Trouble for Texas

On my recent visit to Galveston, I can testify that the small collection of naval hardware on Galveston Island is interesting, if starting to decay. Their submarine, USS Cavalla - the only American ship extant that can claim the honor of sinking a Japanese aircraft carrier - is in fairly good shape, while the destroyer escort USS Stewart has been on land since the 70s without much maintenance of any kind, and looks it, too.

But it turns out that Seawolf Park is sitting pretty compared to another naval museum in the Lone Star State: the old Dreadnought (and I do mean Dreadnought: launched 1912 at Newport News) USS Texas is in trouble. Bad trouble. In places her hull is reportedly only 1/8" thick, and places are being secured by putty and duct tape. Read the Houston Chronicle story here.