Battleship Texas on Life Support

The USS Texas is in depressingly bad shape right now. Earlier this month, it sprung a two-inch leak that gushed water for about two weeks before workers were able to repair it. The water seeped into parts of the ship that contained oil, so management had to call in a cleanup crew before they could start pumping out the water and patching the hole.

Literally one day after they finished that process on Friday, more serious leaks opened up in the side of the hull, quickly filling the ship with water.

Now it's closed to visitors again, probably until Saturday, while workers try to repair the stricken vessel. Meanwhile, management isn't taking in any money. They're using the state's emergency fund to pay for the repairs.

Obviously, no one wants to see the ship go under. The USS Texas is one of the last surviving battleships that served in both World Wars. It escorted convoys across the Atlantic, shelled enemy beaches in Africa, and supplied firepower in the Pacific. When it was retired in 1948, the government sent it to Houston to serve as a museum.

Unfortunately, ship manager Andy Smith said that leaks like these will probably continue to happen until the ship's corroded hull gets brand-new plating, which will cost a huge amount of money and probably won't happen for at least a year.

If you want to see the ship revived, you can donate money here.

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