Skip to comments.Battleship Texas taking on extraordinary amounts of water
Posted on 06/12/2012 3:51:05 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
Crews have been working 24-hour days to keep up with extraordinary amounts of water leaking on board Battleship Texas.
The historic ship, which just turned 100 years old in May, is only one of six remaining that served in both World War I and World War II.
The ship manager says crews noticed the unusual amount of water coming on board sometime on Saturday. Since then, workers have been at it day and night just trying to keep up.
A number of pumps have been brought to the site as the water is being directed back out into the channel. Staffers with Texas Parks and Wildlife, volunteers, a separate contractor and a salvage diving company have teamed up to take on this task.
Theres a big concern about oil getting into the channel. Thats why there is a boom placed near the ship, essentially collecting any excess oil that might leak out.
Workers are also trying to scoop the oil out of the lower portions of the ship. It is then being filtered out through pumps.
The goal is to have this fixed by Wednesday and to make sure no other leaks pop up.
Were dealing with a 100-year-old vessel so youre dealing with something that wasnt designed to last this long. We think we can probably manage a patch, a repair on it, but this is always a concern that this could sprout up again in a different place, said Andy Smith, the Ship Manager of Battleship Texas.
The ship manager said the lower portions of the ship have been closed to the public. People have still been allowed on board the second deck and above.
We got a lot of hoses working and pumps working, and we dont want to create a situation where someone might slip on some water, explained Smith.
Workers still have not been able to pinpoint exactly where the leak is located. They are still working day and night to deal with the water that is coming on board.
For years, theres been a plan in the works to dry dock the ship for a multi-million-dollar renovation. The ship manager said coming up with that amount of money has proved challenging, and theyre in desperate need of donors to step in and help out.
One of 6 to serve in both world wars? What are the other 5?
Maybe it is time for a drydock and refit?
National Registry of U.S.S. Texas
So far as I knew, the claim to fame for the Texas was it was the ONLY US battleship to serve through both WWI and WWII. Wouldn’t surprise me if there was another one or two.
The other five surviving vessels that hold the distinction of serving in both World Wars are the Medea, which served both the French Navy and Royal Navy, British Monitor HMS M33, the British light cruiser HMS Caroline, the Greek armored cruiser Georgios Averof and the Drazki, a Bulgarian torpedo boat.
Great photo....The interior is amazing you can not believe how much brass they used on this ship.
Already in the plans
Divers are scheduled for tomorrow to make an assessment.
Obama can’t even keep Japanse submarines out of Galveston Bay.
The inescapable fact is that the outer hull plating is now so thin that there is real danger that the Texas could suffer a hull breach, take on water and sink if she had to be towed. She has several active seepage-type leaks that are kept in check by monitored submersible pumps. As recently as May 2008, she suffered a significant hull breach that placed her in jeopardy of sinking. Trim Tank D-12 is a compartment directly below the After Steering space and there is an active 4-5 gallon per hour seepage-type leak in that compartment. Without warning, the leak rate increased to over 40 gallons per minute, in excess of the capacity of the pump in the space. Fortunately, a team of divers were at the ship that day conducting training. A diver was sent down, in scuba gear, to locate the breach by feeling along the hull for the suction that identified the hole. As the diver was feeling for the hole, her hand pushed through the paper-thin hull plating causing the water influx to increase to an estimated 200 gallons per minute. Fortunately, the dive team placed a temporary patch on the breach and additional portable pumps were brought in to pump the water out.
from link above on dry berth
One is the HMS Caroline, a British light cruiser that saw service in both world wars and fought in the Battle of Jutland.
Another is the Greek cruiser Georgios Averof. Fought in the Balkan Wars, as well as the two world wars.
The third is a Bulgarian torpedo boat, the Drazki. Fought in the Second Balkan War, and both World Wars.
The remaining ships are a smattering of vessels that were either light support craft or not in fighting service during the Second World War (converted into hulks, ect.).
There may come a day that we have to recommission ships like these to shell the barbarian coasts of the islamic caliphate as President James Madison did when he sent the United States Navy to shell the Barbary Coast.
She is also the only Dreadnought-type battleship left in the world.
Seems to me I remember this was quite a peice of technology to have been designed so long ago. Wouldn’t its plans had to have been drawn up in the 1890s?
She actually was drydocked back in the 1980s, and underwent major repairs.
The Texas is an amazing Battleship. One of the pieces of trivia I have about her is that the Naval Architect who was in charge of her design slipped in the ratios for Length Width and Height of Noah’s Ark as described in the bible.
I also remember that the Texas was described by her commanders as the most stable ship they had ever had the pleasure of commanding.
I am just finishing up reading Dreadnought, by Massie.
An excellent book dealing with the period between about 1885
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