U. S. Navy battleship. Texas and her sister ship, New York, were the last coal burning battleships built by the U. S. Navy. The battleship is 573’ long with a 106’ beam and a 28’ 6” draft. Her normal displacement was 27,000 tons. Texas is the only remaining dreadnought era battleship afloat and the only battleship remaining that participated in both world wars. Her engines were designated as national historic mechanical engineering landmarks in 1975. The ship herself was designated a national historic landmark in 1976. The ship is maintained by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is painted in accordance with Navy Measure 21 to match her appearance in Spring of 1945 when she was operating in the Pacific Ocean. USS Texas is open for public visitation every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Hard hat tours are conducted in October, November, January, March and May. #Battleship #BB35 #dreadnought #state_historic_site #USS_Texas
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